Thursday, August 25, 2016

BMO No Fee AIR MILES MasterCard sign up bonus increased to 800 Miles

We know many of you are perturbed with AIR MILES right now due to the whole expiring miles issue and no being able to get through to AIR MILES customer service to redeem. But as we mention in our Guide to AIR MILES Expiry, one way to keep your miles from expiring is to achieve Onyx status. One of two routes to get that Onyx status is to earn 6,000 AIR MILES Reward Miles in a calendar year. Maybe you are getting close and need a little boost to reach it, well BMO has brought back their awesome 800 AIR MILES Reward Miles sign up bonus for the their no fee AIR MILES MasterCard. That's right, you can earn 800 miles just for getting the card. Much better than the 500 that ended yesterday and way better than the double miles it offered earlier this year. Even if Onyx isn't your goal and you are a happy AIR MILES customer this is an easy way to increase your balance for your next reward.

Here are the card details:

BMO® AIR MILES®† MasterCard®*


BMO® AIR MILES®† MasterCard®*

Limited time: Get 800 AIR MILES Bonus Miles after your first card purchase
- and there’s No annual fee
- Earn more reward miles when you use your card at Shell, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car
- 1 AIR MILES reward mile for every $20 that you spend on your credit card
- Extended Warranty
- Purchase Protection
Apply now

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August 24 Update: Save $40 on Canadian Points University tickets, Choice Hotels & Starwood launch their fall promotions

News, Tips & Tricks
The next Canadian Points University will be taking place this October in Toronto! It will feature some of the same speakers from the Vancouver conference held this past January and some new speakers as well. I personally will not be speaking at this one but we are working on having another speaker from Rewards Canada in place for the YYZ event. In the meantime you can already buy tickets for the event and if you use our code 'RewardsCanada' you'll receive $40 off of the ticket price. Full details can be found at PointsU.ca and you can order tickets directly at https://www.picatic.com/PointsUYYZ?code=RewardsCanada


Be sure you enter our second contest with Marriott International! You can win up to 30,000 Marriott Rewards points! Enter by August 31st. Click here for complete details and to enter the contest!


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Bonus Offers
Alitalia MilleMiglia
- Earn up to 1,000 Bonus MilleMiglia Miles for each flight on Alitalia between Rome and Tenerife. More... Oct 30 - Dec 30, 16

American AAdvantage
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles on rentals of 3 or more consecutive days at participating Avis airport locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Caribbean. More... Until Oct 15, 16
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles on rentals of 3 or more consecutive days at participating Budget airport locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Mexico, Latin America, and Caribbean. More... Until Oct 15, 16

Choice Hotels Privileges
- Earn up to 8,000 Bonus Privileges Points for every 2 separate stays you complete at participating Choice Hotels Worldwide. More... Restrictions For residents of the U.S. and Canada only Sep 1 - Nov 11, 16

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Earn up to Triple Starpoints for stays at Starwood Hotels Worldwide. More... Sep 12 - Dec 18, 16



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Choice Hotels Privileges: Earn a free night after every 2 stays completed worldwide


Choice Hotels has revealed the details of their fall promotion and low and behold its pretty much the same as they always run! That being said, it is a decent promotion and is today's bonus offer highlight. The only difference we can see this time is they are promoting multiple free nights, that is you will earn enough points for an 8,000 point redemption after every two stays completed. So in reality you can redeem for higher hotel categories if you complete 4, 6, 8 stays etc.  Depending on what you spend this bonus offer can be quite lucrative if you frequent Choice Hotels.
 
Offer details
Earn up to 8,000 Bonus Privileges Points (enough for a free night) for every 2 separate stays you complete at participating Choice Hotels Worldwide. Stay must be booked via ChoiceHotels.com, the Choice Hotels mobile app, or 800.4CHOICE at qualifying rates. Members will be awarded a maximum of 8,000 bonus points, depending on the number of base points earned for every (2) separate qualifying trips. Full details, online registration and booking (Registration is required) Sep 1 - Nov 11, 16
Restrictions
For residents of the U.S. and Canada only

Starwood Preferred Guest More for you - Earn up to Triple Points for your stays September 12 - December 18


Starwood Preferred Guest has revealed the details of their next systemwide promotion called More for you. The promotion will offer double Starpoints for stays of two or more nights on weekdays and triple Starpoints for stays of three or more nights on weekends. What we don't know yet is whether all Starwood locations will be participating as we see in some of their promotions or if their will be properties that choose not to participate. Registration for the promotion starts on September 12th and all your eligible stays between September 12 and December 18 will count towards the promotion. So you can start booking now at SPG.com.

Offer details
Earn up to Triple Starpoints for stays at Starwood Hotels Worldwide. Earn double Starpoints on weekday stays of two or more nights and triple Starpoints on weekends. Full details, online registration and booking (Registration is required) Sep 12 - Dec 18, 16

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

August 23 Update: Enter to win up to 30,000 Marriott Rewards Points, new AIR MILES Prize Pool promo and more!

News, Tips & Tricks
We've launched our second contest with Marriott International! Once again you can enter to win up to 30,000 Marriott Rewards points! Enter by August 31st. Click here for complete details and to enter the contest!

AIR MILES has launched a new contest and bonus miles promotion called AIR MILES Prize Pool. Every offer you take advantage of from the promotion (ie shop at retailers and get bonus miles) earns you an entry to win Flights, Cruises, AIR MILES Reward Miles and more. Find out more here.


Vancouver is set to get service from yet another Chinese airline! Beijing Capital Airlines has applied to fly Hangzhou – Qingdao – Vancouver from December 30th of this year. (Source Routesonline)

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Bonus Offers
Air Canada / Aeroplan
- 1,250 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you rent an Avis vehicle at a participating location and drop off at a different participating location in Canada. More... Until Dec 31, 16

Choice Privileges
- Receive up to a 30% Discount when you buy Choice Privileges points online. More... Until Sep 6, 16

Hilton HHonors
- Receive up to a 50% Discount when you buy Hilton HHonors points online. Discount varies by member.More... Until Sep 16, 16

Hyatt Gold Passport
- Up to 30% Bonus Gold Passport Points when you buy 5,000 or more points online. Bonus varies by member. More... Until Aug 31, 16

Le Club accorhotels
- Earn up to 600 Bonus Le Club accorhotels points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in Poland, Latvia and Lithuania. More... Register & book by Sep 11 for stays until Sep 30, 16

United MileagePlus
- 4,000 Bonus MileagePlus Miles on your first Rocketmiles booking More... Book by Sep 30, 16



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Friday, August 19, 2016

August 19 Update: New low interest American Express card, IHG Rewards Club Accelerate and buy points promos

News, Tips & Tricks
 

American Express launched a new credit card this past Wednesday, the Essential Credit Card is not a rewards credit card but a new low rate card. The card offers an 8.99% ongoing interest rate with no annual fee. Find our more about the new card here
The Essential Credit Card provides a low ongoing interest rate for Cardmembers and allows them to carry a balance over time while making minimum monthly payments. On top of that, the Card offers many of the benefits Amex Cardmembers have grown to love and expect from the brand, including:
Travel Accident Insurance
Buyer's Assurance Protection
Purchase Protection
Emergency Card Replacement
24/7 Customer Service
Fraud Protection Guarantee
Amex Invites
Front Of The Line access to the hottest entertainment


If you happen to be booked on Air Canada's Vancouver to San Diego flight between October 17 and Dec 14 you should be be receiving a call or email about a schedule change as that is being temporarily suspended during that time. Chances are you'll be booked on an Air Canada/United combination connecting through San Fran, Los Angeles or Denver. (Source Routesonline)

Also if you need a boost to your IHG Rewards Club points balance for an award check out the buy points bonus of up to 80% below. Not as good as the 100% we see often so I would only take advantage of this if you really need to top off for an award night.

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Bonus Offers
Air France KLM Flying Blue
- August Promo Awards - Save 20% to 50% on the Award Miles usually required for an award ticket. More... Book by Aug 31 for travel between Oct 1 - Nov 30, 16

Avianca LifeMiles
- Triple LifeMiles on your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd qualified stays at Wyndham Rewards hotels across the globe. More...Until Oct 9, 16

IHG Rewards Club
- IHG Rewards Club Accelerate - Earn at least 30,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points when you stay at IHG Hotels Worldwide. More... Sep 6 - Dec 15, 16
- Earn up to 80% Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points when you buy points online. More... Until Sep 9, 16

Jet Airways JetPrivilege
- 40% Bonus JP Miles when you buy miles online. More... Until Aug 31, 16

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Various Bonus Starpoints or Free Nights when you complete eligible stay(s) at Starwood Hotels Worldwide. More... * Targeted Offer - may not work for everyone Until ?


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IHG Rewards Club Accelerate returns for the fall - Earn 30,000 or more points for your IHG stays Sep 6 - Dec 15


IHG's two systemwide promotions Share Forever (America's) and Accelerate (rest of the World) are wrapping up in 12 days but they have already pushed out their fall systemwide offer which reverts back to 'Accelerate' for all members around the globe. Simply log in via the link below to see what your personalized offer is. At first mine came up with an error but I clicked 'continue' a couple of times on the terms and conditions acceptance page and my offer eventually showed up. Let us know what offer you get in the comments below!

Here is the offer I received:


Offer details
IHG Rewards Club Accelerate - Earn at least 30,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points when you stay at IHG Hotels Worldwide.  Full details, online registration and booking (Registration is required) Sep 6 - Dec 15, 16

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August 17 Update: Cathay Pacific increases checked baggage allowance, fly Emirates from YYZ to Dubai for $899 and more!

News, Tips & Tricks
It seems that we always get bad news from airlines when they discuss changes to checked luggage. Well today that's different. Cathay Pacific is enhancing their checked luggage rules and it is a true enhancement. They are allowing their customers to bring heavier bags as of September 15th. Now this doesn't really affect those of us flying out of North America as we already have a different policy allowing 2 bags but this is still newsworthy for those of you who may be flying Cathay within Asia or on their other Worldwide routes.
Cathay Pacific introduces enhanced baggage allowance
Cathay Pacific announces an enhanced baggage policy which gives every passenger an additional 10kg of check-in baggage across all cabins. Along with the increase in weight, there is also a new piece system for how many bags may be checked in. Note that the check-in baggage allowances on the North American and Auckland routes are not impacted by this revised weight system policy.

Keeping your extra baggage allowance as your club benefit
Silver members and above will continue to enjoy their additional baggage allowance on top of the revised policy – 10kg for Silver, 15kg for Gold, 20kg for Diamond. For the new piece system, Green and Silver members may check in up to 2 pieces of baggage in Economy, Premium Economy, or Business, and 3 pieces in First Class free of charge. Gold and Diamond members may check in 1 additional piece in all cabins.


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Travel Deals
Emirates has launched a great sale for their flights to Dubai from Toronto and other Canadian gateways. You can fly Emirates for only $899 all in for travel Sep 19 to Dec 8 if you book by August 18. Find out more here.
  • From Toronto (YYZ) to Dubai (DXB) utilizing Emirates operated flights (EK241, 242)
  • From Vancouver (YVR), Calgary (YYC), Edmonton (YEG), Kelowna (YLW) and Victoria (YYJ) gateways utilizing Emirates operated flights from Seattle (EK 227, EK 228, EK 229 and EK 230)
  • From Toronto (YYZ and YTZ), Halifax (YHZ), Montreal (YUL) and Ottawa (YOW) gateways utilizing Emirates operated flights from Boston (EK 237, EK 238, EK 239 and EK 240)


Bonus Offers
Avianca LifeMiles
- 3,000 Bonus LifeMiles on your first Rocketmiles booking More... Book by Aug 31, 16

IHG Rewards Club
- 50% IHG Rewards Club Points discount for reward nights in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean. More... Book by Aug 28 for stays Sep 1 - Oct 30, 16

La Quinta Returns
- Earn up to Triple Returns Points for stays at participating La Quinta locations in the U.S.. More... Until Sep 1, 16

United MileagePlus
- 500 Bonus MileagePlus Miles for stays at La Quinta Inns and Suites in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. More... Until Dec 31, 16

WestJet Rewards
- Receive WestJet Rewards Gold Elite Status when you hold top-tier status in any Travel Rewards program and complete one flight with WestJet. More... Register by Sep 23 for travel until Oct 31, 16


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