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The Park Plaza hotel in New York.

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The buy: Porter Airlines has a special promotion this weekend that includes flights to the New York area (Newark) for $188 return.

The savings: 30 per cent off base fare.

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The catch: Taxes and fees are extra and you have to book by Dec. 20 for travel through Feb. 29.

Why it's worth it: Porter flies from less-crowded Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The carrier also provides free shuttle service from The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, just across the street from Union Station with its links to public transit.

Book it: Visit and use promo code WARM30.


The buy: New York CityPASS gives you entrance to six top New York attractions for $79 (U.S.).

The savings: Some 51 per cent or $83.

The catch: It only includes six attractions.

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Why it's worth it: You get to skip most ticket lines at the Empire State Building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art), Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Circle Line Cruise, Top of the Rock and Guggenheim Museum.

Book it: Visit


The buy: Online booking site has a number of off-season deals for New York hotels.

The savings: From 30 to 50 per cent.

The catch: You have to book by Dec. 30 or Jan. 10 to get some of the deals.

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Why it's worth it: With the offer, centrally located properties such as the W New York are available from $237 a night through March 31 and Helmsley Park Lane from $285 if you book by Jan. 10 for stays through Feb. 29.

Book it: Visit


The buy: All 20 hotels in The Signature Collection, a group of New York's luxury hotels, are participating in the Third Night promotion this winter.

The savings: You get your third night free.

The catch: You have to book and pay for two consecutive nights between Jan. 2 and Feb. 29.

Why it's worth it: The deal includes top hotels such as The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel; The Chatwal New York; Hôtel Plaza Athénée New York; Jumeirah Essex House; Loews Regency Hotel; The London NYC; Mandarin Oriental, New York; The New York Palace; The Peninsula New York; The Pierre New York; The Plaza Hotel; The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park and The Ritz-Carlton New York, among others. You also receive a special Key to Madison Avenue card, providing access to special retail offers on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Book it: Visit


The buy: is featuring a super low return fare of $115 plus $31 in taxes with Delta Air Lines to New York in early January.

The savings: About $80 on airfare and a similar amount on the taxes.

The catch: You have to drive to Buffalo Niagara International Airport to take the flight.

Why it's worth it: It's hard to beat the price, especially considering the taxes and fees are well below Canadian levels.

Book it: Visit or call 1-800-859-2920.

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