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The USA's priciest cities: Which one now surpasses NYC?

Honolulu has claimed the dubious distinction of being the most expensive U.S. city for two people looking for a night out, with lodging at a decent hotel.

That, according to TripAdvisor's TripIndex Cities 2013. The index charts the cost this summer for two people to stay in a four-star hotel, go out for cocktails and have dinner with a bottle of wine, plus a short cab ride.

The tab for that kind of night out in Honolulu: $504.94, beating by pennies New York, where the tally comes to $504.25.

The cheapest U.S. city based on TripAdvisor's criteria is Las Vegas, where the cost is $272.94.

Four-star hotel rates overall have jumped 18% since last summer, according to the index. The greatest increases are in Orlando, Denver, Honolulu, Los Angeles and Seattle with increases ranging from 26% to 33%.

Other takeaways from the website's third annual survey of its kind:

- For bargains, head south, where five of the 10 most affordable U.S. cities lie. They are Miami (No. 2); Dallas (No. 3); Atlanta (No. 4); New Orleans (No. 6); and Houston (No. 7).

- The priciest international cities are in Europe, with Oslo leading the pack. The cheapest: Sofia, Bulgaria.

- Asia is a more affordable world region, with four cities — Hanoi; Bangkok; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – placing in the top 10 most affordable cities.