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Bilt Escape: NYC

There’s no shortage of flights, or airports for that matter, when looking to head to the city that never sleeps. You can use almost every Bilt airline partner to book a flight with your Bilt Points. Let’s look at the easiest and most affordable uses of Bilt Points to fly to New York

How to Get There

Flying Blue

Bilt transfer partner Flying Blue allows you to book domestic Delta flights from dozens of destinations in the US to the Big Apple. Flights start at 11,500 Flying Blue miles one-way in economy for East Coast flights and 14,500 miles one-way in economy from flights in the Mid-west and West.

Remember you can't use Flying Blue miles to book flights within 21 days of your departure date, so plan ahead if you are looking to fly Delta.

Aeroplan

Transfer your Bilt Points to Aeroplan and book United flights into Newark or JFK. Flights are priced based on the actual distance you are going to fly and cost between 6,000 and 22,500 Aeroplan points one-way in economy. The following award chart shows you how many Aeroplan points your flight to the US will cost:

 

A flight from Atlanta to New York will cost 10,000 Aeroplan points one-way in economy plus a $30 booking fee:

With the number of flights available between Delta and United, getting to NYC with your Bilt Points is as easy as it could be.

Where to Stay

Bilt transfer partner World of Hyatt has over 15 properties spread across almost every part of Manhattan. There are functional brands like Hyatt Place and Hyatt House for families and groups, all the way up to the pinnacle of luxury at the Park Hyatt.

Here are a few of our favorite Hyatt hotels you can book for free by transferring your Bilt Points to World of Hyatt:

Park Hyatt

Located one block from Central Park, the flagship Hyatt offers luxury in every aspect of your hotel stay. Take a swim in the 25th-floor pool, grab a cocktail at ‘The Library’ and enjoy a room with city or park views with fine furnishings and (insider tip) our favorite hotel shower in the world.

Free nights start at 30,000 points per night

Hotel 50 Bowery

On the border of the Lower East Side and Chinatown you can stay at this chic hotel, that gives you access to fantastic shopping and dining while you explore Lower Manhattan (right by our favorite restaurant, Kiki’s!). The jdv by Hyatt branded property offers great city views with sizable New York rooms. The Crown open-air cocktail lounge on the roof of the hotel provides stunning sunset views and makes a perfect venue to meet friends or a date.

Free nights start at 20,000 points per night

The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel

A nine-story atrium with a pyramid skylight greets you at the Beekman. Steps from the Brooklyn Bridge, the Beekman occupies three combined buildings, one of which is the Temple Court Building. It was completed in 1883 and is one of New York’s original skyscrapers. The property underwent a major renovation before reopening in 2016 and now boasts some of the most desirable suites in the city named Turret Penthouses.

Free nights start at 25,000 points per night

Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel

Steps from Wall Street, One World Trade and the Seaport District, Gild Hall is an elegant retreat and a showcase for the design aesthetic of Jim Walrod and the photography of Slim Aarons, two American originals themselves. Take a stroll through Battery Park, spend the day at Pier 17, catch the ferry to Brooklyn or explore downtown’s cobblestone-lined streets, then indulge in the understated luxury and comfort of the hotel.

Free nights start at 15,000 points per night

Hyatt Union Square

Located in central Manhattan between SOHO and midtown, the Hyatt Union Square is in the middle of shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. Borrow a hotel bike free of charge, enjoy the views from your room that's spacious for New York City standards or hop on the subway with multiple lines to explore all parts of the city.

Free nights start at 25,000 points per night

Where to Eat

In a city where at least 10-15 restaurants surround you at all times, it’s nearly impossible to pick our top three favorite restaurants in New York City. It all depends on the type of cuisine you’re craving and what kind of vibe you’re in the mood for. Here are a few of our favorites that are perfect for a big group or date night. Plus, when you use the Bilt Mastercard for dining out you'll receive 3X Bilt Points.

Lil’ Frankies , Supper and Frank

Restauranter and chef, Frank Priziano owns Frank Restaurant, Lil' Frankies, and Supper Restaurant — the ultimate Italian trifecta in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. All three establishments are old-school-style spots that serve up the most delicious homestyle Italian fare. Expect to find dishes like chicken parm, rigatoni with mini meatballs, which you can add a heaping scoop of ricotta to, and last but not least, their famous spaghetti limoné.

Catch NYC

If you’re looking for somewhere that’s a bit more of a scene, Catch NYC and the newly opened Catch Steak are the places to be. Catch NYC is located in the heart of the Meatpacking District, with a second location in Los Angeles. You’ll often find a line for the rooftop but if you have dinner reservations you can take the elevator up to the restaurant. It’s dimly lit and buzzing with some of New York’s trendiest residents. Catch is well known for its seafood and sushi, especially the “Catch Roll” which is a crab roll topped with salmon that is torched tableside for the most subtle char.

It’s not rare that you’ll have a celebrity spotting, so keep your eyes peeled.

Kikis

This casual Greek restaurant on the Chinatown/Lower East Side border is known for its lively crowds, affordable food, and hour-long waits (they don’t take reservations). But it’s so worth it. The dips and spreads all come with fresh, hot pita and the house wines will not disappoint. While you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, if you’re into lamb you must get the Lamb Chops. They’re charred on the outside, juicy on the inside, and come with spiced fries and housemade mustard that you’ll want to bottle up and bring home with you.

 

 

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