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American Express Platinum closes its “UK Hotel Collection” of special deals

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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 – there is no 2017 version.  Mobile users should click here instead.)  It showcases 31 top properties, both city and country, such as Chewton Glen, Gleneagles, The Grove, Coworth Park, Lucknam Park and Cliveden (photo below).

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

American Express UK Hotel Collection

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.

Unfortunately, American Express is closing the UK Hotel Collection on 31st March as you can read here.  It isn’t clear if 31st March is the last day to book or the last day to stay.

It is a shame to see the end of this offer, although Amex did a bad job of promoting it.  There has always been quite a lot of churn in the portfolio since it launched and the total number of hotels kept getting smaller.

It would have been better if all of the hotels had been folded into Fine Hotels & Resorts instead although I can imagine that some would not want to do the 4pm guaranteed check-out required by FHR members.

If you are planning a UK break over the next few weeks and have an American Express Platinum card, you may still be able to squeeze in a booking.  You can find out more here.

Hotel offers update – January 2022:

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.

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Comments (103)

  • Andrew Stock says:

    Virgin had the chance to operate LHR to Edinburgh, Manchester and Dublin, however they failed.

    • Andrew says:

      This is true.

      They were very unhappy that passengers were “only” using their product to travel between London & Edinburgh/Aberdeen rather than travel transatlantic. I was one of those passengers.

      It is one of the occasions when they shouldn’t have used the Virgin Brand. Something new that was affiliated with both Star Alliance and Virgin/Delta would have been very helpful indeed for Scottish passengers who were looking at non-Oneworld connections in London.

      Flybe now take most of the non-BA connections to EDI & ABZ.

  • Anonymous says:

    O/T I am looking at the current Avis/VS deal for 5.5k bonus miles for a 2-day rental. I actually need a 4-day rental, so does anyone know if i make 2 separate booking of 2 days each, would I qualify to receive the bonus twice? I am concerned that as these are consecutive days I would only qualify for the bonus once. I cannot change my pickup/dropoff locations and would prefer to have less than an hour gap between rental 1 and rental 2 if possible. Any reassurance/guidance would be appreciated…

    • rash says:

      I’m also interested in the answer to this question, I have reached out to someone on flyertalk to see if they have an answer and I will let you know if they reply. Jovanna who posts on here sometimes may know the answer to this…

    • Rob says:

      I know someone who used to do 3 £18 Hertz rentals per day during a big Virgin promo. You should be ok, for absolute certainty swap over at a different depot.

  • John says:

    BA can barely hold together an operation at 3 London airports so I’m not sure exactly how things would be better if they flew directly from more UK origins.

    Is AF not really Air Paris?

  • mark2 says:

    I think we can all have a good guess at that answer.

  • mark2 says:

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  • Beard McBeardyface says:

    At school, the word ‘Beard’ was a synonym for the word ‘lies’ and while the press release isn’t a lie, it is at best, misleading.

    Virgin tried short haul and failed. The dream of holding onto those remedy slots long enough to convert them into something profitable was a bridge too far.

    Give Virgin a slot pair at LHR and they sure as hell won’t be starting flights to Chennai but would likely add another frequency to a North American destination. (See above)

    BA compete with the slew of carriers flying west (albeit with a stop) and Virgin as they fly east. Virgin have chosen their network strategy and represent something that no other European carrier has, competition on direct routes against the incumbent.

    • Alan says:

      “BA compete with the slew of carriers flying west (albeit with a stop) and Virgin as they fly east. Virgin have chosen their network strategy and represent something that no other European carrier has, competition on direct routes against the incumbent.”

      Either I have misunderstood what you are saying or you have your east and west the wrong way around?

      Its probably me.

    • Rob says:

      Virgin have spare slots at Heathrow. They are leased to IAG I believe.

      • Stuart says:

        How ironic! So they can’t fill the slots they have but want a third runway to open competition and more slots for them not to use?! Maybe they should use their own slots currently / lease them to Delta before they want new ones. They could of used the release to mention what markets they may look at if there was a third runway and they had extra slots

  • Grimz says:

    Thanks – on my platinum but not on my SPG or BA cards.

  • Grimz says:

    OT – How long should it take to receive the 20k points for the upgrade to Platinum from Gold once you have spent the £1k. I thought it triggered right away?

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