Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sep 3 Update: Lots of card changes from Amex and BMO, Icelandair announces Edmonton & Vancouver service, Aeroplan Best Western Fall offer

Lots happening today (and over the weekend) in the world of travel rewards and more in Canada!

News, Tips & Tricks

As we mentioned a few times in August, expect lots of changes to travel rewards credit cards in Canada this September and they are appearing very quickly! If you missed it earlier today, we already covered the positive change to the American Express Gold Rewards Card and the BMO Rewards World Elite MasterCard. But those are not the only two cards changing, here is a list of other new offers or changes:

The American Express AeroplanPlus Gold card now has a sign up bonus of 20,000 Aeroplan Mile safter you spend $500 in your first three months of Cardmembership and now has the first year annual fee waived (a $120 value)

The American Express AeroplanPlus Platinum card now has a sign up bonus of 40,000 Aeroplan Miles after you spend $1,000 in your first three months of Cardmembership. The standard offer is 25,000 Aeroplan Miles but if you recall for the past few months that offer was 50,000 via the Aeroplan website.

The American Express Platinum Air Miles has a limited time sign up bonus of 1,200 Air Miles reward miles when you charge a total of $500 in purchases to your Card within your first three months of Cardmemberhsip. Offer is valid until November 30, 2013.

The BMO Air Miles World MasterCard also has a new limited time sign up bonus of 2,000 Air Miles Reward Miles. Earn 1,000 Bonus AIR MILES reward miles after your first card purchase and earn 250 Bonus reward miles each month you spend $1,000 for the first four months.

I'm sure there are even more offers that we have not found or not been made award of yet but as usual stay tuned right here on Rewards Canada for the all latest news .

In non-credit card news, Icelandair has announced new service between Edmonton and Reykjavik for Summer 2014. The flights will operate four times weekly from March 26 and continue until January 2015. They also announced Vancouver-Reykjavik service that will operate twice weekly from May 13 and continue until October 12. Always great to have more flights options to use points. You can always book their reasonably priced flights on a travel points credit card that you can redeem points for the charge or you can go the Icelandair Saga Club route. Outside of flying on Icelandair your best sources for Icelandair Saga Club points in Canada are via Hilton HHonors or the Diners Club Club Rewards MasterCard. (Route news Source: Icelandair)

Bonus Offers

Air Canada Aeroplan
- 750 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for each qualified stay in Canada, the United States, or the Caribbean Islands that is booked on bestwestern.com. More... Until Nov 30, 13
- Earn up to 9,000 Bonus Aeroplan for stays at any Starwood Hotel & Resort Worldwide. More... Sep 1 - Dec 15, 13

airberlin topbonus
- Earn up to 10,000 Bonus topbonus award miles and status miles when you fly on any airberlin group flight (AB, HG or 4T flight number). More... Register by Sep 29 for flights between Sep 12 - Dec 31, 13
- Earn Double topbonus miles on all routes in Germany and Europe. More... Register by Sep 29 for flights between Sep 12 - Dec 31, 13
- Triple topbonus Miles for every stay at participating Choice Hotels locations Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13

British Airways Executive Club
- 25% Bonus Avios when you convert your hotel loyalty points into Avios. Participating hotel partners are Carlson Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Marriott, Shangri-La, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. More... Until Oct 15, 13

Choice Hotels Privileges
- Earn up to 8,000 Privileges Points when you complete 2 qualifying stays at Choice Hotels Worldwide.  More... Sep 5 - Nov 13, 13: Valid for Residents of the U.S. and Canada only

Emirates Skywards
- Double Skywards Miles on Emirates flights to and from Stockholm. More... Book and register by Oct 15 for flights Sep 4 - Dec 31, 13

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Double Mileage Bank Miles for stays on the Short and Suite package at participating Raffles Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Dec 30, 13

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  1. I love this blog for all OFFICIAL news (not FlyerTalk, not RFD, not BoardingArea)

    Wow is right for today. Busy September for application then

    AMEX Gold 25K MR = I need to churn!!!
    AMEX AP Gold 20K Aeroplan = I need to sign up, on top of my 2 CIBC Aerogold (15Kx2) already

    1. 30k sign up bonus for Amex AeroplanPlus Gold card through referral:


  2. Actually you can earn 30K Aeroplan miles instead of 20K when you apply for the Amex AeroplanPlus Gold Card thorough this link: