Four Seasons is considered by some to be the Holy Grail of hotels and resorts. Others (probably rolling their eyes right now) may say they are overpriced and overrated, although I think it’s fair to say that Four Seasons properties, as a group, are tasteful and luxurious — some more so than others, of course.
For those of you considering staying at a Four Seasons property, I figured I’d make a post about how best to maximize the value you can get out of a Four Seasons stay.
How to find Four Seasons free night & promotional offers
As a general rule, Four Seasons, like many luxury hotel brands, seldom discounts their room rates. Instead, they regularly offer incentives like a 3rd or 4th night free, a confirmed room upgrade at time of booking, or a large hotel credit to be used during the stay. These incentives, when taken advantage of, offer value similar to a discounted room rate.
While the promotions vary depending on the property and season, the good news is that Four Seasons publishes all available promotions on one page, giving you a good place from which to start planning your next Four Seasons vacation.
It goes without saying that different promotions will hold different value depending on your budget and the type of traveler you are. In other words, some people might say “wow, $1,000 per night at the Four Seasons Bora Bora is a steal” (given that it’s significantly below the normal rate), while others would understandably say “I’d never spend $1,000 per night on a hotel.”
With that in mind, I wanted to share a few examples of promotions that I think some might find useful even if they wouldn’t otherwise consider staying at a Four Seasons property.
For example, the Four Seasons Bali at Sayan has a third night free promotion, so you can book an 1,800+ square foot duplex suite for $360 per night.
The Four Seasons Beijing has a fourth night free promotion, so you can book a room there for ~$280 per night.
The Four Seasons Casablanca has a promotion for 25% off a stay of two or more nights, so you can book a room there for ~$240 per night:
The Four Seasons Costa Rica Papagayo has a promotion for a fourth night free, so you can book a room there for ~$371 per night:
There are dozens of other offers, though these are just a few examples of some of the more reasonably priced Four Seasons properties, for deals that I think many would consider “reasonable.”
Stacking free nights with Four Seasons Preferred Partners
One of the best hospitality preferred partner programs I have come across as a Travel Advisor is the Four Seasons Preferred Partners program. For those of you loyal to Four Seasons, rejoice. For those of you that have eschewed Four Seasons because you were skeptical of the value, perhaps this is a turning point for you!
Offers made available through Four Seasons can be stacked with Preferred Partners amenities when booked through a Travel Advisor (more on that later), adding even more value.
The Four Seasons Preferred Partners program is similar to Starwood’s Luxury Privileges. Booking your hotel stays through this program is a simple way to maximize value at no additional cost, as the rates are the same as the best available rate.
Four Seasons Preferred Partners rates generally have the following amenities:
- Daily breakfast
- Property credit (for example, $100 hotel credit)
- Room upgrade if available
- Free wifi
While most Four Seasons properties are bookable through American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts (FHR) as well as Virtuoso, booking through the Four Seasons Preferred Partners program prioritizes the room upgrade, which is often considered the most important benefit offered by a preferred partner program.
Furthermore, not all of the offers available through Four Seasons are available through FHR or Virtuoso, and vice versa, nor can they be stacked with Preferred Partner amenities. Confused yet? I didn’t say getting the most bang for your buck was easy!
The perks across the programs vary a bit, too. For example, Fine Hotels and Resorts has guaranteed 4PM checkout, and Virtuoso as a standard (but not guaranteed) amenity offers early check-in and late checkout if available. Four Seasons Preferred Partners doesn’t usually offer flexible check-out times as an amenity, though it’s something a Travel Advisor may be able to negotiate on your behalf.
It’s worth comparing the perks to see what works best for you. You’ll have to check out with a Virtuoso Travel Advisor for a list of the Virtuoso amenities, but you can check the perks available through Fine Hotels and Resorts (if you have an AMEX Platinum Card) online at americanexpressfhr.com.
How to take advantage of Four Seasons Preferred Partners
In order to book a Four Seasons Preferred Partners rate, you’ll need to contact an affiliated Travel Advisor. While these rates cannot be booked directly by guests, you can check the Preferred Partners rate by looking at the best available rate for the property you’re interested in online. By booking with a Travel Advisor, you can combine the Preferred Partners amenities with special offers available at Four Seasons properties.
Travel Advisors are there to personalize the stay for you, especially if it’s a celebratory occasion like a birthday, honeymoon, or anniversary. They’re also available to coordinate reservations, excursions, transfers, and the finer points of your trip. They’re meant to be your single point of contact for your trip… planning can be fun when you don’t have to fuss over the details!
There are deals to be had at Four Seasons properties. Preferred Partners rates are a great way to get perks like free breakfast, hotel credits, and upgrades. These rates can also be combined with free night promotions offered by Four Seasons to maximize value.
If you would like to book a room or confirm a rate is available for your dates, are curious about ongoing promotions, want to compare Preferred Partners/Virtuoso/Amex FHR pros & cons, or have questions, feel free to contact me (I’m a Four Seasons and Virtuoso affiliated advisor) at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!