Friday, December 14, 2018

Earn 10X Aeroplan Miles for Amazon.ca purchases until December 30!

https://www.aeroplan.com/estore/prodAmazon.html

Starting today and running until December 30, all eligible Amazon.ca purchases made via the Aeroplan eStore will earn 10x the miles! The regular earn rate is 1 mile per dollar so that means you will earn 10 Aeroplan Miles per dollar. This is even better than the Black Friday offer of 5x miles (read our related post on how many miles were earned during that promotion!) This bonus is perfect for those last minute gifts that you may need to get for Christmas! If you have Prime you can most likely even be ordering as late as this coming Thursday to get those gifts under the tree.

Offer details
10x Aeroplan Miles on all eligible Amazon.ca purchases made via the Aeroplan eStore. Full details. Until Dec 30, 18

And remember that right now you can earn 10x points at Amazon as well by using the American Express Cobalt Card from the 17th to the 19th. You can then convert the American Express Membership Rewards Select points to Aeroplan via Marriott, which equates to a minimum of 4 Aeroplan miles per dollar spent on the Cobalt card from December 17 to 19. So if you make your Amazon.ca purchases via the Aeroplan eStore and pay for it on your Cobalt card you should be earning a minimum of 14 Aeroplan Miles per dollar for  the first $1,000 spent!

December 14 Update: 20X PC Optimum Points at SDM tomorrow, 20X AIR MILES for Apple.ca purchases and the Amex Toronto Pearson Duty Free offer returns!

You can earn 20x PC Optimum Points on purchases of $100 or more at Shoppers Drug Mart tomorrow. Find out more here.


Earn 20x AIR MILES for Apple.ca purchases made via the airmilesshops.ca online shopping portal on December 17 and 18. This means you'll earn 1 AIR MILE per dollar spent. Remember to use a points earning credit card for the purchase as well! Find out more here.


Check your email for another exclusive American Express offer. From Friday, December 14, 2018 to Monday, January 14, 2019, when you spend $200 (CAD) or more using your registered American Express Card at a participating Duty Free store at Toronto Pearson International Airport below you can earn a $50 (CAD) statement credit.

It's the season of giving! Help support Rewards Canada's Flight Here campaign for Give A Mile. Help us reach 100,000 miles to provide up to 4 flights of compassion. Find out more here!

Posts since our last update:

Travel Deals
Emirates
is offering Toronto to Dubai flights from as low as $999 round trip! Book by Dec 16 for travel Jan 12 - May 9, 19. Find out more here.

Hilton APAC Year End sale - Save up to 25% when you book by Feb 2 for stays until Sep 30, 2019!

IHG
- Receive a $100 hotel credit when you stay 2 or more nights at participating InterContinental Hotels in the Americas. Book by Dec 31 for stays until Jan 31, 19 Find out more here.

Hilton Winter Sale - Save up to 25% on weekend stays in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa


Remember to visit Rewards Canada's Travel Booking site to book travel directly with many of your favourite airlines, hotels and more!

Canadian Bonus Offers
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Other Bonus Offers
Aegean Miles&Bonus
- 30% Miles&Bonus Discount on select award tickets within Greece and between Greece and Europe, the Middle East or Africa. More... Until Feb 28, 19

Copa ConnectMiles
- Earn up to 2,000 Bonus ConnectMiles when you stay 2+ nights at participating Marriott Hotels in the Caribbean and Latin America. More... Until Jan 31, 19

Federal Hotels International Gracious Rewards
- 2X Gracious Reward Points and 2x Enrich Miles for stays at the Federal Kuala Lumpur, Hotel Capitol Kuala Lumpur and The Grace Sydney. More... Jan 2 - Mar 31, 19

Marriott / SPG / Ritz-Carlton Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays on Thursday-Sunday nights (Friday or Saturday required) at the Tokyo Marriott Hotel. More... Until Jan 24, 19
- 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay of 2+ nights Thursday-Sunday at the Courtyard Aberdeen Airport. More... Until Jan 24 19
- 4,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays at the Residence Inn Denver Airport. More... Until Jan 30, 19
- 1,500 Bonus Rewards Points for stays any night Thursday-Monday at the SpringHill Suites Charlotte University Research Park. More... Until Jan 19, 19

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
- Triple ROP Miles for stays at participating Anantara Hotels Worldwide More... Until Dec 31, 18

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Marriott Rewards Update: Category 8 hotels will go into effect March 2019


Marriott's PR team reached out to us with an update to the combined Marriott / SPG / Ritz-Carlton loyalty program to pass along to the Rewards Canada Community. The big takeaway is the time when the new more expensive Category 8 hotel redemption takes effect. It was assumed it would be January 1, 2019 based on prior communication but we now know that it won't happen until sometime in March 2019. This is great news as it gives you more time to book those future Category 8 hotels at Category 7 prices until at least February 28! This means hotels that will cost 85,000 points per night come March will still be able to be booked for only 60,000 points per night.

Here is the communication we received from Marriott
  • Combine accounts: As a reminder, members are encouraged to combine accounts by December 31 to potentially achieve a higher Elite status this year. While some members might have delayed combining to earn two years toward lifetime this year, please note there is no advantage to maintaining two accounts after 2018 ends. Combine Accounts
  • Update email addresses on separate accounts: If members have the same email address on two separate accounts, and do not wish to combine, they should change the email address on one of the accounts. An email address can only be associated with ONE account by the time we launch the new brand in 2019. We will notify impacted members that this needs to occur, and if they do not either combine accounts or change an email address, we will remove the email address associated with the less active account from the profile. This process will occur on a rolling basis starting January 7. After this occurs, the member will still be able to access the less active account by using their member number and password (not email address.) Please note, this account maintenance has been standard practice for members with multiple Marriott Rewards accounts since 2015 and multiple SPG accounts since 2017. Account balances, Elite night credits and any activity in members’ accounts will remain the same. Update Account > 
  • Category 8: Category 8 redemption rates go into effect in March 2019 along with the annual category changes. If members wish to lock in redemption pricing for a current Category 7 hotel moving into Category 8, we encourage them to book now. Explore Redemption Rates 
Be sure to follow steps one and two as soon as you can and of course book any potential Category 8 hotels between now and March 2019!!

American Express Cobalt: Earn 10x Points for Amazon.ca purchases made December 17-19


Yet another great offer for the American Express Cobalt Card! Starting on Monday and going through to Wednesday you will be able to earn 10x Membership Rewards Points per dollar spent at Amazon.ca. The bonus is good for the first $1,000 of purchases, once you hit $1,000 any spending above that will revert back to 1 point per dollar spent.  This 10x points is the equivalent of a 10% return when redeeming for travel or a 7% return (think cash back) when redeeming points against any other purchases made on the card. Click here for a complete guide on redeeming points for purchases!

Those points can also be converted to Marriott Rewards (10 Membership Rewards points = 12 Marriott Rewards points) which can then be converted to 40+ different airline programs including Aeroplan. The equivalent earn of the 10x points is 4 to 5 miles per dollar spent depending on how many Marriott Rewards points you convert to an airline.  

The crazy thing is you'll want to combine this with an offer that will be announced tomorrow! Stay tuned!

Related: American Express Cobalt Card Resources on Rewards Canada


If you did not get the email with the registration link for this offer you are advised to call the number on the back of your card and have customer service manually register you for the offer.



Thursday, December 13, 2018

Give A Mile Flight Hero Christmas Campaign - Help a recipient visit their dad diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer

http://giveamile.org/flights/flight-hero-rewards-canada-2018/
 We wanted to update the Rewards Canada community on our progress with this year's Give A Mile Flight Hero Campaign. As you all know we have worked closely with Give A Mile for several years now and we hold this charity close to our hearts. Every year as the Christmas season approaches Give A Miles launches their holiday campaign to boost donations to give flights of compassion to those who otherwise could not afford it.

When we kicked off the 2018 campaign we didn't have a specific flight of compassion assigned to us but Give A Mile has let us know we do have one now.

Here is a message from our campaign flight recipient:
My dad has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. I would be grateful for the opportunity to keep my promise to my dad. I know it would give him something to smile about and also I can be support to my mother who has had to bare this heavy weight for months. Thank you so much for your consideration. We believe in miracles and opportunity gives us some comfort and hope
Our goal as a 2018 Flight Hero is to reach donations of 100,000 Aeroplan Miles. We started the campaign off with a 50,000 mile donation from ourselves and our readers have kicked in an additional 5,500 miles plus some cash from Reason2Roam! Actually we'll make that 6,500 miles as one reader mentioned they donated 1,000 miles via the general link!

We are asking our readers to help us reach that goal of 100,000 miles! We only need 44,500 more miles. So whether it's 45 of you at 1,000 miles each or any other combination it doesn't matter! Help us help Give A Mile and Canadians in dire circumstances the flights they need to visit their loved ones.

Donate today via Rewards Canada's Flight Hero Page on Give A Mile

To donate simply click the link above and then click on Donate to this Story (make sure to click on the blue button on the Flight Hero page to ensure it is properly tracked)




You'll go through a couple of steps and be able to choose which program to donate from and once your donation is complete the total should be updated on the Give A Mile site within a few minutes.

Give A Mile and Rewards Canada appreciate and are very thankful for any and all donations!

Finally we ask that you comment below after you donate! Don't be shy, let us and our readers know how much you donated and feel free to pass along any comments or well wishes to Give A Mile!

December 13 Update: Step by step guide to the American Express Shop Small Program and download the SCENE app to earn bonus points (targeted offer)

Today we released a new feature on the main Rewards Canada website, A step by step guide to the American Express Shop Small Program. This feature is a follow up to our blog post A Guide to Shopping Small with American Express after which we realized there was a need to provide a step by step guide to using the Shop Small website.

Check your email for an offer from Cineplex's SCENE program. There are targeted offers coming out to earn 5 Bonus SCENE points (yes a whopping 5 points) if you download and log in to the SCENE app by December 19.

United Airlines will be adding Toronto to San Francisco to their route network as of March 31, 2019. The twice daily service will complement Air Canada's existing service between the two cities. Always good to have more options when looking to redeem Aeroplan miles or other Star Alliance currencies! (Source Routesonline)

 It's the season of giving! Help support Rewards Canada's Flight Here campaign for Give A Mile. Help us reach 100,000 miles to provide up to 4 flights of compassion. Find out more here!

Posts since our last update:

Travel Deals
Emirates
is offering Toronto to Dubai flights from as low as $999 round trip! Book by Dec 16 for travel Jan 12 - May 9, 19. Find out more here.

Hilton APAC Year End sale - Save up to 25% when you book by Feb 2 for stays until Sep 30, 2019!

IHG
- Receive a $100 hotel credit when you stay 2 or more nights at participating InterContinental Hotels in the Americas. Book by Dec 31 for stays until Jan 31, 19 Find out more here.

Hilton Winter Sale - Save up to 25% on weekend stays in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa


Remember to visit Rewards Canada's Travel Booking site to book travel directly with many of your favourite airlines, hotels and more!


Canadian Bonus Offers
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Other Bonus OffersHilton Honors
- 10,000 Bonus Honors Points when you stay 2 or more consecutive nights at Hilton Hotels Worldwide. More... Targeted offer - may not work for everyone Until Dec 31, 18
- 5,000 Bonus Honors Points when you stay 2 or more consecutive nights at Hilton Hotels Worldwide. More... Targeted offer - may not work for everyone Until Dec 31, 18

La Quinta Returns
-Earn up to Triple Returns Points for stays at participating La Quinta locations in the U.S.. More... Until Jan 6, 19

Marriott Rewards
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay on Thursday-Saturday nights (Friday or Saturday required) at the Rotterdam Marriott Hotel. More... Until Jan 6, 19
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay of 2 nights Friday-Sunday at any one of five participating Marriott Hotels in South Africa. More... Until Jan 31, 19
- 500 Bonus Rewards Points for stays at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek. More... Until Jan 19, 19

Oman Air Sindbad
- 1,000 Bonus Sindbad Miles for rentals throughout Europcar’s network except in the USA and Canada More... Book by Jan 10 for rentals until Feb 28, 19

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Earn up to 20,000 Bonus QMiles on all hotel bookings made via Kaligo. More.. Book by Jan 19 for stays until Jun 30, 19

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
- Earn up to 10,000 Bonus ROP Miles when you stay book hotels via Kaligo. More... Book by Dec 31 for stays until Jun 30, 19
- Earn up to 4x ROP Miles when you rent with Budget in the USA, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Asia Pacific. More... Book by Dec 31 for rentals until Jan 31, 19

Turkish Miles&Smiles
- Earn up to Quadruple Miles&Smiles Miles for stays at participating Accor Hotels Worldwide. More... Book by Dec 31 for stays until Jan 31, 19

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

WestJet Rewards Platinum Elite Status is officially here!


First hinted at in August, then revealed in October on the same day as the new 787 route announcements, WestJet's new top elite tier, Platinum is official as of today. This means if you have hit the qualification requirements already this year ($8,000 of spend on WestJet) you are officially a Platinum Status member. If this describes you, well congratulations! You can access all your Platinum benefits right away! To learn more about Platinum visit WestJet's page on Platinum status or read our overview:

To reach the new Platinum status level you will need to spend $8,000 (before taxes/fees) with WestJet during your 12 month qualification period which based on the day you joined WestJet Rewards. For example if you joined May 12, 2018 you would need to reach $8,000 in spending by May 12, 2019 to receive Platinum status for the remainder of your qualifying year and the entire next qualifying year.

The key benefits of the new Platinum tier are:

  • 8% earn rate on WestJet flights. That's a pretty big return that only gets bigger if you tie that in with the 2% earned on the WestJet World Elite Mastercard for a total return of 10%! 
  • Double the WestJet dollars on partner flights (Delta, Air France, KLM etc.)
  • 3 free checked bags
  • Unlimited advance seat selection
  • 10 lounge access vouchers (word is this will be changed to unlimited in the New Year for both Platinum and Gold)
  • Highest Priority for complimentary upgrades to Premium (not including Europe flights which is too bad!)
According to WestJet even more benefits will come in 2019:
"even more enhancements in 2019, including enhanced lounge benefits, additional priority services, the introduction of a comprehensive upgrade program, and more"
Keep an eye out on westjet.com/platinum for all the details.

Hilton Asia Pacific Year End Sale - Save up to 25% on stays

 

Hilton released one of their biggest APAC sales today to close out the year! Honors members will be able to save up to 25% on stays across the entire region when you book by February 2, 2019. The offer for non-members is only up to 15% off so it really makes sense to join Honors to get the additional discount seeing that it costs nothing to join the program.

Stays must be booked by February 2, 2019 for stays until September 30,  2019. Remember that you should also be earning up to Triple Points on these stays with the current fall Hilton Honors promotion that runs until January 3. Find that and all other Honors bonuses here.

Discounts are up to 15% off the Best Available Rate and Best Available Bed & Breakfast Rate and vary by property. The Winter Sale Hilton Honors member rates are an additional 10% off of the Best Available Rate and the Best Available Bed and Breakfast Rate.

Click here to take advantage of the Hilton APAC Year End sale