Today’s Daily Getaway features discounted hotel stays at Fairmont’s two Hawaii properties and the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
I’m a bit relieved that Daily Getaways are over. I resolved to post about each deal on the day of the deal so folks would have reminders near purchase time. But, there were some pretty blah deals mixed in among some better ones. True home run deals were few and far between.
Was it a success? That’s up to you. Was it too much info? Is there a format that would work better in the future? I’d love to hear your feedback. On to the last deal….
In case you’re not familiar, Daily Getaways are daily deals sponsored by the US Travel Association. Some are better than others, so you need to think about whether you can take full advantage of the offer before buying.
For the more popular offers, they will sell out quickly, which means being around right when they go on sale each day at 1:00 pm EDT. Some offers will sell out in hours, some in minutes. It’s also important to be patient. If you click shortly after an offer becomes available and it shows sold out, keep trying. Someone may have an offer in their shopping cart but change their mind or have their computer crash. When that happens, their bad luck or change of heart can be your good fortune.
Finally, make sure you pay with an American Express card to save an additional 10%. Any AMEX card will do.
Feel free to e-mail me or post questions in the comments section. Good luck chasing the deals you’re looking for!
6 one-night certificates for the Fairmont Hawaii properties for $1,782 (with 10% discount for paying with AMEX):
A lot of flexibility here, in that the 6 “Ovation Rewards” certificates can be used all at once or separately. They can be used at both the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui, which is an all-suites property, as well as the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii.
I would venture a guess to say that you could book multiple rooms at the same property at the same time, given a reading of the T&C. They’re also very flexible in that they can be used any day with last-room availability in the standard room category. And, there are no exclusions for holidays. I saw plenty of availability for Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The certificates also include a full breakfast for two people each day.
At the Fairmont Orchid, a standard room with breakfast for two goes for at least $340. I saw rates above $400 on some weekends and holidays.
At the Fairmont Kea Lani, I couldn’t find any rates for a suite below $500, and many days were $700.
Those prices make this a pretty screaming deal, especially if redeeming for a suite at Kea Lani
And, there are no expiration dates for the certificates.
3 one-night certificates for the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for $607.50 (with 10% discount for paying with AMEX):
Again, these are 3 individual certificates that appear to be usable for one room or multiple rooms on the same night, or just a standard 3-night stay. These certificates include breakfast for 2 as well
The cheapest rooms I found at the Scottsdale Princess were $300 a night, with many nights closer to $400. There was availability for a variety of holidays as well.
Bottom Line It For Me, Ed
While I don’t have experience at any of these properties, I’ve enjoyed every Fairmont property I’ve stayed at over the years (half a dozen or so). I’ve heard very good things about the Hawaii properties, and both great and mediocre reviews of the rooms at the Princess, though I’ve heard the service is quite good. I think it’s hard to go wrong here given the flexibility of the certificates.
Daily Getaways 2014 ends on a pretty good deal. They weren’t all this good, and on whole they were a bit weaker than last year. I’m hoping that’s not a trend.
Let me know how you felt about the Daily Getaways posts. Would you prefer a more concise format? Did you like daily reminders?