Can I Use Points for Hotel Stays in The Hamptons?
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TPG reader Carly messaged me about travel in the Hamptons:
“I love all your Instagram pictures from the Hamptons, and want to head out there myself this summer. Do you have any recommendation on where to stay? It doesn’t look like there are any hotels where you can use points (or many hotels in general), so what would you suggest?”
One of my favorites getaways (one which doesn’t require a flight) is the Hamptons. It’s known as the upscale escape for New Yorkers, and it’s really beautiful. It’s basically several different towns at the eastern end of Long Island. The only thing is, you really can’t use points for any hotels, and there aren’t that many hotel options in general.
If you want to stay in spots like Bridgehampton, East Hampton, South Hampton or even in Montauk, my suggestion is to forgo traditional hotel loyalty programs and instead consider options like Hotels.com or Hotel Tonight (make sure to use our promo code BKELLY99 to save $25 on your first booking).
Another option is to redeem miles from the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard or Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card to wipe the hotel charges from your statement. This is a nice way to stay in a cute bed and breakfast or boutique property that isn’t a member of any loyalty program, since these miles can be applied to any eligible travel expense.
I actually like that there aren’t a lot of Sheratons or Hilton Garden Inns; it helps maintain the whole charming vibe of the area, although you’d think there would be a Hampton Inn!
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