Huge Discounts On Vancouver Hotels This Winter

For the past couple of years, beVancouver has offered a pretty awesome promotion for discounted Vancouver hotels in the off season. Vancouver is a pretty seasonal hotel market, in that hotels are packed during the peak summer season, while they’re fairly quiet in the winter.

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To help fill rooms during low season, beVancouver is offering $50-125 Amex pre-paid gift cards for one-night stays.

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Here are the basic details of the promotion:

  • 35 Vancouver-area hotels are participating in the promotion
  • Valid for check-ins through February 29, 2016
  • Bookings are pre-paid and non-cancellable
  • Each person can make a maximum of three bookings under this offer
  • You receive a $50, $75, $100, or $125 Amex pre-paid gift card for the first night of your stay, depending on the category of hotel (all values in CAD)
  • For each subsequent night on the same booking you receive an additional $50 Amex pre-paid gift card
  • The gift cards can be used however you’d like, either to cover the cost of the hotel stay, or anywhere else Amex pre-paid gift cards are accepted

How good are these deals?

That sounds nice in theory, though how good are the deals in practice? Below are some examples using random dates I pulled up (I’m sure you can find even cheaper dates with a bit of research).

If you’re looking for a budget option, it’s tough to beat a 75CAD gift card for a 74USD one-night stay at the Executive Hotel Vintage Park:

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If you’re looking for more of a mid-range hotel, you can receive a 100CAD gift card for a 122USD one-night stay at the Residence Inn by Marriott Vancouver Downtown:

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Or a 100CAD gift card for a 134USD one-night stay at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel:

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The deal can be pretty amazing for luxury hotels as well. You can receive a 125CAD gift card for a one-night stay at the Shangri-La Vancouver, which is a stunning hotel:

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I should stress again, though, that stays booked with this promotion are non-refundable, so be sure your trip is confirmed before you book.

Alternatives for luxury hotels

If you’re looking at booking a luxury hotel you’ll also want to consider booking through American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts or Virtuoso.

For example, the Shangri-La can be booked through American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts on a refundable rate for the same price (~300CAD=~229USD).

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And on top of that it comes with the following benefits:

  • Noon check-in, when available
  • Room upgrade upon arrival, when available
  • Daily breakfast for two people
  • Guaranteed 4PM late check-out
  • Complimentary in-room wifi
  • $100 property credit to be used during stay

Personally I value those perks more than a 125CAD gift card, but I’m sure others will feel differently.

Bottom line

Vancouver is one of my favorite cities in North America, and this promotion is definitely valuable for many. Be sure you consider everything before using the promo, though:

  • If you’re staying at a chain hotel you won’t earn points for your stay, and in many cases won’t get elite credit, since you’re booking through a third party (in practice points may sometimes still post, but they’re not supposed to)
  • The stay is non-refundable and pre-paid

This is still a hell of a deal, though in many cases for luxury hotels I think Fine Hotels & Resorts or Virtuoso can be an even better deal.

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Lobby of the Shangri-La Vancouver

Do you plan on using the beVancouver promotion to get a great deal on a Vancouver hotel this winter?

Comments

  1. Vancouver in the winter, Scottsdale in the summer.

    You may get really cheap rooms, but in both locations there is a reason hotel rates are so inexpensive…

  2. Used this promo last year for the Hyatt regency. Ended up paying about $35/night net and received all benefits of status and points for the gross amount of the room.
    Vancouver in the winter. Lots to do, since much of their activities are inside and the weather is far less wintery than the rest of Canada. The aquarium, Stanley park, watch a hockey game, day trip to whistler, or skiing closer in as you get into the deepest part of the winter.

  3. If we head up to Whistler, we like to spend a night in Vancouver on the way back to WA. The Chinese food, and Asian food in general, is so much better than what we have in the Seattle area.

  4. Its quite miserable up here in Vancouver during the winter, basically non-stop rain but the deals are great even for us locals that might need a room after holiday parties.

  5. Good deals from what I can see. And there is so much to do in Vancouver in the winter. Don’t be afraid of the weather. This year is an El Niño year – warmer than usual . It’s 13 C / 55 F and sunny today. Go for the promotion , you won’t regret it!

  6. Hey Lucky,

    Have you ever stayed at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver? I would highly recommend it as its one of Fairmonts new flagship hotels. We had great service throughout our stay and will definitely be going back this summer.

  7. When do you receive the gift card? If you receive it after your stay, the CAD is pretty useless in the US…

  8. We received our cards when we checked in. They offered to put them against the bill, but we used them for restaurants and put the hotel charges on our Hyatt card.

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