Fairmont President’s Club
An article I read last week stated people travel to destinations, not hotels. That travel writer probably is not a member of the Fairmont President’s Club. Fairmont Hotels calls itself the largest luxury hotel company in North America.
Fairmont Hotel Locations: The Fairmont hotel locator shows 15 Fairmont hotels and resorts and 2 residences in the USA and 21 hotels in Canada.
19 International locations from Bermuda to Singapore and includes The Savoy in London.
The original Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco on Nob Hill stands on one of the best locations in the city for a panoramic view. The Fairmont Hotel chain has gone through a couple of corporate purchases in the past decade and now includes many of the historic Canadian Pacific Railroad resort hotels from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A couple of years ago the Fairmont Hotels were purchased by a corporation owning the Raffles and Swissotel chains. Currently the Fairmont President’s Club member receives reciprocal benefits with Raffles Hotels, but Swissotel maintains its own loyalty program called Club Swiss Gold. Raffles Hotels are expanding rapidly in select international locations and provide additional value to Fairmont Hotels President’s Club members.
Fairmont President’s Club has three membership levels :
Club Membership – Complimentary enrollment and benefits start with first stay, including:
Free high-speed internet access [a benefit that is rarely free in most luxury hotels]
Complimentary local and 1-800 calls
Complimentary health club access
500 airline miles per stay with any of 8 airline partners:
American Airlines AAdvantage,
Air Canada Aeroplan,
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan,
United Airlines Mileage Plus,
Lufthansa Miles & More,
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles,
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer,
Premier Membership – Attained after 5 stays or 10 nights in a calendar year, January 1- December 31.
Member earns 750 miles per stay.
1 room upgrade and 1 suite upgrade certificate awarded with new Premier membership
Status is in effect for remainder of qualifying calendar year and through February of following year.
Member is awarded a $50 Fairmont dining certificate for lunch or dinner.
Certificate for complimentary 3rd night on a 3 night stay.
Platinum membership – Attained after 10 stays or 30 nights in a calendar year, January 1-December 31.
1,000 airline miles per stay.
2 room upgrade and 2 suite upgrade certificates awarded with new Platinum membership.
1 complimentary night certificate
Member is awarded a $100 Fairmont dining certificate for lunch or dinner.
There is an incentive of bonus airline miles for stays at different properties.
Stays at 3 different Fairmont locations in a calendar year earns 1,000 bonus airline miles.
Stays at 4 different Fairmont locations in a calendar year earns 2,000 bonus airline miles.
Stays at 5 different Fairmont locations in a calendar year earns 3,000 bonus airline miles.
Bonus miles are posted in the first quarter of the year following the year of qualifying activity. This means you may have to wait a year for your bonus miles if you do the great Canadian vacation in January.
To recap: A new member of Fairmont President’s Club staying at 5 different locations in 2008 will earn 500 miles per stay, plus 6,000 bonus miles in early 2009 for a total 8,500 airline miles. In addition, the member would rise to Premier level after 5 stays and miles earned increase to 750 miles per hotel stay. Premier status earned in 2008 will remain valid through February 2010, unless increased to Platinum status after 5 more stays in calendar year 2008 or 10 stays in 2009.