Friday, June 29, 2012

Hotel Review: Sheraton Parkway Toronto North

Recently I had to jet off to Toronto again, this time for some meetings with American Express Canada and I wanted to stay near their offices in Markham. There are few hotels to choose from across all the major brands and with me wanting to working to build up my Starpoints balance I asked them to book me into the only Starwood hotel that was close, The Sheraton Parkway Toronto North in Richmond Hill.

The stay was for one night and my flight from YYC was due to arrive into YYZ at 23:45 so I figured I could be at the hotel by 00:30 or so. Of course, the plane YYC went mechanical and left nearly an hour late so I didn't get to the Sheraton until a little after 1:00am. I must say I do love the highways in Toronto in the middle of the night, they actual get you places fast, not like during the day!

So here I was arriving at the hotel for roughly a 7 hour stay. At 1am there was no one checking in except for me so I can say it went super fast although they required my SPG number as it was not on the reservation even though I had called SPG about two weeks before to add my number to the reservation, not sure where the disconnect happened here. Since I don't have SPG status yet I tried finagling for free internet seeing as I had a short stay and would only use it for 15 minutes or so but was denied as the check in clerk said I would be automatically charged for it and wouldn't waive it.  He was only doing his job which he did well, I just thought I would try, doesn't hurt to ask does it? In the end I just checked email via my phone.

I was assigned a King Guest room on the 6th floor of the York Tower which is a small trek from the lobby. The room was spacious, clean and well appointed and was perfectly suited for a 7 hour stay!  Honestly the stay was so short I can't say too much more about the hotel but I walked away with no complaints, so chances are I will stay here again for future meetings with Amex unless there are some good point or free night promotions from another brand as there are properties from most of the major brands all in the same area.

You'll have to excuse the quality of the photos due to the lack of natural light and only having my iPhone to take photos:








The Sheraton Parkway Toronto North
SPG Category: 3
Points required for a free night: 7,000 Starpoints
Cash+Points Requirement: 2,800 Starpoints + $45 per night

Links:
The Sheraton Parkway Toronto North

Aeroplan Best Western Quadruple Dip extended

Aeroplan and Best Western have extended the
offer to earn 1,500 Bonus Aeroplan miles for every $100 Best Western Travel Card purchased to August 31st. You may recall my post from on how it can be combined with Best Western's Aeroplan stay bonus and credit card use to complete a quadruple dip!

What follows is a repeat of my explanation on how to earn up to 3,700 Aeroplan miles for a $100 Best Western stay with this Quadruple dip

Here is the scenario, I am going to buy a $100 BW Travel Card on my American Express Gold Rewards Card and use that for a Best Western stay that comes in at the $100 mark:

Dip #1: Purchase a $100 Best Western Travel Rewards card with my American Express Gold Rewards Card which will earn 2 Points per dollar as it is travel purchase. Those 2 points can be converted to Aeroplan at 1:1 so I effectively earn 200 Aeroplan miles. If you hold other Aeroplan cards you will earn between 50 - 150 Aeroplan miles depending on the card.
Dip #2: Earn the 1,500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for purchasing the $100 Travel Card
Dip #3: Book and Stay on a mileage or point qualifying rate at any Best Western. Once completed I will earn 250 Aeroplan miles as the standard stay bonus
Dip #4: Earn 1,750 Bonus Aeroplan Miles as part of the Best Western/Aeroplan summer stay promotion.

Total Aeroplan miles earned is 3,700! Not bad for a $100 stay. If you are lucky enough you may even find some hotels below the $100 mark and have some money left over on your BW Travel Card however with it being summer season I don't figure there will be many below the $100 range, chance are they will be around the $120-$160 mark. If that is the case you can put the remaining balance of $20-$60 on your Aeroplan earning credit card or even better buy more BW Travel Cards as you will earn 1,500 Miles for every $100 purchased.

Here are the links to the two bonus promotions:

Travel Card purchase:
1,500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for every $100 BW Travel Card purchased. Full details Until Aug 31,12

 


Bonus Miles for Summer Stays 1,750 Bonus Aeroplan Miles per stay at participating Best Western hotels Worldwide. Bonus can be earned on a maximum of 3 stays.. Full details, Online Registration and Booking (Registration is required) Jun 17 - Aug 19, 12

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Great Business Class fares from Canada to the U.K. - Book by July 3

British Airways has trumpeted another amazing Business Class deal that many other airlines have begun to match, it's not as cheap as those during the Diamond Jubilee but still for the middle of summer to have business class deal like this is amazing!

Fly from to London or Manchester from any British Airways Canadian gateway (Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver) in Business Class for only $2012 including all taxes and fees! Book by July 3rd for travel between July 16th and September 2nd. For complete details and/or to book please visit British Airways

Virgin Atlantic has gone even cheaper for their Vancouver - London flights with their Upper Class (Business Class) coming in at $1849.31 including all taxes and fees! Book by July 3rd for travel between July 16th and September 2nd. For complete details and/or to book please visit Virgin Atlantic

Air Canada has matched the sale as well although it is not advertised like BA or VS. I love seeing pricing for Executive First being less than Tango Plus! Visit AirCanada.com to book




Thursday, June 28, 2012

Rewards Canada Daily Update: June 28, 2012

News, Tips, & Tricks
Today was a relatively quiet day after the past 2 days of craziness related to our Top Travel Rewards Credit Card feature. There really is no news except for the release of another great Club Carlson offer. The fourth and final major Club Carlson stay one night get enough points for a free night offer is now out. This one is for Park Plaza hotels and offers 50,000 Bonus Club Carlson points for a 1 night stay.  The only problem is that there is only one Park Plaza in North America, the rest are in Europe and Asia and one in South America, so unless you are planning any overseas trips you may not need to register for this offer. If you did manage to jump on the other three offers and can take advantage of this one you'll have amassed an amazing 188,000 Club Carlson points. More than enough points for three nights at any of their top category 5 locations in the World or even more nights if you redeem for hotels in lower categories.

Travel Deals
British Airways has trumpeted another amazing Business Class deal that many other airlines have begun to match, it's not as cheap as those during the Diamond Jubilee but still for the middle of summer to have business class deal like this is amazing!

Fly from to London or Manchester from any British Airways Canadian gateway (Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver) in Business Class for only $2012 including all taxes and fees! Book by July 3rd for travel between July 16th and September 2nd. For complete details and/or to book please visit British Airways

Virgin Atlantic has gone even cheaper for their Vancouver - London flights with their Upper Class (Business Class) coming in at $1849.31 including all taxes and fees! Book by July 3rd for travel between July 16th and September 2nd. For complete details and/or to book please visit Virgin Atlantic

Bonus Offers
Carlson Hotels Club Carlson

50,000 Bonus Gold Points when you complete 1 eligible stay at any Park Plaza location Worldwide. Limited to the first 20,000 registrants, after that anyone who registers will receive 15,000 bonus points. Register Online (registration is required) then reserve a room online at Park Plaza Until Aug 28, 12

Melia International Mas Rewards
- Double Mas Points for stays at The Reservce at Paradisus Palma Real Punta Cana.  More... Until Aug 31, 12

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 500 QMiles PER NIGHT when you book the Raffles Business package, Raffles Suite / Villas package or the Raffles Weekend package for stays at all participating Raffles Hotels Worldwide.  More... Until Aug 31, 12

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Earn up 3,000 Bonus Starpoints for stays at the Element New York Times Square West.  More... Until Dec 31, 12

Stash Hotel Rewards
- Double Stash Rewards Points for all stays at Afffinia Hotels in New York and Washington DC.  More... Until Sep 30, 12
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2,500 Bonus Stash Rewards Points for stays at the Artmore Hotel Atlant.  More... Book by Jul 31 for stays until Aug 31, 12
- 1,000 Stash Rewards Points for stays at The Inn at The Black Olive Baltimore  More... Until Aug 31, 12
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Earn up to 2,500 Bonus Stash Rewards Points for stays of 2+ nights at the Cedarbrook Lodge Seattle More... Until Sep 3, 12
Plus 27 more Stash offers which can found here

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Rewards Canada Daily Update: June 27, 2012

News, Tips, & Tricks
The biggest news of the day for travel rewards in Canada came from WestJet and American Airlines in the form of an expansion of their frequent flyer partnership. As of today, WestJet Rewards members will be able to earn WestJet Rewards dollars on all American Airlines flights while American AAdvantage members will be able to earn AAdvantage miles on all WestJet flights. You can find all the details in our post from earlier today.

Our Top Travel Rewards Credit Card feature was covered by the Globe & Mail's Personal Finance Columnist Rob Carrick and also made the 6 o'clock news on Global Calgary:



This Sunday I will also be on the Informed Traveller on Calgary's AM 770 CHQR discussing the rankings.

Bonus Offers
Alitalia MilleMiglia
- Triple MilleMiglia Miles for every stay at the Atahotels Tanka Village. More...  Until Aug 31, 12
- Double MilleMiglia Miles for every stay at Atahotels Resorts (Petriolo SPA Resort, Atahotel Naxos Beach, Atahotel Capotaormina, Golf Hotel Campiglio).  More... Until Aug 31, 12
- Double MilleMiglia Miles for every stay at Atahotel Executive, Atahotel ExpoFiera and Atahotel Villa Pamphil.  More... Until Sep 30, 12

American AAdvantage
- Earn up to 60,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles & Gold or Platinum Elite Status when you purchase an eligible First Class or Business Class round-trip ticket between the U.S. and Europe, Japan, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile or Uruguay. More... Until Dec 15, 12 Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone
- Earn up to 60,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles & Platinum Elite Status when you purchase an eligible First Class or Business Class round-trip ticket between the U.S. and Europe, Japan, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile or Uruguay. More... Until Dec 15, 12 Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone

Emirates Skywards
- 500 Bonus Skywards Miles + 3rd night free when you stay three consecutive nights at a participating Marriott hotel or resort in the Middle East and Africa. More... Jul 1 - Sep 15, 12

Iberia Plus
- 20% Bonus Avios Points when you purchase, gift or transfer Avios.  More...  Until Jul 8, 12

Marriott Rewards
- 1,500 Bonus Points per night when staying Thursday through Sunday nights at the Renaissance Chicago O'Hare Suites Hotel More... Jul 1 - Sep 23, 12
- 1,500 Bonus Points per stay including any night Monday through Thursday at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Flint Fenton. More... Until Sep 25, 12
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you stay any Sunday or Monday night at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Kansas City Airport. More... Until Sep 3, 12

Now earn WestJet Dollars on all American Airlines flights

The WestJet Rewards program has just taken another big step in becoming a full fledged frequent flyer program. As of June 27th, WestJet Rewards members will be able to earn WestJet dollars on all American Airlines marketed and operated flights:

As you can see WestJet has decided to go with a flat rate reward for various flight distance flown on AA. Since WestJet is a revenue based program for their own flights (% of base ticket price is awarded as WestJet dollars) they had to figure out a way to reward their members for flights not operated by them and it appears the flat rate distance based amount was the way to go. Why would they go this route? In my opinion if you buy a $10,000 First Class ticket from AA, WestJet would have to dole out at $100 in WestJet dollars for a ticket that do not see any substantial revenue from and since WestJet does not have set redemption levels other than the base $25 they could see a big hit to their own revenues from tickets where WestJet Rewards members are applying their WestJet dollars to.

Overall, this is great new feature to the WestJet Rewards program as any partner earning addition is in the world of travel rewards.  In addition to this new AA partnership, WestJet Rewards members can earn WestJet dollars on WestJet flights, WestJet Vacation Packages, WestJet codeshare flights on AA and Delta, and via the RBC WestJet MasterCards. I figure we will see even airline more partners come on board and perhaps even some hotel partners (I predict IHG) by the end of the year.

For more details visit WestJet Rewards

As of June 27th American AAdvantage members will now be able to earn AAdvantage Miles on all WestJet flights within Canada and between Canada and the U.S., the Caribbean, and Mexico as follows:
Class of Service Purchased Fares Booked in: Base Miles Class of Service Bonus Miles
Economy Class Y, V, B, Q, L, M, P, G, X, D 100% 0%


Here are all the WestJet T&C's associated with this new opportunity

Eligible towards annual qualifying spend:
No

To book a flight and/or to provide your WestJet ID:
Visit aa.com or call 1-800-433-7300

Missing WestJet dollars credit: Please allow up to thirty (30) days for WestJet dollars to be posted to your account.

To request retro credit for flights flown on American Airlines, American Eagle or AmericanConnection, please complete the online form available when you sign into mywestjet.com and select "My Requests". Be sure to include your flight date, origin, destination and ticket number. American Airlines ticket numbers are 13 digits and begin with "001".

Redeeming WestJet dollars: Flights operated by American Airlines are not available for redemption at this time.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Rewards Canada Daily Update: June 26, 12

News, Tips, & Tricks
If you are just visiting Rewards Canada or reading the blog feed now you may not have seen the big news of the day, the release of our 4th Annual Top Travel Rewards Credit Card. This ranking has become a mainstay feature on our site and we are please to present it once again! We did not run 'Canada's Choice' this time as we have decided to separate it into its own feature. Watch for it to be released this fall and be sure to vote for your favourite card at that time.

Bonus Offers
Accor Leclub
- 210 Bonus Le Club Accorhotels Points for every weekend stay at one of the 628 certified sustainable hotels participating in the Le Club Accorhotels program Worldwide. More... Book by Jun 30 for stays until Jul 15, 12

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- Earn up to 50% Bonus Flying Blue Miles when you buy of gift Flying Blue Award miles. More... Until Jul 18, 12

Alitalia MilleMiglia
- 1,500 Bonus MilleMiglia Miles when you book the Mercure Summer Offer at over 300 Mercure hotels in Europe. More... Book by Jul 22 for stays Jul 9 - Aug 19, 12
- 500 MilleMiglia Miles per stay at Starhotels in Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, Trieste, Saronno, Milan, Bologna, Parma, Turin, Genoa and Bergamo. More... Jul 1 - Aug 31, 12
- Earn up to 1,000 Bonus MilleMiglia Miles when you make reservation for dinner online at a participating Starwood Hotel restaurant in Rome and Florence. More... Until Sep 30, 12

Iberia Plus
Double Avios Points for all Iberia flights Worldwide that are booked online. Valid on Iberia, Air Nostrum and Puente Aéreo shuttle flights. More... Book now for travel Jul 1 - Aug 31, 12
Restrictions
Excluding IB7xxx, IB5xxx or IB4xxx code flights.

Scandinavian EuroBonus
- 5,000 Bonus EuroBonus Points when making a reservation with Avis and Best Western Hotels in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland. More... Jul 1 - Aug 31, 12

SriLankan FlySmiles
- Earn Triple FlySmiles Miles for stays at any participating Taj Hotel & Resort Worldwide. More... Until Jul 31, 12

Turkish Miles&Smiles
- Double Miles & Smiles Miles when you book and stay at any participating DoubleTree by Hilton™ Hotel or resort worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 12

Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards for 2012

Today on RewardsCanada.ca we posted our fourth annual picks for Canada's top travel rewards credit cards. We have combed over 70 different credit cards offering travel rewards for Canadians and of those there are a few that really stand out. While it is practically impossible to give this question a perfect one card answer, we can breakdown the market of Canadian Travel Rewards credit cards into five major categories that these cards fall into. Without further ado, here are the top travel rewards credit cards for 2012 as picked by RewardsCanada.ca:


Top Travel Points Credit Card (with annual fee)
1. Capital One Aspire Travel™ World MasterCard®
2. TD First Class Infinite Visa

Top Travel Points Credit Card (with no annual fee)
1. American Express Blue Sky Credit Card
2. Capital One Aspire Travel Platinum MasterCard

Top Hybrid Travel Credit Card (with annual fee)
1. American Express Gold Rewards Card*
2. RBC Visa Infinite Avion

Top Airline Credit Card
1. CIBC Aerogold Visa Infinite
2. Capital One Delta SkyMiles World MasterCard

Top Hotel Points Credit Card
1. Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express
2. Priority Club® World MasterCard® from Capital One

For the complete article, details on each card plus runners up in each category please visit the full Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Card for 2012 page on the Rewards Canada website

Care to comment on our choices? Want to voice your opinion on the good and the bad of all the Travel Rewards Credit Cards in Canada. Share you views and experiences by leaving a comment below.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Rewards Canada Daily Update: June 25, 2012

News, Tips, & Tricks
Nothing new to really add here as I worked primarily on a big feature being release on Rewards Canada tomorrow.

Bonus Offers

Best Western Rewards
- Double Rewards Points on all eligible stays at the Best Western Cape Suites Hotel Cape Town. More... Until Jul 31, 12
- Double Rewards Points on all eligible stays at the Best Western Golden Prairie Inn & Suites Sidney. More... Until Jul 30, 12
- Triple Rewards Points for Sunday thru Thursday stays at the Best Western Plus Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center Bethleham. More...  Jul 1 - Sep 6, 12
- Double Rewards Points on stays of 3+ nights ont Standard, Corporate, AAA or AARP Rates at the Best Western Cresson Inn. More... Until Aug 17. 12

Hyatt Gold Passport
Earn up to 30% Bonus Gold Passport Points when you purchase Gold Passport points online.
Buy 1,000 - 9,000 points and get a 10% Bonus
Buy 10,000 - 29,000 points and get a 20% Bonus
Buy 30,000 - 40,000 points and get a 30% Bonus
Full details Until Aug 31, 12


Friday, June 22, 2012

Rewards Canada Daily Update: June 22, 2012

News, Tips, & Tricks
One of our readers, Bill passes along this story on getting bonus Air Miles reward miles from Shell:
A quick note with regards to Shell and their current bonuses. Until July 8th, they are running 2 promotions. The first one is get 3X or 10X Air Miles (depending on grade)with minimum $30 fuel fill. This one does not require any coupons and is administered automatically. The other one is for bonus coupons with merchandise purchase in-store. Each of these 4 coupons offer 3 bonus points per coupon. These are also conditional on a fuel purchase being made, except that they only require $20.

The kicker is that one will override the other. So, you automatically get the 3X or 10X just by fuelling up, but if you use one of the coupons, it will cancel out the first promo. So, if you buy $30.00 of premium fuel, you get 10 Air Miles. But, if you use the coupon on this purchase, you will only get 3 Air Miles, not 13 (10+3).

One of the clerks at my local Shell told me about this, so I called Air Miles. They couldn’t find anything that specifically indicated that this was the case, but the CSR I spoke with tended to agree that this is how it worked. I told him that if this is how the program is set up, then the coupons are worthless, they have no value (you can’t use them without a fuel purchase). No point in using the coupons to actually get less Air Miles. He suggested buying $30.00 worth of gas and paying for it on one transaction, then buying another $20.00 and using the bonus coupon. (I did enough of the small transactions (Esso) getting the 15,000 Aeroplan miles last month….).

Air Miles checked my account and said that I did get the 10X bonus for the 2 transactions I did last week, but there was no indication that any 3 point bonuses were being credited to my account. He did add the 6 points onto my account right away. He said that if the bonus points do come through, then I will have an extra 6 points. If not, then at least I got the points. That was fair enough and not expected, but appreciated.

I’ll let you know if I actually do get the bonus points credited, but Shell is notorious for posting points loooooooong after the promotion is over…..
I am glad Bill sent this over as I had no idea it worked this way as I don't really use Shell that often. So the moral of the story here is to make sure you only take advantage of one offer and that should be the one that provides you with the biggest bonus!

Are you holder of a Capital One Aspire Travel World or Platinum MasterCard? Have you redeemed any of your miles yet? If so please tell us your redemption story and if it was good, bad or ugly. You can do so here.

Finally, if you are Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express check out the offer below for 1 Bonus Starpoint for every dollar spent at Starwood hotels until the end of July!

Bonus Offers
Best Western Rewards

- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points for all Best Western stays in Denmark that are booked via the Best Western Denmark site. More... Ongoing

Etihad Guest
- Double Guest Miles on Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and Addis Ababa or Ahmedabad. More... Nov 1 - 30, 12
- Double Guest Miles for stays at the TilalLiwa Hotel. More... Until Aug 15, 12

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards
- Double Gold Plus Rewards Points on all weekly rentals of an Economy through Full-Size car at airport locations in the U.S. and Canada. More... Jul 1 - Aug 31, 12 Valid for residents of the U.S. and Canada only

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 1,000 Bonus Mileage Bank Miles for Hertz rentals of 3+ days at participating locations Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 12

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Double QMiles for stays on the Jumeirah Summer Breaks package at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah Dubai, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Dubai, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel Dubai and Jumeirah Emirates Towers Dubai. More... Until Sep 30, 12

Starwood Preferred Guest
- 1 Bonus Starpoint for every eligible dollar charged to your Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express at over 1,000 participating hotels and resorts worldwide in the SPG®* program. More... Until Jul 31, 12 Residents of Canada Only

Redemption Stories The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Call for stories

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 third edition of this feature we are asking for stories from a relative newcomer to the loyalty scene in Canada that stormed onto the scene 3 years ago,  the Capital One Aspire Travel™ World MasterCard® (World & Platinum)

If you want to share your Capital One Aspire Redemption 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 two Redemption Stories
Air Miles
Aeroplan

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Rewards Canada Daily Update: June 21, 2012

News, Tips, & Tricks
Congratulations to @cecilialu who won the $100 Best Western Travel Card with our Twitter Contest! Thanks to everyone who participated! Make sure you keep following us for all the latest travel rewards news, information, bonus offers and of course for more contests!

The Star Alliance welcomed Avianca TACA and COPA Airlines into the alliance which means that you can earn and burn Aeroplan miles for flights on these airlines. These latest additions to the alliance give them some strength in Central and South America that has been lacking since losing Varig a few years ago. Watch for Avianca TACA LifeMiles buy miles offers which seem to run every 3 months or so where they give you double miles and the opportunity to fly in Business Class on the cheap.

Bonus OffersAmerican AAdvantage
- 100 AAdvantage Miles for 'liking' American Airlines in Facebook and joining the Summer Miles challenge. More... Until ?

Hilton HHonors
Earn up to Triple HHonors Points when you stay at any participating hotel and resort in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. Earn Triple points for stays on Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights, Double points for stays on Monday through Thursday nights. Full Details, Online Registration and Booking
For a list of excluded properties please see here
Jul 1 - Sep 30, 12

Marriott Rewards
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay Thursday-Sunday (Friday or Saturday required) at the Boston Marriott Burlington. More... Until Sep 2, 12
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points + a free Upgrae for stays at the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel. More... Until Aug 31, 12
- 2,500 Bonus Rewards Points for stays at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. More...  Until Sep 3, 12

Miles & More
- Earn up to Triple Miles & More Miles for stays at any Shangri-La hotel, Shangri-La resort, Traders hotel or Kerry hotel Worldwide. More... Until Aug 31, 12

United Mileage Plus
1,000 Bonus Mileage Plus Miles on rentals of 3 or more days at any participating National location in the United States or Canada. Full Details Until Dec 31, 12


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Rewards Canada Daily Update: June 20, 2012

News, Tips, & Tricks
Air Canada is offering an Elite Status Match for bmi Diamond Club Elite members in an effort to keep them flying with the Star Alliance versus oneworld. Learn more...

Don't forget to enter our Twitter contest, just over two hours left at the time of posting this!

Travel Deals
Air France sale to North Africa, Montreal, Ottawa or Toronto to Casablanca, Tunis or Rabat from $749 incl taxes roundtrip. Book online at AirFrance.ca

Emirates Two Week Business Class Promotion - $1000 Off Restricted and Advanced Purchase Fares from the U.S. to Dubai including Seattle, so this is a good offer for those of you in Vancouver/Victoria area. More... Book by Jul 5 for travel until Aug 31, 12

Receive breakfast for 2 and a late checkout or Save up to 25% by booking early for stays at Sheraton, Westin, St Regis, W, Le Méridien, Four Points and Aloft hotels in Asia Pacific. Full Details & Online Booking Book by Jul 31 for stays until Aug 31, 12

Bonus Offers
Avianca TACA LifeMiles
- Double LifeMiles for Avis rentals in United States, Europe, Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean. More... Until Aug 18, 12

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- 500 Bonus Asia Miles when you stay at any of Ascott’s participating serviced residence Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 12
- Double Asia Miles when you stay or dine at Hotel ONE in Taichung, Taiwan. More... Until Aug 31, 12

Miles & More

- Quadruple Miles & More Miles + Complimentary Internet for stays at all Movenpick Hotels in Europe. More... Jul 1 - Aug 31, 12

Scandinavian EuroBonus
- Double EuroBonus Points and 20% off for stays 2+ nights that are booked at least 20 days in advance at participating World Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 12

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Double Starpoints for stays at the Sheraton Fuzhou Hotel. More... Aug 1 - Dec 31 ,12
- 1,000 Bonus Starpoints for stays at the Sheraton Asunción Hotel. More...  Until Dec 31, 12
- Earn up to 500 Bonus Starpoints for dining out at the Sheraton Golf Parco de Medici Hotel & Resort Rome. More... Until Aug 31, 12
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Air Canada Aeroplan Status Match for bmi Elite Diamond Club members


You may have noticed this in yesterday's Daily Update but it is significant enough to warrant its own blog post. Now that bmi (British Midland) has been taken over by British Airways, the airline is no longer part of the Star Alliance. To try and keep the higher spending elite flyer in the Star Alliance and more so move them over to Air Canada, AC is offering a status match for bmi Diamond Silver and Gold Diamond Club members as follows:

Diamond Club Gold = 2012 Air Canada Elite status
Diamond Club Silver = 2012 Air Canada Prestige status

Here are the details straight from Aeroplan's UK site:

About this offer: 

Your current bmi Diamond Club membership status will be matched as follows:
  • Your request must be submitted between June 15 and July 15 2012.
  • To be eligible, you’ll need to be an Aeroplan member. Not a member yet? Sign up now.
  • You can expect to receive your new 2012 Air Canada Top Tier status within 6 to 8 weeks.
  • The 2012 Air Canada Elite or 2012 Air Canada Prestige status will be valid until February 28, 2013. 
  • Any Miles accrued with your bmi Diamond Club membership will not be transferred into your Aeroplan account.

How to request your Air Canada Top Tier status match:

  • Submit your request between June 15 to July 15 2012, by email with the following information:
    • Your full name
    • Your current Diamond Club membership number
    • Your Aeroplan number. Don’t have one? Sign up now.
    • A scanned copy of your current bmi Diamond Club membership card. Please make sure the name, status and expiry date are clearly visible.
    • Your consent to the Terms and Conditions related to this offer.
For complete offer details please visit the BMI Status Match Offer on Aeroplan.com

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Rewards Canada Daily Update: June 19, 2012

News, Tips, & Tricks
I had a great phone call with one of our fans today, Julian, and he let me know about a feature on the BMO Elite World MasterCard that I was unaware of. Apparently when you call into the BMO call center you do not get a regular customer service agent but you will always get a more experienced supervisor.  This is similar to the service provided by the Platinum Card from American Express and I am glad he let me know this so that I could let all of our readers know.

Don't forget to enter our Twitter contest, Wednesday is the last day to enter!

Bonus Offers
Amtrak Guest Rewards (on FrequentFlyetBonuses.com only)
200 bonus Tier Qualifying Points per qualifying partner transaction . Transactions with Points for Shopping, Buy Points, Share Points, Transfer Points or purchases made with the Amtrak Guest Rewards® World MasterCard® from Chase® do not qualify for this promotion. A maximum of 1,000 bonus Tier Qualifying Points may be earned through this promotion. Register Online (Registration is required)

AeroMexico Club Premier

- Double Club Premier Kilometers on Hertz rentals of a compact car larger for 5 days or more at participating locations in the United States. More... Until Jul 31, 12

airBerlin Top Bonus
- Earn up to 1,500 Top Bonus Miles for stays at any participating Grand City Hotel. More... Until Aug 31, 12

Air Canada Aeroplan / bmi Diamond Club
- Elite Status Match to Air Canada Aeroplan - Air Canada is offering the chance to match your current Silver or Gold bmi Diamond Club membership status to an equivalent 2012 Air Canada Top Tier status. More... Until Jul 15, 12

Czech Airlines OK Plus
- Earn up to 2,000 Bonus OK Plus Miles for flights between Prague and Bucharest. More... Jun 20 - Aug 31, 12
- Double OK Plus Miles and 20% off for stays 2+ nights that are booked at least 20 days in advance at participating World Hotels Worldwide. More...  Until Sep 30, 12
- Earn up to Triple OK Plus Miles for Budget rentals in Czech Republic, Ukraine, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark and Sweden.  More... Until Aug 31, 12

Etihad Guest
- Earn up to Triple Guest Miles for Avis rentals in Europe + receive a 10% discount voucher for 1 of 9 Chic Outlet Shopping Villages in Europe. More... Until Jul 31, 12

Marriott Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points PER NIGHT when you stay any night Thursday-Sunday up to a maximum of 8,000 points per stay at the Courtyard Greenville Downtown. More... Until Aug 31, 12
- 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you stay a minimum of three nights Thursday-Sunday (Thursday or Friday night required) at the Residence Inn Montreal Westmount. More... Aug 14 - Oct 22, 12
-2,500 Bonus Rewards Points per stay when your stay includes a Sunday-Thursday night at the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa. More...  Until Aug 23,1 2
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay when your stay includes a Sunday-Thursday night at the JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City Santa Fe. More...  Until Aug 30, 12

Monday, June 18, 2012

Rewards Canada Daily Update: June 18, 2012

This will be a new daily feature on the Rewards Canada providing an update of anything new, updated or changed on the main RewardsCanada.ca website and also the world of Rewards Canada including articles, mentions and more.

Monday's are typically quieter on my websites as I get the newsletters out for the two main websites and other items to start out the week. So for today the new updates are strictly a few new bonus offers (oh and don't forget to enter our twitter contest!):

Aeroflot Bonus
- Double Bonus Miles for stays at the Azimut Moscow Tulskaya Hotel. More... Jul 1 - Aug 30, 12

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Double Mileage Bank Miles for stays on the "JAL Mileage Bank Stay Plan" ("JAL Mileage Bank Kaiin Goshukuhaku Plan") at participating Prince Hotels in Japan. More... Until Jul 31, 12

 Miles & More
Triple Miles & More Miles for stays at any participating Mandarin Oriental Hotel Worldwide. Full Details Until Aug 31, 12
- Double Miles & More Miles for stays at all brands of Meliá Hotels International in Spain or Germany. More... Until Jul 31, 12
- Earn up to Triple Miles & More Miles at all participating Hertz locations Worldwide for rentals of three days or more. More... Until Jul 31, 12

Hyatt Gold Passport
- 2,000 Gold Passport Points for stays on eligible rates at the Park Hyatt Sydney. More... Until Aug 31, 12
- 2,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points when you stay a minimum of three consecutive nights at Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila. More... Until Sep 30, 12
- 2,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points for eligible weekend stays (Fri, Sat and Sun) at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. More... Until Aug 31, 12


Friday, June 15, 2012

Fairmont Hotels: Receive a free night or $150 Credit toward Dining + Double Miles.

Fairmont Hotels has run an Everyone's an Original Summer and Winter offers for quite a few years now. The offer typically has a discounted rate and double miles with Fairmont's airline partners. The current Everyone's an Original summer offer runs until September 30th but if you book by July 3 Fairmont will also add in extra incentives like a free night or a dining credit. For more details or to book online visit Fairmont's Everyone's an Original Summer offer page



Rewards Canada Twitter Contest: Win a $100 Best Western Travel Card

I haven't done any contests or giveaways since the big Rewards Canada 10th Anniversary back in November so I figured it was time for another contest!

This one is simple all you need to do is follow Rewards Canada on Twitter and retweet with our Hashtag for a chance to win a C$100 Best Western Travel Card.

1. To follow Rewards Canada simple go to http://www.twitter.com/rewardscanada and click follow!

2. Then tweet: " Follow @RewardsCanada and retweet with hashtag #winwithRC for a chance to win a $100 Best Western Travel Card.  http://bit.ly/LLKFLZ "( feel free to copy and paste this, retweet our tweet of it or make up your own tweet with @RewardsCanada and #winwithRC )

3. Contest closes on at 11:59pm MST on Wednesday June 20, 2012 and is open to all residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority in their province.

4. Winner will be choosen at random from all qualifying tweets that include @RewardsCanada and hashtag #winwithRC. Winner must be following @RewardsCanada on twitter to be eligible for the prize.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Earn up to 3,700 Aeroplan Miles for a $100 Best Western Stay (Quadruple Dip Baby!!)

You may recall my post from last week about earning 1,500 Bonus Aeroplan miles for every $100 Best Western Travel Card purchased and how it could be used as part of coveted triple dip. Well that has been further expanded to an extremely rare quadruple dip with the latest promotion release from Aeroplan and Best Western! What follows is an explanation on how to earn up to 3,700 Aeroplan miles for a $100 Best Western stay with this Quadruple dip

Here is the scenario, I am going to buy a $100 BW Travel Card on my American Express Gold Rewards Card and use that for a Best Western stay that comes in at the $100 mark:

Dip #1: Purchase a $100 Best Western Travel Rewards card with my American Express Gold Rewards Card which will earn 2 Points per dollar as it is travel purchase. Those 2 points can be converted to Aeroplan at 1:1 so I effectively earn 200 Aeroplan miles. If you hold other Aeroplan cards you will earn between 50 - 150 Aeroplan miles depending on the card.
Dip #2: Earn the 1,500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for purchasing the $100 Travel Card
Dip #3: Book and Stay on a mileage or point qualifying rate at any Best Western. Once completed I will earn 250 Aeroplan miles as the standard stay bonus
Dip #4: Earn 1,750 Bonus Aeroplan Miles as part of the Best Western/Aeroplan summer stay promotion.

Total Aeroplan miles earned is 3,700! Not bad for a $100 stay. If you are lucky enough you may even find some hotels below the $100 mark and have some money left over on your BW Travel Card however with it being summer season I don't figure there will be many below the $100 range, chance are they will be around the $120-$160 mark. If that is the case you can put the remaining balance of $20-$60 on your Aeroplan earning credit card or even better buy more BW Travel Cards as you will earn 1,500 Miles for every $100 purchased.

Here are the links to the two bonus promotions:

Travel Card purchase:
1,500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for every $100 BW Travel Card purchased. Full details Until Jun 30,12

 


Bonus Miles for Summer Stays 1,750 Bonus Aeroplan Miles per stay at participating Best Western hotels Worldwide. Bonus can be earned on a maximum of 3 stays.. Full details, Online Registration and Booking (Registration is required) Jun 17 - Aug 19, 12

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

American Express revamps The Platinum Card and makes it about the 'Wealth of Experience'

Recently American Express Canada released the details of their revamp to The Platinum Card from American Express. These changes are due to take effect on June 29 with information packets already arriving to current Platinum Card holders. What follows are the new details of this card which I must say live up to their marketing slogan "a wealth of experience". Don't be fooled by the $699 annual fee (the highest of any publicly available card in Canada, the Amex Centurion is more but that is invite only!) as this card packs a punch in the benefits that come with it. Obviously we are a travel rewards site and this card is targeted specifically to many of our readers as the majority of the new or enhanced benefits are travel related. I will leave it at that as I know most people only skim blogs, so with that said check out what this card now offers:

Lounge Access:
Priority Pass Prestige Membership which offers access to over 600 lounges Worldwide. If you are not familiar with Priority Pass, it is a third party lounge access program that has different membership levels. The top level or Prestige provides free access to any of the lounges in their network. The lower levels have entry fees for the lounges. For The Platinum Card by American Express Cardholders the cardholder and guest can access the lounges free of charge. Typically the Prestige version of the Priority Pass programs costs $399 per year

Over and above the Priority Pass Platinum access, the card provides the following:
- Canadian Platinum Lounge benefit: Free of charge access for the cardmember + Spouse and 2 children or one guest participating lounges in Canada
- The Card provides Cathay Pacific The Marco Polo Club membership which provides free of charge access to Cathay Pacific Marco Polo lounges and/or OneWorld alliance lounges for the cardmember and one travelling companion who are travelling on Cathay Pacific, Dragonair or any oneworld carrier..
- Access to American Airlines Admirals Club for no charge for the cardmember + Spouse and 2 children or two travelling companions who are holding an AA flight boarding pass
- Access to US Airways Clubs for no charge for the cardmember + Spouse and 2 children or two travelling companions regardless of the airline you are travelling on
- Access to Delta Sky Clubs for no charge for the cardmember + Spouse and 2 children or two travelling companions who are holding an Delta flight boarding pass
- Access to American Express lounges for the cardholder + 1 travelling companion

$200 Annual Travel Credit
The Platinum Card comes with an annual $200 Travel Credit that can be used towards any single travel booking of $200 or more charged to the card through the Platinum Card Travel Service.

Toronto Pearson Benefits
The Platinum Card offers several benefits for travellers flying from or through Toronto Pearson:

Complimentary Valet Service at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. The $25 Valet service fee is waived when you present your Platinum Card upon car pick up.

15% Discount on parking when you use the Platinum Card to pay for the parking at the Express Park in Terminal 1 and Daily Park in Terminals 1 and 3.

Finally, the card provides access to the the Pearson Priority Lane when clearing security at Terminals 1 and 3.

Elite Statuses and Complimentary Memberships
Platinum Card holders will now be awarded the following Elite Statuses and memberships:
Starwood Hotels: Starwood Gold Preferred Guest
Carlson Hotels: Club Carlson Gold Elite Status
Accor Hotels: Le Club accorhotels Platinum
Fairmont Hotels: Accelerated earning of Fairmont Presidents Club Platinum (requires 5 stays to achieve)
Cathay Pacific: The Marco Polo Club Gold
Hertz: Hertz #1 Club Gold
Avis: Avis Preferred

Fine Hotels and Resorts
This is just like the program for the U.S. Platinum Card and provides special offers at participating hotels including discounted rates, free nights, upgrades, complimentary meals or massages and more.

Rewards and Insurance Benefits
Of course the card still comes with Concierge service, American Express Front of the Line service and the same insurance benefits as before such as Trip Cancellation, Out of Province Medical, Flight Delay/Interruption and more. On the earning side it still offers 1.25 Membership Rewards points for every $1 spent on the card.

What it apparent here is that this card is for those people who travel a lot and are looking to enhance those travels. Many of the people who get this card as I have been told by American Express are not getting it for the rewards but for the experiences it brings when travelling while the 1.25 MR points are simply a bonus to those experiences. Overall some people may balk at the thought of paying so much for a credit card while the seasoned travel may find this card an exceptional value for the benefits it brings to the plate

For more information on the Platinum Card please visit AmericanExpress.ca

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Capital One enhances the Delta SkyMiles® World MasterCard® (now earns 2 SkyMiles/$)

You may recall a teaser tweet I sent out last week about some good changes to the Delta SkyMiles® World MasterCard® from Capital One. Well Cap One has given us the go ahead to release the details as existing cardholders should be receiving the information this week. To put it bluntly, this is the first Airline Card or as some may call it a Frequent Flyer Credit Card to offer 2 Miles per dollar on all spending. You may say that other cards offer 2 Miles per dollar but you have to compare apples to apples and when it comes to Frequent Flyer programs you have to compare this only to cards like the CIBC Aerogold Visa's, RBC BA and Cathay Pacific Cards, WestJet MasterCards and a few others. The card that comes the closest is actually a hybrid card, the American Express Gold Rewards card which offers 2 points per dollar on Gas, Grocery, Drug Store and Travel Purchases which translates to 2 Aeroplan Miles or British Airway Avios Points. Not only does this card earn 2 SkyMiles per dollar on all spending, it also earns 3 Delta miles for every $1 you spend on Delta purchases making this card even better for those SkyMiles members who do or don't have this card.

The card retains a 25,000 SkyMiles sign up bonus but the annual renewal bonus of 2,500 miles is increased to 10,000 miles if the cardholder spends $25,000 on the card annually. Other than that the card remains the same with its extremely strong suite of insurance and warranty benefits.

Related Post:  
Delta SkyMiles® World MasterCard® from Capital One Review

The beauty in this is that SkyMiles don't have to be redeemed on Delta flights only, they can be used on Delta's partners from the SkyTeam alliance, many of which serve Canada directly. SkyTeam is in fact the second largest alliance in Canada after the Star Alliance in terms of the number of cities served. Delta's SkyTeam partners include Aeroflot (Toronto), Air France (Montreal/Toronto), Alitalia (Toronto), KLM (Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver) Korean Air (Toronto, Vancouver), and China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern (Vancouver). You can also redeem on non SkyTeam airlines that serve Canada such as Alaska Airlines (Alberta, BC) and Jet Airways (Toronto). Finally, Delta recently teamed up with WestJet and they codeshare on select routes in Canada and from Canada to the U.S. and at some point you should be able to redeem your SkyMiles for a Delta Coded WestJet flight. For the time being you can only earn SkyMiles on the select Delta coded WestJet flights.

The downside however of a frequent flyer program are the restrictions and lack of availability that usually come along with the program and Delta SkyMiles is no stranger in this department. In fact, many frequent flyers, bloggers and even some studies tend to place SkyMiles towards the bottom in terms of ticket availability at the lowest redemption rate. Now, everyone has different experiences with frequent flyer programs and while one person may say SkyMiles is at the bottom another will place it right at the top. As I have I stated before, the key to a frequent flyer program is to allow for some flexibility in routing, dates and times of award tickets. If you go in totally inflexible chances are you will be disappointed.

Overall I think these changes are nothing but good as Capital One has not pulled anything away from this card and are only upping the ante with the increased mileage earning and renewal bonus. The big question that will arise from this is whether other card issuers will take note and up their offerings if people start moving to this card.

With the updated Delta SkyMiles® World MasterCard® from Capital One® Canada the customer will get:

  • Earn Delta miles on everything you buy
  • A welcome bonus of up to 25,000 Delta miles
  • Earn 3 Delta miles for every $1 you spend on Delta purchases
  • 2 miles for every $1 on all other net purchases
  • Plus, get 10,000 annual bonus Delta miles when you spend at least $25,000 each year
  • Valuable World MasterCard benefits:
    • Travel Emergency Medical Insurance
    • Trip Cancellation Insurance
Please Note: A requirement of this card is a minimum personal income of $60,000 or household income of $100,000. 
There is a $120 annual membership fee with this product and an annual interest rate of 19.8%.

To apply for the Delta SkyMiles® World MasterCard® please visit Capital One

“The interest rates, fees, rewards details, benefits and other details of the Capital One product(s) described in the article may have changed since the time of publication. Please consult the product information pages on the Capital One website for accurate product details. In the event of any conflict between the product details in this article and the Capital One website, the details on the Capital One website shall prevail.”
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sign up bonus for BMO Gold Air Miles MasterCard increased to 1,000

The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card is not the only card to see an increased sign up bonus release this month. BMO has increased the sign up bonus for the BMO Gold Air Miles MasterCard to 1,000 Air Miles Reward Miles. This limited time offer for new sign ups runs until Aug 31, 12 with the bonus miles being awarded after your first purchase. Apply Online. 

BMO Gold AIR MILES MasterCard

  • Earn fast: 1 AIR MILES reward mile for every $15 you spend on the card3
  • Exclusive 25% flight discount: Use 25% fewer reward miles when you redeem for any AIR MILES flight worldwide, with no blackout periods4
  • Travel Protection: Includes coverage for car rental collision damage and unexpected return home5
  • 19.5% interest rate6
  • $99 annual fee6

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sign up bonus for Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card increased to 15K

American Express CanadaFor a limited time you will now be able to earn 15,000 Bonus Starpoints when you apply for and receive the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express.  The regular sign up bonus for this card is 10,000 Starpoints.

- You will earn the 15,000 Bonus Starpoints after you charge $1,000 in purchases to your Card in your first three months of Cardmembership - enough for up to 6 free nights.
- Earn 1 Starpoint for every $1 in purchases charged to the Card
- Enjoy a Free Weekend Night Award when you reach $40,000 in purchases each year
- Experience Starwood Gold Preferred Guest status when you reach $30,000 in purchases each year
- $120 annual fee (annual interest rate 19.99%)
Apply online

Redemption Stories The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Air Miles Summary

For our second edition of Redemption Stories: The Good The Bad and The Ugly I asked for our readers to tell us their stories of redeeming Air Miles Reward Miles. Well much to my surprise the responses were very minimal compared to the first edition on Aeroplan. This could mean one of two things, either most people are happy with Air Miles (usually we only hear complaints and not praise) or it is indicative of the type of visitors Rewards Canada receives, that is, we get more frequent travellers who utilize frequent flyer programs like Aeroplan than we do frequent shoppers who utilize programs like Air Miles.

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Three quarters of the whopping four responses were good stories while one from Twitter was just plain ugly! There were no bad responses.

I would love to hear more comments and stories from Air Milesmembers, feel free to do so at the bottom of this post and finally I want to thank everyone who contributed their stories, without you this post would not be possible! Be sure to watch for the next Redemption Stories request later this month.



THE GOOD

via the Rewards Canada Blog
I have had two good experiences for redeeming Air Miles Rewards Miles for flights. The first was for a last minute flight to attend a funeral. As usual flights were quite expensive to buy only 2 days out but I logged onto Air Miles and was able to find flights to redeem miles for, the rate was slightly higher than the base redemption level but not exorbitant. This redemption saved me a good deal of money. The second redemption I had to call in as I was short about 300 miles for 4 tickets and you can only buy Air Miles to top off for a redemption via the phone. I didn’t have to wait too long for an agent and she was great, the additional Air Miles Reward miles purchase went without a hitch as did the actually flight booking. My only concern was that since I could not book online I would incur a higher booking fee and the agent said that she would refund the difference as she understood that the only reason I called in the booking was because I needed to top of my account otherwise I would have booked online (hey Air Miles maybe you should look into the option to allow people to buy miles online during the booking process!)

via email
We have booked 5 return flights to Edmonton from Victoria or vice versus for our family in the last 60 days.

On line system works fine although we have to keep putting the same personal data in repeatedly.

I tried to book a couple of these flight with Aeroplan and they did not have anything available. This seems weird to me as I then went to Air Miles and I got two return flights via Air Canada for the exact same dates.

Observation: It would appear that Aeroplan is not buying enough seats for their members. Or perhaps there are more Aeroplan members flying to Edmonton than for AirMiles members

via email
I just used Airmiles to book a trip for the time period I had been trying to book for months (with Aeroplan). I had the pick of any flights I wanted. The opposite experience to Aeroplan. My only problem now is the glut of Aeroplan points I have. The ratios for gift cards, etc. are not nearly as good for classic flights. What a bummer.



THE BAD

There were no bad responses!



THE UGLY
via Twitter
Actually, I've NEVER redeemed..because I hear the process is dreadful.

Monday, June 4, 2012

1,500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for Best Western Travel Card Purchases

Here is an offer that we see come along a few times a year and it is back for the month of June. At first this offer may not look like anything special but by taking advantage of it you can actually complete a rare to come by 'triple dip'. You've heard me on the Rewards Canada website and on TV, radio and in print talking about double dipping (using a mileage earning credit card and swiping your loyalty program card the same time) all the time but almost never mention triple dipping anymore as it generally unheard of anymore.

How is this a triple dip?
Dip #1: Purchase the Best Western Travel Rewards card with an Aeroplan earning (or any other reward credit card since a triple dip does not have to be in one program)
Dip #2: Earn the 1,500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for purchasing the Travel Card
Dip #3: Book and Stay on a mileage or point qualifying rate at any Best Western to earn miles/points for that stay.

Here is the offer as pulled from my Aeroplan Bonus Miles page

Earn 1,500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for every $100 Best Western Travel Card purchased. Full details Until Jun 30, 12

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Great Business Class Deals from Canada to Europe and Asia

Three SkyTeam airlines recently launched sales for Business Class tickets from Canada to Europe. My parents actually got on a previous KLM offer like one of these, Calgary-Prague for $2,500 all in. This time the prices are slightly higher but that is because we are also closer to the summer travel season. All of the prices below include all taxes and fees.

Air France Offers (all must be booked by June 5 for travel June 19 - Sept 10)
ROME starting from $ 2499 R/T Book now
VENICE starting from $ 2499 R/T Book now
BELGRADE starting from $ 2499 R/T Book now
BARCELONA starting from $ 2499 R/T Book now
ZAGREB starting from $ 2499 R/T Book now
DELHI starting from $ 3299 R/T Book now
BEIRUT starting from $ 2999 R/T Book now
MUMBAI starting from $ 3359 R/T Book now .


KLM Offers (all must be booked by June 5 for travel June 19 - Sept 10)
Montreal-Barcelona $ 2 499 Book now
Montreal-Cairo $ 3 299 Book now
Toronto-Amsterdam $ 2 499 Book now
Toronto-Delhi $ 3 299 Book now
Vancouver-Amsterdam $ 2 999 Book now
Vanvoucer-Tel Aviv $ 3 499 Book now
Calgary-Geneva $ 2 999 Book now
Calgary-Munich $ 2 999 Book now

Alitalia Offers (all must be booked by June 5 for travel June 19 - Sept 10)
TORONTO - ROMEStarting from $ 2,499 Book Now
TORONTO - NAPLESStarting from $ 2,499 Book Now
TORONTO - VENICEStarting from $ 2,499 Book Now
TORONTO - PALERMOStarting from $ 2,599 Book Now
TORONTO - CATANIAStarting from $ 2,599 Book Now
TORONTO - CAGLIARIStarting from $ 2,599 Book Now

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WestJet offers bonuses on new U.S. routes

Typically when an airline launches a new route their Frequent Flyer program will offer a bonus offer for those routes to stimulate demand and this is exactly the case with WestJet's new routes to Chicago and New York La Guardia. Check out these offers as pulled from our WestJet Bonus Dollars page

Triple WestJet dollars for flights between Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa and New York-LaGuardia. Full details Jun 4 - Sep 3, 12

Double WestJet dollars when flying between select Western Canadian cities and Chicago. Members will be sent an invitation to register for this promotion by email. Register by Jul 15 for flights Jun 3 - Sep 3, 12