Fairmont’s Awesome Black Friday Gift Card Deal Is Returning

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.

Per Fairmont’s Facebook page, you’ll be able to buy a Fairmont e-gift card with a 15% bonus on Friday, November 24, 2017, from 2PM until 5PM EST.

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.

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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.

Bottom line

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.

Comments

  1. Good deal, but not as good as the 25% off that’s available year round for stays in Canada by purchasing life experience gift cards through Costco and converting them to Fairmont certificates.

  2. I purchased gift cards the last time Fairmont ran the 15% promotion. For me the cards were a hassle to use. I booked a room on-line at the Fairmont Singapore and chose a pre-paid rate. However, their on-line site does not take Fairmont gift cards. I called the general Fairmont number and was instructed to pay with a credit card, but upon checking in, present the gift card and the front desk would refund the credit card charge and accept the gift card. Easy enough.

    Upon checking in, I presented the gift card and asked for a refund of my credit card payment. They said this was not permitted. I was asked who told me to do it this way. Of course, I did not write down the agent’s name who game me these instructions. It took another 30 minutes of talking to various front desk members all the way to the most senior person. Finally they said they would make a one time exception.

    I wish the Fairmont website would accept gift cards as payment for reservations or make it clear how to use the cards if booking a pre-paid rate. I don’t think I’ll be taking advantage of this offer.

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