Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Exclusive online sale: Summer of deals from Air Canada

Thank you to Air Canada employee Andrew Yiu who put this offer up on Flyertalk and encouraged the sharing of it, so here you go:

"We would like to celebrate the arrival of summer with you by offering special online only deals throughout July and August with very attractive discounts!

So check back each week for different deals!

For the first week:

20% off all Economy class fares
15% off all Executive class fares

Valid between Canada and Asia.
Valid on AC operated flights only.
All travel must be completed by Dec 15, 2009.
Enter W7MZ4BH1 under Promotion Code.

This particular deal will be valid until Jul 5."

Japan Airlines: Discounted Upgrade Awards

If you purchase eligible economy fare classes (Y,W,B,H,K) for flights from the Americas to Japan you can take advantage of JAL Mileage Bank's discounted upgrade awards. The discounts are valid for flights Jul 1 - Sep 30. Click here for full details. Redemption rates are as follows:

JAL/JALWAYS Routes Regularly Required Mileage for Upgrade

(Round-Trip) (One Way)
Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco,Vancouver, Mexico City=Japan 50,000 ? 20,000 10,000
Honolulu, Kona=Japan 40,000 ? 20,000 10,000

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bonus Page Updates Jun 17, 09

AeroMexico Club Premier | Brussels Airlines Privilege | Starwood Preferred Guest

- Earn double Club Premier Kilometers for NH Hotels stays in Mexico or Germany
- Earn double Privilege miles when you stay in any Park Inn or Radisson Blu hotel in Belgium, France or the Netherlands
- Earn double Starpoints on all stays Worldwide - Targeted offer

Bonus Page Updates Jun 16, 09

Alitalia MilleMiglia | bmi Diamond Club | Etihad Guest

- Earn 1,000 bonus MilleMiglia miles for stay of 2 nights or more at Starwood Hotels Worldwide
- Earn up to 4,000 bonus Diamond Club miles on flights in the UK and UK to Europe
- Earn quadruple Guest Miles for Jumeirah hotel stays Worldwide

Bonus Page Updates Jun 12, 09

QANTAS Frequent Flyer | Scandinavian EuroBonus | TAP Portugal Victoria | United MIleage Plus

- Double QANTAS Frequent Flyer Points for Accor Hotel stays in Australia
- Double EuroBonus points on Blue1 flights between Helsinki and Athens, Barcelona or Nice
- Triple Victoria miles when you rent a Mercedes E Class in Europe
- Earn 10,000 bonus Mileage Plus miles when you stay at 3 different Wydham Family brand hotels.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Earn Triple Starpoints in Mexico

Earn Triple Starpoints for all stays of 2 nights or more until August 31 at
The Hacienda Puerta
Campeche Full Details & Online Booking
The Hacienda Uayamon Full Details & Online Booking
Le Méridien Cancun Resort & Spa Full Details & Online Booking
The Westin Resort & Spa Cancun Full Details & Online Booking
The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Cancun Full Details & Online Booking
Sheraton Centro Histórico Hotel & Convention Center, Mexico City Full Details & Online Booking
Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel and Towers , Mexico City Full Details & Online Booking
Sheraton Suites Santa Fe, Mexico City Full Details & Online Booking
W Mexico City Full Details & Online Booking
Four Points by Sheraton Galerias Monterrey Full Details & Online Booking
Sheraton Ambassador Hotel Monterrey Full Details & Online Booking
Sheraton Buganvilias Resort and Convention Center Puerto Vallarta Full Details & Online Booking
The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta Full Details & Online Booking
St Regis Punta Mita Full Details & Online Booking
The Hacienda Santa Rosa Full Details & Online Booking
The Hacienda Temozon Full Details & Online Booking
The Hacienda San Jose Full Details & Online Booking
Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos Full Details & Online Booking
The Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos Full Details & Online Booking
Four Points by Sheraton Monterrey Linda Vista Guadalupe Full Details & Online Booking

Starwood Hotels annual Canada Day Sale - Save up to 40%

Each Starwood (Sheraton, Westin, Four Points etc.) has a big sale for its Canadian properties to celebrate Canada Day. This year you can save up to 40% on stays until Sep 30 but you have to book by Canada Day (Jul 1)

Full Details and Online Booking

United to start London ON to Chicago flights

Starting on Sep 29, United will offer twice daily flights between London (YXU) and Chicago O'Hare (ORD) on 50 seat CRJ's.

YXU->ORD at 6:45 am and 4:52 pm

ORD->YXU at 2 pm and 6:50 pm

Thanks to Joe Airman on Flyertalk for the tip

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Loyalty Points earned while doing business are no longer taxable benefits

I do not know many people who have claimed their miles or points they earned while on business or employer paid business trips, but technically those miles and points were considered a taxable benefit. However the Canada Revenue agency has changed that rule in that benefits earned in loyalty programs while on employer dollar are not taxable unless they are converted to cash.

More details in this Financial Post article

Monday, June 22, 2009

Turkish Airlines announcesToronto-Istanbul Route

It did not take long for Turkish Airlines to announce their new service after Canada and Turkey signed a new air service agreement earlier this month.

Starting on Jul 11, Turkish will fly 3 times weekly between Toronto and Istanbul using their A330 aircraft.

Schedule is as follows:


Monday, Thursday, Saturday






Monday, Thursday, Saturday





Friday, June 19, 2009

Bonus Page Updates Jun 11, 09

Alaska Mileage Plan | Continental OnePass | Emirates Skywards | Hilton HHonors | Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus | US Airways Dividend Miles

- Double Mileage Plan miles between Seattle and Atlanta or Houston
- Up to triple Skywards miles between Dubai and Luanda
- Double HHonors points for stays at the Beverly Hilton
- Double Royal Orchid miles between Bangkok and Oslo
- 2,000 bonus Dividend Miles on your first flight with US Airways

Bonus Page Updates Jun 10, 09

Delta SkyMiles | Marriott Rewards | Northwest WorldPerks | Petro Points

- Earn 5,000 bonus SkyMiles when you rent from Avis for 2 days or more
- Earn 15,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points for Execustay stays of 30 days or more
- Earn triple WorldPerks miles for Marriott stays worldwide starting with your second stay
- Earn 15,000 bonus Petro Points for Itravel2000 bookings

Bonus Page Updates Jun 9, 09

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles | Czech Airlines OK Plus | South African Voyager | TACA Distancia | Turkish Miles&Smiles

- Double Asia Miles for Accor Hotels stays across Asia Pacific
- Double OK Plus miles for stays at Barcelo hotels in Prague
- Double Voyager miles on flights between Johannesburg and New York, Washington, Mumbai, Buenos Aires and more
- Double Distancia miles for Hertz Car Rentals Worldwide
- 3,000 bonus Miles&Smiles miles for stays of 2 nights or more at Hyatt's Worldwide

Bonus Page Updates Jun 8, 09

Air Canada Aeroplan
American AAdvantage
Midwest Miles

- Earn 1,000 bonus Aeroplan miles for joining Aeroplan via a travel agent
- Earn up to 5,000 bonus AAdvantage miles on flights between New York and Boston
- Earn 500 bonus Midwest Miles for Avis rentals

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Porter announce service to Boston

Porter announced today that they will begin service to Boston on Sep 14, 2009. They will offer up to 3 daily non-stops from Toronto Island Airport aboard their Dash8-Q400 Aircraft.

Boston is the third U.S. city that Porter will fly to after Newark and Chicago.

Source: Porter Press Release

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bonus Page Updates Jun 4, 09

Diners Club Club Rewards | Priority Club

- Earn 25% bonus AAdvantage miles when you convert your Diners Club Club Rewards point the AAdvantage program
- 2,000 bonus Priority Club points for stays at Hotel Indigos has been extended

Bonus Page Updates Jun 3, 09

Accor Hotels A|Club | Northwest WorldPerks | SATA Imagine | Starwood Preferred Guest | US Airways Dividend Miles

- up to Triple A|Club points at the Sofitel Philadelphia
- Earn 2,500 bonus WorldPerks miles on Delta Shuttle flights between LGA and BOS or DCA
- Earn 2,000 Imagine miles for children 2-12 who sign up for the Imagine program
- 1,000 bonus Starpoints for stays at the Sheraton Asuncion
- Earn 250 bonus Dividend miles per day for Budget car rentals

Bonus Page Updates Jun 2, 09

Asiana Club | Miles and More

- Double Asiana Club miles for stays at Park Plaza hotels in Asia Pacific and Europe
- Earn bonus Miles and More miles on flights to Africa and Arabic countries

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

United ups baggage fees for those who check in at the Airport

United quietly introduced baggage fee increases on May 14 for flights on or after June 10. They have increased the first and second checked bag fees to $20 and $30 respectively for those who chose to check in at the airport. If you check in online and pay for your bags online the fees remain at $15 and $25. These fees are in effect for travel within the 50 states and to Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada.

See all of United's bag fees here.

United: Discounted Mileage Plus Reward flights to the U.S.

United Mileage Plus is offering a 5,000 mile discount on Economy Saver flights between the U.S. and Canada, which means reward flights can be had for 20,000 miles if they are available.

Although it looks to be targetted to the U.S. market for travel to Canada, the terms and conditions do not state that Canada to U.S. travel is excluded. Here is a link to the offer. (I tried a dummy booking for YYC-DEN and it came up with 20K so it does work from Canada)

  • Economy Saver Awards are available for 20,000 Mileage Plus miles instead of 25,000
  • Each passenger is responsible for applicable taxes and fees
  • Offer valid for travel between the 48 contiguous United States and Canada
  • Ticketing period: Now through June 21, 2009
  • Travel period: Now through September 2, 2009
  • Blackout dates: July 2, 2009 - July 6, 2009
  • Valid for roundtrip travel in United Economy® on United® and United Express® operated flights
  • All other standard Mileage Plus rules and restrictions apply

Monday, June 8, 2009

WestJet expands service to Mexico

WestJet has announced quite a major expansion to Mexico for the upcoming winter season. It appears one of the reasons behind this expansion was the termination of the contract between Air Transat and WestJet. These flights will continue to allow WestJet to maximize the utilization of its fleet during the winter months and provides many smaller Canadian cities with service to Mexico that would not normally receive direct non-stop service. The new routes are as follows (day of week is in parenthesis):

Abbotsford-Puerto Vallarta (Sa)

Comox-Puerto Vallarta (Sa)

Hamilton-Cancun (Sa)

Kelowna-Cabo San Lucas (Fr)
Kelowna-Cancun (Sa)
Kelowna-Puerto Vallarta (Su)

Moncton-Cancun (Sa)

Montreal-Cancun (WeSa)

Prince George-Puerto Vallarta (Sa)

Regina-Cabo San Lucas (We)
Regina-Cancun (Su)
Regina-Mazatlan (Mo)
Regina-Puerto Vallarta (Tu)

Saskatoon-Cancun (Sa)
Saskatoon-Mazatlan (Fr)
Saskatoon-Puerto Vallarta (Th)

Toronto-Cancun (xThSu)

Vancouver-Puerto Vallarta (TuFr)

Victoria-Cancun (Sa)
Victoria-Puerto Vallarta (Su)

Winnipeg-Cancun (MoFr)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Fly Czech Airlines to Prague from Toronto and earn up to 4,000 bonus OK Plus Miles

Earn up to 4,000 Bonus OK Plus Miles for flights between Prague and Toronto Earn 2,000 bonus miles in Economy or 4,000 in Business class. Register Online (Registration is required) Until Jun 30, 09

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Bonus Page Updates May 29, 09

Aeroflot Bonus | Air Canada Aeroplan | Choice Privileges | Delta SkyMiles | Finnair Plus | US Airways Dividend Miles

- Earn 500 bonus Aeroflot bonus miles for booking flights online
- Earn up to 40,000 bonus Aeroplan miles for select flights in North America
- Complete update of the Choice Privileges page
- Earn 2,500 bonus SkyMiles for Delta Shuttle Flights
- Earn 10,000 bonus Plus Points when you join Finnair's program and take your first flight
- Earn double Dividend Miles for Hertz rentals in the U.S.

Bonus Page Updates May 28, 09

Starwood Preferred Guest

- Huge update of the Preferred Guest page with tons of new offers

Earn up to 40,000 bonus Aeroplan miles for flights within North America

Air Canada has launched their summer Aeroplan bonus mile promotion for tons of flights within North America

The promotion requires registration (see link below) and offers bonuses as follows:
* Fly 4 one-way flights - earn 3,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles
* Fly 8 one-way flights - earn 4,000 additional Bonus Aeroplan Miles, a cumulative total of 7,000
* Fly 12 one way flights - earn 8,000 additional Bonus Aeroplan Miles, for a cumulative total of 15,000.
* Fly 16 one way flights - earn 25,000 additional Bonus Aeroplan Miles, for a cumulative total of 40,000.

The following direct routes are eligible for the bonus mile offer:
* Between Vancouver and Calgary
* Between Vancouver and Edmonton
* Between Edmonton and Calgary
Between Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton and:
* the rest of Canada
* California (San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles)
* Newark
* Chicago
Rapidair® flights:
* between Toronto and Montreal
* between Toronto and Ottawa
Between Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa and:
* California (San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles)
* New York (Newark , La Guardia)
* Chicago
* Boston
* Washington (Dulles and Ronald Reagan International)

For more details on this promo and the registration link visit the Aeroplan page on Rewards Canada.