Thursday, June 4, 2020

June 4 Update: Canada's 1st Red Roof Inn now set to open in August, Hyatt extends COVID-19 cancellation policy, up to 50,000 bonus Be Well points at Rexall this weekend

We've mentioned in some blog posts some time ago that Canada's first Red Roof Inn was slated to open in Calgary earlier this year however it appears that COVID-19 delayed that opening. According to Red Roof's site the Red Roof PLUS+ & Suites Calgary is now taking bookings for opening on August 25, 2020. This hotel was formerly a Travelodge hotel and is the first of several planned Red Roof Hotels planned to open up in Canada over the next 5 years.

Hyatt hotels have provided us with an update to their COVID-19 cancellation policy:
With some very limited exceptions, existing reservations booked before July 1, 2020, for arrivals through July 31, 2021, can be cancelled at no charge up to 24 hours before your scheduled arrival. This includes Advance Purchase Rate reservations. 

Reservations made after April 1, 2020 at select Destination Residences or under Special Event Rates, after June 3, 2020 at Hyatt Residence Club properties, and any other reservations made after June 30, 2020 that disclose a different cancellation or refund policy at the time of booking are excluded from this policy and subject to the cancellation or refund policy disclosed at the time of booking. Please visit the Change and Cancellation Fee Waiver Exceptions for a list of excluded properties. 

Please note: These policies apply to reservations made through Hyatt directly. Guests who booked via online travel agents or other third parties are advised to contact their booking provider for information on their policies and for assistance. These policies do not apply to convention and group business due to the contractual nature of these reservations. Guests with reservations at a Hyatt Residence Club property who did not book through Hyatt channels should contact Hyatt Residence Club

Reservations with MGM, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and Lindblad Expeditions

Cancellation policies for MGM Resorts International, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and Lindblad Expeditions may vary from Hyatt’s policies and will be noted in the rate’s Rate Rules section during booking.
We have updated our COVID-19 resource page to reflect this update from Hyatt

You can earn up to 50,000 bonus Rexall Be Well points when you shop at Rexall this weekend. Spend $50 to get 25,000 points ($10) or $70 or more to get the 50,000 points ($20 value). No coupon required.

It's been a few weeks since we provided stats on hotel occupancy in Canada. At that time it was hovering around 16% and good news is that the numbers are slowly creeping up. For the last week of May Canadian hotel occupancy was 21.4%. Still drastically lower from the 70.4% seen for the similar time period in 2019. However while the numbers are slowly creeping up the average daily rate is still 40% lower than 2019 and the hotels' revenue per room is still down over 80%. (Source HNN)

Airline Schedule Updates
This will now be a standard feature for the foreseeable future in our daily update posts as we summarize Canadian operations based on data from RoutesOnline and other sources. Remember that many of these route plans are subject to change and right now they are changing frequently!

KLM will be restarting flights from Calgary and Vancouver to Amsterdam in July. (Source KLM)

Remember to visit and bookmark our COVID-19 resource page where we are keeping you up to date with all the latest airline, hotel, lounges and loyalty program news, policies, closures and more.

Posts since our last update:


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