Hampton Roads & Richmond Points/Certificate Options when considering temporary housing, with emphasis on value per point
There are a number of solid options with points and free night certificates for temporary housing, such as those acquired from credit cards. See the hotel section here (III: 3) on recommended brands to look into. Figures below are often taken from a single sample, so typically numbers will vary from what you see below.
For more on hotel night certificates & points, go here. For a free recommendation on what credit card to acquire to get your free or drastically reduced cost stay, go here. The below costs may vary over time so look at the websites for latest #'s. Any $ price below is typically on only 1 date checked.
Examples of solid options (standard rates in normal season 1 bedroom 1 night - keep in mind 5th night free options with Hilton (w/ status) & Marriott & 4th night with IHG w/ 1 of their newer cards) include:
A. Hyatt: Hyatt Place Chesapeake/Greenbrier for 5k points/night
D. Hilton: Hampton Inn & Suites Chesapeake-Square Mall 20k vs $126 on a Wed in May
A. Hilton: Hampton Inn Gloucester: 30k pts for 2 queen beds studio suite w/ sofabed, desk, microwave, mini-fridge, free breakfast, sleeps 5.
B. Choice: Quality Inn Gloucester offers above-average value per point at times, but is rated 3.5/5 on Tripadvisor
C. No options with IHG, Hyatt, Marriott, Radisson, Sonesta
A. Hyatt Place Hampton Convention Center for 8k points/night
B. IHG: Holiday Inn Express Hampton-Coliseum Central 14k points/night vs $132/night stay on a Tues in April w/ free breakfast, full kitchen, but no pets allowed
C. Radisson: Country Inn & Suites by Radisson While typically not a good choice, on peak dates it can be decent value per point as 28k if rates exceed $120.
E. Marriott has 3 category 3 hotels in Hampton, none of which typically offer great value per point
A. Choice Hotels: Comfort Suite Newport News Airport for 16k points/night (vs $120 on a Tuesday night in April) w/ free hot breakfast, fitness center, & airport shuttle
B. IHG: Holiday Inn Newport News-Hampton for 15k points/night (vs $131 on a Tuesday night in April) w/ airport shuttle, Kitchenette, Pets allowed
C. Marriott has 2 hotels, 1 category 4 & 1 category 3. Cat 3 Residence Inn Newport News Airport can offer good value per point while offering great accessibility to the interstate, spacious layouts, (up to 4 guests/room w points, up to 6 guests/room w/ option for 2 queens & a sofa bed, though not bookable directly w/ points) & full kitchens.
A. Marriott: SpringHill Suites Norfolk Old Dominion University - Category 3 - 17.5k points/night
B. Marriott: Residence Inn Norfolk Downtown - Category 3 - 17.5k points/night
C. Marriott: Glass Light Hotel & Gallery, Autograph Collection doesn't have great long term stay amenities, but has a 4.7/5 at the time of this writing and is often good value per point, and a category 4 hotel.
D. Candlewood Suites Norfolk Airport - full kitchen, airport shuttle, pets allowed - 14k pts vs $121 on a Tuesday night in April
E. Hilton: If you're a Hilton Diamond member, Hilton Norfolk the Main can be a solid option (post Covid-19) at the higher end (50k pts/night) in light of their Empyrean Club including free breakfast & evening hors d'oeuvres.
No hotels & no options with AirBNB when I checked.
Check for options in Hampton, York County, & Newport News
Some more options available but see Chesapeake, Suffolk & Norfolk if not what you're looking for.
No options in Portsmouth with IHG, Hilton, & Hyatt, Sonesta
A. Choice Hotels: Quality Inn & Suites for 8k/nt
D. Hilton Garden Inn Chesapeake/Suffolk - 30k v $209 on a Wed in May
A. Hyatt: Hyatt Place Virginia Beach Town Center for 8k points/night
B. Choice Hotels: Comfort Suites Beachfront for 30k/nt vs $296 in late Spring/Summer w/ 2 double beds
C. Marriott: Residence Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront can be a good use of a 35k/nt certificate, often >$300 in the summer
D. Marriott: The Cavalier Virginia Beach, Autograph Collection can be a good use of a 50k/nt certificate in low season, though without some desired long-term stay amenities. It's the only Category 7 property in Hampton Roads/Richmond.
E. Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront can be a good use of a 50k/nt certificate in low season, though without some desired long-term stay amenities. If you have Platinum status, the executive lounge should open back up post-Covid-19.
H. No typically good value/pt & well-rated Radisson options.
A. Wyndham: Club Wyndham Kingsgate or Club Wyndham Governor's Green for 15k points/night
B. Choice Hotels: Rodeway Inn Historic for 8k points/night
C. Choice Hotels: Rodeway Inn & Suites 8k-10k points/night
F. Marriott's Manor Club at Ford's Colony has options with a full kitchen & multi-bedroom suites, but is typically better with $ than with points. At the category 5 level, 35k pts isn't worth it for a room if <$100, like it is here sometimes, because of the low value per point.
G. Choice Hotels: Bluegreen Parkside Williamsburg, Ascend Resort Collection is well rated & has 2 bedroom suites with a kitchen, living room, 2 person sofabed, 6 person occupancy, & washer-dryer suite (if you can get availability) for 30k/nt or 6k +$192/nt.
B. Marriott: Courtyard Newport News Yorktown is an option but while it's in a central location near the interstate with an airport shuttle & with rooms up to 2 queen beds in size it's without good value per point typically at category 3.
VA hotels outside of Hampton Roads
Within 1 hr:
A. Hyatt - Quirk Hotel Richmond is available for 12k points/night, & can be good especially if you have status and are going on a peak night
B. Hyatt House Richmond West is 8k/night, and the full kitchen of the kingsize bedroom isn't available for booking directly at the standard level, but even with minimal status like that from the credit card you might get an upgrade
C. Hyatt Place Richmond Airport, Hyatt Place Richmond/Arboretum, Hyatt Place Richmond/Innsbrook, & Hyatt Place Richmond/Chester are all available for 5k/night.
D. Choice Hotels: Comfort Inn South Chesterfield - Colonial Heights for 12k/nt
E. Choice Hotels: Comfort Suites Southpark for 12k/night
F. Marriott hotels are category 2-5 in the Richmond area. Category 2 level (10k-15k/nt) Residence Inn Richmond West/Midlothian & Residence Inn Short Pump at the Notch can be solid options for extended stays including full kitchens
>1 hr away:
A. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Fredericksburg South (I-95), VA - $133 v 15k pts mid-week May.
>1 hr away NC:
Choice Hotels: Comfort Suites Chincoteague Island Bayfront Resort - 30k v $360 for 2 qeen beds, 2 person sofabed, balcony bay view.
It's generally best to aim for redemption values at or above the TPG valuations. For reference, here are the TPG valuations of the above points (& other points available for use in Hampton Roads) as of 4/27/21:
Best Western Rewards: $.006/pt
Hyatt (World of Hyatt): $017/pt
And the valuations of some transferable currencies for the above points:
Amex Membership Rewards: $.02/pt -> Hilton when 3x1 promo ($.018)
Capital One Miles: $.017/pt -> Wyndham ($.011) if solid Wyndham option available & no better source of Wyndham
Chase Ultimate Rewards: $.02/pt -> Hyatt ($.017)
One of my favorite flexible means of earning points and redeeming them is through Kayak's Open Table. Points are worth 2 cents toward a hotel stay. With redemptions though it's ideal for a 1-night stay since redemptions are capped at $80/booking. Here's a prime example of what appears to be a fantastic deal.
Earnings are capped at 10k pts per stay.
The website can be a bit glitchy though. Availability might disappear once you attempt booking. I wasn't able to book any one night options with the above property when checking at least a few dates.
If looking for things to do during your stay, I recommend checking the top options by city/county in Tripadvisor, such as: