It does turn out that the lifetime status was included in the Presidential Suite and Penthouse Living Social packages in error. I’d be really curious to know how the error transpired, someone wrote the copy and presumably thought that’s what was intended.
They pulled the offer early, it was supposed to run until Tuesday. But though it was unclear for a bit how Fairmont was going to handle things, perhaps they would have cancelled the deal and refunded folks’ money? In the end they decided to honor the promotion.
Some folks got their status especially cheap, you could even go in on these things as a group and get a discount for referring people, so the cost went down as low as $1500. If you’re young, and you have a reasonable likelihood of staying at Fairmonts, and the status isn’t devalued too badly in the future, then it turned out to be a pretty darned good deal.
Barbara De Lollis does a wrapup on the offer, from inception to its getting honored by Fairmont, in her USA Today Hotel Check-in blog.
She quotes me offering kudos to Fairmont for stepping up:
He gives Fairmont kudos for “stepping up and honoring the offer and doing so quickly. Fairmont Platinum is a really nice status level, and permanent status should provide nice benefits well into the future.”
It’s important to commend travel providers for doing right by their customers, especially in situations like these, in addition to the usual griping after all!