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Trivago
This hotel aggregator features a large database of over 1,000 hotels. Their easy-to-use interface has the widest array of search options (some are unique)- including price (from $43 to $1,354), Trivago ratings; distance (from 1 to 12.4 miles, landmarks or address); top options (e.g. wellness, pool); hotel type (e.g. spa, family); best for (e.g. singles, business people); features; sports facilities; room features; type of accommodation, hotel chain and more.

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Tripadvisor
Very popular site for hotels. Emphasis on reviews and special discount offers direct from hotels. Reviews are filtered by trip type, traveler rating, summarized highlights, and new feature "how to pick the best room" culled from visitors. Browse hotels by list, map, photo, deals or offers. Refine search by price, property type, location and hotel class.

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Kayak
Popular aggregator for New York City hotels. Includes copious reviews from many popular sites (e.g. Travelocity, TravelPost).  Large database with over of 850 listings features reviews from multiple sources. Best feature is the 120 plus options for finding hotels near New York City landmarks (e.g. near Battery Park, Yankee Stadium). Refine by neighborhood/location, stars, price, amenities, property type and hotel name. Also offers 'Price Alerts'.
978-202-3149

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Hotels Combined
Combines hotel deals from 30 major sites (e.g. travelocity, expedia, hotels.com). This site features roughly 700 New York City hotels in its database. Search refinements include: location/distance; star ratings; price; property type; features; interactive map and extensive, verified reviews and best price guarantee. Available in 23 languages.

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City Search
Over 2,300 properties are featured in this extensive database for New York Metro area lodging. Refine your search by categories and location. Also features an extensive list of user reviews.

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Deal Base
Compares deals from multiple sites (e.g. Kayak, Expedia, Priceline). Focuses on hotel deals and unadvertised sales and offers. Features "deal alerts".  Sort by best value, price, stars, hotel name. Database includes more than 360 properties. Also includes flights, vacations and car rentals.
1-866-257-3034

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Places to Stay
Book hotels, resorts, inns and B&B's. Browse by location and landmarks with over two hundred options within the NY metro area or amenities (e.g. hotels, inns, resorts, b&b’s). Hotel info includes summary, photos & virtual tours, maps & attractions, rooms and rates.
1-800-780-5733

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Real Travel
Highly acclaimed. Recommendations based on traveler's reviews from multiple sources. Database includes more than 550 listings. Also includes things to do and restaurants located nearby your hotel. Browse by star ratings, nearby attractions (i.e. things to do), nearby airports, price range, hotel types., map view. Sort by popularity and price.
1-800-546-4167

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Hotels.com
Large database. No cancellation fees & best rate guarantee. Welcome rewards (stay 10 nights, get 1 free). Hotel info includes comprehensive reviews, photos, map description and good overview. Refine search by name; average rate; neighborhood or landmark; accommodation type; facilities and themes or type (e.g. airport, family-friendly).
1-800-028-3921

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Air B 'n B
Vacation rentals available in New York City: more than 4,000 apartments for rent; 56 Bed & Breakfasts and 33 houses for rent.

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Yelp
Large database with over 1050 listings. Most hotels have numerous, helpful reviews. Good filtering, especially for neighborhoods (40 options plus neighboring boroughs).

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Get a Room
Call for additional, special discount rates only available on the phone. Sort by best sellers, lowest price, stars, guest satisfaction or hotel name. Site includes reviews from TripAdvisor.
1-800-468-3578

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Quik Book
No fee and low fee discount hotel site featuring exclusive hotels and rates. Ratings based on first-hand evaluation of hotels. Search by clicking location on interactive map or browse the list of New York City hotels sorted by neighborhood.
800-789-9887

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Trip Kick
Luxury hotel listings with a small, selective database. Includes detailed, specific information regarding hotel rooms' features (e.g. choose based on view, noise, near elevator, room size). Sort list by hotel name, area and rating.

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Travel Zoo
Best New York City hotel deals from Travelzoo. Sign-up for Top 20 plus local deals for New York City.

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Do Hop
Comparison site and aggregator featuring over 700 properties in its database. Nice location search feature (includes hundreds of options); browse by star ratings; price slider; property type; features and brand. Hotel information: displays all available rates, photos, overview; extensive reviews (summarized) and interactive map. Bookings for flights and car rentals as well.

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New York City Luxury Hotels
Hand-picked, top luxury hotels run by Magellan Vacations, large travel agency and specialist in luxury accommodations. Low rates (promotion codes). No service fees. 3.5 to 5 star hotels.  
866-671-4302

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New York Magazine
New York Magazine's "Critics Picks" for best hotels in and around NYC. Database is around 300, and includes nice filtering for hotel amenities (e.g. babysitting, cellphone rental) and room amenities (e.g. fireplace, DVD player) and neighborhoods (e.g. all above 59th street, Tribeca)

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NYC.com
Popular hotel booking sites for tourists. Small database of a few hundred listings also includes Broadway and event tickets, New York Tours and more.
1-888-847-4869

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Trust You
Compiles hotel reviews from multiple websites (e.g. Expedia, Tripadvisor, Booking.com), blogs and forums. Search results can be organized by destination and relevant needs (i.e. cheap or clean hotels in New York City.)

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Yahoo
Popular travel site with booking/price options from multiple online travel sites (e.g. Expedia, Orbitz). Large database featuring more than 790 hotels with helpful reviews organized by category (e.g. service, cleanliness, location & value). Filters for price, user rating, hotel class, neighborhood, amenities and hotel chains. Additional tabs for searching themed travel, weekend escapes and vacation rentals. Interactive map locator.

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Gayot
Professional hotel reviews and recommendations. Search by rating, feature, category (i.e. Bed & Breakfast) and area. Booking service available.
1-800-631-6869

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Fodors
Hand-picked/reviewed listings of New York City hotels. Browse "Best Bets" (e.g. Best gym, beds, hotel pool, kid friendly); By price, location, Fodor’s Choice, Deals.

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Tablet Hotels
Luxury and boutique hotels with guest hotel reviews and last minute deals. Choose from 41 hotels and sort by recommended, style and atmosphere, price, budget hotel, top rated and tablet plus.
1-888-872-0805

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Travel Now
Small, selective database for inexpensive and discounted hotels in and around New York City. Nice filtering for pricing (i.e. under $75). Limited filtering for amenities and property type. Best pricing available by calling the 800 number and using the promo code.
1-800-780-5733

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Expedia
500 plus hotels (in and around New York City). Sort by Expedia Picks, guest rating or star rating. Extensive reviews. Refine search by star rating; area on map (e.g. neighborhoods, airports); hotel preferences (e.g. pets allowed, swimming pools) and a special section on accessability options (e.g. roll-in shower, handicapped parking) and interactive map. Tripadvisor reviews, photos/virtual tours, hotel details and map location.
1-800-391-3613

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Travelocity
Search refinements include landmark or point of interest, "top secret hotels" (special deals); ratings, hotel name/brand, amenities and accommodation type. Sort by price, Travelocity picks, hotel name, price and distance.
1-888-872-8356

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Priceline
Search database of over 440 properties or "name your own price". Search by location or nearby cities; amenities; price range; guest rating or hotel brand.
1-800-774-2354

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HotWire
Best deals are "Hotwire Hot Rates". Also, choose from over 190 discount hotels starting at $70. Compare prices to Expedia, Kayak, Orbitz and more. Includes TripAdvisor ratings.
1-866-468-9473

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Choice Hotels
Large, international hotel franchiser. Over 5,827 hotels throughout the U.S. and 30 countries and territories outside the U.S. including: Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Clarion, Sleep Inn, Econo Lodge and more. Lists 76 hotels in and around New York City.

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Booking
Booking.com is part of Priceline. Database is modest with over 430 properties listed. Filter by star rating; hotel type; facilities; hotel theme; district/location or hotel chains. Sort by recently booked; favorite; stars distance and review scores. Subscribe for exclusive "flash deals" featuring savings of 50% or more.
1-888-850-3958

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Affinia
Popular New York City chain of boutique hotels.

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Frommers
Selective, hand-picked and reviewed list of approximately 90 New York City hotels. Sort by star ratings, price, names or neighborhood.

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Travel and Leisure
Travel & Leisure's selection (approximately 100) of their award-winning hotels in New York City, reviewed by their editors.

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Concierge's Best New York City Hotels
Concierge's editor's picks for the 43 best New York City hotels. Sort by name, price and destination.

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Lonely Planet - New York City Hotels
0ver 650 New York City Lonely Planet reviewed hotels. Filter by accommodation type (Hostels/Backpacker, B&B/Guesthouses, Apartments/Other); star ratings; neighborhood; facilities (limited options). Nice feature is the sort by drop-down menu offering Hot Deals (starting as low as $9).

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New York City Hotels with Swimming Pools
Tripadvisor’s database of 33 hotels with copious listings and reviews for New York City hotels with a swimming pool.

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Hotels.com - New York City Hotels with Pools
Over 70 New York City hotel listings with pools. Browse by star ratings.

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Jetsetter
Invitation-only travel community with exclusive deals (flash rates). Selective database (26) of discounted luxury hotels in New York City. Select by price, amenities and sleeps (1 thru 4). Jetsetter is owned by Gilt.

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Gayot Best of New York
Professional reviews and selections for the Top 10 New York City Hotels: Boutique, Business , Cheap Hotels, Hip Hotels, Romantic Hotels, Sexy Hotels, Spa Hotels and Value Hotels.

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TV Trips
View professionally filmed Hotel videos. This database includes over 500 hotels with reviews, many with videos. Search by price, stars, amenities, hotel chain, style (i.e. romantic).

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Independent Traveler
Hand-picked deals for hotels from multiple online travel agencies and hotel chains (e.g. Expedia, Orbitz)

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About.com New York City Hotels
Hand-picked list and reviews for more than 75 New York City hotels.

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Zagat's Best New York City Hotel Dining
Zagat's selections for "Best New York City Hotel Dining"

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Yelp
112 cheap boutique hotels in midtown New York with ratings and reviews.

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Oyster
In-depth reviews and analysis by paid reporters; includes dozens of photos. Refined searches by hotel type, location, amenities and price. Small database of under 100 listings.
1-888-776-9783

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Hostels.com
Ratings and reviews for inexpensive hostels, hotels, guesthouses and apartments in New York City. Database of 80 properties.

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Venere
Hotels, inns, B & B's, hostels, apartments, vacation rentals and more in NYC region. Database roughly 200. Search by area, budget, stars and accommodation types. Includes comprehensive hotel reviews and crowd source recommendations.
877-214-4288

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Hotel Chatter
A to Z list of hundreds of popular New York City hotels with multiple stories, articles and reviews for each.

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Hotels Travel
Worldwide listings and links to hotel chains and affinity groups websites.

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Extended Stay Hotel
Owns and operates nearly 700 hotels across the United States and Canada. They specialize in providing functional hotel suites at affordable nightly and extended stay rates. 19 hotels available within 50 miles of New York City; many under $100 per night.
1-800-804-3724

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Bed Bug Registry
Public database of user-submitted bed bug reports from across the U.S. and Canada. Search by Hotel name.

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Hostel World
Ratings and reviews for the top ten best hostels in New York City.

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Hotel Shark
Candid, guest-written hotel reviews.

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Marriott Rewards
 
1-800-450-4442

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Hilton Honors Program
1-800-446-6677

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Hyatt Gold Passport
1-800-228-3360

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Starwood Preffered Guest
 
1-888-625-4988

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Wyndham Rewards Points
1-866-996-7937

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Loews You First Rewards
 
212-521-2000

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Intercontinental Hotels Priority Club
 
1-800-633-8464

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Best Western Gold Crown Club
 
1-800-780-7234

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Choice Privileges
1-877-424-642

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Pricing deals offered by many hotels to online booking sites are frequently exclusive, and some hotels appear only on a few sites.
Bottom line: comparison-shop and use multiple online booking sites.

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Hotel Discount Rates
Many hotels offer special promotion packages and offer discount rates for the following:  Hotel membership, AAA,  frequent flier, senior, family, weekend, corporate, government or military discount, convention and shareholder.

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Accessibility is not standarized in the hotel industry.
Therefore, you need to talk directly to the hotel to clarify things.

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Many independent, local hotels that are highly-rated and reasonably priced don't appear on big online travel agencies like Expedia or Travelocity.
Try Googling the City Name and Hotels to find a local site that offers local hotels.

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Avoid rooms on the first floor.
Not only are they generally noisier, but they have a higher risk of theft (windows/sliding doors).

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Getting an upgrade during non peak time
Book non peak time (i.e weekend) and let the room supervisor know you're celebrating a special occasion (such as a birthday or wedding anniversary).

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Members only private sale sites frequently offer deep discounts and exclusive deals on luxury hotels.
Check out the following: Tablethotels.com; privatesales; Jetsetter and SniqueAway.

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Getting into sold out hotels
Call hotel to find out when cancellation penalties go into affect for date you require, and then call them that morning. Frequently you can snag a canceled room.

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Getting the best room
Call hotel and make a request for a specific view, floor and quiet area (i.e. not near elevator). Usually best rooms go to those that make requests. If possible, get it in writing with the name of person agreeing to the request.

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Check online travel agencies like Expedia and aggregator sites like Kayak to find your hotel preference and best rate.
To avoid booking fees, call the hotel and see if they will match the discounted rate.

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Package deals frequently offer better rates on hotels but don’t offer as many choices.

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If you book your hotel room directly
instead of through the 800# reservation line, you generally have a better chance of getting a room upgrade and better service.

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Try Hotwire
If auction sites like Priceline are too restrictive, try opaque booking sites like Hotwire which tell you the airport you'll use, but still not the time or airline. The discounts, however, can be substantial (up to 70%) for airfare and hotels.

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BEFORE you bid...
Before submitting a bid on Priceline, price your hotel on Hotwire first then submit your bid (around 20% lower) on Priceline.

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Non-specific hotels
For non specific hotels use Priceline (auctions) and Hotwire (silent bidding) for discounts up to 50% on hotels, all inclusive's and car rentals.

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Travel Auction and Silent Bidding sites
(i.e Priceline/Hotwire etc.) frequently offer discounts of 50% on non specific hotels.

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NYC hotel rates should include 14.75% hotel tax and a $3.50 room/night occupancy fee.

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Where to Find Free Hotel WiFi in New York City

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Should you Check or Ship your Bags?

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The 12 Best Hotels in New York City: Fall 2010

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The Guardians’ Top 10 New York Hotels

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Ditch the Hotel: 10 Cheaper Ways to Stay

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Best Hotels in New York City at $150 or Less

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9 Cheap New York City Hotels

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Star Quality: What's in a Hotel Rating?

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Top 9 New York City Luxury Hotels

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How to Find a Clean Hotel Room

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DK Guides Top 10 New York Hotels

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Great New York City Hotels with Spas

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33 Ways to Sleep Better at a Hotel

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DK Guide's: Top 10 Business Hotels

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Hotel Swimming Pools in New York City

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Big City B&B's

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New York City Accommodations: Boutique Hotels

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Hidden Hotel Fees

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Short Term Apartment Rentals in New York City

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Hotel Safety Tips

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Best Hotel Rewards Programs
Good overview with specific descriptions, reviews and ratings for each.

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Frequent Flyer Programs
Credit card miles (Hotel Cards compared): Includes annual fee; APR; enrollment bonus and maximum miles per year.

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Packing Tips

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