Amex Is Targeting Cardholders For Three New Hotel Offers


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American Express has loaded three new hotel offers to targeted cardholder accounts this morning and with all three offers valid through at least the end of the year, there’s plenty of time to make the most of them. These offers come on top of the offers we’ve recently seen for stays at select IHG properties (see here and here), Hyatt properties (see here), and Best Western Properties (see here).

Spend $150 With Comfort Hotels & Get $30 Back

Headline Details

Get a one-time $30 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend a minimum of $150 on room rate and room charges for your stay at Comfort® hotels from 9/10/2020 to 12/31/2020.

Key Terms

  • Must first add offer to Card and then use same Card to redeem.
  • Limit 1 enrolled Card per Card Member across all American Express offer channels.
  • Your enrollment of an eligible American Express Card for this offer extends only to that Card.
  • Offer valid only at Comfort® hotels in the US and Puerto Rico.
  • Reservations must be made online at ChoiceHotels.com or by using the Choice Hotels mobile app.
  • Excludes gift cards purchased online, bulk or corporate gift cards and points purchases for the Choice Privileges Rewards Program.
  • Offer only valid on room rate and room charges.
  • Offer not valid for lodging stays that are paid for before the promotion start date or after the promotion end date.
  • Limit of 1 statement credit per Card Member.
  • Statement credit will appear on your billing statement within 90 days after 12/31/2020, provided that American Express receives information from the merchant about your qualifying purchase.

See your targeted offer for full terms and conditions

Spend $150 With Cambria & Ascend Hotels & Get $30 Back

Headline Details

Get a one-time $30 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend a minimum of $150 on room rate and room charges for your stay at Cambria® & Ascend® hotels from 9/10/2020 to 12/31/2020.

Key Terms

  • Must first add offer to Card and then use same Card to redeem.
  • Limit 1 enrolled Card per Card Member across all American Express offer channels.
  • Your enrollment of an eligible American Express Card for this offer extends only to that Card.
  • Offer valid at Ascend® and Cambria® locations in the US.
  • Reservations must be made online at choicehotels.com or by using the mobile app.
  • Excludes points purchases for the Choice Privileges Rewards Program. Excludes physical gift cards purchased online, e-gift cards, corporate and bulk gift cards. Excludes Bluegreen properties.
  • Offer only valid on room rate and room charges.
  • Offer not valid for lodging stays that are paid for before the promotion start date or after the promotion end date.
  • Limit of 1 statement credit per Card Member.

See your targeted offer for full terms and conditions

Get Up To 20% Back At Canyon Ranch Properties

Headline Details

Get a one-time $200 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend a minimum of $1,000 in one or more transactions on room rate and room charges, when you pay for your stay at Canyon Ranch Resort from 9/10/20 to 3/1/21. Valid only at Tucson AZ, Lenox MA, and Woodside CA locations.

Key Terms

  • Must first add offer to Card and then use same Card to redeem.
  • Limit 1 enrolled Card per Card Member across all American Express offer channels.
  • Your enrollment of an eligible American Express Card for this offer extends only to that Card.
  • Offer valid for room rate and room charges paid online at www.canyonranch.com.
  • Offer valid only for Canyon Ranch Tuscon, AZ & Lenox, MA & Woodside, CA locations.
  • Excludes e-gift cards and third party hotel bookings.
  • Offer only valid on room rate and room charges.
  • Offer not valid for lodging stays that are paid for before the promotion start date or after the promotion end date.
  • Limit of 1 statement credit per Card Member.
  • Statement credit will appear on your billing statement within 90 days after 3/1/2021, provided that American Express receives information from the merchant about your qualifying purchase.

See your targeted offer for full terms and conditions

Thoughts

The first two targeted offers for select Choice Hotel properties will probably be the more useful offers here as they require a relatively low level of spending and there are a significant number of properties across the US at which these offers can be used. The Canyon Ranch offer is considerably more niche as it’s only valid at three of the four Canyon Ranch properties (the Las Vegas property is excluded) and it requires considerably more spending than the first two properties.

There are a couple of things to look out for here: Firstly, the offers valid at Comfort, Cambria and Ascend hotels will only be triggered by stays in the United States (and Puerto Rico in the case of the Comfort offer) so stays outside of the country will not earn a statement credit. Secondly, the spending required to trigger the Canyon Ranch offer doesn’t have to be made in one stay. The offer clearly mentions “one or more transactions” in the terms and conditions so as long as a cardholder spends $1,000 at eligible Canyon Ranch properties by 1 March 2021 (which is almost 5 months away), the statement credit will be triggered.

Canyon Ranch Woodside – Image courtesy of Canyon Ranch

It’s also worth noting that there appears to be an oddity in the terms for the Canyon Ranch offer where it reads “Offer valid for room rate and room charges paid online at www.canyonranch.com“. That would seem to suggest that any charges made to the room during a stay wouldn’t count towards the spending requirement for this offer (as those charges wouldn’t be being made via canyonranch.com) and that’s more than a little unusual. I don’t recall seeing this in any of the other Amex offers I’ve seen so this is either something new or a typo.

Which Credit Card?

As usual, I’ve chosen to load this card on to my Blue Business Plus card from American Express because it hasn’t been targeted to any of my other cards that offer a bonus for travel or hotel spending (the 2 points/dollar that the Blue Business Plus card offers me is a better return than I’ll get on any other card).

If you’ve been targeted then, hopefully, you’ll have this offer targeted to a card like the Amex Green Card which will earn you, amongst other bonuses, 3 points/dollar on travel.

Bottom Line

American Express is currently targeting cardholders for savings at various Choice Hotel brands as well as for savings at three Canyon Ranch properties. All these offers have limited eligibility so may be withdrawn once a predetermined number of offers have been loaded to cardholder accounts.

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