Air Canada Vacations has launched of its 2020/2021 Sun Collection, which is packed with new additions, savings, sun-soaked fun, and its new Health and Safety Standards to make your customers’ next vacation the worry-free break they deserve.
Air Canada Vacations’ Sun Collection offers travellers an incomparable selection of packages in 42 sunny destinations, over 700 hotels – mostly all-inclusive – 31 of which are new to the tour operator’s line up, 3 resorts that are exclusive to Air Canada Vacations, 30 semi-exclusive resorts, and more than 100 cruises, with the addition of Cunard Line to its product line.
It offers options for short and long stays as well as enhanced program collections, including more than 150 hotels participating in the Spotlight Collection and more than 115 Play Collection resorts. The 2020/2021 product offering provides vacation packages for all travel styles and budgets as well newly added LGBTQ+-friendly resorts.
Air Canada Vacations is also pleased to announce the addition of RIU Plaza Hotels to its product line with new properties in San Francisco, Miami, New York City, Panama City, Dublin, Berlin and many others in Europe.
“Air Canada Vacations is thrilled to be Bringing Vacations Back and we’re proud to present what we believe is a genuine dream guide, which will bring customers more vacation inspiration coupled with peace of mind from our continuous commitment to their safety and well-being,” said Nino Montagnese, Managing Director at Air Canada Vacations. “With Air Canada CleanCare+, Air Canada Vacations’ Health and Safety Standards and the COVID-19 Coverage and Assistance Plan administered by Allianz Global Assistance, your customers can book with confidence and enjoy some fun in the sun!”
Safer travel with Air Canada Vacations
Air Canada Vacations introduced its commitment to safer travel to provide customers with greater peace of mind through the various stages of travel.
As an extension of Air Canada CleanCare+, the new health and safety standards include the enhanced grooming of vacation transfer vehicles and safety protocols throughout the travel journey for vacation packages to Sun destinations. Air Canada Vacations continues to work with its trusted hotel and cruise partners to support the implementation of the highest standards of safety and cleanliness to give customers added assurance when booking their next trip.
On August 31, 2020, Air Canada Vacations announced that the COVID-19 Coverage and Assistance Plan, administered by Allianz Global Assistance, will be offered at no additional cost to customers booking with Air Canada Vacations.
The plan is designed to cover emergency medical and quarantine expenses if COVID-19 is contracted while travelling. Aimed at providing travellers with greater confidence to book their next dream vacation, this plan will be included in all Flight & Hotel Air Canada Vacations packages to select destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean at no extra cost, as Air Canada Vacations will cover the cost of the coverage. A full list of applicable destinations is available here.
Fly right with Air Canada Vacations
With over 39 years of experience and benefits from the service and reliability of Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge, Air Canada Vacations continues to offer its customers more choice of destinations and travel options. Voted the best Airline in North America at the Skytrax World Airline Awards for the eighth time in ten years, Air Canada offers one of the most modern fleets in the world, three cabin classes to choose from, world-class in-flight entertainment, and Aeroplan® Miles accumulation. Travellers will enjoy touchless airport experience and avoid additional wait time with the advance check-in via the Air Canada website or their mobile device and TouchFree Bag Check kiosks at select airports.
More new routes
Air Canada Vacations is thrilled to be Bringing Vacations Back to Cuba offering more capacity with a non-stop flight from Ottawa (YOW) to Cayo Coco (CCC), Cuba, operating on Mondays starting February 22, 2021. Your customers can also book vacation packages to Cayo Coco, Cuba with non-stop flights from Montreal to Cayo Coco operating on Fridays as of September 4, 2020, and from Toronto to Cayo Coco on Saturdays starting September 26, 2020 with the possibility to connect from 54 Canadian cities. Until further notice, travellers may only purchase packaged vacations (Flights & Hotel) to Cayo Coco, Cuba through Air Canada Vacations. Please visit aircanada.com for the most up-to-date information on the operating schedule.
Early booking bonus
Early planners who book their 2020/2021 winter vacation package to Mexico and the Caribbean by October 11, 2020 for travel between November 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021 and will enjoy significant savings and peace of mind with Air Canada Vacations’ Early Booking Bonus. Including Air Canada Vacations’ CareFree travel protection for free, families can also save up to $400 ($100 per adult, and $100 per child aged from 2 to 12). Plus, travellers can also take advantage of only $100 deposit per person with Air Canada Vacations’ COVID-19 Coverage & Assistance Plan administered by Allianz Global Assistance when booking their 2020/2021 winter holiday through their favourite travel professional.
CareFlexPlus & Carefree
Let your clients book their dream vacation to Mexico and the Caribbean with flexibility and peace of mind with Air Canada Vacations’ trusted CareFree and new CareFlexPlus plans and earn up to 30% commission.
For just $59 each, Air Canada Vacations’ comprehensive travel protection plans include free seat selection, year-round Price Drop Guarantee, StormGuard, and a $50 waiver on administration change fees, allowing travellers to transfer their package, change their departure date, destination or hotel up to 7 days prior to departure, or cancel with a full refund up until 25 days prior to departure. Travellers can take advantage of the flexibility of both CareFree and CareFlexPlus for only $99 per person (adults and children) for a limited time for new bookings made by October 11, 2020, for travel by April 30, 2021.
Book your Group with confidence with Air Canada Vacations and its new Flex program at only $49 per person allowing travellers one free date change or cancellation up to 7 days prior departure. The new offer is applicable to new bookings of vacation packages to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South and Central America, Europe, and the United States and select departure dates. Plus, the earlier you book, the more you get! Book a group of 10 passengers by October 31, 2020 and SAVE $1,500 on groups of 10 adults for departures between November 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. For a consecutive year, Air Canada Vacations will honour the original contract price for any additional passengers if their group size increases by up to 20%.
Newlyweds also enjoy additional perks like a complimentary site inspection, free seat selection, two free upgrades, including access to the Maple Leaf lounge, and a $500 future travel credit for their next vacation. Other group booking perks include: fly and stay free, customized itinerary block seat selection on flights, Group Price Drop, Group Price Match, no deposit for 90 days, private transfers, dedicated group coordinators, and access to the Maple Leaf lounge with Business class or Premium Rouge.
Also, for Groups travelling as of November 1, 2020, in the case the package price drops, Air Canada Vacations will allow one-time price drop adjustment for the group. Valid on new and existing group bookings. Terms and Conditions apply, please click here for the full details.
Cruise the world
With the 2020/2021 Sun Collection, Air Canada Vacations has introduced reduced deposits of $50 per person and Air Canada Vacations’ trusted CareFree travel protection for free when booking a Flight & Cruise package by December 31, 2020. Air Canada Vacations’ comprehensive travel protection plan includes free seat selection, year-round Price Drop Guarantee up to 22 days prior to departure, and a $50 waiver on administration change fees.
Upgraded cruise promise
Fly & Cruise with more confidence thanks to Air Canada Vacations’ UPGRADED Cruise Promise. New features included: NEW flexible payment, NEW cruise deposit, NEW baggage policy. The program allows travellers to book their flights with no deposit when booked as a Flight & Cruise package. All flights are 100% refundable up to 24 hours prior to departure.
This program also features a Cruise deposit of only $50 per person, and one free checked bag per person when you book your customers’ Flight & Cruise package. The offer is now available to Cruise Group bookings.
Upgraded Canada promise
With Air Canada Vacations’ updated Canada Promise, travellers can enjoy great values available at all times – one free checked bag per person, free standard seat selection, and the possibility to earn an additional 2,000 bonus Aeroplan® Miles per couple when booking any Canada Flight & Hotel package or Tour with Air Canada Vacations.
The offer is valid on new bookings only, and applicable to all Canada packages (Flight & Hotel vacations, Urban getaways, Guided tours, Wildlife adventures, Fly & Drive vacations, Fly & Rail vacations, Golf vacations, Ski vacations, Winter Adventures, RV Experiences) with a minimum 3-night stay. Air Canada Vacations’ Canada Collection offers a range of domestic adventures from coast to coast letting Canadians explore the best places in Canada.
User-friendly epackages shopping tool
Air Canada Vacations recently announced the launch of a new tool designed to provide travel agents with the ability to easily book Flight & Hotel packages for their customers. With flexible booking options for customers and the lowest available fares, the new user-friendly ePackages shopping tool allows travel agents to search for Flight & Hotel options across Air Canada’s extensive route network including Canada, Europe, and the United States (excluding Las Vegas).
The shopping tool also provides travel agents with cabin upgrade and itinerary options. With the new ePackages tool, travel agents will earn their regular package commission amount on the land portion of the booking.
Agents will also receive 300 ACV&ME points per room on ePackage bookings. The ePackages shopping tool is easily accessible to travel agents in SIREV, Sabre Vacations and Galileo Vacations. To celebrate the launch of the new ePackages tool, Air Canada Vacations is offering 1 free checked bag per person on all ePackage bookings.
More about ACV&ME
With the ACV&ME loyalty program, travel agents who book hotels and groups will receive 500 points per room for packages of 7 nights or more; 500 points per room for packages of 3 to 6 nights; 500 points per 7 nights or more for Cruise & Flight packages; 300 points per room for ePackage bookings; 200 points on every 3 to 7 nights hotel-only or cruise-only bookings, and 300 points per passenger for Group bookings. ACV&ME loyalty points can be redeemed for Aeroplan® Miles, travel vouchers or Visa and instant gift cards.