If you have a hotel stay coming up this summer and hold an American Express card, listen up: You may be able to save some serious cash on your next trip. Many American Express cardholders have reported that they’ve been targeted for deep discounts at major hotel chains through the Amex Offers program.
Last night, a TPG reader wrote to us to say that they were targeted for a new discount with Marriott Bonvoy, offering a $40 statement credit after spending at least $200 at Marriott properties before Sept. 3. TPG‘s Points & Miles Editor Nick Ewen also said he saw the offer on his Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express® Card. After checking my account, I noticed that I had also been targeted on two of my cards, including The Business Platinum® Card from American Express and The Platinum Card® from American Express.
The full terms and conditions of the offer indicate that it’s only valid at participating properties in the US and US territories, and it excludes Design Hotels, Marriott Vacation Club and Marriott Executive Apartments. You must make your reservation through a direct Marriott channel, and the stay must be booked and completed by the expiration date (September 3).
If you don’t have the Bonvoy Brillant card and you want to take advantage of Marriott’s massive worldwide portfolio, now might be a great time to do so as summer travel heats up. You’ll earn 75,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after you use your new card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first three months, and you’d also earn 6x Bonvoy points per dollar spent on Marriott purchases. Even though the card carries a $450 annual fee (see: Rates and Fees), it comes with $300 worth of credits at Marriott properties each year along with automatic Gold Elite status.
And that isn’t the only hotel offer Amex users are being targeted for.
As first reported by Traveling For Miles on June 11, users are being targeted for statement credits at Hilton hotels around Europe. A handful of members in the TPG office — including myself — noticed the offer on cards like The Business Platinum® Card from American Express and The Platinum Card® from American Express. Sadly I haven’t seen reports of it on the Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express, which would’ve been quite lucrative given the 14x earning rate the card offers at Hilton properties.
In order to take advantage of the discount, you’ll need to add the offer to your chosen American Express card, and you’ll get a one-time, $100 statement credit after spending $500 or more. The hotels must be located in Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom in order to receive the credit — you can access a full list of participating properties here (warning: PDF link). You’ll need to book directly with Hilton, and you’ll need to book and complete the stay before the end of September. Note that the terms of the offer exclude most advance purchase rates, so you likely won’t be able to prebook a stay for later this year now.
Finally, many of you may be targeted for a $75 statement credit after spending $250 or more at a Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel through Oct. 3.
Like the Hilton offer, you’ll need to book directly with Hyatt to score this discount, and it doesn’t apply to any other Hyatt-branded property.
As you’ll find with any Amex Offer, the usual restrictions apply. Any of the above can only be added to one card per account holder, so you’ll want to check all of your cards to select the one that offers the best return on the purchase. And these are targeted offers, so you may not see them at all. If you do, I’d encourage you to add them right away, since these tend to have limited enrollment and may disappear before the expiration date.
If you don’t have an American Express card and don’t want to miss out on future offers like this, consider adding The Platinum Card® from American Express to your wallet, as it’s offering a welcome bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points after you use your new card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first three months. However, you might be eligible for a 100,00-point bonus using the CardMatch Tool. You’ll also receive 5x Membership Rewards points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel and 5x points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com. As a Platinum cardholder, you’ll also receive complimentary Gold status with both Marriott Bonvoy and Hilton Honors, so your stays could be even more rewarding.
Featured photo courtesy of Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort.
Editor’s Note: This is The Points Guy’s permanent page for Amex Offers at major chain hotels. It will be updated as new ones are released.