Following the announcement of Air Canada's new flight to Colombia, let's find out how to travel there using points to save money!
Air Canada will connect Montreal to Bogota, Colombia, year-round, starting June 2, 2020.
3 flights per week will be offered:
|AC1952||Montreal||22:45||04:15 (+ 1 day)||Bogota||Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday|
|AC1953||Bogota||09:00||16:20||Montreal||Wednesday, Friday and Sunday|
This is an opportunity to analyze the possibilities offered with the points and miles to this destination.
With travel points
From time to time, cheap flights to Colombia appear on the market. These often include connections that can lengthen the duration of the trip, but this may be suitable for some travellers.
Be aware that it is possible to use travel points from some loyalty programs to save money on airline tickets!
American Express Membership Rewards
The Scotia Rewards® program allows you to do the same by applying points on your airfare purchase made on your credit card!
Here are the 3 best credit cards deals of the moment for this program:
Hotels with Marriott Bonvoy
Colombia is an accessible destination with points and miles.
Whether it’s Aeroplan for airfare – or with travel points to have discounted airfare – or with Marriott Bonvoy points for hotel stays.
A dozen Marriott Bonvoy hotels are present in Colombia.
Here is our selection in 4 destinations:
In Bogota, there are 6 Marriott Bonvoy hotels classified in categories 1 to 3:
- Courtyard by Marriott Bogota Airport
- Aloft Bogota Airport
- Four Points by Sheraton Bogota
- Sheraton Bogota Hotel
- Bogota Marriott Hotel
- The Artisan D.C. Hotel, Autograph Collection
Our first choice would be The Artisan D.C. Hotel, Autograph Collection which is in category 3 and therefore costs between 15,000 and 20,000 points per night instead of CA$ 253.
This is an extremely well-located hotel to explore Bogota. In addition, it is one of the “Autograph Collection” hotels that are well known establishments!
5 nights at this hotel would cost between 60,000 and 80,000 Marriott Bonvoy points taking into account the option“Stay 5 nights at the price of 4”!
If you want to spend a little less points, our 2nd choice would be the Sheraton Bogota Hotel which is Category 2 and therefore costs between 10,000 and 15,000 points per night instead of CA$ 176.
In Medellin, there is a Marriott Bonvoy Hotel in Category 2: Four Points by Sheraton Medellin. This costs between 10,000 and 15,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.
In western Colombia, in Cali, there are 2 hotels in Category 1 and 2
The Four Points by Sheraton Cali is Category 1 and therefore costs between 5,000 and 10,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night instead of CA$136.
The Cali Marriott Hotel is a Category 2 hotel and therefore costs between 10,000 and 15,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night instead of CA$212.
Our choice would be the Cali Marriott Hotel of excellent value between them .
Santa Marta and Baranquilla
In northern Colombia, in Santa Marta and Baranquilla, there are 3 hotels classified in category 1 to 3.
The Four Points by Sheraton Barranquilla is Category 1 and therefore costs between 5,000 and 10,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night instead of CA$110.
TheAC Hotel Santa Marta is a Category 2 hotel and therefore costs between 10,000 and 15,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night instead of CA$134.
The Santa Marta Marriott Resort Playa Dormida is a Category 3 and therefore costs between 15,000 and 20,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night instead of CA$165.
This hotel is brand new and waterfront!
Get Marriott Bonvoy points
The easiest way to earn Marriott Bonvoy points in Canada is via one of these credit cards:
Each one offers a nice welcome bonus and the ability to earn Marriott Bonvoy points on each of your purchases.
You could have both Marriott Bonvoy cards and collect your points in your Marriott Bonvoy account!
An Airbnb rental with travel points
Do you prefer Airbnb to hotels? Be aware that it is possible to use travel points to save money on your airbnb rentals!
For example, the use of American Express membership rewards points on an Airbnb rental:
Don't pay any foreign currency conversion fees!
Finally, for your purchases made in Colombia with your credit cards know that it is possible to save a lot of money thanks to cards that do not charge any conversion fees in foreign currency!
For example, these credit cards do not charge any conversion fees for transactions in foreign currencies (this is a saving of 2.5% on each transaction):
Air Canada’s new flight from Montreal to Bogota makes it much easier to get to Colombia. Also, as you’ve seen, it’s a destination where you can use points to save money!