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- Joined: Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:54 pm
- Location: Tucson, AZ
I have a lot of experience using my Business Platinum card at resorts. If you book though American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, you are guaranteed the opportunity of an upgrade if it is available upon check in, along with daily breakfast for 2, a late check out, and an elective property amenity. For example, Bellagio in Las Vegas offered a $100 Spa Credit/$85 restaurant credit (in the form of a voucher).
Now being a Business Platinum Cardmember, I have booked hotels through American Express Travel (not Fine Hotels & Resorts) as well as through hotels directly and sources like Jetsetter and SniqueAway. My favorite line to use at check-in is "are you able to offer any additional amenities for AMEX Platinum Members?". Sometimes this will yield something, sometimes not. I booked a heavily discounted room at Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, AZ using SniqueAway, and used that line at check in, and was granted complimentary internet and a waive of the rollaway bed fee. Not much, but it was something because I mentioned AMEX Platinum. This also came in handy with JW Marriott at their Desert Ridge property. The check-in agent granted complimentary spa pool & facility access to all three members of my family, which would've normally been $30/person per day.
So the cut & dry tested answer is, no guaranteed upgrade unless you book with FHR, but mentioning (or showing) you're AMEX Platinum can bring nice things.
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