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How to Get Cheap Mandarin Oriental Stays With the Amex Platinum Card

by on February 8, 2014 · 12 comments

in American Express, Mandarin Oriental

One of the great aspects about having an American Express card that often gets overlooked are the exclusive offers that Amex gives its cardholders. The way to find your offers is to log into your Amex account and then click on the “Offers For You” tab.

Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 9.10.32 AMThese offers vary depending on the specific card that you have, but they are normally statement credits of anywhere from $5-$50 based on how much you spend at a particular partner merchant. However, now through March 30, 2014, Amex is offering Platinum cardholders a special promo with one of their hotel partners, Mandarin Oriental. Stay 2 or 3 consecutive nights at one of the participating Mandarin Oriental hotels & get the 3rd or 4th consecutive night free.To book it, you must call 1-800-526-6566 or use this link by 3/30/14: mandarinoriental.com/americanexpress. According to the terms, you must both book and stay by March 30.

I actually tried using the link and it just takes you to the global Mandarin Oriental website and there’s no mention of this specific promo there anywhere I could find, though for reference, it’s called the “Fantastic Winter” discount, so you have to call in instead.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like you can book this through Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts – the booking site for Platinum cardholders where you get extra benefits thrown in like early check in, late check out, spa/dining credits, upgrades and more. I did a spot search of four MO properties looking at rates for 3-4 nights at each, and none were offering this last-night discount, though they all offered things like $100 spa and dining credits.

So what I’d suggest is calling Mandarin Oriental directly or booking through a travel agent who is part of their MO Fan Club, and asking for extra benefits that way – reference what FHR is offering and see if they will match it for you – while still getting your last night free. That way you get the best of both worlds.

Mandarin Oriental is a great luxury chain, and I loved my stay at their Vegas property in 2012. Though they only have 27 properties, they are in some great cities like San Francisco, New York, Miami, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Barcelona, Paris and Prague, to name a few. Room rates tend to be high since they’re luxury properties, so getting a free night could save you hundreds (or thousands) of dollars.

Also, don’t forget to check your own Amex offers to see what other discounts and promos you can take advantage of.

Here are the rest of the T&C:

Offer is subject to availability and blackout dates may apply. Guests must stay at least 2 or 3 consecutive paid nights to receive the complimentary night. For Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai, complimentary night is offered after the first paid night. A stay is considered to be consecutive nights at the same hotel. Only 1 complimentary night is available per stay. Offer may be repeated during promotion, but not during stay. Advance booking required. Guests may book up to a maximum of 3 rooms for the complimentary night offer per stay & must be part of the travelling party. Available room categories vary according to each participating property. Cancellation policy depends on the participating hotel. Contact the individual hotel for details. Offer cannot be exchanged for cash or used with any other promotions, special offers or privileges. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group reserves the right to change terms and conditions at any time. Must book through mandarinoriental.com/americanexpress or 1-800-526-6566. Mention Mandarin Oriental Fantastic Winter to receive discount. Offer valid when you pay with an eligible American Express Card. Fulfillment of the offer is sole responsibility of the participating American Express merchant. Offer valid for bookings by 3/30/14 and stay through 3/30/14. Limit one (1) discount per Cardmember per transaction. American Express® Corporate Cards & all prepaid card products are not eligible for Cardmember offer. POID: AX1O:0001

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  • John*

    “Cheap”?! I guess everything is relative…

  • db

    It is relative John, TPG would have the same title for 50% off four points hotels.

  • Alex

    I got same offer for my Amex gold prc, through amex sync.

  • Matthew S

    Given the rates I’ve seen at MO, I wouidn’t say that even the 3rd night free is “cheap”. The hotels are nice but I don’t think they command rates above Ritz, Four Seasons, some boutique 5*. I just stayed at the Royal Horseguards in London (5* on embankment) and found it to be incredible value at $300/night. MO in London was easily $800+/night.

  • http://benhugh.es/ Ben Hughes

    Mandarin Oriental Jakarta, where I’m planning on using this myself, is $200/night and is the #1 ranked hotel in Jakarta on TripAdvisor. With this promo that’s effectively $133/night (plus tax).

  • Evelyn

    MOHG *is* offering the same comp night offers via FHR. Check the FHR website or call Platinum Travel.

  • Paul

    Only 475 euros for my stay in Barcelona…PER NIGHT!

  • Ben
  • Lark

    New York MO has this offer.

    Anybody here with experience in a Central Park View Suite?

    Looks like a fantastic room, and the location is excellent.

    http://www.mandarinoriental.com/newyork/accommodation/

  • http://www.pointssummary.com/ Jamison @ Points Summary

    $200/night in Las Vegas too

  • Xavier

    “One of the great aspects about having an American Express” is that even when you have the Platinum AMEX, you don’t have Access to the same online portal,so to tell you just one difference in Europe (at least in Spain) we don’t have “Offers for you”. You should consider change your first sentence to a more specific location. :)

  • Chris

    Offer isn’t limited to Platinum cardholders; I got this offer on my Amex Blue!

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