Friday, August 15, 2014

Rocketmiles: 10,000 Bonus Miles/Points when you complete 10 stays by September 23


We haven't seen a new Rocketmiles bonus for nearly a month that wasn't targeted to just one of their partner programs but that all changes with this offer.  The folks at Rocketmiles are looking to grow their business and it shows with this latest promotion as they look to get people booking multiple stays rather than only your first stay like we have seen from previous acquisition promotions. This one is open to new and existing Rocketmiles customers and they really want to see those multiple bookings as you'll only get the bonus if you complete 10 stays over the next 5 or so weeks. All 10 stays need to booked via this special link only (see below) and does not work for existing reservations you may have made via Rocketmiles (perhaps cancel and rebook if the rates haven't changed!

Offer Details:
10,000 Bonus Miles/Points in the Rocketmiles partner program of your choice when you make and complete 10 stays. Stay must be booked via the special promotion page at www.rocketmiles.com/rocket-challenge-8-14-14/. Until Sep 23, 14


Qualifying Activity: To be eligible for this promotion, all hotel reservations must be booked using this promotional link (rocketmiles.com/rocket-challenge-8-14-14/) and checkout date must occur before 23 September 2014. Upon completion of a 10 nights through the link above, Rocketmiles will award 10,000 bonus miles/points to the reward account of the user’s choice. Limit one bonus per customer. Promotional offer cannot be applied to existing bookings or retroactively applied to bookings not made using the link above. This promotional offer cannot be combined with any other offers, including a sign-up from referral bonus. Rocketmiles reserves the right to retract a bonus at any time if it detects technical errors, cancel/rebooking activity (defined by identical search criteria), or any deceptive behavior attempted to circumvent the limits expressed above, including multiple accounts. If Rocketmiles is not contacted directly about reservation modifications until after miles/points have already been posted, any approved refund amount may be reduced by up to the full retail value of the reward. Rewards that cannot be posted due to incorrect or incomplete information may become ineligible after 12 months and no customer response to our e-mail outreach. See www.rocketmiles.com/terms for full terms, or call Rocketmiles concierges at 1-855-355-7625 with questions of eligibility or for any other assistance. Please contact your loyalty program directly for information about redeeming miles/points, or for questions about earning miles/points for past flights.

Can't make use of this promotion? Be sure to visit our Rocketmiles Bonus pages for other bonuses!

IHG Rewards Club: 50% off Reward Night Redemptions for stays at IHG Hotels & Resorts in Mexico, Central America & Caribbean

From flash sales to 50% off offers, IHG Rewards Club has spent the better part of this past year offering up some great discounted reward night redemption options for the membership base. The latest will go live this coming Monday August 18th and is for stays at 12 of their locations in Mexico, Central America & Caribbean. The 50% off offer on the number of points required will be bookable until September 6 and is good for stays between September 1st and October 31st.

Offer Details:
Receive a 50% IHG Rewards Club Points discount on Reward Night redemptions for stays at participating IHG Hotels and Resorts in Mexico, Central America & Caribbean. Full details and Online Booking. Book between Aug 18 and Sep 6 for stays between Sep 1 and Oct 31, 14
Participating Hotels:
InterContinental® Presidente Ixtapa Resort, Mexico            
InterContinental® Playa Bonita Resort & Spa, Panama
InterContinental® Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa, Mexico
Crowne Plaza® hotel Acapulco, Mexico
Holiday Inn Resort® Aruba
Holiday Inn Resort® Grand Cayman                                    
Holiday Inn Resort® Acapulco, Mexico
Holiday Inn Resort® Los Cabos All Inclusive, Mexico          
Holiday Inn Resort® Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Holiday Inn® hotel Cancun Arenas, Mexico                                                 
Holiday Inn Express® hotel Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Holiday Inn Express® hotel Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Can't make use of this offer? Be sure to visit our IHG Rewards Club Bonus Points page for many more offers!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

August 14 Update: 100 Bonus Air MIles at Safeway, Up to Triple Guest Miles for Premium Class flights on Etihad Airways

Still pretty quiet in the loyalty world today.

News, Tips & Tricks

If you missed it yesterday we released details on which airline are the most generous in terms of issuing bonus offers. Read more about here.

You can earn 100 Bonus Air Miles on your Safeway purchases of $100 or more  over the next week with this coupon.



If you are planning a trip to the Middle East or beyond check out Etihad's latest premium class bonus offer. See the bonus offer section for more.


Bonus Offers

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- Double Flying Blue Miles when you fly Air France between Paris and Brasília. More... Until Aug 31, 14
- Double Flying Blue Miles when you fly Air France between Paris and Jakarta. More... Until Aug 31, 14

Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double FlyerBonus Points for stays at participating Chatrium Hotels. More... Until Oct 31, 14
- Double FlyerBonus Points for stays of 3 or more nighst at all participating Dusit Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Oct 31, 14
- Double FlyerBonus Points when renting an Avis car in Thailand, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. More... Until Sep 30, 14
- Double FlyerBonus Points when renting a Hertz car in Thailand for 3 or more days. More... Until Sep 30, 14

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- 500 Bonus Asia Miles on Thailand packages from Cathay Holidays. More... Book by Aug 31 for travel until Mar 31, 15

Etihad Guest
- Earn up to Triple Guest Miles on all Etihad flights Worldwide when flying in a Premium Class. More... Book by Aug 31 for travel Aug 20 - Sep 25, 15

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- 250 Bonus HawaiianMiles when you spend $50 or more in a single in-store transaction at participating Papa John's locations in Hawaii. More... Until Oct 13, 14

Starwood Preferred Guest
- 1,000 Bonus Starpoints for stays on the Fashion Shopping Package at participating Starwood Hotels in Italy. More... Until Sep 30, 14
- 500 Bonus Starpoints for stays at the Element New York Times Square West. More... Until Oct 30, 14
- 3,000 Bonus Starpoints for stays on the W Suite Treat package at the W Verbier More... Booking Until ?
- 500 Bonus Starpoints for stays at the Le Méridien Angkor More... Sep 1, 14 - Mar 31, 15
- Double Starpoints for stays at the Le Méridien Angkor More... Until Aug 31, 14
- 500 Bonus Starpoints for stays at the St. Regis Bangkok More... Sep 1, 14 - Mar 31, 15
- Double Starpoints for stays at the St. Regis Bangkok More... Until Aug 31, 14

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Air Canada Tops Global List of Most Generous Airlines

Here at RewardsCanada.ca and FrequentFlyerBonuses.com, we cover the bonus and promotional offers of more than 160 airline and hotel reward programs around the world.

We’re often asked, which is the best airline or hotel program for value?  And while there are many variables to weigh and consider when answering that question, one common theme has emerged as a key differentiator; frequency of bonus offers.

Think about it.  We all know reward currencies differs from program to program and each market has dominating players when it comes to price and choice, but all things being equal, a travel reward program’s true or hidden value can be determined by how frequently it dishes out bonus points.

Ask any reward program optimizer and the difference between using reward points for a conventional domestic flight versus an exotic international destination in business class, comes down to bonus miles and points.

So which airline is the most generous when it comes to frequency of bonus offers?  We crunched the numbers by looking at the total number of bonus and promotional offers from each airline from August 1, 2013 - July 31, 2014.  Congratulations to Air Canada!!

Here is the press release we have going out today announcing this ranking:

Air Canada Tops Global List of Most Generous Airlines

Airline leads industry in frequent flyer bonus offers
When it comes to rewarding frequent flyers no one does it more often than Air Canada.  According to reward program expert Patrick Sojka, Air Canada leads the pack in the highly competitive space of frequent flyer reward programs by regularly issuing more bonus mile offers than any other airline.

Sojka, the founder of RewardsCanada.ca and FrequentFlyerBonuses.com and best known for his annual ranking of credit card offerings in Canada, regularly tracks and reports on the bonus miles and points issued by all major airlines, hotels and credit card companies.

By definition, bonus points are an enticement tool offered by reward programs in the form of limited or one-time deals. These offers allow members to earn extra points by booking on a specific date or choosing a particular flight.  According to loyalty marketing research firm Colloquy, bonus point are big business and account for approximately 40 percent of all points and miles issued each year by reward programs in the U.S. In Canada the ratio is likely similar.

Since the value of reward program currencies vary across airlines, frequency of offer is the strongest indicator of the generosity of an airline’s reward program.

“It would surprise people to learn how significant bonus points are to achieving reward goals,” added Sojka.  “Frequency in this category matters and through the Aeroplan program, Air Canada has done a great job staying top of mind with its members.”

The following is the first ranking of its kind, based on tracking the bonus offers of more than 125 global airline reward programs from August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014.

Rank
Airline Program
Number of Promotions
1 Air Canada Aeroplan 122
2 Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 100
3 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer 92
4 American AAdvantage 87
5 Air France KLM Flying Blue 82
6 Iberia Plus 81
7 United MileagePlus 79
7 Miles & More (Lufthansa Group) 79
9 Qatar Airways Privilege Club 77
10 British Airways Executive Club 66
11 Qantas Frequent Flyer 64
12 Emirates Skywards 59
13 Japan Airlines Mileage Bank 54
14 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 47
15 airBaltic PINS 44
The Top 15 Airline Bonus Miles Issuers are based on bonuses posted to FrequentFlyerBonuses.com during the time period of August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014

We'd love to hear your comments about our new ranking of airline bonus miles issuers! Do you take advantage of bonus mile promotions? Do you feel better connected with a program after you have achieved a bonus? Leave us your comments below!

August 13 Update: Marriott MegaBonus returns, Earn Star Alliance Elite Status with 1 flight, Flying Blue buy miles discount

Marriott's MegaBonus returns and earn Star Alliance Status in one flight

News, Tips & Tricks
The world of loyalty is remaining quiet this month but that is typical for August and summer in general. Watch for lots of news, program changes, enhancements and devaluations to come this September. The good news is that bonus offers never stop and we have two really good new offers to tell you about today.

Marriott Rewards has decided to return to its roots as their next systemwide promotion is once again called MegaBonus instead of the Getaway Bonus as the previous iteration was called. No matter what the name is the bonus is essentially the same and just like the previous Getaway Bonus offer there aren't any free night certificate options only bonus points. The offer is definitely weaker without the free nights option that we used to see as you typically would get a free night at either a Cat 1-4 or Cat 1-5 hotel after only two stays. It was a great reward that was easily achievable. Nonetheless bonus points are a still very valuable but it will take you more stays to get to the equivalent free night. It is a somewhat surprising move as the Free Night offer provides a higher percentage of breakage versus the bonus point offers.


The other big bonus comes to us from SAS EuroBonus and it is to celebrate their new all business class Stavanger to Houston flight. The offer provides Gold Elite status after one round trip on the new route and Diamond Status after two trips. Granted I don't think too many of us Canucks will jump on this but then again if you aren't going to reach status with Air Canada or other Star Aliiance members it might be worthwhile to jump on a cheap flight or a North American award to ticket to Houston to get yourself status via the new SAS flight.


Bonus Offers

Air China Phoenx Miles
- 7x Phoenix Miles Kilometers for stays at Wanda Hotels in China. More... Until Sep 30, 14

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- 25% Discount when buying Flying Blue Miles. More... Until Aug 18, 14

Gulfair FalconFlyer (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Falconflyer Miles when you stay at any participating IHG hotel in Australasia, Southeast & Southwest Asia, Japan & Korea, and the Middle East & Africa. More... Until Oct 31, 14
- Earn up to Quadruple Falconflyer Miles on Sixt rentals of 3 or more days Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 14

Marriott Rewards
- Marriott MegaBonus: Earn up to 55,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays at any participating Marriott Hotel Worldwide. More... Register by Nov 15 for stays Sep 15, 14 - Jan 15, 15

SAS EuroBonus
- Fast Track to Gold/Diamond status when you on SAS' new nonstop flight SK951 & SK952 between Stavanger and Houston. More... Register by Aug 28 for travel Aug 20 - Oct 31, 14


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Marriott Rewards MegaBonus returns - Earn up to 55,000 Bonus Points for stays Sep 15 - Jan 15

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Marriott has decided to return to its roots as their next systemwide promotion is once again called MegaBonus instead of the Getaway Bonus as the previous iteration was called. No matter what the name is the bonus is essentially the same and just like the previous offer there aren't any free night certificate options only bonus points. (Thanks to Flyertalk once again!)

Offer Details:
Marriott MegaBonus: Earn up to 55,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays at any participating Marriott Hotel Worldwide. Full Details, Online Registration and Booking Register by Nov 15 for stays Sep 15, 14 - Jan 15, 15

Some of the Offer Variations:
- Earn double points per stay starting with you second paid stay, up to 25,000 points
- Earn 2,500 points per stay starting with you second paid stay, up to 25,000 points
- 25,000 points when you stay 12 nights, + 5,000 more points after 18 nights, for a total of 30,000 points
- 25,000 points when you stay 15 nights, + 15,000 more points after 20 nights for a total of 40,000 points
- 35,000 points when you stay 20 nights, + 15,000 more points after 25 nights for a total of 50,000 points
- 35,000 points when you stay 20 paid nights, plus an additional 2,000 for every additional paid night, up to 55,000 bonus points

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Earning Stories: 7,280 Starpoints on a 4 Night Stay at the Westin Desert Willow Villas

 

We continue the newest feature here on Rewards Canada, Earning Stories. For years we have provided you with the details on earning points and miles (both regular earning and bonus opportunities) but we haven't really shown those actual offers in action. That is where Earning Stories comes in. We are showing you the actual earning process and how valuable these earning opportunities can be.

This post continues with everything we earned and redeemed with my family's recent trip to Palm Springs. Here are the posts already up on the blog for our earn and burn:
Our stay was at the Westin Desert Willow Villas in Palm Desert on a AAA with resort credit rate.  I booked it using this promotion we had listed on Rewards Canada's SPG Bonus Starpoints page:



The Earn Away Get Away promotion was Starwood Preferred Guest's recent systemwide promotion and since our stay included a Sunday night we earned the Triple Starpoints on the entire stay.

Even more points were earned as I hold Starwood Gold Elite Status, a 50% bonus on the base points plus I choose the 250 Starpoints SPG Gold amenity over the free drink at the bar. If you don't stay frequently enough at Starwood Hotels to earn Elite Status you can also get it with the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Card (when you spend $30,000 in a year) or automatically with The Platinum Card from American Express to get the elite bonuses.

We also chose to use the Go Green option of not receiving housekeeping and in return we got 500 Starpoints per day (excluding check out day)

Overall the stay earned 7,280 Starpoints which are enough points for a standard room free night award at a Category 3 Hotel or for a cash+points redemption at a Category 5 Hotel. Since I don't have any SPG award nights planned at this time these points are going to be held in my account for the time being.

Here is my screen shot of Starpoints that posted with this stay:


As you can see by registering and taking advantage of this bonus offer along with the Go Green option, we earned quite a few Starpoints on a stay that we were going to do no matter what! 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.

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 going to be featured but 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 info@rewardscanada.ca
 

August 12 Update: British Airways YYZ-LHR for as low as $863, Priceline Toronto Discount, up to 15K MileagePlus Miles for Marriott Hawaii stays

Tuesday is strictly a bonus offer and travel deal day!

News, Tips & Tricks
No news today but we bring you a tip that keeps coming up on our site and that is how you can earn thousands of Aeroplan Miles or British Airways Executive Club Avios for free. See:

Travel Hacking 101 - Earn 69,000+ Aeroplan Miles or 35,000+ British Airways Avios for free 

Travel Deals
British Airways has some pretty decent economy class fares for flights between Toronto and London this fall and winter. Fares are as low as C$863 all in. See more here.


Priceline.com
has a promo code for an extra 5% off bookings in select metropolitan cities and one of those cities is Toronto! Use promo code METRO6 when you book online at Priceline.com. Book by August 25, 2014



Bonus Offers

Alitalia MilleMiglia
- Earn 10,000 Bonus MilleMiglia Miles when you fly round trip in Alitalia Magnifica-Business Class or Business Class on Etihad between Rome Fiumicino or Milan Malpensa Airport and Abu Dhabi More... Sep 1 - Nov 30, 14

IHG Rewards Club
- Receive a $50 Electronic Visa Gift Card for stays of 3 nights or longer at any Holiday Inn Resort property in United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. More... Until Oct 31, 14

La Quinta Returns
- Earn up to Triple Returns Points for stays at participating La Quinta locations in the U.S. More... Until Sep 11, 14

Starwood Preferred Guest
- 3,000 Bonus Starpoints for stays in a Suite at participating Starwood Hotels in in Algeria, Morocco & Tunisia. More... Until Aug 31, 14

Turkish Miles&Smiles
- Triple Miles&Smiles Miles for stays at the at Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi, Maldives. More... Sep 1 - Nov 30, 14
- Double Miles&Smiles Miles on Avis rentals of 3 or more days in Turkey, Europe, Canada and America. More... Until Sep 30, 14

United MileagePlus
- Earn up 15,000 Bonus MileagePlus Miles when you stay at Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii. More... Until Dec 15, 14
- 15,000 Bonus MileagePlus miles and save $150 when you book any European vacation via United Vacations. More... Book by Aug 21 for travel until Mar 31, 15
- 12,500 Bonus MileagePlus miles and save up to 47% when you stay Iberostar Resorts in Mexico. More... Book by Aug 15 for travel until Dec 15, 14

US Airways Dividend Miles
- Double Dividend Miles for stays of 2 or more nights at paticipating World Hotels locations Worldwide that are booked at least 20 days in advance. More... Until Sep 30, 14
- Double Dividend Miles for every rental at Sixt in Europe and Caribbean. More... Until Sep 30, 14

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