The cheapest American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts rate I’ve ever seen

There are promotions that are useful and then promotions that are just downright cool (and useless). This one definitely falls in the latter category, as I doubt Las Vegas hotel hopping is in the cards for most of us for Thanksgiving.

I’m a huge fan of Virtuoso and American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, which offer additional benefits for stays at many luxury hotels. Fine Hotels & Resorts is available to American Express Platinum and Centurion card members, and gets you a room upgrade upon availability, 4PM guaranteed check-out, free breakfast, and a further hotel amenity (usually a $100 food and beverage or spa credit).

As long time readers will know, Fine Hotels & Resorts almost caused me to move to Tianjin, China back in March, and to Phoenix, Arizona over the summer. Given that many hotels offer $100 credits as their amenity, it can be especially lucrative for short stays, since those credits are on a per stay (and not per night) basis.

Anyway, back to the actual point of this post. Reader Jamison Tweeted me about the lowest Fine Hotels & Resorts rate I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen a Fine Hotels & Resorts rate dip below $100, though the night before Thanksgiving the rate at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas is $77.

So while this may be totally useless, it’s also totally awesome in my opinion. Has anyone ever seen a Fine Hotels & Resorts rate of under $100? Can anyone beat $77?

Comments

  1. Sometimes La Quinta Resort (Waldorf Astoria Collection) in Palm Springs is as low as $68. Generally this is in the summer, where even someone from Tampa would be too hot.

  2. Early January 2011, we got a room at the same hotel for $65 (Sunday night). Generous breakfast credit (we used it on the day of arrival for lunch and had an extra box for afternoon snack) and $100 spa credit (used for spa day passes for ourselves and 3 friends). It was a great introduction to FHR.

  3. Lucky,

    Stayed there many times and just stayed there this past weekend for the NoteWorthy COnference in Vegas. Just to put this in perspective for FHR at TheHotelMandalay you get a $20 breakfast voucher for up to two people to be used at one of the two restaurants in TheHotel (NOT in Mandalay) and the $100 SPA credit is not such a great deal being that the cheapest item on the SPA menu is a 25 Minute Neck and Shoulder Massage for $90. If you want 50 minute full body it will run you $135. However, if your a gym rat like myself, for $15 you can have access to the weight room/ Sauna and Steam room which of course you can use your credit.
    If you want a good deal try the Mandarin Oriental in Vegas- the FHR amenities are great especially if you are a centurion member then they really “hook you up” !

  4. Sometimes you can’t use a spa credit on the first or second day if the spa is too busy or too small to meet the demand. Sometimes you can schedule a session well in advance to get around this, but not always. And sometimes even a $100 credit isn’t enough to get anything worthwhile. Then again at $77 it would seem unlikelyk to get burned in a way that would ruin a deal like this.

  5. @ Adan @ Dax — Agree, and I generally find the credits to be worth nowhere near face value. That being said, the food and beverage credit is definitely worth more to me than the spa credit. But was pointing this out simply for the novelty of <$100 FHR rate. Even if I were in Vegas that night I'd probably go with one of the other great FHR properties that was in the $150 range.

  6. How often do you get upgraded when you use the FHR hotel room purchase benefit?

    Hilton offers Diamonds’ Suites but I’ve never seen one in over 100 stays so that benefit is useless to me. It’s why I shifted my business away.

  7. @ ShaneInTulsa — I’ve consistently received “moderate” upgrades, like to executive rooms or rooms with views. I’ve also occasionally received suite upgrades. Though typically the policy is that you get a one or two category upgrade, though some hotels go beyond that.

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