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

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Ironically, last Friday, I published an article 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 two people
  • Free lunch or dinner for two 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.

How to get MeliaRewards Gold status from American Express

How to get MeliaRewards Gold status from American Express (December 2022)

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE MeliaRewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Hilton Honors Gold and Radisson Rewards Premium status.

We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

You can discover the benefits of MeliaRewards Gold status on the Melia website here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners may want to consider American Express Business Platinum instead:

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (53)

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  • Dominic says:

    I was amazed to receive this offer. Sadly, I can’t be abroad at any of the foreign hotels during the promotion, but I needed a night in London before a flight the following morning in November, and I was able to book a free room at the ME London with ease. Amex told me on the phone I will have to ‘show’ my Platinum card when I check in to get the free stay. For now I have an email confirmation with the rack rate price on, which, so they say, will be zeroed out when I check out – provided they’ve seen the card.

  • Rohan says:

    A free night!!, I tried looking at rack rate at London and its £400. The one in Madrid is rated no.4 on tripadvisor. This is a great offer and almost validates the £450 pounds for yearly subscription . Thanks raffles for posting this.

  • Michael Christie says:

    Do you think this should work with the Amex Platinum Business card….which has the same £450 fee ?? I called on friday to the helpline and they stated it was targetted only….which is a bit of a joke considering the same fee is required to be paid…..what you think ??

    • Johnny5a says:

      Not sure if it’s targeted, we’ve not received anything. I’ve just booked with ease.

      the T&Cs don’t mention targeted. If you can see the offer when you log in I don’t see why not.

      hey just call them, what’s the worse they can say , No

      • Johnny5a says:

        I take that back, looking at the URL it is a targeted one.. but I still managed to make the booking.

        • Michael says:

          Problem is with the business platinum card you don’t get the normal platinum login. It’s just the normal card login – hence I can’t see the offer. I’m into travel services now,like you say I can but ask, they can only say no (which will be a bit annoying given paying the same £450 fee….)

          • DV says:

            You used to get access to the Platinum websites, but this has been withdrawn. I queried this with Amex who said it was deliberate because the benefits are different. That is right (the Business insurance policy is much better) but it means it is not clear what the benefits are. I have had the card for several years and do not receive offers sent to non- business Platinum chargecard holders. I think the same applies to the ICC card (see oliuk’s comment below).

          • Michael Christie says:

            Hi DV….yeah unfortunately i think you are bang on the money….pain in the backside as we are paying £450 fee as well – yet do get the FHR benefits but not this….ho hum

  • CMOTD says:

    Perfect timing!

    Booked my night in Sept to coincide with something I was pondering doing, which now I am as I only need to pay for my train

  • Johnny5a says:

    Thanks Raffles. Just booked a weekend in London for our Wedding Anniversary.

  • uk1 says:

    Booked a night for Lord Mayors show …. suprised they had availability but they did!

  • Moore says:

    Do you think you could get a night on main cardholder and a second on supp card holder?

  • uk1 says:


    Was that a single booking or two bookings for the single account? Just tried and the computer says “no” only one booking per account.

    • Johnny5a says:

      Only made 1, Mrs J5a (main holder) was thinking of trying it

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