American Express Introduces Hotel Booking Site Giving Upgrades and $75 Room Credit

American Express has long offered upscale and luxury hotels through their Fine Hotels and Resorts program — booking through them gets you benefits like a room upgrade if available, late checkout, breakfast, and another benefit like a meal or spa credit.

This is offered to Platinum and to Centurion cardmembers (the Centurion version usually comes with an additional benefit for bookings as well), and reservations made through American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts are generally eligible for elite status benefits and stay credit, as well as points-earning in the relevant hotel loyalty program.

American Express now appears to be rolling out a new hotel program The Hotel Collection. This one tells you to “Log in or register your Gold or Platinum Card®” so appears to be available for a broader array of cardmembers.

The benefits they advertise:

  • Room upgrade, if available
  • $75 room folio credit on stays of 2 nights or more

You can book up to 3 rooms and receive benefits for each – you aren’t limited to your own room. And they’re clearly focusing on a less upscale lodging demographic than the Fine Hotels and Resorts program, with a marketing point being that they have hotels that start at $150 per night.

One more site for the arsenal, especially for non-elite members booking rooms at regular price and for everyone in that position staying 2 nights or more.


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Comments

  1. Big question I have is…. will rooms booked through this site be eligible for stay/night credit and elite benefits once at the property?

  2. It is nothing new. It is a rebranding of the former Gold Hotel Collection, which I’ve used many times. It’s been a benefit now for awhile.

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