Fairmont is one of my secondary hotel chains I prefer, because it’s really easy to get top-tier status because of the American Express Platinum Card. With just five nights, you can get top-tier status which gets you a free hotel certificate valid at nearly all Fairmont properties, as well as $100+ food and beverage credits and suite upgrades certificates.
Additional Reading: American Express Platinum Card Review
This is on top of the 20% bonus they offer on purchased gift cards bi-annually.
There are many properties that have rates for around $100-120 during a sale, so even if you only stay at one or two Fairmont hotels a year normally, you can mattress run the rest while getting close to a 100% return in benefits back.
The only problem is that other than the those certificates, elite treatment seems kind of lacking depending on property. As you can see, there aren’t any guaranteed benefits that most other chains offer, such as premium internet, lounge access, or upgrades at check-in.
Fairmont Platinum also offers a personalized welcome amenity. Usually, it’s a bottle of wine, cheese plate/fruit platter, or something similar.
This was the welcome amenity I got at the Fairmont Santa Monica, which I was just at. I have to say, I was stunned.
On my profile, I’ve ticked “surprise me” under my personalization options, so I guess it really got the point across…
What’s the craziest hotel amenity (good or bad) that you’ve gotten?