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Amazing new welcome offer for the HSBC World Elite Mastercard - Up to 100,000 points with first year free! (Quebec gets 130,000 points with fee)

HSBC has just come out with their biggest and best offer yet for the HSBC World Elite Mastercard and in fact the bonus for Quebec resident...

Friday, May 31, 2013

May 31 Update: Air Canada Gift Cards now available, AF KLM Sign up bonus, Club Carlson transfer rules changing?

The last day of each is usually quieter than the rest but that is not the case today!

News, Tips & Tricks

Air Canada has launched their own Gift Cards that can be issued as either a physical plastic card (great for birthdays, Christmas etc) or as an eGift Card. You can choose any amount starting at $25 and can view the balance online. More details can be found here. There is a good FAQ via that link but I thought I would post the most important one:
When redeemed online at aircanada.com, at the airport, with your travel agent or by calling Air Canada Reservations*, Air Canada Gift Cards can be used to purchase a flight, and to pay for a variety of travel options, fees and services, including:
  • seat selection,
  • change fees,
  • upgrades,
  • additional checked baggage fees,
  • pet handling fees,
  • unaccompanied minor fees
At this time, the Air Canada Gift card cannot be used toward the payment of:
  • onboard purchases (e.g. headsets, beverages, duty-free items)
  • merchandise purchased at the Air Canada eBoutique
  • Aeroplan or other reward travel tickets
  • Air Canada Vacations packages
  • tickets purchased as part of a group booking.
  • hotel reservations, car rentals or RBC travel insurance
  • another gift card
  • a Flight Pass purchase



According to Gary over at View from the Wing, Club Carlson is changing their rules on transferring points between accounts. Previously there were no set rules and you could transfer points freely between accounts but potentially, as of June 1st:


non-elite members will have to have had their accounts open for a year to transfer points, will only be able to transfer points to accounts at the same address, and will have had to had their address in place for at least 3 days
There is a short term bonus for purchases made via the Aeroplan eStore. Right now you can earn 5x the Aeroplan miles on all purchases until June 2. Full details (HT Canadian KMs)


Travel Deals
Diners Club cardholders who the book the "Save Time and Money" offer
at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts worldwide will receive the following.
  • 10% off Best Available Rate
  • Early check-in, based on availability
  • Late check- out, based on availability
Book between March 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013 for stays until March 31, 2014.  Book online at Fairmont

Bonus Offers

Air Baltic BalticMiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double BalticMiles Points when you spend 100 EUR or more at ATU Duty Free shops at Riga International Airport. More... Until Jul 31, 13 

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- 3000 Bonus Flying Blue Miles when you join the Flying Blue program and complete your first Air France, KLM or any SkyTeam partner flight by August 31. More... Until Aug 31, 13 Residents of Canada only

American AAdvantage
- 1,000 AAdvantage Miles with a three-day minimum rental on any size vehicle at participating Alamo locations in the United States and Canada. More... Until Dec 31, 13
- Earn 4X AAdvantage Miles plus, save up to 35% on Hertz Rentals in the US, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, and United Kingdom More... Until Oct 31, 13

Best Western Rewards
- Double Rewards Points or Miles for stays of 2+ nights at BEST WESTERN Star Hotel, Semarang. More... Until Dec 31, 13
- Double Rewards Points or Miles for stays of 2+ nights at BEST WESTERN PLUS Lex Cebu More... Until Dec 31, 13

IHG Rewards Club
- 1,500 Bonus Priority Club Points for your next stay Worldwide. Stay must be made within 90 days of registering. More... Until ?
- 3,000 Bonus Priority Club Points for your next stay Worldwide (Elite members only). Stay must be made within 90 days of registering. More... Until ?
- 3,000 Bonus Priority Club Points for your next stay Worldwide (Elite members only). Stay must be made within 90 days of registering. More... Until ?

Marriott Rewards
- 2,000 Bonus Points PER NIGHT for Thursday-Sunday night stays (Friday or Saturday required) at any one of 7 participating Marriott locations in Washington, DC. More... Jul 17 - Oct 13, 13

Shangri-La Hotels Golden Circle
- Triple GC Award Points for stays at the Shangri-La Hotel, Mumbai. More... Jun 1 - Aug 31, 13


Air France KLM: Earn 3,000 Bonus Flying Miles when joining and completing your 1st SkyTeam flight

Today see the return of the Canadian Air France KLM first flight bonus when you join their Flying Blue program. Unlike most other AF KLM sign up bonuses this one is not limited to AF KLM flights but is open to any SkyTeam flight! So you can fly Delta, Korean, Czech Airlines, or any other  SkyTeam airline to earn this bonus.  The one thing you will notice is that this time the bonus is not as lucrative as the one we had before, 3,000 Miles this time versus 5,000 previously.

Here is the offer as it will be posted on the Rewards Canada Flying Blue page later today:

Earn 3000 Bonus Flying Blue Miles when you join the Flying Blue program and complete your first Air France, KLM or any SkyTeam partner flight by August 31. Use promo code CA13 when you join the Flying Blue program online at KLM.com (CA). Until Aug 31, 13
Restrictions:
Residents of Canada only

Thursday, May 30, 2013

LAST DAY: Up to 100% Bonus US Airways Dividend Miles when you buy/gift miles

Today is the last day to take advantage of this iteration of the famous US Airways Buy Miles bonus:

As I mentioned last month the 100% Bonus on buying US Airways Dividend Miles is back. The offer runs from until May 31st. This time the bonus is for both buying and/or gifting Dividend Miles but has varying bonus levels. Of course buying at the highest level provides you with the biggest bonus.


  • Buy/gift 5,000 – 9,999 miles, get a 25% bonus
  • Buy/gift 10,000 – 19,999 miles, get a 50% bonus
  • Buy/gift 20,000 – 29,999 miles, get a 75% bonus
  • Buy/gift 30,000 – 50,000 miles, get a 100% bonus

The promo allows you to buy up to 50,000 miles (so 100,000 in total with the bonus) at 3.5 cents per mile (effective rate is 1.75 cents per mile) plus taxes of $131.25 for total of $1881.25. Considering that can get you a business class ticket between North America and Europe or Asia that can cost a lot more than that, this is a good deal! Since US Airways allows 3 day holds on award tickets you can always find the award flights you want before you buy the miles and therefore you don't have dole out a hefty chunk of change just in case you cannot find availability for your preferred award flights.

Earn 100% Bonus US Airways Dividend Miles when you buy miles by May 31, 2013!

May 30 Update: CIBC and Aeroplan break up rumours, up to 3x QMiles for Hotel/Car Rentals and 2x Points/Miles for IHG Stays

Big news on the credit card front from an article in today's Globe & Mail while in the bonus offers section be sure to check out the Qatar Airways' partner bonus.

News, Tips & Tricks

In today's Globe & Mail there are hints that CIBC may not renew their agreement with Aeroplan! Could the 20 year partnership come to an end soon? We'll have to see what this new card CIBC is planning will have in store. A lot of cards come with a lot of hype before they launch and then when they do they aren't earth shattering. A good example are the Scotiabank Amex cards, while very good in their own right I don't believe they live up to the hype doled out by Scotiabank. The article from today's Globe & Mail as graciously supplied by long time Rewards Canada reader Andrew S is below. Andrew's thoughts are that it would be a bad move for CIBC and I partially agree, although there is a trend for more and more Canadian who are not part of the frequent flyer minority to move away from airline cards and go to travel points or hybrid cards instead for much greater flexibilty and ease of redemption. I am really curious to see who Aeroplan would team up with if this does come to fruition as the partnership with American Express can't provide enough coverage across Canada. They will need to team up an issuer of Visa and/or MasterCard branded cards. Who knows, maybe we will see the return of the Diners Club Aeroplan card (nee enRoute)!


Today is the last day to enter the FFB8 Contest! For more details and how to enter please visit www.frequentflyerbonuses.com/FFB8



Bonus Offers

Etihad Guest
- Double Guest Miles for stays at any Constance Hotels & Resorts. More... Book by Jun 30 for stays Jul 30 - Sep 30, 13
- Earn up to Quadruple Guest Miles for stays at the Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort. More... Book by Jun 30 for stays until Dec 30, 13
- Earn up to Quadruple Guest Miles for stays at One&Only resorts in Dubai, Cape Town, Maldives or Mauritius. More... Book by Jun 30 for stays until Dec 30, 13
- 250,000 Bonus Guest Miles for Etihad Guest Gold and Gold Elite members when they choose to invest in a hotel with The First Group. More... Until Jul 31, 13

Icelandair Saga Club
- 1,000 Saga Club Award Points on all Sixt car rentals Worldwide. More... Jun 1 - Jul 31, 13

IHG Rewards Club
- Earn Double Points or Double Miles on every qualifying stay, starting on your second stay at all IHG locations Worldwide. Stay at Staybridge Suites® hotels or Candlewood Suites® hotels and you’ll start earning double on your first qualifying stay. More... Jun 1 - Jul 31, 13

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Double Mileage Bank Miles for staying a Club Room or above room category at any participating Langham Hotels Worldwide. More..Jun 1 - Aug 31, 13

Qantas Frequent Flyer
- 30,000 Bonus Frequent Flyer Points with the David Jones American Express Platinum Card when you spend three times outside of David Jones within the first month of receiving your Card. More... Until Jul 14, 13 Australia Residents Only

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Earn up to Triple QMiles when you use Qatar Airway Privilege Club Hotel and Car Rental partners.More... Jun 15 - Aug 15, 13

SAS Scandinavian EuroBonus
- Double EuroBonus points on your 1st round-trip on all eligible domestic flights in Norway with SAS and selected flights with Wideroe in Norway. More... Register by Jun 2 for travel Jun 3 - Aug 31, 13

Last day to enter FFB8: The FrequentFlyerBonuses.com 8th Anniversary Contest

FFb 8th Anniversary Contest

That's right folks, this month is coming to an end very quickly which also means the end of the FFB8 contest at 11:59PM EST tonight. This week has been the 4th and final installment of the FFB8 contest with weeks 1-3 already complete. So be sure to enter at http://www.frequentflyerbonuses.com/FFB8 today to ensure your chance at winning the following amazing prize package:

  • US$250 Delta Airlines e-certificate courtesy of FrequentFlyerBonuses.com

  • 8,000 Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints courtesy of the Starwood Preferred Guest and the U.K. Version of the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express

  • Two Avis Reward Day Coupons courtesy of Avis

  • One Standard Priority Pass Annual Membership + 1 free lounge visit courtesy of Priority Pass

  • One Level 3 Upgrade on PointsHound.com courtesy of PointsHound.com

  • One £5 Prepaid Sim Card courtesy of Aether Mobile

     

     

     


     

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

May 29 Update: Scotiabank Infographic, tons of Flying Blue bonuses, 2x IHG Rewards Club points in Europe

I can't believe it is already Wednesday! This week has gone by quickly despite the lack of loyatly program news! Today brings you a little more on that front and as usual a lot of new bonus offers!

News, Tips & Tricks

In an effort to promote their Cash Back credit cards like the Scotia Momentum VISA Infinite card, Scotiabank ran a survey on what Canadian's would do with 'found' money and the corresponding infographic is pretty interesting. Obviously here the play on 'found' money is that getting cash back on your purchases is almost like 'found' money. A good marketing tactic made even better by the fact the Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite Card is one of the best cash back cards out there.


Today is the second last day to enter the 4th and final week of the FFB8 Contest! For more details and how to enter please visit www.frequentflyerbonuses.com/FFB8

Travel Deals
There is another sale from Porter Airlines called the "More Legroom Celebration Sale" Book by Jun 3 for travel until October 6. More...

Bonus Offers

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- Triple Flying Blue Miles for stays at participating Best Western locations in France. More... Jul 1 - Aug 31, 13
- Double Flying Blue Miles for stays at participating Best Western locations in Italy. More... Jul 1 - Aug 31, 13
- Triple Flying Blue Miles for stays at the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht hotel. More... Until Aug 31, 13
- Triple Flying Blue Miles for stays at the Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai. More... Jul 1 - Aug 31, 13
- Double Flying Blue Miles for stays at participating Radisson Blue or Park Inn hotels in Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. More... Jul 1 - Aug 31, 13
- 1,000 Bonus Flying Blue Miles when you spend €500 or more during a visit to any of the nine Chic Outlet Shopping® Village in Europe. More... Jul 1 - Aug 15, 13
- Double Flying Blue Miles for every trip booked with Voyageurs du Monde. More... Jul 1 - Sep 15, 13

airberlin topbonus
- Earn Triple topbonus Miles on all flights operated by airberlin or NIKI to or from Vienna. More... Register and book by Jun 10 for travel Jun 1 - Nov 30, 13

Best Western Rewards
- Triple Rewards Points for stays at the BEST WESTERN Colonial Motor Inn Bairnsdale More... Until ?
- 500 Bonus Rewards Points on all qualifying stays at participating hotels in Portugal and Spain when you make your reservation online. More... Until ?

Iberia Plus
- Earn up to 30% Bonus Avios when you buy, gift or transfer Avios via the Iberia Plus program. More... Jun 1 - Sep 30 , 13

IHG Rewards Club
- Double Priority Club points on your first qualifying mid-week stay between 17 June and 31 August 2013 at a participating IHG hotel in Europe. More... Book by Jul 31 for stays between Jun 17 - Aug 31, 13

Marriott Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays at any one of eight Marriott Resort locations in the Caribbean and Mexico. More... Until Jul 16, 13

SAS Scandinavian EuroBonus

- Double EuroBonus points for stays at the at Park Plaza Histria, Verudela and Medulin in Croatia. More... Jun 22 - Aug 31, 13
- Double EuroBonus points when booking a stay at any Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels in the UK and all Radisson Blu Hotels in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the USA (Chicago).More... Jun 15 - Aug 15, 13

IHG Rewards Club: Double Points/Miles on all stays June 1 - July 31 (starting with your 2nd stay)

It's been awhile since a true systemwide bonus has come out IHG Rewards Club (nee Priority Club). In fact we haven't seen one yet in 2013. The first systemwide bonus of the year was only for new Priority Club members so that one didn't really count. Well now the wait is over the next offer is out. Here is the offer as it will appear on RC's Priority Club page tomorrow:

Earn Double Points or Double Miles on every qualifying stay, starting on your second stay at all IHG locations Worldwide. Stay at Staybridge Suites® hotels or Candlewood Suites® hotels and you’ll start earning double on your first qualifying stay. Full details,  registration and online booking Jun 1 - Jul 31, 13



Tuesday, May 28, 2013

May 28 Update: 2x AQMs on select AC routes (if you missed it yesterday, AF KLM Buy Flying Blue miles bonus, up to 3x Etihad Guest miles

Tuesday proves to be relatively quiet!

News, Tips & Tricks
Just a reminder that as of June 1 you will no longer need a Visa to enter the United Arab Emirates if you are travelling there. I was reminded by this email from Emirates:



Q1:         Do I need a visa to enter the United Arab Emirates?
A1:         Regular Canadian passport holders do not need a visa to enter the UAE beginning from June 1st, 2013.
 
Q3:         Where can I get a visa to enter the United Arab Emirates?
A2:         Starting June 1st, 2013 Canadian citizens will be granted a free of charge entry visit stamp upon arrival in the UAE.
 
Q3:         How much will an entry visa to the UAE cost?
A3:         There will be no cost for Canadian passport holders to enter the UAE from 01June, 2013.
 
Q4:        How long will I be able to stay in the UAE under their new visa regime?
A4:       (Regular) Canadian passport holders will be granted free of charge entry to the UAE with 
             their visit arrival stamp, again, issued upon arrival in the UAE. No application in advance of
             travel is necessary. Please know that the Canadian passport will be stamped for 30 days
             upon arrival. If further stay is required, an application for an extension should be made to
             the local General Directorate of Residence and Foreign Affairs three days prior to the
             expiry date (chargeable services).

A $250 Delta Gift Card, 8,000 Starpoints and more are part of week 4 of the FFB8 Contest! For more details and how to enter please visit www.frequentflyerbonuses.com/FFB8



Bonus Offers

Air Canada Aeroplan
- Double Altitude Qualifying Miles with a Flex, Latitude or Executive Class fare on select Air Canada routes. More... Until Jul 31, 13

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- Double Flying Blue Miles for stays at participating Golden Tulip locations Worldwide. More... Jul 1 - Aug 31, 13
- Double Flying Blue Miles when you book a stay of two nights or more at prepaid rates at least 20 days in advance at participating World Hotels locations Worldwide. More... Jul 1 - Aug 31, 13
- Earn up to 50% Bonus Flying Blue Miles when you buy Flying Blue miles online. More...Until Jul 9, 13

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Double Asia Miles for stays at participating Marco Polo hotels in Asia for two consecutive nights or more on the “Marco Polo Stay & More” package. More... Until Aug 31, 13
- Double Asia Miles for stays on the Best Available Rate at participating Swissotel Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 1, 13

Cyprus Airways Sunmiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Sunmiles points on Sixt rentals in Cyprus. Also receive an upgrade to the next available car category by presenting your Cyprus Airways boarding pass .More... Jun 1 - Jul 31, 13

Etihad Guest
- Earn up to Triple Guest Miles on all Etihad flights Worldwide for Etihad Guest members who are connected to a BusinessConnect account. More... Full details Until Jul 21, 13

United MileagePlus (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn 1,000 Bonus MileagePlus Miles on your first purchase with Scorebig. More... Until ?

Monday, May 27, 2013

Air Canada: 2x Altitude Qualifying Miles on select Air Canada flights


Never fails that a new offer comes out just after I finish the daily updates. The new offer from Air Canada is for double AQM's on select Air Canada flights. Like all of Air Canada/Aeroplan's promos of late any bookings made prior to today do not count for this promotion! Not being very nice to your loyal members are we Air Canada? But then again they already have your money for existing bookings so why reward you more right? Anyways here is the promo as it will appear on RC's Aeroplan page tomorrow:

Earn 2X the Altitude Qualifying Miles with a Flex, Latitude or Executive Class fare on select Air Canada routes. Register Online (Registration is required) May 27 - Jul 31, 13
Restrictions:
Only valid for bookings made on or after May 27, 2013

Here are the routes this promotion is valid on:

May 27 Update: Priority Club 60 day bonus, Triple Iberia Plus Avios for Marriott Stays & buy United miles discount

I hope that you all had a great weekend! Here in YYC it was nice to have the heavy rains come to an end!

News, Tips & Tricks

Today is the half way point of week 4 of the FFB8 Contest! For more details and how to enter please visit www.frequentflyerbonuses.com/FFB8


Bonus Offers

China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- Double Dynasty Flyer Miles when you stay at any of the Regent hotels in Bali, Beijing, Berlin, Phuket, Singapore, Taipei, or Turks & Caicos with the Summer to Remember package. More... Jun 1 - Aug 31, 13

Emirates Skywards
- Double Skywards Miles and up to 20% off Budget rentals in Germany. More... Until Jun 30, 13
- Double Skywards Miles and up to 15% off Budget rentals in the United Kingdom. More... Until Jun 30, 13
- Double Skywards Miles and up to 20% off Budget rentals in Jordan, Malta and Saudi Arabia. More... Until Jun 30, 13
- Double Skywards Miles and up to 15% off Budget rentals of 2 or more days in Singapore. More... Until Jun 30, 13

Iberia Plus
- Triple Avios for stays at participating Marriott hotels Worldwide. Maximum of 30,000 Bonus Avios awarded .More... Jun 1 - Sep 30 , 13

IHG Rewards Club
- 1,000 Bonus Priority Club Points per stay at any IHG hotel Worldwide. Stays must be made within 60 days of registering. More...

SAS Scandinavian EuroBonus
- Double EuroBonus points for stays at the at Park Plaza Histria, Verudela and Medulin in Croatia. More... Jun 22 - Aug 31, 13

United Mileage Plus
- 50% Bonus Mileage Plus Miles when you fly nonstop between Denver and Tokyo Narita. More... Jun 10 - Sep 15, 13
- Receive up to 40% off when you purchase MileagePlus award miles. More... Until Jun 30, 13

Friday, May 24, 2013

FFB8: The FrequentFlyerBonuses.com 8th Anniversary Contest (Week 4)

FFb 8th Anniversary Contest

A little over 8 years ago in February 2005, FrequentFlyerBonuses.com launched to no fan-fare. It was an experiment of sorts and a logical expansion of the FFB Group’s first website RewardsCanada.ca. A major section of the Rewards Canada website was the Bonus Offers section and we noticed a lot of traffic from outside of Canada hitting those pages even though they didn’t list any offers that were available to non-Canadians. So they idea dawned on FFB’s founder to help that traffic by launching a Global site covering bonus offers from frequent travel programs worldwide and thus FrequentFlyerBonuses.com was born!

 

Fast forward to 2013 and FFB is even bigger and better and providing more coverage than we ever have of promotions relating to the world of frequent travel. Most of that success can be attributed to FFB’s dedicated fans and readers and without the support of them FFB would not be where it is today. We would like to thank past, present and future FFBers by offering you a chance to win some fantastic prizes as we celebrate our 8th anniversary! 

 

This is the last week of FFB8!

 

We are now into week 4 of the contest and here are the details for this week's portion of the contest:

 

Week 4: Survey

To enter the contest this week complete this survey (be sure to use a valid email address so that we can contact you if you are chosen as the winner!

 

 

Week 4 Prize Package

One lucky entrant will win the following prize package:

  • US$250 Delta Airlines e-certificate courtesy of FrequentFlyerBonuses.com

  • 8,000 Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints courtesy of the Starwood Preferred Guest and the U.K. Version of the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express

  • Two Avis Reward Day Coupons courtesy of Avis

  • One Standard Priority Pass Annual Membership + 1 free lounge visit courtesy of Priority Pass

  • One Level 3 Upgrade on PointsHound.com courtesy of PointsHound.com

  • One £5 Prepaid Sim Card courtesy of Aether Mobile

 

About this week’s sponsors:


Starwood Preferred Guest / The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express

The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express rewards you with starpoints® virtually every time you make eligible purchases with the Card. available in the US, the UK and Canada, the Card offers a generous welcome bonus, lets you access exclusive Cardmember-only events and so much more. terms and conditions apply. Apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express (UK Version)


Avis

Avis Car Rental and its subsidiaries operate one of the world's best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,200 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world's top brands for customer loyalty. www.avis.com



Priority Pass

Priority Pass™ is the world’s largest independent airport VIP lounge access program and give you access to over 600 airport VIP lounges worldwide irrespective of your class of travel or the airline flown. Priority Pass is offering a Free Standard membership valued at US$99 which gives access to over 600 lounges worldwide for a visit fee of US$27 and also enables you to take guests into the lounges for a visit fee. Find out more about the three membership plans available at www.prioritypass.com/ffb


PointsHound.com

Pointshound is the most flexible way to collect the most miles and points when booking hotels online. Currently, PointsHound allows users to earn miles on over 150,000 hotels around the world in any of 10 frequent flier currencies. That’s 1,500,000 unique accrual offers available on any given day and we're always adding new currencies and hotels to the site. Sign-up and see how many miles you can earn on your next hotel! https://pointshound.com/



Aether Mobile

Aether Mobile is a licensed MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator), providing a superior global roaming mobile service for the travelling person in mind.  By using the Aether Mobile global roaming SIM when abroad, leisure and business travellers alike can use their mobile/cell to make and receive calls and text messages, with peace of mind that it won’t cost them the earth. www.aether-mobile.com
I have to extend many thanks to all of the above sponsors for helping out with this contest and to show our appreciation I would ask that you visit the sponsor’s websites to learn more about them! (plus if they see lots of traffic coming from here they may be more inclined to provide more prizes more often to give away on the FFB sites!)

 

Week 4 Contest Rules


1. Contest End: Contest runs until 11:59pm EST on May 30, 2013
2. Eligibility:
Contest is open to anyone over the age of 18 anywhere in the world except where prohibited by law. Residents of Quebec, Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Sudan are also ineligible to participate. The Contest is void in these countries and where prohibited or restricted by law. Limited to one entry per person. Multiple entries per way and/or automatic entries will be deleted
3. Contest Entry:
To enter the contest you must complete the survey and provide a valid email address. Limited to one entry per person (we will only count the first comment should a person post multiple comments)
4. By entering the competition, participants automatically accept these Terms and Conditions
5. Prize Drawing: On or about June 6th, 2013 a random drawing from each section of the contest will be conducted from among all eligible entries received
6. Awarding of Prizes:
The selected winner(s) will be contacted by email and will have Seven (7) days to respond with their name and mailing address. After Seven (7) days no further attempts will be made to contact the winner and another entrant may be chosen to receive the prize. Prize packs will be mailed/emailed to the winner no later then June 15, 2013. Prizes are provided “as is” and without any warranty of any kind. Prizes are non-transferable. No cash redemption or prize substitution allowed by winner. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize of equal or greater value if advertised prize becomes unavailable. Odds of winning is dependent on the number of entrants per way as of May 16, 2013
7. The prize winner is responsible for all taxes, costs and other expenses that are not explicitly included in or connected to the prize(s), and agrees that upon accepting the prize(s) he/she does so entirely at his/her own risk and responsibility.
8. Employees and agents of Frequentflyerbonuses.com and parent The FFB Group, and members of such employees’ immediate families and individuals living in the same household with such employees, are not eligible to win.
9. Except where prohibited by law, entry in the Contest constitutes each Entrant’s consent for Sponsor to use Entrant’s first name and last initial, city and state/country of residence, Contest Entry for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes in any media, online or off-line, without further permission, consent, payment or other consideration, unless prohibited by law
10. The FFB Group reserves the right to request written proof of a possible winner’s residence and age before awarding a prize.
11. All provincial, federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this sweepstakes or any portion hereof, or to disqualify any individual implicated in any of the following actions, if for any reason: (a) infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the sweepstakes, (b) the sweepstakes or any website associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper processing of entries per these rules, or (c) the sweepstakes is otherwise not capable of running as planned by the Sponsors. By entering, participants agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Administrator and each of their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, advertising and promotional agencies, wholesalers and retailers, and each of the foregoing entities’ employees, officers, directors, shareholders and agents (collectively the “Released Parties”), from and against any and all claims, actions and/or liability for any injuries or death, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with participation in and/or entry into the sweepstakes or acceptance or use of any prize. The Released Parties are not responsible or liable for any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, and assume no responsibility for (i) any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in operation or transmission at any website, (ii) failure of any entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, (iii) communications line, hardware and/or software failures, (iv) damage to any computer (software or hardware) resulting from participation in the sweepstakes, (v) theft or destruction of, tampering with, unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries and/or entry information, or (vi) entries which are late, lost, stolen, damaged, illegible, and/or unintelligible. By entering, entrants agree to comply with these rules. Any entrant who attempts to tamper with this sweepstakes in any way shall be disqualified. In the event of dispute as to who submitted an online entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the Authorized Account Holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized Account Holder” is defined as the natural person assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the email address in question. Additional restrictions may apply.
Additional Rules for the Priority Pass prizes:
- Employees of Priority Pass and The Collinson Group of companies, and their immediate families, are not eligible to enter, nor is anyone under 18 years of age.
- Current Priority Pass members are not eligible but can nominate another party to receive the prize.
- The winner must complete an application form and provide credit card details before the prize of Priority Pass membership can be issued.

May 24 Update: Double Points for Coast Hotel stays, FFB8 Contest week 4 & Air France KLM Flash sale

The end of another week is here!

News, Tips & Tricks

Here is my tip of the day:
As a follow up to yesterday's news on the latest Avianva TACA devaluation it appears that many frequent flyers have taken to Facebook to voice their displeasure with LifeMiles lack of being able to communicate changes. In fact, on Facebook LifeMiles denied any changes to the program which we know is not true! This is a classic case of a loyalty program being reactive rather than proactive, LifeMiles is not the first program to do it, closer to home both Aeroplan and Air Miles have done it before and LifeMiles will not be the last either. With all that being said however, the Cash+Miles option and the 100% buy miles promotions from LifeMiles are still a great value but unfortunately not as good as value now for those who just bought miles in the last promo go round. If you are new to this then just heed this warning, if you want a good deal you can still get it from the LifeMiles program but I would not wait to redeem miles bought during a buy miles promotion, I would try to redeem them as soon as possible to avoid any potential changes in the program which based on the experience of the past week can happen at anytime and without notice. This is what I ended up doing, I did not buy any miles during the last LifeMiles promotion as couldn't forsee me using the miles soon and I did not want to forego the cash just to have those miles sit there.


Today is the first day to enter week 4 of the FFB8 Contest! This is last portion of the FFB contest! For more details and how to enter please visit www.frequentflyerbonuses.com/FFB8

Travel Deals
 

Preferred Hotel Group I Prefer members (free to join) can enjoy 20% off the best available rate at Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites until Sep 2. Use rate code MKTGB when you book online at Preferred Hotel Group

 


KLM and Air France are running a 5 day Flash Sale on flights out of Canada to destinations in Europe and the Middle East. Fares start as low as $949 all in and are good for departures for various times from now until Fall. Tickets must be booked by May 28. Book online  at AirFrance.ca or KLM.com



 

Bonus Offers
Air Baltic BalticMiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double BalticMiles Points for stays at the Grand City Hotel Düsseldorf Königsallee. More... Until Jun 30, 13

Air China Phoenix Miles
- Double Phoenix Miles Kilometers plus up to 25% off the bed and breakfast rate for 2 at participating Raffles Hotels Worldwde. More... Jun 1 - Aug 31, 13
- Double Phoenix Miles Kilometers plus a complimentary 3rd night when you stay two nights at best available rate at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap. More... Until Jul 31 , 13

Air Tran A+ Rewards (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- OFFER EXTENDED Double A+ Credits on all Air Tran flights Systemwide. More... Until Jun 12, 13

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- Double Mileage Plan Miles on all qualifying Coast Hotels stays in Canada and the U.S. More... Until Jun 30, 13

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- 50% Asia Miles Discount on Regional Business Class upgrade redemptions on Cathay Pacific and Dragonair routes in Asia. More... Book by Jun 7 for travel Jun 1 - Aug 31, 13

Coast Hotels Coast Rewards
- Double Coast Rewards Points on all Coast Hotels stays in Canada and the U.S. that are booked online. More... Until Jun 30, 13

MEA Middle East Airlines Cedar Miles
- Earn up to Triple Cedar Miles on Sixt rentals Worldwide. More... Until Jul 7, 13

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Triple Flying Club Miles for stays at the May Fair Hotel London. More... Until Jul 31, 13


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Hilton HHonors: 2,500 Bonus HHonors points for bookings over the next 24 hours (act fast limited to first 4,000)

Hilton is once again running bonus offer promotion for bookings made during a 24hr period:

This is from their Facebook page after you like them:

The Great Getaway is on. If you hear travel calling you, don’t wait to answer – book now with our 24-Hour Bonus Offer. Plan your next Great Getaway today and earn 2,500 Bonus Points.
Here's how:
  1. Starting at 11:00 a.m. ET May 23 and ending on 10:59 a.m. ET May 24, book a stay between May 23 and September 30, 2013 at any hotel within the Hilton HHonors™ portfolio.
  2. Return here to enter your reservation confirmation number, HHonors number, and required information. Act fast – to earn Bonus Points you have to be one of the first 4,000 Hilton HHonors™ members to book and register.
  3. Complete your stay by September 30, 2013 and earn 2,500 Bonus Points.
To take advantage of the promotion you have to like Hilton HHonors on Facebook and then after you book you enter your reservation details and HHonors on their Facebook page. You can access the booking page directly here if you don't want to 'like' them on Facebook just yet to make sure you will do a booking first.



May 23 Update: Avianca TACA devaluation (again!), RBC Avion transfer bonus to AA & Aeroplan Avis bonus

Here is what Thursday had in store on Rewards Canada:

News, Tips & Tricks

In the span of one week Avianca TACA is becoming one of the most hated Star Alliance based program. For the second time in the past 7 or so days (and third time in ~6 months) they have made changes to their awards without any notification. Firstly it was the increase in select award tickets (see last week's post) and now they have increased the much coveted 40/60 option where you only needed 40% of the miles for a redemption and purchase the remaining 60% at an amazing 1.275 cents each (which is even better than the 100% buy miles option we see several times a year which could/can then be leveraged for that first 40% of miles required). Now with the increase the cost of those miles if 1.56 cents if you max out at the 40/60 option. It appears that all of the news out there in the online world of the 40/60 option combined with the 100% buy miles bonus has taken its toll on Avianca TACA and we are now seeing the after effects of it. It is well known that all programs makes changes, most not to our liking but many have become good at giving the consumer fair warning but Avianca TACA seems to have missed that boat. I know a few of you may be perturbed now as you probably bought miles during the last 100% bonus and now are going to have to pay more for your 40/60 redemption!

On the other end of the spectrum, more good news for RBC Avion cardholders. Early in the week I mentioned that that BA 50% transfer bonus is coming back in July but RBC never mentioned that there is currently a promo for transferring to American AAdvantage. The bonus is 20% and is good until June 30th. See the details below in the bonus offer section (HT Canadian Kilometers)


Today is the last day to enter week 3 of the FFB8 Contest! For more details and how to enter please visit www.frequentflyerbonuses.com/FFB8


Bonus Offers

Aegean Airlines Miles&Bonus
- Double Miles&Bonus Miles for hotel reservations made through the hotel.aegeanair.com website. More... Book by May 31, 13 for stays until Dec 31, 13

Air Canada Aeroplan
- 250 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you rent an Intermediate (Group C) or larger vehicle at participating Avis locations in Canada. More... Until Jul 15, 13
- Earn up to 100 Aeroplan Miles with every participating purchase of specially marked Nestlé products. More... Until Jul 31, 13

Air China Phoenix Miles
- Quadruple Phoenix Miles Kilometers for stays of 2 or more nights at 13 participating Jumeirah Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Oct 31, 13
- Earn up to Triple Phoenix Miles Kilometers for stays of 2 or more nights at participating Regent Hotels Worldwide. More... Jun 1 - Aug 31, 13

American AAdvantage
- 20% Bonus AAdvantage Miles when your transfer your RBC Rewards points to American AAdvantage.More... Until Jun 30, 13 Restrictions: Valid for residents of Canada only who are RBC Avion Visa cardholders
- (OFFER EXTENDED) Earn up to 3,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles on rentals at participating Avis airport locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. More... Until Jun 30, 13

China Eastern Eastern Miles
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus Eastern Miles Pointson China Eastern flights between San Francisco and Shanghai. More... Until Jun 20, 13

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May 22 Update: Bonus Avios on AA's new European routes, US Airways La Quinta Bonus

A busy day here for me in rainy YYC but not with Rewards Canada stuff so I don't have too much for you today

News, Tips & Tricks

If you are planning any Europe trips that could be on American Airlines check out the bonus Avios offers for flying on several of AA's new routes. These same routes already have AAdvantage bonuses (see my AAdvantage page for details) but now you have the option of the getting the bonus with your preferred oneworld airline whether that is AA or BA.

Don't forget to enter in my FFB8 Contest! Week 3 is in full swing on the FFB blog! For more details and how to enter please visit www.frequentflyerbonuses.com/FFB8

Bonus Offers

British Airways Executive Club
- Earn up to 20,000 Bonus Avios when you fly on American Airlines between New York and Dublin. More... Jun 12 - Sep 15, 13
- Earn up to 20,000 Bonus Avios when you fly on American Airlines between Chicago and Dusselorf. More... Until Jul 15, 13
- Double Avios when you book a participating Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts or art’otel in Europe at least 21 days in advance. More... Until Aug 31, 13
- Double Avios for stays at particpating Taj Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Jul 31, 13

China Southern Sky Pearl Club

- Earn up to 100% Bonus SkyPearl Kilometers when you fly on China Southern between Dalian, Changchun, Shenyang, or Pudong and Nagoya; Dalian and Toyko; Beijing, Pudong, Dalian, Shenyang or Changchun and Seoul More... Until Dec 25, 13
- Earn up to 1,000 Bonus SkyP earl Kilometers when you join the Sky Pearl Club program and fly on China Southern. More... Until Dec 31, 13
- Double SkyPearl Kilometers for stays on the “Bed and Breakfast” Package rate or “Best Available Rate” at participating Mandarin Oriental Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Jun 30, 13
- Earn up to Triple SkyPearl Kilometers for stays at anty Shangri-La hotel, resort, Traders hotel or Kerry hotel Worldwide. More... Jun 1 - Aug 31, 13

US Airways Dividend Miles
- Double Dividend Miles per stay at La Quinta properties in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. More... Until Jul 31, 13

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

May 21 Update: Marriott extends free breakfast for Elite members, LH Business Class sale, Choice Hotels next systemwide promo

I hope that you all had a great Victoria Day weekend! My family and I sure enjoyed our time around YYC and of course we made it up to Banff a couple of times since its under an hour from my house! Anyways, by taking a few extra days off, last Friday and yesterday, there seems to be a lot of new bonuses out which will be added to FFB and RC over the week and a fair bit of news to pass along.

News, Tips & Tricks

In the bonus offers section be sure to check out the new offers from IHG and Choice Hotels as they cover Canada nicely (and the rest of the world)

I totally forgot to mention this on the blog but back on May 7th Capital One removed the sign up bonus on the Capital One® Aspire Cash™ World MasterCard®! RC's comparison chart on cash back cards was actually updated that day.

Marriott Rewards announced that Gold and Platinum Elite Marriott Rewards members will receive free continental breakfast for 2 at JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance® and Marriott Hotels® across the U.S. and Canada* – every day, 7 days a week starting on June 22. When the concierge lounge is open, you and a guest can enjoy complimentary continental breakfast. More details...


The PointsHound.com double up feature mentioned right here on RC last week appears to be better than initially stated by the company. Instead of around 1,000 hotels in the U.S. where you can double up at the actual number is around 3,200 hotels in 115 U.S. cities.

Icelandair will be increasing their Toronto service to 5x weekly. Really only good news if you are a regular Saga Club utilizer since they are dropping Alaska Airlines as a partner as of June 1st or if you like their sometimes cheaper fares to Europe via Iceland. (Source: Airline Route Updates)

Don't forget to enter in my FFB8 Contest! Week 3 is in full swing right here on the blog!. For more details and how to enter please visit www.frequentflyerbonuses.com/FFB8

Travel Deals
Lufthansa
has launched a new business class sale from Canada. Book online at Lufthansa (CA): 

Athens from CAD 3940*
Barcelona from CAD 3908*
Beirut from CAD 3329*
Istanbul from CAD 3905*
Lisbon from CAD 4048*
Marseille from CAD 3935*
Tunis from CAD 3301*

* Round-trip including all taxes and fees.
The departure period is between 21st June 2013 and 8th September 2013.
The return period is between 24th June 2013 and 8th December 2013. 






Bonus Offers

Best Western Rewards
- Earn 6,600 Bonus Rewards Points for staying just two nights (nights do not need to be consecutive) in any of the eight states along Route 66: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois More... Until Jun 30, 13

British Airways Executive Club
- Earn up to 7,000 Bonus Avios when you purchase Avios online. More... Until Jun 13, 13

Choice Hotels Privileges
- Earn up to 8,000 Privileges Points when you complete 2 qualifying stays at Choice Hotels Worldwide.More...   May 23 - Aug 31, 13 Valid for Residents of the U.S. and Canada only

IHG Rewards Club
- Receive a $50 Vacation Pay Prepaid MasterCard (up to $200) when you pay for your stay with a MasterCard card for each stay of two consecutive weekend nights (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) at participating InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® hotels worldwide. More... May 31 - Sep 1, 13 Valid for residents of the U.S. and Canada only

Turkish Miles&Smiles
- 10,000 Bonus Miles&Smiles Miles on completion of four weekend nights at participating Hilton Hotels Worldwide. More... Register by Jun 30 for stays until Aug 31, 13

US Airways Dividend Miles
- Double Dividend Miles when you fly US Airways between Charlotte and Rio De Janeiro or Sao Paulo. More... Jun 8 - Jul 31, 13

Monday, May 20, 2013

50% Transfer Bonus for RBC Rewards (Avion only) to British Airways Executive Club is back this July

I am happy to let you all of you RBC Avion cardholders (Infinite and Platinum) that the much coveted 50% transfer bonus for RBC Rewards points to British Airways Executive Club Avios is coming back soon! The promotion will run from July 1st to 31st so now is the time to ramp up your spending if you have been planning to take advantage of this great transfer bonus! As always BA Avios are a great option for flights to Asia (via Cathay Pacific), short to medium haul within North America (Alaska Airlines, American Airlines) and even though huge surcharges are added to their UK/Europe redemptions they can still be an alright value because of this bonus transfer based on your spend with the credit card (see my post about Earn & Burn for an explanation)

Full details will be found here although this link is not live yet.

COMING THIS JULY!!!




Friday, May 17, 2013

FFB8: The FrequentFlyerBonuses.com 8th Anniversary Contest (Week 3)

FFb 8th Anniversary Contest

A little over 8 years ago in February 2005, FrequentFlyerBonuses.com launched to no fan-fare. It was an experiment of sorts and a logical expansion of the FFB Group’s first website RewardsCanada.ca. A major section of the Rewards Canada website was the Bonus Offers section and we noticed a lot of traffic from outside of Canada hitting those pages even though they didn’t list any offers that were available to non-Canadians. So they idea dawned on FFB’s founder to help that traffic by launching a Global site covering bonus offers from frequent travel programs worldwide and thus FrequentFlyerBonuses.com was born!

 

Fast forward to 2013 and FFB is even bigger and better and providing more coverage than we ever have of promotions relating to the world of frequent travel. Most of that success can be attributed to FFB’s dedicated fans and readers and without the support of them FFB would not be where it is today. We would like to thank past, present and future FFBers by offering you a chance to win some fantastic prizes as we celebrate our 8th anniversary!

 

There are four amazing prize packages to be won with FFB8! Over the course of the next four weeks there will be four different ways to enter to win one of the four prize packages. Feel free to enter into every week of the contest as they are all considered separate contests!

 

We are now into Week 3 of the FFB8 contest and here are the details on how to enter this week:

 

Week 3: Blog The FFB Blog

To enter the contest this week leave a comment on the FFB Blog about any of the following by 11:59EST on May 23th, 2013:

  • How and/or where would you use the 8,000 Aeroplan Miles from Aeroplan

  • Where would you plan on using the 8,000 Starpoints (visit SPG.com for reward details)

  • Which lounge you would use your free lounge visit from Priority Pass (see all Priority Pass lounges here)

  • Where would you use an Avis Reward Day coupon at?

  • What hotel would you book via PointsHound.com to make use of your Level 3 benefits?

 

Week 3 Prize Package

One lucky entrant will win the following prize package:

  • 8,000 Aeroplan Miles courtesy of Aeroplan

  • 8,000 Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints courtesy of the Starwood Preferred Guest and the Canadian Version of the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express

  • Two Avis Reward Day Coupons courtesy of Avis

  • One Standard Priority Pass Annual Membership + 1 free lounge visit courtesy of Priority Pass

  • One Level 3 Upgrade on PointsHound.com courtesy of PointsHound.com

  • One £5 Prepaid Sim Card courtesy of Aether Mobile

 

About this week’s sponsors:

Aeroplan

Aeroplan, Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program, is owned by Aimia Inc., a global leader in loyalty management. Aeroplan's millions of members earn Aeroplan Miles with its growing network of over 75 world-class partners, representing more than 150 brands in the financial, retail, and travel sectors. In 2012, approximately 2.3 million rewards were issued to members including more than 1.5 million flights on Air Canada and Star Alliance carriers which offer travel to more than 1,000 destinations worldwide. In addition to flights, members also have access to over 1,000 exciting specialty, merchandise, hotel, car rental and experiential rewards. For more information about Aeroplan, please visit www.aeroplan.com or www.aimia.com


Starwood Preferred Guest / The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express

The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express rewards you with starpoints® virtually every time you make eligible purchases with the Card. available in the US, the UK and Canada, the Card offers a generous welcome bonus, lets you access exclusive Cardmember-only events and so much more. terms and conditions apply. Apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express (Canadian Version)


Avis

Avis Car Rental and its subsidiaries operate one of the world's best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,200 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world's top brands for customer loyalty. www.avis.com



Priority Pass

Priority Pass™ is the world’s largest independent airport VIP lounge access program and give you access to over 600 airport VIP lounges worldwide irrespective of your class of travel or the airline flown. Priority Pass is offering a Free Standard membership valued at US$99 which gives access to over 600 lounges worldwide for a visit fee of US$27 and also enables you to take guests into the lounges for a visit fee. Find out more about the three membership plans available at www.prioritypass.com/ffb


PointsHound.com

Pointshound is the most flexible way to collect the most miles and points when booking hotels online. Currently, PointsHound allows users to earn miles on over 150,000 hotels around the world in any of 10 frequent flier currencies. That’s 1,500,000 unique accrual offers available on any given day and we're always adding new currencies and hotels to the site. Sign-up and see how many miles you can earn on your next hotel! https://pointshound.com/



Aether Mobile

Aether Mobile is a licensed MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator), providing a superior global roaming mobile service for the travelling person in mind.  By using the Aether Mobile global roaming SIM when abroad, leisure and business travellers alike can use their mobile/cell to make and receive calls and text messages, with peace of mind that it won’t cost them the earth. www.aether-mobile.com
I have to extend many thanks to all of the above sponsors for helping out with this contest and to show our appreciation I would ask that you visit the sponsor’s websites to learn more about them! (plus if they see lots of traffic coming from here they may be more inclined to provide more prizes more often to give away on the FFB sites!)

 

Week 3 Contest Rules


1. Contest End: Contest runs until 11:59pm EST on May 23, 2013
2. Eligibility:
Contest is open to anyone over the age of 18 anywhere in the world except where prohibited by law. Residents of Quebec, Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Sudan are also ineligible to participate. The Contest is void in these countries and where prohibited or restricted by law. Limited to one entry per person per method (maximum TBD entries). Multiple entries per way and/or automatic entries will be deleted
3. Contest Entry:
To enter the contest you must leave a comment on the specific FFB Blog post per the instructions listed above. Limited to one entry per person (we will only count the first comment should a person post multiple comments)
4. By entering the competition, participants automatically accept these Terms and Conditions
5. Prize Drawing: On or about June 6th, 2013 a random drawing from each section of the contest will be conducted from among all eligible entries received
6. Awarding of Prizes:
The selected winner(s) will be contacted by email and will have Seven (7) days to respond with their name and mailing address. After Seven (7) days no further attempts will be made to contact the winner and another entrant may be chosen to receive the prize. Prize packs will be mailed/emailed to the winner no later then June 15, 2013. Prizes are provided “as is” and without any warranty of any kind. Prizes are non-transferable. No cash redemption or prize substitution allowed by winner. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize of equal or greater value if advertised prize becomes unavailable. Odds of winning is dependent on the number of entrants per way as of May 9, 2013
7. The prize winner is responsible for all taxes, costs and other expenses that are not explicitly included in or connected to the prize(s), and agrees that upon accepting the prize(s) he/she does so entirely at his/her own risk and responsibility.
8. Employees and agents of Frequentflyerbonuses.com and parent The FFB Group, and members of such employees’ immediate families and individuals living in the same household with such employees, are not eligible to win.
9. Except where prohibited by law, entry in the Contest constitutes each Entrant’s consent for Sponsor to use Entrant’s first name and last initial, city and state/country of residence, Contest Entry for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes in any media, online or off-line, without further permission, consent, payment or other consideration, unless prohibited by law
10. The FFB Group reserves the right to request written proof of a possible winner’s residence and age before awarding a prize.
11. All provincial, federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this sweepstakes or any portion hereof, or to disqualify any individual implicated in any of the following actions, if for any reason: (a) infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the sweepstakes, (b) the sweepstakes or any website associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper processing of entries per these rules, or (c) the sweepstakes is otherwise not capable of running as planned by the Sponsors. By entering, participants agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Administrator and each of their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, advertising and promotional agencies, wholesalers and retailers, and each of the foregoing entities’ employees, officers, directors, shareholders and agents (collectively the “Released Parties”), from and against any and all claims, actions and/or liability for any injuries or death, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with participation in and/or entry into the sweepstakes or acceptance or use of any prize. The Released Parties are not responsible or liable for any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, and assume no responsibility for (i) any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in operation or transmission at any website, (ii) failure of any entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, (iii) communications line, hardware and/or software failures, (iv) damage to any computer (software or hardware) resulting from participation in the sweepstakes, (v) theft or destruction of, tampering with, unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries and/or entry information, or (vi) entries which are late, lost, stolen, damaged, illegible, and/or unintelligible. By entering, entrants agree to comply with these rules. Any entrant who attempts to tamper with this sweepstakes in any way shall be disqualified. In the event of dispute as to who submitted an online entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the Authorized Account Holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized Account Holder” is defined as the natural person assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the email address in question. Additional restrictions may apply.
Additional Rules for the Priority Pass prizes:
- Employees of Priority Pass and The Collinson Group of companies, and their immediate families, are not eligible to enter, nor is anyone under 18 years of age.
- Current Priority Pass members are not eligible but can nominate another party to receive the prize.
- The winner must complete an application form and provide credit card details before the prize of Priority Pass membership can be issued.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

May 16 Update: Aeroplan bonus for Marriott stays in Canada, 4x HHonors points @ Tropicana Las Vegas

This will be the last day of updates until Tuesday as I am taking an extended long weekend for the Victoria Day holiday. Watch FFB however as Week 3 of the contest will launch tomorrow and if there is any crazy amazing news or offers to post I will do so before Tuesday! Hope you all have a great long weekend!

News, Tips & Tricks

Don't forget to enter in my FFB8 Contest! This is the last day to enter for Week 2! For more details and how to enter please visit www.frequentflyerbonuses.com/FFB8


Bonus Offers

Air Canada Aeroplan
- 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you register your Aeroplan number on Aeroplan's Facebook page and complete an earning activity from selected Aeroplan travel partners. More... Until Aug 31, 13
- 500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles per night for stays at participating Marriott hotels across Canada. Receive 500 bonus miles per night, for up to 4 nights per stay. More... Jun 1 - Aug 31, 13

Hilton HHonors
- Quadruple HHonors Points on all stays at Tropicana Las Vegas - a DoubleTree by Hilton. More... Until Aug 31, 13

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Double Mileage Bank Miles for stays at the at the Hotel Niwa Tokyo. More... Jun 1 - Aug 31, 13

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

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Triple Starpoints when you in a one Bedroom Pool Villa at the W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak. More... Book by Jun 30 for stays until Dec 19, 13

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
- Double Royal Orchid Miles for stays of 2 or more nights at participating Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Jun 301, 13

Ukraine International Panorama Club(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Panorama Club Miles for flights between Istanbul and Odessa.More... Until Jun 30, 13

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Triple Flying Club Miles for stays at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Jumeirah Beach Hotel or the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Dubai. More... Until Dec 31, 13
- Earn up to Triple Flying Club Miles on Sixt car rentals Worldwide. More... Until Jun 30, 13

1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles on select mileage earning activities

In yesterday's daily update I mentioned the new Aeroplan Around the World Contest but I only went straight to the Aeroplan blog and not their Facebook page. It turns out that you can not only enter the contest via their FB page but if you register your Aeroplan number via the FB page you can 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you earn with the featured Aeroplan travel partners:


and the partners included are:

You can find most of these offers listed on my Aeroplan page (the Marriott offer is being added later today) and here is the Facebook offer as it will appear on that page also later today:

Earn 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you register your Aeroplan number on Aeroplan's Facebook page and complete an earning activity from selected Aeroplan travel partners. Full details. Until Aug 31, 13

For me I will easily earn the 1,000 bonus miles either through a couple of Hertz rentals I have plus I do have some Air Canada Executive Class flights during the period which aren't eligible for the 50% Bonus as they were booked before the promotional period but should count as activity. What doesn't seem clear about the Facebook promotion is whether it is a one time bonus (I'm leaning this way) or if it is a bonus for each transaction.

PointsHound.com gets even better: now offering frequent guest earning benefits at select hotels


PointsHound.com, one the sponsors of my FFB8: The FrequentFlyerBonuses.com 8th Anniversary contest sent out an email last night detailing some exciting enhancements coming to the hotel booking site on Monday. As featured here on Rewards Canada back in October, PointsHound.com is a service that awards a hefty amount of miles or points for booking hotels via their online booking engine.

At the time I mentioned that most stays booked via PointsHound.com did not offer frequent guest points or elite qualification as is the case with most third party site booking sites although many hotels would still recognize your status at time of check in. Well that is about to change. If you have used the site over the past month or so you may noticed select hotels had a 'Double Dip' icon  (now rebranded to  'Double Up' which meant you would earn you miles for the booking via PointsHound.com and your frequent guest points along with elite qualification. This test proved successful and on Monday PointsHound.com will be expanding that offering to around 1,000 hotels in the U.S. from Hyatt, Hilton, Starwood, Marriott and IHG. Now unless there is a significant price difference (which at times it can be) you should be funneling your hotel bookings for any of those 1,000 hotels through PointsHound.com so that you can earn even more on your stays. I don't have a list of those hotels but I would suggest you bring up the hotel you want to stay at on the actual hotel brand site and then also spend an extra minute or two to see if PointsHound.com offers Double Up and comparable prices for that same location.

Finally, you can expect another new airline partner to be added to PointsHound.com later next week bringing their total number of partners to 11.

The more you book through PointsHound.com also means the more you earn as they have three mileage earning levels (1 through 3) and as a special offer via PointsHound.com to FFB & Rewards Canada readers using our referral link you will receive an automatic 60 day Level 2 upgrade where users earn miles at an accelerated rate (avg of 4-8x per $ depending on hotel) compared to Level 1 users. You will also earn a 250 mile bonus on your first booking made after signing up via the referral link. Just so you know, I will also earn a 250 miles bonus on that first booking of yours for referring you. I thank everyone in advance who joins via my referral link!