American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts – Is it a good idea?

What are American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts?

The American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts program is a card benefit of US-issued Platinum and Centurion Cards. Cardholders get access to special amenities when staying at any of the 700+ hotel partners that are scattered across the globe and can get special rates and bonuses with selected offers.

Members such as Platinum Delta SkyMiles who are not also US Platinum Charge Card Members are, unfortunately, excluded from this card benefit.

We mentioned American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts recently, when comparing the Citi Prestige credit card with the American Express Platinum credit card. Citi Prestige won this particular comparison, as Torsten found the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts of limited help, as the hotel selection is relatively small and the rates are usually expensive.

However, one big whopper of a bonus of booking through American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts is being treated as elite status, as these complimentary benefits are offered when you book and stay:

Noon check-in, where available at check-in
Guaranteed late checkout at 4PM
Room upgrade, where available at check-in
Daily breakfast for 2 (the breakfasts vary by property, but this will be at least a continental breakfast)
Wi-Fi (this is in your room with the exception of selected properties such as resorts; in such instances, you'll get complimentary Wi-Fi in a common area instead)
Extra amenity specific to the hotel you book – for example, this could be $100 food and drink credit or a massage for 2

How do I book American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts?

Card members need to log in to check rates and availability and can book up to three rooms per stay. It's worth noting that you need to settle your bill with an American Express card.

Current featured offers on American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts are mainly complimentary third, fourth or fifth night stays. Other worldwide selected offers include:

– Complimentary US$100 resort credit at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. when you stay one night. This is on top of your usual extra amenity benefit.

– Complimentary fourth night and USD100 food and beverage credit at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap in Cambodia, when you stay four consecutive nights. The credit is on top of your usual extra amenity benefit.

– Complimentary third night and US$100 spa credit at Le Richemond in Geneva, when you stay three consecutive nights. Again, the credit is on top of your usual extra amenity benefit.

So is the program a good idea?

It can be. Always compare rates before booking (unless there's a free cancellation policy and you can cancel later if needed) and compare the benefits available with other programs you may be a member of.

In some cases, American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts can be a good deal and any benefits you can get are simply an added bonus if you are planning on a luxury stay anyway. It may save you dollars on a particular hotel or get you extra benefits simply by being an American Express Platinum or Centurion member.

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