Chase Fairmont Card cardholders are starting to receive notifications from Chase that their card will be transitioned to a Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card on August 15 of this year. Chase discontinued the Fairmont card in January so many have been expecting some kind of change for several months.
Previously, the Chase Fairmont card was popular for those who liked some of the amazing Fairmont properties and the ability to spend $12,000 on the card to earn a free night. The sign-up bonus before the card was discontinued offered two free nights at any Fairmont hotel including the Savoy Hotel London.
With the discontinuation of the card, the world of hotel branded credit cards lost a major luxury brand. This was not surprising given that AccorHotels purchased Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. Many fans of the Fairmont brand have been waiting for AccorHotels to merge the loyalty programs but that has yet to happen.
This is not unlike the Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest merger that has left a lot of loyalty program members uncertain about the future of their desired program. The Chase Fairmont Card did not have the same kind of benefits of as the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, but it made earning a free night certificate very simple.
The card also automatically provided Premier status with Fairmont Hotels and Resorts which came with several benefits including:
- 1 complimentary room upgrade
- 1 complimentary suite upgrade
- $50 Fairmont dining credit
- 1 complimentary third night on a three-night stay
- Earn 750 airline miles for qualifying stays
With benefits like these, it’s clear why many people were fans fo the hotel chain and the card were disappointed to see the card discontinued. The Fairmont Card also wasn’t subject to the Chase 5/24 rule which allowed tons of people to be eligible for the card.
The decision by Chase to change Fairmont cards to the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is bound to make some cardholders happy, though. For many, they have not been able to get this card because of the Chase 5/24 rule. With the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, cardholders will be able to earn more Chase Ultimate Rewards points.
Additionally, they will have the ability to transfer the Ultimate Rewards points they earn to airline partners and hotel partners like Hyatt. The access to transfer partners opens up some amazing ways to redeem Ultimate Rewards.
This change serves as a great reminder for those in the miles and points community that the travel industry and loyalty programs are always changing and evolving. Whether it’s the merger of hotel chains or new co-branded credit card deals like American Express’ recent exclusive deal with Hilton.
Not many expected the Hilton deal including (it seems) Citi who pulled the links to it’s Citi Hilton Reserve Card and Citi Hilton Visa Signature card within a couple days of the announcement. We certainly don’t like seeing consolidation in the industry as it removes options for consumers, but these changes are inevitable.
Whether it’s a merger or a new deal, we’ll continue to keep any eye out for coming changes so you are always prepared.