Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Oct 23 Update: RBC Avion BA Transfer Bonus is coming back, Air Canada fare changes, Aeroplan Airport Bonus, Etihad Guest Referral Bonus

RBC Avion Transfer Bonus to BA is coming back!
First update of the week and although I did work on Rewards Canada yesterday, I forget to post the update! So this post covers items from yesterday and today.

News, Tips & Tricks
The RBC Avion 50% transfer bonus to British Airways Executive Club returns for two months starting on November 1st. The landing page on BA has not been updated yet but thanks to Rewards Canada Twitter follower jorgeluis500 and the note on his latest statement we can share this news with you. This offer is one of the best transfer bonuses out there in the Canadian credit card market and with BA's award tickets costing as little as 9,000 Avios for a round trip between Toronto and New York, you can see why!

Last week the Air Canada Top Tier representative on Flyertalk announced some changes on Aircanada.com (and Air Canada as a whole). The primary changes are the Introduction of Tango fares on flights between Canada and Europe, Israel & South America and to the U.S. which means booking classes T, L and K move from Tango Plus to Tango on all international flights between Canada and Europe, Israel, South America, Asia & Australia. Luckily for Air Canada Elite and Super Elite members who booked before October 16 they have been rebooked into Tango Plus but for Prestige and Non-Elite members you are SOL and are now traveling on a Tango fare. For the U.S. portion, the Tango fares that have been introduced are only available on leisure markets (primarily Florida, Hawaii (boooo!) and Las Vegas). However to add even more confusion, Tango fares to the U.S. will not earn the standard 25% non-status miles, instead they will earn 50% Status miles. For complete details and to see how other Air Canada frequent flyers are reacting please read the FlyerTalk thread.

The MBNA Smart Cash MasterCard was downgraded today with the 3% cash back on Gas and Groceries after the first 6 months with the card being lowered to 2%. See my post from earlier today about this change

Many of you have asked and I have finally come around to adding the new Scotiabank American Express cards to the following Rewards Canada's comparison charts:
Canadian Travel Credit Card Comparison - All Travel Rewards Credit Cards
Canadian Travel Credit Card Comparison - Travel Points Credit Cards

If you haven't seen it yet, I posted details on Credit Cards that Canadians use to cover award ticket taxes, fees and surcharge (it's right below this post on the blog) but you can also read it here.

Bonus Offers
Air Canada Aeroplan
- Earn up to 1,500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for every take-off or landing at 31 eligible airports Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 12
- Earn up to Triple Aeroplan Miles between Toronto and Nassau, Cancun, Antigua or St-Lucia; Vancouver and Honolulu. More... Until Dec 16, 12
- 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles per stay at participating Marriott properties in Florida, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Nevada, California or Hawaii. More... Nov 1, 12 - Jan 31, 13

American AAdvantage
- Double AAdvantage Miles on qualifying Affordable Rate rentals of five or more days at participating locations in Africa, Australia, Brazil, Europe, Mexico, Middle East, and New Zealand. More... Until Dec 31, 12

British Airways Executive Club
- Earn up to 15,000 Bonus Avios when you fly round trip on British Airways, between the U.S. or Canada and India. More... Until Dec 31, 12 Valid for residents of the U.S. and Canada only.

China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 1,000 Bonus Sky Pearl Kilometers on your first eligible hotel booking made with Ctrip. More... Nov 1 - Jan 31, 13
- 1,800 Bonus Sky Pearl Kilometers for every 4 room nights of eligible hotel bookings made with Ctrip. More... Nov 1 - Jan 31, 13

Delta SkyMiles
- Earn up to 10,000 Bonus SkyMiles when you purchase Marriott Gift Cards. More... Until Dec 15, 12
- Double SkyMiles on qualifying Affordable Rate rentals of five or more days at participating Hertz locations in Africa, Australia, Brazil, Europe, Mexico, Middle East, and New Zealand. More... Until Dec 31, 12

Emirates Skywards
- Triple Skywards Miles for stays at One&Only Resorts in The Bahamas, Dubai, Cape Town, Mauritius, Maldives and Mexico or at Mazagan Golf & Beach Resort in Morocco. More... Book by Dec 22 for stays until Apr 30, 13

Etihad Guest
- Earn 5,000 Guest Miles when you refer a friend to the Etihad Guest program. More... Until Dec 31, 12

Marriott Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Points per night when you stay on a Friday or Saturday night at the Munich Airport Marriott Hotel. More... Jan 7 - Mar 31, 13
- 5,000 Bonus Points per night for stays at the SpringHill Suites Chattanooga Downtown/Cameron Harbor. More... Nov 5, 12 - Jan 28, 13
- 2,000 Bonus Points when you stay any night Sunday-Thursda at the SpringHill Suites Irvine John Wayne Airport/Orange Count. More... Nov 18, 12 - Jan 26, 13
- 1,000 Bonus Points per stay including any night Monday through Friday at the Courtyard Dallas DFW Airport West/Bedford. More... Nov 3, 12 - Jan 27, 13

Qantas Frequent Flyer
- Double Frequent Flyer Points for stays at any of the participating hotels and resorts within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. More... Nov 1 - Dec 31, 12

Scandinavian EuroBonus
- Double EuroBonus points when you take a FLYGTAXI in Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Brussels, Chicago, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Geneva, Helsinki, Katowice, London (Heathrow & Gatwick), Madrid, Manchester, New York, Nice, Oslo, Paris (Charles Du Gaulle & Orly) More... Until Nov 30, 12

United Mileage Plus
- Double Mileage Plus Miles on qualifying Affordable Rate rentals of five or more days at participating Hertz locations in Africa, Australia, Brazil, Europe, Mexico, Middle East, and New Zealand. More... Until Dec 31, 12

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  1. When do you expect BA to post the 50% Avion bonus on their web-site?

    1. The usual landing page has now changed to a blank page, so I assume they have it ready and it will be loaded soon!

  2. Hopefully you can give me some advice on how to deal with this - I tried transferring 15K from bus. Avion to BA - the points bounced back (probably discrepancy between name on BA acct & name on RBC). I find out that CSR @ RBC moved the Avion points to my BA infinite (personal) visa. My concern is not getting the top up from BA as the points will be transferred at the end of my billing cycle (along with the other points earned for my visa spending). Should I ask RBC to transfer back to Avion acct or ask them for the additional point diff (7.5K)when the transaction goes thru? Thank you!