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As I’ve mentioned before when reviewing the American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts (FHR) program, a portal that allows Amex Platinum cardholders to take advantage of perks and benefits at select hotels and resorts—not unlike having elite status or booking through a well-connected travel agent. And just as Amex keeps adding properties to the FHR roster, they keep extending their line-up of benefits, as well—such as the latest perk of free in-room WiFi.

One of the greatest values of Amex FHR
One of the greatest values of Amex FHR’s new perk of free in-room WiFi can be found at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara.

The true value of this new benefit depends on the FHR property where you choose to stay. At some FHR properties, in-room WiFi is already included as part of a daily resort fee or isn’t available at all, in which case you’ll have access to complimentary WiFi in a common area of the property.

For example, the Eden Roc Cap Cana already offers free WiFi in their Junior Suites and Villas, as does the Capella in Washington, D.C. and the St. Regis Bali Resort (where I recently stayed—review to come). The Four Seasons Santa Barbara offers free WiFi for the first two devices and a $20 per-day fee for up to five additional devices, so complimentary WiFi there is more of a value.

Amex seems to be focusing on WiFi access lately, as this new FHR benefit follows their recent partnership with Boingo, which allows US and UK Platinum cardholders free Boingo access worldwide. I’m definitely a fan of the FHR portal and free WiFi, so am happy to see this trend continuing.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
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