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Amex Platinum Card Benefits: Fine Hotels & Resorts
Recently we saw The Platinum Card® from American Express relaunched with new benefits, a bigger welcome bonus, and a higher annual fee. The card now has a welcome bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 within three months. On top of that, the card’s annual fee increased by $100, though I think for most people the new benefits will more than make up for the increased annual fee.
I get a lot of questions about the details of the benefits of The Platinum Card® from American Express, so I’m writing a series about the various benefits of the card.
In this post I wanted to talk about American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, which is one of the perks offered through the Amex Platinum Card. Just for having the card you have access to all kinds of benefits at hundreds of luxury hotels around the world. It’s a program I’ve used many times, and that I find to be quite valuable.
What is Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts?
Fine Hotels & Resorts is a program that gets you additional benefits at over 975 luxury hotels around the world. These benefits include the following:
- 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
- Complimentary in-room wifi (exclusions apply)
Typically Fine Hotels & Resorts bookings are an especially good deal for short stays, since you get the ~$100 credit once per stay, including for a one night stay. So it’s tough to beat a cheap rate at a hotel while getting an upgrade, free breakfast, guaranteed late check-out, and a $100 credit of some sort.
On top of that, Fine Hotels & Resorts often has third or fourth night free offers, so you can combine the above benefits with that to really get a lot of value. The rate available through Fine Hotels & Resorts is typically the same as the best available/flexible rate through the hotel. So you can’t get these benefits in conjunction with promotional rates, AAA rates, points bookings, etc.
I’ve stayed at the Sunset Tower Hotel on a Fine Hotels & Resorts booking
How do you make an Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts booking?
You can start your search by entering either the hotel name, the city, or both. Then it will show you the available benefits, the rate options, etc.
Can you earn points for Fine Hotels & Resorts bookings?
The great thing is that there’s some overlap between Fine Hotels & Resorts properties, and also properties that belong to the major hotel loyalty programs. For example, there are lots of properties from Park Hyatt, St. Regis, Ritz-Carlton, Waldorf Astoria, etc., that belong to Fine Hotels & Resorts.
Booking through FHR counts as a “qualifying” rate, meaning that you can earn points and elite qualifying nights for those bookings. Furthermore, you can actually stack many benefits. For example, as an SPG Platinum member I can apply a Suite Night Award to those bookings. So I love being able to stack perks to get the most value out of Fine Hotels & Resorts.
Use a Globalist suite upgrade at the Park Hyatt Vienna while on a Fine Hotels & Resorts booking
Are there any alternatives to Fine Hotels & Resorts?
Fine Hotels & Resorts is Amex’s hotel program, though there are many other valuable programs out there. For example, the most widely known one is Virtuoso, which has a similar network of hotels. However, there’s not full overlap between hotels, so sometimes you’ll find that a hotel belongs to one program but not the other. Furthermore, typically the benefits are a bit different.
There’s no membership required to make a Virtuoso booking. Instead you just need to go through a Virtuoso affiliated agent.
On top of that, a lot of hotel groups have their own proprietary programs for travel advisors, which can score you similar deals. For example, Ford has written about Starwood Luxury Privileges, Four Seasons Preferred Partner, Shangri-La Luxury Circle, etc. These programs can give you benefits at those hotels that are often similar (and sometimes even better) than what’s offered through FHR.
In terms of other great credit card benefits at hotels, keep in mind that the Citi Prestige Card offers a fourth night free benefit on bookings made through them, which is also an incredible deal. So many may find it worthwhile to take advantage of that perk for longer stays.
I’ve used the Citi Prestige fourth night free benefit at the St. Regis Bali
It’s worth at least being aware of the Fine Hotels & Resorts program being offered by the Amex Platinum Card. It’s a program I use all the time, and I find it to be especially valuable for short stays. The great thing is that you can stack the program with earning points and other benefits from your favorite loyalty program, in order to truly maximize the value.
However, there are other options out there, like Virtuoso, Citi Prestige fourth night free, etc.