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Vancouver Hotels Promotion: Earn a Bonus 20,000 Aeroplan Points

As COVID-19 vaccinations continue to ramp up and businesses return to normal, summer travel in Canada is about to explode. Availability is getting picked over and prices are already shooting up.

At the same time, there are lots of incredible deals available. From now until July 7, 2021, you can earn more Aeroplan points when you book a hotel stay in Vancouver.

Earn 20,000 Aeroplan Points

When you book an eligible Vancouver hotel via the Aeroplan website, you’ll earn a bonus of up to 20,000 Aeroplan points. 

The number of points you’ll earn is determined by the length of your stay:

  • One night: 5,000 bonus Aeroplan points
  • Two nights: 10,000 bonus Aeroplan points
  • Three or more nights: 20,000 bonus Aeroplan points

Clearly, the sweet spot is three-night stays. You’ll earn a bonus of 6,666 Aeroplan points per night.

That’s in addition to the standard points you’d earn for using the Aeroplan portal, although those won’t move the needle much by themselves. You’ll earn 2 points per dollar spent on the cash rate, or more with a higher Aeroplan Elite Status tier.

You’ll earn the bonus points if you book by July 7, and stay between June 21 and December 15.

The list of participating hotels is quite comprehensive, touching every major hotel chain including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, and Fairmont, plus a number of independent properties:

graphic of participating hotels

If you’ve got a trip planned to the west coast, you could use this promotion to significantly offset your costs.

Here’s an example for the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, going for $189/night (including taxes and fees) on a November weekend:

Sheraton hotel of Vancouver BC, CA - Trip Advisor screenshot

With this promotion, you’d earn the standard points kickback of 1,132 Aeroplan points, plus a bonus 20,000 points, for a total of 21,132 Aeroplan points.

Valued at 2.1 cents per point, this represents a discount valued at $444. That brings the cost of a three-night stay down to $122, or $41/night.

You’d pay a modest premium over the rate for booking directly with Marriott, but for an extra $10/night cash outlay, this is a screaming deal you can’t miss.

Do note that you might not receive Marriott Bonvoy elite benefits or earn elite-qualifying nights, as technically you’d be making a third-party booking via the Aeroplan website.

However, I’m encouraged by the fact that the list of participating hotels is very similar to the Stay Vancouver promotion, which does grant status benefits and elite nights for Marriott hotels.

I’d suggest reaching out to the hotel to attach your membership number to the booking. Worst case scenario, assuming you’ve booked a refundable rate, they say no, and then you can decide whether you’d prefer to cancel and rebook with Bonvoy for perks, or keep your booking for a juicy Aeroplan rebate.

Alternatively, this would be a good opportunity to sample some of the city’s non-chain hotels, to try other brands whose loyalty programs you aren’t heavily invested in, or to enjoy a well-located budget option.

The Listel hotel of Vancouver BC, CA - Trip Advisor screenshot

An Arbitrage Opportunity to Buy Points!

While cash prices fluctuate, the bonus is the same for all properties, and for all eligible dates. Paired with a low nightly cash rate, you just might find a good opportunity to effectively buy Aeroplan points at a steep discount.

I’ve found one set of dates at The Burrard going for $272 for three nights (including taxes and fees):

The Burrad of Vancouver BC, CA - Trip Advisor screenshot

Forget about the hotel for a minute. Essentially, you’d be able to buy 20,000+ Aeroplan points for $272. Let’s break down your potential points earnings:

  • 20,000 Aeroplan points for the promotional bonus
  • 1,359 Aeroplan points for the standard points as an Elite 25K member, at 5 points per dollar spent

In total, depending on your elite status, you could swap $272 cash for 21,359 Aeroplan points. In other words, you can buy Aeroplan points for 1.27 cents per point.

Plus, you’d also earn regular rewards on credit card spending when you make the purchase, bringing your cents per point cost down further when you use an Aeroplan co-branded credit card. Even without any credit card rewards or Aeroplan Elite status, you’d still be getting a price no worse than 1.32 cents per point as a basic Aeroplan member.

These are much better rates than buying points outright, which rarely dips below 1.5 cents (plus tax) per point. In fact, you wouldn’t even need to redeem for flights worth 2.1 cents per point for this opportunity to be worth it – you could set your redemption targets much lower.

For any flight redemption above 1.27 cents per point, you’d come out ahead this way. Rather than paying cash for the flight, you’d pay cash for the hotel, and book the flight with points instead.

This price should be much more appealing to a broader spectrum of award travellers, including those who mostly use Aeroplan points for domestic flights. It’s often a better bet to buy points at a higher rate only if you’re specifically using them for overseas premium cabins or other expensive tickets, whereas the value of buying points outright is not as apparent if you aren’t a frequent luxury traveller.

If you like the price, you could choose to view it as a great rate to buy Aeroplan points, with the hotel stay as the free bonus!

Even without a trip to Vancouver planned, you could still take advantage of this promotion. There’s nothing stopping you from treating a local friend – or your favourite Prince of Travel writer – to a low-key staycation. 😉

After all, Miles & Points is all about arbitrage opportunities. It’s always important to look for creative ways to travel more for less. A little short-term cash investment can pay off down the road when you encounter great opportunities to redeem those points at higher value.

What About Paying with Points?

The Aeroplan hotel portal doesn’t get a lot of fanfare. The status benefits are hit or miss, the rewards usually aren’t attention-grabbing, and the rate for booking with points is poor.

Normally, when you book via the Aeroplan website, you won’t earn Aeroplan points when you pay for your travel with Aeroplan points – only if you pay with cash. For this promotion, you will earn the bonus component of 5,000, 10,000, or 20,000 points when you pay with points, you just won’t earn the standard points.

However, the points costs are still not worth it. Let’s take the previous example of the Sheraton: for a three-night stay, you could either pay $566 cash, or 72,000 Aeroplan points.

Using points here would be a horrific choice, with a redemption value of only 0.79 cents per point. The promotional 20,000 points is a wash, as you’d earn it either way, so you can’t even treat it like a discount on the points cost.

That’s not even considering standard points you’d miss, or the points on credit card spending. Overall, if you’ve got a Vancouver hotel stay coming up, it’s a much better choice to pay cash and save your points for a future redemption.

Conclusion

Aeroplan is offering up to 20,000 points when you book a three-night hotel stay in Vancouver. Book now before July 7, 2021, for travel dates between June 21 and December 15, to take advantage of this promotion.

Whether or not you have your eyes on a trip to Vancouver, the value of this hot deal is undeniable. You can treat it like a discount on your stay, or as an arbitrage opportunity to flip into greater future travel value.

20 Comments
  1. Sagar

    Has anyone even received their 20,000 points? Its been 2 months and I still haven’t received it. I called and email cxLoyalty with no luck

  2. Sean

    Nice to hear about this deal as my wife and I had planned to visit Vancouver for two nights in July. We usually book through hotels.com or booking.com so I was unfamiliar with the aircanada interface. As others have discussed, the Aeroplan process is clunkier because you have to look at each hotel individually. To get around this I looked up my dates in hotels.com and applied the various filters that I required (pets allowed, pool, etc…). This gave me results that I could subsequently cross reference with the properties which are participating in the Aeroplan deal.

  3. Cindy

    Hey Josh!
    I read this post last week and clicked the link attached and was able to look at the different Hotel options. Now that I’m ready to book The Burrard, I cant seem to locate the deal anymore. Any tips or an updated direct link that I can try?

  4. Ernie Slubik

    Josh, I just booked, thanks for this article! Do you know when the confirmation of the 20,000 bonus points will appear?

  5. Jay

    Can’t seem to find this deal anymore even tho it says book by July 7. Can someone post a link ?

    1. Peter

      I found out you had to go through the Aeroplan portal to find their deal section, separate from Air Canada section. But when I try to click a hotel, I get an error. Why is their site so trash?

      https://aeroplan.cxloyalty.com/#Deals

  6. don

    I clicked on the link at the end of this article to get into the featured hotels. The process for picking a hotel was very time consuming as you had to click on each hotel to find the price. I finally went to book my chosen hotel and the website wouldn’t accept my booking. I phoned the number listed with the error message and after a long hold was told that they had system problems. I was told they would e-mail me back when they had fixed the problem (even though against the rules). Did not receive an e-mail back so tried again and failed. I had already spent the time to book my flights. Maybe you will be luckier than me but you may wish to budget a considerable amount of time if you are going to pursue this promotion

  7. Carl

    Can we earn multiple 20k points for booking multiple 3-night stays within the SAME account? Thanks!

  8. don

    Do you know if a hotel shows up on the Air Canada website as bookable for the desired dates that it is eligible for the promotion. Or is there some other way they define an eligible hotel? Thanks.

  9. Greg

    Even with the rates higher than booking direct, I look at this promotion as a cheap way to buy 20,000 AP points. Thanks for posting, I think this is a solid promo. With no cruise ships coming to Vancouver this summer rates are already way below average price. Made me choose Vancouver over Kelowna as a summer vacation destination.

  10. Jason Bourne

    Had a 5 night hotel already booked via Booking.com, that I just cancelled and re-booked via Aeroplan 🙂 Extra 20,000 points for just rebooking a trip. Thanks Josh!

  11. Mosuns

    Let’s say you’re staying 6 nights – could you book from two different AP accounts and get 2 x 20k points? Thoughts?

  12. Nck

    Hello Josh, does the 20,000 AP bonus points count as the Everyday Status Qualification (ESQ) toward the qualify for Aeroplan 25K Status?

    1. Josh YVR

      Can’t say for sure, but it doesn’t seem to be excluded.

  13. WY

    Is there any penalties for no show of the reservation ?

    1. Josh YVR

      Once in a while shouldn’t be an issue, although you may run into trouble if you frequently try to game the system. Always safer to attempt a remote check-in, as the hotel may void your stay if you no-show.

  14. Jules

    Prepayment required, although some rates are cancellable.

  15. Jason

    Not to mention Aeroplan will take forever to credit the bonus pts, and by which time it might be forgotten by some

  16. CT

    I am planning a trip in early July, booked hotels in Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria BC ( All Marriott) I compared the AAA rate with the Aeroplan rate for the hotel in Vancouver, the AAA rate is way much cheaper. And I plan to pay the hotel with my Amex Business Plat and get 10x bonus points.

  17. Mark

    As usual the devil is in the details. The rates are way higher than Marriott direct, not to mention 3d party booking.

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