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Why the AMEX Platinum Fine Hotels & Resorts Benefit is a great value!

What is the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts program and how good are the benefits?

The beautiful St. Regis Houston, Texas – My room upgrade with the Fine Hotels & Resorts program

One of the many perks you will love about the American Express Platinum credit card is the Fine Hotels and Resorts Benefit program. For my business trip to Houston, Texas, I booked my hotel room with this program and had such a positive experience that I had to share its virtues.

Let’s first start with defining what the program is. For AMEX Platinum Card credit card holders, you are able to reserve a luxury hotel or resort from their international portfolio of over 900 hotels. These hotels include some of the most elegant and luxurious brands across the world such as the Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental, Waldorf Astoria, Montage, St Regis, Bulgari, to just name a few. All the hotels and resorts are of a five star quality. When booking a hotel that qualifies for the Fine Hotel & Resorts program, you will get a competitive rate. Additionally, you will receive the following valuable benefits:

  • Noon Check-in, when available
  • Room Upgrade upon arrival, when available
  • Daily breakfast for two people
  • Guaranteed 4 pm Late Check-Out
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • An additional amenity based on the hotel chosen – an example is the $100 food and beverage credit or credits toward a spa treatment.

To reserve a hotel or resort room using this program, there are five simple steps for making your online reservations:

Step One:

Go to the website address for American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts and log in to your account.

Log In: American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts web page:

Step Two:

Begin researching available hotels and rooms for your destination and dates:

Step Three:

Once you hit “Search”, you will be given a list of hotels and prices that are available.

“Select” the hotel that best meets your criteria.

5StarTip🌟: Look for the special amenity that is offered for each hotel. In the example below, the special amenity is a $100 credit toward food and beverage purchases. Each hotel property will offer a unique amenity.

Step Four:

Your search will provide a list of rooms available and a detailed room description. The benefits for this hotel used in the above example include:

  • Noon Check-in, if available
  • Room Upgrade upon arrival, when available
  • Daily breakfast for two people
  • Guaranteed 4 pm Late Check-Out
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Unique Property Amenity: For this example it was USD $100 Food and Beverage Credit to be used during the stay

From this screen, choose “Select”.

Step Five:

You will then have an opportunity to review your reservation before purchasing. Once you have reviewed it, and find all information to be correct, enter your American Express credit card information. The reservation is not charged to your card until you stay at the property. Once you confirm your reservation, you will receive a confirmation number and a confirming email.

Overview and Comparisons:

Using the example above, I was able to secure a reservation at the elegant St. Regis in downtown Houston, Texas. It is a five-star property in a desirable part of town. To offer a comparison of how valuable this program can be, I have provided the following information:

Price Comparison:

St. $224 $224 $224 $248 $224 $224

AMEX Platinum Fine Hotels & Resorts – St. Regis **$231***

  • Noon Check-in – when available (I was able to check in at 2:00 instead of 4:00)
  • Room Upgrade upon arrival (I was given a large suite upgrade – living room w/separate bedroom)
  • Daily breakfast for two people (at the fine dining room)
  • Guaranteed 4 pm Late Check-Out (this was honored as I had a late flight that day)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • $100 Food and Beverage Credit to be used during the stay (I ordered dinner and beverages to utilize this credit)

*There is an additional $9-dollar cost for the room, but the real value is in the benefits shown below:

The estimate for the value of the benefits:

Breakfast for two at the five star hotel restaurant $80

Room Upgraded to a suite that would normally incur an extra cost of $250

Dinner (used the $100 credit) $100

Complimentary WIFI $10

Check out 4 p.m. unknown

Total Estimated Savings $440.00

St. Regis Houston dining room for complimentary breakfast with the Fine Hotels & Resorts Program

Final Thoughts:

With each destination, there will be unique factors such as the days of the week, location, time of year, etc. which will affect the overall price savings. However, this program provides valuable additional benefits over other website offers. After my stay at the St. Regis in Houston this past week (actual costs used in the above example), I am convinced that this is an amazing program offered by the American Express Platinum credit card.

The American Express Rewards Program rates Always5Star: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Cheers American Express!

**I was not compensated in any way for this post. My opinions are completely my own and are based on my experiences which I paid for entirely myself.

About Pamela Rossi

Pamela Rossi

I am passionate about travel and taking each moment and making it a five star experience. My goal is to create those experiences for YOU!