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Our own Eloise, Josh Flagg returns to divulge one of his closely-guarded hotel booking tips. While Amex is his main booking MO, this is a good tip to try on a lark but especially when you book packages that say, "Upgrade if available." Enjoy!
Do you ever feel as I do, that when you check into a hotel, you get the run around? Let me explain what I mean.
If you are an American Express platinum or Black card holder, or even if you are a Centurion card holder, there are certain advantages you get when booking through Amex's Fine Hotels and Resorts. For one, you get complimentary breakfast. Two, you get an added amenity with the hotel such as a massage or a facial or maybe a dining credit. But most important is number three and this is what matters most to me.
Say you are traveling and you book a one-bedroom suite. Assuming the occupancy in the hotel is not at 100 percent, then the hotel will upgrade you to a larger suite, just for booking through Amex. Sometimes, they will even upgrade you to a two-bedroom suite!
The same goes for a standard room. If you book a nice room, they will upgrade you to a junior suite, or if you book a not so nice room, they will upgrade you to a nice one.
Usually you will pay a little bit of a higher rate when you book through American Express Platinum or Centurion, however the added benefits make it well worth it.
Amex Cardholders Special Offer at London WeHo
$500 for two nights
American Express is offering its cardholders some "once-in-a-lifetime" deals with their new My WishList promotion running from Dec. 1-18. In the travel section, Amex is offering up the London West Hollywood Travel Package which goes on sale on December 9th and is $500 for two nights in a London Suite:
Upgrade to next room category based upon availability; Formal afternoon tea for two in Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood restaurant (one time); Overnight complimentary valet parking for 1 vehicle for both nights; All taxes included.
All taxes included is definitely a nice perk. The offer is valid from January 1 to April 30, 2009 but has some black out dates of January 11 & 12, January 18 & 19, February 4 & 5; and February 18, 2009.
American Express has some more crazy packages including a trip to the London NYC with a dinner hosted and prepared by Gordon Ramsay himself and a shopping spree with Nina Garcia. Eeek. The whole shebang begins on December 1st.
Have a hotel deal you think we should consider? Or have a destination and date where you want us to check for hotel rooms and rates for you? No guarantees on either, but you can try your luck by hitting us here: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "For Reader Deals" in the subject heading.