Good morning from Taipei! I’ll be in Asia for just a short trip, before heading back to Vancouver. Unfortunately, that’ll mean I’ll miss Black Friday in the Americas, but that means I’ll be able to spend less money. However, there are also lots of great travel deals online this weekend. One of them that I noticed on Twitter I thought was worth mentioning is a Fairmont Hotels deal.
Fairmont Gift Card Promotion
Tomorrow, November 28, you’ll be able to get a $100 Fairmont Gift Card when you spend $500 USD or CAD on e-gift cards. The purchase must be made between 1pm to 4pm Eastern Time. This would be made online on the Fairmont store, and you’re limited to one free gift card per order. You can apply these to any non-prepaid Fairmont stay and are able to use multiple gift cards per stay.
This promotion gives you a fixed 17% rebate if you plan to have a Fairmont Stay in the future. However, what makes this potentially even more lucrative is possibility that this will stack with the AMEX (Canada) Fairmont Promotion, where you get a $100 statement credit with a purchase of $500 CAD or more. The terms and conditions of that offer do state that the transaction has to be made at a qualifying property, but you never know. If the two promotions are able to be stacked, that’s an even bigger 33% rebate.
Fairmont has a decent network of upper-upscale – luxury hotel properties in North America. It is a chain I’m considering putting stays into qualifying for elite status, since I have the American Express Platinum Card, offering 60,000 Membership Rewards points signup bonus. As a cardholder, I am eligible to qualify for a fast-track to top-tier Fairmont Platinum status. To qualify, I’ll only need 5 stays or nights instead of 10 stays/30 nights to qualify. I think the Platinum Card is a one of the best credit cards in Canada for travel benefits. I reviewed the card here.
While not like most traditional hotel elite status programs with free breakfast, club lounge access, and other benefits, status in the Fairmont’s Presidents Club program is fairly useful.
Taking the dining/spa certificates at half of their face value, the complimentary night at $250, and the rooms and suite upgrades certificates at tens of dollars each, you’re still getting rebate worth several hundred dollars. If you are able to find properties at destinations where you would travel to, and have room rates of less than $200, you’re getting quite a lot of value in return just for leveraging these promotions and deals. The value proposition increases even more with if you can get the additional benefits of being on a Fine Hotels and Resorts rate with Virtuoso or American Express.
On top of that, there’s even more than can be done, that I’m not revealing publicly. If you a loyal reader are interested in knowing, send me an email that says you won’t share the deal publicly, and show proof of
equivalent elite status that you’ve been a loyal blog reader. 😉