Monday, June 15, 2009

For Last-Minute Meetings, 3 Reasons Why New York is in Rarified "Air"

This week, the President announced that he's adopting a pay-as-you-go approach to budgeting. Meeting planners, however, are one step ahead of him – they’ve been operating that way all year long.

New York City is well prepared to welcome business travelers operating on last-minute pay-as-you-go schedules, especially when it comes to air travel.

Some advantages of flying to meet in New York include:

Low fares across-the-board: About three months ago, only the low-cost carriers were offering deals into New York's three primary airports. Now everyone’s getting into the act. While last-minute meetings create obstacles for acquiring group rates, major carriers are offering regular fares for business travelers as low as $129 from the West Coast, just days in advance of flights. That means meeting planners can stop fretting about huge lead times when making travel arrangements.

WiFi at 30,000 feet: Some airlines have begun offering on-board wi-fi during flights to New York – perfect for your busy business clients who could surely benefit from mile-high browsing privileges. Our colleagues who have utilized this service on cross-country flights give it rave reviews.

New Survey Indiactes Enhanced Piece of Mind: Who can forget Capt. Chesley Sullenberger’s heroic crash landing of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River? According to a recent survey by the independent polling firm, Rasmussen Reports, 34% of Americans are now more confident about flying in the wake of that landing, which resulted in the rescue of all passengers on board. And 54% of respondents think Sully should get a raise too!

With air travel to New York seeing blue skies ahead, last-minute meetings in the Big Apple make more sense than ever.

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