Friday, August 16, 2013

Aug 16 Update: 30% Bonus HawaiianMiles from Diners Club, Half off China Southern Award tickets between Vancouver & Guangzhou

Everything revolves around loyalty promotions today!

News, Tips & Tricks

Today was simply an add bonus offers and other program promotions to FFB and Rewards Canada. In those additions however there are two offers that are worth more of a look here in the news, tips & tricks section.

The first offer is only good for existing Canadian Diners Club Club Rewards members and is a transfer bonus to the Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian Miles program. The same offer is available in the U.S. and is better there as their transfer ratio is 1:1 while ours is 1.25:1 (Diners still has not responded to a question I posed to them about this since this transfer ratio was developed back when the Canadian dollar was only worth about 70 U.S. cents but now that it is at or a little below par they really should reevaluate the ratio but that discussion can be saved for another day) Now back onto the topic, for us Canadian DC holders we can redeem 1,250 points for 1,300 HawaiianMiles which isn't great but there are some decent redemption options in the HawaiianMiles program. Now Hawaiian Airlines does not serve Canada but you can redeem the miles for flights on their partners like American Airlines, Delta, Virgin Atlantic and more. If you can find availability you could get a flight within North America on Delta for only 24,038 Club Rewards points (25,000 HawaiianMiles) which is slightly better than most other programs that are also at that 25,000 mile level. Like I said, it isn't the greatest offer because of the 1.25:1 transfer ratio but it is better than not having it all! See the bonus offer section below for more details on this promotion.

The second offer is a discounted award promotion from China Southern Sky Pearl Club. They are offering Sky Pearl award flights for 50% off and that includes their Vancouver-Guangzhou route for flights between Nov 7 and Dec 7. Sky Pearl Club award flights aren't cheap to begin with as these amounts are for one way awards:

However with this promotion they do become more tolerable. Other than flying on China Southern the best way to get Sky Pearl Kilometers in Canada is via the Starwood Preferred Guest program (and its associated Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express) as you can transfer Starpoints to Sky Pearl at a rate of 1:1 plus the 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 Starpoints redeemed. If you were to look at redeeming for an round trip economy class flight with this promotion you would want to transfer 50,000 Starpoints and get 10,000 bonus Kilometers) for the requirement of 60,000 Kilometers. As a comparison the same type of redemption from Aeroplan is 75,000 Aeroplan miles or 60,000 Starpoints. So overall it is not a bad option if you need to get to Guangzhou during that time period but be aware that there are a limited amount of seats available at the 50% off rate. See the bonus offer section below for more details on this promotion.

Bonus Offers

AeroMexico Club Premier
- Double Club Premier Kilometers on all Sixt car rentals in Europe. More... Until Sep 30, 13

Air China Phoenix Miles
- 600 Bonus Phoenix Miles Kilometers per car rental when you book through More... Until Sep 30, 13

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- Save up to 50% with Promo Awards Save 25% to 50% on the Award Miles usually required for award ticket. Destinations vary by each promotional period. More... Until Oct 31, 13

airberlin topbonus
- 1,500 topbonus Miles per rental with Sunny Cars in over 100 countries. More... Until Oct 15, 13

Carlson Hotels Club Carlson
- Earn up to 50% Bonus Gold Points when you purchase Gold Points. More... Until Oct 15, 13

China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 50% SkyPearl Kilometers Discount on award ticket redemptions for select China Southern domestic and international routes. More... Various dates until Dec 7, 13

EVA Air Evergreen Club
- 8 Bonus Evergreen Miles for for every TWD100 spent on the HRS website. More... Until Nov 30, 13

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles (on only)

- 30% Bonus HawaiianMiles when you convert Diners Club Club Rewards points into HawaiianMiles. More... Until Sep 16, 13 For Canadian Residents only

IHG Rewards Club
- Earn up 5,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club points for individual hotel stays in China. More... Until Oct 31, 13
- Earn up 4,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club points for individual hotel stays in the Middle East and Africa. More... Until Sep 30, 13

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Loyalty Club
- Triple Loyalty Points for stays at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles. More... Until Dec 28, 13
- Double Loyalty Points for stays at the Millennium Hotel Minneapolis. More... Until Sep 8, 13
- 50% Bonus Loyalty Points for stays any day from Thursdays to Sundays at the ONE UN New York, Millennium Broadway Hotel New York / The Premier New York. More... Until Dec 28, 13

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