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New American Express Benefit: Gold Hotel Collection for Gold Card Holders

I’ve never seen this mentioned before, so I’ll assume this is a new benefit:

Amex has launched its Gold Hotel Collection for Gold card members that offers a $75 hotel credit when you stay two nights and room upgrades on arrival.  On some level it’s similar to the Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts program for Platinum members, but the Gold benefit does not include daily breakfast or late checkout.

Also, though the hotels are certainly more than acceptable, they’re a step down from those available in FHR.  Amex says these hotels participate in the Gold program:

Fairmont
MGM
Destination
Hilton
Preferred Hotel Group
KSL
Lowes
City Center Las Vegas
Omni
Radisson Blu
Thompson Hotels
PUBLIC Hotel Chicago

When I checked, rates were comparable to what was available on Expedia.  Except for Hilton, it’s a bit of a random assortment of properties — in New York it brought up the Hilton New York, Lowes Regency, Michelangelo, The Smyth Hotel, Kitano, and The Alex.  But all of those are certainly acceptable, and if you aren’t traveling on some other discounted rate (um, why wouldn’t you be traveling on some sort of other discounted rate?) that $75 credit (roughly 1 breakfast in NYC, no?) and the upgrades are nice, assuming they’re available on check-in.

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  1. This is not a new benefit, although it was changed significantly about 9 months ago. Previously, it was for 2-night stays at select Starwood properties and included a $75 food and beverage credit.

  2. i just spoke with a rep last night who told me about this benefit. i also never knew you could get $50 in roadside assistance four times per year.

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