Hurry: Buy Fairmont Gift Cards With A 20% Bonus

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.

Fairmont has some fantastic hotels, so if you’re interested you have a few hours to buy gift cards with a 20% bonus.

Fairmont Banff Springs

Do you plan on buying Fairmont gift cards with a 20% bonus?


  1. Fairmont’s Conversion rate from US to CDN$ (have a stay planned for Banff) is about 1.5% using a no-conversion-fee CC.

  2. 1. Can these cards be resold? Is there a good market for them? Obviously the margin would be quite thin, but would be an easy way to meet minimum spend.

    2. Would it be more profitable to buy the Canadian or US gift card? Assuming you are in the US and pay no foreign exchange fees.

    3. From the language, it sounds like you only get 1 bonus e-gift card for every CARD I buy. So if I buy 10x $500 cards, do I get $1000, or $100??

  3. @Daniel Gordon

    2. I think it’s a gamble. I bought USD just so I know I’m tethered to what I believe to be a more stable currency, but if your stays are going to be in Canada then it might be more advantageous to buy in CAD with a no foreign txn fee card as the USD->CAD conversion is still good. My fairmont stay will be next year and I’m going to take the chance.

    3. I bought 2 x $500 GC. it will give you a bonus based on your total for ONE transaction, not ONE card. So in my case my total was $1000 and I got 1 $200 bonus gc. BE SURE YOU SELECT EMAIL ON THE CHECKOUT PAGE AND NOT SELF DELIVER. I clicked on email gc and then filled out the self-deliver portion and corrected myself, saving myself from losing out on the $200 GC

  4. I bought $5000 worth in $1000 units. You need to select e-gift card but self-deliver is OK, it just means it will email to the address you give at check out. I got my $1000 bonus card. Although the cards never expire, do note that Fairmont was purchased by Accors so don’t expect Fairmont or acceptance of the cards to last forever.

  5. I tried at least 10 times to purchase the credit cards using Amex, Visa and Mastercard. I don’t know but the website kept on stating that a verified card is required even after I inputted the OTP sent to my phone. I don’t know if this is a glitch in their system since several were able to purchase the cards.

    Will another round be available in November?

  6. I also used a Fairmont credit card so will watch to make sure it is credited as a Fairmont purchase which gives 5 of their points per dollar which can be used to buy Amazon gift cards at 1c per pt, so another 5% back.

  7. Hmm… will the Fairmont card give 5 points on the $1 for this Fairmont purchase?

    T&C implies maybe not…:
    5 Fairmont Rewards: You’ll earn 5 Fairmont Rewards for each $1 spent on purchases made at any Fairmont Hotels & Resorts property

    So -4% for those who were using the card for their stays and will now pay with GC

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