Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May 23 Update: Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Award Sale, WestJet One Day Flash Sale + 6 new bonuses

I hope everyone had a great May long weekend! This is our first update in a week and there hasn't been too much news floating around the world of rewards so there isn't much in this update!

Today's only news is Alaska Airlines launching a flash sale for award flights on many routes including some of their Canadian routes. The Canadian routes show at 5,000 miles from Seattle which is technically their lowest starting point even if there isn't a flash sale. Anyways check it out as there could be some deals for you if you were thinking of redeeming some Mileage Plan miles for an award flight. This sale only runs until tomorrow. Find out more here

Posts since our last update:

Travel Deals
WestJet One Day Flash Sale: Save up to 15% off Econo base fares to destinations in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and select U.S. destinations. Book by 9:59MT on May 23. Find out more here

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
AIR MILES (Canada)
- 60 Bonus AIR MILES Reward Miles for stays at IHG Hotel stays Worldwide. More... Until Jul 31, 18

Other Bonus Offers
Alitalia MilleMiglia
- Triple MilleMiglia Miles for stays at Accor Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Jun 30, 18

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- 50% Bonus Asia Miles when you convert hotel loyalty points into Asia Miles. More... Bonus applicable if you have not converted points from May 1, 2017 to May 7, 2018. Does not inlcuded transfers from Marriott and SPG Until Jun 30, 18

Finnair Plus
- 50% Bonus Plus Points when you make your first hotel booking via Rocketmiles. More... Book by Jun 30, 18

Hilton Honors
- 50,000 Bonus Honors Points when you complete 4 or more nights within 90 days at Hilton Hotels Worldwide. More... Targeted offer - may not work for everyone Until Dec 31, 18

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
- 25% Bonus ROP Miles on all eligible Thai Airways and Thai Smile international flights. More... Until Jun 30, 18

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Best Western Rewards: Receive a $20 BW Gift Card on your next stay at Best Western Hotels Worldwide

Another travel card offer from Best Western is what we see for their latest global systemwide promotion. This time they have doubled the travel card amount from $10 to $20 but are also limiting members to earning only one card. Still $20 back on a Best Western stay can be a hefty return seeing that many of their locations are available for under $100 per night. You will have 120 days to use the travel card from the date of issue which is why BW likes these types of promotions - they are banking on some people not using them and letting them expire. But for those of you who do stay at BW hotels at least semi-frequently this is a promotion you'll want to take advantage. Be sure to also check your email for this offer as some members are being targeted with an additional bonus of 2,000 points on each additional stay you make during the promotional period.

Offer details
Earn a US$20 Best Western Travel Card on your next Best Western stay Worldwide. Full details, online registration and booking (Registration is required) Until Sep 3, 18

Find many more Best Western Rewards bonus points offers here.

Earn 60 Bonus AIR MILES Reward Miles for stays at IHG Hotels until the end of July

If you are a serious AIR MILES collector and have summer travel plans then you can rack up the miles on your hotel stays! Last week we told you about the AIR MILES Best Western offer and now there is this offer to earn bonus miles at IHG Hotels Worldwide. IHG includes brands like InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, EVEN, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites and HUALUXE® hotels.

Offer details
60 Bonus AIR MILES Reward Miles for stays at IHG Hotel stays Worldwide. Max 900 miles awarded. Full details and online booking Until Jul 31, 18

Find more AIR MILES Rewards Miles bonus offers here!

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Ultimate Foodie Credit Card portfolio

Yesterday we released the 14th Ultimate Credit Card Portfolio on Rewards Canada. This one is the Ultimate Foodie Credit Card portfolio!

In this feature of Rewards Canada's Ultimate Credit Card Portfolios we look at the ultimate one for those who like to enjoy food - whether it is cooking your own gourmet meals or going to three Michelin star restaurants. And when it comes to food - you buy it - no matter what so if you a major foodie you'll want to make sure you capitalize on those food purchases by maximizing the rewards you earn. So while this piece is focused on earn we also take into account what those points or cash back can get you. As we have always recommended and is standard with our Ultimate Wallets is 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 regardless of the version of the card you have. 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 as a foodie get the most bang for your buck. Ultimately there are various options that could be utilized for such a portfolio but we look at one card from each issuing family that we feel are the best fit for foodies. Find out what the ultimate portfolio is here!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May 16 Update: Marriott Moments adds expert recommendations and bespoke categories, 40 bonus AIR MILES for Best Western stays + more

Marriott is working hard to bring more light to their Moments experience options. The following is an excerpt from today's Marriott press release:
This summer, Marriott has tapped into the company’s global network of thousands of local-area experts including its hotel associates, as well as global partners and celebrities to recommend their favorite sites to see and must-do activities. Throughout Marriott Moments, expert recommendations from hotel general managers, chefs and mixologists, luminary partners Chefs Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert and Stephanie Izard, as well as actress Lea Michele, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy and sports broadcaster Michele Tafoya will be featured, with more local area expertise from Marriott hotel associates to be added regularly. As a complement to the recommendations, Marriott Moments will offer bespoke categories based on passion points, types of travel companions, and personality traits including “Pop-Culture Vulture,” “Exhaust Your Kids and Be the Family Hero,” and “Young, Broke & Fabulous.” All recommendations and categories will feature hand-curated lists of the best things to do from around the world, available for purchase with any major credit card.
Currently Marriott Moments features over 100 recommendations from actors, athletes, award-wining Chef’s and others including:
  • Actress Lea Michele recommends her favorite museums, shopping areas, hikes and concert venues in LA and NYC.
  • Freestyle Skier Gus Kenworthy recommends his favorite off-the-beaten-path museums in Paris, Boston and London, as well as his favorite ways to explore the Matterhorn in Switzerland, Lynn Canyon in Vancouver, British Columbia, San Francisco and beyond.
  • Sportscaster Michele Tafoya recommends active experiences including picturesque bike rides along Manhattan Beach, Sydney Harbor or the Loire Valley countryside in France; and thrills like a helicopter ride to a glacier and dog-sledding in Juneau, Alaska.
  • Chef Eric Ripert recommends his favorite food markets, restaurants, jazz clubs, spas and hikes around the world from Puerto Rico and Chicago, to Bhutan and Marrakech.
  • Chef Daniel Boulud recommends his favorite food markets and restaurants in NYC, San Sebastian, Lyon, Singapore and more.
  • Chef Stephanie Izard recommends her sure-fire ways of getting to know the culture and history of cities on three continents.
To help uncover the perfect, personalized ‘moment’ amongst the wealth of experiences, bespoke categories will be featured on the site throughout the year starting with:
  • Young, Fabulous, and Broke: For trendy travelers on a budget
  • Foodies: Culinary experiences for those with a hunger to see & taste the world
  • Exhaust Your Kids & Be the Family Hero: Create lasting memories for you and your family
  • History Buffs: Step back in time with history and heritage tours
  • The Ultimate Tourist: Must see sites and landmarks in top destinations
  • Pop-Culture Vulture: Catch the latest local trends in art, culture and music
  • The Romantic: #couplegoal experiences
  • The Wolfpack: Activities to do as a crew
  • Zen Master: Find inner peace in any time zone
  • Super Fans: Stadium tours, sports museums, and adventures with your favorite team
  • Casting Call: Experience movie & TV locations IRL

Posts since our last update:
Travel Deals
Hertz Save 20% off of the base rate of your next weekend rental. Offer ends June 15, 2018. Find out more here.

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
- 40 Bonus AIR MILES Reward Miles when you stay at a Best Western branded hotel in Canada, the United States, or the Caribbean Islands. More... Until Aug 31, 18

Other Bonus Offers
Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings
- Double Fortune Wings Points on eligible TAP Portugal flights Worldwide. More... Until Aug 21, 18

Hilton Honors
- Double Honors Points for weekend getaway stays at Hilton hotels in Europe, the middle East, Africa, Asia or Australasia. More... Ongoing

Le Club AccorHotels
- Triple Le Club AccorHotels Points for stays at the Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort or the Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort - Managed by AccorHotels. More... Book by May 31 for stays until Jun 30, 18

Marriott Rewards
- OFFER EXTENDED Earn up to 5,000 Rewards Points on rentals of 2 or more days at participating Hertz locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Australia and New Zealand. More... Until Jul 31, 18

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Double Flying Club Miles for your first hotel stay booked via Kaligo. More... Book by Jul 14 for stays until Dec 31, 18
- 30% Bonus Flying Club Miles for all hotel stays booked via Kaligo. More... Book by Jul 14 for stays until Dec 31, 18

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BMO improves earn rate on the no fee BMO AIR MILES Mastercard - Earn 2 Reward Miles/$20 at AIR MILES sponsors

Behind the scenes there has been quite bit of fan fare about this enhancement, from NDAs to Embargoes and more and now we can bring it to you. Is it good news? Absolutely! Is it ground breaking news? Not really. But any enhancement made to a product that is actually a true enhancement is welcome news! I can say that after 2016, AIR MILES is really trying hard to gain back some credit and changes likes these sure don't hurt.

The no fee BMO AIR MILES Mastercard is getting a boost on its everyday earn rate at AIR MILES sponsors. New and existing cardholders will now earn 2x the miles at locations likes Sobeys, Safeway, Lowes, Shell, Rexall, Jean Coutu,  Lawtons and more. That means instead of 1 AIR MILES Reward Miles per $20 spent on this Mastercard you'll now earn 2. All other spending on the card will continue to be at the rate one mile for every $20 spent.  Here at Rewards Canada we value AIR MILES Reward Miles at an average of 13 cents each, which means you will now be getting 26 cents in value for those $20 spent at AIR MILES sponsors or about a 1.3% return. Depending on what you redeem for you could get higher value but generally we haven't seen many returns higher than 1.3%. If you redeem only for Cash Rewards that 2x miles will work out to a straight 1% return. Are these good returns? For a no fee card they aren't too bad but you have to remember that all your other spending comes in at an average of 0.65%.  

Here are the card details:

BMO AIR MILES Mastercard
500 AIR MILES Bonus Miles after your first card purchase
LIMITED TIME OFFER: Get a 1.99% introductory interest rate on Balance Transfers for 9 months*
- and there’s No annual fee
- Get 2x the Miles for every $20 spent at participating AIR MILES Partners*
- Get 1 Mile for every $20 spent everywhere else*
- Earn more reward miles when you use your card at Shell, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car
- Extended Warranty
- Purchase Protection
- Interest Rate: Purchases 19.99% Cash Advances 22.99%
Apply Now

The 2x miles multiplier at AIR MILES sponsors is also being extended to these other no fee AIR MILES cards from BMO:
-          SPC AIR MILES Mastercard
-          Shell AIR MILES Mastercard from BMO
-          BMO Sobeys AIR MILES  Mastercard
-          BMO IGA AIR MILES Mastercard

Do you have this card? If so this is good news for you! If you don't and were considering a no fee card does this change the BMO no fee AIR MILES card sway you to considering it? Let us know in the comments below!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 15 Update: World of Hyatt Elite Status Trial & Fast Track Offer, Aeroplan adds Olympic Air as a partner & more!

World of Hyatt has brought back their elite status trial membership offer that also includes a Fast Track to Explorist or Globalist status! While we normally tell you to register for offers right away this is one we would wait on registering until you know you will be staying at Hyatt locations and being able to take advantage of the benefits and meet the fast track requirements since they have a 90 day window with the promotion. Full details can be found here!

Aeroplan has added Olympic Air as a new earning and redemption partner. Olympic Air is a subsidiary of Aegean Airlines and offers flights within Greece. We reached out to Aeroplan to see if this a partnership with them or via Air Canada/Star Alliance. It is the latter as the flights came online thanks to a new bilateral commercial agreement with Air Canada. What this means is the new partnership for Aeroplan may only last until July 2020 unless Air Canada grants that access to Aeroplan. Still for the short term it is good to have another option on hand especially if you may be planning some island hopping within Greece! (Source: Aeroplan)

Posts since our last update:

Travel Deals
Dusit Hotels: Book your stay with Dusit Thani Maldives and get 50% discount plus full Dusit Gold benefits. Find out more here

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

Other Bonus Offers
Aeroflot Bonus
- Triple Bonus Miles for stays at participating Kempinski Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Jun 30, 18

Hyatt World of Hyatt
- World of Hyatt Elite Status Trial Membership - Receive Explorist Elite Status to try for 90 days! More... Until Nov 28, 18
- World of Hyatt Elite Fast Track to Globalist Status - Receive Globalist Elite Status with this fast track offer. More... Until Nov 28, 18

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Double Mileage Bank Miles for stays at Meritus Hotels in Singapore and Malaysia. More... Until Dec 19, 18
- Double Mileage Bank Miles for stays at select Hotel Nikko and Hotel JAL City locations Worldwide. More... Until Jul 13, 18

La Quinta Returns
- 350 Bonus Returns Points on qualifying rentals of 3 or more days at participating Budget locations in the U.S. and Canada. More... Until Sep 30, 18

Le Club AccorHotels
- Double Le Club AccorHotels Points for stays at Accor Hotels in Turkey. More... Book by May 31 for stays until Jun 10, 18

Saudia Alfursan
- Triple Alfursan Miles for stays at the Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas or the Pearl Rotana. More... Until ?

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Book Business Class tickets between Toronto and Austria for only 55,000 miles round trip

As we do each month we bring you the latest set Miles & More "Meilenschnaeppchen" discounted mileage awards!  This month we see the Austrian Airlines Business Class offer return. You can save almost half the regular amount of miles when you redeem for travel between Toronto and Austria. Simply book and travel by June 30.

With this offer you can redeem Miles & More miles for round trip business class tickets on Austria from Toronto to Austria  for only 55,000 miles. This is nearly a 50% discount off the normal award ticket price of 105,000 miles. Now Miles & More has some major fees for redeeming on Austrian so be sure you also check what a revenue ticket costs however remember this is for business class so even several hundreds of dollars in fees along with 55,000 miles could be the savings you are looking for.

Here are all six offers for this month:

Short on Miles & More miles? Your best bet is to convert SPG Starpoints to Miles & More on a 1:1 basis plus you'll earn 5,000 bonus miles when you convert 20,000 points at a time. That means 45,000 Starpoints is all it would take to get one of these business class flights if you don't have any Miles & More miles to your name.

Full details on this Miles & More offer can be found here