American Express Travel has a hotel deal going on right now. They’re calling it a ‘Beach Escape Sale.’ When you book your hotel stay by December 31, 2014, and complete your travel by January 15, 2015, you’ll receive a FREE 3rd or 4th night.
How it works
It looks like American Express is picking which night you would get free at the hotel of their choice. For instance, Amex is offering the 4th night free at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore hotel.
You wouldn’t have the option to stay here 3 nights and get the 3rd night free. You would have to stay all 4 nights to get the 4th night free.
How to book and get your 3rd and 4th night free
When you go to book the hotel, look to see if Amex Travel is offering either the 3rd night or 4th night free. Then, go ahead and book the hotel stay for the ENTIRE 3 or 4 nights. American Express states that the free night will be credited upon checkout. Customers are responsible for the taxes and fees on the free night.
What this means is that you’ll initially pay for the entire hotel stay up front, but then American Express will issue you a credit statement upon checkout. In my personal experience, American Express has always been FAST at issuing credit statements. Typically in 1 – 5 days.
It looks like you would have to book your hotel on an eligible American Express card that participates in the Membership Rewards program.
Here are the terms and conditions posted on the site:
Offer is valid for hotels booked by December 31, 2014 and travel completed between December 1, 2014 and January 15, 2015. Offers valid at participating hotels only, are subject to availability, and can be discontinued without notice. Extra night(s) will be credited upon checkout. Customers will pay any taxes and fees associated with the extra night. Extra Night offers vary by property. Rules, restrictions and blackout dates may apply. See property pages for further details. Savings will be subtracted from the price of the hotel or the hotel component of any Flight & Hotel vacation package. This offer is not combinable with any other offers, Fine Hotels & Resorts, and The Hotel Collection program benefits or offers.
If you have some vacation time to burn and miles to use up, then this could easily save you hundreds of dollars off your hotel stay! I would absolutely love to live on the West Coast. I would grab 5 hour flights to Hawaii all the time!