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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 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.
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.
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).
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
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?