Frugal Friday: Discount Stay at the Fairmont

Welcome back to our second post in our Frugal Friday series. If you missed our first one, check it out here.

Today, we are going to show you how to get a very discounted stay at any Fairmont in Canada. Wanna stay at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise? Wanna stay at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver, one of Vancouver’s most expensive hotels? Well, here is how to do that at a discount. This isn’t a very frugal buy today but it’s one you can get heavily discounted if you’re willing to splurge a little bit.


First, you must be a Costco member. We are going to be using a deal that Costco has on Life Experience Canada e-certificates. Here is the link for the product we want. You will see this page.

Costco Page

You can see that you get a $100 e-certificate for only $74.99. Nice. We’re already saving 25%. But that’s not good enough, we want more! Well, change the quantity to 2 (or however many you want. It might be a good idea to see how many you will need based on the price of the Fairmont night you actually want to redeem this for). Now you are getting 2 $100 e-certificates. Add them to your cart. You’ll see later why you need more than 1. On the next page you will have to sign in to your account. If you don’t have one you will have to create one. Once you do that you will get to the shipping page. You aren’t actually getting something shipped to you but you still need to fill it in as if you are. Fill it in and click ‘continue to payment’ and you will see this page.

Costco Checkout

Now, you want to pay with Masterpass. If you don’t have a Masterpass account you will need to create one and add a MasterCard to your account. If you do that, as per this deal you will get an additional $25 off. This is why you needed more than 1 certificate in your cart. This should bring your $200 in e-certificates to only $124.98. That’s 38% off!

Within 24 hours you will receive your e-certificates with a certificate number and pin. They will look like this:


After about 36 hours, the certificate will be activated and you can use it on Life Experience Canada. Search for Fairmont and add as many as you have certificates to your cart.



Once that process is done you will get an email with the Fairmont Gift Certificate attached it should look like this.


Now, what you’ve read so far I can guarantee will work. 38% off at Fairmont in Canada, that’s pretty sweet. But let’s see if we can make it even better. Fairmont has a ‘Best Rate Guarantee‘. That means if you find a Fairmont night on another website for cheaper than their website, they will match it and beat it by 10%. Fairmont Vancouver Waterfront was recently listed at $251 on Trivago (it’s not anymore) for some December dates. Their rate on the website was $287. That means that night would have cost about $225 after they match it and beat it by 10%. We now have $200 in gift certificates to Fairmont that we paid $125 for. After we pay the difference between the $225 and our $200 we will have paid $150 ($125 for certificates plus $25 difference) for a $287/night room. That’s 48% off.

Finding a rate that’s cheaper than Fairmont’s website is up to you. You need to be persistent until you find one and then call Fairmont ASAP to get them to match. Hopefully you can get this to work for a great discount. Good luck!

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