What is Fine Hotels and Resorts?
The Fine Hotels and Resorts program (or FHR) by American Express with almost 900 of some of the finest luxury hotels in the world. American Express Platinum Card and Centurion Card holders get access to a set of amenities and offers if they book through the American Express provided web site, or Platinum Travel Service via the phone.
FHR Benefits include a complimentary breakfast for 2 people, guaranteed 4pm checkout, the chance of a room upgrade if available and a property specific benefit that is often a $100 food and beverage credit, or a similar value spa credit.
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What is FHRNews?
FHRNews is a luxury travel newsletter that keeps you informed about the special offers available at your favorite Fine Hotels and Resorts. Every month, I gather the latest offers from Amex and, over the course of the month, send you an email listing the new offers, and soon to expire offers, as well as other relevant news about Fine Hotels and Resorts
In addition, American Express often adds new hotels to the program, and I will inform you of these new hotels as they become available. Less frequently, hotels leave the program, or close down, either for major remodelling, or for good.
Unless you only have one or two favorite hotels, trying to keep track of all the updates to offers starts to become time consuming and error prone. If you forget to look for an offer before booking a stay you may be missing out on a great deal, but you will definately miss the free breakfast! My goal is to keep you informed of the many updates that American Express performs to the program every month, so you don't miss these deals
Why did I create FHRNews?
I love to travel, and I like to stay in hotels of a certain quality. Until recently, I completely ignored the FHR benefit of my Platinum card, to my detriment. I hate that I've stayed at some of the hotels in the program, but paid full price for the room, and had to pay for breakfast, and had to leave by noon on the day of checkout.
And then, when you add in the possibility of a free night on a 3 or 4 night stay, that's a discount of 33% or 25% that I was missing out on. This is real money that could have been spent on fruity drinks around the pool - and that's the real tragedy.
I built FHRNews to make sure I can find good deals in the locations I want to visit, without having to remember to access the Fine Hotels and Resorts website.
Who am I?
My name is Tom, and I'm a technology entrepreneur who likes to travel. My recent travels have included trips to Alaska, Bermuda, the Galapagos, Fiji, Hawaii, Napa Valley and Bora Bora. I have enjoyed staying in many fine hotels around the world, and look forward to continuing this trend in the near future.
As I was spending time looking on the Fine Hotels and Resorts site to find hotels in the locations I'd like to visit soon, it became clear that the information changes more frequently than it might appear. My technical expertease then kicked in and I thought that it would be a much better use of my time for something to alert me of when changes occur. Computers are good at things like this!
My technical background includes spending 10 years at Microsoft, working on products like Windows, Internet Explorer and Outlook. More recently, I've spent time in senior technical roles at a number of smaller companies in the Seattle area.
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