Thursday, September 24, 2009

Newark to NYC By Helicopter: $63 With Continental Booking

Getting from the ludicrously named Newark Liberty International Airport into Manhattan is relatively easy by a train connection from the airport to Penn Station, but it can take a while. Another option is taxi or car service, and that's going to set you back at least $100 -- and also could take well an hour (sometimes two), depending on traffic.

US Helicopter flies between Newark and Manhattan in only 8 minutes, and Continental is offering the trip for $63 one way, with no round-trip purchase necessary. That's a big discount off the usual $169 price US Helicopter charges. The discount is available on bookings with Continental made through Oct. 30, for travel through Jan. 15.

I've flown US Helicopter from Manhattan to JFK, by the way, and that's not only amazingly quick, but it's also a spectacular sightseeing ride. And even at regular prices, it's competitive with a car service, which of course can take an hour or two, depending on traffic. Manhattan to JFK also takes only eight minutes.

Here, via Continental, are the codes to use for online booking of US Helicopter through this promotional offer:

For travel to and from Downtown Manhattan Heliport, enter code "JRB."

For travel to and from East 34th Street Heliport, code "TSS."

US Helicopter also offers complimentary helicopter service between Manhattan and Newark Liberty to BusinessFirst customers booked in J, D or Z classes of service.

US Helicopter flights operate hourly, Monday through Friday from 1:15 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. Flights connect to and from gate C-71 at Newark.


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