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Accor Hotels part-owns a hospitality group called ‘sbe’ which it bought for ~$319m last year and it’s this hospitality group which has just announced a new partnership with Chase which will see Sapphire Reserve card holders offered a set of new benefits when they stay at select sbe properties.
Chase Sapphire Reserve New sbe Benefits
With immediate effect the following new benefits are open to Chase Sapphire Reserve card holders at select sbe properties:
- 4th night free when booking a stay of at least 4 consecutive nights
- $30 credit per room for eligible food and drink spending
- Complimentary one level room upgrade for the duration of your stay (subject to availability)
- Free daily continental breakfast for 2 people per room
- Late check-out* (subject to availability)
- Complimentary wi-fi for an unlimited number of devices
*no time has been given for late check-outs.
Not all of sbe’s properties are participating in this partnership with Chase so these are the properties at which the benefits outlines above will be honored:
- Bahamas: SLS Baha Mar
- Doha: Mondrian Doha
- Istanbul: 10 Karaköy
- Las Vegas: Delano Las Vegas
- London: Sanderson
- London: St Martins Lane
- Los Angeles: Mondrian Los Angeles
- Miami: Delano South Beach
- Miami: Hyde Midtown
- Miami: Mondrian South Beach
- Miami: Redbury South Beach
- Miami: Shore Club
- Miami: SLS Brickell
- Miami: SLS LUX Brickell
- Miami: SLS South Beach
- Miami: The Raleigh (under renovation)
- New York: Hudson
- New York: Mondrian Park Avenue
- New York: Redbury New York
The Terms & Conditions
It’s always good to delve into the terms and conditions of a new set of benefits and, in doing so, I found a few things that stood out (both good and bad):
Make sure you book through the right channel:
- All reservation have to be made through the dedicated booking page for Chase Sapphire Reserve card holders (here)
Make sure you use your Chase Sapphire Reserve card or you may be on the hook for a lot of extras:
- Chase Sapphire Reserve cardmembers must (a) use their Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card to make the reservation, (b) present the card at the time of check-in and (c) use their Chase Sapphire Reserve to settle the bill at check-out in order to receive Benefits.
- In the event the eligible cardmembers does not pay with a Chase Sapphire Reserve or JP Morgan Reserve credit card, the current value of any benefits received for every room in the reservation, including but not limited to room upgrades, free Wi-Fi and free Continental Breakfast, will be added to the final bill at check-out.
You can use the Chase/sbe benefits one more than one room – up to a maximum of 4 rooms per stay:
- Room upgrade is available for every room made in a reservation, limit of four (4) rooms
- Each reserved room will receive a credit on their account upon checkout equal to $1 for each eligible dollar spent, up to $30, which will be based upon qualifying charges made at the hotel’s Food and Beverage Outlets by the Eligible Cardmember, excluding taxes, gratuities, fees and cost of room(s);
The room F&B credit can be applied to minibar purchases:
- $30.00 in Hotel Credit per room towards eligible food and beverage. Any food or beverage consumption within the applicable hotel is eligible, including the mini bar.
The cost of the 4th night of the stay will be deducted at check-out:
- For every four consecutive nights booked at participating properties the fourth night is free and the room charge will be credited to the account at checkout. All booked nights for the entire stay must be exclusive of any blackout dates.
Be careful! Not all properties offer continental breakfasts and the replacement you’ll be offered may not be what you want:
- In the event the participating hotel does not offer continental breakfast at the property, sbe shall provide a substitute benefit of one complimentary drink per person (limit 2 per room) per day at the participating hotel’s lounge or bar. Currently the Hudson Hotel (NY) and Redbury South Beach (FL) do not offer breakfast. This list may be updated, upon notice to Chase, at sbe’s discretion.
I like this. It’s a set of benefits that some will use and some won’t but it’s not a set of benefits that’s being introduced at the expense of something else so there really isn’t much ground to complain (although I’m sure some will try).
As far as I can tell none of these properties are part of a larger group’s loyalty program (not even Accor’s) so guests won’t be missing out on any elite benefits/earnings by booking through the Case/sbe booking channel – you’re free to book without worrying about what you may be missing out on.
it occurred to me that some of the participating properties may also be offered by Amex FHR and/or Virtuoso where booking benefits may outweigh what the Chase partnership offers….but there’s surprisingly little overlap:
For the avoidance of doubt here are links to the databases I used to check the information above:
In the case of the Delano Las Vegas you may be better off booking through Amex FHR if you don’t need the 4th night free benefit as the Amex benefits look better:
And some may consider Virtuoso’s offering at the same property marginally better too.
In Miami the Virtuoso F&B benefit is better than what you’ll get through the Chase/sbe partnership….
…but, once again, if you’re staying 4 or more nights the 4th night free benefit on offer through Chase will probably save you more money.
The Citi Prestige card should also offer a 4th night free at all these properties but as it can only be used on one room it’s not as good an offer as the one from Chase.
Booking with the Citi Prestige will also not get you a room upgrade, a F&B credit or continental breakfast so the Chase Sapphire Reserve is the clear winner between the two here.
This is a nice (if niche) set of benefits that has been added to the Chase Sapphire Reserve card and they’ll be welcomed by card holders who like the hotels on offer.
I’m not sure how much use I’ll get out of these benefits as I’m probably not in the demographic that some of these properties are looking to attract and, besides that, they’re also mostly out of my comfort zone when it comes to price.
Still, what we have here is a set of benefits we didn’t have a few days ago and they’ve been added at zero cost to the cardholder so it’s good news all around.
Featured image: SLS South Beach courtesy of SLS Hotels