Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February 9 Update: New Credit Card page along with 23 new bonus offers

Only update for the next two weeks!

News, Tips & Tricks
This will be our only daily update for this week and next as the Rewards Canada family is off to enjoy some sun, sand and more. Yes the flights were totally free. Aeroplan mile redemption for four plus taxes and fees paid for with TripFlex from American Express Membership Rewards.

We updated our general credit card page on Rewards Canada. We've kept the breakdown by category of card but now we provide full descriptions with the cards rather than just list the sign up bonus. You can find the page here and over the next month or so it will be populated with many more cards!

Simply navigate to the page here and then click "show all" to see the cards for that category.

Posts since our last update:


Bonus Offers

American AAdvantage
- 4,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles for AA Elite members on your first Rocketmiles booking More... Book by Mar 31, 16

Emirates Skywards
- Earn up to 2,000 Bonus Skywards Miles on Sixt rentals Worldwide. More... Until Mar 31, 16

Frontier Early Returns
- Double Early Returns Miles on all rentals at participating Hertz locations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. More... Until Mar 31, 16

La Quinta Returns
- Earn up to Triple Returns Points for stays at participating La Quinta locations in the U.S.. More... Until Mar 10, 16

Le Club accorhotels
- 4X Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at new Accor Hotels Worldwide. More... Book by Feb 29 for stays until Mar 31, 16

Malaysia Airlines Enrich (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn up to Triple Enrich Miles for stays at participating Hilton hotels and resorts Worldwide. More... Until Apr 30, 16

Miles & More
- 2,000 Miles & More Miles for stays at Jumeirah Hotels Worldwide. More... Book by Mar 31 for stays Jun 1 - Aug 31, 16
- 1,000 Bonus Miles & More Miles in business rentals of 2+ days with Europcar in Germany. More... Book by Feb 29 for rentals until May 31, 16

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- 30% KrisFlyer Miles Discount on Singapore Airlnes Economy Saver award tickets for travel on many flights Worldwide. More... Book by Feb 14 for travel until Feb 15 - May 26, 16
- Double KrisFlyer Miles when you stay for at least two consecutive nights in the Premier Club or Premium Suite at Concorde Hotel Singapore. More... Until Mar 31, 16
- Triple KrisFlyer Miles when you stay for at least two consecutive nights on a qualifying rate at Hard Rock Hotel Bali. More... Until Mar 31, 16
- 1,000 KrisFlyer Miles when you stay for at least two consecutive nights on a qualifying rate at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya. More... Until Mar 31, 16
- Double KrisFlyer Miles and enjoy 15% off Best Available Rate when you stay at any Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts property in London, Frankfurt, Istanbul and Maldives. More... Until Mar 31, 16
- Earn up to Triple KrisFlyer Miles when you stay on the Best Available or Bed&Breakfast rate at any participating Mandarin Oriental hotel Worldwide. More... Until Mar 31, 16
- Double KrisFlyer miles for stays at the at the Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Marina Mandarin Singapore, or Meritus Pelangi Beach Resorts & Spa, Langkawi. More... Book by Mar 31 for stays unitl Dec 31, 16
- Earn up to 1,000 KrisFlyer miles when you stay for at least five consecutive nights (on a qualifying rate) at any participating Millennium Hotels & Resorts property. More... Until Apr 30, 16
- Double KrisFlyer miles when you stay on Best Available Rate at Niccolo Chengdu and any Marco Polo hotel in China, Hong Kong and the Philippines. More... Until Mar 31, 16
- Double KrisFlyer Miles when you stay for two consecutive nights at a participating Park Regis hotel in Australia, Dubai, India and Singapore. More... Until Mar 31, 16
- Double KrisFlyer Miles when you stay for a minimum of two nights at participating Preferred Hotels & Resorts properties. More... Until Mar 31, 16
- Earn up to 2,000 Bonus KrisFlyer Miles when you rent with Avis Worldwide. More... Until May 31, 16
- Triple KrisFlyer Miles when you rent with EuropCar in Malaysia. More... Until Mar 31, 16
- Earn up to 2,000 KrisFlyer miles when you book a car at participating HERTZ locations in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. More... Until Mar 31, 16
- Earn up to Triple KrisFlyer Miles when you rent with Sixt Worldwide. More... Until Mar 31, 16





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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Miles & More Award Ticket Sale - Save up to 50% on award tickets to Europe from Montreal and Toronto


As we do each month we bring you the latest set Miles & More "Meilenschnaeppchen" discounted mileage awards!  This month we see both Economy Class and Business Class options for flying out of Toronto from Lufthansa, Economy Class also on LH out of Montreal and a 50% discount on economy class travel on Austrian Airlines between Toronto and Austria. The Lufthansa offers are for travel between Jun 1 and Jul 15, 16 (must be booked by Feb 29) while the Austrian offers are good for booking and travel until Mar 31, 16

You can redeem Miles & More miles for round trip tickets on Lufthansa from Montreal to Europe for only 30,000 miles. This is a 50% discount off the normal Economy Class award ticket price of 60,000 miles. The Austrian Airlines option out of Toronto is also a full 50% discount on economy class. Granted all these tickets will also have fuel surcharges but this is still a pretty good deal when you look at it as a whole in terms of miles+cash outlay.



For business class between Toronto and Europe on Lufthansa, the discount is a bit below 50% as you need to redeem 55,000 miles for round trip flights that normally cost 105,000 miles.




The crazy thing is that you can actually get the round trip economy class tickets for only $5,000 in credit card spend (and a $120 annual fee). How so? As we usually mention in this post you can boost your Miles & More account with the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express. Currently the card comes with a 20,000 Starpoint sign up bonus. When you convert those 20,000 Starpoints to Miles & More SPG will award you an additional 5,000 miles. Which gives you 25,000 miles but if you spend $5,000 on the card you'll have 25,000 Starpoints and the 5,000 Miles bonus giving you the 30,000 miles required for this flight. Of course fuel surcharges and taxes are extra.

Simply book the offers seen here by February 29 (Lufthansa) or March 31st (Austrian).  
Full details on this offer can be found here

Friday, February 5, 2016

February 5 Update: New Rewards Canada series: Ultimate Credit Card Portfolios; Aeroplan Choice Hotels bonus and WestJet Fast Track to Silver

Last update of the week!

News, Tips & Tricks
Today we are pleased to bring our the newest series on Rewards Canada: Ultimate Credit Card Portfolios! This series will look at the ultimate three card wallet (1 Visa, 1 MasterCard, 1 Amex) for a variety of loyalty programs, spending habits, travel habits and more. The first porfolio in the series is for the program most popular on Rewards Canada and for most Canadian travellers, Aeroplan. You can find the Ultimate Aeroplan Credit Portfolio here and we have also developed a table of contents/index page for the Ultimate Credit Card Portfolios which can found here.


Air Canada announced earlier this week that they will be launching new service between Montreal and Hamilton. The flights will operate twice daily except for Saturdays. The new route launches on May 24 and will be a good option for those needing to get to the western Toronto area and Niagara region but not having to go downtown. (Source Air Canada)

Flashback Friday! 13 years ago we sent out our first HTML email newsletter! This was the 10th issue of Rewards Canada News that was sent out on February 6, 2003!! It didn't have too much for content but it was definitely Aeroplan heavy! 12,000 Aeroplan Miles for getting the Diners Club card as well as an Aeroplan award ticket sale saving 3,000 miles (when was the last time we saw one of those!!) Wow have times changed since then!




Posts since our last update:



Bonus Offers

Air Canada / Aeroplan
- Double Aeroplan Miles for stays at over 5,500 Choice Hotels Worldwide. Full details and online booking. Until Mar 31, 16

Best Western Rewards
- Receive a $25 USD Best Western Travel Card® for every 2 separate stays at Best Western® branded hotels in the U.S., Canada or Caribbean. More... Feb 8 - May 8, 16

Germanwings Boomerang Club (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Boomerang Miles when you fly between Cologne, Hamburg or Stuttgary and Vienna. More... Book by Feb 29 for travel until Mar 31, 16

Jet Airways JetPrivilege
- Earn up to Triple JetPrivilege Miles on all stays at participating Hilton Hotels Worlwide. More... Until Apr 30, 16

Miles & More
- Triple Miles & More Miles for stays at over 2,800 Accor Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Apr 20, 16
- Double Miles & More Miles for stays at the Grand Hotel Amrath in Amsterdam. More... Until Feb 29, 16
- Earn up to Triple Miles & More Miles for Budget Rentals Worldwide. More... Book by Mar 31 for rentals until Apr 30, 16

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- 1,000 Bonus KrisFlyer Miles PER NIGHT on your first Rocketmiles booking More... Book by Mar 31, 16

SriLankan FlySmiles
- Earn up to Triple FlySmiles Miles for stays at participating Hilton hotels and resorts Worldwide. More... Until Apr 30, 16

WestJet Rewards
- Receive WestJet Rewards Silver Elite Status with a minimum $700 qualifying flight spend on flights flown (or minimum 5 WestJet flights flown). More... Until Apr 3, 16

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Best Western Rewards: $25 Travel Card for every 2 stays at Best Western hotels


Best Western has just revealed the details of their Spring systemwide promotion. It is the return of their BW Travel Card promotion that awards a $25 Travel Card when you complete 2 separate stays. Just like their last bonus 500 points per stay, it is a relatively weak offer especially considering it requires 2 stays to achieve the travel card. For many you are probably better off taking advantage of the 8x Aeroplan Miles offer for BW stays unless those stays are outside of the U.S., Canada or Caribbean. Then you should at the Miles & More offer of Triple Miles Worldwide.

Offer Details:
Receive a $25 USD Best Western Travel Card® for every 2 separate stays at Best Western® branded hotels in the U.S., Canada or Caribbean. Full details, online registration and booking (Registration is required) Feb 8 - May 8, 16

Find even more BW Rewards offers here.

Air Canada / Aeroplan: Double Miles for Choice Hotels stays Worldwide


Another one of these stay offers for an airline program whereby it is best taken advantage of if you don't frequent Choice Hotels but may have one or two stays during the promotional period where it is better for you to credit those stays to Aeroplan rather than Choice Privileges.

Offer Details
Double Aeroplan Miles for stays at over 5,500 Choice Hotels Worldwide. Full details and online booking. Until Mar 31, 16

Find many more Aeroplan bonus miles opportunities here!

WestJet Rewards: Fast Track to Silver Elite Status


WestJet is at it again with another Fast Track elite status offer! Unlike previous offers that pushed you to Gold Status this one boosts your status to Silver. Granted it takes less spend than the Fast Track to Gold offers we have seen and really should be achievable by many of you as long as you have 2 or 3 round trips planned over the next two months!

Offer details:
Receive WestJet Rewards Silver Elite Status with a minimum $700 qualifying flight spend on flights flown (or minimum 5 WestJet flights flown). Register online (Registration is required) Until Apr 3, 16

What does Silver Elite Status with WestJet provide:
  • First checked bag free 
  • Four airport lounge vouchers 
  • Four advance seat selection vouchers
Normally you don't hit Silver status until you spend $4,000 with WestJet (before taxes and fees) so this is pretty decent offer in that you only have to spend $700 to get it. Also I like that WestJet has added a flight component as an option so if you fly 5 really cheap WestJet segments you can also get the Silver Elite status.

Offer details:
  • Guest must register for the offer prior to travel and include their WestJet Rewards ID on their bookings.
  • Both new and existing bookings for flights flown during the promotion period will be eligible, providing other conditions of the promotion are met.
  • Offer includes awarding of flight benefits only; milestone awards, such as companion flights, are not included. In order to receive milestone awards, member must achieve standard qualifying flight spend amounts.

February 4 Update: Maple Leaf Lounge passes winner, Air China Kaligo booking bonus, big Voila Hotel Rewards stay bonus

Quiet day on RC!

News, Tips & Tricks
Congrats to Joey F. of Ottawa who won our giveway of 2 Maple Leaf Lounge passes!


Posts since our last update:



Bonus Offers

Air China Phoenix Miles
- Earn up to 10,000 Bonus Phoenix Miles Kilometers when you book hotels via Kaligo. More... Book by Feb 29 for stays until Dec 31, 16

Binter Canarias BinterMas (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double BinterMas points for stays at Barcelo Hotels in the Canary Islands. More... Until Feb 29, 16

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus Mileage Bank Miles when you fly on American Airlines between Los Angeles and Tokyo Haneda. More... Mar 1 - May 31, 16
- Earn up to Triple Mileage Bank Miles for stays at participating Hilton hotels and resorts Worldwide. More... Until May 31, 16

Miles & More
- Triple Miles & More Miles on all Lufthansa long haul flights from Germany when flown in economy class. More... Until Apr 30, 16
- Double Miles & More Miles for stays at Kempinski Hotels Worldwide. More... Mar 1 - Apr 30, 16
- Double Miles & More Miles for all eligible stays at over 90 Leonardo hotels in Europe and Israel. More... Until Feb 29, 16

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Triple KrisFlyer Miles for stays at over 2,800 Accor Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Apr 20, 16
- Earn up to Triple KrisFlyer Miles for stays at participating Hilton hotels and resorts Worldwide. More... Until May 31, 16

Voila Hotel Rewards
- 5,000 Bonus VHR Points when you stay at any participating Voila Hotel Rewards hotels Worldwide. Bonus can be earned a maximum of 10 times. More... Until Apr 30, 16
- 25% VHR Points Discount when you redeem for an award night at any participating Voila Hotel Rewards hotels Worldwide. More... Until Apr 30, 16



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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Top 5 Credit Card Sign Up offers for February

Here are the Rewards Canada Top 5 Credit Card Sign Up offers for the month of February! This is not a 'best' credit card list like our Top Travel Rewards Credit Card rankings but instead a look at cards that have very good acquisition offers. As always when choosing a card you should always take other factors into account other than the sign up bonus, but when most or all of these cards are first year free, they can and do pay off even when not taking into account insurance packages and other non-reward benefits. In fact all 5 cards on this list for February are first year free so you can try them out at no cost, get over $1,000 in rewards and decide later on if the card is right for you. All the while earning the sign up bonus which can be used to subsidize your travels!
   
No change this month from January. Same 5 cards. Hopefully someone steps up next month with something big and more attractive so this list can change!

So here are our top 5 credit card sign up offers for February (in alphabetical order)



American Express Gold Rewards Card - 25,000 Points (Apply here)
A mainstay offer here on Rewards Canada, the American Express Gold Rewards card has its first year fee of $150 waived and will award you 25,000 Membership Rewards points when you complete $500 in spending in the first three months. That 25,000 points is worth a $250 travel credit via Amex's TripFlex feature or can be converted to 25,000 Aeroplan Miles (1 Round trip Economy Award ticket within North America) or 25,000 British Airways Executive Club Avios (as much a 3 one way Economy Award tickets in North America, see this post for details.)


American Express Air Miles Platinum Credit Card - 2,000 Reward Miles (Apply here)
A newcomer to our monthly Top 5 sign up offers, the American Express Air Miles Platinum card comes first year free and comes with a 2,000 Reward Miles sign up bonus when you complete $500 in spending in the first three months. That 2,000 Miles is worth anywhere from $220 to $300 in flight value when you get around to redeeming them.


Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Visa - 30,000 Points  (Apply here)
The best no foreign transaction fee card in Canada makes it to this list due to a very strong acquisition offer. I mean who can complain with 30,000 points awarded on approval and a certificate for a free night stay at a Category 1-4 hotel for a potential of 5 free nights, all at no cost as the card has the annual fee waived in the first year! They also give you a 15 night credit into the mix which automatically provides you with Marriott Rewards Silver Elite status. There is also a 50,000 Point offer meant only for Marriott Elite members which many non-elites have had success with when they apply for it. (You may or may not get the full 50k and if they find out you are not Elite you may only receive the 30k)


Scotiabank Gold American Express Card - 20,000 Points  (Apply here)
A very strong card in the earn category for Gas, Grocery and Dining/Entertainment purchases, the current sign up bonus for the Scotiabank Gold American Express Card is 20,000 points when you reach $500 in spending in the first three months. That 20,000 points is equal to a $200 travel credit and since this card is a book anywhere card you can book the travel how you want when you want and when the charge shows up on your account you can redeem the points against the charge. The card normally has a $99 annual fee but of course that is waived in the first year!


TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card - 15,000 Miles (Apply here)
Back to its standard sign up bonus of 15,000 miles the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card remains here since it still has the first year fee waived. That means those 15,000 are free and worth well over $200 and you'll save the $120 fee in the first year.