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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Last Day: 100% Bonus on buying US Airway Dividend Miles

Today is the last day to take advantage of the  100% Bonus on buying US Airways Dividend Miles. To get the bonus miles you must have joined the Dividend Miles program at least 12 days ago, if you joined less than that you cannot buy miles.

100% Bonus US Airways Dividend Miles when you buy miles by Sep 30, 2012!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Sep 28 Update: New Wyndham promo, amazing Leipzig Marriott offer and free points for joining SAS EuroBonus

News, Tips & Tricks
Another relatively quiet day in the realm of Rewards Canada for news other than the launch of Wyndham Rewards latest systemwide offer and an increased sign up bonus coming for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card on Monday. I also have a great tip for you: if your travels take you near Leipzig Germany before the end of the year, then you need to check out this amazing offer from Marriott (or see it the basic gist of the offer below).


Bonus Offers

Aeroflot Bonus
- Earn up 1,000 Extra Bonus Miles for Aeroflot flights between Moscow and Bologna. More... Until Oct 31, 12

Air Baltic Baltic Miles
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Baltic Miles for stays at the Radisson Edwardian Hotels in London, Heathrow, Guildford and Manchester. More... Until Nov 30, 12

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Double Asia Miles when you rent a car at participating Avis locations in North America. More... Until Nov 30, 12

JetBlue TrueBlue
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- 500 Bonus TrueBlue points PER NIGHT for stays at participating Waldorf Astoria Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 12

Marriott Rewards
- 15,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you stay two consecutive nights at the Leipzig Marriott Hotel. More... Until Dec 23, 12

Scandinavian EuroBonus
- 100 Bonus EuroBonus Points when you join the EuroBonus program. More... Until Dec 31, 12

US Airways Dividend Miles
- Earn up to 1,000 Bonus Dividend Miles on any Hertz rental at a participating airport location in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. More... Until Dec 31, 12


Wyndham Rewards
- 5,500 Bonus Wyndham Rewards Points or 1,000 Bonus Airline Miles starting with your 2nd stay at participating hotels in the Wyndham Rewards program Worldwide. More... Until Nov 26, 12

Great Deal Alert: 15,000 Bonus Points at the Leipzig Marriott Hotel

Occasionally I have posted about some great Marriott Rewards earning offers but this one is different. Why is this one is different then some other specific Marriott offers I have posted about? Because this time the rate for the room to earn the bonus points is actually LESS than other rates for the hotel! Usually it is the other way around where the bonus points rate is 5, 10, 50 dollars, euros, pounds more but still worthwhile if the bonus is big enough.

So what is the offer? The offer is for 15,000 Bonus Marriott Rewards points for a 2 night stay at the Leipzig Marriott Hotel in Germany. When I searched a 2 night stay, Oct 17-19 using the promo code M11 which is for the 15,000 points the rate came up at EUR109 per night. The next closest rate was the AAA rate at EUR132 and the standard rate was EUR139. So not only are you saving at least EUR23 per night you are also gaining the 15K points! I also tried November 14 -16 and once again it was cheaper than all standard rares although the non-cancelable, non-refundable, payment up front, book 21 days in advance rate was cheaper by EUR 5 per night. In that case, I would still take the bonus points rate as the return on 15,000 points is way better than the EUR10 savings and you don't have all the conditions attached to it.

Oct 17-19 Rates

Rate Rules

Nov 14-16 Rates


Those 15,000 points will get you a free night in a Category 3 hotel or even a point saver at a Category 4 hotel which the Leipzing Marriott is set at. So if things work out for you, you are essentially getting a free night after your 2 night stay. I'd love to know if anyone will be taking advantage of this offer, let me know below in the comments. Oh and by the way the Bonus Points rate is fully cancelable until the date of check in.

For complete details or to book this offer please visit the Offer Page for the Leipzig Marriott Hotel

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Earn up to 11,000 Bonus Points or 2,000 Bonus Miles with latest Wyndham promo

The last Wyndham Rewards promo just ended on September 13th so members have been without a systemwide promo for just over two weeks (how dare they do that!) Anyways, all kidding aside here are the details on Wyndham's latest systemwide promo:



Members who complete two qualifying stays at participating hotels in the Wyndham Rewards program Worldwide will earn 5,500 Bonus Wyndham Rewards Points or 1,000 Bonus Airline Miles up to a maximum of 11,000 points or 2,000 Airline Miles (bonus is basically awarded on your 2nd and 4th stays). The promo is valid for stays that have arrivals by November 26th and are completed by November 30th.

Complete details and online registration (registration is required) can be found here

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Last day to buy Avianca TACA LifeMiles with a 100% Bonus

Today is the last day to take advantage of the 100% bonus on buying LifeMiles, the frequent flyer currency of Star Alliance member Avianca TACA.

As seen in my post earlier this month when the promo launched here is why this can be a good deal:

The biggest difference this time (and part of July's) is that Avianca TACA is now a member of the Star Alliance. So while before I used to tout this offer as a way to get Lufthansa business class from North America to Europe for $1800, you can now use the miles on any Star Alliance airline. The program also offers one way rewards at exactly half the round trip cost and does not charge fuel surcharges on award tickets.



With business class tickets to Europe going for 100,000 miles and Asia for 120,000 miles you can travel 'luxuriously' for a lot less with this deal. Another great feature of LifeMiles (in fact even better than buying all the miles) is their Cash + Part Points option. This option only requires that you have 40% of the points for a reward (so buy 40% during this 100% bonus period) and then you can buy the rest of the miles (the other 60%) at $12.75 per 1,000 miles or 1.275 cents per mile!

Of course there are always caveats to promos and the one condition for this promo is that you had to be a LifeMiles member before the promotion started. If you are not a member, don't fret, while you can't take advantage of the offer this time the 100% Buy Miles promotion seems to have become a regular staple from the LifeMiles programs just like it has with US Airways Dividend Miles.

Visit LifeMiles for more details.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sep 27 Update: Aeroplan Bonus for iPhone App bookings, save up to 40% on buying United Mileage Plus miles!

News, Tips & Tricks
Sometimes no news is good news and that is exactly what I have for you today! I have been so busy with everything that I only get a few bonuses posted to FFB and Rewards Canada but haven't been able to get to some of the dedicated articles/features that I want to post. Hopefully those will come sooner than later!

In the bonus offers check out the Aeroplan bonus for booking via Air Canada's iPhone app!


Bonus Offers

Air Canada Aeroplan
- 500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you make a new booking on Air Canada’s iPhone app. More... Book byl Dec 31, 12 for travel until Jan 31, 13

Alitalia MilleMiglia
- 150 Bonus MilleMiglia Miles for all midweek Maggiore rentals (from 1 to 3 days) in Italy. More... Until Oct 31, 12

Delta SkyMiles
- Double SkyMiles for stays at any participating Martim Hotels in Germany. More... Dec 1, 12 - Feb 28, 13

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn up to 2,000 Bonus HawaiianMiles for stays of 3 nights or more at a participating Aston hotel or condominium resort in the U.S.. More... Until Jun 30, 13
- 1,000 Bonus HawaiianMiles for stays at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. More... Until Dec 21, 12
- Earn up to 2,500 Bonus HawaiianMiles for stays at participating Prince resorts in Hawaii. More... Until Dec 27, 12

Jumeirah Sirius
- OFFER EXTENDED Triple Sirius Points for stays of 3 or more nights at the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, Maldives. More... Until Dec 19, 12
- Double Sirius Points for stays of 4 nights at the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa Mallorca. More... Oct 1 - Nov 30, 12

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
- Earn up to 1,500 Bonus Royal Orchid Miles per sector flown between Bangkok and Sapporo. More... Oct 28 - Dec 31, 12

Ukraine International Panorama Club
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
Earn Double Panorama Club Miles for flights between Kiev and Geneva, London, Tel Aviv or Vienna. More... Oct 1 - Dec 20, 12
Earn Double Panorama Club Miles for flights between Kiev and Barcelona, Madrid or Milan. More... Nov 1 - Dec 20, 12

United Mileage Plus
- Save up to 40% when you buy Mileage Plus miles online. More... Until Oct 31, 12

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sep 26 Update: Great Virgin Atlantic Hilton Promo, Increased sign up bonus for Cathay RBC Visa and more

News, Tips & Tricks
I'm not sure how good of deal this offer is but I found it buried in the 'news' section of Aeroplan with no other promotion of it:

Until Oct 14 redeem for ClassicPlus Flight Rewards in Executive Class, on select routes in Western Canada and to the Maritimes for fewer miles! This means you have access to more flight options at reduced mileage levels, for a limited time.

Reduced mileage levels on ClassicPlus Flight Rewards in Executive Class are now available on the following routes:

Vancouver (YVR) to Calgary (YYC)
Vancouver (YVR) to Edmonton (YEG)
Vancouver (YVR) to Winnipeg (YWG)
Saskatoon (YXE) to Toronto (YYZ)
Regina (YQR) to Toronto (YYZ)
Toronto (YYZ) to Halifax (YHZ)
Ottawa (YOW) to Halifax (YHZ)
Ottawa (YOW) to St. John (YYT)
Montreal (YUL) to Halifax (YHZ)
Montreal (YUL) to St. John (YYT)
St. John (YYT) to Toronto (YYZ)
Halifax (YHZ) to St. John (YYT)

Why am I not sure whether this is a good deal? To begin with these are 'ClassicPlus' redemptions so they already cost more (at least 30%) then the base level Classic Flight redemptions. So the 'sale' is on more expensive products and most of these are shorter flights that beg the question, do I really want to burn my miles for domestic Executive Class on flights that are 3 hours or less? I know I wouldn't but there may be, just may be one of you out there who can take advantage of this promo and therefore, in that case, its a good deal. Full details can be found here.

In the bonus offers check out the Virgin Atlantic Hilton HHonors offers, I suspect many of you are not big time VS Flying Club members but this promo could be advantageous to HHonors members since you can convert Flying Club Miles to Hilton at a 1:2 basis (ie if you complete 5 stays and get the 15,000 bonus miles those can be converted to 30,000 HHonors points). The MarriAnother offer of note is the increased but really pathetic sign up bonus for the RBC Cathay Pacific Visa Card, it has be increased by 5,000 points to 15,000 until Oct 31. Really unless you are a big time Cathay flyer that sign up bonus won't attract anyone (thanks to Mark who mentioned this in the comments of another post)

And as you see every day now, please be sure to vote for your favourite travel rewards credit cards at Canada's Choice - Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards 2012!

Bonus Offers
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
Earn up to 15,000 Bonus Flying Club Miles for stays at any participating hotel within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. Bonuses awarded as follows:
• 1st stay: 1,000 bonus miles
• 2nd stay: 2,000 bonus miles
• 3rd stay: 3,000 bonus miles
• 4th stay: 4,000 bonus miles
• 5th stay: 5,000 bonus miles
Bonus miles are awarded for both Fixed Miles and Variable Miles options within the HHonors program
Full Details, Online Registration and Booking Until Dec 31, 12

Avianca TACA LifeMiles
- Triple LifeMiles when you rent a car with Global Rent a car in South Florida. More... Until Dec 31, 12

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- 15,000 Bonus Asia Miles when you apply for and receive the RBC Cathay Pacific Visa Platinum. More... Until Oct 31, 12 Canadian Residents Only

Emirates Skywards
- 1,000 Bonus Skywards Miles for weekend stays at participating Marriott Hotels in the Middle East and Africa. More... Oct 1 - Dec 23, 12

Gulf Air FalconFlyer
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Falconflyer Miles for stays at the Al Manshar Rotana – Fahaheel in Kuwait. More... Until Oct 31, 12
- Double Falconflyer Miles for stays at all Vivanta Taj Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. More... Until Nov 30, 12
- Double Falconflyer Miles for all Budget car rentals in Europe, Middle East or Africa. More... Until Oct 31, 12

Marriott Rewards
- 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you stay two nights or more at the Residence Inn Montreal Westmount. More... Oct 14 - Dec 28, 12
- 500 Bonus Points per night when you stay two nights Friday-Sunday at the Istanbul Marriott. More... Oct 10 - Dec 30, 12

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sep 25 Update: Air Canada Top Tier now Altitude, earn up to 100K or more AAdvantage Miles on Transatlantic flights

News, Tips & Tricks
You may recall my post detailing the changes coming to the Air Canada Top Tier program for 2013. On September 20th Air Canada officially announced the changes and with it comes a name change to the Top Tier program. It will now be known as Air Canada Altitude instead of Air Canada Top Tier. There is a good post on FlyerTalk from Air Canada with an overview on the program changes. As I posted in that earlier post, there will now be 5 levels of 'elite status' within Air Canada Altitude as follows:
Altitude Prestige 25K (25,000 Status Miles or 25 Status Segments)
Altitude Elite 35K (35,000 Status Miles or 35 Status Segments)
Altitude Elite 50K (50,000 Status Miles or 50 Status Segments)
Altitude Elite 75K (75,000 Status Miles or 75 Status Segments)
Altitude Super Elite 100K (100,000 Status Miles or 95 Status Segments)
Complete details on the program can be found at aircanada.com/altitude

In the bonus offers check out American Airlines' new offer for Transatlantic flights on American, British Airways and Iberia. Since BA is included you don't have to travel via the U.S. to take advantage of this offer. I expect we'll see an offer from British Airways for their Executive Club members and Iberia for their Plus members offering the same or similar bonuses.


And as you see every day now, please be sure to vote for your favourite travel rewards credit cards at Canada's Choice - Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards 2012!

Bonus Offers
Air Canada Aeroplan
- Double Aeroplan Miles for stays at any participating Shangri-La hotel, resort, Traders hotel or Kerry hotel Worldwide when staying for a minimum of two consecutive nights in a suite or Club room or Club suite. More... Until Nov 30, 12

American AAdvantage
Earn up to 100,000+ Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you fly round trip on American, British Airways or Iberia between the U.S. or Canada and Europe on First Class, Business Class or select Economy Class fares. More... Sep 25, 12 - Jan 31, 13

Best Western Rewards
- Double Rewards Points or Airline Miles for stays of 2 nights or more at the: BEST WESTERN PREMIER Dua Sentral, Kuala Lumpur BEST WESTERN Wana Riverside Hotel, Melaka. More... Until Dec 31, 12

Carlson Hotels Club Carlson
- 50% Bonus Gold Points when you buy Gold Points online. More... Until Nov 10, 12

Etihad Guest
- Triple Guest Miles on all Europcar rentals Worldwide. More... Until Oct 31, 12

Miles & More
- 1,000 Bonus Miles & More Miles for each qualifying stay at participating Accor Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Oct 31, 12
- Earn up to 3,000 Bonus Miles & More Miles for stays at all Best Western hotels in Germany and Luxembourg. More... Until Nov 30, 12
- Double Miles & More Miles for stays at four Design Hotels' establishments in Frankfurt. More... Until Nov 30, 12
- Double Miles & More Miles for stays at participating Lindner Hotels in Europe. Valid for stays with arrivals on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.More... Until Oct 31, 12
- 1,000 Miles & More Miles for stays at participating Steigenberger Worldwide. More... Until Oct 31, 12
- Triple Miles & More Miles for Budget rentals in Spain, France and Italy. More... Until Dec 31, 12
- Double Miles & More Miles for Budget rentals in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the USA. More... Until Dec 31, 12
- Double Miles & More Miles for fevery new purchase with Regus in Germany. More... Until Dec 31, 12

Oman Air Sindbad
(On Frequentflyerbonuses.com only)
- Double Sindbad Miles when you stay at any of The Gateway Hotels & Resorts in India. More... Until Nov 30, 12

Wyndham Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Wyndham Rewards Points when you book a stay at particpating Days Inn locations in the U.S. More...

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sep 24 Update: New Scotiabank Amex Cards, Triple Aeroplan Miles for Hertz Rentals + more!

News, Tips & Tricks
The big news for today was the launch of the new Scotiabank American Express Credit Cards. Check out my separate post on the release of the newest travel credit cards in Canada.

Be sure to vote for your favourite travel rewards credit cards at Canada's Choice - Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards 2012!

Bonus Offers
Air Canada Aeroplan
Triple Aeroplan Miles on qualifying rentals of two or more days in Canada, U.S. and Europe. Use CDP #221417 and PC #160215 when you book. Full details . Until Dec 31, 12

British Airways Executive Club
- Double Avios for stays at any participating Shangri-La hotel, resort, Traders hotel or Kerry hotel Worldwide. More... Until Nov 30, 12

Iberia Plus
- Double Avios for stays at any Meliá and TRYP by Wyndham hotel Worldwide. More... Until Oct 31, 12
- Quadruple Avios when you rent a compact, intermediary or sedan for 7 or more days from Hertz in the UK, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain and USA. More... Book by Oct 31 for rentals until Dec 31, 12
- Double Avios for prepaid Atesa rentals in Spain. More... Until Oct 31, 12
- Earn up to 1,600 Avios for Sixt rentals of 4 or more days in Spain. More... Until Oct 20, 12

Virgin Australia Velocity Rewards
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Velocity Points when you rent with Europcar in Australia. More... Until Oct 31, 12
- Double Velocity Points on selected car classes when you rent in Australia at selected Thrifty locations. More... Until Oct 31, 12

New Scotiabank American Express Cards released today

Scotiabank and American Express are launching a new partnership today which will see Scotiabank issue American Express branded credit cards.  This is one of the cards I have been hinting at that has the launch party tonight in Toronto. The suite of three cards are primarily travel focused but will offer other rewards outside of travel. This is American Express' first foray in partnering with a Canadian bank since their short lived partnership with CIBC back in 2002.

Depending on which card you get, the cardmember will be able to earn up to 4 points per dollar spent in certain categories (gas stations, grocery stores, on dining and entertainment). Which from their press release, Scotiabank believes will lead all other travel rewards cards in the market and for those categories it does to the set spending limit. The Scotia Rewards Points are the same as the Scotia Gold Passport Visa, 10,000 points = $100, so for those categories where the cards earn 4 points per dollar you will be getting a 4% return! This sort of return has not been seen for cards that do not have redemption options for frequent flyer or guest programs. The only catch is that the 4 Points per dollar are capped on the first $50,000 spent in those categories after which it drops down to 1 point per dollar.

The annual fees are lower than most of the cards they compete with the Gold version at $99 Primary ($29 Supp.), the basic version at $39 ($15 Supp.) and the Platinum at $399 ($99 Supp.)

From today's press release
“This announcement launches a new collaboration between Scotiabank, Canada’s most international bank, and American Express, a leading global brand renowned in the payments sector for excellence in travel, rewards and service,” said Anatol von Hahn, Scotiabank Group Head of Canadian Banking. “Starting today, we are able to offer Canadians a new suite of travel cards which we believe lead all others in this market for travel rewards – which we know are particularly important to Canadians. In launching this card, Scotiabank is the only major Canadian bank able to offer customers the benefits of an American Express-branded card.”
It appears the card will function like the American Express cards with TripFlex, TD Travel Visa's, Diners Club MasterCard and Capital One Aspire Travel MasterCards in that you can redeem points after you have booked and paid for it. Even when you go to redeem your points like those other cards save the Capital One Aspire Travel MasterCards, you don't need the full amount of points as you have the option of paying part points, part cash for your travel.

The Gold and Platinum versions of the cards also come with the full suite of benefits we now expect with cards like these including trip cancellation and interruption insurance, out-of-province medical insurance (up to 25 days for those under 65, 10 for those over) and of course baggage delay/lost, flight delay and car rental insurance. The card also matches the Capital One cards in offering Price Protection from lower prices on something you buy for up to 60 days after you purchase it.

Sign up bonuses are 20,000 for the Gold Version, 8,000 for the basic version and 40,000 for the high  end Platinum version.

The Gold version offers a discounted Priority Pass annual membership of $65 ($99 regular) with lounge visits being the standard $27. The Platinum Version offers the Priority Pass membership for free plus 10 free lounge visits for the Primary cardmember and 4 free lounge visits for the Supplementary cardmember, after which the $27 fee comes into place.

I think I would consider this card for the higher earning of 4x points on Dining and Entertainment and the other categories plus the extensive insurance when compared to my Amex Gold Rewards card however it doesn't appear to offer some of my favourite features of American Express like Front of the Line and the Membership Rewards conversion options to Aeroplan and British Airways. I'm going to have to do some serious thinking and calculating of my expenses (to see where I sit with that $50K limit on 4x points) over the next few days to see which way I go with this one! I've got lounge access covered with my Diners Club card so that portion won't sway me. In some ways I'm surprised Amex let Scotia make such a rich offering as I believe it will move some people over from their own product, namely the Gold Rewards Card, as this is a credit card not a charge card and in terms of Travel Points, is more rewarding up to that $50K limit. But then again, Amex is getting the business either way even if they have to share it with Scotiabank! And for Scotiabank, its about time they released something new in the travel realm as their ScotiaGold Passport Visa is relatively weak especially when compared to many of the cards that have come onto the market in the past few years.

You can find complete details on the cards at scotiabank.com/4xfaster

Here are some quick details on the cards:

Scotiabank American Express Card
2 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
Full-service travel agency and online booking tool to book flights, hotels, rentals cars, cruises and vacation packages
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
$39 annual fee. Additional card annual fee is $15 and the interest rates are 19.99% on purchases and 21.99% on cash advances, balance transfers and Scotia Credit Card cheques

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

Scotiabank Platinum 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 integrated travel and lifestyle booking concierge
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
VIP Pass, airport lounge access, car rental benefit
Highly competitive insurance benefits, including Travel Emergency Medical and Rental Car Collision insurance
$399 annual fee. Additional card annual fee is $99 and the interest rates are 19.99% on purchases and 21.99% on cash advances, balance transfers and Scotia Credit Card cheques

Friday, September 21, 2012

Sep 21 Update: Quiet day on Rewards Canada, no news, few new bonus offers

News, Tips & Tricks
Today was a quiet day at Rewards Canada. No new news to report on, just remember that if you haven't done so yet, be sure to vote for your favourite travel rewards credit cards at Canada's Choice - Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards 2012!

Bonus Offers
Delta SkyMiles
- 1,000 Bonus SkyMiles on your next Delta flight when you register by November 6, 2012, then book and fly by December 6, 2012, More... Targeted offer - May Not Work for everyone

Shangri-La Golden Circle
- Triple GC Award Points for stays in a suite at Pudong Shangri-La, East Shangha. More... Oct 1 - Dec 31, 12
- Double GC Award Points for stays at the China World Hotel Beijing, Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai, Shangri-La Hotel Ningbo, Shangri-La Hotel Fuzhou or the Shangri-La Hotel, Changchun. More... Oct 1 - Dec 31, 12
- Double GC Award Points for stays in a Deluxe Room at Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei or Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan. More... Oct 1 - Dec 31, 12

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Double Starpoints for stays of 2 or more nights on the Experience Sheraton, special introductory package Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort. More... Dec 1, 12 - Jun 30, 13

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sep 20 Update: Air Canada Facebook Contest, AF KLM Biz Class sale, 300 Free La Quinta Returns points

News, Tips & Tricks
Air Canada and Accor Hotels are running a Facebook contest where you have a chance to win 300,000 Aeroplan Miles and a 4 night stay at any Accor Hotel Worldwide. There is a secondary prize of 100,000 Aeroplan Miles with a 2 night stay at any Novotel Hotel in Canada and then 3 weekly prizes of 50,000 Aeroplan Miles. Enter here by Oct 12, 12.

In case you haven't done so yet, be sure to vote for your favourite travel rewards credit cards at Canada's Choice - Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards 2012

Travel Deals
Air France is running another amazing business class sale for flights out of Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. Fares are as low as $2499 all taxes included and must be booked by Sep 24 for travel Oct 1 - Dec 17.
Book online at at AirFrance.ca
Sample Fares
FRANCE $2499 R/T taxes incl.
SPAIN : $2499 R/T taxes incl.
LEBANON : $2699 R/T taxes incl.
ISRAEL $2699 R/T taxes incl.
EMIRATES $2699 R/T taxes incl.
INDIA $2999 R/T taxes incl.

As is usual, KLM is also running the same business class sale and their flights can be booked at KLM.com
Some sample fares from Calgary:
Nice, Rome, Barcelona, Istanbul and Madrid $2899 R/T taxes incl.
Delhi, Johannesburg $3399 R/T taxes incl.

Bonus Offers
Air Canada Aeroplan
- Earn up to 7,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you purchase a 16 credit Toronto city airport Flight Pass. More... Until Oct 31, 12

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- Earn up to Quadruple Flying Blue Miles on all Hertz rentals Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 12

EVA Air Evergreen Club
- Double Evergreen Miles when you stay at any Regent Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. More... Until Oct 31, 12
- Double Evergreen Miles when you rent a Hertz car for 1 day or more in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Europe. More... Until Nov 30, 12

InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club
- Ambassador Status when you complete 3 stays at InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. More... Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Triple Mileage Bank Miles for stays of 2+ nights at Sankara hotel & spa Yakushima. More... Oct 1 - Dec 29, 12

La Quinta Returns
- 300 Bonus Returns Points for watching an online video. More... Until Oct 31, 12

Marriott Rewards
- 5,000 Bonus Points when you stay five nights Sunday-Thursday at the Residence Inn San Diego North/San Marcos. More... Nov 18, 12 - Jan 26, 13
- 5,000 Bonus Points when you stay five nights at the Residence Inn Gainesville I-75. More... Nov 18, 12 - Jan 26, 13
- 2,000 Bonus Points per night per night when you stay any night Sunday-Thursday at the SpringHill Suites Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor. More... Nov 18, 12 - Jan 26, 13
- 2,000 Bonus Points when you stay six nights or more at the Residence Inn Houston Northwest/Willowbrook. More... Nov 18, 12 - Jan 31, 13

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Loyalty Club
- Triple Loyalty Points when you book the Loyalty Club Member Package at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles. More... Oct 1, 12 - Mar 30, 13

Southwest Rapid Rewards
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn up to QuadrupleRapid Rewards Points at any participating Avis airport location in the United States. More... Until Nov 30, 12

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sep 19 Update: Convert RBC Rewards to WestJet, Double Aeroplan Miles for Bearskin flights and more!

News, Tips & Tricks
I just learned yesterday that RBC Rewards members (including Avion Cardholders) can now convert their points to WestJet Rewards. I'm hoping this is something relatively new and that I haven't dropped the ball in passing this news on to my readers! Anyways the conversion is so-so, 100 RBC Rewards Points = 1 WestJet Dollar or basically a 1% return (not including the Infinite Avion 1.25 points for travel purchases). In many cases you may be better off redeeming those RBC Rewards points via the Avion Redemption Chart for WestJet flights as you stand to get a better return on your spending and you will actually earn WestJet Rewards dollars on the flight(s) since it is a revenue ticket! Nonetheless having the option to convert is good thing especially if you want to top off your WestJet Dollars account for a redemption. Overall the best conversion with the Avion cards is still to British Airways Executive Club, especially when the 50% transfer bonus rolls around!

In case you haven't done so yet, be sure to vote for your favourite travel rewards credit cards at Canada's Choice - Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards 2012

Travel Deals
Stay 4 nights for the price of 3 in the US & Canada when you stay 4 nights or more with Novotel in New York, Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa. Full Details & Online Booking Until Dec 9, 12

Bonus Offers
Accor Hotels Le Club
- Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at Sofitel Properties in the U.S. and Canada. More... Until Oct 30, 12

airBerlin topbonus
- Double topbonus Miles on all Europcar rentals at all airberlin airport destinations Worldwide except US and Canada. More... Until Oct 31, 12
- Double Top Bonus Miles for stays at all participating Steigenberger and InterCity Hotels in Europe. More... Until Oct 31, 12
- Double Top Bonus Miles for stays at all participating Dorint Hotels in Europe. More.... Until Dec 31, 12

Air Canada Aeroplan
- Double Aeroplan Miles when you fly on Bearskin Airlines between Thunder Bay and:Sudbury, Timmins or Sault Ste Marie; Ottawa and: Sudbury, Timmins, Kitchener-Waterloo, Sault Ste Marie or North Bay. More... Until Oct 19, 12
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for stays of 2+ nights at participating Radisson® hotels in Canada. More... Oct 1 - Dec 20, 12
- Triple Aeroplan Miles for stays at any Accor Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Oct 31, 12
- 50 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you register your Costco membership number, Aeroplan Number and e-mail address on Costco.ca. More... Until Dec 31, 12

British Airways Executive Club
- Earn up to 3,000 Avios when you stay at Radisson Blu, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Radisson and Park Plaza hotels worldwide. More... Until Nov 30, 12

Carlson Hotels Club Carlson
Triple Gold Points + 2,000 Bonus Gold Points for stays on the Bed & Breakfast Package for Two at participating Radisson & Radisson Blu Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 12

China Eastern Eastern Miles
- Double Eastern Miles Points on all Hertz rentals of 3 or more days Worldwide. More... Book by Sep 30 for rentals until Dec 31, 12

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- 1,000 Bonus HawaiianMiles on any vehicle rental of 3 or rmore days at a participating Hertz airport location in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. More... Until Dec 31, 12

Miles & More
- Double Miles & More Miles for stays at all Best Western hotels in Italy. More... Until Oct 31, 12

Scandinavian EuroBonus
- Double EuroBonus Points for stays at select First Hotels in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. More... Until Nov 30, 12

Transaero Privilege (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Privilege Miles on all Hertz rentals of 3 or more days Worldwide. More... Book by Sep 30 for rentals until Dec 31, 12

75% Bonus Aeroplan Miles for Air Canada Bookings (Today only)


As part of today's Websaver that Air Canada sent out they are offering 75% bonus miles for flights booked on Aircanada.com by 23:59am EST. All fare classes (from Tango up to Executive First) are valid and the bonus applies to Air Canada and Air Canada Express flights within Canada, to the U.S., Europe, Asia,  Australia and Sun destinations completed by December 9, 2012.

The 75% bonus is applied to the actual mileage earned (ie you only earn 25% for Tango fares in Canada so you will get a 75% bonus on the 25% of the flight miles) Class of service and top tier bonuses are excluded.

I would assume you can combine this offer with the current 75% Aeroplan Miles bonus for flights within Canada however there is no official wording whether this offer is stackable within the T&Cs

Full details can be found on Aircanada.com.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sep 18 Highlight: Canada.com Travel Site of the Week, 2x Dividend Miles on all US Airways flights and more!

News, Tips & Tricks
Next week is going to see the launch of one of the new travel reward credit cards that I previously hinted at. The launch party is on Monday the 24th and unfortunately I cannot attend but hopefully I'll have the details on the card at the same time so the Canadian's masses can find out about this card that is being highly touted as a big points earner!

I was pleasantly surprised to see Rewards Canada as Canada.com's travel website of the week last week and the author made some interesting notes in particular about my 'News' and 'Articles' section. He correctly states that most of them do end up here on the blog so you might as well just follow the blog. I'll be the first to admit that I have done a terrible job of keeping up on the 'Articles' portion of Rewards Canada. I guess time constraints with all the other features, charts, bonuses etc. on Rewards Canada has kept me from writing proper articles and focusing more on quick posts on the blog. I would like to know if you, my readers, find or could find value in an updated articles section or are you fine with the way things are run with most of the 'article' type stories being simply posted here on the blog. Let me know by commenting below!

Some American Express cardmembers including myself have been receiving targeted offers for referring friends to American Express. One of my readers, Randy received an offer of 15,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for referring friends or family to an AeroplanPlus card while I received an offer of 10,000 Bonus Membership Rewards points for a Gold Rewards Card referral. If anyone is interested in my referral you will actually get 20,000 Membership Rewards points if you spend $500 in the first three months (that sign up bonus is 5,000 more than the regular offering for the card and the highest offering yet for this card). If you are interested please send me an email at info@rewardscanada.ca. If you are looking to be referred or you received an email to refer people feel free to comment in my post on the referral bonuses

Watch for some travel rewards articles to come out soon in Metro Toronto, Halifax Soar and the Ottawa Citizen as I recently completed some interviews for them.

In case you haven't done so yet, be sure to vote for your favourite travel rewards credit cards at Canada's Choice - Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards 2012

Bonus Offers

El Al Matmid
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- 20 Bonus Matmid Points when you rent a car outside of Israel via Ofran. More... Book by Sep 30 for rentals until Oct 31, 12

Emirates Skywards
- Earn up to Triple Skywards Miles for stays at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai. More... Book by Nov 30 for stays until Mar 31, 13

Etihad Guest
- Earn up to Triple Guest Miles on all Etihad flights Worldwide. More... Book by Sep 30 for travel until Oct 1, 12 Targetted Offer - May not work for everyone
- Double Guest Miles for stays of 3+ nights at any participating Millennium & Copthorne Hotels in Europe, North America, Asia, New Zealand, the Middle East and Africa. More... Oct 1 - Nov 30, 12

Gulf Air FalconFlyer
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- 6,000 Bonus FalconFlyer miles when you fly twice to GCC/Middle East or once to Europe/Far East. More... Oct 1 - 31, 12
- 500 Bonus FalconFlyer miles when you update your profile online with your mobile number, mailing and email address. More... Until Nov 5, 12

InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club
- Triple Priority Club Points on qualifying rentals of 2 days or more, at participating Avis locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. More... Until Dec 31, 12

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Double Mileage Bank Miles for stays at the East, Beijing. or The Opposite House Beijing. More... Until Feb 28, 13

JetBlue TrueBlue
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double TrueBlue Points on qualifying rentals of 1 day or more at participating Avis airport locations in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. More... Until Dec 31, 12
- Earn up to Triple TrueBlue Points on a qualifying rental at participating Budget airport locations in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. More... Until Dec 31, 12

US Airways Dividend Miles
- Double Dividend Miles on all US Airways flights Worldwide when you use a MasterCard card for booking. More... Register and book by Oct 31 for travel until Dec 31, 12
- 1,000 Bonus Dividend Miles for stays at participating Westin Hotels in the U.S. Canada and Caribbean. More... Until Dec 31, 12

Virgin Australia Velocity Rewards
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Velocity Points on qualifying stays at Crown Towers, Crown Metropol Melbourne and Crown Promenade Melbourne. More... Until Oct 31, 12
- Triple Velocity Points when you book and stay at selected Hilton Hotels & Resorts worldwide. More... Until Oct 31, 12
- Double Velocity Points when you stay at participating Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. More... Until Oct 31, 12
- Double Velocity Points on qualifying stays at Mertius properties in Singapore, Malaysia, China and Indonesia. More... Book by Oct 31 for stays until Dec 31, 12
- Double Velocity Points on qualifying stays at various Sir Richard Branson resorts. More... Book by Oct 31, 12

Targeted American Express Referral Bonuses with large sign up bonuses!

Some American Express cardmembers including myself have been receiving targeted offers for referring friends to American Express. One of my readers, Randy received an offer of 15,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for referring friends or family to the AeroplanPlus Platinum card while I received an offer of 10,000 Bonus Membership Rewards points for a Gold Rewards Card referral.


If anyone is interested in my referral you will actually get 20,000 Membership Rewards points if you spend $500 in the first three months on the American Express Gold Rewards (that sign up bonus is 5,000 more than the regular offering for the card and the highest offering yet for this card). Here is the referral link.


By the way the AeroplanPlus Platinum offer is for 51,000 Aeroplan Miles (the highest ever sign up bonus in Canada to date) comprised of 25,000 upon approval and 26,000 with $1,000 in

Sep 19 Update: Check out this link for all the Amex Referral Bonuses

PS: Check out the Rewards Canada reference in the Amex graphic!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sep 17 Update: Vote for Canada's Top Travel Credit Cards, SAS Referral Bonus; 3x AAdvantage Miles for Radisson stays

News, Tips & Tricks
Of course if you have not seen it yet the big news today is the launch of Rewards Canada's Canada's Choice portion of our Top Travel Rewards Credit Card feature. What is Canada's Choice? Its where Canadian's get to vote for their favorite travel rewards credit cards! I launched this feature last year and can't wait to see how Canada chooses cards compared to me. Last year some credit card companies and loyalty programs did a better job of reaching out to their membership bases to have people vote and I am excited to see what happens this year as more of them have told me that they will be reaching out to their cardholders to vote! If you haven't cast your vote yet be sure to do so at Canada's Choice - Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards 2012

In the bonus offers check out the 'free' points offer from Scandinavian Airlines for their new member get a member promotion and also check out the Triple American AAdvantage Miles for Radisson stays!

Bonus Offers
Air China Phoenix Miles
- Double Phoenix Miles Kilometers when you stay at any participating Mandarin Oriental hotel Worldwide. More... Oct 1 - Dec 31, 12

American AAdvantage
- Triple AAdvantage Miles for stays at any one of 420 Radisson Blu and Radisson hotels and resorts worldwide. More... Until Dec 20, 12

Ethiopian Sheba Miles
- 50% Bonus Sheba Miles for flights between Addis Ababa and Pointe Noire. More... Until Nov 30, 12

Marriott Rewards
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you rent any car at participating Hertz locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mexico and Puerto Rico. More... Until Dec 31, 12

Scandinavian EuroBonus
Earn up to 6,000 Bonus EuroBonus Points when you invite friends and family to join EuroBonus. More... Complete the online form by Sep 30, 12

Southwest Rapid Rewards
(On FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Rapid Rewards Miles for stays at La Quinta Inns & Suites in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. More... Until Oct 14, 12

Join US Airways by today to ensure you can take advantage of the 100% Buy Miles bonus

I know I just covered this late last week but figured I should mention once again that the ever popular 100% Bonus on buying US Airways Dividend Miles has one major condition attached to it in that you have to be a Dividend Miles member for at least 12 days, So be sure to sign up for Dividend Miles by the end of today to make sure you can take advantage of the promo by the end date of September 30.

The promo allows you to buy up to 50,000 miles (so 100,000 in total with the bonus) at 3.5 cents per mile (effective rate is 1.75 cents per mile) plus taxes of $131.25 for total of $1881.25. Considering that can get you a business class ticket between North America and Europe or Asia that can cost a lot more this is a good deal!

100% Bonus US Airways Dividend Miles when you buy miles until Sep 30, 2012!

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Canada's Choice - Vote for Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards


You may recall my annual rankings of Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards, with the latest being released in June of this year. You may also recall that last year I had Canadian's vote for their favorite travel rewards credit cards as part of the 2011 rankings. This year I decided to split the two apart and make 'Canada's Choice' its own sub-feature of the annual rankings.

That being said, voting opened today in the five major travel rewards credit card categories and if the first 6 hours are any indication, many more people are voting this year (180 this morning vs 774 in the whole of June 2011) which should provide an even better picture of how Canadian's view their credit cards!

So make sure you let your voice be heard and head on over to Canada's Choice - Vote for Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards 2012 and place your vote(s)


Friday, September 14, 2012

Sep 14 Update: Globe & Mail wants to hear from you, 100% Bonus on buying Dividend Miles, 2x Aeroplan Miles for BW Stays

News, Tips & Tricks
I have been contacted by the Globe and Mail to reach out to some of our readers to see if they want to be interviewed for some upcoming articles. They are looking for all sorts of travellers, whether you fly once a year or sixty times a year it does not matter. If you are interested please email me your name, phone number along with email address to info@rewardscanada.ca

Bonus Offers
Aeroflot Bonus
- Earn up 6,000 Extra Bonus Miles for Aeroflot flights between Moscow and Miami. More... Oct 30 - Nov 30, 12

Air Canada Aeroplan

- Double Aeroplan Miles on every qualifying stay at participating Best Western hotels Worldwide. More... Sep 23 - Dec 31, 12 Valid for Residents of U.S., Canada, the Bahamas or the U.S. Virgin Islands only

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- 250 Bonus Flying Blue Miles for stays at Best Western hotels in Switzerland. More... Until Oct 31, 12
- Double Flying Blue Miles for stays at the JW Marriott Cannes. More... Until Dec 31, 12
- Double Flying Blue Miles for stays at the at Regent Berlin on the Luxury Escape Summer Package. More... Until Oct 31, 12

Air India Flying Returns
- Double Flying Returns Mileage Points for stays on qualifying rates at the Hotel New Otani Tokyo and Osaka. More... Until Aug 31, 13

Alitalia MilleMiglia
- Double MilleMiglia Miles for stays of 2 or more nights at NH Hotels in Italy. More... Until Oct 31, 12

China Eastern Eastern Miles
- Double Eastern Miles Points for stays at any Starwood Hotels Worldwide. More... Register by Dec 31 for stays until Jan 31, 13

Miles & More
- Double Miles & More Miles for stays at all Swissôtel hotels and resorts worldwide (except for the Swissôtel Le Concorde) More... Until Dec 31, 12

Southwest Rapid Rewards
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Rapid Rewards Points on all Southwest Airlines flights Systemwide. More... Until Nov 15, 12
- Double Rapid Rewards Points every time you fly into or out of Milwaukee. More... Nov 3, 12 - Jan 31, 13

US Airways Dividend Miles
- Earn up to 25,000 Bonus Dividend Miles when you fly with US and any other Star Alliance member carrier Worlwide Travel on 3 partner carriers to get 2,500 bonus miles, 4 to get 5,000 and 5 to get 15,000. Fly on 6 or more and you’ll earn 25,000 miles. More... Until Dec 15, 12
- 100% Bonus Dividend Miles when you buy or gift US Airways Dividend Miles. More... Until Sep 30, 12

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Double Flying Club Miles for stays at all participating Millennium & Copthorne Hotels in Europe, North America, the Middle East, New Zealand and Asia. More...Until Oct 31, 12

Thursday, September 13, 2012

100% Bonus is back for buying US Airways Dividend Miles

The ever popular 100% Bonus on buying US Airways Dividend Miles is back. The offer runs from until September 30th and has the same rules as last time that you have to have been a Dividend Miles member for at least 12 days, so to be safe, be sure to sign up for Dividend Miles by September 17th if you are not a member yet.

The promo allows you to buy up to 50,000 miles (so 100,000 in total with the bonus) at 3.5 cents per mile (effective rate is 1.75 cents per mile) plus taxes of $131.25 for total of $1881.25. Considering that can get you a business class ticket between North America and Europe or Asia that can cost a lot more this is a good deal! Since US Airways allows 3 day holds on award tickets you can always find the award flights you want before you buy the miles and therefore you don't have dole out a hefty chunk of change just in case you cannot find availability for your preferred award flights.

Earn 100% Bonus US Airways Dividend Miles when you buy miles by Sep 30, 2012!

Sep 13 Update: WestJet Dollars Contest & IHG Stay X Get Y Promos for Q4

News, Tips & Tricks
WestJet is running a contest called The Million WestJet Dollars Giveaway to promote their WestJet Rewards frequent flyer program. The contest gives WestJet Rewards members (existing or new) a chance to win up one of 5 prizes of $5,000 WestJet dollars each day, plus one of 28 prizes of $1,000 WestJet dollars each day and between September 10 -30, WestJetters will be giving away WestJet dollars with PIN codes on them. At various airport departure gates in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, on select dates and times, WestJet guests will be invited to try their luck by pulling a voucher from a wind tunnel for a chance to win $25, $100 or $500 WestJet dollars. Find complete details on the contest here

I would love to hear about you Starwood Redemption stories for my series called "Redemption Stories: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" If you have redeemed Starpoints for hotel stays, transferred to airlines or anyone of the numerous redemption options that SPG offers whether good or bad please feel free to let me (and my readers know). Please see the post here where you can leave your story via the comments section.


Since IHG Priority Club is not running a regular Q4 bonus points promotion the next best thing is their loosely targeted Stay X Get Y Promos which were released yesterday for Oct 1 - Dec 31 stays. You can read all about it in my post on the FrequentFlyerBonuses.com blog or see the offer below.

Bonus Offers
AeroMexico Club Premier
- 1,000 Club Premier Kilometers Per Night for stays at Lucerna Hotels in Mexicali, Tijuana, Cd Juárez, Culiacán and Hermosillo. More... Until Oct 31, 12
- Double Club Premier Kilometers for all Sixt rentals Worldwide. More... Until Oct 15, 12

Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn up to 10X FlyerBonus Points for stays of 2 or more nights at the Tara Angkor Hotel. More... Until Oct 31, 12
- Double FlyerBonus Points for stays of 2 or more nights at Paresa Resort Phuket. More... Until Dec 23, 12

Best Western Rewards
- Earn up to Triple Rewards Points starting on every 2nd qualifying stay* at participating Best Western hotels Worldwide. More... Sep 23 - Nov 18, 12

Coast Hotels Coast Rewards
- 200 Bonus Coast Rewards Points with the Back to Business special at The Roosevelt, a Coast Hotel Seattle. More... Until Dec 31, 12
- 250 Bonus Coast Rewards Points when booking a Wine-tour Package or Ultimate Golf Passport Package at the Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel. More... Until Oct 10, 12

Hyatt Gold Passport
- 5,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points & 3rd Night Free for stays of 3 or more nights at the Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort & Spa. More... Until Sep 30, 12


InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club
- Stay X Get Y Promo: Earn up to 15,000 Bonus Priority Club Points for a certain amount of nights or completing a certain amount of stays at participating IHG Hotels Worldwide. More... Oct 1 - Dec 31, 12 Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Earn up to 3,000 Bonus Starpoints for stays at select Starwood Beach and Golf resorts in Spain, Portugal, France, Monaco and Scotland. More... Book by Oct 15 for stays until Nov 30, 12

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sep 12 Update: Up to 8,000 Aeroplan Miles for Starwood Stays, 1,000 UA or AA miles per night @ Conrad/Waldorf Astoria, Call for SPG Redemption stories

News, Tips & Tricks
The big news is in the bonus offer department, an amazing Aeroplan Starwood offer was recently released and if you have at least 3 nights planned with Starwood over the next 3 months you have to register for this offer. What makes it great is that there are no Starwood locations excluded, the nights don't have to consecutive and you don't have to change your earning preference to Aeroplan meaning you will also earn Starpoints and be able to stack this offer with other SPG offers like Better by the Night!
Here is the offer:
Earn up to 5,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for stays at any of 1,100+ Starwood Hotels Worldwide.
Bonuses as follows:
- Stay a total of 3 nights to earn 3,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles (nights do not have to be consecutive)
- Stay a total of 5 nights to earn 5,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles (nights do not have to be consecutive)
plus if a minimum of 3 of your nights are at any Canadian Starwood Hotel or Resort you will earn an additional 3,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles.
- This offer can be combined with other Starwood promotions including Better by the Night and you do not have to set your earning preference to Aeroplan (ie you can still earn Starpoints for all these stays)
Full Details, Online Registration and Booking.
Until Dec 9, 12

Other offers to look out for include another Aeroplan offer that awards up to 5,000 bonus miles for Fairmont Hotel stays ant the 1,000 Bonus AAdvantage or Mileage Plus miles PER NIGHT for Conrad and Waldorf Astoria stays

Keeping on the topic of Starwood, earlier today I also put the call out for your Starwood Redemption stories for my series called "Redemption Stories: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" If you have redeemed Starpoints for hotel stays, transferred to airlines or anyone of the numerous redemption options that SPG offers I would love to hear it! Please see the post here where you can leave your story via the comments section.

Bonus Offers
Air Canada Aeroplan
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for stays at Fairmont Hotels Worldwide. More... Sep 15, - Jan 31, 12

American AAdvantage
- 1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles PER NIGHT for stays at participating Conrad Hotels or Waldorf Astoria Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 12

Frontier Early Returns
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Early Returns Miles for flights between Orlando and Columbia, MO.or Shenandoah. More... Nov 20 - Dec 20, 12

Hainan / Hong Kong Airlines Fortune Wings
- Double Fortune Wings Kilometers on all Hertz rentals of 3 or more days Worldwide. More... Book by Sep 30 for rentals until Dec 31, 12

Melia International Mas Rewards
- 500 Bonus Mas Points for stays at participating Melia Hotels in Mexico, Domincan Republic, Latin America, the United States and Puerto Rico. More... Until Sep 30, 12

Miles & More
- Double Miles & More Miles on flights between Germany or Austria and Asia. Valid on every flight segment in Economy Class on board a flight operated by Austrian Airlines or Lufthansa. More... Until Nov 30, 12

Red Lion R&R Club
- Triple R&R Club Points and 15% off the lowest public available rate for stays at participating Red Lion Hotels in the United States and Canada. More... Until ?

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Double Starpoints for stays at the Westin Snowmass Resort or the Wildwood Snowmass. More... Dec 1 - 20, 12 and Jan 2 - Apr 14, 13

Turkish Miles&Smiles
- Double Miles&Smiles Miles on all Hertz rentals of 3 or more days Worldwide. More... Book by Sep 30 for rentals until Dec 31, 12

United Mileage Plus
- 1,000 Bonus Mileage Plus Miles PER NIGHT for stays at participating Conrad Hotels or Waldorf Astoria Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 12

Virgin Australia Velocity Rewards
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Velocity Points on selected car classes when you rent in Australia at selected Hetz locations. More... Until Oct 31, 12

Redemption Stories: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. Call for stories on Starwood Preferred Guest

Rewards Canada's Redemption Stories: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly is where we reach out to our subscriber and reader base to tell us their stories of reward program redemptions. We want to hear good stories, bad stories and of course plain old ugly ones! We will compile the stories together and post them right here on our blog.

For our fourth edition of this feature we are asking for stories from one of the top hotel frequent guest program: Starwood Preferred Guest 

If you want to share your Starwood Preferred Guest story with the rest of Canada whether it is good, bad or ugly,  leave a comment below or email us at info@rewardscanada.ca. You can send us a couple of sentences, a whole story or feel free to submit a video! Then watch for our third edition of Redemption Stories to be posted within the next few weeks.

For guidance and/or examples here are links to the past Redemption Stories
Air Miles
Aeroplan
 
Capital One Aspire

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sep 11 Update: 75% Bonus Aeroplan Miles for flights in Canada, Priority Club promo summary

News, Tips & Tricks
Over on the FrequentFlyerBonuses.com blog I did a quick summary post of some new IHG Priority Club promos since there will not be a systemwide Q4 promo. You can also find those promos below in the Bonus Offers.

In the bonus offers section the big offer is the 75% Bonus Aeroplan miles on Air Canada flights within Canada. Please note that the low end Tango fares that only earn 25% base Aeroplan miles are excluded.

Bonus Offers
Air Canada Aeroplan
- 75% Bonus Aeroplan Miles for every eligible roundtrip flight (or two one-way segments) with Air Canada or Air Canada Express within Canada. More... Until Oct 21, 12

American AAdvantage
- Double AAdvantage Miles for Japan Airlines operated nonstop flights between Boston or San Diego and Tokyo. More... Dec 2, 12 - Feb 28, 13

Bangkok Airways Flyer Bonus
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double FlyerBonus Points for Bangkok Airways flights On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between Bangkok and Chiang Mai or Phuket. More... Until Nov 30, 12

Delta SkyMiles
- Earn up to 2,000 Bonus SkyMiles on Hertz rentals Worldwide. More... Book by Oct 31 for rentals until Dec 31, 12

Gulf Air Falconflyer
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Falconflyer miles when you stay at any participating IHG hotel in Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, Japan, the Middle East (from 15 September 2012), and Southeast Asia. More... Until Aug 31, 12

InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club
- Triple Priority Club Points or Airline Miles when you stay at any participating IHG hotel in Portugal or Spain. More... Until Dec 31, 12
- 2,000 Bonus Priority Club Points for stays on the “Canton Fair 5-in-1” rate at participating IHG Hotels in Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhongshan or Shenzen. More... Book by Oct 30 for stays until Nov 4, 12
- Earn up to 15,000 Bonus Priority Club Points starting with your second stay at participating InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo™, Holiday Inn®, Express by Holiday Inn™ and Holiday Inn Express® hotels worldwide. More... Until Nov 30, 12 Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone

Miles & More
- Double Miles & More Miles when you fly on Brussels Airlines between Brussels and Oslo, Gothenburg, Stockholm, or Copenhagen. More... Until Oct 31, 12

TAP Portugal Victoria
- Double Victoria Miles on TAP Portugal flights between Madrid and Lisbon or Porto. More... Sep 17 - Oct 31, 12

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sep 10 Update: Another Travel Credit Card on the horizon, SPG Q4 promo now open for registration, airBerlin offers big bonuses in Europe

News, Tips & Tricks
There will be yet another Travel Rewards Credit Card coming out later this month but I have to keep it hush hush for now! Hopefully I'll be able to attend the launch party in Toronto if my schedule permits and then I can let you know about it! Just in case you are keeping track, that is one new card coming later in September and one later in October.

Starwood's Better by the Night promo that I mentioned a few weeks back is officially open for registration, here is a recap of the promo:
Earn Double Starpoints on all eligible stays of 1 or 2 nights,
Triple Starpoints on all eligible stays of 3 or more nights.
Members will also earn 250 Bonus Starpoints for eligible stays booked on SPG.com and 500 Bonus Starpoints for stays booked via the SPG iPhone App.
You must register for this promo by November 30 for stays between October 1 and December 20, 2012
For more details on the promo and to register for it please visit SPG's Better by the Night

Bonus Offers
airBerlin Top Bonus
Double topbonus Miles + up to 10,000 Bonus topbonus Miles on any airberlin route within Europe. Plus you’ll be awarded an additional 5,000 miles for taking five one-way flights and an extra 10,000 miles for ten one-way flights. More... Register and book by Sep 30 for travel until Dec 31, 12

Air China Phoenix Miles
- Earn up to Triple Phoenix Miles Kilometers on Avis rentals Worldwide. More... Until Oct 31, 12

American AAdvantage
- 1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles + 500 Business ExtrAA Points when you fly on American Airlines within 90 days of a qualifying enrollment using your company's new Business ExtrAA account number. More... Until Nov 30, 12
- 25% Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you transfer AAdvantage miles to friends or family. Bonus can be awarded to either the recipient or the transferrer. More... Until Sep 30, 12

Emirates Skywards
- Double Skywards Miles on all Hertz rentals of 3 or more days Worldwide. More... Book by Sep 30 for rentals until Dec 31, 12

TAP Portugal Victoria
- Double Victoria Miles on all Avis rentals of 2 or more days Worldwide. More... Until Oct 1, 12

Friday, September 7, 2012

Sep 7 Update: New RBC Shoppers Optimum MasterCard, Jet Airways sale from YYZ and 4x SkyMiles for Accor stays

News, Tips & Tricks
RBC launched a new rewards credit card this week (this is not the card I mentioned earlier this week), albeit not a travel rewards one but nonetheless a rewards card! The card is the RBC Shoppers Optimum MasterCard which obviously is tied to the Shoppers Drug Mart loyalty program Shoppers Optimum. I had a quick look at the card and for the majority of Canadians I would say this card is not worth the time however if you are big time Shoppers Drug Mart shopper and/or a Shoppers Optimum fan than the card can be a very good option for you. The Shoppers optimum program in general awards 10 Points/$ spent at Shoppers Drug Mart which when redeemed can give you a return of 1.25% to ~1.79% on your Shoppers spending. The credit card earns 15 Points per dollar spent at Shoppers Drug Mart over and above the 10 Points/$ for swiping your Optimum card. That 15 points translates into a return of 1.88% to 2.7% on your spend at Shoppers Drug Mart. Not bad but you can do better with cards like the ATBPlatinum Cash Rewards Card that offers 3% on Drug Store Purchases or depending on how much you spend the fee version of the Scotiabank Momentum Visa's that offer a straight 2% (or a vast other number of cards that have returns around that amount) and with these cards you are not limited to redeeming at Shoppers Drug Mart. Where the new RBC Shoppers Optimum MasterCard really fails is for non-Shoppers Drug Mart purchases as it only award 5 Optimum points/$ spent or a 0.625% - 0.89% return on your spending! So like I said above, unless you are a big time spender at Shoppers Drug Mart then this card is not for you. You're better off with another cash back card like the MBNA Smart Cash Platinum MasterCard or any other host of cash back cards as seen on our comparision of Cash Back cards

Travel Deals
Jet Airways is having a weekend sale on flights out of Toronto to places likes Brussels, Milan, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai. Flights start at C$702 and must be booked on September 8th or 9th. You can book online at JetAirways.com

Bonus Offers
Delta SkyMiles
- Quadruple SkyMiles on all qualifying Accor Hotels stays Worldwide. More... Until Oct 31, 12

Emirates Skywards
- Earn up to Double Skywards Miles when you fly Emirates from Europe to Dubai, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Osaka, Tokyo - Narita, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Male, Seychelles, Colombo, Peshawar, Karachi, Lahore, Lagos, Accra, Entebbe & Nairobi. More... Oct 1 - Nov 30, 12

Etihad Guest
- Double Guest Miles on all Hertz rentals of 3 or more days Worldwide. More... Book by Sep 30 for rentals until Dec 31, 12

Germanwings Boomerang Club
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Boomerang Miles for Germanwings flights to/from London. More... Until Sep 30, 12

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Double Mileage Bank Miles for Japan Airlines flights between Tokyo and San Diego. More... Dec 2, 12 - Feb 28, 13

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 15% Bonus Flying Club Miles when you purchase or gift Flying Club miles. More... Until Oct 4, 12

Voila Hotel Rewards
- Double Elite Qualification Credit for every stay of 3 or more consecutive nights at participating VOILÁ hotels worldwide. More... Until Nov 30, 12

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sep 6 Update: Double EQMs for US Airways shuttle and more details on the WestJet World Elite MC

News, Tips & Tricks
Rewards Canada follower Bob has posted more information on the upcoming changes to the WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard on our Facebook page. Check it out and let us know if you like (or dislike) the new offering that upgauges this card from the current World to World Elite branding

Bonus Offers
American AAdvantage
Double AAdvantage Miles for nonstop flights on American between between the U.S. and Mexico. More... Until Nov 13, 12

Etihad Guest

- Double Guest Miles on Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and Ho Chi Minh. More... Oct 1 - 31, 13

MEA Middle East Airlines Cedar Miles
- Double Cedar Miles on all Hertz rentals of 3 or more days Worldwide. More... Book by Sep 30 for rentals until Dec 31, 12

Starwood Preferred Guest
- 1,000 Bonus Starpoints on every Sheraton Club stay at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel. More... Until Nov 30, 12

US Airways Dividend Miles

- Double Preferred Qualifying Miles for US Airways Shuttle nonstop flights operated between Washington DC (DCA), New York City (LGA) and Boston. More... Until Oct 31, 12
- Double Dividend Miles with every qualifying stay at all participating Choice Hotels locations Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 12

Vietnam Airlines Golden Lotus Plus
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn up to Triple Golden Lotus Miles for flights from/to Buon Ma Thuot and Pleiku. More... Until Nov 30, 12
- Earn up to 2,000 Bonus Golden Lotus Miles for flights between Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh and South Korea. More... Until Oct 31, 12
- Receive Golden Lotus Plus Gold Status when you complete 15 domestic flights operated by Vietnam Airlines, with booking classes C, D, J (Business Class). More... Until Jan 15, 12