Has anyone had any experience with booking hotels through credit card programs?

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Jono

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Member since 25 Jan 2013

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Has anyone had any experience with booking hotels through credit card programs?

I am referring to American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, Visa Luxury Hotels Collection, AMEX Connect, MasterCard World Elite and alike.

They usually promise some goodies like free breakfast and upgrade upon checkin.

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

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Tried booking a deal once that promised free breakfast and a room upgrade when booking the best available rate at hotel x.

The 'best available rate' by dictionary definition (as in the cheapest available rate) was significantly less than the hotel's branded 'Best Available Rate' (being an industry term and name of a specific room rate) so it ended up working out cheaper to just book direct and pay for the extras as the 'Best Available Rate' wasn't remotely competitive when other rates were available at half that price when booking direct.

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