Sunday, June 30, 2013

LAST DAY TO REGISTER: SPG's Double Take - Double Starpoints on eligible stays

Today is the last day to register for Starwood Preferred Guest's Double Take Promotion. The promo is good for stays until July 31 but wont' count if you don't register by today! Here is the offer as pulled from RC's Starwood Page

SPG Double Take: Double Starpoints + 500 Bonus Points
for stays at more than 1,000 participating Starwood Hotels Worldwide.
Bonuses as follows:
- Earn Double Starpoints® for every eligible stay
- Earn 500 bonus Starpoints for each eligible booking made through the mobile site, the SPG® App for iPhone® or the SPG App for Android (Valid for all Starwood hotels Worldwide)
Full Details, Online Registration and Booking (Registration is required)

Register by Jun 30,13 for stays May 1 - Jul 31, 13

Looking for more ways to earn Starpoints? Why not apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express:

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express  - By American Express

  • Earn 10,000 Welcome Bonus Starpoints – enough for up to 5 free nights – after you charge $1,000 in purchases to your Card in your first 3 months of Cardmembership
  • Earn 1 Starpoint for every $1 in purchases charged to the Card
    Enjoy a Free Weekend Night Award when you reach $40,000 in purchases each year
  • Redeem Starpoints for Free Nights with no blackout dates at over 1,000 of the world's most desired hotels in nearly 100 countries
  • $120 annual fee (annual interest rate 19.99% on purchases and 21.99% on funds advances)
  • Conditions apply
  • Apply Now
    Residents of Canada Only

Limited Time: Increased sign up bonus of 15,000 Asia Miles for the RBC Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Platinum Card

Back on June 14 I posted about a targeted 20,000 Miles for the RBC Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Platinum Card but if that offer does not work for you or don't want to take the risk of applying for a targeted offer then you can apply for the public version of the card. Normally the card only offers a 5,000 Asia Mile sign up bonus but until July 31st you can get a 15,000 Asia Mile sign up bonus.

Some of the RBC Cathay Pacific Visa Platinum card benefits are:
  • 1 Asia Mile for every CAD1 spent on purchases
  • Double Asia Miles when purchasing Cathay Pacific tickets online at www.cathapacific.com3
  • 2 Asia Miles for every HKD5 spent on inflight purchases4
  • Comprehensive insurance, including 31-day Out of Country/Province Emergency Medical Insurance5
This card is really only good for those people who are frequent Cathay Pacific flyers or oneworld airline flyers who credit their mileage to the Asia Miles program. Even though the 15,000 Miles isn't that much it is better than the basic sign up bonus and you should take advantage of it if this card is right for you.

For more details or to apply for the card please see here

Friday, June 28, 2013

Reminder: 50% Transfer Bonus for RBC Rewards (Avion only) to British Airways Executive Club starts on Monday

Just wanted to give you a quick reminder about one of the best features of the RBC Avion cards, the 50% transfer bonus to British Airways Executive Club. I broke the news about the bonus back in this post on May 20th and now RBC has updated their website with the news. The British Airways link in my May 20th post has not been updated yet but should be by Monday. Happy Transferring Avioners!

June 28 Update: AAdvantage award ticket discount, Aeroplan Distinction Bonus, Hilton Q3 Systemwide promotion

Last day of update until next Tuesday. I hope that you all have a great Canada Day on Monday!

News, Tips & Tricks

Air Canada announced a new codeshare agreement with Air Dolomiti which means you can earn Aeroplan Miles for flights on this small Italian airline. More...

If you are an American AAdvantage member who is looking to make an award ticket redemption for travel this fall see the link below in the bonus offers section to save 2,500 miles on that redemption. It is part of contest being run by American. Us Canadians can't participate in the contest part but still put your entry through to get to the landing page which details how to get the discount which we up North here can make use of.

Travel Deals
British Airways has announced that Toronto will be their first city served with their new Boeing 787 and to celebrate they are offering a sale on flights between Toronto and London.
Fly for only $787* Toronto to London (Round trip includes all taxes, fees and carrier charges) Book by July 1st for travel Oct 25 - Dec 15 2013, Dec 25 2013 - Mar 24 2014. Full details can be found at

Bonus Offers

Air Canada Aeroplan
- Double Aeroplan Miles for every stay at participating properties in the Langham's portfolio of hotels Worldwide. More... Jul 1 - Oct 31, 13
- Earn up to 15,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for Aeroplan members holding an Aeroplan branded credit/charge card who reach dBlack or dDiamond status. More... Register by Dec 31, 13
- 1,500 Bonus Aeroplan miles when you sign up for a new Costco Membership.More... Until Jul 31, 13 Canadian Residents Only

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- 1,000 Bonus Flying Blue Miles for all Microsoft Global Exchange - MGX FY14 attendees traveling on Delta, Air France, KLM or Alitalia operated flights and Delta code-share flight. More... Until Jul 31, 13
- 1,000 Bonus Flying Blue Miles on Hertz Rentals at participating Hertz locations in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Middle East, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom and USA. More... Until Sep 30, 13

American AAdvantage
- 2,500 AAdvantage Miles Discount off your next online AAdvantage award redemption completed via AAdvantage Award map. More.. Redeem by Jul 24 for travel Sep 4 - Nov 20, 13

Best Western Rewards (on only)
- 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points for AARP members who stay 2 or more nights at Best Western branded hotels. More... Until Jul 15, 13

China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- Double Dynasty Flyer Miles for each qualifying stay at 20 JAL Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13

Delta SkyMiles

- 1,000 Bonus SkyMiles for all Microsoft Global Exchange - MGX FY14 attendees traveling on Delta, Air France, KLM or Alitalia operated flights and Delta code-share flight. More... Until Jul 31, 13

Emirates Skywards
- Triple Skywards Miles for stays of 2 or more nights in a Heritage Suite at the Emirates Wolgan Valley Spa. More... Until Sep 15, 13
- Earn up to 2,000 Bonus Skywards Miles for stays at any one of 12 London hotels, across three Marriott brands. More... Until Sep 23, 13
- Quadruple Skywards Miles on all Avis rentals in Milan. More... Book by Aug 31 for rentals Oct 1 - Dec 20 , 13
- Quadruple Skywards Miles on all Avis rentals in Stockholm. More... Book by Aug 31 for rentals Sep 1 - Nov 30 , 13

Hilton HHonors
- Earn up to the Triple HHonors Points for stays at participating Hilton Hotels Worldwide. More... Jul 9 - Sep 30, 13

Hilton Q3 Promotion: Up to Triple HHonors Points for stays at participating hotels Worldwide

Although not officially up on Hilton's site, the details of their third quarter systemwide stay promotion have been found by LoyaltyLobby. The promo is a duplicate of one ran last year and awards double or triple points depending on which night of the week you stay. I also use the word 'systemwide' loosely as there will more then likely be hotels that opt out of the promotion. Here is the promo as it will appear on FFB's HHonors page later today  (please note the registration link is not working yet but should be soon)

Earn up to the Triple HHonors Points for stays at participating Hilton Hotels Worldwide. Earn double points for stays on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Earn triple points for stays on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.  Full details, registration and online booking (Registration is required) Jul 9 - Sep 30, 13

Thursday, June 27, 2013

June 27 Update: British Airways to launch 787 on YYZ-LHR with sale fare, IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks and more!

A big day for news, travel deals and bonuses:

News, Tips & Tricks

Of course the big news today comes from Aeroplan, see my post from earlier today for complete details

Also the release of the latest Priority Club/IHG Rewards Club Point Breaks is also big news. See here for more details.

Travel Deals
British Airways has announced that Toronto will be their first city served with their new Boeing 787 and to celebrate they are offering a sale on flights between Toronto and London.
Fly for only $787* Toronto to London (Round trip includes all taxes, fees and carrier charges) Book by July 1st for travel Oct 25 - Dec 15 2013, Dec 25 2013 - Mar 24 2014. Full details can be found at


Bonus Offers

American AAdvantage
- Double AAdvantage Miles for American Airlines flights between: Chicago O'Hare (ORD) or Los Angeles (LAX and) Tokyo Narita (NRT) or New York Kennedy (JFK) and Tokyo Haneda (HND) More... Jul 1 - Aug 31, 13
- Double AAdvantage Miles for Japan Airlines flights between San Diego and Tokyo. More... Jul 1 - 31, 13

InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club
- 5,000 points per award night - Priority Club Point Breaks Redeem only 5,000 points for stays at select hotels Worldwide. Offer and participating hotels are subject to change at any time, valid for stays thru Aug 31, 13. More... Until Aug 31, 13

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 5,000 Bonus Mileage Bank Miles for Japan Airlines flights between Boston and Tokyo.More... Jul 16 - Sep 30, 13 Valid for JMB Members in the Americas and Japan only

JetBlue TrueBlue (on only)
- Triple TrueBlue Points when you fly JetBlue between New York and Bermuda. More... Book by Jul 31 for travel Jul 9 - Nov 7, 13
- Double TrueBlue Points when you fly JetBlue between Boston and Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth or Houston-Hobby. More... Jul 25 - Oct 15, 13
- Triple TrueBlue Points when you fly JetBlue between San Francisco and Austin or Ft. Lauderdale. More... Until Sep 2, 13
- Earn up to 50% Bonus Points when you buy or gift TrueBlue points. More... Until Jul 31, 13

Miles & More
- Double Miles & More Miles for stays at Ameron hotels in Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Euskirchen, Frankfurt and Lucerne. More... Until Aug 31, 13
- Triple Miles & More Miles when you stay at participating Raffles Hotels & Resorts properties Worldwide. More... Until Aug 31, 13
- Double Miles & More 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

Latest Priority Club PointBreaks Offers released - Reward Nights for only 5,000 Points (good to 8/31)

One of the best redemptions in the hotel loyalty program world is IHG's Priority Club PointBreaks and the latest set of offers are now out for stays until August 31st. 

Why are Priority Club Point Breaks such a great deal? Because they offer reward nights at participating IHG hotels Worldwide for only 5,000 Priority Club points. For those of you not to familiar with Priority Club, normal redemption rates for Priority Club reward nights run from as low as 10,000 points for some Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express locations to 50,000 points for ultra-luxurious InterContinental locations and even these locations can participate in Point Breaks. So as you can see you can receive a discount of 50 to 88% off the regular redemption rates. You may be thinking that the high end hotels won't participate but they do depending on the time of year! Please note that like most loyalty promotions these offers are capacity controlled so I advise to book sooner than later to ensure you get the Point Breaks rate.

Here is the list of hotels participating this time:

Africa & Middle East
South Africa
Holiday Inn Express Pretoria-Sunnypark
Sandton-Rivonia Road
Holiday Inn Cairo City Stars
InterContinental Aqaba (Resort Aqaba)
Crowne Plaza Kuwait City
Crowne Plaza Sohar
Saudi Arabia
InterContinental Dar Al Hijra Madinah

Holiday Inn Hasselt
Holiday Inn Turku
Holiday Inn Express Lille Centre
InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort
Holiday Inn Garden Court Reims City Centre
Holiday Inn Garden Court Clermont-Ferrand Centre
Holiday Inn Express Amiens
Holiday Inn Tbilisi
Holiday Inn Mindin
Holiday Inn Wolfsburg City Centre
Holiday Inn Thessaloniki
InterContinental Athenaeum Athens
Holiday Inn Express Parma
Holiday Inn Milan-Assago
Holiday Inn Express Foligno
Crowne Plaza Dundlak
Holiday Inn Vilnius
Holiday Inn Express Moerdijk
Holiday Inn Warsaw-Jozefow
Holiday Inn Express Porto-Exponor
InterContinental Bucharest
Russian Federation
Holiday Inn Moscow-Vinogradovo
Holiday Inn Express Madrid-Tres Cantos
Holiday Inn Express Barcelona-Montmelo
Holiday Inn Bursa
Holiday Inn Ipswich
Holiday Inn Express Leeds-East
Holiday Inn Stevenage
Holiday Inn Swindon
Holiday Inn Express Redditch
Holiday Inn Basildon
Holiday Inn Express Lichfield
Holiday Inn Runcorn
Holiday Inn Express Burton Upon Trent
Holiday Inn Express Antrim-M2, Jct. 1
Holiday Inn Leeds-Garforth

Holiday Inn Manali                                                
InterContinental Phnom Penh
ANA Hotel Matsuyama
Crowne Plaza Kathmandu-Soaltee
InterContinental Asiana Saigon                               
Crowne Plaza Danang
People’s Republic of China
Crowne Plaza Dandong                                          
Holiday Inn Express Beijing Wangjing
Holiday Inn Express Shaghai New Hongqiao         
Crowne Plaza Guangzhou Huadu
InterContinental Chongqing                                     
Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven Beijing
Crowne Plaza Zhanjiang                                       
Crowne Plaza Changshu
Crowne Plaza Canberra          
Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu

Holiday Inn Express Irapuato                              
Crowne Plaza Toluca-Lancaster
Staybridge Suites Guadalajara Expo
Crowne Plaza Xalapa, Ver
Crowne Plaza Tuxpan

Holiday Inn Hinton
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Surrey
Holiday Inn Winnipeg-Airport West
Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview
Holiday Inn Express  Suites Saint John Harbourside
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Mississauga
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Brampton
Holiday Inn Express St. Jean Sur Richelieu
Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawa
Crowne Plaza Montreal Airport

Central & South America
Holiday Inn Express Rosario
Holiday Inn Cordoba
Holiday Inn Express Cuibaba
Crowne Plaza Belem
Holiday Inn Express Puerto Montt
InterContinental Medellin
Costa Rica
InterContinental Real San Jose-Costa Rica
El Salvador
Crowne Plaza San Salvador
InterContinental Real Guatemala
InterContinental Real Tegucigalpa
Holiday Inn Panama Canal

United States

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sylacauga
Holiday Inn Express Prescott
Crowne Plaza Phoenix North
Staybridge Suites Silicon Valley-Milpitas
Holiday Inn Express Delano Hwy 99
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Porterville
Holiday Inn San Clemente (Camp Pendleton)
Crowne Plaza Silicon Valley-N. Union City
Candlewood Suites Craig-Northwest
Holiday Inn Express La Junta
Holiday Inn Express Branford-New Haven
Holiday Inn Express Seaford-Route 13
Candlewood Suites Jacksonville
Candlewood Suites Miami Airport West
Crowne Plaza Melbourne-Oceanfront
Holiday Inn Express Fayetteville
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Rome-East
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hinesville East-Fort Stewart
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Council Bluffs-Conv. Ctr. Area
Holiday Inn Express Pella
Candlewood Suites Idaho Falls
Holiday Inn Express Lewiston
Holiday Inn Chicago SW-Countryside Confctr
Candlewood Suites Elgin NW-Chicago
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suties Chicago-Carol Stream (Wheaton)
Staybridge Suites Rockford
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jacksonville
Candlewood Suites Merrillville
Candlewood Suites Indianapolis Northwest
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tell City
Candlewood Suites Topeka
Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport
Holiday Inn Express Morhead
Holiday Inn Louisville Airport South
Staybridge Suites Lafayette-Airport
Holiday Inn Morgan City
Holiday Inn Express Minden
Crowne Plaza Boston-Newton
Candlewood Suites West Springfield
Crowne Plaza Baltimore North-Hunt Valley
Holiday Inn Express Pocomoke City
Holiday Inn Bangor
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Belleville (Airport Area)
Holiday Inn Express & Suites St. Paul NE (Vadnais Heights)
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Worthington
Holiday Inn Express Fulton
Candlewood Suites Kansas City Airport
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Festus-South St. Louis
Staybridge Suites Kansas City-Independence
Holiday Inn Denton University Area
Holiday Inn Express Canton
Holiday Inn Express West Point
Holiday Inn Helena
North Carolina 
Candlewood Suites Huntersville-Lake Norman Area
Candlewood Suites Wake Forest Raleigh Area
North Dakota                                                                  
Holiday Inn Express Devils Lake
Staybridge Suites Lincoln I-80
Staybridge Suites Omaha 80th and Dodge
New Hampshire
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Rochester

New Hampshire                                                          
Holiday Inn Express Hampton South-Seabrook
New Jersey
Candlewood Suites Bordentown-Trenton
Crowne Plaza Edison
Holiday Inn Express Woodbridge
New Mexico
Candlewood Suites Roswell New Mexico
Staybridge Suites Albuquerque North
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Carson City
New York
Candlewood Suites Nanuet-Rockland County
Holiday Inn Express West Point-Fort Montgomery
Holiday Inn Utica
Candlewood Suites Watertown-Fort Drum
Holiday Inn Express Toledo-Oregon
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lancaster
Holiday Inn Express London-I-70
Crowne Plaza Cincinatti North
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Altus
Staybridge Suites Oklahoma City Airport
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Klamath Falls Central
Holiday Inn Express Roseburg
PennsylvaniaHoliday Inn Express Bentleyville
Candlewood Suites Harrisburg
Rhode Island
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Warwick-Providence
South Carolina
Staybridge Suites Greenville I-85 Woodruff Road
Candlewood Suites Sumter
South Dakota
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Winner
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sturgis
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Morristown
Holiday Inn Express Ooltewah Springs
Staybridge Suites Dallas-Las Colinas Area
Staybridge Suites Brownsville
Holiday Inn Express Port Arthur Central-Mall Area
Candlewood Suites Longview
Candlewood Suites Galveston
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Center
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tooele
Candlewood Suites Salt Lake City-Airport
Candlewood Suites Richmond North-Glen Allen
Candlewood Suites Chesapeake/Suffolk
Candlewood Suites Manassas
Candlewood Suites Richmond Airport
Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria
Holiday Inn Express White River Junction
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Moses Lake
Candlewood Suites Lakewood
Staybridge Suites Milwaukee West-Oconomowoc
West Virginia
Holiday Inn Express Charleston-Southridge
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Douglas
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lander
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Torrington

BIG NEWS from Aeroplan! Seven Year Mileage Expiration being canceled, one way mileage awards being lowered, TD Bank to issue Aeroplan Credit Cards and more!

Huge news from Aeroplan today and it is good news!

Here are the highlights:
- 7 Year expiration policy being canceled
- One way flight awards will only cost 50% of round trip
- Distinction - a new tiered recognition program, that recognizes members based on how many miles they accumulate (separate from Air Canada Altitude)
- New Market Fare Flight Rewards to replace ClassicPlus flight rewards, reduced by up to 20% --- these are the any seat any time flight rewards that fluctuate in mileage requirements based upon how full a flight is, so these flight rewards will typically cost more than ClassicFlight rewards but not as much now.
- The only bad is news is that some long haul international flights will be increasing
- TD Bank to be new Aeroplan Credit Card Issuer

Once I have time to go through the information more I will provide an update or another post with more details

Here is the press release from Aeroplan:

Aeroplan Transforms Program to Deliver Outstanding Loyalty Experience

Aeroplan launches new member recognition program, significantly improves value with new Market Fare Flight Rewards and cancels policy that expires Aeroplan Miles older than 7 years

Montreal, June 27, 2013 – Aeroplan, Canada's premier coalition loyalty program, announced today groundbreaking enhancements to the program that will be implemented on January 1, 2014, including:

The launch of Distinction, a new tiered recognition program that rewards top accumulating members, based on total Aeroplan Miles earned across all coalition partners, with preferential mileage levels for redemption, bonus mile offers and exclusive privileges;
New Market Fare Flight Rewards to replace ClassicPlus Flight Rewards, offering significantly improved value, with all members having access to mileage levels reduced by up to 20%, and Distinction members enjoying reductions of up to 50%; and
The cancellation of the seven-year mileage redemption policy, with Aeroplan Miles no longer expiring for members active in the program each year.

“The enhancements we’re announcing today are the most significant changes we’ve made in the Aeroplan program’s history,” said Vince Timpano, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada, Aimia.  “2014 will mark a new era for Aeroplan as we take the program to a whole new level, providing members with an unrivalled loyalty experience. We’re redesigning core The oparts of the program, delivering what is most important to our members, while reinforcing Aeroplan’s position as the leading premium coalition loyalty program in Canada for years to come.”

Aeroplan’s recognition program – Distinction

Benefits of Distinction:
Benefits begin as of January 1, 2014 and include:
·         Exclusive flight reward benefits with significantly better value on new Market Fare Flight Rewards;
·         Special flights to popular destinations during peak periods with 100% of the seats reserved for Distinction members and offered at ClassicFlight reward mileage levels;
·         Bonus mile offers on eligible Air Canada flights, with select hotel partners, and through Aeroplan’s eStore;
·         Preferential treatment, privileges and limited-time offers, special partner and reward offers and invitations to exclusive events.

Distinction Levels:
Distinction is a unique member recognition program independent from Air Canada’s Altitude program. Distinction levels are achieved based on miles earned across all coalition partners including airline, travel, retail and financial card partners.

Distinction includes three status levels based on a member’s total eligible1 mileage accumulation:
·         dSilver – 25,000  miles accumulated during the calendar year;
·         dBlack – 50,000 miles accumulated during the calendar year;
·         dDiamond – 100,000 miles accumulated during the calendar year.

The Distinction qualification period begins on January 1st of each calendar year and ends on December 31st of the same year. For this special launch year, if members reach Distinction status by December 31, 2013, their benefits will take effect on January 1, 2014 and last until December 31, 2014. After 2013, benefits will start as soon as a member successfully reaches a Distinction level, and will last until the end of the following calendar year.

Market Fare Flight Rewards
In addition to Aeroplan’s ClassicFlight Rewards, which remain the most competitive in Canada, offering extraordinary value with Air Canada and any one of the 27 Star Alliance member airlines at low fixed mileage levels, members will also benefit from better flight reward value in 2014. As of January 1, 2014, new Market Fare Flight Rewards will replace ClassicPlus Flight Rewards, offering members significantly improved value, starting at up to 20% fewer miles required for redemption, with Distinction members enjoying reductions of up to 50%.   Market Fare Flight Rewards’ access to every available seat on flights operated by Air Canada, at variable mileage levels derived from fares at time of booking, will be unrivalled in the industry and will offer fantastic value to members.

"Air Canada welcomes the significant program improvements Aeroplan is announcing today. Enjoying travel is the most popular use for Aeroplan Miles and these enhancements will benefit all members by making redemptions more attractive while recognizing our shared best customers. With these changes, Canada’s leading loyalty program becomes even more appealing and the partnership of Air Canada and Aeroplan stronger," said Craig Landry, Vice President of Marketing at Air Canada.

Cancellation of the seven-year mileage redemption policy
As part of its commitment to improve member satisfaction, Aeroplan is pleased to announce the cancellation of its seven-year mileage redemption policy. Prior to this announcement, miles unredeemed seven years following their accumulation date would have been removed from member accounts starting January 1, 2014.  As a result, miles will not expire as long as members stay active in the program by having at least one accumulation or redemption activity every 12 months. To find out more, please visit: or

“Member feedback has inspired these major enhancements and significantly improved benefits that we’re bringing to the program,” said Kevin O’Brien, Chief Commercial Officer, Aeroplan.  “We’re proud to be raising the bar in loyalty, giving Aeroplan Members better flight reward value, more time to redeem and the greater recognition they deserve.”

Additional changes to mileage levels for flight rewards
As of January 1, 2014, mileage levels for one-way flight rewards will decrease and require only 50%of the miles needed for a round-trip flight. For example, North American one way long haul fares in economy will be reduced from 17,000 miles to 12,500 miles and European one way fares will go from 40,000 miles to 30,000 miles starting January 1st.

In addition, mileage levels for certain international routes (to/from North America to Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific; Middle East and North Africa; and Asia) for business and first class ClassicFlight Rewards will increase as of January 1, 2014.  For more information, please review the details of the ClassicFlight Rewards mileage level changes here:
Business/First Class
Business/First Class
Continental US
Asia 1 125,000/175,000 150,000/210,000
Continental US
Asia 2 130,000/180,000 155,000/215,000
Continental US
Middle East/
North Africa
135,000/190,000 165,000/230,000
Continental US
New Zealand/
South Pacific
135,000/185,000 160,000/220,000
 OUCH! (that is my comment)

To spread the word, Aeroplan will be communicating directly to members through its own communication channels, in addition to reaching a wider audience via a mass advertising campaign that includes print, digital, radio, billboards, and airport advertising.

For more information on Distinction and its privileges, please visit:

1. Eligible Miles for the purposes of Distinction include most miles earned across Aeroplan coalition partners including airline, travel, retail and financial card partners but may not include certain bonus miles, miles accumulated through conversion programs, and certain other forms of accumulation.  For a full list of terms and conditions, please see

TD Bank to issue the new Aeroplan Cards

A Framework for a Financial Credit Card Partner for the Next Decade 

Over the last 18 months, Aimia has run a renewal process for Aeroplan’s financial card portfolio to define an enhanced partnership aimed at delivering growth over the next decade.
The agreement announced today sets out a framework for an enhanced financial credit card relationship. The provisions of the new agreement will help fund the enhancements to the Aeroplan program being announced today.
TD Bank Group (“TD”) will become Aeroplan’s new financial credit card partner for the 10-year period effective from January 1, 2014, replacing CIBC, unless CIBC chooses to exercise its contractual right to match the terms of the agreement which expires on or before August 9, 2013.
Aeroplan’s current agreement with CIBC will continue until December 31, 2013. Members can continue to earn miles as usual on their CIBC Aerogold co-branded credit cards and take advantage of any Aeroplan promotions related to these cards for the remainder of 2013.
Negotiations with American Express are proceeding in parallel and are ongoing.
“We entered into this process with a clear objective - to grow the portfolio with a bank who is committed to building the Aeroplan program with us. The process we have run has confirmed the attractiveness of the Aeroplan portfolio. Under the terms of the new agreement, our financial card partner will contribute to the funding and support required to transform the program and drive increased engagement among premium Canadian consumers,” added Duchesne. “Recognizing that more than half of Aeroplan Miles accumulated in 2012 were earned through financial card spend, a successful credit card partnership is an important element of our longer term evolution.” 

Features of New Credit Card Offerings
New Aeroplan co-branded financial credit cards, to be launched in 2014, will provide cardholders with more flexible options, better earn rates and new recognition features; all of which is in addition to the benefits to be added under the Distinction program.
A new enhanced premium card targeted at high net worth Canadian households, with a higher earn rate, will be offered, in addition to premium and mid-market credit cards.
The launch of two additional co-branded targeted credit cards is expected to include:
  • one aimed at customers travelling frequently between Canada and the United States; and
  • a second specifically for Canadian small business owners, which will allow small business owners to choose additional features and benefits specifically designed to their needs.
    Both the enhanced premium and premium cards will include a suite of unique Air Canada features and benefits.
    In a number of instances during 2014, annual fees will be waived and bonus miles awarded to welcome members to the new cards.

    Terms of a New Financial Credit Card Agreement
    The terms of a new 10-year financial credit card framework agreement will include:
  • a more than 15% increase in price per mile to align to market levels;
  • a commitment to minimum miles purchases for the first three years;
  • a joint marketing spend of around $140 million over four years to support new cards and
    new program features;
  • use of Aeroplan bonus miles to drive future member acquisition and longer term growth
    in Gross Billings; and
  • more comprehensive collaboration around data and customer insight analytics.
    In addition, the agreement provides for
  • a $100 million upfront contribution payable in 2014 to Aimia to help fund program
    enhancements; and
  • an $80 million contractual break fee payable in 2013 by Aimia to TD in the event CIBC
    exercises its contractual right to match on or before August 9, 2013.
    Should the agreement with TD become effective, Gross Billings growth could be dampened through the transition period to a new bank, however the miles purchase commitment would guarantee a value equivalent to the Gross Margin that would have been generated on approximately 65% of CIBC’s 2012 Gross Billings in 2014, increasing to a value equivalent to over 90% in 2015 and 2016. When combined with the upfront program contribution of $100 million and tax benefits to be realized, this should also ensure solid cash flow generation to maintain the dividend through any transition in 2014.
    Higher Gross Billings, combined with new contract economics, are expected to offset increased program costs, and generate improving cash flow returns post-transition.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June 26 Update: Auto Europe Car Rental Sale, 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points for BW online bookings, 500 Bonus Miles on PointsHound bookings

Here is the Canadian travel rewards round up for Wednesday June 26th

News, Tips & Tricks

Over at, Jeff from Canadian Kilometers has been playing around with potential redemptions from the 25% Melia Mas Rewards buy points bonus that I brought to you on FFB a few weeks ago. He has come up with a great redemption option for flying Domestic Business/First class besides the airberlin one that I revealed. Read all about it here.

Travel Deals
AutoEurope has extended their up to 20% off sale for car rentals in Europe.
Book online today and receive up to 20% off of your rental car in Europe if you pay by July 1, 2013

Bonus Offers

Air Miles
40 Bonus Air Miles Reward Miles for each qualified stay at Best Western branded hotels in Canada, the United States, or the Caribbean Islands. More... Until Sep 3, 13

airBaltic BalticMiles (on only)
- 250 BalticMiles Points when you purchase an airBaltic reloadable Prepaid Visa debit Card. More... Until ?

Best Western Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points and up to 20% off of the Best Available Rate when booking an "Internet Only" rate for stays at participating Best Western hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 3, 13

Etihad Guest
- 25% Guest Miles Discount on select Etihad Guest Flight Reward tickets Worldwide. More... Until Jul 31, 13
- Triple Guest Miles for stays at participating Accor Hotels in Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, or Yemen. More... Until Aug 31, 13

Ethiopian Airlines Sheba Miles
- Ethiopian Discounted Sheba Miles award tickets for travel between Seychelles and Europe. More... Until Nov 30, 13

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles (on only)
- 150 HawaiianMiles per night for stays at the Hotel Modera Portland. More... Until ?
500 Bonus Miles or Points per completed stay in any of's 10 partner programs. More... Book by Jun 30, 13

Saudia Alfursan
- Double Alfursan Miles for stays at participating Golden Tulip locations Worldwide. More... Jul 1 - Aug 31, 13

Ukraine International Panorama Club (on only)
- Upgrade to Business Class on UIA flights between Kiev and Warsaw/Istanbul for just 3,000 miles. More... Jul 1 - Aug 31, 13
- Double Panorama Club Miles for stays at the Park Inn by Radisson, Donetsk. More... Jul 1 - Aug 31, 13

Virgin Australia Velocity Rewards (on only)
- Triple Velocity Points for stays at participating Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. More... Until Dec 20, 13
- Double Velocity Points for stays on eligible rates at participating Langham Hotels Worldwide. More... Jul 1 - Sep 30, 13