Getting the Most Out of New York Transportation

Getting the Most Out of New York Transportation

New York is a massive, sprawling city, and it’s best that you understand the best ways to get around if you’ve got an upcoming trip. There are more transportation options than ever before, but not all of them are as convenient as you might like. Taxis are easily found, but they can also easily exhaust your financial reserves with their airport transportation upcharges. An airport shuttle is a great option for travelers who are flying in, and opting for a share ride is even better if you’re really looking to save yourself some money.

Planes, Trains, Metros and Automobiles

You might be tempted to try your hand at taking the New York subway system, but you can easily miss your transfer, get on the wrong train or waste several hours trying to reach your hotel. You can easily run into the same problems if you take the bus, which can be even slower than taking the subway. Ridesharing services are supposed to be convenient and less expensive, but you have to go through the trouble of setting up an account before you can hail a ride, and you might be hit with a seriously expensive upcharge during busy periods. Eliminate the hassle and just take an airport shuttle.

Make Your Life and Your Travels Easier

With airport shuttles, you have the comfort of knowing you have a ride to your hotel before you even touch down in New York. You can easily book a shuttle and pay in advance, meaning all you have to do is grab your luggage, head out of the airport and look for your shuttle before you’re whisked away to your hotel. If you’re traveling for business, you don’t have to worry about showing up to an important meeting late, an incident that can easily ruin a business relationship.

Ride in the Lap of Luxury

What’s more is that you can utilize a share ride during your visit. There’s plenty to see and do in NYC, and you don’t want to miss out on everything because you can’t get a cab. And even if you do manage to find a cab, who’s to say you won’t blow your travel budget on ridiculous big city cab fare? Make your life easier and your trip better by taking a luxury car service.

With this service you can reserve a private driver for the night who will get you where you need to go while you enjoy yourself. Now you don’t have to worry about renting a car, finding a parking spot, walking several blocks to your destination, possibly getting a parking ticket and several other mishaps. You’ll be able to book a driver for up to seven hours long, meaning you can enjoy yourself without constantly worrying about what time it is, how much cab or ridesharing rates are or getting a driver who doesn’t know how to get you where you need to go.

Traveling can be enough of a hassle and an exercise in frustration without worrying about ground transportation troubles. Do yourself (and your nerves) a favor and opt for airport shuttle and share ride services.

Inside 5 Extravagant (and Expensive!) New York City Hotels

New York City is easily one of the most expensive cities to live in. Rent is ridiculous, taxes are sky-high, and a Chipotle burrito is $11.50 for Pete’s sake. When the cost of living is so expensive, so are hotels, with an average of $270 per night. If you think that’s pricey, expensive is an understatement with some of these extravagant New York hotels.

The St. Regis Hotel – East 55th Street

Even the name sounds like this hotel is fit for a saint. Ranked as the most expensive hotel in New York, St. Regis hotel goes for about $22,000 a night in its Presidential Suite. That’s my entire college tuition. The hotel is embellished with Italian marble bathrooms, crystal chandeliers, and heated floors. It even has designer suites named after icons like Dior and Milano that feature their own unique style. Legends such as Salvador Dali and Marilyn Monroe have stayed at the St. Regis as well. If you want to feel like a celebrity, this five star hotel is a must.

The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York – 61st Street

The Tata Presidential Suite may have a funny name but it’s no joke. It offers Turkish marble bathrooms furnished with TV’s, in-house laundry services, sumptuous king beds, beautifully upholstered furniture, and don’t forget the complimentary slippers. At $20,000 a night, you’ll be living the suite life.

Mandarin Oriental – 60th Street

At $18,000 a night, this hotel’s Presidential Suite offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Central Park and a fabulous bird’s eye view of Fifth Avenue. The suite is ornamented with handcrafted rugs and walls lined with imported silk, as well as a steam shower for two so you and your spouse can save water and shower together.

Trump International Hotel & Tower New York – Central Park

While Donald Trump’s hair may not be that visually appealing, his hotel suites certainly are. The two-bedroom suites are located on the 22nd floor and present stunning views of Manhattan’s most prominent park. They include spacious bathrooms garnished with contemporary fixtures, fully equipped European-Style kitchens, ten foot floor-to-ceiling windows, and even an in-suite chef. With this suite’s lavish furnishings, you’ll want to book a room faster than you can say “You’re fired!”

Ritz Carlton – Central Park

No, not the cracker. This hotel’s Royal Suite has posh amenities that include a bidet, soundproof windows, three TV’s, and a magnificent view of Central Park for $14,000 a night. The expression “Putting on the Ritz” was created for a reason—this suite is ritzy for sure.

New York offers extravagant hotels as over-the-top as the city itself. If you’re feeling risky and feel like blowing through your house mortgage, give these five star finds a try.

Carry on luggage has benefits.

Travel Tips – 10 Reasons to Travel with a Carry-On Only

If you’re anything like me, you like to travel light. However, if you’re still like me, you find it extremely difficult to determine how many shoes you can fit in your carry on. Although you may be tempted to just forget it and opt for a larger suitcase, we all know travelling with a simple carry-on is the best decision for everyone. Here are ten reasons why:

You don’t have to wait for your luggage once you land
There’s no better feeling than walking passed a huge crowd of tired and impatient passengers waiting at baggage claim. As soon as you’re off the flight, you can walk straight out the door.

Easy Access
Personally, I like knowing that my bag and belongings are within arm’s reach. Not only is it convenient for departing the plane and the airport, it also comes in handy when you arrive to your hotel. No need to wait for a bellhop to carry your bags when you can easily bring it upstairs yourself and get started with your trip.

Easy to maneuver
If you’re meeting ground transportation or taking public transportation, such as a bus or train, or taking a taxi once you arrive, it’s easier and more convenient to travel with a carry-on. You don’t have to fumble with bulky luggage and it’s easier to store.

Save Money
Flying is already expensive, so cut down on costs by traveling with a carry-on. Most airlines allow you to bring a carry-on on your flight for free, just make note of the approved weight and dimensions.

No need to worry about lost or damaged luggage
I’m sure you’ve all heard the horror stories. The amount of times that airlines have lost passengers’ luggage or passengers have received damaged items is almost too many to count.

Airline Benefits
Some airlines, such as American Airlines, reward passengers for flying light and will offer priority boarding so you can skip by the antsy passengers and get settled and ready for your flight.

Travel Faster
If you check-in online, you don’t have to stand in the long lines and just go straight to security. This definitely comes in handy if you’re running a little late for your flight.

You won’t be tempted to pack too much…
Since you’ll be travelling light, you’ll have to take a serious look at the items you want to bring and what you’d actually need to bring. Trust me; I always try to find a way to justify my “backup outfit options,” but realistically, I don’t need it and only end up taking up too much space.

…Or buy too much
Similarly, since you aren’t traveling with larger luggage, you don’t have as much room to store all the new souvenirs, clothes, and miscellaneous objects you’d want to buy. Alas, you’ll have to prioritize but your wallet and your luggage will thank you.

 

Unpacking is even easier!
Packing for your trip may be a difficult and time-consuming task, but unpacking your carry-on is a breeze! Since you packed a limited amount of items, most of which will be thrown into the laundry anyway, you’ll be unpacked and relaxed in no time.

Valentine’s Day 2018: NYC Sweet Treets

With Valentine’s Day just a week away, it’s time to decide how sweet you want it to be!

Jacques Torres Chocolate
Making chocolate an exquisite art form, Mr. Chocolate, Jacques Torres uses his love of the culinary arts and passion for New York City to devise the ultimate chocolate treats. With multiple locations throughout New York City, find the one closest to you and taste everything form homemade hot chocolate to ice cream sandwiches.
Looking to elevate your sweet treats for your Valentine? Visit New York’s first ever chocolate museum which Jacquest opened just last year – “Choco-Story New York, Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres.”

Baked By Melissa
With her specially designed Valentine’s Day Flavors, it’s hard not to pick up some mini cupcakes this Valentine’s Day. Create your own box or choose a themed box like “My Gluten Free Valentine”, “Sweet Talker”, or “The Love Letter”. Baked By Melissa has convenient locations throughout NYC including Times Square, SoHo and Columbus Circle.
Won’t be in New York City this Valentines Day? No problem, Nationwide delivery is available.

Li-Lac Chocolates
Looking for something with a bit of history? Li-Lac Chocolates is Manhattans oldest chocolate house. Since 1923 they’ve stayed with the same recipes and classic techniques. Li-Lac has locations in the West Village, Greenwich Village, Grand Central Market, Chelsea Market and Brooklyn.

Milk Bar Bakery
Looking to impress with some award-winning desserts? Milk Bar brings sweets to a whole different level as Christina Tosi creates some of most out of the box desserts your childhood self could image. Cookies, Truffles, Pies, and Cakes – you’ll want to leave with one of each. Flavors include Cornflake-Chocolate-Chip-Marshmallow, Confetti, Chocolate Malt and Strawberry Lemon.

GO Airlink NYC Celebrates Their Nomination as a Finalist for Exceptional Service

Press Release: New York City Hotel Concierges Honors GO Airlink NYC

GO Airlink NYC Celebrates Their Nomination as a Finalist for Exceptional Service

September 1, 2017 – GO Airlink NYC, has recently been nominated by the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges (NYCAHC) as a final contender in the Transportation Service category for the 2017 Concierge Choice Awards. The CCA honors premier businesses – organizations, individuals, and companies – in the New York City that provide remarkable experiences for visitors across the different factions of the Hospitality industry – tourist, theater, restaurant, retail, service and transportation.

Every Fall, the Concierge Choice Awards ceremony brings together distinguished finalists and concierges for an exquisite gala to recognize the finest in the industry. The awards strive to uphold the highest standards and as a result, finalists are hand-picked by the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges members for providing exemplary service to tourists visiting the Big Apple. 2017 saw over 400 submissions across 14 categories. 10,000 votes cast by over 1,000 concierges helped narrow the submissions down to five finalists in each category. All winners will be announced at the 11th annual black-tie gala dinner which will be held on October 2nd.

Of the company’s most recent CCA nomination, Shimi Kluger, General Manager of GO Airlink NYC said, “We are truly honored to have received this nomination. This nomination is a great recognition for our dedicated professionals and airport teams and the entire GO Airlink family for working extra hard to achieve excellence in a city where transportation is a never ending logistical challenge. We thank the NYC concierge community for the ongoing support and nomination”.

For a complete list of 2017 Concierge Choice Award Finalists, visit: http://conciergechoiceawards.com/2017finalists.cfm.

About GO Airlink NYC: GO Airlink NYC is a New York City based operator of share-ride, private and group airport  transfer services between Manhattan and JFK, Newark and LaGuardia airports. Running 24-Hours a day, 7 days a week, GO Airlink NYC operates a large fleet of late model modern sedans, SUVs and vans. Proudly offering customer assistance in every terminal at JFK, EWR and LGA. GO Airlink is a proud member of the New York Airport Service Group and the national network, GO Airport Shuttle.

Media Contact: David W. Chien / 212-445-7562 / [email protected]

Choose JFK Car Service for Your NYC Trip

5 Reasons to Choose JFK Car Service for Your NYC Trip

There’s no denying that New York City is a special place. Once you’re there, you may never want to leave! But there’s also no denying that getting to your New York City destination can present a bit of a challenge, especially for those unfamiliar with the city. Between the notorious traffic and subway platforms that feel like furnaces in the summer, it can start to seem like there’s no good way to get from JFK to your destination.

Don’t ruin your introduction to NYC with a stressful journey from JFK. For most travelers, our JFK car service is the hands-down best option for comfortable and hassle-free transportation. Here are five reasons why:

1. Peace of mind with advance booking
The best part of JFK car service for many travelers is that it’s easy to book online in advance. When you arrive at the airport and grab your luggage, there’s nothing extra to worry about. And because you’ll enter your flight information when booking, our drivers and dispatch team will be aware if your flight is delayed or lands early. That means your car will be waiting for you when your flight touches down — even if it’s not when you expected.

2. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Coming in on a 2 am flight? No worries. Our JFK car service operates around the clock, every day of the week. And our dispatch team is available 24/7, too, so you can always call our team if you have any questions or concerns.

3. No unknown fees — tax, tolls and tip are covered
This is a big one. Even though taxis offer a flat-rate price from the airport, they don’t include tax, tolls or gratuity. And that can really add up! When you book your JFK car service, you’ll pay an up front price based on where you’re going. And that’s it. Tax, tip and tolls are all rolled into one affordable price.

4. Comfortable and professional
There’s no avoiding NYC traffic. But it’s a lot less painful if you’re relaxing in a modern and clean air-conditioned car with a professional driver. You’ll be sitting in a properly licensed and insured late model black sedan (or SUV, if you prefer), receiving the highest level of service from experienced chauffeurs. Sit back and enjoy the views!

5. No navigational skills required
You’ll get door-to-door service, no matter where your final destination. Turn off your Google Maps app and put away the subway brochures. Let a professional driver who knows the city inside and out take you right to your destination — anywhere in New York City, Westchester or even Connecticut.

How to Get from JFK Airport to Manhattan with Ease

So, you’ve arrived at JFK Airport and you’re ready to start your NYC exploration. Whether you’re traveling for work or for leisure, alone or with a group, start your trip off the right way by getting from JFK Airport to Manhattan without the usual hassle. Balancing your budget, your time constraints and your travel preferences, pick the mode that makes the most sense for you.

JFK Airport to Manhattan by Airport Shuttle
Airport shuttle services are becoming a more and more popular way to get from JFK Airport to Manhattan. A JFK Airport Shuttle is a convenient and affordable way to reach your destination, especially if you want to book your trip in advance online and prefer to have most of the details taken care of for you.

You’ll be able to enter an address, hotel or transportation hub as your final destination. You’ll also enter how many passengers you’ll be traveling with and what time your flight lands. But don’t worry, if your flight is delayed or lands early, your shuttle will still be waiting for you. When you arrive at the airport and collect your luggage, just head to the Airport Ground Transportation Desk and check in — they’ll show you what to do next.

Trips from JFK to Manhattan start at around $20 per person. Remember you’ll probably be traveling with a few other passengers and you may have to stop for a few pick-ups and drop offs, which could add time to your trip. If you don’t have a strict timeline, take this opportunity to get to know some fellow travelers!

JFK Airport to Manhattan by Private Sedan or SUV
If you’re looking for a bit more luxury or simply don’t like to travel with strangers after a long flight, spend a bit more on a private car service. An experienced chauffeur will help you with your luggage and take care of the details of when and where to pick you up, then navigate through NYC’s busy streets and deliver you safely to your destination.

If you’re traveling with another passenger or two, this option really is a steal. You can be traveling for about $30-50 per person, including tax, tolls and gratuity! Considering NYC taxis charge a flat rate of $52 to go from NYC to Manhattan, not including tax, tolls or tip, it’s definitely worth it to skip the beat up cab and have peace of mind knowing your car will be there for you when you land, no matter the time of night or day.

You can find a Sedan for 1-3 travelers, or if you have a few more friends, a private SUV service is available for up to 6 passengers.

Large Group Travel from JFK Airport to Manhattan
Traveling with your entourage? Get a New York Airport Van for up to 11 passengers (and all their luggage, too). Book online for comfortable and easy airport transportation that doesn’t involve scrambling for cabs or trying to keep track of your whole part on the subway. You can count on Sprinter van service from JFK Airport to Manhattan’s hotels, popular attractions and transportation hubs for under $200.

If you’ve got more than 11 friends, don’t fret. There are mini buses, coaches and even double deckers for large parties. And if you need transportation beyond an airport transfer, look into group charter travel.

Welcome to New York
Getting to Manhattan doesn’t have to be stressful. Millions of people make this trip each year, so we can promise it’s very doable. New York City is one of the most popular destinations in the world for good reason — make sure to enjoy it from the minute you land!

Whenever your flight is coming or going, share-ride shuttle service will be there to pick you up.

Top 5 Reasons to Take Share-Ride Airport Transportation

Affordable Transportation Option

Taking a trip to New York City can get expensive – hotels, dinners, souvenirs, tours, they all add up. Safe and reliable transportation is something you shouldn’t have to compromise on, and with share-ride service you are able to save big and still receive great service.

Make New Friends

As your adventure to New York City is beginning, you’ll share a trip from the airport with people from all over the world. When you think about, it’s exactly what makes the Big Apple what it is, a melting pot of wonderful and interesting people. You’ll have people who are maybe experiencing the city for the first time, others might be locals, everyone can exchange their stories and hopes about what to do in the big city.

Door to Door Service

From the airport, right to the front doors of your hotel. It’s the easiest it can get. We will drop you off at your hotel, or even a residential address within New York City. No running from another station, to get another train to get where you need to go. Let’s start your trip off as stress free as possible. The same goes for your way back. We will load up that extra souvenirs of yours right into the van and off we go!

Friendly Staff

Not every New Yorker fits the New York attitude stereotype, we are actually quite friendly. Our drivers and staff are specifically trained to be professional and courteous to our passengers. Talk to them, they have a lot of information to offer when it comes to the city — they do navigate through it every day after all.

24 Hours A Day, 7 Days A Week

Just like the city, we are always on. Whenever your flight is coming or going, share-ride shuttle service will be there to pick you up. With passengers flying from all over the world, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have airport transportation when you need it.

The 83rd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

4 Tips for Planning Holiday Travel

Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years are so close you can feel the joy in the air. With the holidays being right around the corner, you’ll need to start planning your holiday getaway right away. Whether you’re visiting the family or simply need to escape the chilly weather, these are some tips for your holiday traveling.

1. Plan Ahead

Nothing’s worse than hearing the age old question “are we there yet?” a hundred times. Research places to stop along the way for kids on road trips and go to fun museums or a park rather than a gas station. You can go on tripadvisor.com and see ratings of fascinating places to visit. Go online and check for luggage restrictions at airports so you don’t have to throw away products because you were .01 ounces over the liquid limit. Bring snacks! We can all get a little grumpy when traveling on an empty stomach. Research the weather beforehand so you know what to pack. Unfortunately things don’t always go as planned–pictures on the internet make places look cooler than they are, and weather the weather isn’t always in your favor. Be prepared and organize alternative outings in case of unexpected alterations.

2. Packing

Sometimes packing up can take up the majority of your vacation time. Make sure you have all important documents and absolute necessities in your carry on, and pack light in case luggage is mishandled or lost. If driving, pack flashlight, first aid kit, jumper cables, make sure you have a spare tire and jack. Bring headphones and sleeping pills to block out the crying children and the boisterous airport.

3. Travel on off-peak days

Unfortunately, the holiday season inevitably comes along with pushy pedestrians, obnoxious drivers, and intrusive security guards that get a little too personal for your pat-down. A way to avoid this is by traveling on the less popular days. The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year, so travel the day of rather than day before, and very early in case the flight is postponed to later in the day. Same goes for Christmas or Hanukkah—travel that day so you don’t stuck in the chaotic holidaze.

4. Breathe!

You’re on vacation! You’re finally free of deadlines, meetings, and your stuffy office. Follow these traveling tips and you’ll be grubbing on that pumpkin pie in no time.