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 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

1 comment:

  1. Hmm. That's interesting. I suppose leaving a "Great post!" is better than just reading and moving on. I wonder what the statistic is for how many people actually leave a comment.