I was a lucky winner of a United Airlines Package below:
Congratulations on winning the MileagePlus online auction,
“New Year’s Eve Special: NBC Live in Times Square!” On December 31st
you and your guest will be escorted to NBC’s reserved viewing area in front of
the Nivea Stage for the live telecast, including musical performances and the
world-famous ball drop that ushers in 2013.
Your package includes:
I will be in the city 28 December through 3 January staying at the Westin at Times Square.
I also have great tickets to see Book of Mormon and Once while there.
Will report back with pictures and photos.
Have always wanted to be in NYC for New Years but those $600+ room rates have stood in the way.
Usually I go in the day before New Years Eve (Dec 30th), and then return the day after (Jan 2n)
For some reason, hotel rates are a fraction of the price, just with one day difference.
Thanks..I was fortunate that the Westin Times Square (SPG Property) has a true no blackout date policy (unlike Marriott) that allowed me to use points to stay 28 December 2011 to 3 January 2012. So I got the room at a reasonable point cost and only booked it less than a week ago. None of the NYC Marriott properties offered the use of points for New Years Eve.