Fairmont Hotels have definitely been one of the more aggressive hotel chains over the past three months in pushing out offers to encourage travellers to stay at their hotels. If you are a regular reader of our blog you’ll already know about their Stay Close offer that provides every 2nd night/room for free on stays at select hotels and now they have this new promotion called Take Your Time.
The Take Your Time offer is available at most Fairmont locations in North America (no Hawaii though) plus a select few other Accor family of hotels in the U.S. and Mexico. It provides up to a 40% discount on the best flexible rate plus quadruple ALL Accor Live Limitless points. This means you’ll earn 100 points per 10EUR spent on your stays at these locations with the promotion. With a lot of Fairmont Hotels not being the cheapest places to stay at a multiplier like this can become very valuable.
A one night stay at the Banff Springs Hotels in the middle of August comes with a 10% discount which means rates start around C$450 or about 285 Euros. This means that one night stay will earn 2,850 points not including any elite bonuses if you hold status with the program. With the ALL program 2,000 points can be redeemed for 40EUR off a stay so the points earned are worth about 57EUR or about C$89. That’s a decent rebate on the $450 stay. But is this a good deal? Depends on the discount at the hotel. For example the CAA/AAA rate for the same night is only C$375. So $75 cheaper and base points earned are worth about $18 which means the CAA/AAA rate works out slightly better. This could be due to the fact the dates I checked only had a 10% discount with this offer. Chances are in the off season the discount will be 20% and if you are looking at other locations the discount can be as high as 40% so definitely do your homework and to make it easier for you each ALL reward point is worth 2 EUR cents each (about 3.15 cents Canadian)
Now to make sure you earn 4x points you need to book your stay(s) by August 31 but you have a long time to actually travel as you can book stays as far out as January 31 for city locations or March 31, 2021 for resort locations. The discount portion of the offer is good for bookings until December 31 however if you book between September 1 and December 31 you won’t earn the 4x points.