For some, flying abroad is an exciting experience and many believe the plane journey to be “the best part”. However this excitement isn’t shared by all and it can be a nightmarish experience of worrying combined with not knowing where to go or what to do, followed by a lot more worrying! To make things a little easier we’ve come up with a few helpful tips because we want you to enjoy your holiday to New York from the moment you wake up and make your way to the airport to the moment you land back home!
What time of year to go?
A lot of people choose to go between the months of October through to December in order to experience the romantic snowy evenings of the big apple and because it’s just an awesome idea to spend Christmas in New York. However, it’s around this time that airlines take advantage of this and charge higher rates than usual. Naturally the same applies to the summer months of New York.
If you’re not looking to pay an extortionate amount of money to fly to New York then it is best to avoid the Christmas and summer months altogether and instead try to plan your journey around the months of January, February and March.
Will you need a Visa?
Visitors from countries such as the U.K and Australia don’t usually require a Visa to enter the U.S. Instead what will happen is you’ll be issued with a form to fill in during your flight which allows you to enter under the Visa Waiver Program. The Visa Waiver Program will allow the visitor to stay in the United States for up to 90 days.
Which flight should you take?
There are quite a lot of flights which go to New York due to it being such a well desired location. We recommend flying with either good old fashioned and reliable British Airways, Delta or U.S Airways. Each of them are reliable, usually don’t have any connecting flights and they offer good quality service on board. Expect your chosen flight to take around 7 – 8 hours.
New York Airports
New York has three major airports which are the famous JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Newark International Airport. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever see the inside of LaGuardia Airport as it’s mainly used for travelling around the U.S. You’ll more than likely end up in either JFK Airport or Newark Airport. Both of these are fantastic airports with plenty of taxis, buses and train services to get you to where you need to go.
Hotels near JFK Airport
For a swanky hotel that has its own gym, restaurant and top class concierge service then you should book with either the Marriott hotel or LaGuardia Airport Hotel. Of course there are plenty of other hotels found nearby which offer more affordable accommodation such as Days Inn JFK, Best Western JFK and Hampton Inn.
Hotels near Newark Airport
Hilton Hasbrouck Heights, Ramada and Lincoln Harbor Hotel all have the very best facilities such as gyms, restaurants and concierge services. However, for more affordable and basic options you can choose from the Howard Johnson Hotel or the Wyndham Newark Airport.
Hotels near LaGuardia Airport
Once again the Marriot hotel reigns supreme when it comes to services and facilities available. There is also Sheraton LaGuardia and Hampton Inn LaGuardia which are both quite beautiful too. The more affordable option is definitely Comfort Inn East Elmhurst which operates on a first come first served basis.
So now you should be familiar with how simple it is to travel to the buzzing city of New York, all that’s left now is figuring out who gets the window seat! We definitely recommend that you favour comfort over the view of the clouds. Sure it might be great to look down at the sea for the first hour or so but you’ll definitely feel more comfortable on an aisle seat due to the several hours the flight takes. We hope you enjoy your New York experience and we hope that we’ve cleared up any worries you may have had.