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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

WestJet Winter Services Reduced at Hamilton International Airport

Hamilton, Ont. – (June 24, 2010) – It was announced today that some of WestJet winter services at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport will be reduced, effective November 1, 2010. WestJet flights to and from Hamilton International throughout this summer will continue as normal.

The change in winter schedule will affect services to Moncton, Halifax, Winnipeg and Edmonton. Regular services to Calgary, which include 13 scheduled weekly flights, will continue as will WestJet flights to CancĂșn, Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Orlando, Florida. WestJet intends to return in summer 2011.

Source: Hamilton International Airport

InterContinental Hotels Group RBC Canadian Open Promo


If you are planning on attending the RBC Canadian Open in late July, or are just going to the Toronto area at the time, IHG is offering a pretty decent promotion for staying at their Toronto area hotels that includes 1,000 bonus Priority Club points, Free Parking and if you choose, 2 Adult tickets to the Canadian Open for anywhere from $86-$130 on top of room cost versus the a cost $140 advance or $160 at the gate. For more details or the book online please click here.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Air Canada eases restrictions on the use of upgrade certificates for the summer

In a repeat of the same promotion last summer, Air Canada is once again easing the restrictions on the use of elite upgrade certificates for the summer travel season. From June 29 to September 6, members holding certificates will be able to upgrade from any Tango Plus fare for flights within Canada or from Canada to the U.S. See the excerpt below from the Air Canada website for details. For further information please visit AirCanada.com

  • Eligible travel period:
    • June 29 – September 6, 2010
  • Eligible destinations:
    • Canada
    • Continental United States
    • Hawaii (with the use of 2010 Top Tier System-Wide Upgrade Certificates only)
  • Eligible fares for this offer:

Eligible fare options

Eligible booking classes

Upgrade request

Tango Plus

M, U, H, Q, V, W, S, L, A

Super Elite: within 7 days
Elite: within 4 days
Prestige: within 2 days

Latitude

Y, B

Anytime prior to departure

Friday, June 18, 2010

Easy way to earn extra Aeroplan miles if you are planning Best Western stays

Best Western is once again running their bonus miles promotion for buying Best Western Travel Cards online. Best Western travel cards are just like gift cards and can be used towards stays at any Best Western Hotel. This promotion offers buyers a whopping 1,500 bonus Aeroplan miles for every C$100 in Travel Card purchases. On top of this you will earn whatever miles or points you earn on your credit card to make the purchase and then you will earn your regular Best Western Rewards or Aeroplan miles on the actual hotel stay.

If you collect miles in other programs the promotion is also available for AIR MILES, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta, Southwest and US Airways but the bonus per $100 is not as lucrative as the Air Canada offer. The travel card bonus offer is valid for purchases made until Aug 31, 10

Best Western is also running another promotion at this time that can be taken advantage of with the travel card offer in that for every two stays you complete Worldwide between June 20 and August 15 you will earn a free stay voucher that can be used in the U.S. or Canada.

For details and to purchase travel cards with the Aeroplan offer please see here
For all the other programs see here
For the stay 2 earn 1 offer please see here

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Scotiabank Launches New ScotiaGold Passport Visa Travel Booking Website

For all of you ScotiaGold Passport Visa holders, you have a new website that you can do your reward bookings with and they'll even give 250 bonus points just for visiting the new site. The site allows cardholders to book travel with their reward points, cash or a combination of both.

Source: Scotiabank Press Release

Luxury Matters? One in Four Canadians Would Rather Not Travel at all than Stay at a Budget Hotel

Here is a press release that came out today from American Express that is tied into the new SPG Credit Card here in Canada, the survey portion provides some interesting insight into the ways Canadians want to travel:

Luxury Matters? One in Four Canadians Would Rather Not Travel at all than Stay at a Budget Hotel

Starwood Preferred Guest(R) Credit Card from American Express Broadens Your Wealth through Rewards

TORONTO, June 17 /CNW/ - When Canadians get the travel itch, most would like to spend their vacation time in a breathtaking resort in an exotic location. However, few are willing to break the bank to do so. In fact, almost everyone agrees that it's important to stay within budget when planning a vacation. This dichotomy between a taste for luxury tempered with the reality of sticking to a budget is a common theme coming out of a survey conducted on behalf of American Express Canada and Starwood Hotels & Resorts by Angus Reid Public Opinion. Affordable luxury was at the top of Canadians' travel objectives, with 88 per cent saying they look for ways to make their trips luxurious, yet affordable.

The survey finds that the majority of Canadians (82%) feel that the hotel they stay in is important and impacts the enjoyment of their trip, with 39 per cent agreeing that excellent service makes a trip most luxurious. Still, a full 96 per cent of Canadian respondents state that budget is a major concern when it comes to planning trips.

One of the easiest ways Canadians can experience more luxury for less is by utilizing rewards programs like the new Starwood Preferred Guest(R) Credit Card from American Express that provide extra perks and make luxury more attainable. This new Card offers Cardmembers a chance to earn points towards use on hotel stays and airline travel with their everyday purchases.

Two of Canada's top trendsetters, Ashleigh Dempster and Amanda Blakley, co-founders of The Society, consider loyalty programs, like the Starwood Preferred Guest(R) Credit Card from American Express, as a smart way to broaden your wealth. These cultural curators provide advice to their community on how to get the most rewarding travel experiences without breaking the bank.

"It's clear from the research, and from our experience, that Canadians have a strong affinity for luxury. They love the idea of being pampered, and that includes when they travel," said Dempster. "What the Starwood Preferred Guest(R) Credit Card from American Express offers is the ability to earn points on everyday purchases you are already making. These points can then be redeemed through the Starwood Preferred Guest Program for fabulous experiences at some of the world's most luxurious properties."

"And whether you use your points to redeem for an upgraded room, an extra night, a spa treatment or a fantastic dining experience, there's something decadent about receiving luxurious treatment from rewards earned on purchases you make everyday like groceries or your morning coffee," said Blakley.

The survey also found that 83 per cent of people said they would use their points on luxury travel if they were easy to collect and redeem. Additionally, 84 per cent said that if they could travel on points they would do so more often.

"We see a clear indication in this market that Canadians love the idea of rewards programs, but many find that they are too difficult to navigate. With the Starwood Preferred Guest(R) Credit Card from American Express, we've combined great rewards with ease of use to make the collection and redemption of points as quick and simple as possible," said Jennifer Hawkins, Vice President of New Product Development for American Express Canada.

The survey also revealed that when provided with several choices for their dream holiday destination, more Canadians indicated they would like to go somewhere rich with history, like Italy or Greece (42%), over somewhere tropical like Hawaii or the Maldives (32%) or a city with a lot of action like New York or Las Vegas (7%). But nearly one-fifth (19%) indicated that the place is less important than the experience, and said their dream destination is "anywhere, as long as I'm traveling in style."

"More than a quarter of Canadians surveyed said that they would prefer not to travel at all than to stay at a budget hotel," said David Flueck, Vice President, SPG Global Program and Operations at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. "As the world's largest operator of luxury hotels including the renowned St. Regis and Luxury Collection hotel brands, it's easier than ever for Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express Cardmembers to collect points for a luxury getaway. We know how appealing this prospect is to Canadians due to the overwhelmingly positive response following the launch of this Card."

From a regional perspective, the survey revealed that:

        -  Respondents from Quebec are most likely to consider quality of
food to be what makes a trip most luxurious (46%). Only 26 per
cent of Ontarians and 19 per cent of Albertans agree.
- Albertans go on weekend getaways more than the rest of the
country, with 39 per cent opting to do so several times a year.
Atlantic Canadians are least likely to go on a weekend getaway,
with 77 per cent stating they never or rarely go on one. Ontarians
fare just above average with 32 per cent of respondents admitting
to going on weekend getaways several times a year.
- More than 1/3 of Quebec residents (37%) would prefer not to travel
at all than stay at a budget hotel. This is contrast with
Albertans (18%) and British Columbians (19%) who are less likely
to limit their travel for this reason.

For more information about the Starwood Preferred Guest(R) Credit Card from American Express, visit www.americanexpress.ca/spg

About American Express

American Express in Canada operates as Amex Bank of Canada and Amex Canada Inc. Both are wholly owned subsidiaries of the New York based American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc., the largest operating unit of the American Express Company. Amex Bank of Canada is the issuer of American Express Cards in Canada. Amex Canada Inc. operates the Corporate Travel, Travel Services Network and Travellers Cheques divisions in Canada. American Express opened its first offices in Toronto and Hamilton in 1853 and now employs 3,700 Canadians coast-to-coast.

About Starwood Preferred Guest

The SPG program's breakthrough policy of No Blackout Dates at the world's most sought after collection of hotels, reinvented the hospitality loyalty program when it launched in 1999. By creating a program centered on its members, SPG has developed the most passionate and knowledgeable membership base in the hotel loyalty space. Through its use of new technologies and innovative channels such as SPG.com, SPG.com/stayconnected, SPG.com/flights, thelobby.com and others, SPG continues to innovate and lead the industry. By offering No Blackouts on standard rooms at 940 properties, No Blackouts on hundreds of airlines, and once in a lifetime experiences available through SPG Moments, the program has proven to be a big draw for the world's most frequent travellers, and a significant competitive advantage for Starwood. For more information about Starwood Preferred Guest please visit SPG.com or call (877) - STARWOOD.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 982 properties in more than 100 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis(R), The Luxury Collection(R), W(R), Westin(R), Le MĂ©ridien(R), Sheraton(R), Four Points(R) by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft(R), and Element(SM). Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit http://www.starwoodhotels.com.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

US Airways offers bonus Dividend Miles on new Halifax route

US Airways starting flying to Halifax from Philadelphia on June 1 and to promote the new route to its frequent flyers, the airline is offering 1,000 bonus Dividend Miles each time you fly the route round trip whether it be to Philadelphia or connecting beyond. The offer is valid for flights that are booked by August 1 and flown by September 1, 2010. You must register for the offer to be eligible, which you can do so with the link below:

http://shopping.usairways.com/promotion/dividendmiles/registration.aspx?PromoCode=YH10


For more US Airways Dividend Miles bonus offers be sure to check out Dividend Miles Bonus Mile Opportunities page

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

China Eastern to increase service to Vancouver

According to Airline Route Updates, China Eastern will be increasing their service between Vancouver and Shanghai by 3 flights a week, making it a daily service. The increase is slated to start on Oct 31 for the Winter 2010/11 season.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Delta eliminates award redemption fees

From Colloquy:

"Delta Air Lines is eliminating award ticket redemption fees for SkyMiles frequent flyer members. Effective immediately, members will no longer pay fees of up to $150 for award tickets redeemed within 20 days of departure.

Before this change, the fee to book an award ticket for travel within three days was $150 per ticket; for travel within four to seven days the fee was $100; and for travel within eight to 20 days the fee was $75. Award tickets booked 21 days or more before departure continue to have no redemption fee."

Friday, June 4, 2010

Air Canada cancels service between Toronto and Westchester County

According to Airline Route Updates, Air Canada is cancelling service between Toronto and Westchester County, NY as of July 5. The flight was operated 3x per day by Air Georgian.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Aeroplan discounts Classic Flight Rewards to the U.S.

Aeroplan is offering a discount of 2,500 miles of the regular mileage cost of Classic Flight rewards on select flights from Canada to the U.S, within the U.S. and U.S. to Canada. To take advantage of the discount you must book by June 13 for travel anytime in the next 355 days in any class of cabin. The following chart shows the routes available from Canada. For full details please visit Aeroplan.com

From Canada

To U.S.

Alberta

Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Nevada or Oregon

British Columbia

California, District of Columbia, Illinois or Texas

Manitoba

California, Florida, Nevada or New York

Nova Scotia

Illinois, Massachusetts or New York

Ontario

Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas or Utah

Quebec

District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York or Texas