I’ve been a Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN cardmember for 3 years now, and it’s one of the annual fees I’ll happily pay each year (even at $450), because the amount of value I get from the card’s benefits is incredible (here are some ideas to maximize your Platinum Card).
One benefit that I never really paid attention to until today is the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts reservations system that’s exclusively in place for Platinum Card® from American Express and Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN card holders.
Since I have an upcoming anniversary trip to Vegas lined up, I decided to see what I could find using the AmEx FHR portal, and to my surprise, my findings were awesome!
With AmEx FHR, your rate includes a bunch of perks including: free daily breakfast, room upgrades, early check-in, late check-out, free wifi, and a unique resort amenity (usually a $100 resort or spa credit) per stay. You are also able to earn stay credits with these rates.
Since I really have no problem hotel-hopping to maximize the benefits, I figured I would break up my 3 nights in Vegas into one-night stays.
For the first night we’re in town, we’re staying at the Bellagio for $143.10 per night.
The rate includes all of the perks listed above, and after taking advantage of the daily breakfast ($30 x 2), and the $100 resort credit (which we plan on using for dining), we’re already making out ahead. I’ve also heard that mentioning the “free wifi” benefit at check in, eliminates the resort fee that they try to impose.
Our next night will be at the Palazzo for $159 in a luxury suite.
We’ll have all of the same benefits as our first night, but this time around, the $100 resort credit is limited to spa services (which are quite expensive). I’ll probably end up using it for a manicure or short massage and then spend some time enjoying the spa facilities.
Our last night in town is a weekend night, when rates are sky rocket. Luckily I still have MLife Platinum status from when I had Hyatt Diamond, so I was able to contact a casino host and get a complimentary night at The Mandalay Bay… which is not my favorite hotel on the strip, but it sure beats paying $300-$400 a night at a nicer place. Besides, who sleeps in Vegas anyway?
To further “maximize” this trip, we plan on visiting the Centurion Lounge at LAS to grab some free food and drinks upon arrival and before our flight home. I’ll also put my MLife Platinum status to use when it comes to entering clubs and jumping the super-long taxi lines (DYKWIA?)
I’m so glad I discovered some great savings with the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts booking engine, and I look forward to using it again soon. Let’s hear about your successes…