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 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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  1. Superdawg,

    Wouldn't it be more prudent to advocate transferring miles from Avion to AAdvantage than to burn sacred SPG miles?

    1. Yes you are correct, in fact I should really advocate both since one person who reads this may have an Avion card and the next may have an SPG card. SPG Points are very good to keep just for SPG stays but there are quite a few people who do take advantage of the transfer 20K Starpoints to get 25,000 AAdvantage Miles (or other airline miles). So in terms of spending you only have to spend $25,000 on the SPG card versus $30,000 on the Avion to get this reward, that is kinda of where I was heading with that post. Honestly we could even consider the Choice Privileges MasterCard or the Best Western Rewards MasterCard as well but those two cards earn miles at a piddly rate.

      Thanks for the comment!