The major hotel chains sometimes sell discounted gift cards, which is a great way to lower the cost of hotel stays. Twice in the past year or so (last April and November) Fairmont has offered a 20% bonus on gift card purchases for a three hour period. Fairmont is now back with their latest gift card promotion, which is good, though not quite as good.
Historically each person can only take advantage of the promotion once, though you can purchase up to $5,000 worth of gift cards under the offer, which would lead to a $750 bonus.
Each gift card can be worth at most $2,000, so you’d want to load your shopping cart with a few gift cards if you wanted to maximize the offer.
You can choose whether you want to buy gift cards in USD or CAD. While you can use the gift cards in currencies other than the ones they’re issued in, the conversion rates used for those purposes may be unfavorable.
The gift cards don’t expire, and you don’t have to stay at a Fairmont hotel to use a gift card — they’re also valid for restaurant and spa purchases.
Fairmont has some fantastic properties. For example, the Fairmont Pacific Rim is spectacular, and I’d love to stay there again at some point. This offer is quite tempting, as it’s essentially a 13% discount on Fairmont purchases.
The 15% bonus deal isn’t quite as good as the 20% bonus deal we’ve seen in the past, though this is still a very nice discount on a Fairmont purchase. If you have some Fairmont stays coming up, then I’d seriously consider this. Since Fairmont gift cards don’t expire, it’s tough to go wrong if you stay with Fairmont at least semi-frequently.
(Tip of the hat to LoyaltyLobby)