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

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.

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 17% discount on Fairmont purchases.

View from the Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver

Bottom line

I’ll post again shortly before this offer goes live, though it always helps to plan in advance for offers like this. 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 Jason)


  1. Thanks for posting this Luckt. May gift cards be used to pay for stays booked through Amex FHR? I believe that a condition of FHR bookings is that they’re paid for with an Amex card. Thanks to you and the community for any guidance.

  2. @ Marc — I’ve done this in the past. You can apply the gift cards towards your folio at checkout; as long as the balance is ultimately charged to an Amex it doesn’t seem to matter.

  3. I’m in Asia right now, so this time frame is something like 2am-5am my time… I called CITI concierge to ask them to purchase this on my behalf and they told me they couldn’t do that??? What? asked to speak with a supervisor got hung up on, called back now been on hold for going on 25min to speak with a supervisor…. What is wrong with CITI Prestige’s concierge service? And why is there no oversight? Ridiculous service! This is the second try and failure of the concierge service….. UPDATE: After 45min I was able to speak with a supervisor and they said it was no problem to do this request and its apparently set to be bought….. We will see but this doesn’t look good Citi concierge….. Anyone have better service with other CC concierge service? Also does it take everyone 45min-1hr to do 4th night free when they have their location and dates already predetermined? I find this very annoying I wish I could just use a “portal” and do it myself online 🙁

  4. To applejax

    Were you trying to obtain a further reduction on a 4th night booking with citi with the gift cards?
    Would that be possible (eg citi keeping the gift cards in stock for you to settle with the final bill)?
    Would be nice

  5. @expat help,

    No forgive my confusing post, I was spouting off about a multitude of Citi concierge things lol…. You do bring up an excellent point but I seriously doubt they would be competent enough to do this. I had to spend over an hour today and demand to speak with a supervisor just to arrange for them to purchase the gift card on my behalf. The one other time I tried to use the concierge service outside of the 4th night benefit I had arranged for them to contact a small treat shop and order several things and have it locally delivered to my hotel. After spending about 40min arranging this with the concierge nothing happened, nothing was ordered, no follow up, just nothing! It was a big disappointment so I’m crossing my fingers that my gift card gets purchased this Friday at the correct time 😉

  6. @applejax

    Thanks for the details
    Perhaps it would work the same for citi prestige as for amex FHR as Tiffany posted.
    Would be a nice combo
    Anyone experience?

  7. @ Expat help — I thought about that, but my concern there would be that if you didn’t charge the anticipated amount on your Prestige card that it wouldn’t trigger the credit. You could certainly use gift cards for the incidentals though.

  8. @Tiffany & @Expat help
    I stayed at a hotel with the 4th night free benefit a few months ago and it was a disaster, the hotel manager ended up taking off 2 of the 4 nights so my hotel bill was only for 2 nights rather then the anticipated 4 and I was sill credited 4th night. That being said I presume you could charge 3 nights to the GC and then charge the fourth night to your CC and they would probably still credit it, however I personally believe this is skating the rules and is slightly unethical.

  9. Does anyone know how fast they deliver the e-gift cards and bonus points? Anyone with a few DP’s from last years promo?

  10. @drunkamexgirl I believe this years promotion is for an e-gift card so you would get it instantly. Not sure what you are talking about in regards to bonus points, this year you get a 20% bonus credit to the gift cards value. So if you buy $1000 you get a $1200 gift card. What was the DP from last year you speak of?

  11. Update on my CITI prestige concierge experience buying the GC on my behalf… Well the incompetence runs deep, they failed to buy my GC that I had spent over an hour requesting! The concierge lady was totally hostile with me too, as the CITI rep listened in on the call with her (aspire lifestyle) he had to disconnect her and offer to credit me $200 on my CC (The amount I am out by not getting the $1000 GC) Honestly has anyone had a good experience using CITI’s concierge service outside of 4th night benefit? I might cancel mine this year as I’ve had horrible luck using the concierge service and it takes me at least 30min to do 4th night, I’m just not sure its worth the “Prestigious” yearly fee of $450.

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