For a reason entirely beyond me, my dad insists on keeping his AMEX Plat card, despite the hefty fee. I have a linked card for the lounge access benefits, which is nice once in a while, but simply isn’t worth it overall for our travel patterns.
Anyway, one of the benefits of being an AMEX Plat is access to the Fine Hotels & Resorts program. I decided to make a call to compare the rates they offer to what one can get directly on the hotel website, in this case for the InterContinental Century City (Los Angeles) for a weekend in January. The rate on the website was $240/night plus tax for an “advanced purchase rate,” which I’d never book due to the risk, and about $299/night plus tax for a “best flexible rate,” or $319/night plus tax for the “best flexible rate with breakfast,” which is what I’d book. I would use a buy one get one free weekend night certificate, so would only be paying for one night.
Anyway, the results were interesting. The agent came up with a rate of $254/night, and that’s a “flexible rate.” In addition to the good rate, you get benefits like free breakfast, an $85 food/beverage credit, a room upgrade, and 4PM check-out. I’m covered on the last two as a Royal Ambassador, but I’m a big fan of the first two.
Since AMEX FHR rates earn points and allow one to use a buy one get one free weekend night certificate, I’d basically be paying $254 for two nights, including breakfast for both nights along with an $85 food/beverage credit. Not bad at all, in my opinion!