Thursday, October 31, 2013

Oct 31 Update: IHG Big Win Survey for 100 points, Andaz Maui offer, Aeroplan CIBC offer for 3x Miles

Happy Halloween everyone! Let's start it off with a fun vine (Thanks to Monique, RC's Creative Director for finding this one!)

News, Tips & Tricks
If you are participating in IHG Rewards Club's The Big Win promotion, the online survey portion is now open. You can access it via the Big Win login page and earn 100 points when you complete it.

Travel Deals
is offering 2 Free Nights and up to a $150 Resort Credit for stays at the Andaz Maui at Wailea. Stay 4 nights and Get 2 nights free + $75 resort credit Stay 5 nights and get 2 nights free + $150 resort credit. Full details and online booking Until Jan 8, 14

Bonus Offers

Air Canada Aeroplan
- 3x Aeroplan Miles when purchasing your Air Canada flights at and paying with your CIBC Aerogold® Visa Infinite™ or CIBC Aerogold® Visa™ card. More... Until Nov 26, 13

Best Western Rewards
- Double Rewards Points for stays at any one of 14 participating Best Western locations in Australia. More... Until ?

British Airways Executive Club
- Double Avios per £1 spent on any flight + hotel or flight + car holiday with British Airways Holidays. More... Book by Nov 30 for travel until Dec 31, 13 Residents of the UK only

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Earn Double Asia Miles on all eligible flights with Qatar Airways Worldwide. . More... Nov 15 - Dec 19 & Jan 6 - 31, 14

Hyatt Gold Passport
- 5,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points, 5th Night Free and $150 Resort Credit for stays of 5 or more nights at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo. More... Book by Dec 31 for stays Dec 20 - Apr 30, 14
- 2 Free Nights and up to a $150 Resort Credit for stays at the Andaz Maui at Wailea. Stay 4 nights and Get 2 nights free + $75 resort credit Stay 5 nights and get 2 nights free + $150 resort credit. More... Until Jan 8, 14

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Triple QMiles when booking any room category at selected Langham properties worldwide. More... Until Feb 28, 14

Stash Hotel Rewards
- 500 Bonus Stash Rewards Points for stays on the Fall into Savings package at The Buena Vista Suites Orlando. More... Until Dec 24, 13
- Double Stash Rewards Points for stays on the Thanksgiving Shop & Dine Package at the Caribe Royale Orlando. More... Until Dec 2, 13
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for Sunday-Thursday stays at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel, Pismo Beach More... Until Nov 27, 13

Last Day to Register: Hyatt Gold Passport Discover New Possibilities - up to 50,000 Bonus Points

Today is the last day to register for Hyatt's systemwide promo! Here is the offer as you'll find it on our Hyatt Gold Passport page:

Earn up to 50,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points for eligible stays at any participating Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, or Hyatt Residence Club™ hotel and resort worldwide, or any participating M life resort.  Members must register to take part in the promotion. Register Online (Registration is required) Register between Sep 9 - Oct 31, 13 for stays between Sep 9 - Nov 30, 13
Bonuses are as follows:
Stay           Earn                                       Total Bonus Points Earned
5 Nights      5,000 bonus points                   = 5,000
10 Nights    additional 10,000 bonus points    = 15,000
15 Nights    additional 15,000 bonus points    = 30,000
20 Nights    additional 20,000 bonus points    = 50,000

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

CIBC Aerogold Cardholders can earn 3x Aeroplan Miles for Air Canada bookings

In what may be a last hurrah for the CIBC and Aeroplan partnership is this promotion which was just released for holders of the CIBC Aerogold Visa Infinite or CIBC Aerogold Visa cards. The offer is triple Aeroplan miles when purchasing your Air Canada flights and paying with your CIBC Aerogold Visa Infinite or CIBC Aerogold Visa cards. Flights must be booked by November 26. Full details can be found here.

Part of me thinks this is a plan by CIBC to garner a few new clients before they can't promote themselves to the Canadian public as an Aeroplan partner and hopefully keep these new customers in their portfolio! What do you think?

Shangri-La Hotels: Earn up to 1,200 GC Award Points for FREE (enough for a free night or other rewards)

Earlier in the week we got an email from Shangri-La Hotels announcing a game to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of their Golden Circle frequent guest program. Over the next 6 weeks you can play the game and get  up to 200 GC Awards points per week (Week 1 ends tomorrow so jump on this ASAP to make sure you don't miss out on the points for Week 1). Each week you complete the game you will 100 GC Award Points but they will also give a code for 100 more points that you must input via their mobile app (obviously to get people to download and use it). Its that easy!For complete details and to play the game click here. If you are planning on staying at any Shangri-La hotels be sure to visit our Golden Circle Bonus Points page to see if you can earn even more points for your stay!

What can the 1,200 GC Award points get you?
A free night at any of the following hotels
  • Mainland China
  • Shangri-La Hotel, Baotou
  • Shangri-La Hotel, Beihai
  • Traders Upper East Hotel, Beijing
  • Shangri-La Hotel, Huhhot
  • Shangri-La Hotel, Manzhouli
  • Shangri-La Hotel, Qufu
  • Traders Hotel, Shenyang
  • Shangri-La Hotel, Wuhan
  • Golden Flower Hotel, Xian
  • Malaysia
  • Putrajaya Shangri-La
  • Traders Hotel, Puteri Harbour, Johor, Malaysia
  • Traders Hotel, Penang
  •  Philippines
  • Traders Hotel, Manila
  • Taiwan
  • Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan

or the following:

Oct 30 Update: Qatar Airways oneworld flight bonuses, Mileage Plan now showing Korean award space, Country Inns Shopping Package

What does the middle of the week bring? The official entrance of Qatar Airways into the oneworld Alliance and the first set of bonus offers celebrating this!

News, Tips & Tricks

A little over a week ago Alaskaa Airlines Mileage Plan online award booking engine began displaying Korean Air award space. Once again another boon for this great program from the Pacific Northwest. (Source: One Mile at a Time)

Star Alliance Gold members can no longer take three free checked bags with them on domestic United flights. That benefit has been reduced to one free checked bag at 23kg. United Gold Premier members can still take three bags at 32kg each for free. (Source: LoyaltyLobby)

Travel Deals
Book a Hotel Shopping Package with Country Inns & Suites and receive shopping coupons or a gift card valued at $25 for use during your stay, now through December 31, 2013.

Bonus Offers

American AAdvantage
- Earn Double AAdvantage Miles when you fly on any Qatar Airways flight Worldwide (including AA codeshares on QR) More... Nov 15 - Dec 19 & Jan 6 - 31, 14

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Earn Double Mileage Bank Miles for flights on Qatar Airways Worldwide in all eligible booking classes. More... Nov 15 - Dec 19 & Jan 6 - 31, 14

JetBlue TrueBlue (on only)
- Earn 4x TrueBlue Points on all JetBlue flights systemwide. More... Register and book by Nov 30 for travel until Dec 31, 13

Oman Air Sindbad (on only)
- 50% Sindbad Miles Discount for award tickets on most Oman Air flights Worldwides. Flights not included in the promotion are to and from London, Kuwait, Riyadh, Khasab and code share flights. More... Until Nov 30, 13

Qantas Frequent Flyer
- Earn Double Frequent Flyer Points on eligible flights and fares on Qatar Airways Worldwide. More... Nov 15 - Dec 19 & Jan 6 - 31, 14

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Earn double Qmiles when you fly on any oneworld partner airline Worldwide More... Nov 15 - Jan 31, 14

Shangri-La Golden Circle
- Earn up to 1,200 Bonus GC Award Points for playing the Golden Circle 3rd Anniversary Game. More... Until Dec 6, 13

Latest IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Offers released (good to 1/31/14)

One of the best redemptions in the hotel loyalty program world is IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks and the latest set of offers are now out for stays November 1 to January 31st. 

Why are IHG Rewards Club Point Breaks such a great deal? Because they offer reward nights at participating IHG hotels Worldwide for only 5,000 Rewards Club points. For those of you not to familiar with Priority Club, normal redemption rates for Rewards 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 (taken from the  IHG Rewards Community, we'll update USA as they are released):

South Africa
InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers      Holiday Inn Express Durban-Umhlanga
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Crowne Plaza Muscat

Saudi Arabia
Crowne Plaza Madinah


People's Republic of China
Holiday Inn Express Shenyang Golden Corridor     Hotel Indigo Tianjin Haihe
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Crowne Plaza Zhenjiang                                             Crowne Plaza Xishuangbanna

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Crowne Plaza Lanzhou                                               InterContinental Kunming
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InterContinental Shanghai Rujin                               Hotel Indigo Xiamen Harbour
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Crowne Plaza Shanghai Xiayang Lake                    Crowne Plaza Tianjin Jinnan
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Crowne Plaza City Centre Changsha                      Crowne Plaza Jinan City Centre
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Crowne Plaza Shanghai Pudong                              Holiday Inn Express Hefei South
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French Polynesia/Tahiti
InterContinental Resort Tahiti

Crowne Plaza Kochi                                                     Crowne Plaza Bengaluru Electronics City
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Crowne Plaza Nagasaki Gloverhill                                Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central
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ANA Yonago


Holiday Inn Brussels Airport                                        Holiday Inn Express Gent
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Czech Republic
Crowne Plaza Prague                                                

Holiday Inn Paris-Marne La Vallee                            Holiday Inn Express Saint-Nazaire
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Holiday Inn Zwickau                                                     Holiday Inn Frankfut Airport-Neu-Isenburg
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Crowne Plaza Padova

Netherlands (Holland)
Holiday Inn Express Arnhem

Holiday Inn Express Warsaw Airport

Holiday Inn Madrid-Las Tablas                              Holiday Inn Madrid-Calle Alcala
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Holiday Inn Express Bilbao                                    Holiday Inn Express Madrid-San Sebastian D/L Reyes
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Holiday Inn Express Istanbul-Altunizade

United Kingdom
Crowne Plaza Liverpool-John Lennon Airport   Holiday Inn Express Birmingham-Star City
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Holiday Inn Ashford-North A20                             Holiday Inn Birmingham M6, JCT. 7
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Holiday Inn Express Liverpool-John Lennon Airport

Holiday Inn Peterborough-West                          Holiday Inn Express Nuneaton
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The Americas

Holiday Inn Express Timmins                                Holiday Inn Express Pembroke
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Holiday Inn Express Woodstock South                 Holiday Inn Guelph Hotel & Conf Center
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Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo Conf. Center       Holiday Inn Toronto-Mississauga
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Featured Properties in the United States:
In the interest of space, I am only listing ten of the 143 U.S. properties  on the list. On November 1st, when hotels are avialable for booking, you'll find the full U.S. list  here.

Holiday Inn Salem Roanoke (VA)                             Holiday Inn Express Tacoma (WA)
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Staybridge Suites San Antonio Sea World (TX)     Holiday Inn Express Knoxville West (TN)
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Candlewood Suites Harrisburg-Hershey (PA)      Crowne Plaza Charlotte (NC)
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Candlewood Suites Indianaplis E. (Indiana)        Holiday Inn Chicago NW Crystal Lake (IL)
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Hotel Indigo College Park (GA)                             Holiday Inn Express Colorado Springs-First & Main (CO)
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Central/South America

Holiday Inn Santa Fe, Argentina

Holiday Inn Express Concepcion

Holiday Inn Express Medellin                

Holiday Inn Guayaquil Airport

Crowne Plaza Panama

InterContinental Maracaibo

Holiday Inn Express Queretaro                            Hotel Indigo Veracruz Boca Rel Rio                
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Holiday Inn Express CD. Del Carmen                Holiday Inn Morelia

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  Crowne Plaza Acapulco                                      Holiday Inn Express Tolucia Galerias Metepec                
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Holiday Inn Acapulco La Isla