The eligible American Express Platinum card hotels comprise of more than 1,100 properties that belong to the 69 brands in Amex’s “Fine Hotels & Resorts” collection. Four Seasons, Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton and Waldorf Astoria are just a few of the available options.
This card’s hotels give cardholders perks ranging from room upgrades to meal credits at no extra cost. You just need to book reservations through American Express using your card to benefit.
American Express Platinum card hotel benefits:
A free room upgrade, if available. (You still pay taxes/fees). The hotel will check for an upgrade when you arrive.
Breakfast for two people each day.
Check-in from noon onward, if available. This varies by location.
Guaranteed late check-out until 4pm.
One “unique amenity” ($100 minimum value). It varies by hotel but could be, for example, a credit for food and beverages or spa services.
To book your Fine Hotels & Resorts stay, just log into your American Express account. Then, you can search for a hotel by the brand or destination. You can check for open rooms for the dates you want to travel. Once you complete your search, you’ll be able to see the cost and any special offers that are available (e.g. a complimentary fourth night stay). Once you book using your card or rewards points, you’re all set.
It’s also useful to note that you can book pretty much any hotel with this card. You’re not limited to booking Fine Hotels & Resorts. They just have added benefits.
Quite a lot, actually. My favorite choices are always Four Seasons and Hilton, but if you go to their hotel directory, you'll see there's many - many more. Keep that link handy on your next adventure, and you'll definitely get a better experience.
Yes, Amex Platinum is worth it for travelers with good credit who spend a lot and can take advantage of the card’s benefits. Amex Platinum benefits include a TSA PreCheck or Global Entry fee credit, airport lounge access, up to $200 in Uber credits per year and up to $200 in airline fee credits annually, and more. The card’s initial bonus of 100,000 points after you spend $6,000 in the first 6 months also goes a long way toward making the card worth its $695 annual fee.… read full answer
For the first year alone, you could wind up with at least $1,600 in net value (rewards and other perks, minus the $695 annual fee). The American Express Platinum card’s second year will have the same annual fee, but the total value of your benefits in year two would only be about $800 if you spent the same amount on the card as year one, according to WalletHub's research.
To really make money with this card after the first year, you’d have to spend a lot more. That said, many of the card’s perks are ongoing. You’ll benefit more if your purchases qualify for Amex Platinum’s ongoing bonus rewards rates, and if you utilize Amex Platinum’s complimentary Gold status in the Marriott Bonvoy and Hilton Honors hotel loyalty programs (enrollment required).
All in all, Amex Platinum is a good card for big spenders who travel all the time and can wring every drop of value out of its benefits. But it’s far too expensive for light spenders and occasional travelers.
Gold elite status in the Marriott Bonvoy and Hilton Honors hotel loyalty programs (when enrolled).
$200 credit each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings with American Express Travel when you pay with your American Express Platinum card (requires a minimum two-night stay).… read full answer
5 points / $1 spent on prepaid hotel bookings at amextravel.com when using your American Express Platinum card.
The Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts program offers more benefits with any stay at its 1,100+ worldwide locations. They include:
Free amenities worth $100, daily breakfast for 2, guaranteed 4 p.m. late checkout and free Wi-Fi. Other Fine Hotels benefits include noon check-in and free room upgrades, when available.
Some of the perks that come with elite Hilton and Marriott status are bonus points for hotel stays, late checkout and room upgrades, if available. To take advantage of either Hilton or Marriott elite status, you can only book rooms with the respective property. Bookings made through third-party websites such as Amex Travel will not earn bonus points from either hotel’s loyalty program.
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