Fairmont “Buy One Get One Free” Promo At 23 Hotels

Filed Under: Fairmont, Hotel Deals

We’re increasingly seeing hotels offer promotions to incentivize future stays, and Fairmont is offering a fantastic promotion for North America properties.

While I’ve written about this before, more Fairmont properties continue to be eligible for this promotion, so I wanted to share the up-to-date list. Especially exciting is that the number of US properties keeps increasing, which could be great for anyone planning a getaway.

Fairmont’s “Stay Close” promo

Fairmont is offering a great promotion whereby you can get a free night for every night you book for a stay this year at your choice of 23 properties, including 12 in Canada, nine in the United States (including one Swissotel property), and two in Mexico.

This promotion is valid at the following nine properties in the United States:

This promotion is valid at the following 12 properties in Canada:

This promotion is valid at the following two properties in Mexico:

There are some terms to be aware of:

  • You need to stay by December 31, 2020
  • A deposit is required for the full cost of the stay, though it’s fully refundable, typically until seven days before arrival (I should point out that some hotels are playing games with refunds and claiming they’re not able to do so now, but I’d hope that’s not the case here)
  • You can book back-to-back stays with this offer, should you want to stay longer
  • The promotion can’t be combined with other offers, promotions, or packages
  • Some blackout dates apply
  • You can either have the second night free, or receive a complimentary second room on the same night (you’ll need to contact individual properties to take advantage of the latter option)

This promotion is as good as it sounds

Often when hotels run BOGO promotions there’s a huge catch, as they inflate the rate significantly, before comping the second night. That’s truly not the case with this promotion, as the promo rate is half of the standard rate in two night increments.

The only catch is that you have to pre-pay your stay with this promotion, though the deposit is fully refundable, typically up to seven days before arrival.

Note that the rates shown already factor in the second night free, so expect the displayed nightly rate to be 50% of the standard rate.

Bottom line

Fairmont has a fantastic buy one get one free offer for 12 properties in Canada, nine properties in the US, and two properties in Mexico. While you do have to pre-pay your stay, the deposit is supposed to be fully refundable, typically up to seven days before arrival.

Anyone plan on taking advantage of this great Fairmont promotion?

(Tip of the hat to Frequent Flyer Bonuses)

  1. It’s kind of sad that as an American the best way I can get a free night at a Fairmont is by hopping on a plane to Canada, eh?

  2. @ Ben — Well maybe its not as good as it sounds. You say that hotels are playing games with refunds. Are you aware of Fairmont hotels, and specifically these hotels, playing such games?

  3. Based on the “stay close” name of the promo, I think they’re focused on enticing locals to visit neighbouring recreational properties. As a resident of Vancouver, I received a targeted promotion for Whistler.

    Also noteworthy, if the US keeps doing nothing about the virus, the border with Canada will be closed for a very long time (or, if it’s open, you’ll be subject to the 14-day quarantine here, so you’d better book a long stay and hope your room has a nice view).

  4. Ford should get a Fairmont Famous number and use it whenever booking Raffles, Fairmont, Swissôtel, onefinestay, Sofitel, or Pullman hotels. He/you can then use those points to book free nights when you stay at various Fairmont and other properties. It’s really quite a generous program.


  5. As of now, Banff National park and Jasper National Park are closed. So a summer use of the hotels are pointless. Maybe book now and use it during the winter for ski trips is the better option.

  6. I have looked at 20+ dates for Scottsdale and I don’t think that there are any rooms left on this.

  7. @Dave, “Also noteworthy, if the US keeps doing nothing about the virus, the border with Canada will be closed for a very long time”

    Daily avg deaths/million week ending 5/19
    US 4.1
    Canada 2.7

    Is Canada doing better than the US? Yes!

    Is Canada doing so much better as to warrant nonsense takes like yours? No!

    I’ll add a link to the data in the next comment since otherwise the spam trap will eat this.

  8. Stayed in Banff many times. There are only really two high-end hotels in town: The Banff Springs and the Rimrock , but neither are truly 5-star luxury. I categorize both as 4.5-star. My personal preference is the Rimrock over the Banff Springs. Service is the same at both – OK, not great. The Rimrock is located higher up than the Banff Springs though, so the views tend to be much nicer. The Rimrock’s Signature Grandview rooms are pricey but have stunning views and are very well appointed – highly recommend. But, if you’re playing the points game, then Rimrock won’t be for you as they’re not part of any group. Also, don’t eat at the hotels, the restaurants in town are better and more reasonably priced.

  9. For Lake Louise, while the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is much more famous and can come with those million-dollar views of the lake, the general consensus is that the Post Hotel (a Relais et Chateaux) property is superior with better service, rooms and dining.

  10. @Arvindh, the two townsites are actually open and the rest of Banff and Jasper national parks are opening June 1. They expect that most of the businesses will be able to reopen at that time, with the same restrictions on capacity control as the rest of Alberta, so a visit this summer (for Canadians) is very feasible.

  11. @Reaper, cool stats bro! Now do inflections.

    Here is the info from the link you sent out:

    US: 68.9 average new confirmed cases per 1,000,000 people /day over the past 7 days

    Canada: 30.4 average new confirmed cases per 1,000,000 people /day over the past 7 days

    The disease spreads exponentially when mitigation measures (masks, social distancing) aren’t used. Canada has greater compliance with that than the US, partially because their leader models good behavior.

    (Also, I assume your death stats were right, but didn’t see it when clicking the link. Your link led me to the stats in this message.).

  12. @Nate, equally cool stats bro!

    As I said! Canada’s doing better!

    But doing so much better as to merit nonsense takes about the difference re: border closing?

    You can see the other stats (like deaths, etc) by changing the pop up menus below the charts.

  13. @farnorthtrader fair enough,, but with what happened over the long weekend at Calgary, I think there will be a rebound of cases by June 1…

  14. @lucky Banff is prettier imo during winter time. Lake Louis is essentially a big solid ice cube during winter so I wouldn’t bother to stay at this place unless you are into ice skating. If you go during summer, I would pick Lake Louis over Banff. They are only one hour apart so you can easily do day trips between both properties. If you go on one of the dog sled rides in the winter, make sure you use hand warmer heat pack inside your gloves regardless how thick your glove is! If you do stay at Fairmont Banff, make sure you book into Gold Level rooms as other rooms have very dated furniture.

  15. This promo is an awesome one. Thanks for sharing Lucky.


    You could also go to the one in Scottsdale, AZ, but for me, the ones in Canada would be closer.

  16. I actually find this is false advertising, I went through the Fairmont website to book 2 nights, the booking tool said the average nightly rate was $450/ night. I assumed I was paying $450 for the first night and getting the second night free. When I got my confirmation email, the rate was $900/ 1 night, second night $0. If you are going to advertise buy one night, get one night free, show the full price of the first night at booking, don’t “average” it out. Now I’m waiting to speak to Fairmont to cancel my reservation, I’m not paying $900, and I’m guessing that other guests will get a shock when they go to pay and it’s 2x what they thought, based on their misleading prices on the website.

  17. I appreciate the promotion, but I feel their website is misleading what the total price of a 2 day stay with the promotion. I went to book Jasper Park Lodge this evening, at the room selection it shows “average daily room rate” of $449. I assume I will pay $449 for the first night and get the second night free. I proceed to book and get my confirmation email and I am charged $899 + tax! It feels misleading to not show the one-night cost when promoting a buy one night, get one night free. I’ve since canceled my reservation. I was quite looking forward to this getaway but now I’m just disappointed.

  18. @Shawn

    Did the confirmation page before you hit Confirm or Reserve did not show the final estimate price?

    I do not think it is misleading and the average daily rate speaks for itself. What if you book 3 nights? or 4 nights?

    The average daily rate should just be that – after all discounts and promotions, be it BOGO or Buy 2 get 3rd nights free or whatever it is, average the actual cost you pay per night.

  19. @Ray. I’ve never seen a website do that, and I travel quite a bit for work and personal. Show me the daily rate, don’t average it out to for my stay, especially if you are advertising BOGO. If I buy shoes BOGO, I don’t see the “average price” on my receipt. Anyhow, it’s cancelled, someone else can proudly pay the $1000 to stay 2 nights – I’m not willing to but I’m sure they’ll have no issues getting the room reserved.

  20. @shawn properties like four seasons, aman, etc. always show avg daily room rate on their website. If you go on any four seasons website, some of them may have stay three and get fourth night free, click into room tab, they will show avg daily room rate which includes the “free fourth night” when they display the price.

  21. Just booked both properties in August to get out of the Arizona heat, thanks Ben for the heads up!

  22. Both properties doesn’t say much in my last comment…lol. I booked 2 nights at Lake Louise and 2 at Banff. I was looking at both these properties about a month ago for August and the price per night was around 595.00 for Banff and 795.00 for Lake Louise so this is pretty much a 50% discount for me.

  23. In terms of limiting exposure in a plane, many hours for you, Lucky, as well as a connection. Anytime after mid-Sept gets really cold & is the beginning of bad weather, so unless you don’t mind that you have about 3 months to cash in.

  24. Some sources are stating the border closure to non-essential travel does NOT apply to air travel.

  25. @points adventure, last I heard, Canadians could travel by air to the US but Americans could not travel to Canada by air travel. Apparently, each country thought closing the border meant a different thing.

  26. Thats correct. Canadians can fly to the US (but at the moment only American has across the border flights), but Americans cannot enter Canada.

  27. Fairmont has a seriously dysfunctional website. Try finding these specials by starting there. Easy to find specials that expired April 30, though.

  28. I also don’t think this is a good deal, this is just marketing. I called Fairmont to clarify why $379 a night was coming up on a so-called 2 for 1 / BOGO promotion at Jasper Park Lodge. They can keep their over priced products.

  29. This is tempting – I am an Accor member and I was considering a stay in one of the Canada hotels anyway. My concern is whether the facilities will be in operation – no point in staying at a hotel if the pool, restaurant etc are all closed.

  30. I’ve tried booking each of the Canadian properties for July or August and all of them say the rate isn’t available.

  31. I’d be all over this if they included their Vancouver or Victoria properties, but alas……..

  32. I did 5 nights at the Fairmont Banff Springs (pictured at the top) in late Fall 15 years ago, and back then the property was clearly ‘dated’, which was sort of its charm because it gave the feel of an old European castle…

  33. @Lucky
    Chateau Lake Laurier (sic) should read Chateau Laurier. There’s no Lake.

    Tempting offer indeed!

  34. @ yuletide

    I was just about to say the same thing about Lake Laurier (sic). Hilarious. Ottawa probably didn’t know they have a lake surrounding the Chateau.

    To our American friends. You may claim its all a hoax but WE DON’T CARE!

    UNTIL you get your house in order and your infection rate drops to zero STAY HOME. We have enough problems with our home grown yahoos.

    You won’t be able to travel so don’t bother booking during this promotion.

    See you in 2021 hopefully.

  35. Fondest memories of staying 4 nights at the Chateau Lake Louise back in September 2013, when the sign-up bonus on two Chase Fairmont CC was 2 free nights apiece at any Fairmont. My husband and I jumped on it and ended up with VIP treatment, with a suite upgrade, free valet parking, champagne every night and more. We walked around feeling like celebrities incognito. It was our first points-based trip and with it we were hooked. The first is always the sweetest.

  36. Regret not reading the comments. Also had to cancel right after i booked as they charged me $900. Was freaking out… the advertisement was definitely really confusing….

  37. I don’t think you guys are looking at the website carefully. Probably got all excited and started clicking away. Its clear to me. You click on the property from the article and then you go through an obnoxious number of click throughs until you get the page with the PLCL rate promotion code. This is where you set your dates. Click book now to search for availability. The next page is where there are several rate types. The first one is “Stay close every second one is on us”. Now notice the second code which is probably the “Daily Rate”. Notice that is 2x the Stay close rate. Hence 50% off, every other night free or whatever you call it. Its no different for them to show 50% of the rate each night vs full rate night 1, $0 night 2. Their system probably can’t do that and rightfully so because they have so many promotions it doesn’t make sense to skewer the software that way. So just chill out. Y’all want something for nothing but not do the work.

  38. Sorry, but those nightly rates for Fairmont are over the top ridiculous! Some people must have money to burn!

  39. For those looking at the Fairmont El San Juan and not seeing any availability — I just got off the phone with them, and although the promotion appears live on their website, I was told that it actually won’t be available to redeem at that property until “mid-June.” The representative I spoke with couldn’t even apply the promotion on her end.

    Apparently they have received several calls about the issue.

  40. Promo was extended to 6.30.21 for the listed Canadian props, so I booked a year out hoping for travel normalcy (surely) by then. Jasper Lodge does not require a deposit, by the way, although the other Canadian properties do. Nice to be able to book Gold floors/Mountain Views at a decent rate.

  41. We booked whistler for six nights for next May. Great use for our two year old fairmont gift cards.

  42. This now includes (all?) 18 Fairmont properties in Canada, plus the Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile.

  43. Thanks for updating, seems like they added Pacific Rim recently? I had made a reservation with my Prestige 4th night free, but the BOGO rate saved us about $800 and we were able to upgrade to a suite!

  44. Just booked Hotel MacDonald in Edmonton for our anniversary weekend in September for less than $100 USD per night. We also might get a suite upgrade if available as we had a service issue during another stay there and were promised a suite upgrade on a future visit.
    We spent our wedding night there 28 years ago, so this is a nice opportunity at an unbeatable price.

  45. I think there was a bug with this promotion. Last week most Fairmonts I searched had this promotion and I booked 2 places for next spring 2021. I noticed now the promotion ends dec 2020.

  46. @ farnorthtrader – was thinking of adding a couple nights at the Edmonton to our trip, looks beautiful. Can you rec the best part of the hotel to request, is enormous! Thanks so much

  47. Lucky, you probs need to add to your post (Accor website under the Get Close promo): “Stay dates for all Canadian properties good through June 30, 2021”

  48. @ KayKay ~ were you able to use your gc’s to book? Or once on property to check out only? Thanks

  49. @Pam, if they are available (they may not be available with this promotion). and if you can afford it, the named suites are awesome. One of the few places where the Royal Suite truly has hosted royalty. Much of the British Royal family have stayed in it. If there is no one booked into it and you do high tea, you might be able to get a tour of the hotel and they will include a tour of the Royal Suite. More likely, deluxe river valley view rooms are nice (not huge, but nice) and much more affordable. The standard city view rooms are nothing special, although for $100 USD/night, it would still be worth it, just for the public areas in the hotel, if you like historic hotels.

  50. I tried booking in June of next year at multiple properties in Canada in the hopes that this could all be behind us by then. I got shut down everywhere I tired. It usually said the rate wasn’t available or in one case the rate posted as stay close was the same as the normal rate. Has anyone else had any luck?

  51. @ben, that is false. A lot of hotels are running this promotion For stays through June 2021.

  52. @Anthony, @Ben, Canadian hotels can be booked with code PLCA (HT The Prince of Travel) and are available under the promotion until June, 2021. All other hotels use code PLCL and are available through Dec 31, 2020

  53. @Matt sorry I wasn’t clear- meant to say that the direct BOGO rates on fairmont.com were less than the Citi Prestige 4th night free rate and so inexpensive that we were able to book a suite instead of a premier room. No upgrades through the hotel.

    City TY 4th night free rate was something like $600/nt for a Premier room and $420/nt for a Coal Harbour Corner Suite King with BOGO direct.

    Unfortunately I’m seriously doubting the border will be open in September.

  54. @farnorthtrader – I appreciate the interesting info. Darn, the QEII Suite not covered under the promo! But I will be sure to check out as you recommend while there. My dates in May aren’t so good for pricing, but I took your cue and booked the Deluxe River View.

    The promo page now looks entirely different on the Accor website – no longer states Canadian properties good thru 6.30.21. And when you click on rooms the promo is a Super Saver rate and not the Get Close rate which was a lot cheaper. Very confusing but then again it IS Accor!

  55. I booked 4 nights at the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale for $624 including taxes (but not including resort fee). Albeit it is in August, but it’s nothing the pool and a cocktail in hand won’t rectify. Thanks for the tip Ben! This promo would have blown right past me if you had not mentioned it.

  56. Ben,

    The Sonoma property seems to be playing games.

    9/11 to 9/13 using the code is $322.5 per night for 2 nights
    @Booking.com its $357.50 per night for 2 nights

  57. I booked the property in Scottsdale for October. Wanted to do back to back booking but I was only able to book 2 nights. I noticed that hotel still has not charge my credit card even though it supposed to be pre paid at the time of booking. Since I could not book 3rd and 4th night there, I also reserved 2 nights at Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain which is located about 2 hours away from Scottsdale to extend our AZ road trip. Rate for Dove Mountain was surprisingly good even though it is high seasons. So over all, I feel I scored very good deals.

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