Chase has more rewards cards than any other bank, the Fairmont Visa being one of them. But in terms of popularity, the Fairmont card is often overlooked for other Chase products – in large part to their smaller network of hotels.
After spending five nights at the Fairmont Singapore though – in a two-bedroom suite overlooking the marina – I realized just how valuable the card could be, when used right. The reason for this is three-fold: the suite upgrade certificate, dining certificates and 3rd night free certificate. All are complimentary upon account approval, free when you consider the waived annual fee for the first year.
Suite Upgrade Certificate
I didn’t read much about the suite upgrade certificate prior to applying. As you already know about my strategy, I accumulate mass amounts of points and miles then figure out the details later. So it was a surprise then when I called to redeem my reward nights.
The surprise was the flexibility the suite certificate offered. No matter how long your stay is, you can upgrade to a suite for the entire time period – whether it is one night or a dozen. This is pending suite availability on the desired nights, of course, but still an incredible offer.
In my case, the result was a two-bedroom suite that was spacious, offered an excellent view of the Singapore marina and had what might be the single best bathroom I've seen in a hotel room. I mean, just look at the shower/bath combo below (with direct views of the marina).
I am a huge proponent of the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card, largely because automatic Gold status means free breakfast worldwide. But besides Hilton, free breakfast is harder to come by for non-status travelers.
Here the Fairmont Visa has another unique offering: four $25 breakfast certificates and two $25 dining/spa certificates that can be redeemed at almost any Fairmont property. While this isn't a "blanket" free breakfast policy, the $150 is real value that can't be ignored.
3rd Night Free Certificate
Another unique benefit the Fairmont Visa provides is this: when you pay for two consecutive nights, you can use a one-time 3rd night free certificate for another free night. While other hotel brands offer variations of this, they usually requires more paid nights and it is not able to be combined with other offers.
That last sentence is important. By using the complimentary two free nights, suite certificate and 3rd night free certificate all at once, a Fairmont Visa cardholder can book five nights in a suite at any Fairmont property (!) for the price of two nights in a regular room.
The opportunity here is substantial. The $150 of dining certificates will help offset the cost of the two regular nights, making this a very unique – and undervalued – award booking.