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Joining the American Bar Assn...for luxury hotel deals! Don't need to be a lawyer.

Joining the American Bar Assn...for luxury hotel deals! Don't need to be a lawyer.

Old Mar 24, 19, 5:18 pm
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Joining the American Bar Assn...for luxury hotel deals! Don't need to be a lawyer.

For over a decade, I've been posting in various threads how one of the benefits of membership in the American Bar Association is the hotel deals. Non-lawyers can join as "Associate" members for $181/year: https://www.americanbar.org/membership/

You might consider this if you are trying to get a 4-5 star hotel room or suite on dates with very high demand (e.g., major convention in town that week). The deal with hotels that sign up for the ABA Preferred Rate program is that they must give you the ABA rate if a room of that category (standard, deluxe or suite) is available. They call it "last room availability". The difference between the ABA rate and the lowest rate you can find might be much more than $181/night in some high-demand situations.

Here's the pdf of the hotels and their ABA rates for 2019: https://www.americanbar.org/content/...p-brochure.pdf As you can see, all of the big luxury hotel groups have some of their properties in the program.

Be aware that the hotel might try not to honor the ABA rate, claiming that the date(s) you want are blacked out. They can't do that. You send an email to the ABA travel people, they remind the hotel, and you get the ABA rate. This is a bit of a hassle, so you have to decide if they savings are worth it to you.

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Old Mar 26, 19, 10:54 am
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Woah, this is great. I imagine that these are qualifying rates in terms of points and benefits-earning?
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Old Mar 26, 19, 12:32 pm
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Originally Posted by Martellus View Post
Woah, this is great. I imagine that these are qualifying rates in terms of points and benefits-earning?
Yes, when you make a reservation on the special Egencia site for ABA member reservations, there's a field in which you put in your loyalty number. In my experience, you always get the normal points, and you also get the same benefits if you have elite status with the hotel.

Usually when I've compared Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts with these ABA rates, FH&R is a better deal when you factor in the benefits. The big deal with these ABA rates is, as I mentioned, high-demand situations. You get the normal price in abnormal circumstances.
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Old Mar 26, 19, 12:45 pm
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has come up here before a few times (long ago) , always worth comparing rates

including for example these luxury hotels >

RC - atlanta , boston , chicago , cleveland , dallas , denver , ft lauderdale , los angeles , marina del rey , coconut grove , bal harbour , south beach , new orleans , central park , westchester , philadelphia , san francisco , sarasota , st louis , georgetown , washington , pentagon city , tysons corner , dubai IFC , tokyo

FS - baltimore , chicago , dallas , houston , vegas , westlake , palo alto , san francisco , st louis , bogota , buenos aires , london trinity

st regis - atlanta , houston , new york , san francisco , washington , florence , rome
MO - boston , miami , DC , taipei
peninsula - chicago , new york
rosewood - new york , bangkok
montage beverly hills
mark new york

seems to vary some year to year, dont recall if i listed participating hotels in a past year

presumably some hotels participated in past (but not anymore) when revenues down

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Old Mar 26, 19, 12:59 pm
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Downside: Hotel staff might think you're a lawyer even though you're not. There goes any special perks they might have given you out of kindness.
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Old Mar 26, 19, 1:05 pm
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Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
JPY 47,000-140,000 standard = deluxe
JPY 55,000-142,000 deluxe = tokyo deluxe
JPY 59,000 -JPY 180,000 club = club deluxe
JPY 91,000-240,000 suite = executive suite
peak rates do indeed go higher than those
discounts here are good, across seasons

at least at FS can also ask about discounted upgrades at checkin, some FS offer fixed price upgrades, nothing to do with ABA or other programs

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Old Mar 26, 19, 1:27 pm
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Originally Posted by Kagehitokiri View Post
peak rates do indeed go higher than those
And like I said, when they do, you sometimes have to twist their arm to give you the ABA rate. I've had to do this three times. Not too bad of a hassle -- one email to ABA travel did the trick each time. They then contact the hotel and remind them of the contractual terms -- no blackouts. Not under any circumstances.
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Old Mar 26, 19, 1:43 pm
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can even be less than $181, if one is not renewing >
"Members joining after October 1 receive prorated dues."
americanbar.org/membership/dues_eligibility
americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/marketing/Membership/Associate-Enrollment-Form-2018-2019.pdf

FS ten trinity london
305 standard = superior
325 deluxe = deluxe
995 suite
400 club (residence guests have access to members club?)
seem to recall rates there can be much higher

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Old Mar 26, 19, 1:58 pm
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Very helpful. Thank you!
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Old Mar 26, 19, 4:33 pm
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Thank you for this information - very useful. On a separate but related note, are there companies you can use which give you access to negotiated corporate rates? Essentially, a company which offers membership to access negotiated corporate rates at luxury hotels. Does such a thing exist?
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Old Mar 27, 19, 2:45 am
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Originally Posted by jp-mco View Post
Thank you for this information - very useful. On a separate but related note, are there companies you can use which give you access to negotiated corporate rates? Essentially, a company which offers membership to access negotiated corporate rates at luxury hotels. Does such a thing exist?
Yes, heard about some companies that are essentially consolidators that do this but forgot the names.
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Old Mar 28, 19, 12:13 pm
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my question is what about getting FTers together and prepaying at one luxury hotel

along the lines of those who do 50 nights a year for discount at luxury hotels
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Wow, I am a lawyer and had no idea
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