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20% bonus on Fairmont gift cards on May 4 from 2-5 p.m. ET

May 03, 2022
3 min read
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The gift of a hotel stay is a gift that keeps on giving. And Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, an Accor brand, wants your gift to go even further.

On May 4, Fairmont will be offering a 20% bonus on e-gift cards purchased during a three-hour window from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

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According to the rules and regulations of the promotion, “each brand-specific e-gift card purchase must be completed separately, up to a maximum purchase value of $5,000.” A separate e-gift card will be issued with the 20% bonus after purchase and there’s a maximum of one e-gift card per credit card, so if you want to buy multiple gift cards and receive the bonus, you’ll have to use different cards for each transaction.

Related: Guide to the Accor Live Limitless program

But there’s a catch: The maximum amount allowed on an e-gift card purchased online is $2,000. So, to get the full match up to $5,000, which would total out to $1,000 in extra e-gift cards, you’d have to purchase two $2,000 e-gift cards and one $1,000 e-gift card, each with a different credit card.

It’s worth noting that, historically, Fairmont offers a bonus e-gift card deal at least twice a year. The brand recently offered the same 20% bonus last May and November.

Fairmont gift card purchases may not code as travel on your credit card, so you may not get a bonus on travel spending for your purchase. Consider paying for gift cards with a credit card that earns bonus points on everyday purchases for the highest return, like the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card, which earns 2 points per dollar on all purchases. That's a 3.7% return by our valuations.

(Image courtesy of DBOX/Fairmont Century Plaza)

If you decide to go in on an e-gift card purchase, there are plenty of great Fairmont locations around the world you can book with the help of the bonus. With the spring season coming to a close, why not try Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, one of the best resorts in Arizona? Or, feel glamorous in Los Angeles at the iconic but newly redesigned Fairmont Century Plaza.

Bottom line

If you have plans to stay at a Fairmont property in the near future, this quick sale might be a great investment. If you don’t know how or when you might actually use the gift cards, we recommend not making an impulsive decision for a speculative purchase.

However, if you do have an upcoming Fairmont stay, mark your calendars and set an alarm — you’ve only got three hours on Wednesday.

Additional reporting by Kyle Olsen.

Featured image by (Photo by Gilberto Mesquita / Shutterstock)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
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Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

    Earn 80,000 ThankYou® points
    60,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent, Good

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases