Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts Adding ~100 New Hotels In 2016

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I’ve written extensively in the past about American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, which is a program that adds significant value to stays at many upscale hotels.

FHR is available to those with The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN, and is a really useful perk. If you have access to this benefit you can book either by phone using the Platinum Concierge, or you can book directly online, which is my preferred method.

Amex-FHR

There are over 815 hotels participating in Fine Hotels & Resorts, and by booking through the program you receive:

  • 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)

Those are some incredible perks, especially given that you typically pay the same price the hotel is charging directly for a flexible rate.

For example, last week I stayed at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi for one night.

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The stay cost ~$200 through FHR (I booked using The Platinum Card® from American Express). For that I received complimentary breakfast, a $100 food & beverage credit, and more. That’s a pretty unbelievable value, especially when staying for just one night (since the unique property amenity is offered on a per stay basis, while the other benefits are offered on a nightly basis).

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My $100 food & beverage credit at work

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Complimentary restaurant breakfast through FHR

With that in mind, it’s worth noting that some new hotels join Fine Hotels & Resorts every year (though some also leave). Some of the hotels joining are ones which just recently opened, while others have been around for a while but are looking to spruce up business by joining the program.

Via FHRNews, almost 100 new hotels are joining the Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts program in 2016. 11 of these new member properties even belong to Hilton HHonors, meaning you can double dip your elite benefits and FHR benefits, while also earning points. Keep in mind that HHonors Gold status is a perk of the Amex Personal Platinum and Amex Business Platinum.

I’m not a big Hilton guy myself, so which new properties interest me the most?

  • The Delano Las Vegas
  • The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
  • W Santiago
  • Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh
  • Waldorf Astoria Panama City
  • W Verbier
  • Andaz Tokyo

Waldorf-Panama
$100 property credit, free breakfast, room upgrade, and more, on a $129 rate? Deal!

Bottom line

If you haven’t yet used American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, it’s a fantastic program I take advantage of all the time, in addition to Virtuoso. If you’re already familiar with the program, be sure to take a look at the ~100 hotels which recently joined FHR.

Have you ever used Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts? Are there any newly added properties which interest you?

About lucky

Ben Schlappig (aka Lucky) is a travel consultant, blogger, and avid points collector. He travels about 400,000 miles a year, primarily using miles and points to fund his first class experiences. He chronicles his adventures, along with industry news, here at One Mile At A Time.

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Comments

  1. Yay, this is a good list! I highly recommend CordeValle. True luxury in NorCal and an amazing weekend getaway!

  2. Lucky –

    How often do you stay at a FHR hotel that isn’t a Virtuoso hotel? IME, it’s rare to find an FHR hotel that isn’t Virtuoso, and similarly, IME the benefits are better through Virtuoso than FHR.

    As a result, I don’t actually find FHR much value anymore.

    Greg

  3. @ Greg99 — I have found several hotels which belong to FHR and Virtuoso. All else being equal I also prefer Virtuoso, though the key benefit through FHR is the guaranteed 4PM late check-out. I find that extremely valuable, so for short stays usually choose FHR.

  4. Ben,

    If you book through FHR a SPG property, can you still get all the perks and points? I know Hyatt does not give you that option….

    Great work, BTW!

  5. Yesterday @Lucky had commented: “Personally I don’t find Hilton properties to be especially aspirational,…”

    In this post, after noting that AMEX just added 11 Hilton properties to their FHR collection, @Lucky again wrote: “I’m not a big Hilton guy myself, so which new properties interest me the most?”

    I guess it is again open season on Hilton at OMAAT, and we get that Hilton is not a favorite of this site. However, why should anyone take these negative comments seriously when (a) the fact that @Lucky is not a Hilton fan means that he probably knows too little about the chain for his comments to be given too much weight, and (b) support for (a) being the ridiculous claim that Hilton, which boasts highly ‘aspirational’ properties like the Trianon Palace Versailles (right up there with PH Paris Vendome) or Rome Cavalieri – to just name two – does not have aspirational properties, echoeing another canard propagated in the travel blogosphere echo chamber. On this point it seems clear that AMEX also disagrees with you since they just inducted 11 Hilton properties in their FHR collection…

    Just because a property is expensive, as most SPG properties were (past tense), does not make it “aspirational”!

    Cheers from Hilton’s iconic ” The Drake” hotel in Windy City, where I checked in last evening and scored yet another upgrade to junior suite!

  6. Very timely as I’m transiting through Panama City on Friday. Have Aloft booked at 3k points per night but now debating switching to Waldorf since location seems to be better and the $100 credit would come in handy at the restaurant there since it will probably be too late to head somewhere else by the time we get in around 9-9:30pm.

    And I was pretty excited for finally snagging a decent SPG redemption…

    Decisions, decisions.

  7. St. Anthony in San Antonio (SPG property) may be a good use of one-night booking if the rates are low enough. It’s been remodeled this year so would be curious to check it out.

    Park Hyatt in Vienna and Prince de Galles in Paris are also on the list so top Hyatt & SPG properties in those cities are now part of FHR.

  8. @Luis – Yes, you can apply DSU at Hyatt properties when booking with Virtuoso for sure. I have clients do it regularly. For FHR, I would think you could too.

  9. @Michelle – FHR allows you to book up to 3 rooms and get the benefits for each of those rooms for a single stay

    @Paul – The cardholder *must* be present, but you can add your wife & mother both as Authorized Users for $175 (you get 3 AU cards for $175). Authorized Users get the full FHR benefits.

  10. Lucky, can we use FHR to book for other people, while not travelling along with them? I might have heard both cases but wanted to ask if you have a more definitely answer

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