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by NYC Editor, 08/19/2009

 
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NYC & COMPANY JOINS WITH AMERICAN AIRLINES TO HIGHLIGHT UNPRECEDENTED VALUE IN NEW YORK CITY THIS FALL AND ANNOUNCE SPECIALLY DISCOUNTED FARES FROM FIVE LARGE CITIES TO NYC – PURCHASE BY THIS FRIDAY

New Travel Itineraries Provide Visitors with Useful Tools to Better Navigate the Five Boroughs: Kid-Friendly NYC, NYC in One Day, NYC in Three Days, and New York Eats

New York City (August 19, 2009) – NYC & Company, the marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, is inviting consumers from five U.S. cities to visit New York City in 2009 to take advantage of exceptional value and unique experiences in the World’s Second Home. To encourage domestic visitors to book now for travel beginning in September, NYC & Company today joined with American Airlines to debut special, limited-time airfare offers between five major U.S. cities and NYC. The cities offering the specially discounted airfares to and from NYC are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami. The fares for Los Angeles or San Francisco are just $109; Dallas/Fort Worth is $99; Chicago is $84; and Miami is $69. The special fares are priced each way based on round-trip purchase for Economy Class travel. They are available for purchase through this Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, so act quickly. Travel on these special fares is available from Sept. 15, 2009 through Dec. 12, 2009, with some dates embargoed around the Thanksgiving holiday period. Lowest fares are for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday travel. Other low fares are available on other days of the week. *See specific details below or on AA.com. NYC & Company also today launched new, customized travel itineraries for visitors to more easily navigate the five boroughs, and take advantage of all the excitement the City has to offer. All information summarizing the deals and travel itineraries can be found at nycgo.com/itineraries.

“There’s never been a better time to visit New York City and take advantage of the world-class and diverse experiences that can be found throughout the five boroughs,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “With these special travel offers from American Airlines and new travel itineraries from NYC & Company, visiting and navigating the world’s most exciting City has never been easier.”

“New York City is offering unprecedented value this year—with the introduction of these new specially discounted American Airlines fares and the launch of new travel itineraries for our visitors, we hope to stimulate more tourism from the U.S. to NYC this Fall,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company.

The new travel itineraries provide useful recommendations for visitors, and include “Kid-Friendly NYC,” “NYC in One Day,” “NYC in Three Days,” and “New York Eats.” Easily accessible on the official tourism Web site for New York City, nycgo.com, these are indispensable tools for planning an upcoming trip to the destination.

This American Airlines special fare offer is available only for travel originating in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, Miami or New York City. Other attractive fares to New York are available from other cities.

“American Airlines is pleased to join with NYC & Company to offer this limited-time fare as an added incentive to book travel this fall between New York City and five of the most popular cities in our network for both business and leisure travel,” said Dan Garton, Executive Vice President -- Marketing for American Airlines.

NYC & Company continues to highlight value through a number of ongoing initiatives this year, including this summer’s NYC: The Real Deal Summer promotion, which offers more than 100 discounts to visitors at various arts and entertainment, dining and shopping venues, and more, throughout the five boroughs. In addition, every Friday through Sept. 13, consumers can enjoy an additional 10% off on select NYC: The Real Deal offers if they use their American Express card. Information at nycgo.com/realdeal and nycgo.com/summerfridays.

NYC & Company also continues its ongoing NYC Sunday Stays program, which includes 20-30% off the price of a Sunday night hotel stay at more than 45 hotels throughout the City, including extra amenities. Information can be accessed at nycgo.com/sundaystays.

For meeting planners, NYC & Company continues its “Meet Me on Sunday” initiative to encourage groups to book NYC. For those who book a meeting with at least 75% of the room block falling over a Sunday, they can receive concessions from participating hotels, including up to 10% Sunday-night revenue credit, up to 50% off meeting-room rental and 1 per 40 comp policy. Information is available at nycgo.com/meetingplanners.

New York City is an attractive destination to visit this Fall with a myriad of exciting events and new attractions. The yearlong celebration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Henry Hudson continues with NY400 Week beginning Sept. 8 and culminating with Harbor Day on Sept. 13. Other product highlights include the re-opening of the Statue of Liberty’s crown on July 4; the debut of the High Line Park, an elevated park in the Meatpacking District, in June; and the recent opening of the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Times Square Exposition Center. The new Broadway season will also kick off this September with exciting Broadway-specific activities throughout the month, including the annual “Broadway on Broadway” event, post-show talkbacks, Broadway Open House Theater tours, and more.

Indispensable travel information on the latest information on visiting New York City’s five boroughs can be accessed at nycgo.com. The Official NYC Information Center at 810 Seventh Avenue is also an excellent resource for visitors who want to enhance their travel itineraries and get on-site recommendations from concierge-style visitor counselors.

In 2008, New York City welcomed 37.1 million domestic visitors who collectively spent $16.85 billion.

*Fare Terms and Conditions Fares shown are each way based on round-trip Economy-Class travel purchased on AA.com, and are in U.S. dollars. Fares are valid for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday. Other days of the week are available for higher fares. Tickets may also be obtained (and changes may be made to tickets purchased from sources other than American Airlines, such as travel agents online third-party Web sites and other airlines), through an American Airlines Telephone Reservations Office for an additional $20 or at an American Airlines Travel Center or Airport Ticket Office for an additional $30. Travel agents may impose an additional service charge for ticketing. Fares do not include (a) a federal excise tax of $3.60 per U.S. domestic flight segment, defined as one takeoff and landing, of a passenger's itinerary; (b) up to $18 per round trip in local airport charges; and (c) September 11th Security Fee of $2.50 per enplanement originating at a U.S. airport. Tickets must be purchased at least 21 days prior to departure or within one day of making reservations, whichever comes first, but not later than 11:59 p.m.(Central Time), August 21, 2009. Fares are valid for travel between September 15, 2009, and December 12, 2009. Travel embargo dates of November 21, 24, 25, 28, and December 1, 2009, apply. Advertised fares are valid only on American Airlines, American Eagle, and AmericanConnection® and do not apply to other codeshare flights. Seats are limited. Fares may not be available on all flights. Schedules are subject to change without notice.

Fares are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Prior to departure, changes to your ticket may be made if you meet the restrictions of the new fare and pay up to a US$150 fee, plus any fare difference. Changes must be made before your ticketed flight’s scheduled departure time. If you cancel your flight prior to the scheduled departure time, the ticket will be valid for one year from the date of issue for an unused ticket or one year from travel origination for a partially used ticket. If you do not cancel your flight prior to the scheduled departure time, the ticket has no value. A portion of travel booked on American Airlines may be operated by American Eagle or AmericanConnection. American Eagle is operated by American Eagle Airlines, Inc., or Executive Airlines, Inc., which are wholly owned by AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines. AmericanConnection service is operated by Chautauqua Airlines, Inc. To purchase tickets on AA.com you must use a credit card with a billing address in the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, the United Kingdom, or select Latin American and Caribbean countries. Customers may be charged $20 each way for the first checked bag and $30 each way for the second checked bag. See www.aa.com/aa/pubcontent/en_US/utility/041208_CheckBagFee.jsp for more information. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AAdvantage, AmericanAirlines Vacations, and AA.com are marks of American Airlines, Inc. oneworld is a mark of the oneworld Alliance, LLC. American Airlines reserves the right to change the AAdvantage program rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers at any time without notice and to end the AAdvantage program with six months’ notice. For complete AAdvantage program details, visit www.aa.com. For full details on our Lowest Fare Guarantee, visit www.aa.com/benefits.

About NYC & Company: NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide.

About American Airlines: American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in over 140 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR)

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