In our recent hotel stays I have found that by combining our AMEX Platinum hotel program benefits with our premier hotel status benefits that I am receiving better upgrades in rooms, free breakfasts, dinners, nights, minibar, etc. While at times there is overlap of these benefits ( e.g. late checkout) more often they complement one another and create both a very comfortable and affordable stay. To my surprise after factoring in free night promotion and stay credits the pricing I am getting from the AMEX Platinum program is often better than the best rates I can get from the hotel themselves while still giving me full credit to retain my status in that particular hotel loyalty program. I have heard of other card programs (Visa Signature, MasterCard Virtuoso, etc.) and travel services (travel zoo, jetsetter, sniqueaway, etc). I would greatly appreciate your insights on which of these programs also can be very beneficially combined with hotel premier statuses, while offering very good pricing and credit toward the hotel loyalty program. While these benefits would appear to center solely around hotels loyalty programs I would be interested if there is any applicability to either airfare or car rental loyalty programs as well.