Fairmont President’s Club has been sending out emails to its members over the past couple of days changes coming to the program in 2017.
You can access Fairmont President’s Club here.
Here’s the announcement:
When we joined AccorHotels this past July, we promised you an update about Fairmont President’s Club. We’re pleased to announce that your Fairmont President’s Club experience will remain unchanged throughout the next program year, and you’ll continue to enjoy all the same exclusive benefits, rewards and privileges in 2017.
In 2017, every qualifying stay will count toward attaining the next tier with the exception of stays booked through online travel agents, such as Expedia or Hotels.com. Reserve your stay now through fairmont.com or your travel professional to ensure you get all the very best of what Fairmont President’s Club has to offer. We can’t wait to welcome you soon!
For more information, email Fairmont President’s Club Guest Services email@example.com or visit fairmont.com/fpc.
The main change is that the bookings made using third party OTA channels such as Expedia, Hotels.com, Booking.com etc. will no longer eligible nights when status is renewed or towards higher tier. Seems that Fairmont will still extend the benefits of the program for those stays, however.
It is not a surprise that Fairmont President’s Club will last at least for another year. Combining programs is always difficult and time consuming.
Also, Le Club AccorHotels and Fairmont President’s Club programs are very different in every level. With Le Club AccorHotels you collect points towards free nights while with Fairmont you get a free nights after certain number of nights plus upgrade certificates (including suite ones) and other vouchers.
Personally, I am eager to find out how the lifetime Fairmont President’s Club members are integrated to Le Club AccorHotels program. Lifetime Platinum members get free night yearly, suite upgrade and other upgrade vouchers, plus number of other valuable certificates. Le Club AccorHotels don’t have anything similar.