New Stay Vancouver Hotels Offer: Stay 2 Nights and Receive up to $250 in Gift Cards
Updated: Oct 2, 2022
Stay Vancouver Hotels is back with another gift card offer for stays at participating Vancouver Hotels. We have previously covered the great savings offered by Stay Vancouver Hotels, which is a marketing effort of the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association made up of a group of 40 downtown Vancouver hotels (You can check out our original post here for some background information on Stay Vancouver Hotels promotions). Of note is that there are some new hotels added to the program this time around, including EXchange Hotel Vancouver and Paradox Hotel Vancouver.
The promotion has changed slightly from previous offers. The previous promotion provided for a maximum $125 Mastercard gift card for the first night's stay at a qualifying hotel and $50 per night for up to two more consecutive nights. This time, the promotion requires a two night minimum stay for which you will receive a maximum of $125 in Mastercard gift cards for each night - so you could earn up to $250 in Mastercard gift cards for a two night stay. On the plus side, this is a sweeter offer than the previous promotion in terms of total value of gift cards, however, it does now require a minimum two night stay.
The offer can be found at stayvancouverhotels.com.
Important Points to Note
A few things to note:
The offer is applicable for stays from October 1, 2022 through to December 31, 2022.
These offers are limited, often sell out quickly and are pulled without warning so if you want to take advantage of the savings, book now.
These offers are quite flexible, allowing for free cancellations up to 48 hours prior to your check-in date.
Typically you can simply apply the gift card directly onto your bill at check-out if you wish (personally, I prefer to earn more points by using a credit card that has a multiplier for hotel charges).
Maximum 3 bookings per guest
You cannot book consecutive stays for the same hotel
Stays Potentially Qualify for Hotel Loyalty Programs and can be Stacked
Also of note is that it's our experience that these nights generally count as a hotel stay for Marriott's Bonvoy program when booking a Marriott hotel. This is notwithstanding that it is booked through the Stay Vancouver Hotels website. Your credit card will be charged directly by the hotel, just as if you booked it directly with the hotel. I have typically called or emailed the hotel in advance of my stay to ask them to add my Bonvoy number to the reservation.
During the previous promotion in February 2022, I stayed at a Fairmont Hotel and forgot to arrange ahead of time to have my Accor Live Limitless (ALL) number added to my reservation. On check-in I provided my loyalty number but did not end up getting any credit for the stay. So, I can't say whether using this offer will qualify as a stay under Fairmont's ALL program or whether it is simply a matter of calling ahead to ensure your ALL number is added to your reservation before check-in.
You can also stack other offers with the Stay Vancouver Hotels promotion. For example, if you have received the Marriot Bonvoy offer on an American Express Card which requires $250 spend for a $50 credit you should be able to stack it with the Stay Vancouver Hotels offer for a further $50 savings. Of course, the Marriot Bonvoy offer expires on October 5, 2022, and the Stay Vancouver offer starts on October 1, 2022, leaving a very limited time to take advantage of this stack.
So, what kind of deals can be had this time around? With travel having very much fully opened up now, the reality is that hotel rates are not as low as they have been during past promotions during COVID, but the Stay Vancouver Rates are still pretty much your best option for the cheapest hotel rates when you take into account the gift cards.
In terms of Marriot branded hotels, there are a few attractive options. In searching for a two night stay on November 4-6, I found the 3 star Residence Inn can be had for $161 per night, with the Stay Vancouver Hotels offering a $100 gift card each night, it brings the nightly net cost down to $61 per night. Alternatively, there is the 4 star Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Hotel, with a nightly rate of $234 per night and a $100 gift card per night, bringing the rate down to $134 for each of the two nights. Or, there is the 4 star Sheraton Wall Centre for $206 per night, with a $100 gift card each night, bringing the rate down to $106 per night!
On those same dates, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has a rate of $249 per night with the promotion providing a $100 gift card each of the two nights, bringing each night down to a rate of $149. The Fairmont Waterfront is $289 per night, with a $125 gift card received with the promotion each night, it brings the effective rate to $164 per night.
If you want to go full 5 stars, you can book the Shangri-La for $415 per night, with a $125 gift card each night, bringing the rate down to $290 per night.
As you can see, there are some pretty decent deals to be had when you factor in receiving an American Express gift card.
The Stay Vancouver Hotels gift card promotion returns offering up to $125 each night for a minimum two night stay at participating hotels. The promotion offers great rates and the potential to also count as stays with hotel loyalty programs. The promotion is applicable for stays from October 1, 2002 to December 31, 2022. If you want to book, don't delay as these offers typically do not last long.