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.
|Mandarin Oriental Bangkok||Thailand||Deluxe Room|
|Mandarin Oriental Singapore||Singapore||Deluxe Room Ocean View|
|Mandarin Oriental Jakarta||Indonesia||Deluxe Room|
|St Regis Singapore||Singapore||Executive Deluxe Room|
|Banyan Tree Chongqing Beibei||China||Hot Spring Retreat|
|Banyan Tree Huangshang||China||Lucun Suite|
|Banyan Tree Yangshuo||China||Karst Discovery Suite|
|Banyan Tree Bangkok||Thailand||Serenity Club Room|
|Banyan Tree Cabo Marques||Mexico||Hillside Pool Villa|
|Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur||Malaysia||Banyan Retreat|
|Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur||Malaysia||Urban Retreat|
|Banyan Tree Lang Co||Vietnam||Lagoon Pool Villa|
|Banyan Tree Mayakoba||Mexico||Bliss Pool Villa|
|Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay||Morocco||Bliss Pool Villa|
|Angsana Xian Lintong||China||Royal Room|
|Angsana Laguna Phuket||Thailand||Laguna Premier Room|
|Angsana Lang Co||Vietnam||Beachfront One Bedroom/ Seaview One Bedroom|
|Angsana Riads Collection Marrakech||Morocco||Berbere Room|
|Angsana Maison Souvannaphoum||Laos||Garden 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.
Similarly, at the Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur, you get an Urban Studio, double the size of the base room.
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.
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.