Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Scotiabank Gold American Express Card - Sign up bonus increased to 20,000 points (no FYF)

UPDATE: This offer was slated to start today (July 1) but since it is Canada Day we are assuming that no one is in Scotia's office to activate it! Chances are it will be live tomorrow.

A card with some very strong category earning (Gas, Grocery, Dining & Entertainment) sees the return of an increased sign up bonus. This time however it isn't First Year Free like we saw during the last bonus increase this past winter or as high of bonus as we saw around this time in 2014. The new offer that is current sees a sign up bonus of 20,000 points worth $200 in travel which is still a great deal as the annual fee is only $99 so you come out $101 ahead in the first year.  This offer is valid until October 31st.

This card ranked third in the Travel Points Card with annual fee category in our 2015 Top Travel Rewards Credit card rankings. Here are some details on the card:

Scotiabank Gold American Express Card

4 points for every dollar spent on the card at gas stations, grocery stores and on dining and entertainment, 1 point for all other purchases with the card
No blackouts, no points expiry, no seat restrictions and no booking fees
Travel service with access to global concierge specialists
Ability to redeem points at or after booking for travel including airfare, hotel, car rental, cruise and vacation packages. Points can also be redeemed for merchandise and credits to Scotiabank investment and credit products
Highly competitive insurance benefits, such as Travel Emergency Medical (including travelers age 65+) and Rental Car Collision insurance
$99 annual fee (among the most competitive fee for a premium travel reward card currently on the market). Additional card annual fee is $29 and the interest rates are 19.99% on purchases and 21.99% on cash advances, balance transfers and Scotia Credit Card cheques.

For more details or to apply for the card please see here.

You can also read our in depth review of the card here

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Earn 2.5 British Airways Executive Club Avios on Gas, Grocery, Drug Store and Travel Purchases

Now that we are a few days into the much anticipated transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards to British Airways Executive Club, we should look at how you can maximize this bonus! The bonus is for anyone who holds an American Express card that earns Membership Rewards points. These include the Centurion, Platinum, Gold, Green, Small Business Gold, Small Business Platinum, and Corporate Cardmembers enrolled in Membership Rewards. If you are a current American Express cardmember you'll want to see if this promotion is for you as you can use BA Executive Club Avios for travel to anywhere in the World and your not limited to Economy Class. BA and their partners like Cathay Pacific, American Airlines and other oneworld airlines also provide you the option to fly in Business Class or First Class. For example, Cathay Pacific flies between Vancouver and New York and the flights feature a first class cabin.

The best card right now to take advantage of this bonus is the American Express Gold Rewards Card. If you hold the card you'll want to up your spend in its bonus categories, Gas, Grocery, Drug Store and Travel. I personally already put all these types of purchases on the Gold Rewards Card and you really should too if you plan on using this transfer bonus. The good news is you have until September 30th to do the transfer which equates to three months of focused spending.

The card earns 2 Membership Rewards Points on eligible purchases at Gas, Grocery, Drug Store and also on Travel. With the 25% transfer bonus to BA the purchases in effect earn 2.5 Avios per dollar spent. This means it earns more than the actual RBC British Airways Visa Infinite card even on BA purchases!

You can actually start redeeming when you have only spent $1,800 in these categories as you can redeem for select one way flights within North America for only 4,500 Avios. ($1,800 x 2 = 3,600 MR Points + 25% bonus = 4,500 Avios) To learn how to do this see our post "How to get select Canada to U.S. award flights faster by utilizing British Airways' Executive Club"

If you don't hold the American Express Gold Rewards Card now is the time to grab it since this promotion runs for three months you'll have the time to apply, spend and transfer! You'll get 25,000 Membership Rewards points for spending $500 in the first three months which gives you 25,500 Membership Reward points (or 26,000 using the category bonuses only) that you can covert to at least 31,875 Avios. And to top it off the card has no annual fee in the first year. Technically speaking the 31,000+ Avios are your totally for free if you choose not to hold the card after you transfer your points. What do you have to lose!


Here are details of the card discussed:
American Express Gold Rewards Card
 • Earn a Welcome Bonus of  25,000 Membership Rewards® points - our HIGHEST Gold Rewards Card offer - just by making $500 in purchases in the first three months of Cardmembership.
• No Annual Fee for the first year; $150 Annual Fee thereafter*
• That's enough for a round trip flight to almost anywhere in North America
• Transfer your points to frequent flyer programs, or 1:1 to Aeroplan®* and Avios
• Earn double points on eligible travel and everyday purchases
• Charge any travel to your Card then pay for it with points
• 1 Free Supplementary Gold Rewards Card (a $50 value*) to help you earn points faster
• American Express is not responsible for maintaining or monitoring the accuracy of information on this website. For full details and current product information click the Apply now  link.
• *As a Charge Card, the balance must always be paid in full each month. 30% annual interest rate applies to balances not paid in full.
Conditions apply
Apply Now
* Canadian Residents Only

June 30 Update: Last day to buy IHG Rewards Club Points with a 100% bonus, Centurion Lounge opens in Seattle and Canadian Hotel Programs

Last day of the month and it is the day before a holiday.... that means there is very little going on!

News, Tips & Tricks
Today is the last day to take advantage of the great deal for buying IHG Rewards Club points. Find out more here.

American Express opened another Centurion lounge in the U.S. today. A smaller 'Studio' version of the great lounges can now be found in Seattle. Canadian holders of the Platinum Card from American Express get into the lounge for free while holders of other American Express cards can pay a $50 entrance fee.  There are now 6 lounges across the U.S. in the Centurion Lounge network. (Source The Points Guy)


Don't forget about our bit of Canadiana we posted last week. If you are planning a staycation, roadtrip or are even flying within our great country why not check out and support our Canadian Hotel Frequent Guest programs!

Air France KLM's latest Flying Blue promo awards are out for July. No Canadian cities are included again. In fact only Houston is available from North America and the entire list of offers is quite weak with only three routes available at 50% off, the remainder are all at 25%. If interested you'll find the link in the bonus offers section below.

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Bonus Offers

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- July Promo Awards - Save 25% to 50% on the Award Miles usually required for an award ticket. Destinations vary by each promotional period. More... Book between Ju1 1 - 31 for travel between Sep 1 - Oct 31, 15

ANA Mileage Club
- Double Mileage Club Miles when you fly ANA between Houston and Tokyo Narita. More... Valid for residents of the Americas only Until Sep 30, 15

Marriott Rewards
- 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you stay at the Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadero Hotel. More... Until Sep 13, 15

Miles & More
- Double Miles & More Miles for stays at Best Western hotels in Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia More... Until Aug 31, 15

Southwest Rapid Rewards (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn up to 50% Bonus Rapid Rewards Points when you buy, gift or transfer points. More... Until Jul 25, 15

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- Triple Miles&Smiles Miles for stays of 2 or more night at the Marti Hemithea Hotel. More... Until Sep 30, 15
- 500 Bonus Miles&Smiles Miles for stays at the Movenpick Hotel Golden Horn Istanbul. More... Until Sep 15, 15


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Monday, June 29, 2015

June 29 Update: Be sure to check out our Discounted Rewards page and 10 new bonuses

Super quiet start to the week (typical of the end of the month though!)

News, Tips & Tricks
No news today but our tip of the day is to check out our Discounted Rewards page to see if you can save miles/points on upcoming redemptions. A lot of them end tomorrow so have a quick look to see if you need to be booking in the next 24 hours. You can find the page here.

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Bonus Offers

British Airways Executive Club
- 3,000 Avios for stays in a Club Room or Suite at the Best Available Rate at Langham Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 15
- Earn up to Quadruple Avios for stays of two or more nights at any Shangri-La hotel, Traders hotel, Kerry hotel or Hotel Jens Worldwide. More... Until Aug 31, 15
- 25% Bonus Avios when you convert American Express Membership Rewards Points (Canada) to Executive Club. More... Residents of Canada only Until Sep 30, 15

Choice Privileges
- Save up to 30% when you buy Choice Privileges points online. More... Until Jul 28, 15

Marriott Rewards
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you stay at the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center. More... Jul 14 - Sep 12, 15
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you stay 2 consecutive nights Thursday-Sunday at participating AC Hotels in Spain or Portugal. More... Until Aug 24, 15
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points PER NIGHT when you stay at the the Residence Inn New York Manhattan/World Trade Center Area. More... Until Sep 13, 15

Miles & More
- Earn up to Quadruple Miles & More Miles for stays of two or more nights at any Shangri-La hotel, Traders hotel, Kerry hotel or Hotel Jens Worldwide. More... Until Aug 31, 15
- Earn up to 2,600 Bonus Miles & More Miles when you join and shop with Heathrow Rewards. More... Until Oct 31, 15

United MileagePlus
- 25% Discount when you transfer miles to another MileagePlus member. More... Until Jul 13, 15


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Friday, June 26, 2015

June 26 Update: American Express transfer bonus to British Airways returns, Amex bonus miles for AC Rouge flights to LAS, HNL or OGG, Air Canada route flashback

Great news out of American Express today!

News, Tips & Tricks
Great news from American Express today! We finally see a transfer bonus from Membership Rewards to British Airways Executive Club. Until Sep 30 you'll receive 1.25 Avios for every 1 Membership Rewards point. This isn't like the 50% bonus we've seen from years past but something tells me there is a glut of Membership Rewards points sitting in people's accounts right now who have just been waiting for this bonus. I would also wager a guess a lot of those points come from the American Express refer a friend program. If it wasn't for the American Express referral bonus there would be a lot less frequent flyer blogs, travel and financial blogs delving into the loyalty space in Canada right now and less people promoting the cards in their signatures on forums. So while some might whine that the bonus is only 25% I look at it this way: without the referral bonus, perhaps you would only have 50,000 Membership Rewards Points to transfer and if the bonus was 50% you'd get 75,000 Avios. However because you've referred 5 friends since the last transfer bonus in 2013, you actually have 100,000 or more points to transfer for at least 125,000 Avios so you've come out ahead in the end. I am in this boat, I've refer a few people each month (1 referral in June 2015) but contrary to some who ask, I don't get very many through Rewards Canada as we have marketing agreements with American Express that preclude continuous use of the referral links. Unfortunately some of you may not have referred friends or are new cardholders (but you can before Sep 30!)  so ultimately you are getting less compared to the last bonus but be thankful they are even running the bonus and the fact that Amex has kept the base transfer at 1:1 and not followed their American counterparts by lowering it to 5:4! You can find out more about the current transfer bonus here


Other news from American Express sees another exclusive bonus for those who hold an American Express AeroplanPlus card. The last bonus was for Fairmont stays and now this one is for flights on Air Canada to Las Vegas, Honolulu or Maui. Earn 2,500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles on a flight operated by Air Canada rouge between Canada and Las Vegas, Honolulu or Maui for travel by September 30, 2015, on Tango, Flex, Latitude, or Premium rouge fares. Simply register using your Aeroplan number associated with your American Express® AeroplanPlus®* Card and book your eligible round-trip (or 2 one-way segments) between June 26 and July 16, 2015, using your American Express AeroplanPlus Card at checkout. At time of booking, when prompted, you must provide your Aeroplan number that you provided during registration.


Not really news but we found a flashback post from Airlineroute.net interesting! It shows Air Canada's International route network from 1985. The route that I found the most interesting was the old Toronto-London-Mumbai-Singapore route. I remember seeing this on the route maps from back then I thought what an awesome routing that would be for those of us who are avgeeks! (That term wasn't around in 1985 but the premise behind is the same!) Check out the post here.


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Bonus Offers

AeroMexico Club Premier
- OFFER EXTENDED 3,000 Bonus Club Premier Kilometers on your first Rocketmiles booking More... Until Sep 30, 15

Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn up to Triple GarudaMiles on Garuda Indonesia flights between Jakarta and Amsterdam. More... Jul 22 - Aug 31, 15
- 25% GarudaMiles Discount on Garuda Indonesia award tickets flights between Jakarta and Amsterdam. More... Jul 22 - Aug 31, 15

Marriott Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you stay any night Sunday-Thursday at the SpringHill Suites Annapolis. More... Until Aug 27, 15
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you stay stay any night Sunday-Thursday at the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa More... Until Sep 11, 15


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Amex Membership Rewards 25% Bonus when transferring to British Airways Executive Club


It's been over 2 years in the making! Too many email and blog comments to count with people asking when it will return. Well it has returned! A transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards to British Airways Executive Club! American Express has been telling me for a few months that it would be back and they kept their word! Sure this time it is only a 25% bonus which is less than the last bonus of 50% that was seen in March of 2013 but it is better than not getting a bonus! The offer runs until September 30th!

This is one of the offers I look forward to especially since the base transfer rate to British Airways is 1:1. What does this mean? Well you can redeem for my too often mentioned YYZ-NYC roundtrip flight for only 7,200 Membership Rewards points as that flight can be had for 9,000 Avios* (or as little as $3,600 in spending on the Amex Gold Rewards Card), I believe no other card can match that little of spending for that flight! See other short haul options in our post "How to get select Canada to U.S. award flights faster by utilizing British Airways' Executive Club"

You can find out more about the transfer bonus here.

Personally I will be transferring some points over but need to work on numbers and planned travel over the next six months before I figure out how much I'm going to transfer!

Here are the best two cards for earning Membership Rewards Points:
American Express Gold Rewards Card
• Earn a Welcome Bonus of  25,000 Membership Rewards® points - our HIGHEST Gold Rewards Card offer - just by making $500 in purchases in the first three months of Cardmembership.
• No Annual Fee for the first year; $150 Annual Fee thereafter*
• That's enough for a round trip flight to almost anywhere in North America
• Transfer your points to frequent flyer programs, or 1:1 to Aeroplan®* and Avios
• Earn double points on eligible travel and everyday purchases
• Charge any travel to your Card the√łaern pay for it with points
• 1 Free Supplementary Gold Rewards Card (a $50 value*) to help you earn points faster
• American Express is not responsible for maintaining or monitoring the accuracy of information on this website. For full details and current product information click the Apply now  link.
• *As a Charge Card, the balance must always be paid in full each month. 30% annual interest rate applies to balances not paid in full.
Conditions apply
Apply Now

The Platinum Card from American Express
Earn 50,000 Bonus Membership Rewards® points by spending $1,000 in purchases in the first three months of Cardmembership
• Platinum members are automatically enrolled in the Membership Rewards First™ Tier and earn 1.25 points for every dollar in purchases charged to the Card
• The Platinum Card gives you access to exceptional lounge benefits such as the Canadian Platinum Lounge Benefit, Airport Club Program and access to the Cathay Pacific Business Class lounges and oneworld® alliance airlines Business Class lounges.
• You will also have access to elevated status with many Hotel & Car Rental loyalty programs, $200 Annual Travel Credit for Travel Bookings through Platinum Card Travel Service, lodging benefits at a collection of over 700 Fine Hotels & Resorts around the world, access to special events and unique opportunities and a dedicated concierge team
• American Express is not responsible for maintaining or monitoring the accuracy of information on this website. For full details and current product information click the Apply now link.
• *As a Charge Card, the balance must always be paid in full each month. 30% annual interest rate applies to balances not paid in full. Conditions apply

Apply Now

Thursday, June 25, 2015

June 25 Update: Rewards Canada's Guide to Canadian Hotel Frequent Guest programs, 20% off United MileagePlus Award Tickets to Hawaii

Here is the Thursday Rewards Canada Update:

News, Tips & Tricks
Today we released Rewards Canada's Guide to Canadian Hotel Frequent Guest programs on the main RC site! This guide looks at our homegrown hotel loyalty programs from coast to coast. In creating the Guide I'll be honest we learned of some hotel chains and programs we had never heard of before. The guide will be continually updated if and when programs change or if you know of a program we missed, we'll add it! The feature is also our first to have commenting imbedded right into the feature rather than having a duplicate blog post where we get you comment. We hope you enjoy this new feature.


United MileagePlus has launched another award ticket sale for flights in Economy to Hawaii. Canada is included so you can most definitely take advantage of this offer if you have enough MileagePlus miles. See the details below in the bonus offers section.



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Bonus Offers

Carlson Hotels Club Carlson
- 5,000 Bonus Gold Points PER NIGHT for stays at select Radisson hotels throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America. More... Until Aug 31, 15

Le Club accorhotels
- 500 Bonus Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays of 2 or more nights at participating Accor hotels in Spain or Portugal. More... Book by Jul 15 for stays until Aug 31, 15

Marriott Rewards
- 1,500 Bonus Rewards Points PER NIGHT when you arrive any night Sunday–Thursday for stays at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter. More... Until Aug 30, 15
- 3,000 Bonus Rewards Points per night at the SpringHill Suites San Antonio Medical Center/Northwest. More... Until Aug 29, 15

United MileagePlus
- Save at least 20% on a United Economy roundtrip Saver Award between the U.S. or Canada and Hawaii. More... Book by Jul 6  for travel Aug 18 - Dec 15, 15


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Carlson Hotels Club Carlson - 5,000 Bonus Points per night at select Radisson Hotels in Canada (and the rest of the Americas)

Just in time for the summer vacation season, Club Carlson has launched another great bonus points promotion! This time the offer is for 5,000 Bonus Points per night at select Radisson Hotels in the Americas. We include the list of Canadian locations below the offer details.

Offer Details
5,000 Bonus Gold Points PER NIGHT for stays at select Radisson hotels throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Use promotion rate code SUMMER5K when you book online at Radisson.com. For complete list of participating hotels see here. Until Aug 31, 15

Here are the Canadian Radisson locations that are participating in this promotion:

Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront
 
Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre Calgary Airport

Radisson Hotel & Convention Center Edmonton
 
Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview, ON
 
Radisson Hotel & Suites Fort McMurray
 
Radisson Hotel Edmonton South
 
Radisson Hotel Kitchener Waterloo
 
Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliament Hill
 
Radisson Hotel Red Deer  

Radisson Hotel Saskatoon
 
Radisson Hotel Sudbury
 
Radisson Hotel Toronto East
 
Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown
 
Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan, Regina
 
Radisson Suite Hotel Toronto Airport