My family were lucky enough to have an opportunity to travel all the way to New York City (NYC), the cost of the travel was tall so we looked to save some dollars before we left.
After all, we heard that NYC can be a ridiculously pricey to visit which was confirmed later by our shuttle driver from JFK International into the city where his first words of advice were:
“The universal language of New York City is “cash”.
What did the New York Pass Promise?
- A guide book helping you plan, travel and save in places around NYC;
- Access to over 90 NYC attractions and tours;
- Savings of up to 70%; and
- Straight to the front of the line or Fast Lane Access to many popular attractions.
What did it deliver?
We ordered over the internet and the pass arrived in the Australian mail within 1 week of the order. It came well packaged and included our 2 adult and 2 child passes plus the New York Pass Guide booklet that is laid out so well and is so informative that we read it from front to back on our flight to the USA.
The iPhone app is also extremely impressive and we certainly found it beneficial as we explored New York City. It offers all the same information as the booklet, itinerary recommendations and integrated maps to provide immediate access to your closest attractions. We also kept our planned itinerary in this app that made it easy as it was always with us and extremely flexible for any last minute changes.
The New York Pass could be utilised in all areas of Manhattan and out of many options it gave us admission to the following attractions over 5 days (utilising a 5 day pass).
- Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus
- Guggenheim Museum
- Madame Tussauds NYC
- The Ride
- On Location Tours When Harry Met Seinfield Bus Tour
- New York Water Taxi
- 9/11 Memorial Museum
- Top of the Rock
- Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum
- Circle Line NYC Sightseeing Cruise
- Central Park Bicycle Rental & Tour
- Empire State Building Observation Deck
The following video is 2 minute preview of this time in the Big Apple with the New York Pass.
We also received several discounts at retail shops by utilising the pass. This was great however if we were thinking about it more often we could of utilised it much more.
These combined activities would of cost our family (including for 2 adults and 2 children) approximately $1,691 US. Instead, the New York Pass for 5 days cost us $837 US (including shipping) – This is less then 50% of the actual cost saving us $854 US.
This is a massive saving considering we could of done so much more if we had more stamina and were not so tired by day 3. Additionally, we opted to negotiate a horse and carriage ride through central park and received 50% off broadway tickets from TKTS in Times Square rather than utilise the discounts offered by the card.
Fast Lane Access? We all know that one of the toughest aspects of visiting any notable landmark at any major city is the long queues that you can expect to experience. The New York Pass promised fast lane access to many locations however we did not find this at all. We could not pre-purchase tickets over the internet and we found that the The Pass had its own line up to purchase tickets. These were often larger then purchasing without the pass and we noticed many people by-passing this line as they purchased over the internet. Once we had the ticket there was no differentiator and we had to wait in line with everybody else to access the facility.
If fast track access is the reason you are getting the pass I would not consider it. Better options are to plan ahead, be early and utilise the night time hours for the main attractions that are open late.
Is the New York Pass worth it?
The New York Pass is a great option if your interest in experiencing and seeing more than just a few of the main attractions. It will motivate, drive and enhance your New York experience by making it easy to do the things that you would normally walk past. If its your first time in New York City, the New York Pass will be your best travel companion. My only recommendation is don’t go to hard and take time to enjoy the experience. Its not all about saving cash as memories are worth so much more.
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