Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Jan 2 Update: Increased sign up bonus for BMO World Elite, Double HHonors Points Worldwide, earn WestJet Dollars for Hotel/Car bookings

Happy New Year to all my Rewards Canada blog readers! I hope that you all had a great Christmas break and wonderful introduction to 2013! My break was good and brought in the New Year at the Hyatt Regency Calgary and the City TV NYE Bash at Olympic Plaza. It was a great way to bring in the New Year with my family and friends. I look forward to bringing you another amazing year on Rewards Canada! Just like in 2012 you can count on our Top Travel Rewards Credit Card feature, tons of news, bonuses and information plus I'll be bringing you more new features in 2013! This year will mark the 12th Anniversary of Rewards Canada and I have to thank all of you for your continued support as RC would not be what it is today without you the readers and followers!

News, Tips & Tricks
Somehow I missed this earlier but that could be due to no big announcement from WestJet on this topic, but as of Nov 28 of last year WestJet Rewards members can earn WestJet dollars for booking hotels and car rentals on Both types of bookings earn 1% in WestJet Dollars on the amount before taxes and fees and may take up to 30 days to be posted to your account. More details can be found on their Car Rental and Hotel pages.

BMO is running a limited increased sign up bonus for their BMO World Elite MasterCard. Until January 31st you can earn a 20,000 BMO Rewards points bonus when you apply for and are approved for the card. The regular sign up bonus for this card is 15,000 points. More details can be found here. (Thanks to big time Rewards Canada fan Randy M for letting us know about this one). As always you can see how this card stacks up against the rest on my Credit Card comparison pages.

According to Airline Route Updates, Air Canada will be delaying the launch of their summer seasonal Toronto-Madrid service to July 1st from the previously announced June 1st.

In the bonus offer section the biggest new bonus is the 1st quarter systemwide bonus from Hilton HHonors for Double Points or Miles. As is the case with most of their promos there are hotels that have chosen not to participate and most are located in the United States but there are a few in Canada that have also chosen not to participate.

Bonus Offers
Air China Phoenix Miles
- 50% Bonus Phoenix Miles Kilometers for flights on Air China between Beijing and Hong Kong. More... Jan 4 - Mar 28, 13
- 30% Bonus Phoenix Miles Kilometers for flights on Air China between Beijing and Delhi. More... Jan 4 - Feb 5 & Feb 16 - Mar 22, 13
- 50% Bonus Phoenix Miles Kilometers for flights on Air China between Beijing and Ganzhou, Jinggangshan or Zunyi. More... Until Mar 27, 13
- 2,000 Phoenix Miles Kilometers for stays of 2 or more nights on the “Linger Longer for a Sweet Suite Surprise” offer at participating Langham Hotels Worldwide.. More... Until Feb 22, 13
- 500 Bonus Phoenix Miles Kilometers per car rental booked via More... Until Jan 31, 13

Best Western Rewards
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points PER NIGHT for every qualified night you stay for up to 4 nights at any participating Alaska, Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, Montana or Wyoming Best Western Branded hotel. More... Until Jan 31, 13
- 1,500 Bonus Rewards Points PER NIGHT for every qualified night you stay at a participating Best Western branded hotel in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico or Utah for up to 4 nights. More... Until Jan 31, 13

Delta SkyMiles
- 1,000 Bonus SkyMiles for stays at select JW Marriott,® Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, or Gaylord Hotels. More... Book by Jan 15 for stays until Feb 15, 13

Hilton HHonors
- Double HHonors Points or Double Airline Miles for every eligible stay at participating hotels and resorts in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. More... Jan 7 - Mar 31, 13

Hyatt Gold Passport
- 700 Bonus Gold Passport Points on qualifying rentals of 2 days or more at participating Avis locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. More... Until Dec 31, 13

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 Worldwide. More... Until Mar 31, 13
- OFFER EXTENDED Triple Mileage Bank Miles for rentals of a compact car or larger for three or more consecutive days in USA, Canada, Hawaii and Guam. More... Until Mar 31, 13

Southwest Rapid Rewards
(on only)
- 600 Bonus Rapid Rewards Points with every qualifying stay at all participating Best Western locations Worldwide. More... Until Jan 31, 13
- Quadruple Rapid Rewards Points on qualifying rentals at participating Avis airport locations in the United States with a minimum rental period of three days or longer. More... Until Jan 22, 13

Ukraine International Panorama Clu
b (on only)
- Double Panorama Club Miles for flights between Kiev and Baku or Yerevan. More... Feb 13 - Mar 31, 13

Ural Airlines Wings
(on only)
- 30% Bonus Roubles on all Ural Airlines flights systemwide. More... Until Mar 31, 13

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