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How I Rocketrip: Seth Socolow of Airpush Goes to New York City

It’s no surprise that New York City is both the most visited and the most expensive destination for U.S. business travel. We here at Rocketrip call New York home, so to get the perspective of a visitor, we talked to Seth Socolow, SVP Strategic Partnerships at Airpush, about his latest trip to the Big Apple from his home base of San Francisco. Read on to see how Seth finds ways to save in New York - and where he finds his favorite pizza - as well as some insider suggestions from the locals on the Rocketrip staff.

Rocketrip: What brought you to the city?
Seth: I came to NYC to attend ad:tech.

Where did you stay and why?
I stayed at the W Times Square because it was below my Rocketrip Budget to Beat. I’m not sure New York’s mantra “The City That Never Sleeps” could be more true in any neighborhood besides Times Square. It’s bright 24/7 with the huge neon signs and electronic billboards, but it’s extremely convenient for getting to and from the Javits Center, where ad:tech took place.

How was the flight? How did you choose it?
Living in San Francisco, I typically fly either Virgin America or United (whichever will earn me more Rocketrip points), since they both have hubs where I’m coming from. I flew Virgin on this trip and chose coach instead of first class, saving $459! I love that when you book a trip with Virgin you know there will be WiFi and a great entertainment system on the plane. I even like their safety video. I’m a frequent flyer, and it gets stuck in my head.

Did you eat anywhere memorable?
I never go to New York without getting at least one slice of pizza. I’ve discovered a tiny but amazing place with killer pizza by the slice called Patzeria Perfect Pizza on 46th between 7th and 8th Avenues (231 West 46th St.).

What’s a tip you could share with visitors to the City?
I love the NJ Transit connection from Penn Station to the Newark Airport AirTrain. Beats sitting in tunnel traffic in a cab or Uber any day.

How much did you beat your budget by on your trip to New York?
I beat my budget by $565 dollars, which earned me $282 in rewards.

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Looking for more #rocketips before your next trip to NYC? Here are a few from the Rocketrip team.

Transportation Tips

When in Rome, do as the Romans. When in New York, take the subway.

  • Check out this article to see how to buy the perfect MetroCard.
  • Download the Subway Map. We really like the iTrans NYC app, and if you’re super detail oriented (or tend to run late), be sure to check out ExitStrategy so you know exactly where to stand on the subway platform to be closest to your destination.
  • New York is one of the first cities to offer UberPool and Lyft Line. These carpool options of the ride sharing apps are a great way to save when riding to the airport.

Dining Favorites

If there’s one thing we love at Rocketrip, it’s rewarding business travelers for finding ways to save. But if there are two things we love, then the other one is food. Next time you’re in New York, check out some of our favorite spots:

  • Budget - Taqueria Diana - Roasted chicken, tostadas, and horchata in the heart of the East Village.
  • Live a Little - ABC Kitchen - Farm-to-table New American cuisine from New York super-chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
  • Live a Lot - Peter Luger Steakhouse - This Brooklyn icon serves the City’s most famous steaks in a German-style beer hall. So old school they don’t accept cards. Bring cash. A lot of cash.

Lodging Options

New York has accommodations to fit any budget. Here are some hotels worth considering:

  • The Pod Hotels - A great choice for young travelers, with rooms starting at under $100. Pod has two locations in Manhattan, one at 39th Street near Grand Central Station, and the other on 51st Street near the United Nations.
  • Yotel - The purple exterior lighting at this hotel would fit in well in nearby Times Square. The spaceship vibe continues inside, with automated self-check-in, adjustable beds, and a retro-futuristic lounge on the fourth floor. “Cabins” are priced starting at under $200.
  • Ink48 - A slightly more expensive boutique option. This Kimpton Hotel is close to the Javits Center and has a great rooftop bar.

Airbnb has options all over New York. There are many listings close to the major business hubs of Midtown and Union Square.

Or, if you want to explore a new neighborhood, consider:

What’d we miss? Share your Gotham #rocketips with us on Twitter @Rocketrip.

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