Many airlines offer complimentary hotels for stopovers or on arrival. For example, Point Me to the Plane recently wrote about United’s complimentary hotel option for arrivals at certain cities. Similarly, Air Canada offers a free hotel on a stopover if your connection is more than six hours in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver. Your itinerary must include a flight that originates/arrives at a non-Canadian or USA city. This option is free for paid bookings in business class, premium economy, or on a latitude fare. Flex and Tango fares apparently get a discounted rate for the hotel.
You can book your stopover hotel online. You must make your booking at least 96 prior to arriving in the city where you want to make the booking. Note the following rules:
– Your itinerary must be booked on AirCanada.com. No Orbitz, Kayak, Vayama, etc!
– The arriving and departing flight from the stopover city must be on Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, or Air Canada Express.
– This offer is applicable on both round-trip and one-way itineraries, however, multi-city itineraries are not eligible.
Although I rarely buy paid tickets, it’s nice to know that this option exists. It allows for a quick tour of a major Canadian city, which is of course, a huge plus!