Friday, January 20, 2017

January 20 Update: Fairmont Waterfront promo for BC/AB residents, American AAdvantage Transatlantic bonus and more!

News, Tips & Tricks
No news is good news!

We'll give you some links to some of our tips today as these tend to be forgotten about!
In the bonus offer section check out the new bonus for flying American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia or Finnair between North America and Europe. You can earn up to 20,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles for each round trip.

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Travel Deals
B.C. and Alberta residents can save 20%, get free valet parking and a guaranteed room upgrade at the Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver! Offer valid until Mar 31. Find out more here.


Canadian Bonus Offers
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Other Bonus Offers
Air New Zealand Airpoints
- Double Airpoints Dollars when you book the Linger Longer offer for stays at participating Langham Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Feb 28, 17

American AAdvantage
- Earn up to 20,000 Bonus AAdvantage Mileswhen you fly between the U.S., Canada or Mexico and Europe. More... Until Mar 31,17

Hilton HHonors
- 80% Bonus HHonors Points when you buy 5,000 or more points online. More... Until Feb 17, 17
- Earn up to 10,000 Bonus HHonors Points when you stay 2 or more nights at any Hilton Hotels Worldwide within 90 days of registering. Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone More... Until Jan 11, 18
- 50,000 Bonus HHonors Points when you complete 4 stays at any Hilton Hotels Worldwide within 90 days of registering. More... Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone Until Jul 12, 17
- 25,000 Bonus HHonors Points when you complete 4 stays at any Hilton Hotels Worldwide within 90 days of registering. More... Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone Until Jan 11, 18
- 15,000 Bonus HHonors Points when you complete 2 stays at any Hilton Hotels Worldwide within 90 days of registering. More... Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone Until Jan 11, 18

Le Club accorhotels
- Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor hotels in Brazil. More... Book by Jan 31 for stays until Feb 28, 17

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- 1,500 Bonus KrisFlyer miles when you make your first purchase via Mileslife. More... Until Jan 31, 17

Starwood Preferred Guest
- 2,000 Bonus Starpoints for weekend stays of 2 or more nights at the Hotel Des Indes, a Luxury Collection Hotel, The Hague. More... Until Mar 31, 17
- OFFER EXTENDED Double Starpoints, Up to 35% Off and 5th night free for stays in Hawaii, Tahiti or Bora Bora. More... Until Jun 30, 17


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Hilton HHonors: 80% Bonus when you buy points and an example of how it can save you some cash


Hilton HHonors has launched a new bonus for buying their points. The bonus of 80% will be awarded when you purchase 5,000 or more points in one transaction. Although we have seen a 100% bonus before that of course is better this 80% bonus can still be worthwhile. Here is just one example:


A stay at the Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa in April can be had for 50,000 HHonors Points or at a minimum C$464 on the AAA rate. That AAA rate would also incur about $69 in taxes for a total of $533. Also note that award night stays are not subject to taxes and fees. So what is the better deal, buying points or paying cash?

To buy 50,000 Points with the 80% bonus offer you need to buy 28,000 points for US$280 or about C$373+GST for a total around $390.

What you would rather pay? $390 or $533? I know which one I would pick!

If you don't have an award stay in mind for the next few months I would not buy points now in hopes that they would bring back another 100% bonus so that you can pull even more value out of a deal like this.

Offer details:
Receive 80% Bonus HHonors Points when you buy 5,000 or more points online. Full details Until Feb 17, 17

Thursday, January 19, 2017

January 19 Update: 20x Shoppers Optimum Points on Saturday, Fly to London for under $700 and 6 new Aeroplan Bonuses

News, Tips & Tricks
This Saturday is a 20x points day at Shoppers Drug Mart! Shoppers Optimum members will earn 20x the points on purchases of $50 or more. Find out more here.



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Travel Deals
British Airways 
has some great fares between Calgary or Toronto and London in February! Both cities are below $700 per person all in! Book by Mar 31 for stays until Apr 30. Find out more here.


Canadian Bonus Offers
Air Canada / Aeroplan
- Earn Quadruple Aeroplan Miles for stays at over 5,500 Choice Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Mar 31, 17
- Double Aeroplan Miles, up to 20% off the Daily Rate and $25 hotel credit per stay for stays at participating Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in North America. More... Until Mar 31, 17
- Earn up to 2,500 Bonus Aeroplan miles for weekend stays (Thu-Sat) at over 80 Marriott Hotels in Canada. More... Feb 1 - Apr 30, 17
- 4,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles on Avis rentals of 3 or more daysat participating locations in Canada and the contiguous U.S. More... Until Feb 28, 17
- 2,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for Avis Signature Series rentals of 3 or more days in Canada or the U.S. More... Until Feb 28, 17
- Double Aeroplan Miles when you book the Linger Longer offer for stays at participating Langham Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Feb 28, 17

Other Bonus Offers
Air China Phoenix Miles
- Double PhoenixMiles Kilometers when you book the Linger Longer offer for stays at participating Langham Hotels Worldwide.More... Until Feb 28, 17

American AAdvantage
- 20% Discount on Japan Airlines award tickets for travel within Japan. More... Jan 30 - Apr 30, 17
- Earn up to 50% Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you buy or gift miles online. More... Until Jan 30, 17

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Triple Asia Miles for stays at the Hotel Éclat Beijing. More... Until Feb 28, 17

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Double Mileage Bank miles when you fly on China Eastern between Japan and China as well as on domestic routes within China. More... Feb 9 - Apr 20, 17

Marriott Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points per night when you stay any night Sunday-Thursday at the Sharm El Sheikh Marriott Resort. More... Until Mar 15, 17
- 1,500 Bonus Rewards Points per stay at the Pier South Resort, Autograph Collection®. More... Until Mar 15, 17
- 500 Bonus Rewards Points per stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Marianna. More... Until Mar 15, 17

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Double KrisFlyer Miles and daily complimentary breakfast for stays at at Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts in Shanghai, London, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt or Istanbul, for a minimum of two nights. More... Until Feb 28, 17
- Double KrisFlyer Miles when you book the Linger Longer offer for stays at participating Langham Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Feb 28, 17


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Earn up to 2,500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for weekend stays at Marriott Hotels in Canada


Perfect to go with more Canadians travelling within our great country for Canada 150 is this new offer from Aeroplan to earn bonus miles at over 80 Marriott Hotels across Canada. The bonus is great for individuals, couples and families alike looking to get away for the weekend as the bonus is good for Thursday-Saturday nights.

Offer details
Earn up to 2,500 Bonus Aeroplan miles for weekend stays (Thu-Sat) at over 80 Marriott Hotels in Canada. Full details & online booking Feb 1 - Apr 30, 17
- Stay 1 night, receive 1,000 Aeroplan bonus miles, or
- Stay 2 or more nights, receive 2,500 Aeroplan bonus miles

Find many more Aeroplan bonus offers here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January 18 Update: 2017 Top Travel Credit Cards, bonus points on Hainan's YYC & YYZ flights, SPG earn rate with Uber reduced

News, Tips & Tricks
Big news day here on Rewards Canada as we revealed the Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards for 2017! Check out the rankings here! The two big moves are the crowning of a new champ for No Annual Fee Travel Points card and the continuing drop of the BMO Rewards World Elite MasterCard.

Cathay Pacific is further expanding the number of flights they have between Toronto and Hong Kong for the summer. They will now be offering 14 flights per week (2x daily) instead of the previously announced 12 flights per week. Good news for Asia Miles members, and of course also British Airways Executive Club and Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members. (Source Routesonline)



In the bonus offers section check out the return of Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings' International flight bonus. You can earn up to 20,000 bonus points when flying Hainan out of Calgary or Toronto.
 
The amount of Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints you earn with Uber will be less starting on February 1st.  Gone is the increased earn for elites so all members will now earn as follows:

Posts since our last update:

Travel Deals
Air Canada has flights within Canada on sale with their latest seat sale offering. Book by tomorrow for savings on flights Feb 15 - Apr 30. Find out more here.


Canadian Bonus Offers
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Other Bonus Offers
Air France KLM Flying Blue
- Earn up to Quadruple Flying Blue Miles for stays at Sofitel Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Feb 12, 17
- Earn up to 1,000 Bonus Flying Blue Miles for stays at Marriott Hotels in Europe. More... Until Mar 26, 17
- 4,000 Flying Blue Miles on Avis rentals of 3 or more days in Europe, the Middle-East, Africa, Asia, USA and Canada. More... Book by Jan 31 for rentals Feb 1 - Jul 31, 17

Best Western Rewards
- 3,000 Bonus Rewards Points on rentals of 4 or more consecutive days at Budget locations in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. More... Until Jun 30, 17

Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings
- Earn up to 20,000 Bonus Fortune Wings Miles when you fly on Hainan Airlines international flights. More... Until Dec 31, 17

Icelandair Saga Club
- Quadruple Saga Club Points on your first rental with Sixt. More... Until Mar 15, 17
- Double Saga Club Points for all Sixt rentals that are booked online. More... Until Apr 30 , 17

Le Club accorhotels
- Earn up to 6,000 Bonus Le Club accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels Worldwide. More... Register and book by Feb 12 for stays until Apr 9, 17
- 300 Bonus Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor hotels in Brazil. More... Until Mar 17, 17

Marriott Rewards
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays of 3 or more nights at the Rome Marriott Park Hotel or the Milan Marriott Hotel. More... Until Mar 25, 17
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay at The Hague Marriott Hotel. More... Jan 25 - Apr 18, 17
- 2,500 Bonus Rewards Points per stay at any one of three participating Marriott Hotels in Puerto Rico. More... Until Mar 26, 17
- 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you stay 2 nights Thursday-Sunday with breakfast at Marriott Hotels across the U.K.. More...Until Feb 28, 17


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Earn 4x Aeroplan Miles for Choice Hotels stays Worldwide!


The Aeroplan bonuses for stays at Choice Hotels just keep coming! The good news this time is that its not limited to one month. Right now you can earn 4x the miles for Choice Hotels stays until the end of March. Remember there is no such place a Choice Hotel, that's just the parent company name for hotels like Quality Inn, Comfort Inn, Econolodge, Clarion and more.


Offer details:
Earn Quadruple Aeroplan Miles for stays at over 5,500 Choice Hotels Worldwide. Full details and online booking. Until Mar 31, 17

Find many more Aeroplan bonus offers here.

Canada’s Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards Revealed


For many Canadians, the month of January is marked with an assortment of goal setting and New Year’s resolutions from fitness promises to personal finance makeovers.  If leisure travel is on your ‘do more’ list it’s equally important to set a goal with a clear action plan. Travel reward credit card programs can help, but sifting through the more than 75 travel rewards credit card offerings can be a daunting task.  Thankfully, Rewards Canada has taken the guesswork out of the equation with its 9th annual Travel Rewards Credit Card Ranking.

Credit cards are ranked in six major categories including: Travel Points (with annual fee), Travel Points (with no annual fee), Hybrid (flexible currency), Airline, Hotel and Best Overall Card.  The credit cards are evaluated by key factors including cost, co-brand partnerships, rate-of-return, benefits and redemption options.

“Without exaggeration, 2016 was one of the most turbulent years in the Canadian Travel Rewards Program industry,” says Patrick Sojka, founder of RewardsCanada.ca.  “The consumer blowback from how Air Miles managed their expiration policy was unprecedented. And while the company ultimately backed off, the experience left many Canadians questioning the value of loyalty programs.”

Regaining the trust of Canadian consumers is a top priority of each of this year’s winners.  These program operators represent the best-of-the-best with travel rewards offers that are simple to understand, easy to acquire and offer a solid rate-of-return.

And The Winners Are:
  • Best Overall Travel Reward Card:  American Express Gold Rewards Card
  • Travel Points (with annual fee): Capital One Aspire Travel World Elite MasterCard
  • Travel Points (with no annual fee): Scotiabank More Rewards Visa Credit Card
  • Hybrid: American Express Gold Rewards Card
  • Airline: TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite
  • Hotel: The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express

“Once again, no card can top the American Express Gold Rewards Card as the best overall travel rewards option in Canada,” explains Sojka “It’s unmatched as a hybrid card – capable of earning points for virtually any type of travel while at the same time serving as a frequent flyer and frequent guest program card.”

The biggest changes this year came in the Travel Points Credit Card with no annual fee category. For the last 7 years the American Express Blue Sky Credit Card has held down the top spot but this year the Scotiabank More Rewards Visa card stormed onto the podium.  The card offers a huge return on day-to-day spending that rivals and beats not only its no fee card brethren but many premium cards that have annual fees.

The Top Travel Rewards Card feature, with complete rankings and background, can be found online at http://www.rewardscanada.ca/topcc2017


Fun fact: Did you know that Rewards Canada was one of if not the very first website in Canada to actually rank credit cards?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January 17 Update: Tangerine MasterCard 4% offer ends on the 20th, up to 30% off Fairmont stays & new Amex Centurion lounge in PHL

News, Tips & Tricks
Just a friendly reminder that if you are considering the Tangerine Cash Back MasterCard to apply for by the end of day on January 20th as the introductory offer of 4% for the first three months in your selected categories will be gone after that date. If you apply after that date you will get 2% back in your chosen categories. You can find out more about the card and apply it here.

Today only you can get 5x AIR MILES on Rona purchases of $100 or more. Get the coupon here.



Finally One Mile at a Time reports that there will be an American Express Centurion Lounge opening up in Philadelphia later this year. As Canadians we can access any Centurion Lounges for free with The Platinum Card or Centurion Cards from American Express. If you don't hold one of those cards but do have another Amex card you can still use these lounges but you'll have to pay a $50 fee to enter.

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Travel Deals
The latest Fairmont Hotels Moments offers are out now. You can save up to 30% on stays at Fairmont and Accor Hotel locations Worldwide. Book by Mar 31 for stays until Apr 30. Find out more here.


Canadian Bonus Offers
Air Canada / Aeroplan
- Earn 60,000  Bonus Aeroplan Miles with the American Express® AeroplanPlus®* Reserve card. More... Residents of Canada only. Until Mar 29, 17
- Earn 50,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles with the American Express® AeroplanPlus®* Platinum Card. More... Residents of Canada only. Until Mar 29, 17

Other Bonus Offers
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- Double Mileage Plan Miles for stays at Coast Hotels in Canada & the U.S.. More... Until Feb 15, 17

Marriott Rewards
- Earn up to 3,000 Bonus Rewards Points per NIGHT for stays at 21 participating Marriott Hotels across the U.S.. More... Until Mar 5, 17

Miles & More
- 1,000 Bonus Miles & More miles on Avis rentals Worldwide. More... Book by Feb 28 for rentals until Dec 31, 17
- Triple Miles & More miles on Europcar rentals Worldwide (except U.S. & Canada) More... Book by Jan 31 for rentals until Dec 31, 17

Turkish Miles&Smiles
- Earn 25% Bonus Status Miles&Smiles Miles when you fly Turkish Airlines between Zanzibar & Istanbul. More... Until Jun 12, 17
- Earn 40% Bonus Status Miles&Smiles Miles when you fly Turkish Airlines between Russia & Istanbul. More... Until Mar 31, 17
- Earn 25% Bonus Status Miles&Smiles Miles when you fly Turkish Airlines between Caracas or Havana & Istanbul. More... Until Jun 20, 17
- 25% Miles&Smiles Discount when you redeem miles for flights on Turkish Airlines between Caracas or Havana & Istanbul. More... Until Jun 20, 17
- Double Miles&Smiles Miles for stays at participating Kempinski Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Feb 28, 17
- Earn up to 1,000 Bonus Miles&Smiles Miles for stays at Marriott Hotels in Europe. More... Until Mar 26, 17
- Double Miles&Smiles Miles for stays of 3 nights or more at Mövenpick Hotels in Turkey. More... Until Mar 31, 17


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