Don't be fooled by misleading weekend getaway prices - Page 2

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Editor's Note: This story was originally published on December 21, 2005. To see the most recent SmarterTravel articles on related topics, please click on any of the following links: Sarah Pascarella, weekend getaways.

The Flatotel in New York City offers "Guys Getaways" from $489 per night, including suite accommodations, drinks on arrival, cheeseburgers and fries, and unlimited pretzels. While the rate seems steep, suites typically go for $630 per night. So if you'd like to stay in one of the Flatotel's suites, even if you don't think you'll take advantage of those "unlimited pretzels," the package offers a bargain with savings of $141 per night.

Remember, for the splurge categories, it's important to compare apples to apples. Naturally, suite accommodations are going to cost much more than a standard room. Be sure to compare non-package and package rates for the specific room category that interests you to determine the best value for your trip.

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Consider your tastes

The lesson here is, don't rush to book. You may save time, but you may spend a lot of extra money, too. Dig beneath the surface and decide what the components are worth to you: Could you get them cheaper if you purchased them on your own (or not at all)?

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