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If you want to see New York on the cheap, now might be your chance.  Eight hotels are joining New York’s first-annual “Hotel Week” (Jan 6-15) – modeled after the city’s popular Restaurant Week concept – where you can book a Long Island City or Times Square hotel for as little as $100, or something more upscale for anywhere from $200 to $250.  Here’s a snapshot of the hotels that are participating during the week long event:

$100 rooms:

The Pod Hotel (Midtown East); Z NYC Hotel (Long Island City, Queens); The Hotel @ Times Square (Times Sq.); The New York Manhattan Hotel (Herald Square)

$200 rooms:

Andaz Wall Street (Wall St.); Hyatt 48 Lex (Midtown East)

$250 rooms:

Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC (Meatpacking District); Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC (29th & Park Ave.)

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • If you have a flight originating or connecting in Denver during this holiday week, you may want to consider making alternative travel plans now.  The national weather service has issued a winter storm warning for areas including the airport.  As of early this morning, 38 flights have already been cancelled.
  • A recent Trip Advisor survey of more than 2,700 U.S. travelers revealed the people’s choice for the “top trip picks” in 2012.  Although 68 percent of respondents said they plan to travel outside of the U.S. this year, with destinations like Paris, Rome and London topping the list – there are plenty of people staying stateside.  The top 3 domestic hot-spots were New York, Las Vegas, and San Francisco.
  • The FAA recently decided to reduce the maximum work day for commercial pilots from 16 hours to 14 hours per day in an effort to keep them more alert and reduce mistakes.  Pilots would get at least 30 consecutive hours free from duty on a weekly basis, a 25 percent increase over current policy.  The new rule also sets a 10-hour minimum rest period to flight duty, a 2-hour increase over the old rule.  Airlines have 2 years to comply with the new standard – which is estimated to cost them $297 million over 10 years.  Wonder what kind of fee they’ll dream up to cover that cost?  Or maybe they’ll just leave a tip jar as you exit the cabin.