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3 Hours Only: Buy A Fairmont Gift Card With A 20% Bonus

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As I first wrote about earlier in the week, Fairmont is offering a 20% bonus on gift card purchases for a period of three hours today. This promotion just kicked off, and is valid from 1PM until 4PM EST today.

Each person can only take advantage of the promotion once, though you can purchase up to $5,000 worth of electronic gift cards under the offer, which would lead to a $1,000 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 (for example, two $2,000 cards and one $1,000 card).

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. This only applies to electronic gift cards, and not to plastic gift cards.

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This Friday: Buy A Fairmont Gift Card With A 20% Bonus

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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 (last November and this April) Fairmont has offered a 20% bonus on gift card purchases for a three hour period.

Per Fairmont’s Facebook page, they’re bringing back this promotion again, so mark your calendars. Fairmont will be offering a 20% bonus on e-gift card purchases on Friday, November 25 from 1PM till 4PM EST.

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 $1,000 bonus.

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Pick Up Two Free Fairmont Room Upgrade Vouchers

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Late last year it was announced that Accor would be acquiring Fairmont, Raffles, And Swissôtel, representing the latest in a string of hotel mergers. This would allow Accor to improve their footprint of luxury properties, given that most of their brands are more budget-focused.

The deal has closed, though we haven’t seen much in the way of reciprocal loyalty benefits. So while Marriott and Starwood offered status matching and points transfers from day one, it hasn’t been quite as quick with Accor.

While not earth-shattering, Fairmont’s President’s Club is finally offering Accord elite members something. Fairmont’s President’s Club is offering Le Club Accor Gold and Platinum members who register for the program through this link two free room upgrade vouchers.

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1,000 Free Aeroplan Miles For Enrolling In Fairmont President’s Club

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Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is one of the more useful Star Alliance frequent flyer programs, and I book quite a few awards through them. At the moment there’s an opportunity to pick up some easy miles with them.

Per Frequent Flyer Bonuses, you can earn 1,000 bonus Aeroplan miles by registering for the Fairmont President’s Club loyalty program by November 15, 2016, using enrollment code FED16.

You’ll want to include the enrollment code and your Aeroplan number on the application to be sure you’re eligible.

I didn’t receive the actual email with the offer, so can’t confirm how long it will take for miles to post, but I imagine it’ll take a few weeks.

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An OMAAT Chat: Tiffany & Nick Discuss Hotel Design

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If there were an animated movie entitled “The Secret Life of OMAAT Contributors,” it might just be 90 minutes of a Pixar-rendered Tiffany instant messaging with similarly animated versions of Travis, Andrew B., Mike, Matt, Ford and myself.

Because both Tiffany and I stayed at renovated hotels recently with very noticeable design directions — Tiffany, at the Concourse Hotel LAX, which was redesigned with a “mid-century aviation” approach to great success, and me, at the Fairmont Olympic Seattle, a former grande dame whose renovation was executed in the “Z Gallerie Outlet, but slightly cheaper looking” aesthetic — we found ourselves in a discussion about what we like and dislike in hotel design.

Tiffany’s also currently staying at a Fairmont property, so we discussed the peculiarities of that chain — one we both really like, but one that’s hard to pin down.

So here goes, against Tiffany’s every instinct, our first (and possibly last!) installment of “An OMAAT Chat” – a nice, open-minded back and forth between Tiffany and me. But, as always, OMAAT is about the readership — so consider this just the beginning of a conversation, and please add your thoughts to the comments below!

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Review Update: Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle

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Back in November I stayed at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle and was thoroughly impressed — so much so, in fact, that I felt compelled to write a review for OMAAT detailing my experience there.

When I stayed at the hotel in November, I noted that the rooms were slated to be refreshed. The guestrooms certainly called for an update, since they featured a “classic” decor that didn’t feel dated so much as rickety — they hadn’t been materially updated since the days when the hotel was a Four Seasons, pre-2003.

I stayed there again this past weekend, in a renovated room — in fact, it’s my understanding they are nearly all renovated at this point. The public areas have yet to be renovated, though I was told that was to happen shortly.

Since I reviewed the hotel in depth before, I won’t rehash the basics — the excellent service, the historic and charming public spaces — but will instead focus on how the hotel has changed.

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Hurry: Buy Fairmont Gift Cards With A 20% Bonus

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As I first wrote about early last week, Fairmont is offering a 20% bonus on gift card purchases for a period of three hours today. This promotion just kicked off, and is valid from 1PM until 4PM ET today.

Each person can only take advantage of the promotion once, though you can purchase up to $5,000 worth of electronic gift cards under the offer, which would lead to a $1,000 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 (for example, two $2,000 cards and one $1,000 card).

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. This only applies to electronic gift cards, and not to plastic gift cards.

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.

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Today Only: Discounted Fairmont Stays In Hawaii & Scottsdale

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Daily Getaways is back this year, which is a five week promotion intended to support US tourism. It offers opportunities to purchase discounted hotel points and travel packages.

I’ve shared my initial thoughts on the packages for sale, including the offers for weeks one and two, and then separately the offers for weeks three, four, and five. Daily Getaways packages go on sale at 1PM ET every weekday, and the more popular packages sell out very quickly, so you’ll want to be fast, if interested.

Today at 1PM ET Daily Getaways will be selling discounted Fairmont vacation packages for stays in Hawaii and Scottsdale. Here are the details of the two types of packages:

Through this offer you’ll receive six Ovation Rewards certificates, each redeemable for a one night stay and breakfast for two at your choice of two Fairmont Hawaii properties (The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui or the The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii). The certificates don’t expire, and can be split up, meaning you don’t have to stay six nights at once. You can make six one night stays, two three night stays, etc.

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Fairmont Will Offer A 20% Bonus On Gift Card Purchases

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The major hotel chains sell discounted gift cards with some frequency, which is a great way to lower the cost of hotel stays. Last November, Fairmont offered a 20% bonus on gift card purchases for a three hour period.

Per Fairmont’s Facebook page, they’re bringing back this promotion again, so mark your calendars. Fairmont will be offering a 20% bonus on e-gift card purchases on Wednesday, May 4 from 1PM till 4PM EDT.

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 $1,000 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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Breaking: Accor Acquires Fairmont, Raffles, And Swissôtel

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Aaaaaaaaand the consolidation continues!

First we saw it with the airlines, where the “big six” US carriers became the “big three.” And now we’re slowly seeing it with hotels. Marriott recently announced that they’re acquiring Starwood, which I consider to be pretty devastating, given how much I love Starwood Preferred Guest. SPG members have lots of questions which we likely won’t get an answer to for a while. Late last year IHG announced that they were taking over Kimpton.

Well, here’s the next hotel acquisition. Accor has announced that they’re acquiring Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel.

Here are the major points regarding the takeover:

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Review: Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle

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Last time I ventured up to Seattle, I had a bit of a hard time using my free Chase Hyatt Visa award night at the Hyatt Olive 8. I actually ended up staying at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, which I thought was surprisingly luxurious — especially since a “typical” domestic Grand Hyatt tends to read as a boring, cookie-cutter convention hotel to me.

I had an unexpected business trip to Seattle last week that put me up at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel downtown. The Olympic is famously Seattle’s grande dame hotel, and was in fact refurbished by and branded a Four Seasons from 1981 through 2003, when Fairmont took over the hotel’s management contract.

Though it was just for a quick one-night stay, I was excited to try the hotel given its pedigree, even if the photos of the hotel’s guestrooms on Trip Advisor showed that the decor was a bit on the fuddy-duddy side.

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