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Get to the Hamptons in style

By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

It's a well-known pre-Fourth of July headache: miles of traffic snaking onto the island of Long Island for beach, sun and fun. Now there's UberChopper, a shuttle service by helicopter. And if you're rich enough to own or rent in the tony Hamptons, then you're probably rich enough to hire the chopper for the $3,000 flight from New York City.

The shuttle is being offered by a company called Uber for today only and includes door-to-door shuttle service from your home to a New York heliport and from there to your final destination.

If you don't mind sitting in traffic but don't want to drive, you can hire an SUV service from the same company for a cost of from $300 to $500 to shuttle you to the Hamptons.

The Hamptons, located at the far end of Long Island, has long been a destination of choice for wealthy New Yorkers. Summer rental costs are soaring for this desirable spit of land. According to a CNBC article from late May, several rentals are now going for a record $1 million just for the summer, not including utilities.

Make no mistake -- these pricey rentals are not cottages. One of the properties, for example, is on 10 acres and houses 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms in the 18,000-square-foot main house. It also comes with a guest house, tennis courts and indoor and outdoor pools.

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