Loews Portofino Bay Fine Hotels + Resorts® Review

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How & why you should book Loews Portofino Bay Resort with The Platinum Card® from American Express

One fantastic benefit of having  The Platinum Card® from American Express is the annual $200 hotel credit when booking a Fine Hotels + Resort property. You can only book through the Fine Hotels + Resort (FHR) program if you have the Platinum Card®.

You’ll login to your American Express account. Under “Menu”, select “Travel” and then select “Book Fine Hotels + Resorts®”. Here you can search to see if Portofino Bay Resort is offered for your desired days. We stayed here in December 2021 and again in September 2023.

The way the $200 hotel credit works is that you’ll book the hotel via FHR portal. I always pay in full at the time of booking to earn 5x points for hotel stays. Then a few days later you’ll see the $200 credited to your account for this reservation.

FHR Program Benefits

Even if I had already used my annual $200 hotel credit, I would still book this hotel through Amex’s FHR. The reason is because you get amazing perks when booking through this program

  • Early check in if available
  • Upgraded room if available
  • 4pm check out
  • $100 food/beverage credit per stay
  • Breakfast for 2 daily

Portofino Bay Resort Experience

When you stay at this hotel, you will have access to Universal Studios & Universal Islands of Adventures “Express Pass”. You’ll need to buy your park ticket separately, but your hotel card will work as an express pass at both parks and you’ll use a separate (much FASTER) line for most attractions at the parks.

If you purchased these Express Passes separately (ie. if they weren’t included with your stay) they cost $90+ per DAY, per PARK! With your hotel stay, you get the pass for your entire stay. And if you are only staying 1 night – you get it the day you check in AND the day you check out.

We visited Labor Day weekend 2023. I was nervous even with Express Pass that the lines would be too long. Nope! It was unreal. 5 minute wait for Hulk. 20 minute wait for Velocicoaster. 10 minute wait for Mummy. And that’s pretty much how our 3 days in the parks went.

After staying at this hotel twice, I can honestly say it’s the only place we’ll stay when visiting Universal Orlando. The Express Pass will absolutely determine your happiness in the parks. And booking through Amex’s Fine Hotels + Resort ensures that you’ll have a luxurious resort stay and save money.

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