Plan smart and make your travel plans well in advance to avoid the big holiday rush.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips: Simplify Your Thanksgiving Travel Plans

The Thanksgiving holiday is unquestionably the busiest travel event each year, with notorious transportation setbacks, increased traffic on the road, and travel obstacles meeting commuters at almost every corner. But with a little of forethought when planning your Thanksgiving journey, you can ease travel headaches whether you are heading home or leaving for a drama-free experience. Despite your destination, you will be thankful for these Thanksgiving travel tips.

Flexible Early Birds

Make travel plans early, especially during the busy Thanksgiving holiday. The busiest travel days are Wednesday and Friday, since Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday. If you can fly on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, you will find better fares and fewer travelers.

Travel Light

Pack only what you need. Try not to get distracted by the holiday season when it comes to efficient packing. To help you stay focused, create a packing checklist for everyone traveling, listing appropriate clothing and personal care items. You can find free printable packing checklists online, or just create your own list on a piece of blank paper.

Choose the Best Days for Driving

All statistics point to the Wednesday before Thanksgiving as the worst travel day, with the heaviest traffic falling between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM. If you have to drive that day, try to start out before 2:00 PM or after 7:00 PM to avoid the peak holiday rush. The same information applies to Friday, especially as the Black Friday crowds increase annually. Unfortunately, now Tuesday and Saturday are becoming increasingly heavy travel days. However, Sunday has traditionally up to 60 percent less traffic than Saturday.

Stay Informed

Unless you are traveling to a warm destination, bad weather can upset your carefully planned travel arrangements. Staying informed of travel conditions for each of your destinations, especially if you have a plane change, can help you stay on track. Checking online travel sites and installing smartphone apps can alert you to changes that airlines make last minute. The sooner you are aware of potential travel issues, the more chances you have to find suitable alternatives.

Holiday Road

Thanksgiving Day traffic is a breeze. In fact, it usually has the least traffic of the entire week. However, with low gas prices, more people are driving this year. For that reason, plan out an alternate route, have a connected navigator to avoid distracted driving, and start out at an awkward hour. Consider resting all day and leave at 9:00 PM. Even better, get a good night’s rest and leave at 6:00 AM Thanksgiving Day.

Save the headache of traveling on peak days during the Thanksgiving season. Plan smart and make your travel plans well in advance to avoid the big holiday rush.

Service Advisory: UN General Assembly

Traffic conditions in New York City will be challenging this week due to the UN General Assembly along with heightened security in and around the city. We encourage our customers to leave extra travel time while getting around the city and to the airport. Our Customer Service Team is available by calling 212-812-9000 to adjust your scheduled pick up time or for any additional questions you may have. Thank you for your patience, we look forward to you traveling with us!

About the UN General Assembly 

2016 marks the 70th UN General Assembly which nations from all over the globe meet and make recommendations for General Assembly Resolutions. The first session was in January 2046 in Westminster Central Hall in London and included representation from 51 nations – currently there are 193 members of the United Nations.  Since then it’s been in New York City ever year except in 1988 when it was held in Switzerland.

Each Generally Assembly is planned about seven months in advance as they plan the agenda sessions which are then numbered. Depending on the agenda, the sessions could take place during the assembly or appointments could be made months down the line.

When the UN General Assembly is held at the United Nations, which is located on the East side of Manhattan. The members meet in a special building designed just for the purpose of this meeting. Although the UN is closed to Visitors during the General Assembly, you could visit weekdays between 9am and 4:30pm for a guided tour.

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It’s Almost Fall in New York City!

With so much going on in a city that never slumbers, it’s hard to plan your Fall excursions. Here are some exciting ways to spend your getaway.

  • Fall Foliage – Take in New England’s natural beauty during its most prized time of year. Blade, bike, or simply wander beneath the autumn foliage in Central Park, a prime location to view the season at its finest. Stop by the New York Botanical Garden, home to some of the city’s oldest living trees.  NYBG also offers the Haunted Pumpkin Garden (September 17th – October 30th), where award-winning sculptors carve the country’s largest pumpkins into masterpieces.
  • Cider Week – Cider is the flavor of Fall. From October 21-30th, NYC restaurants host a week where you can sip on New England’s finest cider ales, from Foggy Ridge Cider to Farnum Hill. Eateries such as Murray’s Cheese Bar and Astor Center offer tastings of this Fall staple as well as pairings of cheese and pasta dishes.
  • Halloween – Get your costume ready! New York’s Halloween Parade is one of the biggest annual events in New York, with over 50,000 witches, vampires and ghouls who attend each year. Bands and dancers will be performing as well as talented artists. If you want a more family-friendly holiday outing, Boo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo is a spooktacular experience. There will be a hay ride, face painting, storytelling, exciting creatures and more fun activities for the family to enjoy.
  • Macy’s Day Parade –  November will be here before you know it, and that means Thanksgiving! This parade is an annual tradition that presents monstrous balloons of every popular cartoon character you can think of, from Pikachu to Spiderman. On ground level you can see cheerleaders, clowns, floats, and celebrities. Before you stuff your face this Thanksgiving, venture on over to a world-renowned New York experience.
  • Film Festivals – New York City offers an endless array of film festivals in the Fall. The New York Film Festival takes place from September 30—October 16th and showcases work from film legends. The festival is celebrating its 54th year of bringing the spotlight too films both big and small.

Fight Off Your Jet Lag

Even for the most frequent of travelers, jet lag will always creep up on you at the worst possible time. This temporary sleep disorder is the last thing you want to deal with when you have full itineraries planned.  But believe it or not, you’re not condemned to that annoying fatigue and grogginess. There are several ways to fight off jet lag so that once you land; you’re ready to conquer what’s ahead. Here are some remedies that’ll help you out the next time you travel.

  • Anticipate your body’s confusion by preparing ahead of time. If you know you’re inner time clock is soon to be thrown off, push your schedule back or forward depending on where you are going. This will serve as a gradual change instead of drastically being thrown into a different time zone. Whether you’re going to bed one or two hours earlier or staying up past your regular bed time, this will seriously aid you in adjusting your sleep patterns and ease your way into the mix.
  • Set your clocks to the time zone your traveling to before you even take off. By doing this, you will trick your mind and help you mentally prepare for landing time. When on the plane, constantly check what time it is so you know whether you should be trying to stay awake, or counting sheep to doze off.
  • Ever heard of Melatonin? This over-the-counter medicine triggers a natural hormone in your body that regulates your circadian rhythm. Take it about half an hour before you’re planning to fall asleep. Avoid caffeine when trying to go to bed and just focus on the sleepiness Melatonin will cause.
  • There’s actually an app for that. Jet Lag Rescue and Jet Lag Genie are both smartphone apps that’ll help you keep your schedule in line. You’ll know when to eat, sleep, take a quick nap, or take a Melatonin in order to adjust like a pro.
  • The sun is a powerful thing. Spend as much time as you can outdoors once you reach your destination. The sunlight will balance your biological clock and keep you awake when needed. Don’t forget to stay hydrated while you’re out there, because not enough water in your system will only make jet lag symptoms worse.

And there you have it! A trip should be nothing but enjoyable, so don’t let sleepiness and confusion slow you down. Shorten your recovery time and enjoy your stay to the fullest.

 

Press Release: GO Airlink NYC Honored by Hotel Concierges

Leading New York City Transportation Company Finalist for Exceptional Service

July 20, 2016 – GO Airlink NYC, operators of share-ride and private airport transfer services between hotels in Manhattan and JFK, Newark and LaGuardia airports, has been nominated by the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges (NYCAHC) as a candidate in the Transportation Service category for the 2016 Concierge Choice Awards honoring premier businesses in the New York City business/visitor industries.

According to NYCAHC, the awards celebrate organizations, individuals, and companies that excel at creating exceptional experiences for visitors to The Big Apple.  Chosen by the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges, these annual awards are highly selective. Winners will be announced at the annual gala dinner on September 26.

According to Blanca, Executive Director of Sales & Marketing of GO Airlink NYC, “This nomination is an acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication by our professional team of drivers, dispatchers, mechanics, reservations staff and hotel sales team. We are truly honored by this nomination”.

The complete list of 2016 Concierge Choice Award Finalists can be found at http://conciergechoiceawards.com/2016finalists.cfm. For more information about GO Airlink NYC, please visit www.goairlinknyc.com.

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NYC Travel Advisory: 4th of July

The July 4th travel weekend has officially begun, and with 43 million people expected to travel this weekend, its safe to say there will be crowded roads and airports. New York City will be no exception as we host the 40th anniversary 4th of July fireworks show during one of the most exciting weekends to be in the Big Apple.

Many of you will be relying on GO Airlink Shuttle to pick and drop you off at the airport this weekend, and don’t worry we will be there. This weekend may require a little extra patience as our drivers experience traffic delays and overcrowded airports. A few things you should be aware of:

  • Airport Construction: Both LaGuardia Airport and JFK Airport are currently going through some heavy construction. This is causing delays within the airport, for both arrivals and departures. More specially, JFK Airport Terminal 5 is seeing delays up to 45 minutes once you are on the airport property. For arrivals, GO Airlink is doing out best to get you in a van, with our friendly drivers in a timely fashion. We will get you to Manhattan safely as you relax and cool down in our comfortable vans. For departures, GO Airlink has planned extra time while dropping you off to account for the heavy delays within the airport. Please feel free to give us a call at (212) 812-9000 with any questions about your pick up, or if you want to be picked up earlier.
  • General Traffic: As we mentioned above, this is a very heavy road traffic weekend. Please have patience as our drivers try their best to get you to and from your locations in a timely fashion. In situations like this, the main goal is to drive safely and keep our customers as comfortable as possible.
  • Have Fun: Traffic is just a small piece of your weekend! Although that hour long delay might seem like forever, its really just a small party of your thrilling weekend in the Big Apple. There is plenty to do this weekend like double decker bus tours or planning out the best spot to see the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks spectacular.

Thank you for your patience and enjoy your weekend! if you have any questions at all, please feel free to give our customer service team a call 24/7 at 212-812-9000. Happy 4th of July!

A Closer Look: The Empire State Building

If you want to “feel the heart of New York City”, there is one place you need to visit – the Empire State Building. The building was constructed in 1931 on the 33rd and 34 Streets of 350 Fifth Avenue. It was constructed with only a little below $41 million dollars which is equivalent to almost $700 million dollars present day. This gem of New York City was the tallest building in the world when it was completed and up until the recent completion of One World Trade, was the tallest building in New York City.

The opening of the building coincided with the period of the Great Depression. A lot of people were thus, not able to afford to rent spaces in the building. This was further compounded by the fact that it was not easily accessible by public transportation. A lot of people living in New York were simply not interested in renting the building. It wasn’t until around 1951, before the Empire State building really opened up and began to yield profits.

The Empire State Building also features some decks for observation which tourist’s visits regularly. The decks are reputed to be among the most famous attractions for tourists worldwide. In actual terms, there are two of these decks. One of the observation decks is located on the 86th floor while the second deck is located on the 102nd. The deck for observation located on the 86th floor features 360 degree views which allows an uninterrupted, clear view of the whole city of New York. There is also an optional audio tour of the city of New York on this floor, which tells you which gives you information about what you are seeing throughout the deck.

Now you might be wondering what exactly is above the 102nd floor. On the 102nd floor there is a door that leads up to the top and final, 103rd floor. This is one of the most exclusive areas of the building and was initially designed as a disembarkation floor for airships. Since then it is mainy used for when celebrities visit and the occasional movie filming. On this floor there is also access to the spire. This entrance and the staircase that leads up the spire, is used for maintenance work only.

If you are planning to visit New York City anytime soon, then the Empire State building is one of the sites you must visit. You can purchase tickets here and don’t forget to spot some other famous sights while you are up there, like Central Park, Times Square and even the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Your Comprehensive Guide to Share Ride Shuttle Etiquette

If you’re planning to visit New York City anytime soon, you may want to arrange a shuttle ride to and from the airport in advance. Since city traffic is notoriously busy (and more than a little scary to out-of-towners), share ride shuttles can help ease some of your stress so you can sit back and relax while you are transported safely to and from the airport. If you have never had the pleasure of taking a NYC airport shuttle before, here is your comprehensive guide to share ride shuttle services and etiquette.

How Ride Sharing Works

When you schedule your ride sharing service, you will be picked up at the airport along with other travelers who are headed in the same direction. It is important to be polite and courteous to other passengers so that you can all experience an enjoyable ride. Share ride services are a more economical option than taxis and other available transportation services because they allow multiple passengers to split the cost of transportation.

Printing Your Voucher

To make sure that you are all ready to board our share ride service once you arrive at the airport, make sure you schedule your ride in advance and bring your printed voucher with you to the airport. Once you arrive at your destination, present your voucher to a representative at the Ground Transportation Desk in the airport. Being prepared will help you avoid making the shuttle and the other passengers late.

Getting to Know People

One of the most enjoyable parts of a shared ride to and from the airport is the opportunity to converse with fellow travelers. Since you are heading in the same general direction, you may even decide that you would like to explore New York City as a group with some of your newfound friends. However, do not force conversation on a fellow passenger who does not seem interested in conversing.

Selecting the Right Seat

If you’re physically comfortable, it’s considered courteous to sit in the furthest available seats toward the back of the van. This not only allows for more efficient loading of future passengers, it also makes it easier to accommodate any riders who might have special needs.

Weather Considerations

While chauffeurs do their best to get you to your destination in a timely manner, they cannot control inclement weather, unexpected traffic delays or flight delays. Please be patient and understanding of any delays that cannot be controlled by your driver. If you are on time for your scheduled pick up from the airport or hotel, it will help your driver get you and other passengers to your destinations safely and as quickly as possible.

Enjoy the Ride

Whether you’re loading into a cozy sedan or a full-sized van, remember to sit back and enjoy the ride. GO Airlink Shuttle services save you money, spare you the hassle of airport parking and ensure there are no detours due to bad directions when you’re on a tight schedule. Keep these benefits in mind and you’ll be much more likely to relax en route to your final destination, wherever that may be.

Reduce Travel Stress

Easy Ways to Eliminate Travel Stress

For many people, air travel can be a stressful endeavor. It often requires considerable planning, effort and patience before, during and after your flight, but there are numerous ways in which you can fight the stress before it begins. With the right kind of preparation and a positive mindset, you can turn a trip even during the busiest traveling season into a leisurely adventure. Learn how to reduce your travel stress with these simple tips.

Make a List, Check it Twice

Packing can be one of the trickiest parts of any trip. There always seems to be a challenge, whether it’s fitting items into a certain piece of luggage or simply remembering everything you’re likely to need while you’re away from home. Do yourself a favor and put together a list, striking items off one by one as you pack them. Not only will you be more confident in your final packing job, but the process of making the list itself will often help to remind you of needs you might’ve otherwise overlooked.

Do Your Homework

To avoid unpleasant surprises at check-in, measure and weigh your luggage to ensure each piece is properly sized. Make sure that carry-on bags are not too large according to your airline’s policies and that you won’t be charged extra for oversized or overweight checked luggage. Be sure also to pack the correct items in each bag, so you’ll have access to everything you need in-flight.

Start Out on the Right Foot

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of a good night’s sleep and a square meal before you begin your journey. Hunger and tiredness are great ways to add stress to any day, much less one you plan to spend in airports and airplanes surrounded by hundreds of people. Do yourself two favors: get plenty of shut-eye and eat right before you hit the road, especially since food choices become potentially perilous when you’re out and about.

Go With the Flow

You’re probably going to find yourself standing in a few lines before your trip is over, so do what you can to make the experience easier. Keep your boarding pass and identification close at hand, and when lining up for security checkpoints, try to facilitate the process as much as possible. Start emptying your pockets, removing metal accessories and getting your shoes off before you’re front-and-center and you’ll do your part to keep the line moving—while keeping yourself busy instead of just standing around.

Dress For the Occasion

One of the biggest mistakes you can make on a long flight is to dress in uncomfortable clothing. Sport clothes that are right for the weather but leave yourself the option to remove layers if the cabin gets too stuffy. Wearing comfortable walking shoes is also recommended, as you’ll probably be on your feet a fair amount between those long stretches of sitting.

Be Positive

Finally, one of the simplest and most successful ways to reduce your travel stress is to simply enter in with a positive mindset. Do little things to keep yourself entertained and upbeat, such as listening to music, reading books or doing pen-and-paper puzzles you’ll often find for sale at airport newsstands. As with any activity, traveling is less stressful when you approach it with an open mind and positive expectations.

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Getting To and From JFK Airport

If you’re visiting New York City by air, it’s important to think about how you’ll be getting to and from the airport. A bit of advance planning can make your vacation or business trip much more relaxed and easy-going. There are a number of ways to navigate your airport travel, including public transit, an airport shuttle or personalized car service.

John F. Kennedy International Airport is the busiest international air gateway in the US, with almost 30 million passengers every year. If you’re flying to or from another country, you’re quite likely to find yourself in JFK at some point during your New York trip. This bustling airport is also home to thousands of regular domestic flights. Your airport experience can be less stressful if you take a moment to learn more about your transportation choices before you arrive.

Your JFK Travel Options

You have many options when it comes to JFK airport access. Some of the most popular choices are:

  • Hiring a car service
  • Taking public transit
  • Using a taxi
  • Booking an airport shuttle

Some of these options require a certain amount of spare cash or planning in advance, while others are good for more spontaneous travelers or groups on tighter budgets.

Choosing a Car Service

Private car service can be a smart choice for NYC visitors who want to get to and from JFK in a hurry. Look for a team of chauffeurs who are licensed and insured for your safety and convenience. Some car services even make use of flight tracking systems, which means that they will still arrive on time, even if your flight is early (or delayed). When your car service knows exactly when you will be arriving at the airport, it can take a great deal of stress off your shoulders if your flight does not come in at the scheduled time.

If you’re in a group of several travelers, a car service to and from the airport can be just as economical as a shuttle or a taxi. When you prearrange a limo or call for one at the airport, you don’t have wait in line with your baggage, hoping to get a cab. Limo service is a great option for parties of three or more visiting New York.

Airport Shuttles 101

NYC Airport shuttles can be a good choice for people who want to get increased convenience without paying for a taxi. Share ride shuttle service are a great way to save money on transportation back and forth from the airport, and they give you plenty of space for all of your luggage. You can even use a share ride shuttle to explore the city without breaking the bank! You’ll also have the chance to converse with fellow travelers who are headed to the same destination as you. Shuttles can be pre-booked or called from the airport or hotel. The shuttle driver will provide you with door to door service, making it easy for you to deal with your luggage or any inclement weather you might be experiencing.

Book With GO Airlink Shuttle

You have plenty of options if you’re flying into JFK. Book your transportation with GO Airlink Shuttle in advance so you can start enjoying your vacation as soon as you get to the airport.