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If you read this site you probably already know that top tier hotel elite status can get you things like upgrades, free breakfast, late-check out, and more. However, unless you travel quite a bit per year, or are able to put large amounts of spending on some co-branded hotel credit cards, the upper tier hotel elite status levels that get you those really good perks are probably out of reach for most of us.
However, you can still get free breakfast, upgrades, late check-out, and other VIP goodies just by booking a stay at a participating “Luxury Hotel Collection” hotel via a program that Visa Signature offers. Before you close the page thinking “free stuff” this will cost extra, or that families have no business in “luxury” hotels, hear me out because you might be surprised.
How Do You Access the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection?
All you have to do to access The Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection is have a Visa Signature credit card. There are tons of them, and if you have some rewards credit cards, the chances are good that you already have one in your wallet. Just look and see if any of your credit cards have the “Visa Signature” designation under the Visa logo.
Some popular ones in the miles and points community are:
US Bank FlexPerks, Capital One Venture Rewards, Capital One Quicksilver Rewards, Hyatt Visa, Marriott Rewards, British Airways Visa, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Freedom, United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Bank of America Alaska Airlines, and many more.
What Family Friendly/Points Friendly Hotels are in the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection?
There are over 900 hotels all around the world, but a few that jump out at me as being good fits for families or points junkies are:
Park Hyatt Washington DC, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Hyatt Key West, Hyatt Olive 8, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, Hyatt Regency Aruba, Hyatt Regency Maui, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, Grand Hyatt Kauai, Andaz 5th Avenue, Andaz Papagayo, Andaz Maui, Andaz Amsterdam, Andaz Napa, Intercontinental Bali, Westin St. John, Westin Dublin, Westin Maui, St. Regis Monarch Beach, St. Regis Houston, St. Regis Princeville, St. Regis Rome, St. Regis Bahia Beach, St. Regis Punta Mita, Liberty Hotel Boston, Aria, Vdara, W South Beach, W Atlanta Downtown, W Vieques Island, and tons more.
You can search by price, location, brand, interest, setting, etc. We have stayed at many of these properties, and found lots of them to be very good fits for families and not at all luxury in the “snobbish” version of the word, but instead very well equipped for a fun and relaxing family vacation.
How expensive are hotels in the Luxury Hotel Collection?
The rates for hotels in the Luxury Hotel Collection should be the same as the lowest rate you can find via the hotel directly or other similar sites, albeit without the use of discount codes or other reduced rates due to AAA, AARP, etc. In fact, they have a “Best Rate Guarantee” in case you do find a lower rate elsewhere within 24 hours of booking.
Some of the hotels in the collection are very expensive for my tastes, but others are much more reasonable per night. Of course these are not going to be your super cheap budget motel properties, but there are many that have reasonable prices, with some in the $100 – $200 per night range.
For example the St. Regis Houston, where we recently stayed, has nights that are around $200 per night with some regularity. I’ve seen the Westin Lake Las Vegas go for around $100 per night or less. A random search of dates at the Hyatt Regency Maui turned up nights starting at $259/night. That isn’t cheap, but when you consider that it would cost 20,000 Hyatt points per night to stay there, you may decide the cash rate makes sense for some nights – especially given the perks you will get via the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection program.
What perks do you get from booking with the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection program?
This is the good part because you get all these perks just by booking via the Luxury Hotel Collection program without having to pay extra or have any sort of elite status – all you need is a Visa Signature card. The perks include:
- Best available rate guarantee
- Complimentary continental breakfast daily
- $25 food and beverage voucher
- Automatic room upgrade upon arrival, if available
- Free in-room internet, when available
- 3PM late check-out, upon request
- VIP guest status
How the hotels deliver on the continental breakfast for two daily will vary, but in my experience if you don’t want an actual continental breakfast, many will offer that monetary equivalent toward another breakfast item. Since hotel breakfasts usually aren’t cheap, this can easily be a $50+ value per day of your stay for two people.
The room upgrade will obviously vary greatly from visit to visit, but it did score me quite a nice upgrade when I recently used the perks at the St. Regis Houston. I expect most of the time it just gets you a more deluxe room, but you may be surprised every once in a while.
Additional Savings and Discounts:
On top of the perks, you can sometimes get additional savings or additional perks at certain properties. When you are on the website go to the “Special Offers” section to see if any of the offers work for your travel plans. A few examples of the ones I saw on the website are:
- 3rd or 4th night free
- 25% off publicly available rates
- $100 dining credit + 10% off with two night stay
- $125 hotel credit with two night stay
If you aren’t familiar with the program, or haven’t used it in a while, I highly recommend you poke around on The Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection website to see if some of the hotels and benefits offered might work for one of your upcoming vacations. Remember that you will still earn your points/elite status credits when you book via the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection, so those of us that love hotel points can essentially double up and earning points and getting extra perks!
Have you utilized the Visa Signature perks on a hotel stay? Where did you go, and how was the stay?
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