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I am often asked if there is a Four Seasons rewards program, much like you can take advantage of at Marriott, SPG, Hyatt, IHG, Hilton and so forth. My answer is no, they don’t have a point or a revenue-based loyalty program, nor do they offer frequent flyer style rewards or even free reward nights like smaller schemes like SLH.com.
How Do I get Reward Style Benefits?
There ARE ways to take advantage of loyalty style benefits, much like those that you would be gifted if you were top tier of one of the big chain loyalty programs.
In fact, you can take advantage of these loyalty style benefits from your very first stay. And Four Seasons is not alone in this luxury offering. Most luxury hotels have hidden travel agent loyalty programs which give you free benefits if you book with the right “Virtuoso” or hotel partner agent. I have outlined the best luxury hotel loyalty programs which give you upgrades and free breakfast.
In a nutshell, never, ever book on the Four Seasons website direct. The same goes for all luxury hotels including Aman, Belmond, Langham, Leading Hotels Of The World and more. You will NOT get the best deal!
Book your next Four Seasons stay via our luxury travel concierge and we can get you free loyalty-style benefits, room upgrades and perks, at the same rates as you would pay by booking directly on the hotel’s website.
Book your room with us to get the following free benefits at every Four Seasons Hotel:
Breakfast for two people per bedroom.
Food and beverage credit of USD100 per stay.
Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (this usually excludes suites).
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability.
Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms.
Complimentary welcome gift.
We are not cheaper, we are the same price as the Four Seasons website, but the free benefits we offer (outlined above) are massively valuable.
How do we do this? Four Seasons partners directly with a small number of high-end agencies including our own luxury travel concierge, which means that we can share privileges at all Four Seasons hotels and resorts with clients who make bookings with us.
The Four Seasons hotel benefits that we offer are prioritised because we are an exclusive Four Seasons agent. What does this mean? Put simply, a room booked by us will get priority upgrades over those who book using Virtuoso or Amex Finest Hotels & Resorts, so if there is only one room left which is the category above yours, we put you at the front of the line for this upgrade!
Will There Ever Be A Four Seasons Loyalty Program?
There have been rumours wafting about regarding a consumer Four Seasons loyalty program for years. The truth is that none of these rumours have come to fruition. At least not yet! The only way to get loyalty style benefits is to book through a high-end travel agency like our own luxury travel concierge.
As for rewards, forget it. You won’t be able to collect for free nights. Your best bet is to book a 3-4-2 free night offer or to book out of the main season when they discount some of their hotels quite heavily (like Four Seasons Grand Hotel Du Cap Ferrat in November, just before it closes). You can’t take advantage of the sun and heat in the same way in the low season, but a stay at a Four Seasons hotel is always fantastic, even in the rain!
How About Corporate Promo Codes?
There ARE special corporate promo codes, so if you are an employee of a company like Goldman Sachs, Bank Of America, IBM or the government, you might be able to take advantage of these discounts, but these codes are not widely available to the general public. In addition, the discount may not be as good as the free benefits offered by our luxury travel concierge. We suggest asking for a free quote so you can compare prices and benefits and get the full picture before booking.
You do get a discount if you are a Four Seasons resident. In this case, if you own a Four Seasons residence, you will be able to book into other Four Seasons resorts at a discounted price. Again, this may not be worth as much as the benefits offered by our luxury travel concierge. Again, we suggest asking for a free quote before making your final decision.
There are a number of other ways to book Four Seasons hotel rooms cheap which I have outlined below, but our luxury travel concierge usually offers the best value when you take all the free extras into account.
Four Seasons hotels and resorts offer some of the best luxury hotels and resorts in the world. There are currently around 100 properties in more than 40 countries with plans to build and launch many more new hotels. Each hotel is one of the finest hotels, resorts and residence clubs each location and in this article, we outline some genuine ways to save money on your next Four Seasons hotel stay and how to bag your next Four Seasons room at the very cheapest rate.
Why Four Seasons?
The thing the Four Seasons hotels do so well is to provide a guarantee of room quality, service and of a resort of an extremely high standard. Wherever you go in the world, the rooms will be large and luxurious, the bathrooms, in particular, are always enormous, even in the base rooms. Their cheapest rooms are still of an excellent size, standard and quality. In fact, they are usually identical to the rooms with a larger price tag, and are often only differentiated from each other by the view.
As an example, at the Four Seasons at Wailea in Maui, the cheapest rooms are the rooms with Mountain views (which face towards the car park). These rooms are the same size and quality as the Garden View Rooms where your lanai is looking over the garden, which is again identical to the next up, with is the Partial Ocean followed by the Ocean View rooms. You are paying for the view in this situation as even the cheapest room is a great room and of similar or the same size. Of course, in the cheapest room you are just facing the wrong way and won’t hear the crashing of the waves as you fall asleep, but I am very sure you will have a similarly great holiday, whichever room you choose, and if you book via our luxury travel concierge we can bump you up a room level for free (as well as offering a bunch of other free benefits!).
This level of quality guarantees you an enjoyable stay at any Four Seasons hotel around the world, whatever room you book. Communal areas are also always immaculate and the staff are always welcoming and often address you by your name (although I still don’t know how they manage to do this bearing in mind the sie of some Four Seasons hotels!).
How About Other Luxury Chains?
Many luxury hotel addicts prefer Aman hotels “Aman Junkies” or to choose hotels which are part of Leading Hotels Of The World instead of booking Four Seasons hotels. In my opinion, having stayed at all three many, many times, all three hotel chains have their merits.
How Does The Price Compare?
The price of Leading Hotels of the World hotels and resorts varies massively, particularly when comparing times of the season as you can pick up so really cheap rates at these hotels out of season. Whereas the price of Four Seasons hotels tends to be much more consistent, with rooms rarely discounted. Instead, Four Seasons hotels usually offer three-for-the-price-of-two or four-for-three packages in the low season.
But how do you work out which room to book? How do you know whether the restaurant is good? How do you know if the bar is any good and worth spending the evening?
You see, if it is not a Four Seasons hotel, you cannot be sure of what you will experience before you arrive. It may be better than a Four Seasons hotel, it may be worse, but you can’t be sure either way.
The Four Seasons Grand Hotel Du Cap Ferrat is immaculate and perfect in every way. The rooms are large and seem brand new, there is not a leaf out of place, the views are magnificent, the pool is magnificent, the gardens are almost unbelievably perfect.
Does it feel like you are in the South of France? No. Frankly, you could be in Hawaii. Four Seasons makes everything so, well, Four Seasons, that it can be argued that this chlorination of the environment can take some of the soul out of the place.
On the other hand, Four Seasons Grand Hotel Du Cap Ferrat is one of my favourite hotels in the world.. The best of the best.. I may argue the case for chlorination and the lack of authenticity and incorporation of the local atmosphere, I remain a huge fan and have a huge amount of love for almost all Four Seasons properties.
Why I Love A Four Seasons Hotel
I love Four Seasons hotels, not least because they are so lovely to my own child. My little boy who is growing at an amazing rate, is still welcomed with open arms across all Four Seasons hotels. I have never felt uncomfortable taking him out in the evening, or fearful when I see other families at Four Seasons hotels as I have never seen a badly behaved child at a Four Seasons on all my travels – they must be worn out from having too much fun!
And when you are tired and in an unfamiliar part of the world that is far from home, a Four Seasons hotel will make you feel cossetted and safe. The staff will know where the nearest pharmacy or doctor is, they will have a supply of any toiletries that you forgot, they will cater for your child who refuses to eat egg because “there are black bits in it” (pepper) even if that means redelivering a different version of the same meal twice. They will even entertain your children at one of their many wonderful kids clubs so it is a real vacation for you as well as the kids.
Where necessary, they will provide an adult only pool so that you can keep your sanity. Four Seasons will satisfy the needs and tastes of any discerning traveller and is without a doubt one of the world’s best and most well-known luxury hotel brands. They will have thought of everything, and even though their environment may be slightly sanitised and have more of a Four Seasons personality than the personality of the local area, I am a major fan.
Four Seasons Promotional Offers
There are deals at Four Seasons hotels which you can take advantage of, such as second, third or fourth night free depending on the season. These 3 for 2 and 4 for 3 vouchers can be an incredible deal if you have a specific Four Seasons hotel in mind and are flexible on when you want to visit. These offers can be found on the offers tab on the menu bar of the Four Seasons hotel homepage. Each hotel has their own specific offers page. The perks which you get by booking with our luxury travel concierge outlined above can also be combined with these Four Seasons deals.
Early booking discount rates, special promotional packages, rates with promo codes, friends and family rates, corporate rates, group rates, and other discounted rates usually also qualify for the perks which you get by booking with our luxury travel concierge, but it is always worth checking with our travel experts to be sure.
How About Aggregator Websites?
The lowest room rate at a Four Seasons hotel for your requested travel dates may be found on aggregator websites like Hotelscombined, and Trivago. These aggregators verify hotel prices and deals at hundreds of other sites (e.g. Booking.com, Hotels.com, Otel.com, Hotelopia, Expedia, etc ….) and show where you can book the cheapest room rate. The problem with these rates and deals is that often valuable extras are not included. As an example, breakfasts are often excluded from these rates.
Breakfast at Four Seasons hotels costs in the region of $50 per person per day, although this does vary depending on the property. Arguably you can often grab a breakfast at a diner or cafe nearby for closer to $10 per person, but this is a hassle and, for me, breakfast is part of the joy of staying in a luxury hotel.
Add the value of potential room upgrades, early check-in/late check-out, the gift and food and beverage credit of USD100 per stay that you get for free by booking with our luxury travel concierge and you can easily argue that you are getting $200 per night of value in benefits (if not more) over and above the aggregator website.
For me, marginally cheaper rates found on an aggregator website (and they are not always cheaper!), does not outweigh the free Four Seasons Virtuoso Partner benefits you get by booking with our luxury travel concierge.
Is It Worth Booking Your Four Seasons room Via Your Credit Card?
When you own an American Express credit card, you can book almost any Four Seasons hotel via Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts. This appears to offer you the same benefits as when you would book a Four Seasons hotel through our own luxury travel concierge but it does not. Our benefits are prioritised over Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts.
Our agency is an official partner of Four Seasons hotels which means that the following benefits are prioritised in front of people who book Four Seasons via any other platform, including credit cards.
We put you at the front of the queue and so if there is just one room upgrade left, you will get the better room if you have booked with us, before a guest who books via their Amex credit card.
Why Is There No Four Seasons Rewards Program
Why doesn’t Four Seasons reward loyal consumers who book directly via the company’s official website? Apparently because of “customer feedback”, but if you book with our agency this doesn’t need to be a concern, as you get loyalty style benefits for free.
The lack of a loyalty program was explained by Four Seasons’s CEO Allen Smith as a decision based on customer feedback that showed that “Four Seasons guests are far less concerned about accumulating points to be redeemed for rewards as they are being in a position where they’re recognized and we understand their preferences and can serve them in that highly personalized way they’ve come to expect”.
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