American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts is an awesome program which adds significant value to stays at many upscale hotels. The program is available to those with the The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, and is a really useful perk.
When you book through Amex FHR (the rate is almost always the same as the flexible/best available rate with the hotel directly), you receive the following benefits:
- Daily breakfast for two people
- Room upgrade upon arrival, when available
- A unique property amenity (usually a $100 property credit, free massage, car transfer, etc.)
- Guaranteed 4PM check-out
- Noon check-in, subject to availability
Who doesn’t like room upgrades?!
The best part is that your stay is still eligible for points accrual when you book through Fine Hotels & Resorts, so it’s a great way to double dip benefits. For example, yesterday I reviewed the St. Regis Singapore, which I booked through Fine Hotels & Resorts. I already received a room upgrade and 4PM late check-out through my my SPG Platinum status. However, for booking through Fine Hotels & Resorts I got a $100 food & beverage credit plus free breakfast (which I could have otherwise chosen as my SPG Platinum amenity in place of 500 Starpoints, but this way I received the points and breakfast).
Receive complimentary breakfast when booking through Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts
So it adds quite a bit of value to stays, in particular for short stays, since the unique property amenity is awarded on a per stay basis and not a per night basis.
Anyway, it looks like Amex has added a new perk for those booking through FHR — free in-room wifi. Exclusions apply, so unlike with many of the other benefits, not all FHR hotels are participating. However, a majority seem to, so that’s very exciting news.
For what it’s worth, the Fine Hotels & Resorts website doesn’t yet seem to reflect the new benefit, so you’ll have to call Platinum Concierge to find out which properties are participating. Hopefully the website is updated soon
This is a very nice enhancement to an already awesome program!
Have you ever made a booking through Amex FHR? If so, what was your experience like?
(Tip of the hat to Adam)