UPDATE: She’s dead Jim. All known links are now dead.
UPDATE: Reader Stuart contributed this working link: Application Link 1
As I’m sure you know, we had expected the online 100K offer for the Sapphire Reserve to drop to 50K today (January 12th 2017).
At the moment, though, the online offer for the Sapphire Reserve is still 100K. Maybe it will change sometime later today, or not, I don’t know. And, it has indeed dropped to 50K. But, this post isn’t about that…
Yesterday, US Credit Card Guide broke the news that the landing page for the Chase Fairmont Visa Signature card was gone, but a direct offer link still existed. So, I updated our Best Offers page with the direct link, and I posted the following in the comments:
Fixed Fairmont 2 Free Nights offer.
WARNING: The Fairmont offer is very likely to die at any moment since all traces of the landing page are gone. If you’re interested in this excellent offer, I’d recommend signing up today. More here: https://www.uscreditcardguide.com/chase-fairmont-credit-card/
I’m not trying to twist anyone’s arm here. This is NOT an affiliate link — I do not get anything from people signing up for this card. It’s just a great offer that is very likely to disappear at any moment.
And I followed my own advice. Both my wife and I signed up for the card this morning.
An awesome offer
The card and signup offer have the following benefits:
- Earn 2 free nights after $3K spend in 3 months. Free nights are good for 1 year from date of issue. There are mixed reports as to whether or not Fairmont will extend the validity of the certificates.
- First year annual fee waived, then $95
- Automatic Premier elite status, which gives you the following annual benefits:
- $50 in dining or spa credits
- 1 room upgrade
- 1 suite upgrade
- 1 free 3rd night on a 3 night stay (can’t be used with the card’s 2 free nights)
- Earn a free night each year when you spend $12,000 on the card.
The card also earns points that are worth 1 cent each towards gift certificates: 5X Fairmont stays, 2X on airline tickets purchased directly with airlines, at car rental agencies, and on transit and commuting; 1X elsewhere.
The reason I think that this offer is particularly great is that the room upgrades, suite upgrades, and dining credits can be used with the free nights. In other words, not only do you get 2 free nights in at any Fairmont property in the world, but you can also potentially get very meaningful upgrades and a significant discount off of a couple of breakfasts.
Why we never signed up before
I tend to avoid these card offers for free night certificates that expire after a year. In those cases there is too much pressure to try to find the best value use and to do so before the time is up. I much prefer to get signup bonus points that can be used anytime for any type of hotel. So, in general, I’ll only sign up for free night offers if I already have a plan for how to use those free nights.
Why we signed up now
Last year Accor bought Fairmont. At that point, it seemed just a matter of time until the Fairmont credit card, as we know it today, would disappear. Still, we waited because we didn’t have a plan for those free nights. And we still don’t have a concrete plan. But, with the disappearance of the card offer landing page, I believe that this may be our absolute last chance to get in on the offer.
Fortunately, the Fairmont card is not affected by Chase’s 5/24 Rule. In other words, even if you’ve opened 5 or more cards in the past 24 months, it is possible to get approved for this card. Still, as you may know, I very recently signed up for quite a few cards (see: Why Amtrak? Alaska? Virgin Atlantic? The reasons behind my application spree). I figured that my wife would get approved easily, but I wasn’t sure about myself.
Both applications were initially pending:
But I signed into my Chase account and found the card waiting there about an hour later:
Approved! We’re still waiting for my wife’s approval, but I expect the same result.
What we’ll do with the free nights
I don’t know! Hawaii is a likely destination. If so, we’ll stack the nights together in order to get 4 nights in a row. Or maybe we’ll stay at the Savoy in London. Or how about the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club? I’m more than happy to take reader suggestions! Unless we come up with a plan soon, we’ll wait 3 months to finish the minimum spend so that our certificates will be valid longer (they’re good for a year from when they are issued).