Friday, November 28, 2014

Nov 28 Update: What happens to miles/points when you cancel your credit card, Air France Seat Sale, 13 bonus offers

Here are our news and bonus offer round up for the last day of this week and month!

News, Tips & Tricks
Fun Fact Friday: Did you know that our global website covers the most loyalty promotions out of all the major frequent flyer/travel points websites and blogs? In fact in a recent survey we conducted approximately only 30% of the offers FFB passes along to you are covered by other websites and blogs. And of those only thirty odd percent, FFB is the first to post these offers over 60% of the time! (and is first and only one for the other ~70%). If you are a global traveller and haven't visited FFB you should do so now and bookmark it! It is a valuable tool to have in your quest for more miles, more points and more rewards.

Reader question answered!

"I am just wondering if I lose my points that I get from the credit cards if I cancel the card?  I have a card with aeroplan points but I want to cancel it before the renewal fee comes into affect at the year mark"
With Aeroplan you won't lose the miles as long as they have posted to your Aeroplan account. Those miles typically post when your monthly statement is complete. If you cancel in between you may lose the miles just for that month depending on who issues the card but most will award you the miles for what you spent right up to cancellation. To make sure you don't lose any I would use the card right up to the statement date cut off then stop spending on the card and cancel it. For other cards with proprietary programs not connected to programs like Aeroplan, Air Miles etc. you may lose your miles/points when you cancel if you haven't used them. Depending on the card you may forfeit the points right when you cancel (so book travel before you cancel) while some others may give you up to 6 months after you cancel to use your points.

Air Miles is having a Super Bonus Event Black Friday Edition with bonus offers from Safeway, Michaels, Old Navy and more. You can access the offer details here.

And more news from the RC blog:

Travel Deals
Air France's
latest seat sale has some of the lowest fares we've seen from them in a while. You can fly to Europe for as little as $606 round trip all in. Book by Dec 3 for travel Dec 29 - May 6. Book online at

Bonus Offers

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- Save up to 50% with Promo Awards Save 25% to 50% on the Award Miles usually required for award ticket. Destinations vary by each promotional period. More... Book by Dec 31 for travel between Feb 1 - Mar 31, 15

American AAdvantage
- Triple AAdvantage Miles for stays on the Warm Winter Package at participating Regent Hotels Worldwide.More... Dec 15 - Feb 28, 15

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Triple Asia Miles when you stay at any participating Ascott, Citadines or Somerset serviced residence. More... Dec 1 - Mar 31, 15
- Triple Asia Miles on purchases at any of the nine Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages in Europe. More... Until Jan 5, 14

China Southern Sky Pearl
- Double Sky Pearl Kilometers for stays at participating Best Western Hotels in China. More... Until Dec 31, 14
- Earn up to Quadruple Sky Pearl Kilometers for stays at Shangri-La Hotels Worldwide. More... Dec 1 - Feb 28, 15

Miles & More
- 500 Bonus Miles & More Miles PER NIGHT for up to three nights for stays at participating Falkensteiner Hotels. More... Dec 1 - 31, 14
- Double Miles & More Miles for stays at Leonardo Hotels in Europe and Israel. More... Until Jan 31, 15
- Double Miles & More Miles for stays at participating Lindner Hotels in Europe . More... Until Dec 31, 14
- 10,000 Bonus Miles & More Miles when you subscribe to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. More... Dec 1 - 31, 14

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
- Earn up to Triple Royal Orchid Plus Miles when you stay at participating Okura Hotels & Resorts, Nikko Hotels International and Hotel JAL City Worldwide. More... Dec 1 - Feb 28, 15

Turkish Miles&Smiles
- 3,000 Bonus Miles&Smiles Miles on your first Rocketmiles booking More... Book by Dec 31 for stays until Jun 30, 14

Wyndham Rewards
- 1,500 Bonus Wyndham Rewards Points for stays of 2 or more nights at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach. More... Until Apr 30, 15

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Today Only: Earn 100 Bonus Air Miles for every $100 spent on gift cards at Safeway

The great deal of 55 Air Miles for $50 Gift Cards ended yesterday (I ended up buying 6 cards for 330 Air Miles) and now for today only, Safeway has come out with another deal. You will earn 100 Bonus Air Miles for every $100 spent on Gift Cards at Safeway up to a maximum of 500 Air Miles (or $500 spent). What makes this offer better in some ways than the 55 Air Miles deal is that the previous offer was limited to select retailers while this offer is for all gift cards other than Safeway, Pre Paid Credit Cards and LCBO gift cards. You can find all the details here but no coupon is required.

Remember to use a credit card that earns extra miles or points on grocery store purchases!

Air France KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards - Save 50% on Premium Economy award tickets between Toronto & Europe for Feb/Mar Travel

For the second month in a row we are lucky to see Canada included in Air France KLM's Promo Awards although there is only one option this month! These will be bookable as of December 1st and are good for award travel for February and March of 2015.  The offer this time is for 50% off Premium Economy Class between Toronto and Europe on Air France. Don't have the miles? You could always consider transferring Starpoints earned via the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express to Flying Blue.

What are the promo awards? The promo awards are a discount of 25-50% off the regular Flying Blue mileage requirement for select Air France, KLM, Air Europa and Kenya Airways award tickets in select cabins.  Due to increases in the regular award mileage requirements some time ago the promo awards are not as grand as they used to be but overall are still considered a great deal when compared to the regular mileage requirements. To take advantage of this deal you must book your promo award ticket between December 1st and 31st for travel between February 1st and March 31st, 2015. More details can be found here.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Why camp out in the cold when you can earn even more miles with Black Friday & Cyber Monday online shopping deals!

The biggest shopping days of the year for the U.S. are Black Friday and Cyber Monday while here in Canada it has always been Boxing Day. In the last few years Canada has caught on to the whole craze and now we celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday as well.  While many people will choose to camp out at their favorite retailers for those amazing deals, most frequent flyers, mileage and points hounds will actually be happy at home relaxing in front of their computers to get their Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping done. Why? The almighty miles and points. That's why. When shopping online these people will be earning their regular credit card miles and points for purchases as they would in-store but will earn even more by shopping via online shopping portals. While many major loyalty programs have online shopping portals for shopping at your favorite retailers some stand out for the upcoming crazy shopping days as not only will you earn your base miles through the mall and you credit card miles but you'll also earn bonus miles that these portals are offering! At the time of posting it appears that many of the U.S. based programs have not released their Black Friday/Cyber Monday bonus miles offerings yet or who knows maybe they aren't having any any since they know people are going to shop anyways!

Here are RC's top 4 online mall bonuses for the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping frenzies!

Air Miles
One of the largest and longest running Canadian online portals, has some big bonuses in store! You'll earn 10x reward miles offer valid on qualifying purchases of $20 CDN or more, excluding shipping, duty and taxes, made in a single transaction on top of additional bonuses for individual retailers. For example,  The Source has 15x the Air Miles, which means even on a small $20 purchase you'll earn 24 Air Miles, on a $100 purchase its 120 miles! Find all the details here.

Aeroplan eStore
Getting noticeably less play than their new big shopping partner,, the Aeroplan eStore is still around and they're also having a Black Friday offer for online shopping. All purchases will earn 5x the miles per dollar spent and if you hold Distinction status you'll earn your relevant Distinction bonus over and above the 5x miles. Find all the details here. (oh and if you choose to shop via they have lots of Black Friday specials and you'll earn 5x the miles if it is your first purchase with them)

RBC Rewards eMall
One of the newest online portals in Canada, the RBC Rewards Mall is only for RBC credit card holders and they have quite the deal! Cardholders will earn up to 15x the RBC Rewards Points for online purchases made via RBC Rewards eMall. Since they state 'up to 15x' it seems like the bonus depends on the retailer, so some many not have any bonus while others will have the whopping 15x! Find all the details here.

Great Canadian Rebates /
Not into points or miles? You can always choose to earn cash back via the online portals that offer a rebate on online purchases. The two biggies in Canada are and will be awarding double cash back on Black Friday purchases, we have not seen what GCR is planning.

Nov 27 Update: SAS EuroBonus 2015 Mileage Earning Changes and JAL Mileage Bank 2015 Program Changes, Coast Hotels Pink Friday Sale

More programs changes being revealed, not so good news for JAL Premium Class travel out of YVR.

News, Tips & Tricks
SAS Scandinavian EuroBonus is the next airline to release mileage earning changes for 2015. Unfortunately those flying on the cheapest fares including some of the higher SAS Plus categories won't earn as many EuroBonus points. The only flights where there seems to be an increase in mileage earning is long haul business class. The good news is that Elite Status qualification is lowered! Point requirements for Gold status: 45 000 Basic points (previously 50 000) or 45 one-way trips (previously 50), for Diamond status: 90 000 Basic points (previously 100 000) or 90 one-way trips (previously 100) (Source SAS)
EuroBonus 2014 Chart
EuroBonus 2015 Chart

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank have also released the details of their 2015 program. Some the major highlights include
  • JAL International First Class and Business Class award tickets mileage requirements are changing, see the charts below for flights from Vancouver and other North American cities to Japan (not until Nov 1, 2015, now that's advance notice!!). As you can see business and first class are seeing major increases except on select days of the week and the lowest discount economy goes lower!
  • one way International award flights now only costing half the miles of a round trip flight.
  • new phone in fees for changing award ticket reservations
  • using miles to pay for excess baggage fees
  • award tickets will be able to be changed to the next higher class without the mileage reinstatement fee (Source JAL)
2014 Chart
2015 Chart

Travel Deals 
Coast Hotels Coast Rewards members can save up to 40% off stays booked during their Pink Friday sale. Find all the details here.

Bonus Offers

AeroMexico Club Premier
- 1,000 Bonus Club Premier Kilometers for any stay booked on PointsHound. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Hilton HHonors
- Earn up to 50% Bonus HHonors Points when you buy you points online. More... Until Dec 22, 14

IHG Rewards Club
- Earn 2,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points when you join the IHG Rewards Club Program. More... For Residents of the U.S. and Canada only Until Dec 7, 14

Le Club accorhotels
- Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in the Asia Pacific region. More...Until Feb 28 ,15
- Earn up to 1,500 Bonus Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at Accor hotels in Italy, Greece or Israel. More... Book by Dec 20 for stays until Feb 1, 15
- Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at Accor hotels in Portugal. More... Book by Dec 16 for stays until Jan 11, 15
- 870 Bonus Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at the Francis Hotel Bath. More... Book by Feb 22 for stays until Mar 31, 15
- 575 Bonus Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at any participating Accor Hotels in the U.K.. More... Book by Mar 3 for stays Dec 12 - Apr 13, 15

Marriott Rewards
- 7,500 Bonus Rewards Points when you stay two nights or more at 5 hotels in the New Orleans area. More... Until Jan 11, 15
- Earn up to 10,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you use a Marriott Rewards Credit Card for stays at participating Marriott Hotels in the U.K.. More... Jan 1 - Mar 31, 15

Oman Air Sindbad (on only)
- Double Sindbad Miles on Oman Air flights between Muscat and Amman, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Bangalore, Bangkok, Beirut, Cairo, Chennai, Cochin, Colombo, Dammam, Dar-es-Salam, Delhi, Doha, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jeddah, Karachi, Kathmandu, London, Madinah, Male, Milan, Munich, Muscat, Paris, Salalah, Tehran, Trivandrum, Zanzibar and Zurich. More... Until Dec 31, 14

United MileagePlus
- Triple MileagePlus Miles for stays on the Warm Winter Package at participating Regent Hotels Worldwide. More... Dec 15 - Feb 28, 15

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2,000 FREE IHG Rewards Club Points when you join the program

In what seems to be an extremely simple and easy way to earn 2,000 IHG Rewards Club points for free may actually not be all that simple. Why? Most of you are already members! Based on the popularity of our IHG Rewards Club Bonus Points page and all IHG posts here on the RC blog we figure the majority of you are already members. But if for some reason you have not joined this program now is the time to do so as you'll get 2,000 points for doing so if you live in the U.S. or Canada!

Offer Details
Earn 2,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points when you join the IHG Rewards Club Program. Full details. Until Dec 7, 14

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Nov 26 Update: Alaska Airlines 2015 Mileage Earning Changes, British Aiways Gold Guest List Qualification changes

Alaska Airlines makes positive earning changes for flying on their planes!

News, Tips & Tricks
Alaska Airlines has released some details of mileage earning changes that will take place on January 1st 2015 and for those flying on Alaska metal the changes are good for those who fly on more expensive tickets. For those flying on Delta but crediting to MileagePlan it isn't good. These are further signs of the heated battle going on for Seattle between the two carriers.
MileagePlan earning on Alaska Airlines Flights

British Airways is changing the qualification criteria for their Gold Guest List elite status. Here is an excerpt from FlyerTalk where a BA representative posted this news:
You can qualify for Gold Guest List by either reaching 5,000 Tier Points during one single Tier Point Collection Year or by reaching 3,000 Tier Points in two consecutive Tier Point Collection Years. From 1st January 2015 Members will only be able to qualify for Gold Guest List by reaching 5,000 Tier Points during one single Tier Point Collection Year – which means that Members will no longer be able to qualify by reaching 3,000 Tier Points in two consecutive years....

...There is no change to the renewal criteria meaning that existing Gold Guest List Members can continue to renew by reaching 3,000 Tier Points during their Tier Point Collection Year.

 And more news in the form of other posts on the RC blog:

Bonus Offers

Asiana Club
- Triple Club Miles for stays on the Warm Winter Package at participating Regent Hotels Worldwide. More... Dec 15 - Feb 28, 15

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- 100 Bonus Asia Miles when you make your first purchase via the Asia Miles iShop portal. More... Until Jan 5, 15

Delta SkyMiles
- 2,500 Bonus SkyMiles for stays at any Accor Hotel Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles (on only)
- 750 Bonus HawaiianMiles PER NIGHT for stays at the The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. More... Until Apr 30, 15
- 1,500 Bonus HawaiianMiles for stays of 3+ nights at the Lumeria Maui. More... Until Jan 31, 15

Japan Airlines MileageBank
- Receive up to a 50% Mileage Bank Miles Discount when you use your miles to upgrade your flight. More... Valid only for JMB FLY ON Status Members Apr 1, 15 - Mar 31, 16

The Leading Hotels of World Leaders Club
- Earn up to Triple Stay Credit and up to 50% off at participating The Leading Hotels of the World locations Worldwide More... Book by Dec 1 for stays until Jan 31, 15

United MileagePlus
- Double MileagePlus Miles on international roundtrip flights between any Copa Airlines destination and Campinas. More... Dec 10 - Jan 10, 15

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Earn up to $200 Statement Credit when you apply for an Amex AeroplanPlus Card and book an Air Canada Flight

American Express and Air Canada have teamed up for a new sign up offer for the AeroplanPlus Platinum and AeroplanPlus Gold Cards. The offers are for 30,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles and a $200 statement credit if you book an Air Canada flight within 12 months of approval for the Platinum Card or 20,000 Bonus Miles and $100 Statement credit for the Gold version. Essentially with these offers the bonus miles have been lowered to account for the statement credit. The best offer right now for the Platinum Card is the refer a friend bonus is 41,000 Aeroplan Miles or the standard public offer of 40,000 miles. While the Gold Card is 26,000 miles for the refer a friend offer or 25,000 for the standard public offer.

So the dilemma is which offer is better for you? Do you give up up to 11,000 miles for the $200 statement credit or up to 6,000 miles for the $100 credit on the Gold Card? If you value Aeroplan Miles at 1 cent a piece then the statement credits are a better deal but for many people Aeroplan Miles are worth more than that especially if redeeming for business class tickets so the miles would be worth more. If you value them at 2 cents a piece, the miles are definitely the better way to go.

If you are only looking the Gold version another option is the American Express Gold Rewards Card as it offer 25,000 Membership Rewards Points (equals 25,000 Aeroplan Miles) and is first year free.

For more details on the Air Canada statement credit offer see here.