Air Canada and the city of Vancouver, BC have teamed up for a very interesting promotion. Unfortunately, many readers will be unable to enter Canada at the moment, but the promotion is lucrative enough to make a speculative booking or two potentially worthwhile…
And to be perfectly clear from the beginning, you CANNOT earn points or elite status credit – you must book via Air Canada and your reservation will be treated as a third-party booking. As well, you do NOT need to make a flight booking with Air Canada to get to Vancouver…
Aeroplan members can earn:
- 5,000 bonus points for a 1 night stay
- 10,000 bonus points for a 2 night stay
- 20,000 bonus points for a 3 night stay
You must BOOK before July 7th, 2021 and STAY before December 15th, 2021.
Only certain hotels are eligible. The list contains many recognizable names, and some independent hotels you might never have heard of…
How to Book
The booking engine is not particularly user-friendly. But you probably want to start by clicking here to be taken to the promotion page. You must login to your Aeroplan account and then select your preferred hotel. Only then can you choose your preferred travel dates.
You do have the option of spending your Aeroplan points instead of cash, but this offers poor value.
Even though this example only shows you earning 714 Aeroplan points, the 20,000 bonus points would arrive 4-6 weeks later.
The Bottom Line
I almost always book my hotel stays direct from the hotel chain, in order to earn points and elite status credit/benefit. However a promotion such as this one is the exception that proves the rule. 20,700+ Aeroplan points in exchange for C$357 (approximately $285) is potentially mattress run worthy for any Vancouverites reading this post. (and that C$357 is only the cheapest rate I could find without wasting my entire afternoon searching – perhaps you can do even better!)
And it’s a fantastic deal for anybody hoping to visit Vancouver this fall. In theory, you could book consecutive stays at different hotels and pick up the bonus more than once (during a longer stay).