Hotels Just Outside The Action Put New Year's Travelers Near the Nation's Biggest Celebrations Without Big City Price Tags

Plus Save 10 Percent On Event Tickets on CheapTickets.com

CHICAGO, Dec. 19, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Don’t let the high price of New Year’s Eve accommodations keep you from big city celebrations. CheapTickets.com®, a leading seller of discounted travel products, has identified the top ten destinations to ring in 2017 and offers affordable nearby alternatives that let you stay close to the action without the hefty price tag.1 CheapTickets.com editors also scoured the nation to find some of the hottest (and cheapest) New Year’s Eve events in and around this year’s top cities to celebrate.2

“Big-city New Year’s celebrations are a big draw for travelers across the country, resulting in high demand and often high prices that can keep those on a budget from even considering a trip,” said Justine McDonald, a CheapTickets.com travel expert. “But by being creative and staying just outside the most popular destinations, travelers can shave off a significant amount of their total travel costs, and even those on the tightest budgets can ring in 2017 in style.”

Instead of staying on the Las Vegas Strip – this year’s top New Year’s destination – savvy travelers can save on average 45 percent by staying in the Fremont Street/Downtown Las Vegas area, which has undergone great revitalization over the last decade. Those looking to bid a fond farewell to 2016 near the beach in San Diego can on average reduce accommodation costs by nearly 50 percent just by opting for a hotel in the Mission Valley/Old Town area as opposed to downtown.

To minimize accommodation costs even further, now through January 1 when you book an eligible flight on CheapTickets.com, you can get up to $30 in CheapCash back to use toward our best hotel deals.3

DestinationAverage Daily
Hotel Price1
Alternate DestinationAverage Daily
Hotel Price1
Average Savings
Las Vegas (The Strip)$323Fremont Street/Downtown Las Vegas$17945%
Los Angeles (Downtown LA)$197Los Angeles International Airport$16317%
New York (Broadway/Times Square)$347Brooklyn$26025%
Orlando (Lake Buena Vista)$203International Drive$18210%
Miami (South Beach)$380Miami International Airport$19249%
San Francisco (Union Square)$238San Francisco International Airport$13643%
Chicago (The Loop)$198Magnificent Mile$1923%
San Diego (Downtown)$226Mission Valley/Old Town$11450%
Atlanta (Downtown)$282Buckhead$22421%
Fort Lauderdale (Beaches/Downtown)$326West Fort Lauderdale$16151%

CHEAPTICKETS.COM’S PICKS FOR CHIC AND CHEAP NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS

There’s no lack of things to do in the top destinations on New Year’s Eve, but so many options often make it difficult to choose. CheapTickets.com editors have done the legwork and found some of the hottest events in the top five destinations and also offer their cheap tips for activities that won’t break the bank. Whether you’re traveling to one of the top destinations or staying close to home, visit CheapTickets.com/Events to search for tickets to events near you, and use promo code ‘TICKETS10’ to save 10 percent on eligible tickets.4

Las Vegas: On-Strip/Fremont Street
Hot Spot: Bruno Mars is back in Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve, this year at the Park Theater at Monte Carlo. This concert isn’t just one of the hottest events in Vegas, it’s one of the hottest in the nation!

Cheap Tip: While tickets to many New Year’s Eve parties cost upwards of $100, consider opting for an “after party” (like the Ultimate Patron After Party at Stratosphere) that begins at midnight, continues into the wee hours of the morning, and is a fraction of the cost.

Los Angeles:
Hot Spot: Eclectic “little orchestra” Pink Martini takes the stage at the Walt Disney Concert Hall for two different sets on New Year’s Eve. The group’s global influences and jazzy, old-school vibe are not to be missed.

Cheap Tip: Ring in 2017 in true L.A. style at Angel City Brewery’s “No Cover New Years” celebration. Sample beers, dine on food truck cuisine and enjoy live entertainment in Downtown Los Angeles.

New York City: Times Square/Brooklyn
Hot Spot: Known for their incredible live performances, Phish welcomes 2017 at Madison Square Garden.

Cheap Tip: Opt for a lower-key, environmentally friendly (and free!) celebration by joining the 15th annual New Year’s Eve Bike Ride and Outdoor After Party hosted by environmental organization Time’s Up. Bikers and skaters meet at Washington Square Park and bike to the middle of Central Park to watch fireworks and dance the night away.

Orlando: Lake Buena Vista/International Drive
Hot Spot: Historically held on January 1, this year’s Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl will kick off on New Year’s Eve. The LSU Tigers take on the Louisville Cardinals at Camping World Stadium.

Cheap Tip: For $25, watch the orange ball drop from historic Church Street, which will be closed to traffic as revelers float from bar to bar.

Miami: South Beach/Miami International Airport
Hot Spot: Broadway smash “An American in Paris” makes a stop on its national tour in Miami over New Year’s Eve with both a matinee and evening show.

Cheap Tip: Head out to Bayfront Park for Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution, a massive free party that will be broadcast live on national television.

1 Average savings were calculated on Nov. 16, 2016 by taking the average price for all hotel bookings in the listed destination purchased on CheapTickets.com for travel between Dec. 30, 2016 and Jan. 1, 2017 and comparing them with the average price for all hotel bookings in the listed alternative destination purchased on CheapTickets.com for travel over the same time period.
2 Hottest events were selected by CheapTickets.com editors based on event ticket data from CheapTickets.com.
3 To be eligible for this promotion, you must be signed into your CheapCash member account at time of booking or, if you are not a member, join CheapCash at the time of booking. This promotion is available on select standalone flight bookings (not booked as part of a package or as an add-on to a standalone hotel or car booking) that display a “Promotional CheapCash” offer for that flight in the search results page. Book an eligible standalone round-trip flight and receive $30 in Promotional CheapCash (with a total price including taxes and fees of $50.01 or more) or $15 in Promotional CheapCash for an eligible standalone one-way ticket (with a total price including taxes and fees of $50.01 or more).  Offer is valid from Monday, December 19, 2016 at 12:01 AM CT to Sunday, January 1, 2017 until 11:59 PM CT. Limit one award of Promotional CheapCash pursuant to this promotion per itinerary and per CheapCash account. Promotional CheapCash expires if not redeemed within 30 days of issuance. Offer is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. Promotional CheapCash will be deposited in your account within approximately 5 business days of booking. If you cancel your eligible booking after the Promotional CheapCash is deposited in your account, CheapTickets reserves the right to remove the Promotional CheapCash. CheapTickets reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion. Usual booking terms and conditions apply (see https://www.cheaptickets.com/p/info-other/legal.htm) and all bookings are subject to availability. CheapCash Terms and Conditions apply (see http://www.cheaptickets.com/info/win?id=RewardsTerms).
4 TICKETS10 - Purchase an event ticket between December 15, 2016 12:00:00AM CST and December 31, 2016 11:59:59PM CST via CheapTickets.com/events and instantly receive 10% off through the use of the promotion code. Limit one discount per ticket and one promotion code per booking. Discount may not be used toward the booking of theme park tickets. Discounts are not redeemable for cash for any reason. Promotion codes are non-transferrable, not for resale, and cannot be combined with other offers. Promotion code is valid at time of check-out only and will not be credited after you have confirmed your purchase. Any attempt at fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted. CheapTickets.com/events reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion. Promotion code does not apply to service fees or shipping.

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