Friday, February 20, 2015

Deal Alert: New Element Vancouver Metrotown - 3,000 Bonus Starpoints, Free Upgrade and more

Earlier today in our daily update we brought you a quick snippet on yesterday's opening of the newest Starwood Hotel in Canada, The Element Vancouver Metrotown. As part of the grand opening celebrations there is an promotion being offered of 3,000 Bonus Starpoints, Free Breakfast and a complimentary upgrade from a studio suite to a one-bedroom suite. We decided to see if this was a good deal or not and we feel it is!

We pulled up rates for a stay on March 10th with the following results for a Studio King:
AAA: C$152 + taxes/fees
Advance Purchase (non-refundable): $161
Fully Flexible Rate: C$179 + taxes/fees
3,000 Bonus Starpoints offer: C$179 + taxes/fees

As you can see the 3,000 Bonus Starpoints offer is equal to the Fully Flexible rate but more than the AAA rate or Advance Purchase. It appears the free breakfast is a moot point per the rates all rooms include free breakfast.  But is it worth it to pay the additional $27 over the AAA rate or $18 over the Advance purchase rate. Personally we always avoid Advance Purchase as we hate not having the option to cancel. But how about the $27 extra over AAA? Absolutely! We value Starpoints at a minimum of 2 cents each but more so around 2.3 cents each which means the 3,000 Starpoints is worth $60 to $66 in our books, which already beats out the $27 difference but then you also get the free upgrade to a Suite as long as one is available! By booking the 3,000 Starpoints rate you will come a minimum of $33 ahead  and at least $77 ahead if you get the Suite as it prices out $44 more per night on the AA rate. Of course if you are not a CAA/AAA member then the 3,000 Points offer is a no brainer when compared the fully flexible rate.

To find out more about this new hotel or to book the 3,000 Bonus Starpoints offer visit here.

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