A Good Time for Business Travelers
Last week, I got a call from an editor asking me to go to New York to do some reporting on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. (She’s from the Bronx. I’m from Queens. I know my way around the city.)
Our New York bureau had been shut down for a few days because it was in the process of being moved to a new building. So I asked the editor if I could get a hotel room from which to work if I kept it in the $200 a night range. He said yes. I then got online to see if I could actually get a decent hotel room in Manhattan for that price. I had my doubts.
But to my surprise, there were tons of discounts on Travelocity.com, Expedia.com and Orbitz.com for Manhattan hotel rooms for the entire weekend. Even one of the swanky W hotels was offering a $180 a night deal.
I chose the newly renovated Crowne Plaza in Times Square because it was close to so many subway lines. For less than $200 a night, I had a corner room with a fantastic view of Times Square, a king-sized bed, free access to a New York Sports Club with a swimming pool (I didn’t have time to use it but it was nice to know it was there) and a swanky bar to go to if I wanted a cocktail.
It turns out that now is a fantastic time to travel for business. According to this story that popped up on my Google Reader, a 20 percent decline in the number of people traveling for business is forcing hotels and airlines to give those who are still willing to travel great deals. Business travelers are snagging upgrades on planes and free amenities at hotels. Prices are much lower too.
So the next time you’re traveling for business, keep in mind that the airline and hotel really need you. Don’t be afraid to ask for a free breakfast or internet or a much better room.
Have any of you gotten great deals you’d like to share with us?
Posted by: rubytuesday | June 4, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse
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