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How To Get Thousands Of Dollars In Freebies At Hundreds Of Luxury Hotels
Breakfast for two at a 5-star hotel can easily run $100. If you want early or late check-in, hotels will often charge 25 or 50 percent of the nightly rate, which can be significant. Spa treatments are often several hundred dollars a go, and a martini or nice glass of wine at the bar can easily run $20 to $50. Annoyingly, many luxury hotels also charge for Internet, again ranging from $15 to $35 per day. If you are staying a week, these charges can easily run into the thousands. 

In recent years, luxury hotel groups such as Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Peninsula and more than a dozen others have launched loyalty programs for top producing travel agencies. In addition to benefits for the agent, which can include higher commissions, discounted rates for their own stays and other perks, the programs offer agents “value-added” benefits they can pass along to you.

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How To Get Thousands Of Dollars In Freebies At Luxury Hotels

Breakfast for two at luxury hotels can easily run $100. Daily WiFi charges can range from $15 to $35. Late check-out is often charged at 25 or 50 percent of the nightly rate, and if you are arriving early, before check-in time, many times you need to pay for the night before if you want to be assured your room will be ready for you. Yet some guests, paying the exact same rates as you are, get these perks for free. Additionally they get dinning and spa credits, guaranteed and space available upgrades, VIP status, free airport transfers and so on. 

While you may already get some of these via your corporate travel department based on the revenue your company generates for luxury hotel groups, many of the leading luxury groups have programs for their top producing travel agents.  

To get the benefits, you need to book via an agency in the program. The below list was provided to me by Jack Ezon, president of Ovation Vacations, which generates over $250 million in sales to luxury hotels and suppliers, however, ask your agent what programs they are part of or Google the name of the program and “travel agent” and you will find participating agencies pop up. The hotel groups don’t publish lists of agents who are part of their programs.

While the perks of each program vary, in a one-week stay, they can easily be worth $1,000 or more. If you book a suite at a Mandarin Oriental, I value the offering at over $2,000 per week.


Belmond Bellini Club:

Belmond is the name for what was formerly known as Orient-Express, and it has some very notable properties, including La Samanna in St. Martin, Maroma in Riviera Maya, Inn at Perry Cabin outside Washington D.C., El Encanto in Santa Barbara, Villa San Michele outside Florence, Cipriano in Venice, Mount Nelson in Capetown, Copacabana Palace in Rio and more.

- Priority waitlist clearance and upgrades

- VIP welcome amenity

- $200 resort credit


Dorchester Diamond Program

In addition to its namesake hotel in London, a more modern take across the street and a country retreat near Heathrow, Dorchester Collection features Plaza Athenee and Le Meurice in Paris, which we covered in our Best Eiffel Tower View Suites, The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bel-Air in Los Angeles, plus top properties in Geneva, Milan and coming next year, Rome. I value the give here at over $200 per day, perhaps not a game changer if you are spending $5,000 or more per night for a suite, but as Ben Franklin said, “A penny saved, is a penny earned.”


Benefits when booking suites:

- Daily credit of 100 units of local currency per suite

- Daily full breakfast (breakfast menu only), available in any outlet including in-room dining, for up to two per bedroom

- Daily unlimited internet access for unlimited number of devices

- Complimentary airport limo transfer, as an alternative way to spend your 100 units of local currency.


Four Seasons Preferred  

Four Seasons is the largest of the mono-brand luxury groups that remains independent, and it has been opening new hotels at a pretty fast clip, including re-opening Lanai, plus Oahu, Abu Dhabi, Jakarta, Kyoto, Downtown New York, with a second Miami property on the way, and two relatively new hotels in Bogota. It also just launched two very, very nice new Presidential Suites in Maui, If you are going to use the spa or play golf, why not take a Benjamin Franklin off the tab?

Amenities: Available on all published rates and corporate promotions, and also, in some cases, on other packages, the benefits encompass:


- Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in the hotel restaurant (including buffets).

- Extra value-added amenity, such as: Spa credit of USD100 once during stay (not applicable to products); golf credit of USD100 once during stay (not applicable to pro shop purchases); or lunch for two once during stay (up to USD85, excluding gratuity and alcohol).


For each hotel’s specific extra amenity, see the individual property’s Hotel Page, or the Hotel Amenity Listing

·  Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites and villas).

·  Complimentary high-speed Internet access for all suite bookings.


Jumeirah Passport to Luxury Program

The Burj al Arab is Jumeirah’s flagship property in Dubai, where it is a major player with more than a half dozen hotels, but its wings stretch to London (The Carlton Tower), Frankfurt, Istanbul, the Maldives and China.


- Breakfast for 2 daily

- Upgrade on availability

- $100 USD F&B or Spa credit

- Early check-in based on availability

- 4pm late check–out based on availability


Langham Hotel Couture Program 

A key advantage of the Langham program is it is offered on any rate, so if you already have a corporate deal you can double dip, or combine it with the American Express Platinum/Centurion Fine Hotels and Resorts (FRH) benefits, as well as those of Virtuoso and Signature, two groups of high-end travel agencies that have their own hotel amenity programs. If you are not familiar with Langham, they are a fast-growing group with hotels in London, Hong Kong, Pasadena (the former Ritz-Carlton), New York (the former Setai on Fifth Avenue), Chicago, Shanghai, Sydney and Melbourne with a number of new hotels in the pipeline. 


- Confirmed one-category upgrade at time of booking

- 6 complimentary hours per stay, allowing customized arrival and departure times

- VIP Status Including personalized welcome note from GM/MD, honoring of guest preference and indulgent welcome amenity.

- Multiple program benefits: Also entitled to receive the benefits from the following programs where applicable – American Express FHR, Virtuoso, Signature


Mandarin Oriental Fan Club

While Mandarin Oriental doesn’t have a consumer loyalty program, their agent program is quite solid, and for a one-week stay I would put the value of these perks at about $2,000, sans the personalized welcome amenity. If you are arriving commercially, I put a high value on the plane side meet and greet, plus transfer, particularly in airports such as Bangkok, Hong Kong, Heathrow, Narita, Haneda, JFK, Newark, etc.  Paying directly for these type of plane side arrivals typically ranges from around $150 to $500 excluding the limo transfer to the hotel.

- Full Breakfast for 2 people daily

- $100 F&B or Spa credit per room per stay

- VIP treatment

- 1 category upgrade confirmed upon booking

- Complimentary internet access

- Complimentary 4pm late check-out upon availability

- Complimentary one-way transfer with meet & greet at the gate of the plane (valid for suites booking only)

- Personalized welcome amenity


Monte Carlo SBM Gold Club

If you are going to Monaco, the one-way helicopter transfer which goes for 200-250 Euros pays for the membership. I’ll let you judge the value of being granted free access into their casino.

Join Le Club membership for $55, and it gives you:

- One-way free helicopter transfer from Nice airport

- Complimentary entrance to the Casino de Monte-Carlo

- Complimentary entrance to all museums in Monaco

Oetker Pearl Partner

Oetker’s hotels include Le Bristol in Paris, The Lanesborough in London, Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, L’Apogee Courchevel, Brenners Park, venues in the Indian Ocean and St. Bart’s among others. One of the smaller groups, but each of its properties is truly 5-star worthy.

- One category room upgrade at time of booking, upon availability

- Allocation of best room in the category

- Personalized welcome amenity and note from our senior management

- Daily unlimited internet access for unlimited number of devices

- Priority access to courtesy car (when applicable)

- Daily complimentary breakfast for 2 (including buffets)

- Spa or F&B credit of 85 € for each stay of 1 night and 170 € for 2 nights or more


Peninsula’s Pen Club Loyalty Program

While not a large group, it has good global city locations in Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Bangkok, New York, Chicago, Manila and Beverly Hills with London on the way. The flexible check-in and check-out time could be worth significant savings, and the complimentary spa treatments are a nice perk. 

- Full daily set breakfast for up to two persons

- Priority Room upgrade to the next category upon arrival

- “Peninsula Time” – Flexible check-in and check-out times in all hotels

- Upgraded welcome in-room amenities

- Complimentary 30-minute extension on any 50-minute body or face treatment (excluding manicure and/or pedicure)

- Unlimited in-room wireless Internet access


Preferred Hotels Platinum Premier

Preferred Hotels & Resorts is a representation company that provides sales and marketing for independent luxury hotels globally. The below benefits are available at its Legend and LVX Collection hotels which include several hundred properties, including Banyan Tree Acapulco, Enchant Resort in Sedona, The Upper House in Hong Kong, The Leela Palace in Delhi, and The Temple House in Chengdu.

- Breakfast for two

- $75 hotel credit

- Complimentary internet

- Additional tailored amenity


Relais & Chateaux Preferred Program


Relais & Chateaux is a membership organization that represents small hotels and restaurants, so hotel owners get to decide if they want to participate. This program offers perks at select R&C properties, not significant, but a free breakfast is a free breakfast:

- Personalized welcome amenity

- Breakfast Daily


Ritz-Carlton Stars

Ritz-Carlton, as you probably know, is part of Marriott International, which last month acquired Starwood and its luxury brands, St. Regis, Luxury Collection and W Hotels. I like this program as it enables the travel agent to clear space in sold out situations, sometimes the most valuable perk of all, and also helps ensure you get priority for connecting rooms, which can be important if you haven’t booked a suite, or specific suite that has connecting rooms guaranteed.

- Complimentary, customized amenity, activity or service

- Pre-registration & express check-in

- Clear space in sold out situations

- First priority for requested room category, bed type, rollaway and connecting rooms

- Late check out

- Complimentary 4pm departure upon request at time of booking

- Applicability – STARS amenities are applicable to any reservation, regardless of the rate or if booked through a wholesaler.


Rocco Forte Knight’s Program

None of Rocco Forte’s 11 hotels carry his name, but you are probably familiar with Brown’s in London, Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt, The Balmoral in Edinburgh, Hotel de Rome in Berlin, Hotel de Russie in Rome and Hotel Savoy in Florence. You can also find locations in Munich, Sicily, St. Petersburg and Brussels. The “no walk” policy means they won’t give away your room in an oversold situation.

- Space Available Upgrades

- No Walk Policy

- Priority Waitlist Clearance

- Personalized Welcome Note

- Welcome note from the General Manager 

- Space Available Early Check in / Late Check out

- Virtuoso amenities also combinable when booking qualifying rates


Rosewood Elite

Rosewood is a group on the move, with openings in Paris (reopening Hotel de Crillon), Phuket, Sanya and Laos due next year, plus reopening Little Dix Bay in the Caribbean. Earlier this year it took over Capella’s 49-room hotel in the Georgetown area of Washington D.C.  Two of its most notable hotels, The Carlyle in New York and Las Ventanas in Los Cabos, don’t prominently carry the Rosewood name, but are part of the group.


- Priority waitlist

- Pre-registration of clients

- Special client welcome amenity and note

- Priority upgrade on arrival

- Full breakfast daily

- Amenity/credit which differs by property

- Designated Elite "hero" at each hotel with 3-hour response time


Shangri-La Luxury Circle

This Asian luxury group has been increasing its western presence with hotels in Canada, Paris and London. It has an extensive portfolio in China and Southeast Asia, with properties that tend to be a bit larger, and have extensive meeting facilities, large and comprehensive fitness centers and a multitude of restaurants and bars, perhaps not “see and be seen,” but always very good service and interesting approaches. I generally find Shang to be luxury without an attitude. The Valley Wing at the Shangri-La Singapore is fantastic, a hotel within a hotel, with its own separate entrance. In the French capital, Shangri-la has some of the best Eiffel Tower views and in London, its hotel is in The Shard.


- Complimentary full breakfast for 2

- Early check in/ late check out (subject to availability)

- Guaranteed upgrade at the time of booking

- Choice of 3 VIP amenities (by hotel)

- Hotel credit of the higher of 10% or $100 per stay

- Enrollment into the Golden Circle Jade membership

- No Walk Policy

- Dedicated concierge


Small Luxury Hotels 

Small Luxury Hotels is a representation group that has over 500 properties around-the-world, from two to 200 rooms, both in cities, the countryside and resort areas. Most are owner operated single properties, so each style runs the gamut. City hotels include The Scarlet Singapore, The Quin, The Refinery and Inn at Irving Place in New York, resorts like Coral Reef Club and The Sandpiper in Barbados, Hotel Esencia in Playa del Carmen and numerous others gems around the world.

- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival on your first stay

- Access to exclusive Club rates

- Regular Club newsletters with exclusive partner offers

Loved Member - After 1 stay

- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival on every stay

- Daily complimentary continental breakfast for two on every stay

- Late check-out* on every stay

- Access to exclusive Club rates

- Regular Club newsletters with exclusive partner offers

Honoured Member  - After 5 further stays

- Free reward nights** - receive a complimentary 1 night stay and then again after every 5 stays

- Priority complimentary room upgrade* on every stay

- Early check-in* on every stay

- Daily complimentary continental breakfast for two on every stay

- Late check-out* on every stay

- Access to exclusive Club rates

- Regular Club newsletters with exclusive partner offers


Sofitel Travel Experience Program

Sofitel is part of French giant Accor, and not particularly known in the Americas, but recently acquired Fairmont and Raffles, which will help increase its luxury profile. Sofitel, Sofitel Legend and SO Sofitel were its main luxury offerings. The Grand in Amsterdam, Hotel Metropole Hanoi and Hotel Santa Clara in Cartagena, Colombia are part of the “Legend” group. There are nearly 100 Sofitel locations, many of which I would describe as 4.5 stars, although it’s harder these days to really be too strict with star ratings as properties within the larger groups tend to vary considerably.


- Guaranteed Upgrade between Classic, Superior and Luxury room types

- Upgrade from Luxury to Suite upon arrival, based on availability

- Personal greeting by management upon arrival

- Personalized welcome amenity and note signed by the GM or Sofitel HERO on behalf of the travel counselor and the travel agency

- Automatic placement at top of waitlists

- Dedicated Sofitel Program Director in each hotel: “Sofitel HERO”

- No walk policy for guaranteed bookings

Starwood Luxury Privileges

While its merger with Marriott was completed last month, it will take awhile to merge various programs. Starwood luxury brands include St. Regis, Luxury Collection and W Hotels. 

 - Available on BAR (Best Available Rates) rates booked directly with the hotel (no tour operators). Starwood luxury brands include St. Regis, Luxury Collection and W Hotels.

- Upgrade on arrival if available

- Early check in if available

- Daily breakfast for 2 daily (depends on hotel whether contintnetal or full)

- Complimentary WiFi

- Late checkout if available

- Value-added amenity specific to hotel ($100 value)

-Options not combined with Virtuoso amenities but you can use at any St. Regis, W or Luxury Collection Hotel.


 Trump Elite

The newest additions are Washington D.C. and Vancouver, and politics aside, my experience with Trump has always been very good with American-style friendly service, and relatively large rooms and suites as many of the properties are condo hotels, so also include kitchens or kitchenettes. You can read our Special Report on Trump Las Vegas here.


- Room upgrade upon arrival, when available

- Pre-registration and welcome amenity

- Breakfast for two daily

- $100 credit per stay for use in spas or restaurants

- Complimentary Wi-Fi in-room

- A hotel or destination specific exclusive extra

- Early check-in, when available

- Late check-out, when available

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