American Express introduces Gold Hotel Collection

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post explaining how The Platinum Card® from American Express and Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express cards are complements and not substitutes. As I explained, the Platinum card is more about the benefits (lounge access, Global Entry fee waiver, Fine Hotels & Resorts, $200 airline fee credit, etc.), while the Premier Rewards Gold card is all about the points (triple points on airfare and double points on gas and groceries).

Well, it appears as if American Express is trying to add more rewards to their Gold cards and narrow the gap, as they just introduced the American Express Gold Hotel Collection.

Booking through this program offers a $75 resort credit and room upgrade at participating hotels.

The terms and conditions for booking through them are as follows:

Valid for new bookings of at least two consecutive nights made through American Express Travel. Payment must be made with an American Express Card in U.S. Gold Card member, Platinum Card member or Centurion member’s name. Card member must travel on itinerary booked. Room upgrade based on availability. $75 credit excludes room nights, taxes, gratuities, fees. Benefit restrictions vary by hotel and cannot be redeemed for cash. Credit cannot be carried over to another stay, nonrefundable and applied in USD or equivalent in local currency based on exchange rate on day of arrival. May not be combined with other offers or programs unless indicated. Limit one benefit package per room, per stay. Three room limit per Card member, per stay; back-to-back stays within a 24-hour period at the same property considered one stay. Participating providers and benefits subject to change.

As you can see, the biggest catch seems to be that this is only valid for stays of at least two nights, while with Fine Hotels & Resorts or Virtuoso you get more benefits for stays of even just one night.

Anyway, you can search participating hotels and look up rates here, on their fairly easy to use hotel search tool.

Based on my search they seem to have a bit of overlap between Fine Hotels & Resorts properties, though not a complete overlap. The good news is that for all the hotels I searched, the rate offered by American Express matched the “best available” rate offered by the hotel. And as is the case with Fine Hotels & Resorts, booking through this program should still earn you points and stay credits.

So is this a killer new option? No, probably not. But it’s another option to consider when making your hotel bookings, in addition to Fine Hotels & Resorts, Virtuoso, and the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection.

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  1. hi i see hilton is a member, would one still get his/her hilton honors benefits if using this service?
    thank you,

  2. Lucky, have you weighed in on the 5x points buying Vanilla Reload cards for the prepaid Amex at Office Depot using the Ink Bold card? I am pretty sure it was one of the cards you recommended, but I am curious what you think of this plan.

  3. @ Pulvdiggity — Hmmm, you sure? The email seemed to suggest it was a new benefit, and I don’t remember ever seeing exactly this program.

    @ daniel — You sure would.

  4. I have a Platinum Card, but not a Gold Card, and I can’t use the benefits. Interesting.

  5. @ Alex — To the best of my knowledge this program is intended exclusively for Gold card members and not for Platinum card members (though you can pay with a Platinum or Centurion card, much like you can pay with a Gold card on an FHR booking).

  6. I just called Amex to book a hotel and I can take advantage of the program as a Platinum card holder, even though I do not have a Gold.

  7. @ MillValleyMom — I think it’s a great plan if you don’t mind “fronting” the money for the gift cards. It’s probably more worth it for categories in which you’d otherwise earn one point per dollar vs. two or three, since there’s more to gain, but I do think it’s a great deal.

  8. Is this a US-only benefit? I have a UK Plat so can’t log in to search which properties are included

  9. I cant believe how ****ing America-centric American Express morons are, why the hell on earth they dont give rat’s ass about the rest 6,5 billion clients.

  10. @Lucky thanks for letting me know…always worth a try to uk plat to see if they can honour it. As its a credit at the property as opposed to a statement credit it should be possible if I get the rep to call the hotel in question. Can you tell me if the Conrad Bangkok is included by any chance?

  11. @ MK you do realize their name is American Express right? I mean I’m not saying its a smart business idea but when they name themselves after a country you’ve got to assume its gonna be their focus.

  12. @ Jon — Typically it’s only personal cards that qualify for things like these. Sorry!

  13. The email makes you think this is a new benefit, even with a new name “Gold Hotel Collection”. However, it is actually the same as the old program “Gold Card Destinations” which like many posters suggest, has been around for years. Look closer at the booking engine – it still says “Gold Card Destinations”. And a Platinum Card member who does not have a Gold Card can still access this benefit.

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