American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders get a number of decent hotel deals, mainly through the Fine Hotels & Resorts programme (late check-out, upgrade if available at check-in, free breakfast, bonus amenity).
A relatively new venture over the last 5-6 years is the Amex Platinum UK Hotel Collection (PDF document, this is the 2016 version. Mobile users should click here instead.). It now showcases 31 top properties, both city and country, such as Chewton Glen (see their tree houses below), Gleneagles, The Grove, Coworth Park, Lucknam Park and Cliveden.
There has been quite a lot of churn in the portfolio since it launched and the total number of hotels keeps getting smaller!
Unlike many hotel promotions, this scheme manages to tick all my boxes:
Your upgrade – it is guaranteed AT TIME OF BOOKING
Late check-out – GUARANTEED for 2pm, except at two properties
Breakfast – included for two guests per room
And a special amenity, which is often a food and drink credit so as good as cash
Rates are guaranteed to be no higher than the Best Flexible Rate offered by the hotel itself. This means, if you need a cancellable rate, you will get value here as your only alternative is Best Flex from the hotel without these benefits.
If you are happy with a cheaper, non-refundable rate, you’d need to weigh up the benefits of this programme versus the extra cost.