Double dip on the Amex Leading Hotels of the World offer

American Express has added quite a few hotel offers recently, including Marriott, Hilton and IHG. I have very happily saved all of them, but today I’d like to talk about a different hotel group.

You may have this offer appearing on your card account:

Maybe you’ve never heard of the name Leading Hotels of the World, but don’t just close the tab yet! Similar to GHA Discovery or Small Luxury Hotels, LHW is a soft-branded hotel alliance for high-end independent hotels, therefore you can expect some very good properties here.

The full list of participating hotels is here, covering UK and some European countries. Interestingly, the following hotels are affiliated with another hotel group too:

So you could book via the respective group, enjoy elite benefits and earn points, and also get the Amex cashback!

You must ensure that you get charged directly by the hotel though, not by the hotel group or any third-party aggregator. If you pay at check-out it’s definitely fine (no matter through what website you booked), but for prepaid rates you should be careful – I vaguely remember that my Melia booking was charged by the group instead of hotel once, but I may be wrong.

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