This luxury travel rewards program offers members perks like 4 p.m. check out and concierge access around the world
Anchored by the two most-anticipated three-day weekends of the year (Memorial Day and Labor Day), summer is prime time for long weekends and extended trips to tropical, beachy destinations.
But holiday weekend or not, corporate culture tends to lean toward longer weekends with many companies offering incentives during the warmer months like Summer Fridays and the ability to work from home under more lenient and recurring circumstances.
Yet the problem with most three-day-long getaways tends to be the most counterintuitive part — we can quickly end up feeling more unrelaxed than we would on a typical trip where we have adequate time to plan, travel and adjust.
A new survey by American Express Travel revealed that a whopping 81 percent of consumers feel that a three-day weekend doesn’t provide enough travel time.
Couple that with the 50 percent of 18 to 21-year-olds that claimed they plan to travel for leisure more this coming year per the same survey, the need for longer, more rewarding travel becomes imminent.
The best way to do that? Find a card or travel rewards program that offers you incentives of the highest value no matter how long your trip is.
American Express Travel has stepped it up for Platinum Card Members by now enhancing its Fine Hotels & Resorts benefits. which will now allow members to earn up to an impressive five times membership rewards points or pay with points for bookings of within the Fine Hotels and Resorts portfolio, which stands at over 1,000 of the most luxurious, most sought-after properties around the world.
But the benefits only start there.
The most notable enhanced features now include noon check-in, complimentary breakfast for two, unique hotel amenity valued at $100 (food, beverage, etc) and guaranteed late check-out at 4 p.m.
The survey also revealed that slightly over half of consumers would be willing to spend an additional $50 more on a $500 hotel bill for early check-in or late check-out, making the flexible check in and out times through American Express Travel highly coveted.
In order to showcase and reveal the new program enhancements, American Express Travel hosted multi-storied event at the ever glamorous Beekman Hotel in downtown New York City on May 30 with actress and travel enthusiast Naomi Watts, alongside an intimate performance by artist Julia Michaels.
Click through below to see the event come to life:
Watts spoke to the added luxury of using benefits in both her personal and professional travel pursuits:
“I’m a huge traveler, I travel because of work and because I love to travel and that’s sort of been built into me. As a kid, I was moving around a lot as well and I’ve always just been really curious about the rest of the world and that makes me a seasoned traveler. I’ve still got lots to do though and many more places to go!
Getting to go to nice hotels is one of the best parts [of traveling] — the great thing about what AmEx is celebrating [at this event] is these benefits that they’ve got going on with late checkouts — that’s so convenient, so often you have a situation where your flights at 6:00 and you don’t want to be rolling around town with your bags. If you go to a nice hotel, use the spa — that’s always a nice little bit of luxury built in.”
She offered her best packing advice when it comes to packing for a quick getaway:
“A carry-on is the way to go especially if it’s just a three or four day trip, which I often do, even if you’re going to Europe. It makes life easier to put it all in one place.
There are products I use on the plane for my skin to keep hydrated — your skin can not be so nice at the other end of a long flight. I’ll take a mask or a deep moisturizer.”
It came as no surprise, based on her dedication to skincare while still in the air, when Watts revealed her favorite of the five immersive rooms of the evening:
“The spa room tickles my fancy — I particularly love the set up of the room, the flowers!”
So if the more than 2 out of 3 Millennials and the 3 out of 4 Generation X-ers surveyed that plan to use all of their vacation days this year need some travel advice on where to book their trips, they can take a page out of Watts’ travel diary for inspiration:
“I’m going to be spending some time in Europe through the summer and then Australia again — that’s a long trip but always worth having, it’s a whole day.
I went to Morocco recently, it’s such a beautiful country. I haven’t done a lot of Asia — I want to do Cambodia and Vietnam soon.”