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  • markymarc2000 17 posts

    I’m looking at taking advantage of the Amex ‘Stays’ offer to book a couple of nights at the Hotel du Vin in Clifton, Bristol next week. I’m presuming it’ll still work if I book via hotels.com or does it have to be via their own website?

    memesweeper 1,268 posts

    Pay on checkout via OTA normally triggers this kind of offer, but it’s not assured.

    louie 130 posts

    Another Amex Stays query. I’m planning a one night stay soon which won’t total £300. If I buy a gift voucher for the balance (in person as part of the same transaction as paying the bill), would that qualify? I don’t know what information Amex would get about what you have paid for; I doubt it would be that specific, but I could be wrong….

    JDB 4,515 posts

    Another Amex Stays query. I’m planning a one night stay soon which won’t total £300. If I buy a gift voucher for the balance (in person as part of the same transaction as paying the bill), would that qualify? I don’t know what information Amex would get about what you have paid for; I doubt it would be that specific, but I could be wrong….

    It would depend if the front desk is able to sell you a gift card directly through their own system and many hotels can’t. When you pay your hotel bill you are usually settling with the owner not the brand whereas it’s the brand selling gift cards, often through a third party fulfilment firm. If the sum to make up isn’t too large they might have a licence to sell you a bottle of something?

    louie 130 posts

    Thanks for replying. I should have said it’s Hotel du Vin rather than just saying “Amex Stays”. I will report back soon as I’m staying there whether or not I get the £75 back!

    runnerbean 58 posts

    We did Hotel Du Vin Birmingham on the same offer last week and our room was £278. They (oddly I thought) asked for us to pay on check in. I explained i needed £300 to go through as a single transaction for an Anec offer. They adjusted the amount and this gave us a credit for the bar which we duly spent on bottled beer to bring home,

    £75 refund has showed on my Amex account.

    Rob
    HfP Staff
    2,294 posts

    I’m not sure how tightly the ‘one transaction’ rule will be applied because you can get caught here. At Hilton Newcastle last week, on a fully flex rate, they charged the room at check-in and I only got past £200 with incidental spend in a 2nd transaction. Hilton is fine with this but technically I could have come a cropper if I’d gone to Hotel du Vin instead, which I nearly did.

    louie 130 posts

    Another Amex Stays query. I’m planning a one night stay soon [edited to add: at a Hotel du Vin] which won’t total £300. If I buy a gift voucher for the balance (in person as part of the same transaction as paying the bill), would that qualify? I don’t know what information Amex would get about what you have paid for; I doubt it would be that specific, but I could be wrong….

    Reporting back: in the end we got pretty close to £300 by a bit of treating ourselves spending in the bar, even though the room rate was an absolute steal for a gorgeous room. I topped up the spend to a little over £300 with a gift voucher; minimum value £25 but customisable above that. £75 cashback posted a couple of days later. I’m tempted to pop back in and buy a £300 voucher with a different card before the offer ends.

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