When looking for new vacation ideas, my husband and I are always on the lookout for opportunities to re-qualify my husband for his Air Canada Super Elite status. For short trips of a week or less, our criteria for a destination are as follows:
- Must be no more than 2 flight segments to get there/back;
- Cost for a business class seat must be relatively reasonable;
- There must be corresponding availability using Aeroplan points for my seat; and
- Preferably, a place we haven’t been before.
We also try to stick to the mainline Air Canada routes, instead of routes serviced by Rouge. We had previously flown to Hawaii with Rouge, and were not impressed. For longer flights, it is always much better to be in a lie-flat seat.
As we already had plans to go to Europe for Christmas 2018, we looked at options heading west to Asia for a spring getaway. After looking at a few different options, we settled on Taipei as we hadn’t been there before, and there looked like there were some interesting things to see, do and eat.
We booked flights from Edmonton through Vancouver to Taipei. As we were leaving relatively early in the morning (7:30am), and since Randy had a free night certificate from Marriott, we decided to spend night prior to our departure at the Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel. We had stayed here once previously, but that time we had a social obligation and didn’t arrive at the hotel until close to 11:00pm, and then had to check out at 5:00am for a 6:00am flight. That time, we had been given a nice big suite, but we didn’t have any time to enjoy it (other than sleep), and we weren’t able to enjoy any other amenities of the hotel either.
Last time we were flying internationally through Vancouver (April 2017), the Air Canada international Maple Leaf Lounge was under construction, so they had a temporary lounge set up – which was not very impressive. In September 2017, Air Canada re-opened the international lounge, so this would give us a chance to check it out.
In Taipei, we stayed at the Taipei Marriott Hotel – which was the first Marriott to open in Taiwan (in 2015).
So, in this trip report, I will be reviewing the Renaissance Edmonton hotel, the flights to and from Taipei, the international Maple Leaf Lounge in Vancouver, and the Taipei Marriott.