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Maximizing Chase’s Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection Program

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When you’re traveling, having hotel elite status can make your stay much more comfortable and valuable. However, not all of us can hit the high night and stay requirements needed for top-tier status at one (or more) of the major chains. Fortunately there are a few ways to get elite-like perks when you book hotel stays, and today I want to highlight one such offering that’s now open to a large chunk of readers thanks to the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card: the Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection.

Let’s start with a quick overview of the program. The Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection provides Chase cardholders with a handful of benefits at over 900 hotels and resorts around the world. The homepage lists the following four benefits:

  • Daily breakfast for two
  • A special benefit unique to each property
  • A room upgrade, if available
  • Early check-in and late check-out, if available

All four of these items are relatively in line with the top tier elite status benefits offered by chains like Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest. In fact, you’ll find many higher-end brand-name hotels included in the Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection portfolio, allowing you to still enjoy a comfortable stay without resorting to crazy strategies like mattress running to earn (or retain) elite status.

While the card of the moment is obviously the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, this program is actually open to a variety of different Chase cards. While Chase doesn’t officially publish a list of eligible cards, you can figure out if one (or more) of your cards will work by trying to make a reservation. After you search and select a property, you’ll be asked to put in your dates. When you click Find Rooms, you’ll get a pop-up box that asks you to input the first six digits of your card number:

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Based on trials with my own credit cards as well as the various cards’ application pages, the following cards appear to have access to this program:

The following cards do not (based on my own trials):

Additional data points from this FlyerTalk thread indicate that the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card is also eligible, but you’ll definitely want to check your own card’s eligibility.

So… what are some luxurious hotels where you can utilize this benefit? Here’s a breakdown of some options in popular locations around the world:

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel (New York, NY)

The opulent lobby of the Carlyle Hotel in New York City
The opulent lobby of the Carlyle Hotel in New York City.

If you want a comfortable (and rewarding) stay in New York City away from the tourist attractions, consider The Carlyle. Situated on 76th Street at Madison Avenue, the hotel first opened in 1930 and is a seamless blend of classic decor and contemporary luxury. Rooms start at 350 square feet (massive by NYC standards), and you can access multiple dining and drinking spots as well as the Sisley-Paris Spa right on property.

By booking with the Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection, you’ll enjoy:

  • American buffet breakfast for two daily in The Carlyle Restaurant
  • $125 Spa credit, per room, per stay (excludes Blissful Basics, Yves Durif Services and all retail merchandise)
  • Welcome amenity
  • Complimentary internet
  • Complimentary cover charge for two in Bemelmans Bar, once during stay
The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure:
  • Upgrade
  • Early check-in
  • Late check-out

The breakfast buffet on the menu at The Carlyle Restaurant is $37, so with two guests you’d be saving $74 per night. Add in the $125 spa credit plus cover charge at Bemelmans Bar (which starts at $15 per person) and this becomes a compelling offer. Room rates in October start at $831.70 per night.

The Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Even standard rooms at the Island Shangri-La in Hong Kong are spacious and well-appointed.
Even standard rooms at the Island Shangri-La in Hong Kong are spacious and well-appointed.

Hong Kong has no shortage of luxurious hotel options, and eight of them partner with the Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection. The Island Shangri-La is one such property, spanning 56 stories and located in the heart of the city above the Pacific Place mall. All rooms provide views of Victoria Harbour or Victoria Peak, and with 8 restaurants and numerous other on-property amenities, you won’t go hungry or become bored during your stay.

By booking with the Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection, you’ll enjoy:

  • Breakfast for two daily at Restaurant Petrus
  • Complimentary one-way private transfer to/from Hong Kong International Airport or Kai Tak Cruise Terminal or $100 food and beverage credit per room, per stay (no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Horizon Club Lounge access for suites and Horizon category rooms
  • Complimentary round-trip private transfer for Hong Kong International Airport or Kai Tak Cruise Terminal or $200 food and beverage credit per room, per stay (no cash value if not redeemed in full) for suite bookings
  • Chinese silk scarf for suite bookings
  • Upgrade from Peak View Room to Harbour View room of the same category at time of booking (excluding suites)
  • Daily fruits and newspapers
  • Welcome chocolates

The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of departure:

  • Late check-out, 4:00 pm

This offer is intriguing for all guests but is especially rewarding for those in suites, as you’ll enjoy double the food and beverage credit, club lounge access and a Chinese silk scarf. Even with a standard room, the upgrade to a harbor view room usually costs commands a $50 premium, and confirming that upgrade at booking is a notable difference from most other properties. Room rates for standard rooms in October start at $467.96 per night.

W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak

The expansive pool area at the W Retreat and Spa in Bali
The expansive pool area at the W Retreat and Spa in Bali.

Like in Hong Kong, there are several Balinese resorts in the Luxury Hotel & Resorts Collection portfolio, and a great option is the W Retreat & Spa in Seminyak. With 229 rooms and suites starting at a whopping 689 square feet, you’ll enjoy spacious accommodations with luxurious amenities like private balconies, soaking tubs and rain forest showers. You have eight on-property restaurants and bars plus the AWAY Spa and WET pool to ensure your vacation is truly a leisurely one.

By booking with the Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection, you’ll enjoy:

  • Full breakfast for two daily at FIRE for Retreat bookings and Starfishbloo for villa & suite bookings
  • $100 spa credit, per room, per stay
  • Welcome chocolate amenity

The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure:

  • Upgrade up to Spectacular Ocean Facing Retreat
  • Early check-in
  • Late check-out

This is another property that provides added value for booking higher-category rooms, but even booking standard garden view accommodations brings an array of valuable perks like free breakfast and a $100 credit towards a treatment at the AWAY Spa. Room rates in October start at $437.34 per night.

Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Santorini, Greece)

Enjoy incredible views of the Aegean Sea from Mystique on Santorini.
Enjoy incredible views of the Aegean Sea from Mystique on Santorini.

Another great option is actually a part of the Starwood Preferred Guest program, though Mystique typically requires 60,000 Starpoints per night (39,000 points through the current promotion). With suites and villas situated on cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea, Mystique provides the elegance and decor you’d expect from a luxury resort on the Greek Isles. Each suite includes a private terrace and integrates local wood and stone to feel at once luxurious and local, while the infinity pool gives you few reasons to venture outside the bounds of the hotel.

By booking with the Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection, you’ll enjoy:

  • Full breakfast for two daily (also available with room service)
  • One wine tasting for two at Secret Wine Cove and one bottle of Santorini wine, once during stay
  • Welcome amenity: bottle of local liquer and traditional sweets

The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure:

  • Upgrade
  • Late check-out

It’s always nice to have free breakfast, but enjoying it in the comfort of your room is even better. In addition, the Secret Wine Cove wine tasting is a unique experience in a 150-year-old wine cellar, and if your upgrade is available, the Allure Suite offers an additional 100 square feet of space. Room rates in October start at $502.37 per night.

St. Regis Priceville Resort (Kauai, Hawaii)

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The St. Regis Princeville provides luxurious and relaxing amenities on the north shore of Kauai.

If you’re thinking of a trip to Hawaii, consider booking a stay at the St. Regis Princeville Resort on the island of Kauai. TPG has visited the property multiple times (most recently in February 2015) and highly recommends it. Overlooking Hanalei Bay, the resort features 251 guest rooms and suites starting at 540 square feet, complete with contemporary island decor and modern amenities like marble bathrooms and oversized tubs. You can also take advantage of the extensive on-site services, including five restaurants and bars, two golf courses and the 10,000 square foot Halele’a Spa.

By booking with the Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection, you’ll enjoy:

  • Buffet breakfast for two daily at Makana Terrace
  • $100 resort credit, once during stay (for spa or food and beverage only)
  • Welcome gift

The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure:

  • Upgrade
  • Early check-in
  • Late check-out

Full breakfast and a $100 credit at a spectacular St. Regis property in Hawaii. Need I say more? Room rates in October start at $623.75 per night.

How does this compare to other programs?

We’ve written about a few other luxury hotel programs before, including the following:

The Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection is (in my experience) most closely aligned with the Fine Hotels & Resorts (FHR) program. In fact, four of the five properties highlighted above also partner with Amex FHR and provide similar benefits. One of the major differences when booking with American Express is that your late check-out is guaranteed as opposed to being subject to availability. While I haven’t had many problems utilizing late check-outs in the past, it’s always nice to know that you can stay in your room until 4pm.

When it comes to Visa Signature Hotels, the benefits aren’t as extensive (continental breakfast vs. full breakfast, $25 credit vs. $100 credit, etc.) but the portfolio of properties can be a bit different. For example, in New York I counted 23 hotels on Visa Signature’s site and 30 on the Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection’s site. 13 of them were duplicates, meaning that you have 40 total properties through both programs. The great thing is that many cards are eligible for both programs (including the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and United MileagePlus Explorer Card), so it certainly makes sense to check both sites when you’re booking your next room.

Bottom Line

The Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection, available exclusively through Chase, is a great way to make the most of your paid hotel stays.
The Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection, available exclusively through Chase, is a great way to make the most of your paid hotel stays.

Using your hard-earned points for hotel stays can be a great way to keep money in your pocket, but that’s not always an option for all destinations or for the most luxurious hotels in a given market. That’s where it can make sense to pay for a stay through a program like the Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection thanks to the additional added perks you’ll enjoy. We’ve received many questions about this benefit since the release of the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card last month, so hopefully this post has clarified the benefit and shown some examples of the terrific value you can get out of the program.

Featured image courtesy of the W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak.

What are your experiences with the Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection?

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