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Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus. You can apply here.

American Express is currently running an ‘as good as it gets’ limited time bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points when you take out The Platinum Card.

This would convert into 60,000 Avios or lots of other great travel rewards.

Our main article on the Platinum 60,000 points offer is here. Last week we looked at:

Today I want to look at why the Fine Hotels & Resorts booking scheme is one of the best American Express Platinum benefits.

You can apply for The Platinum Card here.

Why Fine Hotels & Resorts is one of the best American Express Platinum benefits

One of the most useful benefits of having an American Express Platinum charge card – and one which genuinely helps me justify the £575 fee – is the Fine Hotels & Resorts programme.

How does American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts work?

FHR, as it is known, is a collection of 1,200 luxury hotels worldwide which commit to offering special benefits to American Express Platinum cardholders when you book via Amex Travel.

FHR bookings can be made online so you don’t need to spend any unnecessary time on the phone.

How does American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts work?

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)
  • Free in-room wi-fi (valuable at the admittedly few luxury hotels which still like to charge)
  • An additional benefit worth $100, usually a $100 food and beverage credit per stay

You can check out the full list of participating hotels in FHR at this special Amex website. This website is a little confusing because it talks about 1,800 hotels. This includes 600 in ‘The Hotel Collection’ which is a different, less generous plan for both Platinum and Gold cardholders.

Why Fine Hotels & Resorts is one of the best American Express Platinum benefits

The key, for me, is the guaranteed 4pm check-out

Where FHR really works for me is the guaranteed 4pm check-out.  If you are on a short break with an evening flight home, you really don’t want to be checking out of your hotel at noon.  Yes, the hotel will store your bag for you, but it isn’t the same as having full access to your room.

On our occasional trips to Four Seasons Hampshire, pictured above, using FHR allows us to stay one night less and save a significant sum.  With young kids in tow, you don’t get much done in the evenings anyway so leaving at 4pm the day before doesn’t make a lot of difference compared to leaving the next morning. When we just go for the weekend, getting a 4pm Sunday check-out is invaluable.

On one night stays, you’re laughing

Another situation where FHR comes into its own is on one night stays.  The value here can be amazing.

Let’s imagine you’re paying £175 for a standard room at a city hotel via FHR, as I do sometimes at Park Hyatt Hamburg.  You will get free breakfast AND $100 of food and beverage credit AND a guaranteed 4pm check-out AND a potential upgrade.  Your upgrade chances are improved on a one-night stay too as the hotel doesn’t need to have a better room available for multiple nights.  You can clearly see how you can get real value here.

You also earn your usual loyalty points and elite night credits

All FHR stays are fully qualifying for loyalty points and stay credit.

All hotel loyalty schemes refuse to give points or benefits if you book via third parties such as Expedia or Hotels.com, but it is a condition of being included in FHR that the hotel gives you the same points and benefits as if you booked direct.

Check the pricing though

One downside of Fine Hotels & Resorts is pricing.  It is not necessarily linked to the Best Available Rate, although it usually is. This means that you can often get surprises, both on the upside and the downside.  That said, on a short stay the $100 food and drink credit will offset any higher headline price and you still have the benefit of free breakfast, late check-out and potential upgrade.

UK Platinum members should book via travel.americanexpress.co.uk – make sure you are logged in or the FHR rates do not appear.

If you want to learn more about the 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card, our core article on the deal is here. You can apply here. The offer ends on 1st June.

Comments (30)

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  • cercwc76 says:

    If booked a Sheraton (Dubrovnik) via FHR would that be possible to use the Suite upgrade award earned from platinum Ellie?

  • Aceman says:

    By far the most annoying thing about Amex hotel bookings is that it’s impossible to book same day stays. Even worse when because of the time zones I can’t book next day!

  • 76damo says:

    My wife, son and I just came back yesterday from a 3 night stay in Sun Gardens Dubrovnik booked via Amex. The American Express rate was competitive and the additional benefits highly valuable. We were upgraded to a beautiful 2 bedroom deluxe residence from a one bedroom and the space was amazing. Beautiful setting, lovely attentive staff and the $100 credit was useful for dining on site. Definitely will use this card feature more often.

    • Michael C says:

      Was the actual resort good for kids? Have browsed it a couple of times.

  • Alan says:

    Although I use online to check prices I normally still book over the phone, that way you can check you’re booking a room category that is eligible for an upgrade (there’s normally a max category they will upgrade from) and you can sometimes swap amenities – eg dinner for 2 to lunch and dinner for 1.

  • 76damo says:

    I would say so. My son is only 3 and while he didn’t want to go in the main indoor swimming pool other older kids were happily using it. They allowed him into the hydrotherapy pool with me and he loved it. There is a small playground for younger kids and during summer they run kids clubs and have a childminding service. There is so much pedestrian space for them to run around safely also. It was very quiet last week so I can’t speak to peak summer season experience but I would certainly go back.

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