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Which Exclusive VIA Rail Coupons to Choose?

As an elite member with VIA Rail’s loyalty program, VIA Preference, you will qualify for either a choice of 2 or 4 coupons, depending on your status. The coupons are valid until April 30 of the following year that you qualify for elite status.

Below are the choices of coupons for each level of elite status.

Privilège Membership

Coupon 1

  • Instantly earn 550 VIA Préférence bonus points.
  • 20% off the best available Economy class fare in the Corridor
  • 20% off the best available Business class fare.
  • Spend 50% fewer points on a reward trip in the Corridor.

Coupon 2

  • 50% off adult regular fare on the Ocean or the Canadian (valid for Sleeper Plus classes on the Ocean and on the Canadian). 7-day advance purchase required, booked in “Discounted” sleeper class. Limited number of sleepers.
  • 50% off the Adult Economy Plus fare, booked in Economy fare. Limited seats available.
  • 50% off the Adult Business Plus fare, booked in Business fare. Limited seats available.
  • Instantly earn 1125 VIA Préférence bonus points.

Premier Membership

Coupon 1

  • 50% off the Adult Economy Plus fare, booked in Economy fare. Limited seats available.
  • 50% off the adult regular fare on the Ocean™ or the Canadian® (valid for Sleeper or Sleeper Plus classes on the Ocean, and Sleeper Plus class on the Canadian). 7-day advance purchase required, booked in “Discounted” sleeper class. Limited number of sleepers.
  • Instantly earn 1,125 VIA Préférence bonus points.
  • 50% off the Adult Business Plus fare, booked in Business fare. Limited seats available.

Coupon 2

  • 50% off the Adult Business Plus fare, booked in Business fare. Limited seats available.
  • Instantly earn 1,125 VIA Préférence bonus points.
  • 50% off the Adult Economy Plus fare, booked in Economy fare. Limited seats available.
  • Book an Adult fare ticket, either in Economy Plus or Business Plus, and claim a reward ticket at 50% fewer points. Travel dates must be the same, and you and your companion must travel in the same class of service.

Coupon 3

  • 20% off the best available Business class fare.
  • Spend 50% fewer points on a reward trip in Economy class, system-wide, or spend 50% fewer points in Sleeper Plus classes between November 1 and April 30 (inclusive).
  • 20% off the best available Economy class fare in the Corridor
  • Instantly earn 550 VIA Préférence bonus points.

Coupon 4

  • Instantly earn 550 VIA Préférence bonus points.
  • 20% off the best available Business class fare.
  • Spend 50% fewer points on a reward trip in the Corridor.
  • 20% off the best available Economy class fare in the Corridor

What I would choose

Hands down I would simply choose the 550 and 1125 bonus points offers. I prefer earning the points and having the freedom and flexibility to redeem whenever I want. I rather not have the headache of worrying about the expiry on the coupon and figuring out the best way to get more value with those discount vouchers to get more value than the bonus points.

That being said, if you are a frequent traveller on VIA Rail, then it may make more sense for you to take one of the discount coupons. Just be ready to do a lot more calculations to beat the value of the instant bonus point options.

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