We’re getting close to the end of the popular Open for Travel promotion by American Express, which lets eligible American Express Card Members save on hotels and car hire around Australia. With many parts of the country reopening for travel, this is a great opportunity to start exploring and save – but you’ll need to act fast, as most of the offers end on 30 November 2020.
To recap: there are a range of offers you can save to your card via the Amex app and online account. When you spend the required amount with the partner directly using your card by the offer end date, you’ll receive a statement credit for the eligible transaction. These include:
- Hilton: spend $250, get $75 back, valid up to 5 times, once per participating Hilton property (ends 31 Dec 2020)
- InterContinental Hotels Group: spend $300, get $75 back with participating InterContinental Hotels Group properties (ends 30 Nov 2020)
- View Hotels: spend $250, get $50 back at View Hotels (ends 30 Nov 2020)
- Hyatt: spend $400, get $100 back at Hyatt properties in Australia (ends 30 Nov 2020; offer capped)
- Marriott Bonvoy: spend $300, get $75 back at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties in Australia (ends 30 Nov 2020; offer capped)
- Hertz: spend $150, get $50 back at participating Hertz locations (ends 30 Nov 2020)
- Avis: spend $300, get $75 back with Avis at participating Avis locations (ends 30 Nov 2020).
There are also two offers with promo / coupon codes:
- Expedia: spend $250 and get a $30 discount with Expedia for bookings made by 30 November 2020 for stays in Australia and completed by 30 April 2021. Use the coupon code EXPAMEXH30 at expedia.com.au/amex
- Four Seasons Sydney: 20% off accommodation and complimentary breakfast daily for two people at Four Seasons Sydney until 30 November 2020 (minimum stay of 2 nights). Use the promo code AXOPEN online only at Four Seasons Sydney.
Some of these partners currently have deals and offers which are also worth looking into. Head over to the American Express website here to view participating properties and redeem.
To whet your appetite, here’s a selection of top hotels and destinations around the country that you could visit.
IHG: voco Kirkton Park Hotel Hunter Valley
Located in beautiful New South Wales wine country, voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley offers boutique accommodation in a charming 70-acre manor-estate. Guests can relax in well-appointed rooms, immerse themselves in nature or indulge in local wines and “estate-to-plate” dining. Thanks to its strong focus on sustainability, the estate produces its own vegetables, honey and eggs, powers lights with a solar farm and feeds manicured gardens with recycled water. There are also recreational facilities for guests to enjoy and easy access to the Hunter Valley’s popular attractions and wineries.
Spend $300 and get $75 back at this hotel until 30 November 2020, with InterContinental Hotels Group.
voco Kirkton Park Hotel Hunter Valley
View Hotels: View Sydney
Overlooking beautiful Sydney Harbour from its perch in North Sydney, View Sydney offers guests a comfortable and convenient spot from which to explore this dynamic city. Many rooms feature panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The hotel is just 50 metres from North Sydney train station, providing easy access to Sydney’s key attractions, including Sydney Opera House and the Botanical Gardens.
Spend $250 and get $50 back at View Sydney until 30 November.
IHG: InterContinental Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast
Nestled within 4.2 hectares of lush landscaping on the northern end of the Gold Coast, the recently refurbished InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort boasts an elegant design and spacious rooms. Guests can enjoy the resort’s one-acre Lagoon Beach and swimming pools, as well as nearby golf courses, restaurants, cafés and boutique stores. The resort is also a convenient base for exploring the Gold Coast’s famous beaches, theme parks and other entertainment options.
Spend $300 and get $75 back at this resort until 30 November 2020.
InterContinental Sanctuary Cove
Marriott Bonvoy: The Ritz Carlton, Perth
Cutting a striking silhouette along the Swan River, The Ritz-Carlton, Perth evokes timeless luxury and the joy of discovery. Newly built on Elizabeth Quay, the hotel overlooks the river, skyline and urban parks. The beauty and bounty of Western Australia are celebrated through culinary experiences highlighting local ingredients, a river-view infinity pool and a luxury spa featuring bespoke pampering rituals.
Until 30 November, spend $300 and get $75 back at this hotel.
The Ritz Carlton, Perth
IHG: InterContinental Adelaide
Exclusively positioned on the banks of the River Torrens, InterContinental Adelaide provides luxury city centre accommodation. Guests can enjoy stylish rooms with city views, several restaurants and bars, and access to the adjacent Adelaide Festival Centre, Convention Centre and Casino. A short walk from the hotel you will be immersed in cultural North Terrace and Adelaide’s key attractions, including The Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australian Museum, Adelaide Oval, Rundle Mall and Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
Spend $300 and get $75 back at InterContinental Adelaide until 30 November 2020.
Explore Tasmania by road
Self-drive journeys on the compact island of Tasmania offer the freedom to find the things you want – natural wonders, inspiration, calm, great food – and much you never expected. Whether whisky or wine, history or farm-fresh produce, there’s a trail on this beautiful island to match your passion.
Until 30 November 2020, get $50 back when you spend $150 with Hertz or get $75 back when you spend $300 with Avis on car hire.
For accommodation, spend $250 and get a $30 discount with Expedia for bookings made by 30 November 2020 for stays completed by 30 April 2021. Use the coupon code EXPAMEXH30 at expedia.com.au/amex.
Explore the natural wonders of Tasmania
Hilton: Hilton Darwin
From the sparkling harbour and WWII history to the city’s Asian-influenced food and tropical outdoor lifestyle, Darwin is an adventurers’ paradise. The Hilton Darwin is the perfect base for exploring the city, located in downtown Darwin overlooking the harbour. Nearby you’ll find Bicentennial Park, Darwin Convention Centre, and the beach at Darwin Waterfront Precinct. The hotel has stylish guest rooms, an outdoor pool on a high floor, a fitness centre, a restaurant and a bar.
Until 31 December, spend $250 and get $75 back at Hilton Darwin.
Hyatt: Hyatt Hotel Canberra – A Park Hyatt Hotel
Restored to its 1920s glory and featuring Art Deco design elements, Park Hyatt Canberra offers a stylish escape within a heritage-inspired setting. Each room features luxurious interiors with traditional furniture styles, as well as garden and park views. Canberra’s shopping, entertainment and cultural attractions are only a short distance away, including the must-visit National Gallery of Australia, Australian War Memorial and Lake Burley Griffin.
Spend $400 and get $100 back at this hotel until 30 November 2020.
Hyatt Hotel Canberra
For more details about the Open for Travel promotion and to take advantage of these offers, visit the American Express Open for Travel website here.
This article was prepared in partnership with American Express.