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News: More Hotels from Amex Travel -

This year people who are part of American Express' Fine Hotels & Resorts and The Hotel Collection rewards programs will find that they have more to choose from with Amex adding 281 hotels to their rewards portfolio.

Three new brands will also be debuting in the Centurion Fine Hotels & Resorts program - Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, and Oetker Collection. And some of the new hotels are in destinations that are trending with travelers these days including Mendoza, Argentina; Bogota, Colombia; Fes, Morocco and Algarve, Portugal.

Vetted, vetted, vetted

The new programs were put through their paces by American Express Travel to make sure they meet their standards and because of this they only accepted a small number of new hotels into the The Hotel Collection.

"Our Card Members are avid travelers who expect a certain travel experience, whether they're on a once-in-a-lifetime international adventure trip or spontaneous weekend getaway in a nearby city," said Allison Beer, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, American Express Travel. "To ensure we're exceeding their expectations and offering the very best selection of hotels in our programs, we carefully analyze aggregated card spend data, independent property evaluations, and most importantly, the direct feedback we receive from our Card Members."

And the new hotels are...

Wondering what new hotels you will be able to book rooms at? The new offerings for Fine Hotels & Resorts properties include:

  • The Miami Beach Edition, located on a private enclave in the center of Miami Beach
  • Boutique hotel Zero George Street, is located in Charleston's historic district
  • Eden Rock, St Barths - perched on a rocky cliff with a stellar beach view

Fine Hotels & Resorts is also rolling out new collections that cater to different travel needs, including boutique hotels and design properties, which usually have a contemporary design aesthetic.

Platinum cardholders booking through Amex Express Travel and booking stays at Fine Hotles & Resorts properties get some other travel perks, including:

  • Guaranteed 4pm late checkout
  • Room upgrade when they arrive
  • Breakfast for two every day
  • Noon check-in
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Other special perks, like a $100 food and beverage credit or massages depending on the property