Free 5-star Melia hotel night – a decent reason to get Amex Platinum this Summer

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Ironically, last Friday, I published a post criticising American Express Platinum for launching a poor quality Priority Club promotion.

And then, what should appear in the post, than a genuinely very attractive deal.  A free night, for all American Express Platinum cardholders, at a selection of Melia hotels.  Importantly, there is NO requirement to book further nights – a one-night, totally free, stay is permitted.

What I find a little hard to believe is that the new ME London is included.  This is on The Strand, in the old BBC World Service building.  Designed by Norman Foster, it is creating a stir for its very funky rootop bar, below:

ME London

The full list of hotels included is:

These are all very nice properties, in theory.  Gran Melia is the top tier of the Melia brand portfolio, whilst ME is their ‘W-style’ lifestyle brand.

Even better, the Fenix in Madrid is a member of American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts.  The rules specifically state that FHR benefits ARE included in your free night, so if you stay at the Fenix (and only the Fenix) you will also receive:

  • Noon check-in
  • 4pm check-out
  • Free breakfast for 2 people
  • Free lunch or dinner for 2 people (excluding alcoholic drinks)
  • Room upgrade on arrival if available

I like the sound of this one!

You can book from now until 30th November, for travel dates between 1st July and 30th November.

Full details, including some black-out dates, can be found here (link deleted as now dead).

It is not clear if you still need to have the Platinum card when you do your free stay.  One person who booked last week was told that the hotel would charge the stay to his card and then Amex would automatically cancel it, but I don’t believe this as Amex would not know the underlying room rate.  My guess is that you probably could get away with it if you had cancelled your card, but I wouldn’t personally risk it.

If you signed up for Amex Platinum now, you would still be able to take part in this promotion.  Don’t forget that you also receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points for signing up, worth 30,000 Avios points.

My full review of Amex Platinum can be found here, and full details of the 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus can be found hereThe Amex home page for the card is here.

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  1. Colin MacKinnon says:

    Hi all,

    Well, thought I had missed out – one of the three blackout dates for the Fenix was the one date we wanted!

    But a call to the helpful Amex travel chap led to the question: why the ME, the Fenix is a much better deal – and we have a room available!

    What a result.

    Flight in from UK on the Big Orange for £50, free dinner, night and breakie at the Fenix, and then off to Argentina on IB in Biz for 60 euros and a load of LloydsTSB avios (yes, still wokring my way through them!)

    Now if we get IB new Business Class that would be the cherry on top!

  2. expatbear says:

    Thanks Rob, another great pointer… booked the Fenix in Madrid, one night on mine and one night on my partner’s Platinum card (we have two card accounts, not for much longer though!). Platinum line travel agent was helpful enough to call the hotel and tell them to make sure and link the bookings… also confirmed the FSH deal with free lunch/dinner at the hotel, late check out, etc. Booked a couple of BA saver tix on avios, and voila! A pre-birthday weekend trip to Madrid for only £60 out of pocket!

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