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Old 09-22-2016, 07:34 PM
 
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I was thinking to take a weekend trip to NY to see a show there and some friends, but when checking flights for two it came to over $1,000. Which is nuts.

Maybe it's the season or I checked too close to the date, but there has got to be a better way.

Then I checked Car Train, which I've never done before but the idea is intriguing.

Amtrak came to over $500 for sleeper cars and the trips start a 8:30am and end at 6-something pm and that is only to Newark; regular coach seats are $95/person one way, and that has got to be uncomfortable for that length of time.
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:44 PM
 
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I was thinking to take a weekend trip to NY to see a show there and some friends, but when checking flights for two it came to over $1,000. Which is nuts.

Maybe it's the season or I checked too close to the date, but there has got to be a better way.

Then I checked Car Train, which I've never done before but the idea is intriguing.

Amtrak came to over $500 for sleeper cars and the trips start a 8:30am and end at 6-something pm and that is only to Newark; regular coach seats are $95/person one way, and that has got to be uncomfortable for that length of time.
When are you going? That's crazy expensive for flights, especially on the weekend.
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:48 PM
 
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Did you mean the cost of trip per person is $500 (incl. lodging) or just a round trip airfare?
At the end of August I flew to EWR and it was $136 round trip. Sure I paid $30 for bus to Manhattan but still under $200. I go to NYC 3-4 times a year, this was by far the cheapest I found in the last 10 yrs.
If you are planning to travel during major holidays then the price would be high unfortunately.
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:58 PM
 
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Except for an emergency, I've never paid more than $265 for a roundtrip ticket to New York. So $1,000 for two people, even roundtrip, sounds way high.

I'm loathe to do Amtrak again. When I boarded in Cary the train was packed so we were directed to one of the cars in the rear. Big problem though was they hadn't properly cleaned the restroom filter so we could smell it. The train didn't empty out enough until DC, some 5 hours in, that we could change cars.
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:07 PM
 
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Wow, that is way more expensive than it needs to be. Try google flights and flexible dates, if you can.

Easy to get into Manhattan from Newark - you can take the PATH train if you do take Amtrak - but you should be able to get a cheaper flight.
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:36 PM
 
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Yes I was looking into flights or rail only, no lodging.

I think the high rate because I checked for this weekend today, and it's too close so expensive. I tried Expedia and some of the carriers' sites, then switched airports to White Plains for other options. I could see 1-way flights for $121 to EWR on UA, so not bad if planned in advance.

Anyone ever do a car train?
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:37 PM
 
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Did you mean the cost of trip per person is $500 (incl. lodging) or just a round trip airfare?
At the end of August I flew to EWR and it was $136 round trip. Sure I paid $30 for bus to Manhattan but still under $200. I go to NYC 3-4 times a year, this was by far the cheapest I found in the last 10 yrs.
If you are planning to travel during major holidays then the price would be high unfortunately.
Which airline was $136?
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:38 PM
 
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Don't. Drive. Made that mistake a few months ago for a bachelor party weekend in NYC.....terrible decision. I would have paid $1000 to not have had to make that drive back on Sunday. Yikes.

JetBlue usually has really good prices for direct flights to NYC.
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Old 09-22-2016, 09:09 PM
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$1000 seems very high. I normally fly to NY for less than $250. I did a quick search and found a Southwest trip for $$335, leaving Friday Oct. 28 and return Sunday Oct 30. I'm sure there are similar offers on different dates or different airlines.
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Old 09-22-2016, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Which airline was $136?
Well, you left out an important fact in your OP didn't you? It's Thursday already...
The cheap flight I scored was with United. It's an old Continental route and I booked it ~2weeks prior to the flight.
No redeye, left RDU at 8:30am, return flight 5:15pm EWR. Aircraft was 737.
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