Amex Adds Anti-Gaming Language to FHR Terms
The Fine Hotels + Resorts program allows eligible Amex Platinum Card Members to book stays at over a thousand lavish hotels around the world, and receive access to exclusive perks like complimentary breakfast and late check-out. You also get a $200 annual credit that offsets the higher prices at these hotels.
You can earn up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year when you use an eligible Basic Platinum or Additional Platinum Card to pay for eligible prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® and The Hotel Collection bookings (these require a minimum 2-night stay) made through American Express Travel.
Using this annual credit from your Amex Platinum card usually makes sense when the property also offers $100 in property credit. But now there’s some new language has been added to the Benefit Terms paragraph, regarding FHR bookings.
Here’s the new text:
Back-to-back stays booked by a single Card Member, Card Members staying in the same room or Card Members traveling in the same party within a 24-hour period at the same property are considered one stay and are ineligible for additional FHR benefits (“Prohibited Action”). American Express and the Property reserve the right to modify or revoke FHR benefits at any time without notice if we or they determine, in our or their sole discretion, that you may have engaged in a Prohibited Action, or have engaged in abuse, misuse, or gaming in connection with your FHR benefits.
The best FHR deals are often in Las Vegas and a select few other locations. Most FHR hotels are really expensive and sometimes even more expensive than booking direct. But if you find a somewhat affordable stay, then a $200 discount, and the $100 property credit will get you a good deal.