Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts Adding 77 New Properties In 2017

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I’ve written extensively 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, through a travel advisor, or directly online.

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As of now there are over 900 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. Fine Hotels & Resorts is very similar to Virtuoso (which you don’t need an Amex card to use). There’s a lot of overlap between the benefits and hotels offered by both programs, though the exact properties and amenities vary, so it always makes sense to compare.

With that in mind, Fine Hotels & Resorts updates their member hotels every year. Last year I wrote about the ~100 properties joining in 2016.

Within the past week, Fine Hotels & Resorts has announced that 77 new hotels will be joining their portfolio in 2017, bringing the total number of hotels up to over 975.

Some of the hotels joining are ones that just recently opened, while others have been around for a while but are looking to spruce up business by joining the program.

FHRNews has a list of some of the new hotels that will be joining, as most of them are already bookable.

For example, The Prince Gallery Tokyo is a new SPG Luxury Collection property, so by booking through Fine Hotels & Resorts you’d receive complimentary breakfast, a room upgrade, guaranteed late check-out, a $100 food & beverage credit, etc.

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Similarly The New York Edition (which is a Marriott family property) has joined, and is offering a $100 food & credit, plus a third night free. So this is a great option for Marriott loyalists in New York.

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Tiffany recently reviewed Las Alcobas, a Starwood Luxury Collection hotel in Mexico City. That hotel is now also joining FHR, and is offering the standard benefits plus a $100 spa services credit.

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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. Even if you’re already familiar with the program, it’s always worth checking when you’re booking a stay, since new hotels are added every year. I imagine many of these hotels will be added to Virtuoso shortly as well.

I especially love when hotels belonging to the major chains join, as it offers the ability to earn points and get elite benefits, while also getting additional perks on top of that.

Have you ever booked through Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts? If so, at which hotels?

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Comments

  1. aren’t most of those perks also available via the Visa Signature or Kiwi hotels programs? The one time I did Visa Signature I got no upgrade even though the hotel seemed empty. Seems like it’s usually better to just stay on a discounted rate and pay cash for breakfast (somewhere other than the hotel).

  2. You need to figure out the value of these rates, obviously. It might be ideal if you want nothing but relaxing in a great hotel. If you can get in early, stay til 4, enjoy breakfast and dinner or spa with $100 credit, enjoy the hotel ambiance then it looks good. If you are just wanting a place to rest your head and would rather eat/explore away from the hotel then it might not make sense.

  3. Four Seasons San Diego Residences can be an absolute steal and this is not a Virtuoso hotel. During one of their buy 2, get third night free deals, our family stayed in a 1,200 ft villa (this is their one-room upgrade) for less than a standard room at the Sheraton Carlsbad near Leogland. In addition to the extremely family friendly facility day care like gameroom, club house, multiple pools, etc, their free breakfast was an $80 credit which could be used at a cafe or for room service plus the $100 dining credit per stay. And no resort fee ($30) or mandatory valet parking fee ($30) like the Park Hyatt Aviara nearby.

  4. @Raksiam

    I just came back from vacation staying in Hyatts. The first four nights were booked online with Visa Signature. They were unfamiliar with the program which resulted in a very unpleasant start. The last three nights were booked via a VIrtuoso agent. Smooth as silk and I felt like a VIP, even though I have no status with Hyatt. All the difference in the world. YMMV.

  5. Don’t many loyalty program refuse to credit 3rd party bookings towards elite credits or won’t honor elite benefits?

  6. The one time I used FHR to stay at the Bellagio this summer they did not apply the credits correctly. The dispute with Amex is still ongoing. So, doublecheck your folios when you check out.

  7. Just to double check, with the changes coming to the new Hyatt program and not giving credit or elite perks when booking with a non Hyatt.com rate, will the Amex FHR / and Virtuoso still be eligible to earn stay credits / benefits next year.

  8. @ Greg — They absolutely will be, because FHR/Virtuoso aren’t considered to be third party bookings for those purposes.

  9. These perks are great, but what rates are the rooms at? I can’t tell because I’m not a card member. If the room rate is $100 direct, but $200 through Amex then I don’t see this as attractive

  10. This sounds like an ad paid for by American Express. I have been a platinum member for 15 plus years, so I have more than plenty of experience with FHR, and the “room upgrade” is a joke and occurs less than 10% of the time, and you always have to ask when checking in, and if you happen to receive an “upgrade”, it usually is the same room category, with nothing more than a better view. Also, you are paying rack rates, so check the hotel website for better rates / promotions, which might save you more than the free breakfast and “spa” credit.

  11. Hi Lucky! Quick question. I made a booking with FHR for Hyatt. I was able to insert my Hyatt # when booking on the FHR site, but it’s not showing up in my Hyatt account. Is it supposed to show up there so I can get credit for my stays? Also, separate question not related to this booking, but for another booking, do you know if I would be able to book on FHR for Hyatt, but insert someone else’s gp# so they can get the credit, but I pay? We’ll both be there. Thanks so much.

  12. Reading this with interest. I have Chase Sapphire Reserve and can see the benefits of a card that has a hotel collection. This may be a good card for me.

    In my current booking in Las Vegas, most of the Chase Hotel Collection rates were significantly higher than direct booking rates. One though, was very worthwhile. The problem with this Amex though is that I would like to view a list of hotels before applying. The site blocked me saying that my current Amex cards, including two $ 95 fee cards don’t give me access. They should at least let me in to see the hotels. Chase lets you into the site, but doesn’t let you book, without a qualifying card.

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