There are times when you decide you want to treat yourself to a special hotel for your holiday, one that is more luxurious and has more expensive rates than you would ordinarily pay. It isn’t just the headline nightly rate that is pricey though. All of the facilities at more upscale hotels are often expensive and overpriced, be it WiFi charges, breakfast or other amenities.

This is where you can achieve tremendous value with Preferred Partner bookings.

Xexec (who power Tricks of the Trade) is currently a Preferred Booking Partner with the likes of Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Shangri-La, Rocco Forte and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.  This means that stays at these hotels that you book through us will be accompanied by an assortment of additional perks and benefits.

While the exact nature of these extras will vary from hotel to hotel, they include:

  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Room upgrade
  • Early check-in
  • Late check-out
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Welcome amenity
  • Food and Beverage or spa credit

The Preferred Partner Rate is usually the same as the Best Available Rate for that hotel, meaning you won’t pay extra for these benefits. This is also a flexible rate which allows you to cancel up until shortly before arrival with no penalty.

Additionally, booking via a preferred partner such as Xexec is often the only way to receive add-ons such as breakfast or upgrades on a complimentary basis at Four Seasons or Mandarin Oriental hotels. Chains such as Hilton and Marriott offer guests many of these perks once they have attained elite status in their loyalty program. However, the likes of Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental have shied away from creating a dedicated loyalty program that offers such perks.

Interestingly, booking through a Preferred Partner makes sense on both shorter and extended stays but for completely different reasons:

As there is no minimum amount of nights required to benefit from these valuable perks, even those staying just a single night can reap huge rewards.


Take a random Saturday night in March at the Four Seasons in Hampshire as an example.




As you can see, on just a one night stay you would still be eligible for complimentary breakfast – which normally costs £25pp per day. You would also receive the F&B credit worth USD 100, as well as free internet.

On a longer stay, the savings can be even more significant. Breakfast for a couple staying for a week at the St Regis Mauritius Resort would cost you more than £750 based on the hotel’s charge of £54 per adult per day. In that instance receiving complimentary breakfast included in your rate offers a huge saving.

What’s more is that sometimes these benefits can become even more impressive. Specific hotels  will often run promotions offering a complimentary 3rd or 4th night as well as other additions.

Here are some of the global offers that are currently available:

The Gritti Palace, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice


•Complimentary fourth night for bookings made through March 26, 2017, for stays through March 31, 2017; the promotion may not be repeated during the stay. Black-out dates: February 24, 25, 2017. Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
•One 100 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay (valid at Club Del Doge Restaurant only)
•Daily full breakfast for two guests
•Complimentary high-speed internet access
•Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability

Four Seasons Seychelles honeymoon package


•Champagne on arrival
•Honeymoon cake
•Daily amenity
•Daily breakfast for up to two guests in ZEZ restaurant
•One 60-minute Hill Top Fusion couple’s massage in our spa (available between 9:00 and 2:00 pm; advance reservation is required)
•Daily three-course dinner for up to two guests in any of the Resort’s dining outlets (excludes In-Villa Dining, special dinner experiences such as beach dinners, and our festive season mandatory meal plan)

The St Regis New York


• Complimentary third night for stays through September 4, 2017; the promotion may be repeated during the stay. Black-out dates: May 15, 16, 17, 18, 2017. Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• One 100 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay
• Daily full breakfast for two guests in the restaurant or via room service
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• Upgrade at time of booking
• Early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability



With such a great range of perks across a wide spectrum of hotels, don’t discount this saying “I could never afford a Four Seasons room anyway”.

With complimentary benefits at 1000’s of hotels worldwide, there is definitely something within your price range. We are always booking holidays for clients who are pleasantly surprised that after factoring in a “3rd-night free” offer plus the savings on breakfast and other amenities, they end up with a St Regis or Mandarin Oriental booking with little differential.

The best part is that our dedicated Travel Team will do all of the work for you

Simply give us an idea of where you would like to go, along with your preferred dates and we will come up with something to suit your taste and budget.

To begin planning your next luxurious break, simply fill out the contact form below or ring the Travel Team directly on 02082016483.