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Harrods American Express card adds a new hotel status

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I know that very few readers have the Harrods American Express card, which we wrote about here. The card has added a £25 quarterly in-store dining credit since we wrote that review.

However, I thought it was worth covering this new benefit as it is possible that it gets rolled out to other Amex cards in the future.

Harrods Amex cardholders can now join the Small Luxury Hotels ‘INVITED’ loyalty scheme at ‘Inspired’ level.

Harrods American Express card adds a new hotel status

This is mid tier status, usually requiring four nights in a year to trigger, but comes with two benefits on top of what you’d get as a base member:

  • complimentary breakfast for two
  • room upgrade if available at check-in

Small Luxury Hotels used to hand out Inspired membership upgrades like candy, but when I did an SLH stay last year I couldn’t find an active link. It is worth noting that our luxury hotel booking partner Emyr Thomas (contact him here) can get similar benefits for no extra cost at most – but not all – SLH properties if you book through him.

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Comments (26)

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  • daveinitalia says:

    I thought you were going to say Heathrow is waiving the £5 drop off fee for minicabs so everyone gets an effective £5 discount.

    As the £5 fee is supposed to discourage drop offs rather than just solely being an income source this sends a conflicting message if the £5 off is promoted by Heathrow

    • Paul says:

      No conflict whatsoever. It was a simple rip off charge which given the absence of any effective consumer protection laws or organisation in the U.K – was not questioned,
      The idea it was to reduce drops offs is risible for two reasons. 1 – The complete absence of a direct train service from the anywhere in the U.K. other than central London. 2 – The additional fee paid by those using TFL Elizabeth line to access the airport.
      Heathrow have successfully exploited their position for too long while delivering a substandard experience.

      • Jonathan says:

        The government allowing the airports to enforce these charges is just ridiculous.

        I once got told (pre – covid, and the visit fee being imposed on the drop off section) that the police don’t like people being picked up in the drop off area, – the police DO NOT have the power, right, or authority to enforce terms set out on private land, and shouldn’t be trying too do so under any circumstances.
        Although we’ll all see police vehicles around, nothing that the airports impose is legally enforceable, as it’s on private land, if you get a penalty notice through the post because you haven’t paid the drop off fee, it’s exactly the same as getting a ticket from a private parking firm as opposed to one you’d get that’s issued by a local council.

        • TooPoorToBeHere says:

          I’m unsure of the legal facts, but on misusing the drop off section (at our beloved MAN, of course), I was politely but very firmly asked to move immediately by an armed policeman.

          The food in the cells makes the Aspire lounge look like a palace. I wouldn’t argue.

        • JDB says:

          It’s ludicrous to suggest the Police does not have the authority to enforce the Heathrow byelaws. In addition to their usual powers, there are special powers under the Airports Act and s37 of the Criminal Justice Act.

          If you fail to follow the order of a ‘constable’ as defined in the byelaws e.g. to move your car you would also render yourself liable to additional sanctions.

          • Jonathan says:

            If there’s a dispute between two or parties, and neither have broken the law, the police must always remain neutral, and mustn’t take sides. So the police helping the airport enforce their private terms would be the wrong action for them to take, and vice versa they can’t tell people it’s okay too use the drop off zone to pick up, what the airport doesn’t allow

          • JDB says:

            @Jonathan the Heathrow byelaws are the law specific to the airport – it is not just a civil dispute as you imply. The Police can and does enforce the byelaws all the time and the penalties for breach are as determined on the standard scales in the Criminal Justice Act 1982.

          • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

            The police aren’t enforcing the drop off fee they are enforcing other regulations which have been in place for years.

        • ken says:

          This is the worst kind of ‘ale house’ barrister nonsense.

          Most airports have extensive (and I mean extensive) byelaws covering parking, driving, waiting, roller skating, spitting, busking, begging, loitering
          etc etc
          All liable on summary conviction to a fine (level 2) which means £500 on the standard scale.

          If they have the appropriate byelaws hey can issue parking fines which are not the same as parking charge notices.

  • Qrfan says:

    Air India for 24 hours… Enjoy that…

    • Harry T says:

      I really don’t think its a great price either, even if it was a carrier someone would want to fly.

    • BBbetter says:

      The seats are probably the worst, but it appears soft product has improved, going by recent reports. Privatisation has helped.

    • AJA says:

      I agree. Air India is not an airline I’d choose just to save on the airfare.

      • Dev says:

        You could take a pint and lock in the fare for sometime in the next 11 months, and you may get the new A350s on either of the sectors. Also worth noting that AI is going through (positive) change at a blistering pace and the airline in 11 months will be (hopefully) much improved than currently (which is also much improved from 12 months ago).

  • meta says:

    SLH Invited status with Amex comes and goes. It’s been possible at least in the last 6-7 years (under previous scheme it was Loved tier). It was only valid for a year, so not a permanent offer. But if you wait a year you can then sign up again.

  • Mutley says:

    Before booking Air India I suggest taking a look at Noel Philips You tube review of Air India Business class

    • lumma says:

      Some can be entertaining but I don’t trust YouTube flight reviews as they’re all extra clickbatey

      • GM says:

        I don’t particularly like the look of Air India, but agree! Noel Philips and Josh Cahill in particular seem to know that a title about some terrible experience gets them more clicks and views. High percentage are terrible/scary/awful etc.

    • SamG says:

      need to make sure you’re watching very recent reviews for the cleanliness / soft product which is improving quickly. A colleague ended up on Air India home to Singapore recently after getting stuck in Europe and everything being full and was surprised and happy enough with the food / service / transit experience.

      Seat isn’t great but still a comfortable enough way to travel and an Indian stopover could be fun!

  • Dominic says:

    Possibly of interest for readers… Abu Dhabi’s new terminal is *finally* opening on the 1st November (and fully operational within 2 weeks after that!).

    • Numpty says:

      As featured in the latest Mission Impossible fillum (the roof is huge….)

  • occasionalranter says:

    I think I’d rather fly Singapore Airlines in PE, which is the same price…

    • Dev says:

      I wouldn’t (and I bet many more wouldn’t either) … I would take Air India J over any Premium Economy cabin.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Not from the J seats I’ve seen

        • Dev says:

          You would seriously turn down a flat bed (even if it’s the standard Boeing 2x2x2) for a premium economy seat for 24hrs?

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