A few weeks ago, Gary posted about a $60 “renew your soul” mistake rate at the Westin Times Square. As we already know, mistake fares, mistake rates, and flash sales are super time-sensitive, so I quickly booked a room on a whim while my adrenaline was rushing even though I live less than 10 miles away from the property. Nevertheless, I was excited to look forward to an excuse to spend a Saturday night out in NYC. To top it off, the $60 rate included a $10 mini bar credit, $10 metrocard, $10 coffee card, 1 free-in room movie, and access to the health spa and fitness center.
For dinner, we dined at DohYo, an Asian/Latin fusion restaurant located on the 4th floor at the nearby Yotel. I recently discovered a great website/app called Savored that allows you to [discreetly] book a reservation at hundreds of restaurants in major cities for 10-40% off your entire bill. This was my first time using Savored, and I definitely will use it again. At first, I booked a reservation at Shula’s for 30% off (the steakhouse located directly inside the Westin) because I wanted to save and get my precious SPG points too, but in the end, we settled on the idea of light tapas/sangria over a heavy steak dinner.
After a fun night out and a fantastic stay at the Westin Times Square, I was determined to take advantage of “free taxi week” from Uber. I recently downloaded the Uber app and blogged about NYC free taxi week + $25 free credit, and I was excited to finally try it out for myself. While checking out, I requested my taxi pick up right out front of the Westin. The app told me that my driver was 7 minutes away. After about a 5 minute wait (if even), the app texted me alerting me that my UberTaxi has arrived. Immediately following that text, the driver called my cellphone and told me where he was waiting for me. I was extremely blown away by how easy this was!
We were only taking a short cab ride to the car that was parked at a garage 20 blocks away, so we didn’t actually “maximize” our $25 limit (our ride was only $8.50 in the end), but the entire process was so easy and pleasant that I’d use Uber again in a heart beat. When we arrived at our destination, we simply said thank you and we were on our merry way. A receipt for the ride landed in my inbox instantaneously. No cash, no hassle, no worry.