AMEX Platinum Charge adds more options for annual free hotel night

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AMEX Platinum Charge cardholders will now be able to use their annual one-night stay at 19 different properties worldwide.

AMEX Platinum Charge cardholders receive a voucher for a complimentary hotel night’s stay in their welcome pack, and for each year they renew their membership.

This voucher is in addition to the complimentary 2-night Mandarin Oriental/Banyan Tree welcome gift that cardholders receive upon approval for the first time

Cardholders normally have a choice between the St Regis Singapore or W Sentosa Cove. Going forward, however, there’ll be some new options on the menu.

American Express has increased the list of participating hotels to 19

 

AMEX has published a new list of Platinum Stay participating properties. The list now numbers 19 hotels across nine countries, including places as far afield as Mexico and Morocco.

PropertyCountryRoom Type
Mandarin Oriental BangkokThailandDeluxe Room
Mandarin Oriental SingaporeSingaporeDeluxe Room Ocean View
Mandarin Oriental JakartaIndonesiaDeluxe Room
St Regis SingaporeSingaporeExecutive Deluxe Room
Banyan Tree Chongqing BeibeiChinaHot Spring Retreat
Banyan Tree HuangshangChinaLucun Suite
Banyan Tree YangshuoChinaKarst Discovery Suite
Banyan Tree BangkokThailandSerenity Club Room
Banyan Tree Cabo MarquesMexicoHillside Pool Villa
Banyan Tree Kuala LumpurMalaysiaBanyan Retreat
Pavilion Hotel Kuala LumpurMalaysiaUrban Retreat
Banyan Tree Lang CoVietnamLagoon Pool Villa
Banyan Tree MayakobaMexicoBliss Pool Villa
Banyan Tree Tamouda BayMoroccoBliss Pool Villa
Angsana Xian LintongChinaRoyal Room
Angsana Laguna PhuketThailandLaguna Premier Room
Angsana Lang CoVietnamBeachfront One Bedroom/ Seaview One Bedroom
Angsana Riads Collection MarrakechMoroccoBerbere Room
Angsana Maison SouvannaphoumLaosGarden Wing Room

All vouchers cover accommodation for two adults, and include breakfast. Reservations must be made at least 7 working days in advance,and are strictly non-changeable or refundable once booked. Blackout dates apply at several properties.

Although you’d expect the free night voucher to book you into the cheapest possible room, that’s not always true. At the Banyan Tree Bangkok, for example, you get a Serenity Club Room, two levels above the base category. This comes with club lounge access, which is a nice touch.

Serenity Club Room, Banyan Tree Bangkok

Similarly, at the Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur, you get an Urban Studio, double the size of the base room.

Urban Studio, Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Do note that although the St Regis Singapore remains available, the W Sentosa Cove unfortunately drops off the list.

All vouchers follow their existing terms- if you have an older voucher that still reflects the St Regis Singapore and W Sentosa Cove, that voucher is still valid for those two hotels. If you have a newer voucher, you’ll be able to use it for the additional new hotels, but not the W Sentosa Cove. 

Conclusion

The loss of the W Sentosa Cove means the voucher is slightly less useful for a staycation, but that said, it’s nice to have some additional options to choose from with 18 new properties worldwide.

On a side note: if your voucher happens to be approaching expiry, and you’ve not been able to use it on account of the Covid-19 situation, be sure to reach out to AMEX customer service. Many members have reported success in getting the voucher extended.

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Dereth Tang

I wonder if they will assist with the Free 2-Night stay for Platinum Reserve cardholders.

GG

Will exsiting unused vouchers be affected by this change – i.e. W Sentosa Cove can no longer be booked?

GG

Thank you Aaron!

Chris

Going off tangent here, but I was wondering if supp cardholders get the hotel status benefits (Hilton Gold, Bonvoy Gold, etc.) like the principal cardholder does? How about for access to Centurion Lounges and Delta Sky Clubs? Planning to apply when the situation improves.

kc

For the lounges, my wife with the supp Plat Charge card can bring additional adult into the Amex/Centurion lounge. (Can’t comment on Delta Sky Clubs)

kc

If you have not been, the Banyan Tree Lang Co is a good choice.
Otherwise, Mandarin Oriental is something I wuld consider too.
1 night only…..means need to book 2 nights (and have a 50% /1 night free voucher)

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