Limited to 32 Guests

WONDERS OF EGYPT | Nov 15th – 30th, 2022

Optional 5-day Jordan Post Extension

Join Gerry Tiede, Past President of BCRTA and see the wonders of Egypt. This trip is an exclusive departure open to all members of BCRTA. Members may invite family and friends to join the trip.

4 Nights: Cairo – Conrad Hilton (Deluxe)
2 Nights: Aswan – Movenpick Aswan Hotel (Deluxe)
4 Nights: Nile Cruise – Aswan to Luxor: Sonesta Moon Goddess (Superior)
1 Night: Luxor – Steigenberger Resort Achti (Deluxe)
3 Nights: Red Sea – Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh (Luxury)

• Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx
• Pyramids of Dahshur and Sakkara
• Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
• Sail the Nile on a 4 Night Cruise Aswan to Luxor
• Valley of the Kings and the Queens
• Ancient Temples of Karnak, Luxor, Philae, Edfu, Horus and Kom Ombo
• Sail on a Felucca
• 3 nights of luxury at Oberoi Sal Hasheesh (Red Sea)

For full details click the link below

Enter this Password to Access: BCRTATM18

To book, contact Trip Merchant:

info@tripmerchant.com or 1-800-481-9739 Ext. 3

Travel Insurance Comparison

DEC 2020 Travel Insurance Set to Resume – Important Details

It is renewal season for all Johnsons’ Medoc and Prestige policy holders. Both Medoc and Prestige Travel eliminated premiums for several months but continued to provide coverage. By now you should have received information which describes the resumption of premiums. The coming ‘policy year’ will be a shortened 8-month ‘policy year’ running from January 1, 2021 to August 31, 2021. The policy year beginning September 1, 2021 is planned to be a return to the standard 12-month policy year.

Remember that both travel programs provide a policy year’s coverage for any number of trips up to the maximum days in that plan. You cannot treat these plans as single trip plans and just purchase coverage for the months you will travel.

Both Medoc and Prestige Travel provide up to $5 million of emergency medical coverage and include medical coverage for COVID-19 incidents. Other insurance companies, some working with airlines, offer COVID coverage but be aware that they have much lower maximums.

It is important to know that both Medoc and Prestige include trip cancellation and interruption for most reasons but there is an exclusion for COVID-19. You have medical coverage if you get COVID while travelling, but do not have trip cancellation, trip interruption or trip delay coverage before or during your trip if the claim is directly or indirectly related to COVID-19. However, many airlines, hotels and package trips have much more favorable policies about cancelling vacations and refunding deposits at the last minute than they had pre-COVID-19.


BCRTA has worked with Johnson Insurance to reduce the usual restrictions on re-enrolling should you choose not to travel for a period of time.

If you wish to cancel your travel coverage because you are not traveling outside of BC in the coming days, here is what you need to know:

Medoc – You have until March 5, 2021 to cancel or to submit your health option questionnaire to receive reduced rates. If you cancel, and then decide that it is safe to travel again, you can rejoin at any time without paying back premiums.

Prestige – You may cancel the Travel portion of your Prestige coverage and continue with EHC benefits. Previously, if you cancelled Prestige Travel you were not eligible to rejoin for 2 years. Johnson has eased this requirement for this year only. If you wish to cancel Prestige Travel you can rejoin at any time however you will be subject to a one-time 90-day stability clause when you rejoin.

  • This 90-day period would apply to any trip that is taken during the first 90 days of coverage after rejoining the plan. For any trip taken during the first 90 days of that policy, only medical conditions that were stable in the 90 days prior to departure would be covered.
  • Once those 90 days pass, coverage reverts to the sudden and unforeseen wording for any trips taken later in the year, or for any renewal in the future as long as you remain in the plan.
  • There are no other application requirements.

Suggestion: plan ahead and re-enroll in Prestige at least 90 days before your trip begins so that the 90-day stability clause period has expired, and you are covered by the sudden and unforeseen language.

BCRTA continues to work with our partner Johnson Insurance to provide reliable and appropriate coverage options for our members. For those of us who are not insurance professionals, all the terminology can get a bit overwhelming. That’s why our MEDOC and Prestige programs are supported by “Best Friend Advice” by knowledgeable service providers.
To clarify any questions you have, we encourage you to contact the BC office of Johnson Insurance:

  • Email
  • Telephone
  • Web
  • pbservicewest@johnson.ca
  • 604.881.8915
  • http://bcrta.johnson.ca


Gerry Tiede
Chair, Pensions and Benefits Committee

Park N Fly Updates Rates and Codes for BCRTA Members

Park N Fly has updated their rate sheet for BCRTA Members.

To see the easy one page guide click here.

Treasures of Vietnam Package Tour and Cruise

BCRTA Member Exclusive Offer

Join Grace Wilson, First Vice-President of BCRTA on this
Exclusive BCRTA Group Departure to Vietnam!

ACT QUICKLY: This tour is limited to 32 passengers

Treasures of Vietnam | 12 Nights
$2399 per person

*Prices are CAD per person, based on 2 people sharing
(Single Pricing is available upon request)

Round Trip Airfare from Vancouver is approximately $1000 CAD including all taxes (Trip Merchant is happy to assist with your flights)

*Optional 3 Night Extension to Cambodia: $999 CAD pp based on 2 people sharing (includes internal flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap)



or phone Trip Merchant at 1-800-481-9739 ext 3


Trip Highlights:

• Full day sightseeing tour of Hanoi
• Hanoi Street Food tour
• Overnight Cruise of Halong Bay
• Sunrise Tai Chi in the middle of Halong Bay
• Boat Cruise of the Perfume River in Hue
• Walking tour of Ancient Hoi An
• Craft Beer Tasting in Ho Chi Minh City
• Mekong Delta
• Cu Chi Tunnels

What’s Included:

• All sightseeing and meals as per itinerary (21 meals)
• Two domestic flights within Vietnam (Hanoi to Hue and Danang to Ho Chi Minh City)
• All tipping for guides and drivers for entire trip
• All entrance fees as per itinerary
• Arrival and departure transfers
• Local English speaking guides in each destination
• Vietnamese Visa – Single Entry for up to 1 month, Visa letter, Visa Assistance upon arrival
• All transfers and transportation with air-conditioned vehicles
• 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only
• Government tax and service charge
Not Included:
International Airfare, Out of Country Medical Insurance and Cancellation Insurance




or phone Trip Merchant at 1-800-481-9739 ext 3

Ireland Group Departure March 2020 – a BCRTA Exclusive Offer

Our second BCRTA Group Departure is now available!

Early bird pricing before September 27

Shades of Ireland with Northern Ireland
Join Bob and Di Taverner: March 26th, 2020

Available to BCRTA members exclusively.

For access to this offer use offer code


Please note: Our last group departure sold out quickly! Limited number of seats available for this exceptional tour.

Exclusive BCRTA offer

Portugal 25 Nights Longstay – Special Offer From BCRTA

$64/night Group Departure – 1st Time Offered!

February 15th – March 11th, 2020

BCRTA and Trip Merchant have teamed up to bring you Portugal in a comprehensive package you won’t find anywhere else, at a price that is hard to beat.

Join BCRTA President Gerry Tiede as he leads this group departure. This exceptional opportunity includes:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • First night in Lisbon
  • Transfer to Algarve apartments
  • 21 nights at Lunar Miramar Club with different apartment options available
  • Transfer back to Lisbon with 3 more nights, giving you a chance to explore this incredible city

All this for a basic price of just $1,599 CAD per person – that’s just $64 per night per person!

Trip Merchant is also offering airfare from Vancouver at an approximate cost of $1,100 per person.

Use the BCRTA member password BCRTATM18 to see the itinerary, rooms and locations and all options at this special Trip Merchant offer page.

Download the trip brochure here.

MOROCCO BONUS: if you act quickly, you can add 7 nights in exotic Morocco with air travel arranged from Vancouver via Air France. AN EARLY BOOKING WILL GIVE YOU THE BEST PRICE FOR THIS ADD-ON, so book it by June 24. Don’t miss your chance. On the Trip Merchant site, see the option box “Morocco Pre-Extension” at bottom of the page to see the details. Flights, transfers and English-language tours in three unforgettable Morocco locations are included in this extension. Call for details. See the extension offer brochure here.

Act quickly – we expect this group departure to sell out, and this exceptional price is unlikely to be available again.


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TRIP MERCHANT – personalized travel advice and offers

We are pleased to introduce a new BCRTA travel website by Trip Merchant.

This website is password protected for members only access.

Click on this link https://bcrta.tripmerchant.ca/

Once you click on it, you will have to enter your password, which is BCRTATM18

Helpful Hint: If your computer asks you if you want to save your password, select “yes” so that you don’t have to re-enter your password each time.

Trip Merchant has negotiated special membership savings directly with travel suppliers, some as much as a 30% savings on travel experiences. Trip Merchant works with a wide variety of travel suppliers that represent different travel styles in order to accommodate many traveler preferences.

You will see these “Travel Styles” in two different places in the top menu bar and also halfway down the home page.

These Travel Styles include:

  • Ocean Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Guided Tours
  • Adventure & Active Travel
  • African Safaris
  • Rail Journeys
  • Solo Travel (no single supplements for single travelers)
  • Long Stay Vacations
  • and more..

Search Bar Function: Members are able to search using the search bar on the home page – titled “Search For Your Bucket List Experience” should you want to be more specific on what you’re looking for.

How to Make a Booking Request? – Once you find the travel product you’re interested in, simply click on it and it will open up to a product page that will feature a summary of the travel product selected (this will include the offer, pricing, inclusions, highlights and dates available, member benefit). We also have other tabs which are; itinerary, map, gallery of images, and videos specific to that travel product and/or destination.

To receive a quote based on your requested departure and air gateway, call the number provided or simply click on the “Request a Quote” button and put in your details. Once you click submit, it will automatically go to a travel specialist for that request and they will get back to you within 24 hours during the work week. These special offers cannot be taken and used to book with any other travel agent. It all must be done through this site and through the supplier partners featured. Otherwise, the savings will not apply, and the Loyalty Program noted below will not be applicable for you to earn travel dollars over and above these savings.

Loyalty Program – If you decide to make a booking. Please ensure you send an email with your proof of purchase to loyalty@tripmerchant.com. They will then activate your Loyalty Account, enabling you to register. Information about the Loyalty Account can be found by clicking on the “Member Benefits” tab in the top menu panel and selecting in the drop down “Loyalty Program”. All the benefits and how it works will be explained in that section of the travel site. You will only be able to enroll after once you have made your first booking, and Trip Merchant has added your email address to the back end of the system allowing you to register. These rewards enable you to accumulate travel dollars to use for redemption on future travel experiences.

Sharing Travel Experiences – When you go on a trip and you want to share a travel experience with other members, go to “Member Benefits” tab in the top menu panel and select “Member Experiences” in the drop down. Trip Merchant will begin to publish these as they receive them from members that travel. We look forward to seeing your travel stories.

Travel Tips and News: Keep up to date in the world of travel. In this section they will have travel tips/blogs on different experiences and destinations, as well as the latest travel industry news and regulations.

Why Trip Merchant? You can read more about “Why Trip Merchant”, by going to the “Member Benefits” tab in top menu panel and click the drop-down menu to select “Why Trip Merchant”.

Friends and Family – Offers available on this site are extended to your friends and family.

Single Travelers – Trip Merchant recognizes the challenges that single travelers are often penalized by having to pay the single supplement. Trip Merchant has a travel style titled “Solo Travel”, here is where departures are featured that waive the single supplement cost. Also, in the “Group Departures” section all the programs that are shown below the title “Featured Group Departures” have an option when you select the “Register Now” on your selected trip that “if you’re single and looking for a traveling companion”, Trip Merchant will attempt to match you up with somebody from your association of the same gender that is also a single looking for a share.

Sign Up Today for Trip Merchant’s twice monthly newsletter directly on the site, so that you can be notified of group departures, new deals, live online travel presentations, last minute offers and other travel news to keep you up to date!

Visit https://bcrta.tripmerchant.ca/ and use the password BCRTATM18

Flash Sale – France, Spain & Portugal – Limited Time

Don’t blink or you’ll miss the savings!


From February 11-19, 2019 you can take advantage of Collette’s incredible 12% off sale on tours to Spain, Portugal & France.


Choose from 17 tours and over 100 individual departures.

Which adventure will you choose?


Sunny Portugal

  • From $2,111 pp*
  • 10 Days
  • 14 Meals

Travel Portugal’s dramatic shoreline, meandering cobblestone streets, oceanfront promenades and quaint bays.


Spain’s Costa del Sol & the Portuguese Riviera

  • From $3,449 pp*
  • 13 Days
  • 17 Meals

Enjoy a splendid trip to the Iberian Peninsula. From Madrid to Seville to Lisbon to peaceful stays on the Mediterranean, join us on this cultural tour.


Spotlight on Paris

  • From $2,463 pp*
  • 7 Days
  • 7 Meals

Revel in the allure of Paris on this spectacular tour which includes its spectacular sights, history, architecture, art, and – of course – fine food and wine.


Savings end 2/19/19

Save 12% on tours to Spain, Portugal, & France

For reservations or more information, call Collette at 844-310-5258  or contact your local travel professional.

Use offer code BCRTASAVE

Let them now you are an BCRTA member and save an additional $100 per person* on top of this already incredible deal!


Visit collette.com/bcrta to view all 160 tours.


*Use offer code to save 12 percent on land portion of specified tour departures to Spain, Portugal and France. Offer valid on bookings made 2/11/19- 2/19/19. Offers are not valid on group or existing bookings, or combinable with any other offer, excluding member benefits. Other restrictions may apply. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Call for details.

10% Off ALL* Collette Tours

Now is your chance to save big during Collette’s New Year’s Sale! When you book your 2019 trip between January 2 and January 14, you’ll get 10% off any* tour. This sale applies to our family of brands, including the new Explorations experience!

Start your New Year off right and book your 2019 getaway now!

For more information call 844-310-5258, visit collette.com/bcrta or contact your travel professional.

Use offer code BCRTASAVE and save an additional $100 for being a BCRTA member!

Terms & Conditions:
*Use offer code to save 10 percent on the land portion of all tours (EXCLUDING British Landscapes, Magical Rhine & Moselle River Cruise, Alaska Discovery, Northern Lights of Finland, Greenland & Iceland, Journey to Antarctica, Adventure to Antarctica and ALL Oberammergau Passion Play tours). Offer valid on bookings made 02/01/2019 – 14/01/2019 for departures 1/1/19-30/04/20. Offers are not valid on group or existing bookings, or combinable with any other offer, excluding member benefits. Sale not valid on online reservations; call to reserve. Other restrictions may apply. Call for details.

D-Day 75th Anniversary – Merit Travel

Visit Normandy, France for the 75th anniversary of the 1944 D-Day Invasion.

Click for 4 page PDF