Monday, June 27, 2016

Aeroplan and TD support Pride 2016 Celebrations in Toronto, Vancouver & Montreal


If you hold a TD Aeroplan co-branded credit card be sure to pull it out and use it this week in Toronto, late July in Vancouver and early August in Montreal! Why? For every dollar spend on the cards during the weeks listed below in the three cities Aeroplan and TD will donate one Aeroplan Miles to support organizations that fight for LGBT rights.
To celebrate Pride 2016 celebrations across Canada, together Aeroplan and TD will donate one Aeroplan Mile for every dollar that TD Aeroplan Credit Cardholders spend in Toronto (June 24 – July 3), in Vancouver (July 24 - July 31), and in Montreal (August 8 – 14) 

Organizations Aeroplan and TD are supporting:
Learn more here: www.td.com/foreverproud


If you aren't a TD Aeroplan card holder yet, you probably won't be able to help out in Toronto if you apply right now but you definitely can have the card in your hands before the Vancouver and Montreal dates. Remember too that Rewards Canada has an exclusive offer running right now with TD Canada Trust for the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card where you'll earn double miles on select spending over and above the card sign up bonus. This offer is the richest in the market if you can max out your spending at $5,000! Find out more about our exclusive offer here.

Friday, June 24, 2016

June 24 Update: newleaf marks its return, SPG Amex supplementary cards free in first year, Best Western promo update

News, Tips & Tricks
If you watched any Canadian news broadcasts last night you'll have seen one of the big new stories as being the return of newleaf. The ultra low cost carrier was originally slated to start service on February 12th but the CTA did not grant them their license since the flights were not operated by them but by Flair Air out of Kelowna. Flair Air is a division of Kelowna Flightcraft, best known for their cargo services and also the being the airline that was Greyhound Air back in the 90s! Now, it looks like everything has been cleared up with the CTA and newleaf is ready to launch on July 25th with the following schedule:

Edmonton – Abbotsford 2 weekly (Day 47)
Edmonton – Fort St. John 2 weekly (Day 47)
Edmonton – Kamloops 2 weekly (Day 36)
Hamilton – Edmonton 2 weekly (Day 15)
Hamilton – Halifax 2 weekly (Day 47)
Hamilton – Moncton 2 weekly (Day 15)
Hamilton – Saskatoon 2 weekly (Day 36)
Hamilton – Winnipeg 3 weekly (Day 157)
Kamloops – Victoria 2 weekly (Day 36)
Kelowna – Regina 2 weekly (Day 47)
Kelowna – Saskatoon 2 weekly (Day 36)
Kelowna – Winnipeg 3 weekly (Day 157)
Winnipeg – Abbotsford 2 weekly (Day 47)
Winnipeg – Victoria 2 weekly (Day 47)

The airline is going to be run much like Ireland's Ryanair and the U.S.'s Spirit Airlines by charging for just about everything. If you can fly with just a purse or laptop bag and check-in online and don't print a paper boarding pass you'll get their lowest fares. Outside of that you'll have to pay more. You can find all the details on this new airline at flynewleaf.ca.

Plane details:


Seat Map - Courtesy Flair Air


Now are they actually cheaper? Here is a comparison of WestJet versus newleaf for Edmonton to Hamilton Aug 8-15:

Nope. WestJet is cheaper, granted not direct but you'll earn WestJet Rewards dollars and not have to pay for carry on luggage.

But checking Winnipeg to Victoria in September and they are significantly cheaper with direct flights:


Like always, it is best to shop around to see who has the best deal for your flights. Remember if newleaf codes as a travel provider on your credit card you will be able to redeem proprietary credit card points for their flights. Find out more about Proprietary Credit Card Reward programs here.

One final note, lets hope they make it as the other airline like newleaf that partnered with Flair Airlines, GoSarvaq didn't even make it off the ground.

If you don't have the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express we do explain in this post why you should still consider getting it and now it got even better for those who need supplementary cards. As of yesterday any new applications that include a supplementary card will have that card's fee waived in the first year for a $50 savings. Find out more and apply for the card here.


Yesterday we let you know about a potentially good Best Western Rewards offer. Well BW got back to us and the bad news this promotion is only open for Best Western Rewards members in Ireland, Russia, Spain & Portugal, Africa, and Middle East. So unless you have a residence or address there where you can change your BW Rewards profile to this offer won't work for us Canadians.


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Bonus Offers
Air Canada / Aeroplan
- Double Aeroplan Miles for stays on the Linger Longer offer at participating Langham Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 16

Le Club accorhotels
- 300 Bonus Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at Accor Hotels in Moscow. More... Jun 29 - Aug 31, 16
- Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays of 2 or more nights at Accor Hotels in South Korea. More... Book by Aug 28 for stays until Sep 4, 16

Thursday, June 23, 2016

June 23 Update: Best Western Rewards Skip a Tier promotion, airberlin topbonus refer a friend bonus and more

News, Tips & Tricks
Another quiet day here on Rewards Canada! Just a few bonuses and the RBC Visa Infinite Avion low interest rate offer for new applicants.

One of the bonuses I am watching closely is the Best Western Rewards Skip a Tier promotion that is listed below. I covered it on our global site and am awaiting a response from Best Western. If it turns out it is open to anyone then I'll post all the details here on Rewards Canada as well! For now you can read all about it on FFB.

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Bonus Offers
airberlin topbonus
- Save up to 75% topbonus miles when you redeem for award tickets on select airberlin routes. More... Book by Jul 10 for travel until Apr 30, 17
- Earn up to 1,000 bonus topbonus miles when you refer friends and family to the topbonus program. More... Until Jul 31, 16

Best Western Rewards
- Receive the next level of Best Western Rewards Elite Status when booking the Best Western Rewards Rate at any Best Western hotel More... Jul 1 - Aug 31, 16
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points on rentals of 3 or more consecutive days at participating Avis locations in the contiguous U.S., Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and the Fiji Islands. More... Until Aug 31, 16
- 3,000 Bonus Rewards Points on rentals of 4 or more consecutive days at participating Budget locations Worldwide. More... Until Aug 31, 16

Stash Hotel Rewards
- Triple Stash Rewards Points when you book the Summer Splash Package at the Caribe Royale Orlando. More... Until Aug 31, 16
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays of 3+ nights at the Hotel Le Marais New Orleans. More... Until Sep 23, 16
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at The Sebasco Harbor Resort. More... Until Jul 31, 16
- Double Stash Rewards Points for stays at The Lenox Hotel Boston. More... Until Sep 5, 16
- Double Stash Rewards Points for stays at The Magnolia Hotel St. Louis. More... Until Dec 31, 16
- Double Stash Rewards Points for stays at The Whitney Peak Hotel Reno. More... Until Jul 31, 16

United MileagePlus
- OFFER EXTENDED 1,500 Bonus MileagePlus Miles when you book a mid-size or larger car with Hertz. More... Until Sep 30, 16


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RBC Visa Infinite Avion featuring a 1.9% balance transfer and cash advance interest rate for 10 months


Normally we do not condone carrying a credit card balance, let alone a balance on a higher end premium travel rewards card. However we know there are thousands of Canadians who are having a bit of a tough go at it right now and are carrying balances on their credit cards. Whether its a no fee no rewards card or a high end travel rewards card many of you are paying some super high interest rates on balances being held on cards. Heck the last known study shows Canadians increased the balances they are holding on credit cards by $500,000,000. That's right half a billion more dollars that you are being charged interest on. That's not even the total amount held as balances, simply how much it has increased in about the last 18 months!

So what can you do? First you need to change your spending habits, many Canadians spend upwards of $3 for every $1 they make! That simply needs to change and if you are ready to change you need help. So taking advantage of a low interest offer is something we have always mentioned when talking about debt, whether its a consolidation loan or a credit card with a low interest rate. In the past this normally meant cutting up your premium rewards card and going to a card that didn't reward you but saved you a lot of money. Now with this latest offer with the RBC Visa Infinite Avion you can have the best of both worlds, well at least for 10 months, which for some may be enough time to get you out of that credit card debt. Think about would you rather continue at 19 or 20% interest for 10 months or be able to pay only 1.9% interest? And potentially get a short haul flight out of it as well for only $120. That is what the Infinite Avion is offering. It has its standard sign up bonus of 15,000 RBC Rewards Points which can be used towards a short haul flight with the Avion Air Travel Redemption schedule, it has premium insurance benefits but it does have the $120 annual fee.

What you need to figure out now, is it worthwhile for me to switch to this card to save 18+ percent in interest for $120 but also get a flight out of it? Or you can even redeem those RBC Rewards Points with Payback with Points as a cash back redemption for a $150 statement credit. If you do that, you are $30 ahead and only paying 1.9% interest on any balances you transfer over. Then focus on paying off that balance for the next 10 months rather than earning lots of points. When you have the balance paid off, you are holding one of the top 5 credit cards in Canada and you can start building that points balance up for future travel!

You can find out more about this offer and apply for the RBC Visa Infinite Avion here.

Card details:
  • RBC Visa Infinite Avion
    Ability to book flights with any airline with no blackout periods, extremely useful when there are no seat sales
  • Up to a 2.3% return on your spending depending on which reward ticket you book
  • Option to transfer RBC Rewards Points to WestJet Rewards, British Airways Executive Club, American AAdvantage, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles. Look for the transfer bonus to BA several times per year!
  • A complete suite of insurance coverage and benefits
  • Unwritten ability to redeem for Business Class tickets although at a lower rate of return when compared to the Avion Reward chart

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 22 Update: Starwood Canada Day sale - save 15% or more, Emirates' Toronto-Dubai for $899, WestJet London bonus

News, Tips & Tricks
No industry news for you today!

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Travel Deals
Starwood Preferred Guest
has launched their annual Canada Day sale. You can save 15% or more for Starwood Hotel stays across Canada until September 6th. Simply book by July 1st. Find out more here.



Emirates has launched a great sale for their flights to Dubai from Toronto. Perhaps feeling the affect of Air Canada's flights you can fly Emirates for only $899 all in for travel Sep 16 to Apr 21 if you book by Jun 30. Find out more here




Bonus Offers
Asiana Club
- Earn up to 2,000 Bonus Club Miles when you fly on Asiana between the U.S. and Delhi. More... Book by Jun 30 for travel Jul 1 - Aug 31, 16

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Double Asia Miles for stays at at participating Jinling Hotels. More... Book by Sep 30 for stays until Oct 31, 16
- Double Asia Miles when you stay on the Linger Longer for Less offer at participating Langham Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 16
- Earn up to 5x Asia Miles for stays at Fullerton, Hong Kong Gold Coast and other Sino Hotels. More... Until Aug 31, 16
- Earn up to Quadruple Asia Miles on Hertz rentals of 3 or more days in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. More... Until Aug 31, 16

Hilton HHonors
- 5,000 Bonus HHonors Points when you stay at least two nights at participating Waldorf Astoria or Conrad hotels & resorts Worldwide. More... Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone Until Dec 31, 16
- 2,000 Bonus HHonors Points for each night you stay at participating Waldorf Astoria or Conrad hotels & resorts Worldwide. More... Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone Until Dec 31, 16

Starwood Preferred Guest
- 3,000 Bonus Starpoints for stays of 3 or more nights at participating Starwood hotels in Greece. More... Until Dec 31, 16
- Double Starpoints for stays at participating Starwood Villas in the U.S. or Mexico More... Until ?

Turkish Miles&Smiles
- Triple Miles&Smiles Miles for stays at Atlantis, The Palm Dubai. More... Book by Aug 31 for stays until Dec 21, 16
- Double Miles&Smiles Miles for stays of 3+ nights at the Titanic Deluxe Bodrum. More... Until Jul 31, 16

WestJet Rewards
- Earn 150 Bonus WestJet dollars when you fly roundtrip on WestJet on a Plus Fare between Canada and London Gatwick. More... Register and book by Jul 31 for travel Sep 6 - Dec 14, 16



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WestJet Rewards: Earn 150 Bonus WestJet dollars when flying in Plus between Canada and London UK

If you are planning to fly to London this fall and being in Plus on WestJet was on your radar be sure to register for this offer and book that trip by the end of July so you can add this nice bonus to your account. You'll earn 150 bonus WestJet dollars when you complete a roundtrip between Canada and London. That's a pretty good bonus you can use towards your next WestJet flight after you enjoy the U.K.!

Offer details:
Earn 150 Bonus WestJet dollars when you fly roundtrip on WestJet on a Plus Fare between Canada and London Gatwick. One way flights will be awarded 75 dollars each. Full details, online registration and booking (Registration is required) Register and book by Jul 31 for travel Sep 6 - Dec 14, 16

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

June 21 Update: The Ultimate No Fee Travel Points Credit Card Portfolio and RBC & Shoppers call it quits

News, Tips & Tricks
Today we released our latest Ultimate Credit Card Portfolio! This one looks at the best three cards to make a no fee travel points credit card wallet. If you hate paying annual fees on credit cards or don't need the benefits or insurance that come with fee based cards you can still earn a decent amount of travel rewards points with thest credit cards! In the wallet we show you how you can maximize that earn with one Visa Card, a MasterCard and an American Express Card. Find out what the The Ultimate No Fee Travel Points Credit Card Portfolio is here!

Also on the credit card front news is out that RBC and Shoppers Drug Mart are ending their relationship. This doesn't come as a surprise since Loblaw's owns Shoppers and will likely issue a PC Financial Shoppers Optimum Credit Card in the near future.


We have got around to updating another one of our most popular features. This one looked at the great redemption option for short haul flights that British Airways Executive Club provided for Canadians. Well earlier this year that changed and while the amazing 9,000 Avios round trip flights are gone you can still find some great value in redeeming Avios for flights in North America. You can find out which routes and methods for earning Avios in this feature that has now been moved our main website (although you can still read about it on the blog as well). Read on here: Utilizing British Airways' Executive Club for flights in North America


If you have any sporting good needs now is the time to go shop at Sport Chek! Starting tomorrow and only lasting 2 days you'll earn 20x the SCENE points if you spend $100 or more.
Show your SCENE® card at Sport Chek to earn 20X SCENE points on your entire purchase when you spend $100 or more (before taxes)* - that means you could earn a minimum of 2,000 bonus points! Spend $100 and get enough points for:
- 2 FREE General Admission movie tickets
- $20 off at Sport Chek!
Online, shop sportchek.ca to get 2,000 bonus SCENE points when you spend $100 or more (before taxes).* You’ll receive an email with a PIN code once your qualifying purchase has shipped. Enter that code at scene.ca/PIN to deposit 2,000 bonus points before July 7, 2016. 

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Travel Deals
WestJet
has launched a two day sale for travel this fall. Book by tomorrow for flights Sep 7 - Dec 14. Find out more here.

 


Bonus Offers
Air Canada / Aeroplan
- Triple Aeroplan Miles when you book direct and stay at any Coast Hotels location in Canada or the U.S. More... Until Aug 31, 16

British Airways Executive Club
- 35% Bonus Avios when you convert hotel points from Starwood, Marriott, IHG, Hyatt, Shangri-La, Club Carlson or Hilton HHonors to British Airways Executive Club. More... Until Jul 5, 16

IHG Rewards Club
- Earn up to 100% Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points when you buy points online. Bonus varies by member. More... Until Jul 18, 16

Miles & More
- 1,000 Bonus Miles & More Miles when you stay 2 or more nights at participating Starwood Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 16

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Save 30% when you buy or gift 5,000 or more Starpoints online. More... Until Jul 1, 16

United MileagePlus
- Save 25% MileagePlus Miles when you redeem for roundtrip MileagePlus Saver Awards in United Economy for travel from the U.S. (excluding Hawaii) or Canada to Europe. More... Book by Jun 28 for travel Aug 23 - Mar 31, 17
- Earn up to 15,000 Bonus MileagePlus Miles for stays at participating Marriott Hotels or Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Hawaii. More... Until Dec 16, 16



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The Ultimate No Fee Travel Credit Card Portfolio

In this feature of Rewards Canada's Ultimate Credit Card Portfolios we look at the ultimate one for earning travel points that you can use for virtually any travel and not have to pay any annual fees.We have always recommended that you should carry a Visa, a MasterCard and an American Express card in your wallet. The reason why is that there are benefits, promotions and earning potential unique to each brand of credit card. We won't go into detail here as you can read all about it in our feature on how to Maximize your Miles and Points but here we outline one card from each brand that will help you build up those travel rewards points faster than ever without having to worry about paying annual fees. Ultimately there are various options that could be utilized for such a portfolio but we look at one card from each issuing family that will provide strong travel point earning.

What is Rewards Canada's Ultimate No Fee Travel Credit Card Wallet?

Continue reading this article on the main Rewards Canada website to find out!