Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oct 21 Update: Rewards Canada Credit Card/Loyalty Program selection services, Aeroplan bonus for Rapidair Flight passes

Today we answer a great question from one of our readers!

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Reader Question: Rewards Canada reader Warren M asked the following:
"Do you offer support on the phone where we can talk to a specialist to help us decide which credit card and which mileage plan would be the best for us.  I think people would be willing to pay for the service. I would."
Although it has not been advertised (but I guess it is now with this post) we do offer this service and have helped many people already with their credit card and loyalty program selections. It is typically done via email but it may include a phone call or two as well. The best part of it is that we offer this service for free! If you need further help with selecting a credit card and/or loyalty program feel free to email us at info at rewardscanada.ca

Sunwing Airlines
has announced new service between Vancouver and Freeport for the upcoming winter season. Not frequent flyer program attached but always a redemption option for the numerous proprietary credit card programs out there. (Source Airlineroute.net)

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Bonus Offers

Air Canada Aeroplan
- 5,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you purchase a Rapidair Flight Pass in Flex or Latitude fares for travel between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. More... Until Nov 16, 14
- Earn up to Triple Aeroplan Miles for each qualified stay of 2 or more nights at any participating Coast Hotel in Canada or the U.S.. More... Until Nov 30, 14

AirAsia Big
- Quadruple Big Points when you stay at Hilton Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Earn up to 10,000 Bonus Asia Miles when you book hotels via Kaligo. More... Until Jan 31, 15
- Earn up to 3,000 Bonus Asia Miles when you dine at select restaurants in Central, Admiralty and Tsim Sha Tsu. More... Until Dec 15, 14

China Southern SkyPearl
- 888 Bonus Sky Pearl Kilometers when you fly on China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines or XiaMen Airlines within Greater China. More... Until Nov 30, 14
- Earn up to 4,000 Bonus Sky Pearl Kilometers when you fly on China Southern between Lanchow - Urumchi - Dubai or Lanchow - Urumchi - Tbilisi. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Emirates Skywards
- 1,000 Bonus Skywards Mles when you stay any night Thursday-Saturday at the JW Marriott Hotel Dubai. More... Until Dec 28, 14

Etihad Guest
- 1,000 Bonus Guest Mles when you stay any night Thursday-Saturday at the JW Marriott Hotel Dubai. More... Until Dec 28, 14

Le Club accorhotels
- Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points on Europcar rentals Worldwide (except for the U.S. and Canada). More... Until Dec 18, 14

Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- Triple Enrich Miles when you rent cars via rentalcars.com. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Marriott Rewards
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points for weekend stays at any one of 13 participating Marriott Hotels in Paris. More... Nov 9 - Jan 11, 15
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you stay two consecutive nights Thursday-Sunday at any one of 13 participating Marriott Hotels in Italy. More... Booking Until Jan 11, 15
- 1,500 Bonus Rewards Points per night - up to 6,000 points, when you stay any night Thursday-Sunday at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley or San Diego Marriott Del Mar. More... Until Dec 10, 14

Saudia Alfursan
- 1,000 Bonus Alfursan Mles when you stay any night Thursday-Saturday at the JW Marriott Hotel Dubai. More... Until Dec 28, 14


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Kaligo, the latest entrant in awarding miles via a third party hotel booking site

Based out of Singapore, Kaligo.com is a new competitor to likes of PointsHound.com and Rocketmiles.com. This start up looks and feel likes it competitors and seems to work on the exact same premise. They are a third party hotel booking site that awards miles from various loyalty programs for those bookings once the stay is completed. You can tell they are quite new as Kaligo's roster of loyalty partners is small compared to the other two established sites. Right now Kaligo only offers miles with American AAdvantage, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles and US Airways Dividend Miles.

We became aware of Kaligo via Cathay Pacific as they are running a bonus for Kaligo bookings (as taken from our Asia Miles bonus miles page):
Earn up to 10,000 Bonus Asia Miles when you book hotels via Kaligo. Earn 2,000 Bonus Asia Miles when you register and book for the first time at any of their 300,000 hotels. Plus, earn an additional 8,000 Bonus Asia Miles if you book eight or more room nights. Full details Until Jan 31, 15

Now that there are three companies vying for your bookings in this space we thought we would do some comparisons between them all. Since American AAdvantage and US Airways are the only program that all three services partner with choose to compare AAdvantage earning across all three in our home city of Calgary for stays at the Hotel Germain, a boutique hotel that does not participate in any loyalty programs:

Kaligo.com

PointsHound.com

Rocketmiles.com
Looking at this quick comparison you can see that Rocketmiles is the clear winner with the best price and the most miles awarded for this stay but this is not always the case.

Update: Thanks to DoctorOfCredit for pointing out that Kaligo prices include taxes! So in fact all three sites in our comparison would be comparable on price so the deciding factor would be the number of miles awarded
.

We would recommend checking all three sites to see which can provide the best bonus for the best price and for hotels that may not be featured on one of them. We checked a few other cities (Los Angeles, Singapore) and the trend was for Kaligo to be more expensive but they also tended to award the most miles out of the three. You also need to take into account any bonus offers such as Kaligo's bonus Asia Miles as outlined above or anyone of the numerous Rocketmiles first booking bonuses (find those here). Finally, you'll also need to take into account the program you want to earn miles in, for example Asia Miles are only available with PointsHound.com or Kaligo.com.

Unlike Pointshound and Rocketmiles, Kaligo does not have a referral program to get new members but we wouldn't be surprised if that is something they bring along soon to attract more awareness to their site.

I recall talking with Pointshound when they launched and were soon followed by Rocketmiles. They were in fact happy there was competition as it validated their concept. Obviously it seems to be a good concept since there is now a third player in the space!

We wish the best to Kaligo and hope they succeed as well as there can't be enough places to earn more Miles, more Points and more Rewards!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Oct 20 Update: Rexall announces Air Miles as their new loyalty partner, 3x Aeroplan Miles for Wyndham stays, Porter & KLM seat sales

Rexall announces its new loyalty partner and triple Aeroplan miles for Wyndham stays.

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Just days after the notice of Aeroplan and Rexall calling it quits we learn that Air Miles is the new loyalty program of choice for drug store chain in Ontario and the Western Provinces. That's two major retailers in the span of a few months that have jumped ship from Aeroplan to Air Miles. For those of you who read this blog, you'll know my local shopping area once had three merchants participating in Aeroplan and quickly that has changed to only one and two for Air Miles. For Aeroplan frequent shoppers this isn't good news but then again Aeroplan, although a full fledged coalition program, is still a major frequent flyer program and credit card miles issuer which means for them this isn't that big of loss. For Air Miles, which is pretty much only a frequent shopper program the gain is good but one has to wonder, what incentives Air Miles is giving to gain these merchants as we know they have been feeling the pinch from Aeroplan and from many of the other credit card and propietary loyalty programs. You can find out more about the Rexall and Air Miles partnership here.


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Travel Deals
Porter Airlines
is promoting their biggest sale of the year for flights out of Toronto. Flights start as low as $91 one way. Book by 11:59 pm Eastern Time October 28, 2014. Travel by February 26, 2015 at flyporter.com


KLM
has yet another seat sale on flights out of Canada. Fares are as low as $679 round trip all in to Europe! Book by Oct 21 for departures between Oct. 16 and Dec. 10 or between Dec. 25 and May 6. Book online at KLM.


Bonus Offers

AeroMexico Club Premier
- Triple Club Premier Kilometers on all Wyndham Rewards Hotels stays Worldwide starting with your 2nd stay. More... Until Jan 16, 15

Air Canada Aeroplan
- Triple Aeroplan Miles on all Wyndham Rewards Hotels stays Worldwide starting with your 2nd stay. More... Until Jan 16, 15

American AAdvantage
- Quadruple AAdvantage Miles on all Wyndham Rewards Hotels stays Worldwide starting with your 2nd stay. More... Until Jan 16, 15

Best Western Rewards
- Double Rewards points for stays at the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hotell Savoy i Lulea. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Czech Airlines OK Plus
- Double OK Plus Miles when you fly Czech Airlines between Prague and Gothenburg.More... Register and book by Nov 30 for travel until Dec 31, 14
- Double OK Plus Miles when you fly Czech Airlines between Prague and Brussels, Bucharest, Moscow or Warsaw. More... Register and book by Nov 30 for travel until Dec 31, 14
- Double OK Plus miles on rentals at participating Avis locations worldwide. More... Until Mar 31, 15

Jet Airways JetPrivilege
- Triple JetPrivilege Miles for stays at participating Fairmont Hotels & Resorts worldwide. More... Until Dec 15, 14
- 9,000 Bonus JetPrivilege Miles for stays at the at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz Switzerland. More... Until Dec 31, 14
- Earn up to Triple JetPrivilege Miles when you stay on an eligible rate at any participating Mandarin Oriental Hotel worldwide. More... Until Nov 30, 14
- Triple JetPrivilege Miles for stays at participating Swissotel Hotels & Resorts worldwide. More... Until Dec 15, 14

Shangri-La Golden Circle
- Double GC Award Points when staying in a Horizon Club room at the Sule Shangri-La, Yangon. More... Until Dec 31, 14

United MileagePlus
- Triple MileagePlus Miles on all Wyndham Rewards Hotels stays Worldwide starting with your 2nd stay. More... Until Jan 16, 15

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 3,000 Flying Club Miles on rentals of 3 or more days at participating Hertz locations in the UK, Australia and USA. More... Until Nov 30, 14


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Choice Hotels Flash Sale - Buy Privileges Points and receive a 50% Bonus for 8 hours only (Today and Wednesday)

We've seen 'buy points' Flash Sales from several other programs like Club Carlson and now it's Choice Hotels Privileges turn! For only 8 hours today and on Wednesday you will get a 50% bonus when you buy Choice Hotels Privileges points. Normally the points cost $11 per 1,000 points which means you'll get 1,500 points per $11. With free nights starting as low as 6,000 points at some hotels you could have your stay for $44 plus taxes/fees with this promotion!

Here are just some of the hotels in Canada that are available at 6,000 and 8,000 point levels:
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For 8 hours only, receive a 50% bonus when you purchase Choice Privileges Points (up to 50,000). This offer is only available between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct 20th and Wednesday, Oct 23. Buy online now.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Oct 17 Update: New Air Transat Europe Routes, IHG introduces Anywhere Check-In, Lufthansa Christmas Market Sale

Last day of updates for this week!

News, Tips & Tricks
Have you voted yet? Vote for your favourite Travel Rewards Credit Card in our 2014 Canada's Choice survey! Vote at rewardscanada.ca/vote

Air Transat is adding new service between St. Johns Newfoundland and London Gatwick for the summer 2015 season. The twice weekly service will run from mid-June to early September. Always a good option to use a travel points credit card that let you book with any travel provider if you are looking for a way to redeem for Air Transat flights. (Source Airlineroute.net)

It also appears that Air Transat will launch service between Toronto/Montreal and Budapest Hungary for the summer 2015 season. (Source Airlineroute.net)

IntercContintenal Hotels Group has launched Anywhere Check-In for their IHG Rewards Club Elite members. Anywhere Check-In is available at participating hotels and can be accessed directly from your smart phone or tablet. Find out more here

Travel Deals
Lufthansa
has a seat sale to attract travellers to German Christmas markets. Fares start as low as $849 all in. Book by Oct 22 for departures from Canada until Dec 10. Book online at Lufthansa


Bonus Offers

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- Triple Mileage Plan Miles on all Wyndham Rewards Hotels stays Worldwide starting with your 2nd stay. More... Until Jan 16, 15

American AAdvantage
- 1,500 Bonus AAdvantage Miles on rentals of 3 or more consecutive days at participating Avis airport locations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. More... Until Dec 31, 14
- Quadruple AAdvantage Miles on rentals of 1 or more consecutive days at participating Avis airport locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Avianca LifeMiles
- Earn up to 6x LifeMiles on Hertz rentals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mexico and Puerto Rico. More... Until Dec 31, 14

British Airways Executive Club
- Quadruple Avios for stays at any participating Small Luxury Hotels of the World Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 14
- 2,500 Bonus Avios for stays at any Accor Hotel Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- 300 Bonus Asia Miles when you spend HKD500 or more at Pizza Express in Central. More... Until Dec 15, 14
- 300 Bonus Asia Miles when you spend HKD500 or more at Shanghai Min in Tsim Sha Tsui. More... Until Dec 15, 14

Emirates Skywards
- Double Skywards Miles when you on Emirates out of Oslo, Norway. More... Until Nov 10, 14
- Triple Skywards Miles when booking a stay in Atlantis The Palm, Dubai. More... Book by Dec 19 , 14 for stays until Sep 30, 15
- 3,000 bonus Skywards Miles when you stay in a Suite at participating Starwood Hotels in St. Petersburg or Warsaw. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Hong Kong Airlines Fortune Wings
- Up to 50% Fortune Wings Miles Discount when you redeem miles for a Fortune Wings Award ticket on Hong Kong Airlines. More... Book by Dec 18, 14

Malaysia Airlines Enrich (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- 2,000 Bonus Enrich Miles when you join the Malaysia Airlines Enrich program via MHmobile. More... Until ?

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus QMiles on oneworld airlines flights Worldwide (except Qatar Airways) More... Oct 30 - Nov 30, 14

Wyndham Rewards
- 2,015 Bonus Wyndham Rewards Points per stays at participating locations Worldwide starting with your second stay. More... Until Jan 30, 15


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Wyndham Rewards: 2,015 Bonus Points on Worldwide stays starting with your second stay


Here is the next systemwide bonus from the folks at Wyndham Rewards. As is the case with many of Wyndham Rewards' promos this offer doesn't kick in until your 2nd stay and is good for 5 stays in total (stays 2 thru 6) which means you can earn up to 10,075 bonus points. The offer runs from now until the end of January which is quite a bit of time if the Wyndham family of hotels are your primary residences away from home!

Offer Details:
2,015 Bonus Wyndham Rewards Points per stays at participating locations Worldwide starting with your second stay. Maximum of 10,075 bonus points awarded per member. Full details, online registration and booking (Registration is required) Until Jan 30, 15

Be sure to visit our Wyndham Rewards page for this offer and many more to boost your balance!


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Oct 16 Update: Foreign Transaction Fees added to more comparison charts, Etihad Airways Partners, 16 new bonuses

Here are your Thursday offerings!

News, Tips & Tricks
Have you voted yet? Vote for your favourite Travel Rewards Credit Card in our 2014 Canada's Choice survey! Vote at rewardscanada.ca/vote

We have further updated our Credit Card Comparison Charts with Foreign Exchange Transaction fees. Before we only listed them on the chart that compared all the credit cards but now you'll find them on the following charts:
Most Popular
Airline
Hotel
Hybrid
Travel Points

Etihad Airways which serves Toronto three times per week from their Abu Dhabi hub have announced "Etihad Partners" a tighter conglomeration of 6 airlines (many of which are owned or partly owned by Etihad). This new pseudo airline alliance which has the possibility of growing into a full fledged one based on wording in their press release sees stronger ties between Etihad and air berlin, air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Regional (operated by Darwin Airline) and Jet Airways. You can book one ticket to travel on their combined network of over 250 destinations and it will see an alignment of each airlines' frequent flyer programs in terms of elite tiers, mileage earning and more. Find out more here.
Etihad Airways today unveiled Etihad Airways Partners, a new brand which brings together like-minded airlines to offer customers more choice through improved networks and schedules and enhanced frequent flyer benefits. Initially, six airlines will participate in the new partnership - airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, India’s Jet Airways, Darwin Airline, and Etihad Airways. However, any airline can become an Etihad Airways Partner even if it is part of an existing alliance, such as airberlin, which is a member of oneworld.

Bonus Offers

Czech Airlines OK Plus
- Elite Status to any another airline status (outside of the SkyTeam Alliance) which is at least valid for the next 6 months from the date of the application when you complete 1 Intrernational flight on Czech Airlines. More... Ongoing

Gulf Air FalconFlyer (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double FalconFlyer Miles when you fly on Gulf Air between Manama and Moscow. More... Oct 28 - Dec 28, 14
- 5x Falconflyer Miles for stays at the Park Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi. More... Until Nov 19, 14
- Triple FalconFlyer Miles on rentals of 7 or more days at participating Hertz locations Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Iberia Plus
- Double Avios for a 4 night stay at the Hoteles Andaluces con Encanto. More... Until Oct 31, 14
- Triple Avios for stays at any Iberostar Hotels in Spain. More... Until Oct 31, 14
- Triple Avios for stays at participating Melia Hotels in Spain. More... Until Oct 31, 14
- Triple Avios on Hertz rentals of 3 or more days Worldwide.More... Until Dec 30, 14

IHG Rewards Club
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points for stays at select hotels in Europe. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Jet Airways JetPrivilege
- Double JetPrivilege Miles on all Starwood Hotel stays Worldwide.  More... Until Dec 31, 14

Le Club accorhotels
- Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at over 170 participating Accor hotels in Australia. More... Nov 1 - Dec 31, 14
- 4x Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at the Mercure Hotel Roeselare. More... Book by Nov 1 for stays until Dec 1, 14

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
- Earn Triple Royal Orchid Plus Miles when you stay at Hilton Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 14


Virgin America Elevate (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Elevate Points when you rent any vehicle for two or more days in the U.S. and Mexico. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Double Flying Club Miles for stays at participating Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. More... Book by Dec 20, 14

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oct 15 Update: Aeroplan and Rexall part ways, Double Starpoints in Tremblant, 5x Dividend Miles on Avis Rentals

We lose a good Aeroplan earning partner and lots of new bonuses today!

News, Tips & Tricks
Not so good news out of the Aeroplan camp today. They have announced that as of Oct 31 members will no longer be able to earn miles on their purchases at Rexall.  While the earning may have be relatively minor I am sad to see this partner go. There have been some great bonuses (remember the 800 miles for Adidas body wash?) and it was a good location to use for past Earn Your Wings promos (I still have some of the Rexall $1.09 bandage packages floating around from that promotion) plus at my most convenient shopping area in my community I used to have three places to earn Aeroplan miles, now that is down to one as Sobeys switched to Air Miles, Rexall is done in two weeks which only leaves me with Esso.


 

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Of the bonuses added today there are three that many of our frequent (or not so frequent) travellers should look into. The first is the Delta SkyMiles offer of 1,000 miles per night for stays at Waldorf Astoria and Conrad hotels worldwide. If you stay at these high end brands be sure to check out this bonus. The second is the Starwood Preferred Guest offer in Tremblant, see below or even better see our post from earlier today showcasing this great deal and finally US Airways is offering 5x Dividend Miles on Avis rentals here in Canada and also in the U.S.

Bonus Offers
Delta SkyMiles
- 1,000 Bonus SkyMiles PER NIGHT at participating Waldorf Astoria or Conrad hotels and resorts Worldwide. More...   Until Dec 20, 14

Emirates Skywards
- Double Skywards Miles for stays at the JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro, Marriott Executive Apartments São Paulo or the Renaissance São Paulo Hotel. More...   Until Jan 14, 15
- Double Skywards Miles when you join the Marriott Rewards program and complete stays at Marriott Hotels Worldwide. More...   Book by Oct 31 for stays until Nov 30, 14

Le Club accorhotels
- Quadruple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at newly opened Accor hotelsWorldwide. More... Book by Oct 31 for stays until Nov 30, 14

Starwood Preferred Guest

- Double Starpoints and 25% off for stays at the Le Westin Resort & Spa, Tremblant More... Until Dec 18, 14
- 500 Bonus Starpoints and complimentary wifi for Thursday-Sunday stays at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta. More... Until Dec 31, 14
- Double Starpoints for stays at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square. More... Book by Oct 31 for stays until Mar 31, 15
- 1,000 Bonus Starpoints for Thursday-Monday stays at the The Westin Houston Downtown. More... Until Dec 31, 14

TAP Portugal Victoria
- Triple Victoria Miles when you book the “Triple Miles” rate with a minimum two-night stay at Worldhotels Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 14
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus Victoria Miles when you subscribe to the Economist. More... Until Nov 30, 14

US Airways Dividend Miles
- 5x Dividend Miles on Avis rentals of 1 day or more at participating Avis airport locations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico (excluding Alaska). More... Until Nov 30, 14
- 750 Bonus Dividend Miles on your next rental of 3 days or more at participating airport locations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Voila Hotel Rewards
- Recieve Platinum Elite Status when you complete one eligible stay at any one of six participating Voila Hotel Rewards location Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 14


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