Friday, April 17, 2015

Apr 17 Update: United Club Lounges to leave Priority Pass, 80 Bonus Air Miles at Rexall, Big Club Carlson Bonus for Avis rentals

Here is your Friday update!

News, Tips & Tricks
If you are a Priority Pass member you should have seen this in their April newsletter but just in case you didn't here it is. United Club Lounges will no longer be a part of the Priority Pass Business Class lounge access program as of May 15. This sees 49 lounges removed from the program which still provides access to well over 700 lounges worldwide.

Here is a coupon for 80 bonus Air Miles if you spend $50 or more at Rexall between Apr 20 and 23.

Air Inuit
is adding new service between Quebec City and Kuujjuaq. It is essentially a tag on to their current Montreal to Kuujjuaq service. These flights start April 26th and eligible fares will earn points in Air Inuit's Isaruuk FFP. (Source:

Posts since our last update!

Travel Deals
has extended their 2 day sale with some great fares for travel in Canada, to the U.S. and Mexico/Caribbean! Book by Apr 22 for travel until Jun 24. Find out more here.

Bonus Offers

Best Western Rewards
- Double Rewards Points on all qualifying stays at the BEST WESTERN Hotel Graslin - Nantes More... Until Jun 30, 15

Carlson Hotels Club Carlson
- 9,250 Bonus Gold Points on a qualifying rental of 4 or more days at participating Avis locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. More... Until Sep 30, 15

Czech Airlines OK Plus
- Double OK Plus Miles on weekday stays at  all Wyndham Rewards Hotels Worldwide starting with your 1st stay. More... Until May 29, 15

Emirates Skywards
- Quadruple Skywards Miles for stays at the Address Hotels & Resorts in Dubai. More... Book by Jun 30 for stays until Aug 31, 15
- Double Skywards Miles for stays at the Raffles Praslin. More... Until Jun 30, 15

IHG Rewards Club
- Double IHG Rewards Club points on dining at IHG restaurants, drinks and in-room services charged to your room for stays at InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts across Asia Pacific (excluding China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), the Middle East and Africa. More... Until Aug 31, 15

Turkish Miles&Smiles
- Double Miles&Smiles Miles on weekday stays at  all Wyndham Rewards Hotels Worldwide starting with your 1st stay. More... Until May 29, 15

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Great Air France & KLM Business Class Sales for SUMMER flights between Canada and Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia

Air France  & KLM are once again running an amazing business class sale for their flights out of Canada! And the beauty of this sale is it covers the busy summer travel season!

Some steals include Rome for only $2499 all in from Montreal or Toronto or Dubai for $3399 from Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver. Simply book by April 29th for travel between Apr 22 (KLM) or May 1st (Air France) and August 31st.

Also remember until June 18 you'll earn Double Flying Blue miles on Air France's Vancouver-Paris route and KLM's Edmonton-Amsterdam route. Just ensure your Flying Blue number is included on your reservation.

To have a look at all the Air France offers or to book them please click here!

To have a look at all the KLM offers or to book please click here!

IHG Rewards Club - 500 Bonus Points on your first stay with their Share Forever Summer Promotion

IHG Rewards Club has revealed some details of their next systemwide promotion that opens for registration on April 20th. Once again they are teaming up with Coca Cola like they did last summer however we don't know yet what the Coca Cola portion of the promotion is but we do know members

"will have the opportunity to share their rewards with those people they care about the most.  Not only will members be able to earn bonus points of their own, they’ll have the opportunity to earn additional points, and free nights they can share with others". 
We also know is that you'll earn 500 bonus points on your first stay during the promotion then be able to earn even more points and free nights throughout the promotional period.

Offer Details
Earn 500 bonus IHG Rewards Club points after one night at any IHG hotel anywhere in the world. Register Online (Registration is required)  May 1 - Sep 7, 15. (Registration opens April 20)
- With additional nights, earn more bonus points, and free nights
- Gift rewards to friends and family
- Celebrate through personalized offers presented via the member’s IHG Rewards Club microsite upon login
- The promotion is open to IHG® Rewards Club members who are residents of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Apr 16 Update: Just bonuses today like Double AAdvantage Elite Qualifying Points!

Just bonuses for you today!

News, Tips & Tricks
No news today.

Posts since our last update!

Bonus Offers

airBaltic PINS (on only)
- Double PINS when you fly airBaltic to Pisa or Thessaloniki. More... Book by Apr 26 for travel until ?

American AAdvantage
- Earn up to 10,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you fly on Japan Airlines between Los Angeles and Osaka. American Airlines code shares are included. More... May 1 - 31, 15
- Double AAdvantage Elite Qualifying Points when you purchase and fly on a First or Business Class ticket on American Airlines, US Airways and other eligible partners. More... Until Dec 31, 15

Hyatt Gold Passport
- 2,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points when you book the GET CENTRIC package at the Hyatt Centric South Beach More...Book by Jun 30 for stays between Jun 1 and Oct 16, 15

Malaysia Airlines Enrich (on only)
- Double Enrich Miles when you fly First or Business Class between Kuala Lumpur and London on MH3 or MH4. More... Until Jun 15, 15

Orbitz Rewards (on only)
- Triple Orbucks when you book your trip to select destinations in Mexico on AeroMexico. More... Book by Apr 29, 15
- Quadruple Orbucks when you book select SWISS airlines flights from BOS, JFK, EWR or ORD. More... Book by May 10, 15
- Triple Orbucks when you book qualifying flights with Virgin Atlantic to London from JFK, BOS, LAX or MIA. .More... Book by May 6, 15
- $75 Bonus Orbucks when you book a Bahia Principe hotel or resort with your flight in sunny destinations such as Mexico, Dominican Republic, or Jamaica More...Book by Apr 28, 15
- $100 Bonus Orbucks when you book select hotel+flight packages to the Netherlands. More... Book by May 10, 15
- $35 Bonus Orbucks when you book an Orlando hotel stay of four nights or more with your flight. More... Book by Apr 28, 15
- $75 Bonus Orbucks for stays at the SLS Las Vegas when you book a minimum of two nights with your flight. More... Book by Apr 28, 15

Starwood Preferred Guest
- 2,000 Bonus Starpoints for each eligible stay with Tribute Portfolio hotels (up to 10,000 bonus Starpoints) More... Until Jul 15, 15
- Double Starpoints for Thursday-Sunday stays at the Westin Cincinnati More... Until Sep 9, 15

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Earn up to 10,000 Bonus Starpoints for stays at Starwood's new Tribute Portfolio

Starwood announced the launch of their 10 hotel brand today, the Tribute Portfolio. The Tribute Portfolio will encompass higher end independent hotels from around the globe and the first is the Royal Palm South Beach Miami. To celebrate the launch of their 10th brand you can earn up to 10,000 bonus Starpoints for stays at any Tribute Portfolio hotels, which at this time means only the South Beach location but if more come on board before the July 15 promotion end date they should be eligible for this bonus as well.

Offer Details
2,000 Bonus Starpoints for each eligible stay with Tribute Portfolio hotels (up to 10,000 bonus Starpoints) Full details, online registration and booking (Registration is required) Until Jul 15, 15

Remember to check out our SPG Bonus Starpoints page for many more offers!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Apr 15 Update: Does the BMO World Elite cover award ticket taxes, Emirates July Miles Accelerator offers, Last day to enter FFB10!

Here is your mid week update!

News, Tips & Tricks
Reader question! Anshul posted this on our Facebook page:

"Does BMO World Elite Mastercard cover award ticket (aeroplan) taxes?"

And we had a simple answer. No it does not. However for a list of cards that do see this post. Beware however the post is a couple of years old so it is not fully up to date as there are now several other cards that can be used to pay Award ticket taxes but it gives you the general idea of the most popular cards that do.

Our Top 5 Travel Rewards Currencies got featured on CTV's Canada AM this morning! See the video and story here.


If you are planning to fly Emirates this July check out the bonus offer section below for the latest Skywards Miles Accelerator offers. YYZ is included for first class and there are lots of flights out of Dubai that have bonuses as well if you are connecting.

Posts since our last update!
LAST DAY to enter our first FFB10 contest! You could win 50,000 Miles & Points from Aeroplan, SPG, IHG, Alaska and Etihad + a $100 Loungebuddy credit!
FFB10 - The 10th Anniversary Celebration - Contest #1: Win a package of 50,000 Miles & points


Travel Deals
has launched a 2 day sale with some great fares for travel in Canada, to the U.S. and Mexico/Caribbean! Book by Apr 16 for travel until Jun 24. Find out more here.

Wild on Wednesday offer is for flights between Canada and Brussels! Fares start at an amazing $699. Book by Apr 16 for travel until May 6 or Oct 16 to Dec 10. Find out more here.

Bonus Offers

airberlin topbonus
- Double topbonus Miles on select airberlin and Iberia flights between Austria, Germany or Switzerland and Spain. More... Register & book by May 13 for travel May 1 - Jun 30, 15

American AAdvantage
- Earn up to 2,250 Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you shop via the AAdvantage eShopping portal. More... Until Apr 29, 15

Emirates Skywards
- Earn up to 16,000 Bonus Skywards Miles with the Emirates Miles Accelerator offers for flights in July. More...
- Double Skywards Miles for stays of four or more nights at participating Shangri-La Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Jun 30, 15

Etihad Guest
- 1,500 Bonus Guest Miles when you stay 2 or more nights at any participating AC Hotel by Marriott or Autograph Collection® hotel in Madrid. More... Until Jul 3, 15

IHG Rewards Club
- 3,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points on your next stay at IHG Hotels Worldwide. Stay must be made within 90 days of registering. More... Until ? Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone

JetBlue TrueBlue (on only)
- Up to 50% Bonus TrueBlue Points when you buy points online. More... Until Apr 30, 15

Le Club accorhotels
- Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in the Asia Pacific region. More... Book by May 31 for stays until Jun 30, 15
- Double Le Club Accorhotels Points on Europcar rentals Worldwide (except for the U.S. and Canada). More... Until May 31, 15

Marriott Rewards
- 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay on Thursday-Sunday nights (Friday or Saturday required) at participating hotels in Brazil. More... Until Jun 5, 15

Shangri-La Golden Circle
- Double GC Award Points for stays in a Horizon Club room or a suites at the Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns. More... Until Jun 30, 15
- Double GC Award Points for stays in an Executive Suite at the Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen. More... Until Jun 30, 15
- Triple GC Award Points and 3 nights for the price of 2 at for stays at the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris. More... Until Jun 30, 15
- Double GC Award Points for stays at the Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar. More... Jun 3 - Jul 31, 15

South African Airways Voyager
- Triple Voyager Miles for stays at Best Western hotels Worldwide. More... Until May 31, 15

Virgin Australia Velocity Rewards (on only)
- 500 Bonus Velocity Points when you book hotels via Agoda. More... Book by Apr 21, 15
- 2,000 Bonus Velocity Points when you book and stay at selected Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, London, Mallorca, Rome, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Baku, Maldives and Shanghai. More... Until Dec 31, 15
- Double Velocity Points when you stay for four or more consecutive nights at any participating Shangri-La hotel or resort and also enjoy the fourth night free. More... Until May 31, 15

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Earning Stories: 10,822 Gold Passport Points on a 5 Night Stay at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

Picture of our view from the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
Welcome to the next post in the Earning Stories series right here on Rewards Canada. For years we have provided you with the details on earning points and miles (both regular earning and bonus opportunities) and these stories show the actual offers in action.

This story revolves around my recent family vacation to San Diego which used a combination of points redemption and earning options and looks at the hotel stay.

Our stay was at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay on a AAA rate that included breakfast for 2 and waived the resort fee.  I booked it knowing that I would earn bonus points since I had already registered for Hyatt's Stay More Play More offer taken off of our Hyatt Gold Passport Bonus Points page

Here is the offer in detail (you still have two weeks to take advantage of it!)
Earn up to 65,000 Bonus Points for stays at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Full Details, Online Registration and booking (Registration is required)  Until Apr 30, 15

Known Offer Variations:
Up to 65,000 Point Offer
15 Nights + 30,000 Points = 30,000
20 Nights + 15,000 Points = 45,000
25 Nights + 20,000 Points = 65,000

Up to 50,000 Point Offer
5 Nights + 5,000 Points = 5,000
10 Nights + 10,000 Points = 15,000
15 Nights + 15,000 Points = 30,000
20 Nights + 20,000 Points = 50,000

2,000 Point Offer
1 nights + 2,000 Points = 2,000

5,000 Point Offer
2 nights + 5,000 Points = 5,000

5,000 Point Offer
5 nights + 5,000 Points = 5,000

20,000 Point Offer
10 nights + 20,000 Points = 20,000

Here is my screen shot of the Gold Passport Points that posted with this stay:

As you can see by registering and taking advantage of this bonus offer along with the base points we earned a decent amount of points on a stay that we were going to do no matter what! Of course if you hold status with Hyatt you would earn even more points and more bonuses if you complete even more stays with the promo. Everyday people have stays like this that are not earning any bonus points or even in some cases no points at all since the people aren't part of the hotel's program! We cannot reiterate enough that not only should you join a hotel program to earn points (or airline miles) but always register for bonus point promotions even if you think that you may not use it.

We'd love to hear how you have maximized the Stay More Play More offer! Leave us a comment below or submit your own earning story to be featured here on FFB.

Tips for Hotel Stays
- Watch the rates that include bonus miles - If there is a bonus most of my stays do earn those extra points but a lot of hotel offers for bonus points also come with higher rates so be sure to check other rates like AAA, Senior Rates, etc. as those could be a better deal than the paying for the extra points. For a complete list of hotel bonus offers see this page on the main Rewards Canada site.
- Read the fine print - When a bonus offer is available be sure that your stay meets the criteria. Those criteria can include certain rates, select days of the week or multiple night stays.
- If you are staying at a hotel/hotel chain that isn't your primary program chain you may be better off posting that stay to a preferred airline rather than earning the hotel points. You'll still have to join that hotel chains program but set your earning preference to your preferred airline.

Have your earning story featured!
Not only are Rewards Canada Earning Stories featured in this series, we want to feature your stories as well! Have you earned a lot of points or miles by utilizing offers posted on Rewards Canada? We would love to hear about them and potentially feature them here on Rewards Canada. Tell us your earning story by emailing us the details of what you earned, screenshots if possible of those points/miles posting and what offer on Rewards Canada you took advantage of. Email it to us

Aeroplan eSTORE promo: 5x Miles for all purchases between April 15 - 19

Similar to the promo a few weeks, Aeroplan's eSTORE is offering 5 times the miles on all purchases made via the portal until April 19th! What isn't similar is that this time the offer is open to all Aeroplan members, not just those who haven't made a purchase in the last year as we saw in that previous promotion.

Offer Details
All members who shop through Aeroplan’s eStore at from April 15 to April 19th will get 5X the miles on all their purchases.

Moreover, as part of their benefits, Distinction members will get additional miles:

dDiamond:                        2 Distinction bonus-miles per dollar spent (for a total of 7X the miles)
dBlack & dSilver:              1 Distinction bonus-mile per dollar spent (for a total of 6X the miles)