American Express launched a new promotion yesterday for:
- Platinum charge card holders who book a hotel via Fine Hotels & Resorts
- Preferred Rewards Gold card holders who book a hotel via The Hotel Collection
Amex is offering you a big points bonus for booking, but is there a snag?
Why we like Fine Hotels & Resorts
We are big fans of Fine Hotels & Resorts, and I personally use it a lot. This HfP article explains how Fine Hotels & Resorts works.
FHR, as it is known, is a collection of 600 luxury hotels worldwide which commit to offering special benefits to American Express Platinum cardholders when you book via Amex Travel.
These special benefits vary in their usefulness, to be honest, but do add up. They are:
- Noon check-in when available (I value this at nothing! I want it guaranteed or it is useless.)
- Room upgrade on arrival when available (can be very good but not guaranteed)
- Free breakfast for two people (very valuable at expensive hotels)
- GUARANTEED 4pm check-out (very valuable, especially on short breaks)
- Free in-room wi-fi (valuable, many luxury hotels still like to charge)
- An additional benefit worth $100, usually a $100 food and beverage credit per stay
The Hotel Collection is a similar scheme for Gold cardholders although the benefits are not as impressive.
What has changed with FHR?
FHR bookings had one other feature – you always paid at the hotel.
A 2nd feature was you would always earn loyalty points and elite night credit if the hotel was part of a loyalty scheme.
The first point has now changed. We’re not sure about the second one.
Amex has launched a new promotion based on pre-paid FHR and The Hotel Collection rates. When you try to book a FHR hotel, this is what you now see:
American Express is offering 5 bonus Membership Rewards points with every PRE-PAID Fine Hotels & Resorts and The Luxury Collection booking.
This is on top of the standard 1 bonus point per £1 that Platinum cardholders receive for pre-paid Amex Travel bookings, and 2 bonus points per £1 that Preferred Rewards Gold cardholders receive.
The rules are:
- book between 1st June and 30th June at americanexpress.co.uk/travel
- stay by 31st December
- pre-paid rooms can be cancelled and refunded on request
Will you still earn hotel points on pre-paid bookings?
This is the question. It is possible that you will not earn hotel points and elite status nights if you pre-pay your room.
This is because American Express is taking your money, not the hotel directly, and in many cases this would disqualify you from hotel points.
We simply don’t know, at this stage, if this is the case. I am only flagging it up as a warning – if you need the hotel points or status night credits from your FHR or The Luxury Collection stay, do not pre pay until we have more evidence.
Apart from that, this is an impressive offer – especially as FHR and The Luxury Collection packages are usually good value anyway.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – January 2022 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our January 2022 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.
You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the top current deals.
There are special sign-up bonuses on both of the BA American Express cards until 28th February 2022. The bonus on the free card is doubled to 10,000 Avios and the bonus on the Premium Plus card is increased from 25,000 Avios to a huge 40,000 Avios.
British Airways American Express
10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
40,000 Avios (SPECIAL OFFER) and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Earning miles and points from small business cards
If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers.
The bonus on the Capital On Tap card is increased from points worth 10,000 Avios to 30,000 Avios until 4th February 2022.
The bonus on the British Airways Accelerating Business card is increased from 30,000 Avios to 45,000 Avios until 28th February 2022.
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
45,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
30,000 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review
For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.
Apply 31st March 2022 and your cashback will be increased to 2% for the first three months.