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New York - Just Because!

UPDATE:

HOTEL CHOSEN: The Westin New York at Times Square, 270 W 43rd, New York, New York 10036. Negotiated Contract Rate: $239/night + Tax/Fees. Complimentary Wi-Fi and 24hr Fitness Center access included.
Thank you for taking the time out to take the survey. Based on all feedback, out of 18 votes, 17ppl voted for Times Square. So there you have it!

The Westin: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1380&language=en_US&localeCode=en_US

Please note: Negotiated contracted hotel rates are ONLY available for travel dates that occur between 9/9 and 9/12. Any travel extended past 9/12 check-out, will be charged at hotel’s regular rate, stating at $274+ tax. Our rate will include Complimentary 24hr fitness center access, and in-room Wi-Fi.

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REQUIRED ROOMMATE QUESTIONNAIRE: If you are in need of a roommate assignment, and have never completed the GEM Travel Buddy survey, please do so by clicking here, or copy/paste link, to complete this form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YYMY5MQ


Hello ladies. Let's get away to New York - Just Because! This will not be a fully planned GEM trip. Instead, you will be paired with others of similar interest, and take over New York as you see fit. Everyone is responsible for purchasing their own flight. I will, although, book a hotel for the group, and make roommate assignments. But other than that, this will be a group effort to plan an itinerary based on your specific interests.

My flight has been booked. Feel free to get yours. As of April 6, DFW to LGA flights through American Airlines were only $159 r/t. Get yours today!

My Flight Schedule:

• Depart: Saturday, Sept 10:
AA #2607 (9:11a DFW to 1:41p LGA)

• Return: Monday, Sept 12:
AA #1144 (7:56p LGA to 10:52p DFW)

Agenda:
No formal agenda will be planned. I will try and schedule us a dinner on Friday night, coupled with an adult outing to a nightclub or similar. Other options include: Time Square, 9/11 Memorial, Chinatown/Canal St for cheap shopping, Statue of Liberty, African Museum of Natural History, The Color Purple broadway musical featuring Jennifer Hudson, Shopping & Eating.....that's about it

Join us on Facebook:
If you have not joined the Facebook group, and signed up for this event, feel free to do so by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/events/898300753620549/

After you have RSVP, and purchased a flight ticket, email me at: [masked] to confirm space for a room. Please provide me with your preferred lodging occupancy, so I can reserve a hotel space for you.

*Hotel cost will average: Double $275-$350pp or Quad $137-$175pp. Cost based on rooms in the Manhattan, Upper midtown areas. Time Square will be much higher, hence the broad range. More details to follow.

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  • ANN J.

    I can't wait to see the pics and I'm looking forward to the PR trip! :)

    September 12

  • Shaniqua E.

    Having lots of fun! Please share your pics on our Facebook event page. We would love to see how you enjoyed New York at your leisure

    2 · September 11

  • Jaquita

    So excited about this weekend! Did anyone else purchase the city pass? I did for three attractions while there.

    2 · September 9

  • Jaquita

    Would anyone be open to going to see the lion king on Broadway Sunday night? The lowest prices I could find online was $164 for upper mezzanine

    September 9

  • DDF

    Last day to purchase Groupon discounted tickets for 9/11 tribute Center...I plan to go on Monday if anyone is interested https://www.groupon.com/deals/9-11-tribute-center-1-westchester-county

    1 · September 5

    • DDF

      Ok

      September 5

    • Pam

      The Tribute Center is separate from the memorial , and is more like the museum but smaller The 9-11 memorial is on the cite of the Wtc, is outside ,and has a wall with names of those killed .

      2 · September 6

  • Stephanie

    I read the fine print in the Groupon, it's not associated with the 911 Memorial. It cost because the proceeds go to the families of the 911 victims.

    2 · September 5

  • Shaniqua E.

    If you are NOT on our Facebook event page, please sign up today, so we can discuss excursion and activity options in a more social setting. I typically only use Meetup for more defined info. But, since this is a casual, out of the norm trip, there will not be many details posted here.

    Here are a list of all of the available city passes included: New York City Pass, New York Explorer Pass, The New York Pass, and Build Your Own Pass. Personally, I think I like the 3 excursion option offered by the "Explorer Pass" since it includes the boat ride, as well as the hop-on hop-off big bus.

    Purchase what works for you, and your budget!
    http://www.nycgo.com/things-…/tours-in-nyc/attraction-passes

    2 · August 23

  • Shaniqua E.

    Hello ladies, I have removed a few guest from the New York final guest list, b/c I did not have your name on the final reservation list received from the hotel.

    If you feel your name was removed by mistake, please email me at: [masked] to be added back.

    Thanks

    1 · August 23

  • Teresa (Tee T.

    Is it to late to attend the New York trip with the GEMS? I just been approved to have that weekend off.
    Is it to late for me to get a hotel room with double occupancy?

    August 14

    • Shaniqua E.

      It's not too late to join, and i actually have someone i can pair you with. If you purchase your flight, i can connect a roommate for you on 9/10 to 9/12

      1 · August 14

    • Teresa (Tee T.

      Yes I have purchased my flight on Southwest Airlines. My ETA is at 1:00pm on Saturday @ LGA airport. I'm about to go to bed but leave me instructions as to how I will pay for the hotel. I'm excited!

      2 · August 14

  • Valerea

    Has anyone pre-purchased any admission tickets to any venues they are planning to visit? Or are the majority still planning on "going with the flow" and purchase tickets on the streets or at the venues?

    August 10

    • Valerea

      Ok thx! Will send the hotel cost to you today! :-)

      1 · August 11

    • Stephanie

      Plan on just going with the flow.

      1 · August 11

  • sharise h.

    Made room reservation today.

    1 · August 10

    • Shaniqua E.

      Great! Thanks for taking care of that. Therefore, please work things out with Armentha directly, in order to collect shared payment.

      This definitely helps me out!

      1 · August 10

  • Shaniqua E.

    All room assignments have to be confirmed by end of day tomorrow. If you have not done so, please make your reservation ASAP in order to hold your space

    August 9

  • Shaniqua E.

    Are there any guests that have not booked flights, and may be interested in a different itinerary?

    I have a guest traveling 9/9-9/12, another 9/10-9/13, another 9/9-9/11 that are all requiring roommates. For those members that have not yet booked, and interested in one of these 3 itineraries, please let me know, so that I can connect you together, in order to split room cost.

    Thanks

    2 · June 29

    • denise

      I want to go and will book 9/9-9/11 if someone still needs a roommate

      July 28

    • Shaniqua E.

      Denise, please email me at [masked] in order for me to assign a roommate to you based on your preferred travel dates. As of yesterday, flights are averaging $200

      July 30

  • Shaniqua E.

    IMPORTANT: DO NOT SHARE GROUP RESERVATION LINK!

    Ladies, please note, I reserved a minimum block of rooms specifically for our GEM members, and any additional guests that were previously communicated to me before signing of the contract. In case we do not have space for our members that signed up in advance, these "additional" guest rooms will be cancelled.

    Communicate with me directly if you have invited other people to go, and I will check with the hotel to see if they are able to allow additional rooms under the discounted rate that was made available to Girls En Motion.

    Thanks for adhering to this information. If there are extra rooms left over after all members have made their reservation, I will communicate those details to you.

    1 · July 13

  • Shiranda Sakari J.

    Booked flight today. Need room link please. Ty

    July 19

  • Stephanie

    I reserved last Sunday.

    July 18

  • Pam

    I reserved today, thanks for the reminder!

    July 18

  • Shaniqua E.

    Have you booked your room? Time is ticking. There is still time to join this vacation if you friends and family that want to attend. If they require space notify me in advance in order to accommodate

    3 · July 18

  • Shaniqua E.

    IMPORTANT UPDATES

    Hello ladies, the hotel has set up a website for the group. For those of you that have chosen roommates, you are responsible for using the link and reserving your space. In order to obtain the group rate of $239, space has to be reserved no later than Aug 10. Please see the RESERVATIONS INFO and DETAILS section for more info. Please note, reservations are made PER ROOM and not PER GUESTS. Therefore, you will need to decide which hotel guest will make the reservation in order to hold your space. For members requiring roommate assignments, I will reserve your space by sending in a rooming list, and a roommate week be assigned to you if you have not confirmed one by Aug 1. DETAILS

    · No pre-payment required. All monies are to be paid at check in (except for those that do not have assigned roommates. I will pre collect your hotel portion). The guests will be required to provide a credit card when they book their rooms. This is just to reserve the rooms, the d

    2 · July 9

    • Shaniqua E.

      The guests will be required to provide a credit card when they book their rooms. This is just to reserve the rooms, the deposit/cancellation policy for the reservations will be shown when they book their rooms. When they check in they can provide a different credit card for payment if they choose too.

      · If your travel dates fall outside of Sept 9 through Sept 12, guests will need to make 2 reservations and email or call the hotel in order to connect the reservations so you will not need to switch rooms. Or you can call the reservations numbers below and ask for further assistance.

      · For those requesting suites, or different room types aside from the Traditional Queen bed rooms, guests will need to call reservations in order to book a different room type. RESERVATIONS INFO

      Girls En Motion (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser) https://www.starwoodme...­

      Westin Reservations Dept:[masked] OR 1 (888)[masked]

      July 9

  • Pam

    Hi there, Ms Epps, I believe the address for the hotel seems to be a typo above. The "4" was dropped from the 3. W3rd would not be Times Square.

    June 26

  • Pam

    I was planning a trip there around this time as well.

    1 · June 26

  • Shaniqua E.

    Work is still being done behind the scenes, and hotel rates are being negotiated. If you have a preferred location, please comment to this post, and I'll make final decision accordingly. After return from Aruba June 1, New York plans will be finalized within the following week. Stay tuned

    3 · May 22

    • Zita

      Yep! What Jeanette said ☺

      1 · June 15

    • Shaniqua E.

      Sounds great. Put that in the survey please. I'm using that info to plan

      June 16

  • Shaniqua E.

    Attendance confirmation & Hotel preference suggestion needed. Click here to take quick survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TKRKRW5

    1 · June 15

  • Stacy M.

    Did anyone else get an email about flight # change?

    June 8

    • Shaniqua E.

      We will figure it all out. Luckily American allows you to change the flight if they made the switch, as long as it's within a 45 minute block

      June 8

    • Shamia

      I just got the email.

      June 8

  • Shaniqua E.

    FLIGHT SALE ALERT: Southwest flight sale. Only $181, travel dates Sept 10-12. Bags fly free, so already cheaper than AA. Sale goes off tomorrow.

    If you have not purchased your ticket, now is the time. This is not the same itinerary, but close enough where we will find you. Plus, changes are free in case you want to stay longer.

    1 · June 8

    • Shaniqua E.

      Don't forget to tell your friends about this rate. Don't miss out.

      June 8

  • Felicia

    Today same flight r/t $196.

    3 · May 6

  • Shaniqua E.

    For those that have purchased their flights, please email your flight arrival and departure times, as well as dates. I noticed some guests have chosen to book flights on alternate days (i.e. Friday-Sunday, or Friday-Monday), and I am personally going from Saturday, Sept 10 - Monday, Sept 12.

    Please note, if your itinerary DOES NOT fall on these dates, you will be responsible for booking your own personal hotel, at the same location (if you choose).

    As mentioned, this is a vacation meant to not be strict in nature, but just to have fun. We will be paired with members of similar interest, and just take on New York as we see fit! Let's Go!!!!!

    1 · April 18

    • Shaniqua E.

      Hotel is still being researched. This information will not be available this soon. I still have rfp coming in from several hotels, but no final decision has been made

      2 · April 18

    • Carolyn F.

      Per your request, I just emailed my flight itinerary for New York. Thanks

      April 19

  • Shaniqua E.

    For those that may be interested in staying longer, one of our members purchased a flight for Thursday to Sunday. You are welcome to join her. Contact me or Shanetra directly

    1 · April 7

    • Stephanie

      I got a flight for Friday to Sunday.

      1 · April 7

    • Evelyn w.

      Shaniqua could you resend the email to me [masked] about the New York trip. Thanks

      1 · April 7

  • Shanetra B.

    I'm traveling a day earlier just in case anyone else is traveling early too.

    3 · April 6

  • Shanetra B.

    Is the hotel cost listed per day or the total cost for 2 days?

    1 · April 6

    • Shanetra B.

      Oh ok! That's not a bad price! Do we just pay for the hotel once we get there? What hotel are we staying at?

      April 6

    • Shaniqua E.

      Hotel is not chosen yet. I am searching for the best deal for us. This cost was based on hotel.com rates

      1 · April 6

  • Shaniqua E.

    I am ok with Co-Ed travel. Since this is a "Just because" vacation, feel free to bring your male friend, family, or friends. But, no kids will be allowed as part of the group's itinerary. This will be an adult only vacation as far as the activities that I will attend. If you bring a child, be prepared to plan your own personal activities. Hope you understand. :-)

    1 · April 6

  • Jalyn

    Is it a co-Ed trip?

    April 6

    • Shaniqua E.

      Why not? It's just because, so if you bring a male, you will be responsible for making your own hotel reservations, which shouldn't be a problem. I'll inform you of the chosen location as soon as picked

      April 6

  • Shaniqua E.

    For those that want to extend your stay, by all means, please do. I am only going for 3 days and two nights. You are welcome and encouraged to go sooner and stay longer.

    April 6

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