There’s a pretty amazing deal going on for Vancouver hotels at the moment. It’s being run through bevancouver.com, and the details are as follows:
Book at any of our hotels and receive an AMEX Prepaid Gift Card upon check in!
$75 Gift Card at 2-3.5 Star Hotels
$100 Gift card at 4 Star Hotels
$125 Gift Card at 4.5-5 Star Hotels
The promotion is valid for bookings made through March 14, 2014, and for check-ins by April 30, 2014. All 37 of their downtown hotel partners are eligible, and the AMEX Prepaid Cards can be used any way you’d like — they don’t have to be used at the hotel.
It’s worth noting that rates booked through this promotion are non-refundable and charged at the time of booking. Each person can earn up to three gift cards, and you’re limited to one gift card per stay (back-to-back reservations at the same hotel still only qualify as one reservation for the purposes of this promotion).
Anyway, this can translate to some amazing deals. For example, pulling up random weekend dates in April I see rates of $186 at the Shangri-La Vancouver. That’s before the $125 gift card you get, basically bringing down the net cost to $61.
Now admittedly there are some other amazing options for booking Vancouver hotels. I’m actually headed there in a few weeks and was pleasantly surprised by the hotel options and prices. For example, if booking through American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts or Virtuoso, the same night at the Shangri-La is available for $203:
And that comes with the following benefits:
So you pay $203 and you get a $100 property credit, breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and an upgrade.
Whether or not that’s better than a $186 prepaid rate with a $125 gift card probably comes down to the individual, but both are amazing deals.
There are also some Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, and Starwood properties participating, though keep in mind that when you make third party bookings you technically don’t earn points or stay credit.
With Vancouver hotel rates as good as they are and with generous benefits through Fine Hotels & Resorts, I may just have to move there for a while when I start living in hotels full time.
(Tip of the hat to sbanders on FlyerTalk)