Thought it doesn’t involve any miles and points, today’s offer from Daily Getaways is actually one of the most appealing to me. Fairmont is offering two different vacation packages at a significant discount. Ten packages are available at its Hawaii properties — the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island or the Fairmont Kea Lani on Maui — and 10 packages are available at the Fairmont Scottsdale. They go on sale at 10 AM Pacific Time.
What appeals to me about the Hawaii packages is that there aren’t a lot of properties on the island of Hawaii that participate in major loyalty programs. There’s a Sheraton and a Courtyard by Marriott, and if you’re willing to pay you could stay at the Four Seasons — but regardless, your options are more limited than on the more popular islands of Maui, Oahu, and Kauai.
Each of the Hawaii packages costs $1,780 and includes six Ovation Rewards certificates. You can mix and match them if you don’t want to spend six nights at just one property or if you don’t want to use them all at once. They have no expiration date,
no blackout dates, and can be used for last room availability within that room category. There are limited blackout dates for this offer per the Daily Getaways site, although the Ovation Rewards site says there are no blackout dates, so I’m not sure exactly how they differ on this point.
They can be purchased in multiples of one-night stays and are superbly flexible – which benefits both the employer/purchaser and the recipient. There are several room categories and locations to choose from in each of our four collections, each reflecting a different price threshold and level of recognition. Once the reward is issued, we handle the guest´s entire hotel itinerary through a dedicated reservation line. Ovation Reward stays are accepted to the last room available in the room category purchased, and are free from blackout dates.
I took a look at the Fairmont Orchid in February, when I’d probably want to visit, and found that a six-night stay would cost $3,688 including taxes and resort fees. There is also an option to pre-pay for breakfast (already included in the Daily Getaways offer) for $32 per person per day. As far as I’ve been able to determine, this is a pretty good deal and represents a discount of greater than 50%.
The Scottsdale package doesn’t appeal to me at all. It may or may not be a good price, but I’m not starved for options. Likewise, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend buying this Daily Getaway if you want to go to Maui.