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United States: Travel To San Francisco With Aeroplan & Marriott Bonvoy Points

To the point Let's see how to visit San Francisco with our friends' must-see points and addresses for a great weekend like Labor Day!

San Francisco is an American city we love for its year-round mild temperatures and family-friendly activities.

Flexibility is very important when it comes to traveling with points and miles. So, let’s see how to visit this beautiful city of “San Fran” with points.

In a second time, we will reveal to you the must-see places in San Francisco: thanks to our resident friends who shared their favorite addresses with us!

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San Francisco 2 2

Getting to San Francisco

Reservation of the airfare to SF

To check flights to San Francisco, use the Google Flights search engine and Flight Connections. This will tell you what flights are available and the cost of the ticket for the period; prices to San Francisco vary greatly.

I used the long Thanksgiving weekend as an example.

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OnAeroplan’s side, you can get return tickets for 30,400 Aeroplan points + $83 CAD in economy class. The same ticket costs CAD 1,079 at the public rate at the same time. Points can be a great way to save money when cash tickets are very expensive.

A quick assessment of the valuation shows that, at 3.28 cents per point, utilization in this case is higher than Milesopedia’s estimate of 2 cents per point.

San Francisco points Aeroplan

In my experience, points are often a good option for travel to San Francisco during busy periods and it is not difficult to find better prices with Aeroplan.

Earn Aeroplan points

Aeroplan points are one of the easiest currencies to earn in Canada as there are many credit cards offering these points or points that are transferable.

Some credit cards grant a welcome bonus with Aeroplan points, as with the TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card. You could get two round-trips from Montreal to San Francisco with this huge boost to your points balance!

The card also gives you a number of other great travel benefits, such as free baggage for you and your companion, and reimbursement of NEXUS membership fees to help you get through security faster!

Want to take your business to the next level and enjoy the new Maple Leaf Lounge at SFO Airport? The TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite Privilege* Credit Card will give you free access for you and one guest.

Otherwise, with everyday expenses, it is also very easy to pick up some. For example, the American Express Cobalt® Card will earn you lots of points for groceries (or gas and Amazon – think gift cards).

Hotel reservations with Marriott Bonvoy in SF

Our favourite program for saving on lodging is the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program. It is the only company in Canada to offer hotel credit cards. So points add up faster!

What’s more, the value of points is very high, and it’s easy to earn them with American Express.

Here is a map of available hotels for these dates in San Francisco:

Marriott Bonvoy San Francisco Hotels
Marriott Bonvoy San Francisco Hotels

There are 17 Marriott Bonvoy hotels in downtown San Francisco such as:

The advantage of a reservation with Marriott Bonvoy points is that it can be changed/cancelled up to the day before the stay!

Here are reports on some of the hotels in San Francisco:

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Alcatraz Island

Earning Marriott Bonvoy Points

The best way to earn Marriott Bonvoy points for free stays at more than 8,000 hotels worldwide is with the Marriott Bonvoy® American Express®* Card (and/or the Marriott Bonvoy® Business American Express®* Card).

In addition to the exceptional welcome bonus of each of these two cards, you’ll earn 2 points per dollar on all your purchases and 5 points per dollar at any of the Marriott establishments. On top of that, every year, you’ll receive a free hotel night certificate (worth 35,000 points) and 15 Elite Night Credits toward your Marriott Bonvoy status.


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Our list of must-sees in San Francisco

Things to do in San Francisco

When visiting San Francisco, it would be a shame not to visit its iconic places! Here are the must-haves:

  • Stroll through the oldest part of the harbor, Fisherman’s Warf, and visit the Bay Aquarium if you’re with kids, meet the sea lions at Pier 39, or just eat and store.
  • For science lovers and children, there are interactive exhibits and activities at the Exploratorium, at Pier 15.
  • Take a ferry from Pier 33 to Alcatraz Prison located on an island in front of San Francisco Bay. It’s a striking place that has become a national park full of history, and will give you an insight into the daily lives of prisoners.
  • Go to the Golden Gate Bridge and cross it, on foot, by bike or by car, for a panoramic view of the bay, on your way to Fort Point, Sausalito or Vista Point.
  • Once in Sausalito, take the opportunity to visit Muir Woods National Park and discover its giant sequoias or the Bay Area Discovery Museum for a great family day out. It is possible to have a picnic.
  • Take a cable car to Golden Gate Park, the city’s largest park, and visit the California Academy of Sciences, one of the largest natural history museums in the world.
  • Be sure to watch the cars drive down Lombard Street, San Francisco’s steepest and most winding road (zigzag).
  • Check out the colorful Victorian row houses on Steiner Street known as the”Painted Ladies“. Some of you may recognize them from the TV series”Full House“. Mrs Doubtfire’s house is on the same street, further down the road.
  • Finally, take the pulse in the Union Square area where you will find major shopping centers, museums and art exhibitions.

For wine lovers, the north is famous for its Napa Valley wine regions. Some establishments offer tastings in sublime locations.

Restaurants to try in San Francisco

The best bakery in San Francisco, Arsicault Bakery, is run by French people and attracts a lot of people, so you’d better get up early to make sure you get in!

For a very good brunch, we go to Tartine Manufacture, a trendy young professional place, with atmosphere.

Fancy some dumplings in SF? The best are at dumpling time. The best part is that they are affordable, so you order and treat yourself!

Another little treasure to try is Pallette Tea house if you love dim sum. Locals also recommend the affordable Yank Sing.

Fancy trying a Michelin-starred restaurant? Mister Jiu’s is just the place, located in Chinatown.

When it comes to burgers, Roam Artisan offers the best! Our friends recommend you to take the small fried zucchini and onions with it.

Niku Steakhouse is a restaurant that can cost you a lot of money but the American meats are quality. The trick to reducing the bill and still enjoying it, is to order from the butcher’s section to take away.

Other activity ideas

As always, we recommend that you use the Ulysses Guides as a guide for planning your activities and travel itinerary:

Ulysses Guide San Francisco
Ulysses Guide San Francisco

For excursions in SF, GetYourGuide has some reputable San Francisco city tours that may interest you.

We took a guided food tour with San Francisco resident Stuart.

Search for “SF Native Local Food Tour” on GetYourGuide. We had a wonderful time eating everything in sight, immersing ourselves in the different neighborhoods and learning about the city’s history. Stuart was an amazing guide, cool and gives you plenty of tips for the rest of your stay in San Francisco.

SF Native Local Food Tour San Francisco

How to get around San Francisco?

In addition to the classic means of transportation such as cabs, buses, subways, rental cars, or even bicycles, the most authentic way to get around San Francisco is by streetcar or cable car.

The Clipper card makes it easy to use public transport. Several packages are available, even by the piece. Download the MuniMobile application to buy a ticket directly on the app.

Bottom Line

So you can travel to San Francisco, feel the ocean breeze and pay with your Reward Points!

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Audrey Voisine
Mother of two young children, pharmacist, travel hacker's wife and frequent traveller, Audrey shares her advices and destinations recommendations on milesopedia.

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