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Amex travel Vs. booking direct on hotel’s site

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by MMM, Oct 1, 2019.

  1. MMM

    MMM Member

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    I’m wanting to perhaps get 5x points using my Amex Plat & booking hotel on Amex travel site. But in doing that, does that mean I will be foregoing the elite benefits of Hilton Gold (I’m mainly interested in a higher chance of a late checkout) Vs. if I were to book direct through Hilton? Other option is just to use Chase Reserve & booking direct. Thanks!
     
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    Clem Active Member

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    Yes, I believe that unfortunately you won't get elite benefits (although you could still ask at the front desk). The only case you will get elite benefits through is if the hotel is part of the Amex FHR (Fine Hotels & Resorts program).
     
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  3. MMM

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    Thanks!
     
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  4. OCTinPHL

    OCTinPHL Well-Known Member

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    I would take the 5x points over late checkout any day (and I say that as HH Diamond). How important to you is having the room? Do you need the room (and the shower)? If not, just check your bags with the bell hop. Is this a Hilton property that has a gym (with showers)? I find the late check-out to be a relatively minor benefit in the grand scheme of things. Of greater importance to me is WiFi on the day I am checking out (in which case late checkout can help, unless the property has free WiFi).
     
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