I’m a big fan of the Fairmont chain. They have some delightful hotels in Canada as well as a few gems in the United States. Some of my most enjoyable hotel stays ever have been at Fairmont hotels.
At first, I didn’t plan to write about the Daily Getaways deal today involving two Fairmont properties. The Fairmont Austin and the Grand Del Mar in San Diego are probably nice hotels. They’re just not on my immediate radar (the Driskill is my personal fave in Austin).
What Summer points out is that the Ovation certificates you receive with this Daily Getaway almost assuredly mean you can redeem them at other Fairmont properties. And, she notes one of my “favoritest” hotels in the entire world, the Fairmont Banff Springs.
Even though it’s been a decade since Michelle and I visited this hotel, it still has a special place in our hearts. I was pricing stays at this hotel just about a month ago. Great friends of ours are talking about getting married in Banff this summer. Alas, the cheapest rooms I could find were about $700 US. Which is exactly where Summer’s hypothesis comes in.
There’s a bit of risk here, but you should be able to buy those Grand Del Mar certificates and use them for a stay at Fairmont Banff Springs. I can personally vouch for the fact that there are plenty of dates where the rate is more than $500 a day. No doubt, select days and shoulder seasons are cheaper. But, there are plenty of more expensive days. And, the Ovation certificates include breakfast for 2, not a cheap proposition at Fairmont Banff Springs.
The Final Two Pennies
Do you feel lucky? I don’t think you need a ton of luck here, given that all previous data points to Ovation certificates being good at any property in a specific category. But, there’s still some risk here if you buy these hoping to redeem them at a different property. $2,000 is a lot to risk for a property you might not want to stay at (at least, it is for me).
Still, just a bit of intrigue with this Daily Getaway. I’ll be curious to hear feedback from anyone who snags one today.
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