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Old May 27, 18, 4:09 pm
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need one qualifying stay before 7/1

I want that extra set of certificates so I can have one last amazing double-upgraded Fairmont stay before FPC benefits are dead. Any advice on the best deal right now. I'm going to do a quick mattress run type thing, one night in a Fairmont. Best deals in the next 5 weeks - US or Canada? Willing to travel, prefer a weekend, city or resort, as long as there's an easy airport near by. TIA and long live FPC!
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Old May 27, 18, 6:18 pm
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Originally Posted by curl View Post
I want that extra set of certificates so I can have one last amazing double-upgraded Fairmont stay before FPC benefits are dead. Any advice on the best deal right now. I'm going to do a quick mattress run type thing, one night in a Fairmont. Best deals in the next 5 weeks - US or Canada? Willing to travel, prefer a weekend, city or resort, as long as there's an easy airport near by. TIA and long live FPC!
Since you're planning on flying somewhere to do this, it's rather difficult to suggest options, since the best priced Fairmont stays may not end up being the cheapest overall trip cost once you factor in your flights. But if you're going to go to the trouble to get another stay in, instead of focusing on the best price, why not look first at places you'd like to go? Then just see if it meets your budget. I have trouble understanding the concept of travel just for the sake of getting a credit in a loyalty program. Go somewhere you want to visit. Make it a vacation, even if just a short one.
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Old May 27, 18, 11:40 pm
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The cheapest Fairmont we have found on weekends has consistently been San Jose, California (barring a tech conference). Also, if you're flying there are several local-ish airports (SFO, SJC, OAK).
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Old May 28, 18, 9:09 am
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Originally Posted by CanadaDH View Post
Since you're planning on flying somewhere to do this, it's rather difficult to suggest options, since the best priced Fairmont stays may not end up being the cheapest overall trip cost once you factor in your flights. But if you're going to go to the trouble to get another stay in, instead of focusing on the best price, why not look first at places you'd like to go? Then just see if it meets your budget. I have trouble understanding the concept of travel just for the sake of getting a credit in a loyalty program. Go somewhere you want to visit. Make it a vacation, even if just a short one.
one night can be a vacation we donít do summer trips because MN is glorious in the summer. Fall, winter, spring ... well. I wouldnít normally do this for a hotel but this is the last chance at certificates so making an exception.
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Old May 28, 18, 11:19 pm
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SEASONAL ESCAPE IN MONT-TREMBLANT - SAVE UP TO 50%

Available: 04-May-2018 - 31-Jul-2018
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Rate: Starting at $169 per night for stays from Sunday to Thursday or $199 per night for stays from Friday to Saturday, based on double occupancy. Taxes extra. Non-refundable.
1.5--2 hours drive north of Montreal YUL Airport.
Also, Washington DC should be cheap on June weekends.
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Old May 29, 18, 6:06 am
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YYC also has very cheap weekend rates as long as there is no events in town.
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Old May 29, 18, 8:39 am
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YYC also has very cheap weekend rates as long as there is no events in town.
Good idea, the Palliser is nice! We stayed once (winter weekend) for $109USD.
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Airfare and availability of direct flights will be the tail that wags that dog. But yes, both YYC and YEG have excellent properties with great weekend rates paid in low Canadian $ (and, if I recall, direct flights from MSP).

And can you remind me: is the offer contingent upon 2 stays before July 1? (In which case I'm good but I'd hate to make a false assumption here and end up missing out.)
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Old May 29, 18, 2:49 pm
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two other options

Many of us have this same challenge.
In my case, the answer is one night in late June at the Queen Elizabeth - during the Jazz Fest.
I am not prepared to travel. If I was, I would go to Winnipeg - great property, decent upgrades, low weekend rates.
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Old May 30, 18, 5:20 pm
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Yes Napstolean, must be 2 stays on or before the night of July 1. I guess because of Canada Day, Accor is waiting till July 2 to take over. Also, DL does still fly nonstop from MSP to Calgary as well as Edmonton, Toronto, & Montreal!
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Old May 30, 18, 5:28 pm
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For anyone looking for an easier way to search rates, you can use the calendar view on the Accor website. Once you find a cheap rate, enter the dates on fairmont.com and see if you can get the rate even lower by using a promo code.
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Old Jun 6, 18, 8:57 pm
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Originally Posted by Napstolean View Post
Airfare and availability of direct flights will be the tail that wags that dog. But yes, both YYC and YEG have excellent properties with great weekend rates paid in low Canadian $ (and, if I recall, direct flights from MSP).

And can you remind me: is the offer contingent upon 2 stays before July 1? (In which case I'm good but I'd hate to make a false assumption here and end up missing out.)
yes, 2 stays by 7/1. One down, one to go. Iím hoping GDGR turns up something tomorrow.
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Old Jun 10, 18, 7:17 pm
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Originally Posted by Brendan View Post

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Rate: Starting at $169 per night for stays from Sunday to Thursday or $199 per night for stays from Friday to Saturday, based on double occupancy. Taxes extra. Non-refundable.
1.5--2 hours drive north of Montreal YUL Airport.
Also, Washington DC should be cheap on June weekends.
Can't use suite upgrade certs at this property FYI.
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Old Jun 12, 18, 10:38 am
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Are Great rates non-qualifying for the required stays? My local San Jose is 179$ at the moment. Dallas is 99$ at the moment. Historically, I have booked the room, checked in, entered the room and left.

I wonder if one could book a 99$ dallas room and simply not checkin? Won't they bill it and register the stay regardless?

Does anyone have a link to the extra certs deal and T&C's?
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Old Jun 12, 18, 1:56 pm
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Originally Posted by nmenaker View Post
Are Great rates non-qualifying for the required stays? My local San Jose is 179$ at the moment. Dallas is 99$ at the moment. Historically, I have booked the room, checked in, entered the room and left.

I wonder if one could book a 99$ dallas room and simply not checkin? Won't they bill it and register the stay regardless?

Does anyone have a link to the extra certs deal and T&C's?
While GRGD rates cannot be used in conjunction with FPC certificates, they have been considered qualifying rates for program status.

You do have to check in to get credit, whether they bill you for the room or not.
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