Four Seasons Hotels are some of the most synonymous with luxury accommodations in the world. Since 1960, the group manages over a hundred properties spanning major cities, resort destinations, and hidden gems across the world.
We have our favorites from George V in Paris, Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat in France, to Four Seasons Resort Lanai in Hawaii. You can see even see our full breakdown of the top Four Seasons hotels around the world.
Four Seasons has firmly established its place in the pantheon of elite hotel brands and it has done so without a mainstream loyalty program like Marriott Bonvoy or Hilton Honors.
Loyalty programs are the number 1 way travelers have enjoyed being treated to upgrades and additional benefits. Whether you are looking to get upgraded at the St Regis, or upgraded at the Park Hyatt, loyalty programs have come a long way in ensuring frequent travelers keep coming back.
So how does Four Seasons manage so well without a loyalty program? Is there still a chance of getting upgraded?
We’ll break down exactly how you can increase your chances of getting upgraded at the Four Seasons on your next stay.
Four Seasons Loyalty Program (or lack there of)
As mentioned, Four Seasons does not have a traditional loyalty program. Meaning there is no status, points, or tiers you can qualify for to increase your benefits.
Four Seasons is in the ultra luxury category meaning they ensure travelers repeat business by delivering an over the top experience you can’t get elsewhere.
Not to mention Four Seasons average price point can be north of $1,000 – they know their guests value a luxury experience over status and points.
However, all is not lost since they do find ways to value certain members.
How To Get Upgraded At Four Seasons
While there is no traveler loyalty program, Four Seasons does have a Preferred Partner program available to invited travel agents that offers exclusive benefits. If you book through an agent, you will receive select benefits at any Four Seasons location, all for the same rate as you will see directly on their website.
This is why we always recommend booking luxury hotels through a travel agent.
Booking through a Travel Agent you can typically expect based on availability:
- Complimentary breakfast for two people per bedroom, either in the restaurant or via in-room dining
- A space available room upgrade
- A hotel credit to be used during the stay
We’ve booked through a partner many times and have almost always received a next level room upgrade. I also noticed we tended to get treated better at the property as the staff knew a few more details about us and our trip.
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Summary & Takeaways
Is that it? Just booking through a travel agent is the only way?
I could tell you to tell them its your birthday, anniversary, or celebrating something special. That may work but I wouldn’t count on it.
Many travelers are going to a Four Seasons property for something special so booking with a certified agent, while not guaranteed, is your most likely chance of receiving a room upgrade.
If you don’t want to take the chance the rule is to always book the room you will be comfortable in. However, we all know there is nothing better than a surprise upgrade and booking through a travel agent will give you the best chance at success.