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Old Jul 12, 20, 8:17 am
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Greatest Perks

FHR/Virtuoso/Hotel status rewards ?? How do they compare ? Insight appreciated...
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Old Jul 12, 20, 6:05 pm
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Originally Posted by scotflyer1 View Post
FHR/Virtuoso/Hotel status rewards ?? How do they compare ? Insight appreciated...
First of all, FHR/Virtuoso and Hotel Status are not mutually exclusive categories. You can have elite status + book through a Virtuoso TA or FHR and get the consortial amenities (although no doubling down).

So FHR vs Virtuoso?

(1) Little known fact, but your Virtuoso TA can make an FHR booking. I'll most often do this when the client absolutely, positively needs the 4 p.m. late checkout ... and my sales rep isn't able to confirm a late check-out at time of booking. Usually, she can.

(2) The amenities are usually about equivalent, but Virtuoso is superior in some cases. For instance, want an upgrade at booking at the Ritz Paris + round-trip airport transfers + VIP airport reception on arrival? Ritz Paris offers this through Virtuoso, not FHR.

(3) Your Virtuoso TA likely has a preferred partner relationship with various hotel chains — Four Seasons, Dorchester Collection, Hyatt Privé, Oetker Pearl, etc. The Preferred Partner amenities are generally better than Virtuoso/FHR. Full breakfasts, not continental. Guaranteed upgrade in some cases.

(4) Service — will FHR phone or email your hotel to communicate your preferences and request an upgrade? LOL. Your Virtuoso TA knows your preferences by virtue of working exclusively with you over the years. And she/he has relationships with hotel sales managers by virtue of working them them over the years.
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Old Jul 12, 20, 11:03 pm
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. . . consortial amenities (although no doubling down).
David O, I'm reaching out to you. Could you translate this into English please? The Queen has a consort, so is The Duke of Edinburgh an amenity? Does he double down, or maybe level up, going forward . . .

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Old Jul 13, 20, 6:47 am
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Originally Posted by Pausanias View Post
David O, I'm reaching out to you. Could you translate this into English please? The Queen has a consort, so is The Duke of Edinburgh an amenity? Does he double down, or maybe level up, going forward . . .
Virtuoso and FHR each is a travel consortium. Benefits offered by Virtuoso or FHR may be called "consortial amenities". But it just means "Virtuoso amenities" or "FHR amenities", which are breakfast, upgrade, early check in / late check out, hotel credit, etc.

No doubling down just means you cannot get double-upgraded from booking through Virtuoso/FHR and from your hotel status, and cannot get four breakfasts per room, etc.
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Old Jul 13, 20, 7:57 am
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Exactly what Chateau Margaux said... Sorry for using industry jargon! There are a number of travel industry consortia including Virtuoso, Signature, Travel Leaders, and Ensemble.
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Old Jul 15, 20, 10:06 am
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In my experience, the best perks always me with rooms Booke by my TA, hands down. FHR slightly nudges out status but not by much, I have had to push for included perks under both.
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