World Elite Mastercard Hotels
World Elite Mastercards provide members free access to the Mastercard Travel and Lifestyle Services program. the new Chase Freedom Flex happens to be a World Elite Mastercard, so at no annual fee, this program offers some really great travel benefits for hotels that provide a ton of added value to each cards unique set of benefits. Much like Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts and the Chase Luxury Hotels and Resorts Collection, the World Elite Mastercard Luxury Hotels and Resorts Portfolio includes more than 2,500 of the world’s finest luxury hotels and resorts and offers awesome benefits, competitive rates and some pretty incredible guarantees to it’s members. I have a series of posts coming out over the next few weeks to highlight certain perks and saving (especially in Vegas of course). Here’s one I did explaining why I prefer it to Chase and Amex: Mastercards Amazing Travel Booking Portal & Why It’s Better than FHR and LHRC.
You have to register for the program separately but it only takes a minute and you only have to do it once. You can contact them via live chat on the site at travel.mastercard.com, via phone (the number is 1-855-802-1387) or If you don’t mind waiting for a response through email.
Mastercard Luxury Hotels and Resorts Benefits
Booking through the Mastercard Luxury Hotels and Resorts portfolio, you’ll receive luxury benefits and amenities including:
- Complimentary breakfast for two daily
- Special World and World Elite amenities (varies by property) valued up to $100 (USD)
- Room upgrade at time of arrival (subject to availability)
- Early check-in upon arrival (subject to availability)
- 3pm late check-out (subject to availability)
At participating all-inclusive resorts benefits and family-friendly amenities include:
- Specialty Experience (varies by property) valued up to $250 (USD)
- Welcome amenity package delivered to your room
- Upgrade to VIP status and lounge access at select properties, where available
- Plus the following which are subject to availability
- Room upgrade at time of arrival
- Early check-in upon arrival
- 3pm late check-out
The World and World Elite Mastercard Luxury Hotels and Resorts portfolio includes so many hotels from independent to chains including properties by Marriott, Hilton, Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Hyatt, Leading Hotels of the World and Shangri-La (to name a few).
Mastercard Hotel Stay Guarantee
The Mastercard Travel & Lifestyle Services Hotel Stay Guarantee applies to any three star or higher hotel stay through the Mastercard Travel & Lifestyle Services program. Should you encounter problems with the hotel, contact Ten Lifestyle Group, the designated travel agent for the Mastercard Travel & Lifestyle Services program during your stay and they will attempt to make it right for the remainder of your stay by working directly with the hotel to try to resolve the issue or if that fails, they’ll try to find you comparable accommodations. For full details, click here. To take advantage of the service, contact Ten Lifestyle Group (AKA the designated travel agent for Mastercard Travel & Lifestyle Services) and a lifestyle manager will liaise directly with the hotel to try to find a solution.
Mastercard Lowest Rate Guarantee
If you book a qualifying “prepaid hotel rate” or “pay at local hotel rate” hotel stay through the Mastercard Travel & Lifestyle Services program either online or through a program agent using your Mastercard and then find the same hotel room type, in the same hotel, for the same dates, the same number of children and adults, at a lower price online, before taxes and fees, they’ll refund you the difference.
As a World Elite Mastercard holder, I love having the Mastercard portal as a viable booking option and I can’t believe this service is available on so many entry level cards like the new Chase Freedom Flex and the Barclay’s Jetblue Business Card (as of October 1, 2020). I hope the continue to expand the service and hotel options since there will be presumably many more users with the new qualifying cards.