13 Exciting Hotels and Their AmEx Fine Hotels and Resorts Credits

The program's booking portal offers additional benefits to sweeten your stay.
Ramsey Qubein
By Ramsey Qubein 

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The American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts program (also referred to as FHR) can tack on luxurious benefits and amenities for certain cardholders at specific hotel properties. Let's look closer at how the program works and what exciting amenities might await you.

How the AmEx Fine Hotels and Resorts program works

The FHR program rewards members who book through the program's own portal with special benefits during their stay.

To get access to this travel site, you must have one of three cards:

The portal's rates, while not always the cheapest, still pack a lot of value: Each stay includes free wireless internet, a room upgrade, noon check-in when available and breakfast for two people. Beyond these premium perks, individual hotels can tack on additional benefits to use during the stay, typically valued to be at least $100. They're generally given as a food and beverage, spa or property credit.

Despite the increased rate, these special perks can sometimes outweigh the difference in price from booking directly with the hotel.

Even better, when making a reservation with the above credit cards through the portal, card members earn 5x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on the room rate. Terms apply.

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Unique AmEx Fine Hotels and Resorts where to use your FHR credits

These are some of the exciting amenities you can find at properties around the world when making a reservation through the FHR travel portal.

1. SLS Cancun, Mexico

The SLS Bungalow. (Photo courtesy of SLS Cancun)

Nosh on tasty food and sip craft cocktails at the new Bungalow Bar & Grill at SLS Cancun. Located on the beach, this new venue is the perfect place to use the $150 property credit that comes with a FHR reservation here. The daybeds, fire pits and turquoise water views will keep you here all day.

2. The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia

Horseback riding at The Cloister at Sea Island. (Photo courtesy of Sea Island)

Horseback riding fans will enjoy the $100 experience credit at The Cloister at Sea Island. Budding athletes can also take riding lessons or use the credit for water sports, hunting or golf activities.

3. Park Hyatt Washington, D.C.

(Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

Foodies can dine on Michelin-starred cuisine at the Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. The open kitchen at Blue Duck Tavern is a local favorite, and a meal here can be paid for with the $100 experience credit that comes with booking a stay via the FHR program.

The credit is even eligible to spend on room service from the same restaurant if you prefer to dine in bed.

4. Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, Portugal

The running track at The Four Seasons Lisbon. (Photo courtesy of The Four Seasons)

This Lisbon hotel is fresh from a renovation that overhauled its public areas and guest rooms. Two of its newest facilities are a garden terrace and outdoor pool. This space used to be an event terrace, but is now a beautiful swimming pool. FHR portal bookings provide $100 in credit to use at the Ritz Spa; the hotel’s indoor pool and rooftop fitness center and panoramic jogging track are also part of the amenities.

5. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

(Photo courtesy of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island)

Famous for its underwater residence The Muraka, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has yet another beautiful underwater feature — the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant. It’s the ideal place to put the $125 property credit to use as you watch sea life float by the live coral reef outside the panoramic, wraparound glass dome.

6. Four Seasons Hotel Doha, Qatar

Nobu restaurant at The Four Seasons Doha. (Photo courtesy of The Four Seasons)

If you’re in the Middle East, there's no shortage of amazing places to visit. The Four Seasons Hotel Doha is home to the famous outpost of Nobu, a seafront Japanese restaurant where you can use your $100 experience credit. Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s renowned cuisine is a big draw.

7. Rosewood Bangkok

Sense Spa at the Rosewood Bangkok

If you book a room at Rosewood Bangkok through the FHR travel portal, you'll be treated to the full array of affiliated benefits, such as breakfast and room upgrades. You'll also be offered a free 50-minute massage for two people in the room.

8. Thompson Dallas

(Photo courtesy of Thompson Dallas)

You can use the $125 property credit at one of the many dining venues at Thompson Dallas. A solid recommendation is the duo of rooftop restaurants: the Italian-focused Monarch on floor 49 and the seafood and sake eatery, Kessaku, on floor 50. From here, all of downtown Dallas’ skyline and scenery unfold in front of you.

9. El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara, California

(Photo courtesy of El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara)

Perched on a hill above the city’s famous coastline (often referred to as the American Riviera), this Spanish colonial-style resort offers incredible views. The $100 credit that comes with a booking via the American Express FHR portal can be used for a sunset dinner overlooking the Pacific coast.

10. Raffles Dubai, United Arab Emirates

(Photo courtesy of Accor)

At Raffles Dubai, treat yourself to a caviar facial or a black diamond exfoliation treatment using part of the $100 property credit that comes with a stay booked through the FHR portal. These options could be among the most decadent ways to take advantage of the perks that come with the program.

11. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, Florida

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel (Photo by Sally French)

NerdWallet considers Loews Portofino Bay Hotel to be one of the best Universal Orlando hotels, period, so it's lucky that it also participates in the FHR program.

With Italian-inspired architecture modeled after the seafront town of Portofino, it’s themed without being overly-kitschy. There’s a fair amount to do without leaving on-property, including a spa and three pools (one of which has a Roman aqueduct-themed water slide plus a sandy beach). You might shop or dine around the Shops and restaurants line the main plaza, which borders a lovely harbor. And every night at sunset, there’s a live opera performance.

Plus, guests at hotels in Universal’s Premier tier (which includes Portofino Bay) receive complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access so you can skip the lines inside the Universal theme parks.

Orlando theme park fans generally consider this the single best hotel to redeem your The Platinum Card® from American Express credit while in Orlando.

12. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando, Florida

The lobby of the Loews Sapphire Falls at Universal Orlando. (Photo by Sally French)

Unlike the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the nearby Loews Sapphire Falls does not offer its guests a complimentary Universal Express Pass. Given that, the Portofino Bay hotel might be a better bet — unless of course it's out of your budget.

The Sapphire Falls tends to be cheaper, and it still offers many great FHR perks including a $100 property credit to spend on qualifying dining, spa and resort activities. And though you don't get the line-skipping pass, you do get early theme park admission at Universal theme parks. That access is critical in enabling you to do Universal Studios in one day.

13. Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

The Walt Disney World Swan. Photo courtesy of Marriott

Though they aren't official Disney-run hotels (they're managed by Marriott Bonvoy), the Walt Disney World Dolphin and Swan hotels are located on Disney property — with incredible locations at that. The two hotels are sibling properties and are both walkable to Epcot. It’s also an easy walk to Disney Hollywood Studios.

Given that, they provide a rare opportunity to earn and redeem Marriott points for a trip on Walt Disney World property. And if you hold Marriott elite status, you can flex that too. Of course, being bookable as a FHR property also means that you can get VIP treatment like space-available room upgrades — even if you don't hold elite status.

Maximizing AmEx Fine Hotels and Resorts credits

Don’t overlook the benefits that come with booking a hotel via the travel portal available to holders of these premium American Express cards. You can enjoy complimentary breakfast, early check-in where available, room upgrades and additional amenities exceeding $100 in value for on-site spas, restaurants and other facilities.

You can garner elite-status-like perks by booking stays within the American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts program, especially at independent hotels that don't belong to a loyalty program.

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