We’ve noticed hotel prices in New York City have started to climb back up to levels not seen since 2008, and with the recent tax law passed, hotel rates found on an online travel agent or through travel agencies might continue to climb well into the fall and winter season. Here’s why: New York state lawmakers passed legislation last week that requires online travel agents and travel agencies to collect a sales tax on all reservations booked. Effective Sept. 1, we suspect that this tax will result in increased rates for the traveler. The sure bet to avoid increased and unnecessary fees is to secure reservations direct with the hotel on the hotel’s website or parent website (Marriott, Starwood, Hyatt etc.). Nearly all of the deals found on Travelzoo can be booked direct through the hotel. Check back often, as new deals are uncovered daily.
If you just can’t break the habit of using your favorite OTA, a helpful tip to avoid this new tax is to book hotels located right outside of the city, either in New Jersey or Connecticut, where rates tend to be significantly lower than found in Manhattan.Lastly, this law is schedule to go into effect on Sept. 1, so there are still several weeks to snatch good deals. Visiting NYC in the next few weeks? Be one of the first to check into the brand-new Cassa hotel for $229 night and get daily continental breakfast with this deal. The hotel, which opened this month, is in Midtown, minutes from Times Square.