For the past few years, beVancouver has offered a pretty awesome promotion for discounted Vancouver hotel stays 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.
To help fill rooms during low season, beVancouver is offering $50-125 Amex pre-paid gift cards for a one night stay, and a $50 gift card for every subsequent night.
Here are the basic details of the promotion:
- 35 Vancouver-area hotels are participating in the promotion
- Valid for check-ins through April 30, 2017
- Bookings are pre-paid and non-cancellable
- You must pay with a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express
- 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?
Below are some examples of the value you can get through this offer 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 67USD one-night stay at the Ramada Vancouver Downtown:
If you’re looking for more of a mid-range hotel, you can receive a 100CAD gift card for a 136USD one-night stay at the Residence Inn by Marriott Vancouver Downtown:
Or you can even receive a 125CAD gift card for a 147USD one-night at the Pan Pacific Vancouver:
I should stress again, though, that stays booked with this promotion are non-refundable, so be sure your trip is confirmed before you book.
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)
- For short stays at luxury hotels, keep in mind there are potentially a lot of value-add amenities you can get by booking through programs like American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, Virtuoso, etc., which could be worth more than the gift card
- The stay is non-refundable and pre-paid
This is a heck of a deal, and a way to get a hotel stay in Vancouver almost for free.
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 or spring?
(Tip of the hat to Points, Miles & Martinis)