Past Vacation – New York Part 1


New York

We took Cohen to New York for his super special birthday vacation in early November last year.  Cohen is the boy we most imagined enjoying the city. Judah is like his mom, and not a city lover at all. We tend to get too overwhelmed! Cohen even was overwhelmed a few times, but was a great trooper for it all!

First the logistics of how we paid for the trip.

We flew Alaska Airlines roundtrip, Seattle-Newark. We used our Barclay Arrival points from both of our cards to redeem for flights and ended up paying around $200 out of pocket total for the flights.



Our first night we stayed out by the airport because hotels in the city are so expensive. We used 20,000 Hilton points to stay at the Doubletree by Newark. It included transportation from the airport and then back to the airport in the morning where we caught a train into the city.

Justin got the Citi Hilton Honors card just for this trip.  It comes with 2 free weekend nights. It does have a $95 annual fee. We stayed 3 nights at the Doubletree Times Square, 2 of them on the free weekend nights and 1 on points (80,000). For the nights we were there the hotel was priced at around $400 per night.

I also had enough Starwood points from my Starwood Preferred Guest Amex card for us to stay one night at the Sheraton Times Square. This hotel was priced at $500 per night for the night we stayed. Totally not worth $500… it was nice enough but nothing special at all!

For our last night we had zero hotel points left to use! Hotels are so expensive in New York. It’s crazy! We had originally planned to stay at the Doubletree out at the airport again but they changed our flight from an early morning flight to an evening flight and we didn’t want to stay all day out by the airport. So we searched and searched for a place to stay in the city. In the end we chose New York Budget Inn which is a hostel. We were in a 3 person private room with a shared bathroom in the hall. We paid a little over $100 for it and it worked out great.


So in total we paid about $300 out of pocket for our flights and hotels. Tomorrow I’ll share about what we did with our time in the city!


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