The major hotel chains sometimes sell discounted gift cards, which is a great way to lower the cost of hotel stays. For the past couple of years Fairmont has been offering bonuses on gift card purchases at least twice a year, and one of those sales typically falls on Black Friday. Fairmont is now back with their latest offer, which will be going live in a couple of days.
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.
This offer isn’t quite as good as it was in the past, as last year they offered a 20% bonus. However, this is still very good, as it’s basically good as cash when paying for a Fairmont stay. A 15% bonus is roughly the equivalent of a 13% discount. I know Tiffany used this for her stay at the Fairmont Kea Lani earlier this year, and it saved her quite a bit of money.
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.