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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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  • oliuk says:

    Doesn’t work for ICC platinum holders unfortunately 🙁

  • TheOne says:

    Get this booked ASAP as told lots of dates in London are full already!!

  • DrTom says:

    Excellent offer. Just managed to book a Wednesday night in the ME London, which I’m told is a £300 rack rate.

    From the discussion, there are 10 rooms available per night under this offer. Weekends are pretty well booked up and it took us a few tries to find an available weeknight, so if you’ve not booked yet, get in quick. There are dates, but they require some flexibility.

    For the international properties, it does sound like there’s plenty of availability.

  • Rob says:

    Noticed the Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Gold status has been removed though?

    • Rob says:

      Cathay status is still there. It has NEVER been listed on the Amex website as a benefit, because they are very nervous about (further) upsetting British Airways, who as we all know is Amex’s biggest UK client.

      • Rob says:

        Ah that’s good news, need to apply for the platinum card so it’ll be good to get oneworld saphire status and a free melia night now!

      • Rob says:

        Hi Raffles,
        Are you sure you still get the cathay gold status for new amex platinum memberships as just spoke to amex CS who told me it wasn’t offered anymore? She was getting very confused between the amex gold card and cathay gold status so she might have got it wrong.

        • The_Pope says:

          Yep – it’s clearly listed under View All Benefits > Partner Programmes on the dedicated Platinum site, along with SPG Gold, Club Carlson Gold Elite, Accor Platinum and the other benefits 🙂

          • Rob says:

            Do you have link for this? Amex CSR on the phone are still telling me its not available for new applications. If I can point them to this that might clarify it … thanks!

          • Johnny5a says:

            Are you referring to the Melia deal or the Cathay Pacfic card?

          • Rob says:

            Sorry, deleted my reply. Cathay card is available until Feb 2014 according to the ad in Departures magazine recently. Ignore what the rep says, just apply for it via the Plat website and it will turn up.

            And what is the worse case scenario? You apply for Plat, get the 30,000 bonus Avios, find you can’t get the Cathay card (highly unlikely) and so cancel for a fee refund, and you keep all the hotel status cards too!

          • Rob says:

            Sorry was referring to the cathay gold status, maybe slightly OT…

  • Mike says:

    It doesn’t appear to be targetted. Log onto the Platinum web site http://americanexpress.co.uk/platinum and go to Platinum Travel / Offers. The Melia offer is listed first for me.

  • Polly says:

    Hi Raffles, do you know if breakfast, wi fi etc is included in the london melia, or is it room only? Tnx

    • Mike says:

      It’s room only and it looks like there’s a charge for wifi unless you’re in a suite.

    • Rob says:

      Room only, wifi would only be included if all guests got free wifi. You are dead centre of London, though, so no shortage of breakfast or free wi-fi joints within 2 mins walk.

  • BBC Nerd says:

    Thanks for this – but just a quick pedant’s note: this isn’t the old BBC World Service building – that’s Bush House, which is next door, and which has only recently been vacated.

    ME London is in what was Marconi House, which does have an important place in broadcasting history as the home of 2LO, the forerunner to the BBC, in 1922-23, and of various Marconi companies.

    http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/MarconiHouseStrandAldwychLondon.htm

  • danksy says:

    Thanks for the tip….

    Just signed up for Platinum card using a targetted brochure I got via the post.

    40,000 Avios if I spend £2,500 in 3 months, plus £225 fee instead of £450.

    Cheap weekend somewhere in Europe 😀

    Thanks Raffles, great work as ever!

    • xcalx says:

      Thats a good deal, have you had the Plat card previously.

    • Rob says:

      That’s a good deal, didn’t know they were still sending those out.

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