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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Feb 28 Update: Business/Corporate Travel Credit Card Comparison, Aeroplan Costco Bonus, AAdvantage bonus to Lima

News, Tips & Tricks
The main news for today comes from ourselves as I am pleased to introduce the latest Credit Card Comparison Chart on Rewards Canada, this time it is for Small Business/Corporate cards. If you are in the market for a card for your company be sure to check it out. You can find it here.


The newest comparison chart on Rewards Canada

And if you missed it during its last run, the Aeroplan bonus for new Costco memberships is back. You can earn 1,000 miles for a Gold Star membership or 1,500 for an Executive Membership. See here for more details

Bonus Offers
Air Canada Aeroplan
- Earn up to 1,500 Bonus Aeroplan miles when you sign up for a new Costco membership. More... Until Mar 31, 13 Canadian Residents Only


American AAdvantage
Earn up to 20,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you fly roundtrip between Dallas/Fort Worth and Lima.  More... Apr 1 - Jun 30, 13
 
Jet Airways JetPrivilege
- Double JetPrivilege Miles 25% Off, complimentary room upgrade, late checkout for stays at participating Accor Hotels in India. More... Until Apr 30, 13
- Double JetPrivilege Miles for stays on the best available rate at any Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts in India that are booked online. More... Until Mar 31, 13
- Triple JetPrivilege Miles for stays of 2 or more nights at the Shangri-La, Hotel Mumbai. More... Until Mar 31, 13
- Triple JetPrivilege Miles when booking the special rate "Triple Miles" for stays of 2 or more nights at participating World Hotels Worldwide.More More... Until Dec 31, 13
- Earn up to Triple JetPrivilege Miles for Hertz rentals at participating locations in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia or New Zealand. More... Until Mar 31, 13

United Mileage Plus
- Double Mileage Plus Miles on weekend rentals of 2 or more days, or rentals of 5 or more days, at a participating Hertz airport or off airport location in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada. More... Until Jul 31, 13

US Airways Dividend Miles
- Double Dividend Miles on weekend rentals of 2 or more days, or rentals of 5 or more days, at a participating Hertz airport or off airport location in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada. More... Until Jul 31, 13

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Feb 27 Update: Buy Back AAdvantage Elite Status, Hilton Sale, Crossover Rewards open for registration

Super quiet Tuesday here at Rewards Canada, just a few bonus offers added and nuttin' else!

News, Tips & Tricks

American Airlines is another airline that is offering its 2012 Elite members the chance to buy back status. If you are currently an AAdvantage Platinum or Gold member, and you have flown at least two elite qualifying segments during 2012, and did not participate in this offer last year, then you are eligible to renew your status. More details can be found here.


As I mentioned earlier in the month, Starwood Preferred Guest and Delta Airlines have teamed up to create Crossover Rewards. The new cross-functional benefit for SPG Elites and SkyMiles Elites is now open for registration. You can do so here. For more details on Crossover rewards see my post here.

Tip of the Day:
Want to earn more Aeroplan Miles? No where else other than Aeroplan itself will  you find a larger list of Aeroplan Bonus Mile offers (heck sometimes we have offers listed that Aeroplan doesn't!). Check them out here

Travel Deals
Hilton
is offering up to 30% off prepaid non-refundable deposit rates for stays in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. If you have set plans in place where you know you won't need to cancel a stay then this offer may bring you some additional savings. Stays must be booked by May 14 for travel between Mar 14 and Dec 31, 13. Full details and online booking

Bonus Offers
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Double Asia Miles when paying the Best Available Rate for stays at any Shangri-La resort for a minimum of three consecutive nights; or any Traders hotel for a minimum of two consecutive nights worldwide. More... Until Mar 31, 13

China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- Earn up to Quadruple Dynasty Flyer Miles when you rent a car with Hertz participating locations in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia or New Zealand. More... Until Jun 30, 13

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com)
- Triple HawaiianMiles and up to 30% off for stays at participating Starwood Hotels in Hawaii. More... Until Dec 20, 13

Iberia Plus
- 20% Bonus Avios when you buy Avios online. More... Until Mar 10, 13

InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club
- Double Priority Club Points on weekend rentals of 2 or more days, or rentals of 5 or more days, at a participating Hertz airport or off airport location in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada. More... Until Jul 31, 13

Marriott Rewards
- 3,000 Bonus Points PER NIGHT for stays at the TownePlace Suites Bethlehem Easton. Maximum of 25,000 bonus points awarded per stay. More... Until Mar 26, 13
- 6,000 Bonus Points PER NIGHT for stays at the Courtyard Detroit Pontiac/Bloomfield. More... Until Mar 28, 13
- 3,000 Bonus Points when you stay two consecutive nights Sunday-Thursday at the Charleston Marriott. More... Until Mar 27, 13
- 2,000 Bonus Points when you stay two consecutive nights Sunday-Thursday at the Charleston Courtyard Waterfront. More... Until Mar 27, 13
- 3,000 Bonus Points per stay including any night Sunday-Thursday at the Courtyard Boston Logan Airport. More... Until Mar 31, 13
- 2,000 Bonus Points per stay at the Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Coral Springs.More... Until Mar 31, 13
- 10,000 Bonus Points when you stay 4+ nights at the Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa.More... Until Mar 31, 13
- Double Rewards Points on weekend rentals of 2 or more days, or rentals of 5 or more days, at a participating Hertz airport or off airport location in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada. More... Until Jul 31, 13

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Feb 26 Update: A quiet day at Rewards Canada with only a few bonuses

Super quiet Tuesday here at Rewards Canada, just a few bonus offers added and nothin' else!

News, Tips & Tricks

Tip of the Day: Make sure you are maximizing your mileage earning! Check out Rewards Canada's Maximize your Miles feature for tips on how to earn more miles.

Bonus Offers
China Eastern Eastern Miles
- Double Eastern Miles Points when paying the Best Available Rate for stays at any Shangri-La resort for a minimum of three consecutive nights; or any Traders hotel for a minimum of two consecutive nights worldwide. More... Mar 1 - May 31, 13
- Double Eastern Miles Points for stays of 2 or more nights at Shangri-La Hotel and Traders Hotels in Singapore or Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa. More... Until Apr 30, 13

China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- Double SkyPearl Kilometers when paying the Best Available Rate for stays at any Shangri-La resort for a minimum of three consecutive nights; or any Traders hotel for a minimum of two consecutive nights worldwide. More... Mar 1 - May 31, 13

Emirates Skywards
- Triple Skywards Miles and a complimentary upgarde when you stay at Anantara Hotels Resorts and Spas, The Doyle Collection Hotels in London, First Hotels in Copenhagen, Kempinski Hotels, Lungarno Collection, Mokara Hotels & Spas or Omni Hotels & Resorts. More... Until Mar 31, 13

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Triple QMiles for stays at the Rose Rayhaan by Rotana - Dubai. More... Mar 1 - Apr 30, 13
- Double QMiles for stays at Shaza Hotels worldwide. More... Mar 1 - May 30, 13
- Double QMiles for stays at participating Swissotel Hotels & Resorts worldwide. More... Mar 1 - May 31, 13
- Earn up to 1,000 QMiles for Budget rentals in Europe, Middle East and Africa. More... Mar 1 - May 31, 13 More...
- Double QMiles for every Sixt rental Worldwide. More... Mar 1 - Apr 30, 13
- Double QMiles on purchases of Diamond and Pearl Jewellery from participating Joyalukkas outlets in Qatar,Bahrain,Kuwait.UAE,Oman,KSA and UK. More... Mar 1 - May 31, 13

US Airways Dividend Miles
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- 250 Bonus Dividend Miles for joining The Whiteboard & another 250 miles for completing your first survey. More... Until ?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Feb 25 Update: Double Asia Miles YVR/YYZ-HKG, new Choice Hotels Systemwide promo and Porter Airlines sale

As is typical with Monday's there isn't a lot of news to pass your way although there are a couple of bonus offers to make note of.

News, Tips & Tricks
Cathay Pacific
has launched another flight promo out of Canada, this time they are offering bonus miles on flights between YVR and YYZ and Hong Kong that are booked in First or Business Class. This promo is running along side their Premium Economy offer so right now you can earn bonus miles in all classes except Econony class. For more details see the link below in the bonus offers section.

Choice Hotels has also launched their next systemwide promo, one that we have seen time and time again where you can earn a free night at roughly 1,500 of their hotels by earning a bonus of somewhere between 5,000 and 8,000 points after two stays. When are these programs going to come up with something more creative? (same with CX above, same promo we've seen many times) Perhaps they need to hire me (FYI loyalty program managers: The FFB Group does provide loyalty promotion consulting if you are reading this) to get them some traction with better thought out promotions!

Tip of the Day: Looking for a new Travel Rewards Credit Card? Be sure to visit Rewards Canada's Guide to choosing a travel rewards credit card before you make a decision to make sure you are getting the right card for you!


Travel Deals
Porter Airlines
has another up to 50% sale going on. Flights need to be booked by Mar 1 for travel until Jun 26. Find out more at Porter



Bonus Offers
Best Western Rewards

- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you stay 2 qualified night at any Best Western® branded hotel in South America. More... Until Mar 31, 13

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Double Asia Miles for Cathay Pacific flights in first or Business Class between Vancouver or Toronto and Hong Kong. More... Mar 1 - May 31, 13 Valid for residents of Canada Only

Choice Hotels Privileges
- Up to 8,000 Bonus Privileges Points when you complete 2 qualifying stays at Choice Hotels Worldwide. More... Feb 28 - May 15, 13

Delta SkyMiles

- Earn American Express Reward Cards worth up to $125 when you fly nonstop between New York LGA and select cities. More... Register by Mar 23 for travel until Apr 22, 13 Targeted offer - May Not Work for everyone

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double HawaiianMiles for stays at The Kahala Hotel and Resort. More... Until Apr 30, 13
- Double HawaiianMiles for stays of 2+ nights at The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel. More... Until Apr 30, 13
- 10,000 Bonus HawaiianMiles with a minimum 4 night stay at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. More... Apr 1 - 30, 13
- 5,000 Bonus HawaiianMiles with a minimum 3 night stay at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki or the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. More... Apr 1 - 30, 13
- Double HawaiianMiles on any vehicle rental at participating Hertz locations in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand and Puerto Rico. More... Until Jun 30, 13
- Triple HawaiianMiles on all rentals of two days or longer of a Compact car or larger vehicle at any Thrifty location Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 13

Scandinavian EuroBonus
- Double EuroBonus points for stays at any Rica Hotels in Stockholm, Gothenburg or Malmö. More... Until Mar 31, 13

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Feb 22 Update: New name for Melia's Loyalty Program, Qantas sale out of YYC/YYZ, El Al Bonus with Diners Club Canada

Last day of the work week brings us the following news, tips and bonuses!

News, Tips & Tricks
Melia Hotels International
has renamed their loyalty program from Mas Rewards to MeliaRewards. To celebrate the rebranding of the program Melia is giving away  a guaranteed prize every time you stay at one of their hotels. More...



Tip of the Day: Planning on renting a car in the near future for your travels? Be sure to visit Rewards Canada's Car Rental Bonus Offer Listing before you book to make sure you aren't missing out any potential bonus miles on your rental. Many of the offers also provide discounts over the regular rates while some do not. To get the best deal do dummy bookings with and without the promo codes for the bonus miles to see what gives you a better deal.

Over on the FFB Blog, this week's City Bonus Highlight is on Dallas, so if you have upcoming travel to this great city in Texas check out the post before you book any travel!

Travel Deals
Qantas
has a fare sale to Australia from Canada. Sydney can be had for C$1664 all in from Calgary, C$1862 from Toronto. Flights must be booked by Feb 27 for travel between Aug 1 and Sep 13. Full details


Bonus Offers
Air Canada Aeroplan

- 250 Bonus Aeroplan miles for magazine subscriptions made via Rogers Magazine service. More... Until Jun 30, 13

American AAdvantage
- Earn up to 3,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles on a qualifying rental of 2 or more consecutive days at participating Budget airport locations in the U.S. and Canada. More... Until Apr 30, 13
- Quadruple AAdvantage Miles on qualifying rentals of 3 or more days at Dollar locations Worldwide. More... Until Jun 30, 13
- Quadruple AAdvantage Miles on qualifying rentals of 3 or more days at Thrifty locations Worldwide. More... Until Jun 30, 13

El Al Matmid Club
- 20% Bonus Matmid Points when you convert points from Diners Club Club Rewards into Matmid points. More... Until Mar 15, 13

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Double Mileage Bank Miles for stays at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach or the Outrigger Reef on the Beach Waikiki. More... Until Jun 30, 13
- Double Mileage Bank Miles + Breakfast for 2 for stays at participating Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts Worldwide on the Best Available rate. More... Mar 1 - May 31, 13

Miles & More
- Double Miles & More Miles for Brussels Airlines flights between Brussels and Washington D.C. More... Jun 18 - Aug 31, 13

Scandinavian EuroBonus
- Double EuroBonus points on SAS flights within Sweden for new EuroBonus Members who join the program by Mar 3. More... Join by Mar 3 for travel until Mar 17, 13 Restrictions Targeted Offer - May Not Work for Everyone
- Double EuroBonus points for stays at the Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel Gothenburg. More... Mar 18 - Aug 31, 13

Ukraine International Panorama Club (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Panorama Club Miles for flights between Kiev and Prague or Warsaw. More... Mar 31 - Apr 30, 13
- Double Panorama Club Miles for flights between Kiev and London. More... Until Mar 31, 13

United Mileage Plus
- 1,000 Mileage Plus Miles on qualifying rentals of 3 or more days at Thrifty locations Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 13

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Feb 21 Update: Aeroplan Create your own Perfume Workshop, Air France KLM Business Class sale, New AAdvantage bonuses to Europe

Another day filled with lots of new rewards information for you!

News, Tips & Tricks

I have added the American Air Miles Reserve Credit Card to the Rewards Canada Comparison Charts. You'll be able to view and compare it on the following charts:
1. Most Popular Travel Rewards Credit Cards
2. All Canadian Travel Rewards Credit Cards
3. Travel Points Credit Cards Only

Aeroplan is offering an Essence Workshop Create your own Perfume in Toronto. Normally this reward is only available for redemption in Montreal. The workshops will take place Saturday March 16 & Sunday March 17, 2013 at noon, 3PM or 6PM at The Harbour Suite, Westin Harbour Castle Full details can be found here

United Airlines will be adding fall service between Quebec City and Washington Dulles. The service will operate daily between Aug 27 and Nov 4. (Source: Airline Route Updates)

Travel Deals
InterContinental Hotels Group
is offering 2 nights for the price of 1 at many of their hotels in the U.K. this spring. The offer is valid for stays Mar 22 - May 7, 13. Book by Mar 24. Full details


Air France
and KLM  are once again running one of their great business class sales. Fares from Toronto or Montreal including all taxes start at $2599 for Europe and $3099 for Asia. From Calgary and Vancouver its $3099 for Europe and $3599 for Africa/India.
Fares must be purchased by Feb 28 for travel Mar 1 - Apr 30 at AirFrance.ca or KLM.com


Bonus Offers
American AAdvantage
- Earn up to 20,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you fly roundtrip between New York and Dublin. More... Jun 12 - Sep 15, 13
- Earn up to 20,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you fly roundtrip between Chicago and Dusseldorf. More... Apr 11 - Jul 15, 13

Delta SkyMiles
- Double SkyMiles on non-stop Delta flights between New York (JFK) and Santiago, Santo Domingo or Port-au-Prince. More... Book by Apr 30 for travel until Jul 31, 13

InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club
- Double Priority Club Points 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 Jun 30, 13
- 2 Nights for the Price of 1 for stays at participating Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza or Hotel Indigo hotels in the U.K.. More... Book by Mar 24 for stays Mar 22 - May 7, 13

Marriott Rewards
- Double Rewards Points 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 Jun 30, 13

Qantas Frequent Flyer
- Triple Frequent Flyer Points when you book the Best Available Rate at the Shangri-La, Dubai. More... Mar 1 - Aug 31, 13

Southwest Rapid Rewards
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- OFFER ENHANCED Double Rapid Rewards Points & Double Tier Qualifying Points on all Southwest Airlines flight Systemwide. More... Until May 15, 13

Starwood Preferred Guest
- 1,000 Bonus Starpoints for every Sheraton Club stay at participating hotels Worldwide. More... Until May 31, 13

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American Express Miles Platinum Sign Up Bonus upped to 1,000 Reward Miles

This is the increased sign up bonus I mentioned about 2 or so weeks ago. Looks like Amex held off on releasing it so that it wouldn't come out the same week as their new Air Miles Reserve Card. Now it is here and the offer matches that of the Reserve Card which I find a little surprising they make it the same as outside of some the extra benefits that the Reserve Card offers this card is cheaper yet earns the same amount Air Miles Rewards Miles (Sign up bonus and earn rate). I still have to confirm this,  but apparently this level of sign up bonus for the Platinum Card will remain as standard from this point forward.

Here are the full details on this offer and the card:

Earn up to 1,000 Bonus AIR MILES® reward miles! Receive 500 Bonus reward miles upon first use of an approved Card, plus earn 500 Bonus reward miles after you spend $500 in your first three months of Card membership
• $65 annual fee waived for the first year
• Earn 1 reward mile for every $10 in Card purchases at AIR MILES®* Sponsors
• Earn 1 reward mile for every $10 in Card purchases at other eligible stand-alone grocery stores, gas stations, and drugstores in Canada
• Earn 1 reward mile for every $15 in Card purchases everywhere else
• More than 1000 rewards to choose from! Redeem for a wide range of rewards - everything from movie tickets to electronics, travel and more
• Shop at participating AIR MILES Sponsors across Canada with your American Express® AIR MILES®* Platinum Credit Card and show your AIR MILES®* Collector Card, and you can earn reward miles twice
Apply Now
* Canadian Residents Only

American Express is not responsible for maintaining or monitoring the accuracy of information on this website For full details and current product information click the Apply Now link.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Feb 20 Update: Wyndham Rewards award changes, vote in the Freddie Awards and up to 25% bonus on buying Avios

Busy day here at the FFB Group!

News, Tips & Tricks
The big news over the past 24 hours comes to us from three hotel reward programs in terms of award night changes, Hilton HHonors (see my post from earlier today), Starwood Preferred Guest (see my other post from earlier today) and Wyndham Rewards (see below).  The majority of the changes are not good!

If you check your email regularily you'll see that voting has opened for the 25th annual Freddie Awards, The Frequent Flyer industry's largest and best know awards celebrating airline and hotel programs, promotions and more. Most of the program that have been nominated have been sending out emails for everyone to go vote for them, so please go vote for your favourites at freddieawards.com

On March 14 Wyndham Rewards is releasing a new award chart for free nights at their properties. The chart shows a new lowest category level of 5,500 points (getting rid of the 6,000 point level) which is the good news, they have also done away with the short lived highest category 35,000 and 45,000 point level redemptions but have kept the rest of the levels just recently introduced that were over the old high end 16,000 points.  You can expect to see many hotels that were capped at 16K to move up.  There is also a new level being introduced at 8,000 points. More details can be found here
Wyndham Rewards point redemption levels

KLM is changing their luggage rules for flights in Economy Class within Europe as they will start charging for any checked bags as of April 22. The charge for checking a bag is EUR15 if you select it in advance at time of booking or EUR30 if you do it at the airport. You can avoid this fee by simply joining the Air France KLM Flying Blue program for free (see this promo for Canadians) or their Blue Biz corporate program or fly on a fully flexible economy class ticket (Y or B). Intercontinental flights remain free (this is the most important for those of here in Canada) and flights within Europe that go to Georgia, Italy, Turkey, the Ukraine, Russia or Belarus. More details can be found here.

I posted another special feature here on the blog portion of Rewards Canada yesterday, covering Credit Card Medical Insurance Coverage. If you didn't read it you can do so here.

Travel Deals
Delta Hotels
has another sale offering up to 35% off stays at their locations across Canada. Stays must be booked by Feb 23 for stays until Apr 30.  Book here

Bonus Offers
Air Tran A+ Rewards
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double A+ Credits on all Air Tran flights Systemwide. More... Until May 15, 13

airberlin topbonus
- Double topbonus Miles on every stay at Choice Hotels locations Worldwide. More... Until Apr 30, 13

British Airways Executive Club
- Earn up to 25% Bonus Avios when you purchase Avios online. Purchase between 5,000 and 23,000 Avios to get a 15% bonus or your full yearly allowance of 24,000 to get a 25% bonus. More... Until Mar 28, 13

Delta SkyMiles
- Double SkyMiles on every Delta flight between the U.S. and Asia. More... Until Dec 31, 13 Targeted offer - May Not Work for everyone

Emirates Skywards
- Triple Skywards Miles when you stay at Atlantis, The Palm Dubai. More... Book by May 31 for stays until Dec 20, 13
- Triple Skywards Miles when you stay for five nights at the Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living London. More... Until Mar 31, 13

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Loyalty Club
- Triple Loyalty Points when you book the The Iditarod Package at Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage. More... Until Mar 11, 13
- Double Loyalty Points on qualified stays at the Millennium Hotel Durham. More... Mar 1 - Apr 4, 13

United Mileage Plus
- Double Mileage Plus 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 Jun 30, 13

US Airways Dividend Miles
- Double Dividend 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 Jun 30, 13

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Double Flying Club 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 Jun 30, 13

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Starwood Preferred Guest 2013 Category Adjustments

Hot on the heels of the big Hilton news comes an announcement from Starwood Preferred Guest on their annual hotel award category adjustments. Perhaps SPG is hoping their announcement will be drowned out by the HHonors devaluation. Unlike Marriott, Hilton, or Priority Club, SPG is not introducing new categories but the announcement on Milepoint.com tells us about the individual hotel movements in point requirements coming on March 5th.  Overall 47 properties will move down a category while at least 20% of all of Starwood's hotels will be moving up in categories including one of my perennial favourites, the Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas.


SPG Award Night Starpoint Requirements

Overall SPG's changes aren't as drastic as the other main hotel reward programs but with over 200 hotels going up it still isn't good news for SPG members.

Luckily enough, SPG has provided a list of the hotel changes which you can download here (PDF). If you have any planned redemptions coming up you can consult this list to see if you should redeem your Starpoints before March 5 or wait until after.

Major Devaluation to the Hilton HHonors program coming in March


At the start of each year we normally see some of the big hotel chains making changes to their loyalty programs. 2013 has been no different, in fact I would have to say there have been more changes than more and as is almost always the case the changes aren't good. Starwood Preferred Guest, IHG Priority Club, and Marriott Rewards have all released 'bad news' changes to their programs and now with an email yesterday came news of Hilton's turn. Out of all the programs that have announced changes, Hilton HHonors have got to be some of the most significant and not in a good way.

All of these changes are slated to take place on March 28th and are as follows:
Hilton HHonors will be moving to 10 award categories from 7. The new categories are 8, 9 and 10 and primarily affect current Category 7 hotels which maxed out at 50,000 points for an award night. Now with the new categories some these hotels will cost as much as 95,000 points per night! Overall this is a huge devaluation for many of the 'dream' hotels that members aspire to redeem at and even for the not so 'dreamy' hotels that are in the middle of the award chart.

Here is the current award chart

and here is what the new one looks like

You'll notice that for categories 4 through 10 there are various point ranges for the award nights, this is taking into account HHonors' new Seasonal Hotel Reward Pricing. In basic terms, hotels in these categories will have variable rates depending on the season (High/Low)

One thing I didn't notice on many of the other Frequent Flyer and Loyalty Blogs is that the Category 1-3 hotels have actually gone down in the amount of points required but the reasons it is not mentioned is that there are a little over 500 properties in these categories out of Hilton's 3,900+ hotels inventory, so they make up a small portion of the pot and most people, like myself, save up points to redeem for aspirational awards, like stays at the 5 star on the beach locations, which never fall into the low categories. Also going down is the lowest rate possible for categories 5-7, obviously for stays during the lowest of low seasons.


The final change is 5th Night Free, where members with Silver, Gold or Diamond elite status will get a free night when they book a Standard Room Reward stay of five or more consecutive nights. This 'new' enhancement will actually remove the current VIP Awards from HHonors which provided 20% off standard award rates for stay of 5 nights (so the equivalent of 5th night free) but also provided 15% off for 4 nights or even better 25% off of 6 nights. So the loss of the VIP Awards and the introduction of the 5th Night Free for elite members can also be considered a devaluation of the HHonors program.

As always, for some good analysis please visit Ric Garrido's Loyalty Traveler blog where he puts up some sample reward bookings under the current HHonors program and the program after March 28th. It doesn't look good.


Screen shot from Ric Garrido's post on the HHonors changes


Are you a big time user of the Hilton HHonors program? I'm not so much so I'd love to hear comments from those of you who are going to be majorily affected by these changes!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Travel Reward Credit Card Medical Insurance Coverage

Make sure you enjoy that golf course in Palm Springs
knowing that you are properly covered by your
Credit Card travel insurance

PLEASE NOTE THIS POST HAS NOW BEEN UPDATED ON THE MAIN REWARDS CANADA SITE. CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST AND MOST UPDATED VERSION

With the emergence of Credit Card Emergency Travel Medical Insurance coverage over the past few years, I have been receiving more and more requests from some of Rewards Canada 'seasoned' readers about coverage once they hit 65 years old. I did look into this a few years back and just personally responded via email to those who asked. But somehow when 2013 hit, I have already received numerous emails asking about which credit cards provide Emergency Travel Medical Insurance coverage for people over the age of 65. So I figured it was best to summarize all the information into one post.

I have gone through all of the major Travel Rewards credit cards in Canada that provide this insurance benefit and summarized their age coverage in the chart below.

I do want to stress however that if you are picking a card primarily for the Travel Medical Insurance coverage be sure to read the policy before you get the card to see what is and what isn't covered, coverage periods and more as each card has their own 'exclusions' and such. Here are some of the things that stood out for me:
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  • Most of the plans will only cover you for pre-existing conditions (known or unknown in some cases) when those conditions are/were considered stable prior to traveling. Now the difference comes in in the time period that you have to be stable, I found most cards require 90 days prior to travel but some were as high as 180 days. Now a pre-existing condition can be different than a Medical or chronic condition which is controlled but once again during that 90 or 180 day period there usually can't be any changes or other treatment for the condition. Some will not cover routine care for a chronic condition
  • If you are traveling 9 weeks prior to or after giving birth many of the cards will not cover you if any medical issues arise that are related to the pregnancy
  • If you are young (or young at heart) and go party in Cancun during Spring Break, many of the cards will not cover you for medical emergencies that happen while you are intoxicated.
  • Certain dangerous or professional sports are not covered, even Scuba Diving is an exclusion unless you hold a basic designation from a certified school or licencing body.
These are only a few of the conditions and/or exclusions. Key word here in many of the cases is Emergency, so if you are getting routine care for something prior to travel there is a possibility it may not be covered. Also many of the policies require you to contact the insurer as soon as possible and get approval for the treatment except where the emergency is life threatening: This excerpt is taken from the Scotiagold Passport Visa policy:
"No benefits will be payable for surgery or invasive procedures (such as cardiac catheterization) without prior approval by Scotia Assist, except in extreme circumstances where a request for prior approval would delay surgery needed in a life threatening medical crisis."
So please, before you choose a card based solely on the medical insurance please read the policies of those that you are considering before making your decision.

Emergency Travel Medical Insurance Coverage Periods by Age
Bolding represents the best offer for the age category
Card / Age Group 54 or under 55-59 60 - 64 65 - 75 76+
American Express AeroplanPlus Platinum Card 15 Days 15 Days 15 Days No Coverage No Coverage
American Express Gold Rewards Card 15 Days 15 Days 15 Days No Coverage No Coverage
The Platinum Card from American Express 15 Days 15 Days 15 Days No Coverage No Coverage
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Feb 19 Update: Jet Airways bonus between Toronto and India, US Airways bonus for Budget rentals

I hope everyone had a great Family Day long weekend! Sorry to those provinces not celebrating this holiday. A quiet start to week with only bonus offers added to RC today however watch for another Special Feature post to come later today.

News, Tips & Tricks
The only news to pass on comes from the bonus offer section, if you are planning a trip(s) to India and Jet Airways is in your considerations, they have bonused up flights to Mumbai and Delhi in the premium classes. See more details via the link below.



Bonus Offers
China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 400 Bonus Eastern Miles Points for stays at Jinling Hotels & Resort properties participating in Jinling Elite Program in China. More... Until Mar 31, 13

Frontier Airlines Early Returns (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double EarlyReturns Miles for every trip you take on Frontier Airlines between Denver and Eugene. More... May 16 - Jun 17, 13
- Double EarlyReturns Miles for every trip you take on Frontier Airlines between Denver and Fresno. More... May 17 - Jun 17, 13

Jet Airways JetPrivilege
- Triple JetPrivilege Miles when you fly in the Première cabin (C, J, Z, I, P classes) between Delhi and Brussels, Toronto or Newark; Mumbai and Newark or Toronto. More... Until May 7, 13

Marriott Rewards
- 5,000 Bonus Points when you stay five consecutive nights or longer at the Residence Inn Jacksonville Airport. More... Mar 1 - May 18, 13
- 1,000 Bonus Points when you stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Jacksonville West/Chaffee Point. More... Mar 3 - May 22, 13
- 1,000 Bonus Points when you stay two consecutive nights Sunday-Thursday at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Lake City. More... Mar 31 - Jun 13, 13
- 2,500 Bonus Points per stay when you stay any night Thursday - Sunday at the JW Marriott Chicago Hotel. More... Mar 19 - May 27, 13
- 1,000 Bonus Points when you stay two consecutive nights Thursday - Sunday at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Charlotte Arrowood. More... Mar 1 - May 19, 13

TAP Portugal Victoria
- 50% Victoria Miles Discount for TAP Victoria award flights from Lisbon/Porto to New York/Miami or vice versa. More... Book by Mar 1 for travel until Dec 14, 13

US Airways Dividend Miles
- Triple Dividend Miles on a qualifying rental of 3 or more consecutive days at participating Budget airport locations in the U.S. and Canada. More... Until Dec 31, 13

Friday, February 15, 2013

Feb 15 Update: Hyatt Promo open for registration, United Premium Class Luggage Allowance reduction

A quiet end to what turned out to be a pretty busy week!

News, Tips & Tricks
Alaska Airlines and Icelandair are ending their partnership effective June 1, 2013. Not sure if it has something to do with the buy Saga Club points to get First Class tickets on Alaska between US/Canada and Hawaii for $330 last fall as some people are speculating but overall not huge news for those of us here in Canada. Source: Icelandair

Lucky from the One Mile at a Time blog lets us know about United reducing the first and business class luggage allowance. Basically the allowance is moving from three bags to two bags (at 70lbs max each) for First and Business domestic flights and Business class for international. First Class international will retain a 3 bag limit. More details

Hyatt's systemwide promo for 3,000 bonus points every 3 nights is now open for registration, see RC's Hyatt page for more details

Bonus Offers
JetBlue TrueBlue (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double TrueBlue Points on weekend rentals of 2 or more days, or rentals of 5 or more days, at a participating Hertz airport or off airport location in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada. More... Until Jul 31, 13

Middle East Airlines Cedar Miles
- Double Cedar Miles on all Sixt rentals worldwide. More... Until Apr 6, 13

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Double QMiles for Hertz rentals of 3 or more days in Europe, the US, Australia or Doha. More... Until May 31, 13

Shangri-La Golden Circle
- Double GC Award Points for stays in a Horizon Club room or a suite at the Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen. More... Mar 1 - May 31, 13
- Earn up to Triple GC Award Points for stays at the Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai. More... Mar 1 - May 31, 13
- Double GC Award Points for stays in a suite at the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris More... Mar 1 - Apr 15, 13
- Double GC Award Points for stays in a Deluxe room at the Traders Hotel, Manila. More... Mar 1 - May 31, 13

Southwest Rapid Rewards (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Rapid Rewards Points on any car type picked up Sunday through Wednesday for two days or longer at all Dollar locations worldwide. More... Until May 22, 13

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Feb 14 Update: American-US Airways Merger, Flying Blue Promo Award out of YYZ, Aeroplan bonus on flights to 10 US Cities


News, Tips & Tricks
Of course the huge news in the industry is the announcement of the merger of American Airlines and US Airways last night. Although it is subject to government approval, if the merger goes through it would create the world's largest airline. The airline will be call American Airlines and we are guessing that much like the United-Continental and Delta-NWA mergers of the past that it will take18-24 months for full integration into one.. However for the time being the airlines are being run separately and so are the frequent flyer programs. But based on the past mergers of other airlines, members should see the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles program slowly tie into each other, once that happens you can expect to see benefits right like being able to transfer miles between accounts held in the same name in both airlines and elite status recognition from both airlines. For more information you can visit each airline's dedicated page to the merger American | US Airways

What does this mean for Canadians? Once the merger is complete, Star Alliance will lose US Airways which means Aeroplan, the biggest frequent flyer program in Canada will lose them and this will mean less seat availability on certain routes when trying to book Star Alliance award tickets. On the otherhand, Canadians who are oneworld alliance flyers like British Airways Executive Club, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles could see more availability on flights out of Canada depending on what routes the new airline will keep. I assume routes like YYZ-PHL will be kept but some like YYC-PHX may go the way of the dodo bird. Ultimately only time will tell what happens but I don't think it is a huge loss to Aeroplan members, especially for those of us out West here where US Airways doesn't have a big presence. What could be a much bigger loss is the disappearance of the US Airways 100% bonus on buying Dividend Miles which I have talked about numerous times here on RC. It is (was) always a good way to get business class flights to Asia or Europe on Star Alliance for a relatively low cost (~$1800). American AAdvantage has been running lots of buy miles promos lately and those will most likely continue but they aren't as lucrative as the Dividend Miles promo.

Air Canada has expanded their current systemwide flight bonus for higher fare class tickets to include an additional bonus of 500 Aeroplan miles when you fly to or from select U.S. cities. See the link in the bonus offers below for more details.


In case you missed my post last night, American Express and Air Miles introduced a new premium credit card call the American Express Air Miles Reserve Credit Card.


Travel Deals
Air France KLM have released their latest 50% off Flying Blue Promo Awards. This time around Toronto is being discounted in business class which means you can get flights between Toronto and Europe 1/2/3 for only 50,000 Flying Blue Miles. This offer is good for flights between March1 and April 30. More info can be found here




Bonus Offers
Aegean Miles&Bonus (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Miles&Bonus Miles for stays at Yes! Hotels in Greece. More... Book by Feb 28 for stays until Dec 31, 13

Air Canada Aeroplan

- 500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles on Air Canada flights that are booked with a Flex, Latitude, or Executive Class fare to or from Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kansas City, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Richmond or Syracuse. More... Until Mar 24, 13

Emirates Skywards
- 1,000 Bonus Skywards Miles for stays at the at the Renaissance Tlemcen Hotel. More... Mar 1 - May 18, 13
- Quadruple Skywards Miles on rentals of 3 or more days of a Group C or higher car at Avis locations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. More... Until Mar 31, 13
- Triple Skywards Miles on all Sixt rentals worldwide. More... Until Mar 31, 13

Frontier EarlyReturns (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double EarlyReturns Miles on weekend rentals of 2 or more days, or rentals of 5 or more days, at a participating Hertz airport or off airport location in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada. More... Until Jul 31, 13

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double HawaiianMiles on weekend rentals of 2 or more days, or rentals of 5 or more days, at a participating Hertz airport or off airport location in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada. More... Until Jul 31, 13

Jumeirah Sirius
- Double Sirius Points for stays at the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai. More... Until Feb 28, 13
- Double Sirius Points for stays of 4 or more nights at the Jumeirah Port Soller Resort & Spa. More... Mar 7 - Apr 30, 13
- Double Sirius Points for stays at Mina A’ Salam, Al Qasr or Dar Al Masyaf Madinat. More... Mar 1 - 15, 13
- 2,000 Bonus Sirius Points when you book the “Live the Suite Life” package online for stays at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower or Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London. More... Until Dec 31, 13

Marriott Rewards
- Earn up to 8,000 Bonus Points when you stay on Thursday-Sunday nights (Friday or Saturday required) at St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel. More... Until Apr 21, 13
- 2,500 Bonus Points when you stay two consecutive nights Sunday-Thursday at the Courtyard Riverside Downtown/UCR Area. More... Until Apr 29, 13
- 2,500 Bonus Points per stay at the Courtyard Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom. More... Until Apr 29, 13
- 1,000 Bonus Points per stay at the Fairfield Inn Lafayette. More... Until Apr 14, 13

United Mileage Plus
- Earn up to 100% Mileage Plus Miles when you fly nonstop between San Francisco and Paris. More... Apr 11 - May 31, 13

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Introducing the American Express AIR MILES Reserve Credit Card

Air Miles, Canada’s largest loyalty program has long had credit cards that earn Air Miles Rewards Miles which also offered some standard credit card benefits but none like those found on some of the higher end premium travel cards. Enter the latest offering from American Express and Air Miles, the American Express AIR MILES Reserve Credit Card which is the first premium Air Miles card in the market. After discussions with sophisticated travelers (I would hope some of you were included since I like to believe the Rewards Canada fan base is quite sophisticated) and avid Air Miles collectors, American Express determined that there was a niche for a higher end card to be co-branded with Air Miles.

The card will be officially released tomorrow (Feb 14) but I have been provided with an early preview of what the card will be like.

The American Express AIR MILES Reserve Credit Card will offer 1,000 Air Miles Reward Miles as the standard sign up bonus although like almost every other card out on the market today we could expect to see even higher sign up bonuses in the future. The sign up or welcome bonus as Amex refers to it is awarded after spending $3,000 in the first three months of cardmembership.

Once you get the card you will be awarded with an annual short haul companion ticket (up to 1,450 Reward Miles) that can be used when booking another Air Miles reward ticket.

On regular spending you can expect to earn:

  • -One Air Miles Reward Mile per $10 spent at Air Miles sponsors

  • One Air Miles Reward Mile per $10 spent at all other Gas, Grocery and Drug Store locations

  • One Air Miles Reward Mile per $15 spent on all other eligible spending

The  redemption and benefits side is where some of the big changes and enhancements come in when compared to other Air Miles credit cards and pulls ideas from The Platinum Card from American Express.

Cardmembers will continue to redeem Air Miles at the set Air Miles Reward Chart rates for tickets that fall into that category but where this card jumps ahead of the others is as follows:
  • 
the administration/booking fee charged by Air Miles is waived
  • 
you’ll be able to use your Reward Miles to pay for the taxes and fees

  • the introduction of Air Miles FlexFly which lets you book any seat on any flight at a rate of 770 Air Miles for every $100 of travel booked when you cannot get a flight via the reward chart. This is similar to the booking options allowed to all Air Miles members where you can book any flight but it will cost you more miles depending on the cost of the flight but the rate this card has should be better.
  • 
and the big one….. cardmembers will be able to redeem for Business Class flights! While Air Miles has occasionally run promotions for Business Class redemptions, this will be available all the time for Air Miles Reserve cardmembers. Apparently Air Miles will be able to book business class seats instead of economy from their existing inventory provided to them from their airline partners and if there is no availability then once again cardmembers can take advantage of the Air Miles FlexFly option of redeeming 770 points for every $100 spent on flights.

The benefits side will see some great options that are only seen on Amex Platinum cards, insurances similar to most premium cards and lounge access like some of the higher end travel cards:

  • Priority Pass Membership with 4 annual lounge passes (all other lounge access will be at the standard Priority Pass rate of US$27 per visit once passes are used up)
  • 
Access to the Toronto Pearson Priority Security lanes in Terminal and Terminal 3

  • Access to Priority Limo and Taxi Lanes at Toronto Pearson
  • 
Access to an exclusive AIR MILES concierge service, which will have a dedicated phone number, which for anyone who has called the main AIR MILES line to redeem can attest to being a great advantage. 

  • American Express Front of the Line Access to concerts and events

  • Insurances include Emergency Medical, Flight delay, car rental, lost baggage, hotel burglary and more


So what will this cost you to get all these benefits and enhancements? The primary card is $299 per year with supplementary cards coming in at $50. When I first heard $299 I can admit I was a little shocked, not because I haven’t seen prices like that (the Platinum Card from Amex is $699) but when I associate anything with Air Miles, I see people wanting to get a good deal at a good value . But then again this card is not targeting the general Air Miles populous, its targeting avid collectors who do redeem most of their Air Miles for travel and those wanting enhanced travel benefits. One can look at the companion fare as almost being covered by the $299 but I still feel this is high. The WestJet World Elite MasterCard has a $99 companion fare which can take you farther and that card only costs $99. Granted it has less travel benefits attached but it’s not too far off. The BMO World Elite which offers similar Priority Pass benefits is only $150, the American Express AeroplanPlus Platinum is $200 more with a companion fare, a better insurance package and very good lounge access plus it also has the Toronto Pearson benefits and comes out stronger for business class tickets. In my mind this card should have come in with a $199 annual fee to make it more attractive and competitive with cards that offer similar benefits.


Ultimately I think this card is a great step for the American Express Air Miles partnership. The majority of Air Miles credit cards have lacked on the benefits side and this card steps up to the plate to fill that void.  While I won’t be getting the card since I am not a big Air Miles collector anymore, I know of many who will and those people will be the ones who do use their Air Miles primarily for travel. When you take into account the benefits, the earn ratio and even the small things like waiving the booking fee, this card is the best Air Miles Reward Miles card to date and you should jump on it if you fall into that category. If you don’t travel much and/or don’t use your Air Miles Reward Miles for travel you are probably better off saving the money spent on the larger annual fee by going with one of the other American Express or BMO Air Miles credit cards.

Be sure to keep an eye out in the near future here on Rewards Canada as I give the card the standard unbiased “Rewards Canada Review”, the addition of the card to my famous credit card comparison charts and to see where it ranks in Rewards Canada’s 5th Annual Top Travel Rewards Credit Card feature later this year!

As always I would love to hear your thoughts, comments etc. Just leave a comment below!

Feb 13 Update: Wyndham Aeroplan Contest, Air Canada Low Price Guarantee, discount on buying EuroBonus points

The middle of the week brings us the following:

News, Tips & Tricks
Wyndham Hotels and Aeroplan have teamed up for a contest. The contest is open to Canadian residents who are Wyndham Rewards members (free to join via the contest if you are not a member) and the prize is 1 Million Aeroplan Miles. The good side of me is sharing this with you as the devil on my other shoulder is telling me don't tell anyone as more people will enter the contest and your odds of winning go down! Glad I don't listen to that side! You have until April 30 to enter and you can enter the contest here.


Air Canada has introduced a Lowest Price Guarantee for booking on AirCanada.com that guarantees if you find a lower Air Canada price (at least $5 lower) on any other online travel retail site within 24 hours, they’ll match it and offer you a $50 credit. The guarantee only applies to Air Canada , Air Canada Express (operated by Jazz Aviation LP, Sky Regional Airlines Inc., Exploits Valley Air Services Ltd or Air Georgian) or Air Canada rouge flights from Canada with codeshares being excluded. You can find all the details here.

My wording may have been a bit vague yesterday about the new card being launched. The information will be posted here on the Rewards Canada blog at 5:30PM EST tonight. This launch also makes me think it is the reason why we haven't seen the increased sign up bonus that I was advised of for another card.

Bonus Offers
American AAdvantage
- 500 AAdvantage Miles when you update your AAdvantage account information. This offer may be targeted so it may not work for everyone. More... Until Feb 28, 13

Malaysia Airlines Enrich
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Enrich Miles for stays of 2+ nights on the “Bed and Breakfast” package rate or “Best Available Rate” at participating Mandarin Oriental Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Apr 30, 13
- Double Enrich Miles for stays at the PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore. More... Until Apr 30, 13
- Double Enrich Miles for stays of 3+ nights at a Shangri-La Resort, or 2+ nights at a Traders Hotel Worldwide. More... Until Apr 30, 13
- Earn up to Triple Enrich Miles for Avis rentals of 3 or more days at participating locations in Asia, US, Canada, Europe, Middle East and Africa. More... Until Apr 30, 13
- Double Enrich Miles for Avis rentals of 4 or more days at participating locations in Australia. More... Until Mar 28, 13
- Double Enrich Miles for Avis rentals of 4 or more days at participating locations in New Zealand. More... Feb 23 - Apr 30, 13
- Double Enrich Miles for Hertz rentals in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia or New Zealand. More... Until Apr 30, 13
- Double Enrich Miles when you purchase a Regus work solution and receive free trial access to any of 1,200 non-airport business lounges worldwide. More... Until Apr 30, 13
- Double Enrich Miles when you choose any two 90-minute spa treatments at the Spa Village Kuala Lumpur. More... Until Apr 30, 13

Philippine Airlines Mabuhay
- Earn up to Triple Mabuhay Miles when renting with Avis for 3+ days in USA, Canada, Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Asia. More... Until Mar 31, 13

Scandinavian EuroBonus
- 40% Discount when you buy EuroBonus Points online until Mar 15, 13. More... Until Mar 15, 13

US Airways Dividend Miles
- 1,000 Bonus Dividend Miles after you spend $40 dining in your first 30 days of joining with the 2013 New Member Bonus. More... Until Dec 31, 13

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Feb 12 Update: Marriott's Annual Category Changes, Targeted BW Free Night offer, 4x AAdvantage Miles for Hertz rentals

A busy day outside of my regular updates kept the bonus offers low but there is a decent amount of news to pass on to my readers!

News, Tips & Tricks
Posted to their Insiders forum yesterday and received in my email today is news that Marriott Rewards is once again adjusting many hotels in their category redemption levels and adding a new top level, Category 9. This new top level will require 45,000 points per night and only consists of 13 hotels primarily in Europe although a couple from the U.S. are in there as well. As to the rest of the changes,  Marriott states the following:
73% of the program's properties will remain in Categories 1-4.
63% of the properties remain unchanged.
1% of the properties will decrease by one or more categories.
36% of the properties will increase by one or more categories.
Marriott has provided a PDF (see link here) of all the properties that are changing. A key thing to look at in these changes are the 300+ hotels moving from Category 4 to 5 as many of us receive free nights via Marriott's MegaBonus promotion that are only good at Cat 1-4 and there are 175+ properties moving to Cat 6 from 5 which will affect Marriott Premier Rewards Visa cardholders annual free night benefit which is good up to Cat 5 hotels (they will also potentially lose out on the Cat 1-4 sign up free night offer).

There is a new credit card coming out tomorrow in the Canadian market. I'll have all the details posted at 5:30pm EST!

Speaking of credit cards, the increased sign up bonus for another card is still yet to be seen despite being told it would be live this past Monday.....

Heads up on another Aeroplan and Home Hardware offer. You can earn 2x Aeroplan Miles on purchases once again from Feb 13 to 23.

If you hold an Aegean Airlines Gold Miles&Bonus Card (in particular those of you who used this to get to Star Alliance Gold faster!) you now have greater access to security fast track lanes at airports in Europe. For the complete list see here.




Bonus Offers
American AAdvantage

- Quadruple AAdvantage Miles when you rent any vehicle for one of more days from Hertz in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. More... Until Mar 31, 13

Best Western Gold Crown Club
- Receive a Free Night Voucher when you complete one (1) qualified stay at Best Western branded hotel worldwide. More... Feb 11 - Apr 14, 13 Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone

Etihad Guest
- Double Guest Miles for stays at the Constance Le Prince Maurice, Constance Lemuria Seychelles and Constance Halaveli Maldives. More... Until Mar 31, 13
- Earn up to 2,500 Guest Miles for stays at The Fairmont Hotel Washington, D.C. Earn 500 Etihad Guest Miles per night and up to 2,500 Etihad Guest per stay. More... Until Mar 31, 13
- 500 Bonus Guest Miles with the purchase of any Priority Pass lounge membership. More... Until Feb 28, 13

Finnair Plus
- Double Plus Points on eligible flights and fares with Malaysia Airlines Worldwide. More... Register by Feb 14 for travel Feb 15 - Apr 15, 13

Frontier Early Returns
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double EarlyReturns Miles for every trip you take on Frontier Airlines between Denver and Greensboro. More... May 1 - 31, 13

Scandinavian EuroBonus
- Double EuroBonus points for SAS flights in Economy Extra or Business Class between Copenhagen and Beijing or Shanghai. More... Register by Feb 24 for travel Mar 16 - May 31, 13

Monday, February 11, 2013

Feb 11 Update: WestJet Encore routes announced and an American AAdvantage reward sale to Hawaii

Over the weekend I was featured ever so quickly on Global TV Calgary's Sunday Morning news talking about how you can only collect miles (or in this case WestJet dollars) for yourself on a flight and no one else on your booking, that the others have to have their own FF numbers to collect. I believe most of you who visit Rewards Canada know this but according to Tony Tighe at Global this was not the first time he was asked this. I think his FYI is a good as there are many Canadians out there who are not 'savvy' with their programs and do not understand or read all the rules that come with them.




News, Tips & Tricks
Check out American AAdvantage's discounted reward offer for flights to Hawaii from the U.S. and Canada. Only 30,000 AAdvantage Miles will get you a round trip flight in Economy Class. For those of us here in Canada this is best taken 'AAdvantage' of by current American AAdvantage members with enough miles in their accounts and since AAdvantage no longer has a credit card in Canada your best credit card bet for this offer is for holders of the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express as 25,000 Starpoints will get you the 30,000 AAdvantage Miles, the only question is will you get them in time to redeem before the March 13 deadline. Full details can be found here.



WestJet confirmed today via a press release the service we posted about on Friday. Dallas will be served once daily from Calgary and Myrtle Beach will be served twice per week from Toronto. Also announced were the first WestJet Encore routes (their new regional airline) which included two new cities to WestJet's route map Fort St. John from Calgary and Vancouver and Nanaimo, BC from Calgary. Other routes to be flown by Encore include Calgary to Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon; Edmonton to Grande Prairie and Vancouver to Victoria. These flights will start on June 24th with their new Bomardier Dash-8 Q400 turboprops. This also ends months of speculation as to where Encore would fly first, some people thought the Eastern Triangle and Eastern U.S. while others were right with the West but cities like Cranbrook, Lethbridge and others being speculated were left off the map this time (more routes are scheduled to be announced later, so these cities may come along!)

Update: Sorry I forgot to put this in when I first posted this, the increased sign up bonus I was talking about last week for one of the cards here in Canada seems to have been delayed now.... I will keep you up to date as soon I here something.

Bonus Offers
AeroMexico Club Premier

- Double Club Premier Kilometers for stays at City Express Hotels in Mexico. More... Until Mar 31, 13
- QuadrupleClub Premier Kilometer per stay at La Quinta properties in Mexico (Poza Rica, Cancún, San Luis Potosí and Ciudad Juárez) More... Until Mar 31, 13
- Triple Club Premier Kilometer per stay at La Quinta properties in the U.S. and Canada. More... Until Mar 31, 13
- Double Club Premier Kilometers for weekend stays at NH Hotels in Mexico and Latin America. More... Mar 1 - Apr 30, 13
- Double Club Premier Kilometers for stays of 2 or more nights at NH Hotels in Barcelona, Madrid, Málaga Valencia, Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Vigo, Lisbon, Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, Milan, or Rome. More... Until Feb 28, 13
- 100 Bonus Club Premier Kilometers when you join PointsHound.com. More... Until Mar 31, 13
- 250 Bonus Club Premier Kilometers on your first booking for members who sign up before March 31. More... Until Mar 31, 13
- Double Club Premier Kilometers for stays at participating Wyndham Rewards hotels Worldwide. More... Until May 6, 13
- Quadruple Club Premier Kilometers for Hertz rentals in Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, Mexico, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom. More... Until Mar 31, 13

American AAdvantage
- Only 15,000 AAdvantage Miles each way when you book an Economy Class award for travel on American Airlines between the US, Canada and Hawaii. More... Until Mar 13, 13

Delta SkyMiles
- Quadruple SkyMiles for stays at Accor Hotels Worldwide. More... Book by Feb 28 for stays until Apr 15, 13
- Triple SkyMiles for stays at Accor Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Apr 15, 13

Ethiopian Sheba Miles
- 100% Bonus Sheba Miles for flights for between Addis Ababa and Ndola or Blantyre. More... Mar 30 - May 30, 13
- Receive a Free Award Ticket for every five round trips you make between Lagos and Beijing, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Kuala Lumpur; Lagos and New Delhi and Mumbai; Lagos and Dubai, Jeddah, Muscat, Dammam, Bahrain, Kuwait, Riyadh, and Abu Dhabi; Lagos and Beirut, Cairo and Tel Aviv. More... Until Feb 28, 13

Hyatt Gold Passport
- 2,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points for weekend stays (Fri-Sun) at the Grand Hyatt Berlin, Hyatt Regency Cologne, Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf, Hyatt Regency Mainz, Park Hyatt Hamburg, Park Hyatt Zurich and Hyatt Regency Warsaw. More... Until Until Apr 30, 13
- 22,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points when you stay five nights or more at the Hyatt Regency Aruba. More... Until Dec 20, 13
- 2,500 Bonus Gold Passport Points for stays at the The L.A. Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. More... Until May 31, 13
- 2,500 Bonus Gold Passport Points when you arrive at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Los Angeles on Thursday, Friday or Saturday and stay two nights or more. More... Until Feb 28, 13



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