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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mar 27 Update: City Bonus Highlight on London, Turkish Status Miles Offer & AA BusinessExtra Bonuses

This will be the last day of updates until next Tuesday and hopefully since it will be the start of a new month we'll see a lot more news and bonus offers!

News, Tips & Tricks

Planning travel to London in the next few months? Be sure to check out my City Bonus Highlight on London over on the FFB Blog.





Bonus Offers
Air China Phoenix Miles
- 800 Bonus Phoenix Miles Kilometers per car rental booked via Rentalcars.com. More... Until May 31, 13

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- 500 Bonus Flying Blue Miles when you spend €500 or more at a Chic Outlet Shopping® Village in Europe. More... Until Apr 30, 13

American AAdvantage
- Earn up to Triple Business ExtrAA Points on American Airlines marketed and operated nonstop flights between Chicago O'Hare (ORD) and Dusseldorf, Germany (DUS), between New York (JFK) and Dublin, Ireland (DUB), between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Seoul, South Korea (ICN), and between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Lima, Peru (LIM). More... Apr 2 - Aug 9 ,13

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 10,000 Bonus QMiles for a 3 day / 2 night stay for a couple in a deluxe room at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. More... Book by Apr 30, 13

Southwest Rapid Rewards
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn up to Quadruble Rapid Rewards Points for rentals at participating Alamo locations in the U.S.. More... Until Jun 15, 13

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 50% Bonus Miles&Smiles Status Miles on all Business Class flights within Turkey. More... Until Apr 30, 13
- 25% Miles&Smiles Discount on Miles&Smiles award tickets to select Turkish Airlines destinations Worldwide. More... Apr 1 - 30, 13
- Double Miles&Smiles Miles on all Hertz rentals of 3 or more days in Turkey More... Apr 1 - 30, 13 ?


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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mar 26 Update: Radisson 30% Off Sale, 5,000 Miles&Smiles for Doctors

Wow a super quiet day here on the Rewards Canada side of the FFB group! No news and only a few bonus offers.

News, Tips & Tricks

Hopefully they'll be something news wise here tomorrow!

As for tips and tricks, if your are looking for ways to maximize your miles or points earning be sure to read my piece on that exact topic. I first published it WAY BACK in 2005, updated it in 2011 and probably should do so again soon but nonetheless it is an invaluable piece of information if you are just getting started out in the whole miles and points game!

Travel Deals

You can get 30% off your stay at select Radisson and Radisson Blu hotels in the Americas and Asia Pacific if you book by April 9th for stays April 19 to June 29. Full details




Bonus Offers
Air China Phoenix Miles

- 2,000 Phoenix Miles Kilometers when you book at the Best Available Rate for a minimum of 2 nights stay in Langham's portfolio of properties in Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing. More... Apr 1 - May 31 13

Delta SkyMiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn 1,500 Bonus SkyMiles for nonstop Delta flights between Los Angeles and New York (JFK) or earn 1,000 bonus miles for all other Delta, Delta Connection or Alaska Airlines flight. More... Register by May 21 for travel until Jun 21, 13 Targeted offer - may not work for everyone

Garuda Frequent Flyer 
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Triple GFF Miles for flights in Executive Class between Jakarta and Semerang. More... Until May 31, 13
- Triple GFF Miles for flights in Executive Class between Surabaya and Semerang. More... Until May 31, 13
- 50% GFF Miles Discount for GFF Junior members on all Garuda Indonesia flight redemptions. More... Book by May 31 for travel Jun 15 - Jul 15, 13

Miles & More
- Double Miles & More Miles for stays at select Lindner Hotels in Europe. More... Apr 1 - May 31, 13

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 5,000 Bonus Miles&Smiles Miles when you join Turkish Airlines Smiling Doctors program and complete your first Turkish Airlines flights after joining. More... Until ?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Scotiabank Gold American Express Card sign up bonus to drop to 15,000 points in April

If you are in the market for an excellent travel points credit card that comes with a strong earning potential, flexible rewards and a great suite of insurances and benefits then one of the last year's strong entries into the Canadian Travel Rewards Credit Card market then the  Scotiabank Gold American Express Card  could be the right choice for you.

However now that the card is past its introduction phase and is becoming established Scotiabank will be removing the 20,000 Scotia Rewards points bonus at the end of day on March 31 and replacing it with a 15,000 point sign up bonus. This results in a loss of $50 when you apply for the card (20,000 points = $200 travel credit so 15,000 = $150).

If this card interests you I would suggest you apply for it over the next 5 days to ensure you get the higher sign up bonus. To learn more about this card you can read my initial post on it when it was first released back in September 2012.

Mar 26 Update: Priority Club to become IHG Rewards Club, Emirates adding reward ticket fuel surcharge, 4x Flying Club Miles for Hilton UK Stays

Coming off of a quiet start to the week, the second day brings us more in both the news and bonus offer departments!

News, Tips & Tricks


InterContinental Hotels Group has announced that they are changing the name of their loyalty program from Priority Club (ironically the 30th anniversary of Priority Club is this year) to IHG Rewards Club. There aren't a lot of details yet on the new program but the announcement page has put out a couple of teasers of what you can expect from the new IHG Rewards Club program:
1. Free Internet worldwide for all members in 2014 but starts early for Gold and Platinum elite members in July 2013. A nice new benefit especially when 2014 hits for the non-elites. While most of IHG's lower end brands (HI, HI Express) offer free Internet, its the higher end brands like InterContinental where you can really get dinged. So it makes sense to join the program even just for the free Internet if you will have IHG stays in 2014

2. Fast Track to elite status when you stay in two or more IHG brands. No details on this yet. In the past it used to be quite easy to earn status with Priority Club as all points earned counted towards status but that changed earlier this year and this is probably why this new feature will come into play.

3. Like SPG and Hilton , IHG Rewards Nights will now count towards Elite Membership status

4. Like Marriott, nights earned beyond your highest elite level will count towards Platinum Elite status in the following year.

The new program will become live in July and once more details are released I will pass these along to you. I know many Rewards Canada readers are big time Priority Club players so I'd love hear your initial thoughts on the change!



Emirates
will begin adding a fuel surcharge to Skywards rewards tickets as of March 31. They will give the option to their members to pay for the fuel surcharges with cash or miles. Emirates claims that due the volatility of fuel price they can no longer absorb this cost on reward tickets.


Travel Deals
Have an upcoming trip to Scandinavia? Scandic Hotels is offering their Scandic Frequent Guest members a 25% discount on weekend stays at over 150 Scandic hotels in Scandinavia and Europe. The offer is valid Fridays - Sundays until 30 April 2013. Book by 7 April. Full details

Bonus Offers
American AAdvantage
- OFFER EXTENDED 2,000 Business ExtrAA Points when you enroll your business in BusinessExtrAA and reach $3,000 in eligible spend by June 30, 2013 plus earn 5,000 AAdvantage bonus miles by flying on American Airlines. More... Until Jun 30, 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 Jun 30, 13. More...

Starwood Preferred Guest
- 5,000 Bonus Starpoints + $50 Daily Credit + Breakfast for stays of 14 or more nights at the Sheraton Maldives. Full Moon Resort & Spa More... Until Dec 23, 13

Stash Hotel Rewards
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays in a King Guest Room at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel Pismo Beach. More... Until Apr 30, 13
- Double Stash Rewards Points for Sunday-Thursday stays at the Portland Regency Hotel & Spa. More... Until Apr 30, 13
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at The Commons Hotel Minneapolis. More... Until Apr 30, 13
- 1,000 Bonus Stash Rewards Points PER NIGHT for stays at The Benjamin New York. More... Until May 31, 13
- Double Stash Rewards Points for stays of 2+ nights at the Williamsburg Hospitality House. More... Until Apr 30, 13

TAP Portugal Victoria
- Double Victoria Miles on rentals of 3 or more days at participating Hertz locations Worldwide. More... Until Apr 30, 13

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 1,500 Bonus Flying Club Miles when you join Virgin Atlantic's Flying Club and fly on any of Virgin Atlantic Little Red flights between London Heathrow and Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Manchester. More... Mar 31 - Jun 30, 13
- Quadruple Flying Club Miles for every stay in a participating hotel from the Hilton HHonors portfolio in London and throughout Scotland. More... Mar 31 - Jun 30, 13

Monday, March 25, 2013

Latest Priority Club PointBreaks Offers released (good to 6/30)


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 June 30. 

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 162 hotels participating this time:


Middle East & Africa
BAHRAIN

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BAHRAIN
GHANA
HOLIDAY INN ACCRA AIRPORT
QATAR
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL SUITES DOHA - THE BUSINESS PARK
SOUTH AFRICA
HOLIDAY INN JOHANNESBURG - ROSEBANK

Europe

BELGIUM

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HASSELT
BULGARIA
HOLIDAY INN SOFIA
CYPRUS
HOLIDAY INN NICOSIA CITY CENTRE
CZECH REPUBLIC
HOLIDAY INN BRNO
FINLAND
HOLIDAY INN OULU
FRANCE
HOLIDAY INN LILLE - OUEST ENGLOS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MONTPELLIER - ODYSSEUM
GERMANY
HOLIDAY INN BERLIN AIRPORT - CONF CENTRE
ITALY
HOLIDAY INN RAVENNA
HOLIDAY INN CAGLIARI
POLAND
HOLIDAY INN LODZ
RUSSIA
HOLIDAY INN SAMARA
SPAIN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MADRID - LEGANES
TURKEY
HOLIDAY INN GEBZE - ISTANBUL ASIA
UNITED KINGDOM
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DONCASTER
HOLIDAY INN WARRINGTON
HOLIDAY INN DERBY - RIVERLIGHTS
HOLIDAY INN GLASGOW - EAST KILBRIDE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BEDFORD
HOLIDAY INN ABERDEEN - EXHIBITION CENTRE
HOLIDAY INN A55 CHESTER WEST
HOTEL INDIGO BIRMINGHAM
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PETERBOROUGH
HOLIDAY INN RUGBY-NORTHAMPTON M1, JCT.18
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CAMBRIDGE-DUXFORD M11, JCT.10
HOTEL INDIGO NEWCASTLE 

Oceania

AUSTRALIA
HOLIDAY INN TOWNSVILLE


Central & South America

ARGENTINA
HOLIDAY INN BUENOS AIRES EZEIZA AIRPORT
BRAZIL
HOLIDAY INN FORTALEZA
COLOMBIA
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL SUITES TEQUENDAMA BOGOTA
COSTA RICA
HOLIDAY INN SAN JOSE-AUROLA
EL SALVADOR
INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL REAL SAN SALVADOR
HONDURAS
INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL REAL SAN PEDRO SULA
NICARAGUA
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL MANAGUA

United States

ALASKA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES FAIRBANKS
ALABAMA
HOLIDAY INN MOBILE-DWTN/HIST. DISTRICT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES TALLADEGA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CLANTON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ANNISTON/OXFORD
ARKANSAS
STAYBRIDGE SUITES ROGERS - BENTONVILLE
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL LITTLE ROCK
ARIZONA
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES FOUNTAIN HILLS - N. SCOTTSDALE
STAYBRIDGE SUITES TUCSON AIRPORT
CALIFORNIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CALEXICO
CANDLEWOOD SUITES TURLOCK
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL SACRAMENTO NORTHEAST
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES FRAZIER PARK
STAYBRIDGE SUITES PALMDALE
HOLIDAY INN AUBURN
COLORADO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AMD SUITES CO SPRINGS-AIR FORCE ACADEMY
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES CRAIG
CONNECTICUT
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL DANBURY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NEWINGTON
DELAWARE
STAYBRIDGE SUITES WILMINGTON-NEWARK
FLORIDA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES FT MYERS I-75
HOTEL INDIGO JACKSONVILLE-DEERWOOD PARK
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES LAKE OKEECHOBEE
GEORGIA
STAYBRIDGE SUITES SAVANNAH AIRPORT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ATLANTA WEST - THEME PARK AREA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BLAIRSVILLE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS RINGGOLD (CHATTANOOGA AREA)
IOWA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES WATERLOO- CEDAR FALLS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MASON CITY
IDAHO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES MCCALL-THE HUNT LODGE
HOLIDAY INN BOISE AIRPORT
ILLINOIS
STAYBRIDGE SUITES LINCOLNSHIRE
HOTEL INDIGO CHICAGO-VERNON HILLS
HOLIDAY INN MOUNT PROSPECT - CHICAGO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES CHICAGO-MIDWAY AIRPORT
INDIANA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS EVANSVILLE-NORTH(I-64 & US 41)
KANSAS
CANDLEWOOD SUITES JUNCTION CITY/FT. RILEY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES TOPEKA WEST I-70 WANAMAKER
KENTUCKY
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BOWLING GREEN
LOUISIANA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES SLIDELL NORTHSHORE

MASSACHUSETTS
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS -MILFORD
MARYLAND
CANDLEWOOD SUITES BALTIMORE-BWI AIRPORT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS WASHINGTON DC EAST-ANDREWS AFB
MAINE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES FREEPORT
MICHIGAN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES GRAND RAPIDS - SOUTH
CANDLEWOOD SUITES DETROIT-WARREN
MINNESOTA
HOLIDAY INN FAIRMONT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BEMIDJI
MISSOURI
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ST CHARLES
MISSISSIPPI
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES GREENWOOD
HOLIDAY INN VICKSBURG
MONTANA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SIDNEY
NORTH CAROLINA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES MOORESVILLE
HOTEL INDIGO RALEIGH DURHAM AIRPORT AT RTP
NORTH DAKOTA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES BISMARCK
HOLIDAY INN MINOT (RIVERSIDE)
NEBRASKA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES BEATRICE

NEW HAMPSHIRE
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL NASHUA
NEW JERSEY
HOTEL INDIGO BASKING RIDGE
CANDLEWOOD SUITES PARSIPPANY-MORRIS PLAINS
NEW MEXICO
STAYBRIDGE SUITES ALBUQUERQUE - AIRPORT
NEW YORK
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS OWEGO
CANDLEWOOD SUITES SYRACUSE
OHIO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES DEFIANCE
OKLAHOMA
CANDLEWOOD SUITES MCALESTER
STAYBRIDGE SUITES TULSA-WOODLAND HILLS
PENNSYLVANIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES KITTANNING
HOLIDAY INN CLARION
RHODE ISLAND
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SMITHFIELD - PROVIDENCE
SOUTH CAROLINA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES NEWBERRY
SOUTH DAKOTA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES WATERTOWN
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES VERMILLION
TENNESSEE
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HURRICANE MILLS (WAVERLY)
HOLIDAY INN JOHNSON CITY
TEXAS
CANDLEWOOD SUITES DEER PARK
CANDLEWOOD SUITES MOUNT PLEASANT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES ENNIS
STAYBRIDGE SUITES DALLAS-ADDISON
CANDLEWOOD SUITES TYLER
HOLIDAY INN TEMPLE-BELTON
UTAH
HOLIDAY INN HOTEL AND SUITES PRICE
VIRGINIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NEWPORT NEWS
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL RICHMOND DOWNTOWN
VERMONT
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SPRINGFIELD
WASHINGTON
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES SUMNER
STAYBRIDGE SUITES VANCOUVER-PORTLAND METRO
WISCONSIN
HOLIDAY INN STEVENS POINT - CONVENTION CTR
WEST VIRGINIA
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NEWELL-CHESTER WV
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES WESTON
WYOMING
CANDLEWOOD SUITES SHERIDAN

Mar 25 Update: Etihad Sale from YYZ, Delta SkyMiles no longer transferable if you pass away

Please note that this will be a short week as no updates will take place on Good Friday or Easter Monday.

News, Tips & Tricks
March 2013 has been an unusually slow month for travel reward program news and bonus offers! I only have one piece of news today:

If you read the Financial Post you may recall me being quoted in an article called "Heir Miles: Your loyalty points don’t have to die with you" and funny enough a little over a week after that article Delta SkyMiles revised their policy on SkyMiles when a member passes away (I don't believe the article had anything to do with their decision)LoyaltyLobby reports that they have changed their policy from one of being able to transfer the miles out of a deceased members account to one were miles cannot be transferred.  As I stressed in the FP article the best way around this is to provide your loved ones with your accounts and passwords and let them use the miles from your account should you pass away.

Travel Deals
Etihad Airways
is responding to the Emirates sale we posted last week by offering up to $1,700 off their Pearl Business Class product on flights between Toronto and Abu Dhabi or beyond. Flights must be booked by March 31 and are good for travel anytime in the next 12 months except India which is only good until April 30.  Find out more  at Etihad Airways

Porter
Airlines is running yet another up to 50% off sale.  Book by March 28 for travel until September 3. Full details

Bonus Offers
Air Canada Aeroplan
- 9,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles on a mini-lease rental of 60 days or more at participating Avis locations in in Canada. More... Until Dec 31, 13

Air China Phoenix Miles
- Double Phoenix Miles Kilometers when you rent for 7 days at Hertz worldwide locations (except Asia). More...Until Jun 30, 13

Belavia Leader
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Leader Points for eating at the NEWMAN restaurant & bar Minsk. More... Until May 5, 13

Malaysia Airlines Enrich
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Enrich Miles for stays of 2 or more nights at The Danna Langkawi. More... Until May 31, 13
- Double Enrich Miles for stays of 2 or more nights at The Gaya Island Resort. More... Until Apr 30, 13
- Double Enrich Miles for stays in a Deluxe Room in the Tower Wing at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. More... Until Apr 30, 13

US Airways Dividend Miles
- 5,000 Bonus Preferred-qualifying Dividend Miles when you buy or renew your annual US Airways Club membership. More... Until Dec 31, 13

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Mar 22 Update: Air Miles epost bonus, another AF KLM Sale, is the great SkyTeam Hawaii redemption on the way out?

News, Tips & Tricks
Air Miles members can earn up to 20 Bonus Air Miles Rewards Miles for registering new bills or statements to your epost account before April 26, 2013. More...

One of the best redemptions for North American members of the Czech Airlines OK Plus program is flights to Hawaii on SkyTeam partner Delta. This redemption goes for only 30,000 miles, well only until March 31 when OK Plus' new reward chart comes into effect. When it does that redemption jumps from 30,000 miles to 100,000 miles! Talk about a huge devaluation! I have always mentioned this redemption in the past as it is (was) one of the best rewards for members in Canada or the U.S.. A few other European SkyTeam Airlines still offer the amazing 30,000 mile redemption from Canada to Hawaii including Alitalia MilleMiglia and Air France KLM Flying Blue. I sure hope these airlines do not follow the lead of Czech Airlines! The only good news from the new Czech Airlines chart doens't really help us here in Canada as certain short haul flights in Europe have dropped down to 15,000 miles for a round trip economy award ticket.

Travel Deals
Air France
and KLM keep the sales coming. Last week it was for business class, this week is Economy class. Fares are as low as $899 all in from Eastern Canada to Europe and $1099 from Western Canada for travel this spring or late summer/fall. For peak summer travel add $400 more. These fares must be booked by March 25 at AirFrance.ca or KLM.com

Bonus Offers
Air Canada Aeroplan
- 5,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when youyou rent for 29 to 59 days at participating Avis locations in Canada. More... Until Dec 31, 13

Best Western Rewards
- 500 Rewards Points PER NIGHT for stays on the Easter Special Package at theBest Western Premier Glockenhof Zurich More... Mar 28 - Apr 1, 13

China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- Earn up to 75% Bonus SkyPearl Kilometers when you fly on China Southern between Guangzhou and Moscow. More... Jun 19 - Oct 31, 13

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 1,000 Bonus Mileage Bank Miles on rentals of 3 or more days at a participating Hertz airport or off airport location in the U.S. or Canada. More... Until Jun 30, 13

Scandinavian EuroBonus
- Double EuroBonus points on all SAS operated flights to/from: Alanya, Alicante, Antalya, Athen, Biarritz, Budapest, Bukarest, Cagliari, Dubrovnik, Faro, Las Palmas, Lissabon, Malaga, Malta, Palanga, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Pristina, Pula, Santorini, Split, Tenerife, Thessaloniki and Valencia. More... Register by Mar 31 for travel Mar 19 - Aug 31, 13

Vietnam Airlines Golden Lotus Plus 
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn up to 2,500 Bonus Golden Lotus Plus Miles for flights between - Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi and Frankfurt, London, Moscow or Paris More... May 1 - Jun 10 & Sep 10 - Oct 15, 13
- Earn up to 2,500 Bonus Golden Lotus Plus Miles for flights between - Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi and Sydney or Melbourne More... May 7 - Jun 15 & Aug 1- 31, 13
- Earn up to 1,500 Bonus Golden Lotus Plus Miles for flights between Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi and Seoul or Pusan.More... Sep 20 - Oct 31, 13
- Earn up to 1,500 Bonus Golden Lotus Plus Miles for flights between Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi and Toyko, Osaka, Fukuoka or Nagoya. More... Oct 1 - Nov 30, 13

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Mar 21 Update: Hilton Q2 promo up to 2K HHonors points per night and a LifeMiles Bonus for TACA flights out of YYZ

I didn't get much of a chance to do a lot of updates today, strictly bonus offers!

News, Tips & Tricks

Hilton HHonors is one of the first hotel programs out with their Q2 promotion and what is nice about their systemwide promo this time is that no hotels are excluded! Normally there is a long list of hotels that don't participate in the systemwide offer and that is not the case this time. See below or yesterday's post for more details

If you are planning any travel to Central America or Colombia after Easter check out the LifeMiles bonus for TACA flights out of Toronto. There is a short booking window to earn the bonus so make up your mind by the end of the month if you want to take advantage of it!


Bonus Offers
Avianca TACA LifeMiles
- 1,500 Bonus LifeMiles when you fly with TACA between Toronto and Colombia. More... Book by Mar 31 for travel Apr 14 - May 31, 13
- 1,000 Bonus LifeMiles when you fly with TACA between Toronto and Central America. More... Book by Mar 31 for travel Apr 14 - May 31, 13

Best Western Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays on the Ontdek Drenthe Groningen package at the Best Western Hotel Stadskanaal. More... Until Dec 31, 13
- 250 Bonus Rewards Points for stays at the Best Western Plus Hotel Blue Square Amsterdam. More... Until Apr 30, 13

Hilton HHonors
- Earn up to 2,000 Bonus HHonors Points PER NIGHT for every eligible stay at participating hotels and resorts in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. More... Apr 1 - Jun 30, 13

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hilton unveils Q2 promo: Up to 2,000 Bonus HHonors Points per night

The current Hilton HHonors promo of Double Points or Miles is set to end on March 31 and without any break they will go right into their second quarter systemwide promo. This time it is a true 'systemwide' promotion as there are no properties excluded as is usually the case with HHonors bonus offers.


Here is the Q2 Offer:
For eligible stays, Hilton HHonors members will earn 1,000 Bonus Points for each week night of their stay during the Promotion Period and 2,000 Bonus Points for each weekend night of their stay during the Promotion Period. For the purpose of this offer, “weekend night” is defined as Friday, Saturday, or Sunday for all regions except for hotels within the Middle East and Africa where “weekend night” is defined as Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. Registration is required to earn the bonus points and the promotion runs April 1 to June 30, 2013.

Full details and online registration

Mar 20 Update: Air France KLM Avis Accumulator is back, new AAdvantage Award Map feature and Accor Hotel 3 for 2 Sale

A good mixture of news, travel deals and bonuses to pass your way today!

News, Tips & Tricks

The big news today is once again in the bonus offers section and that is the return of Air France KLM Flying Blue's Avis Accumulator promotion. This is one of the best car rental promos that you can take advantage of, especially if you have at least 6 rentals planned between April and December. Why is it so good? Well after you complete six eligible 3-day Avis rentals worldwide you will end up with 50,000 bonus Flying Blue miles over and above your base miles. That's enough for a round-trip economy class ticket from Canada to Europe. If the price is right on the rental, I will plan to funnel my Avis rentals to Flying Blue (well for those that are 3+ days) to take advantage of the offer.

Lucky from One Mile at a Time reports that one way award travel on American Airlines is now available for Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members, I think this news is moreso for those of us out West but I believe there are a few MBNA Alaska Airlines credit card holders down east who can take advantage of this.

Continuing on with American Airlines, they have now launched a great new Award Map feature on their website. The feature allows to find where you can go with your miles in a map form . All you have to do is input your home airport, what type of travel you are interested in (by region or interest), dates of travel, how many travellers and the amount of miles you want to use and the feature will map out what destinations you can use your AAdvantage miles on those dates. I played around a bit with the new feature for flights out of YYC and I must say I find it fun and extremely useful! Some other blogs are reporting some small bugs with the feature which I imagine AA will iron out soon since it is so new. Check it out here.


Travel Deals
Accor Hotels
is running another promotion for the Europe, Africa/Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America regions.. This time it is 3 nights for the price of 2 for stays until May 31 that are booked by April 16. More...


Bonus Offers
Air France KLM Flying Blue
- Earn up to 50,000 Bonus Flying Blue Miles on your Avis rentals of 3 or more days per rental Worldwide. More... Apr 1 - Dec 31, 13

Delta SkyMiles
- Double SkyMiles for stays at participating Wyndham Rewards hotels Worldwide. More... Until May 6, 13

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Double Mileage Bank Miles for stays at the Park Hyatt Busan. More... Apr 1 - Jun 30, 13

Shangri-La Hotels Golden Circle
- Double GC Award Points for stays of two consecutive nights in a Horizon Club rooms at the Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta. More... Apr 1 - May 31, 13
- Triple GC Award Points for weekend stays in a Premier Room, a Horizon Club Room or an Executive Room at Edsa Shangri-La, Manila. More... Mar 29 - Jun 1, 13
Vietnam Airlines Golden Lotus Plus (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- 100% Bonus Golden Lotus Plus Miles for flights between Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi and Hong Kong More... May 15 - Jun 30, 13
- 100% Bonus Golden Lotus Plus Miles for flights between Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi and Jakarta More... Jul 5 - Agu 5 & Aug 20 - Sep 30, 13
- 100% Bonus Golden Lotus Plus Miles for flights between Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi and Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Yangon More... May 10 - 31 & Sep 10 - Oct 20, 13
- 100% Bonus Golden Lotus Plus Miles for flights between Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi and Siem Reap, Phnom Penh or Vientiane; Hanoi and Luang Prabang;Vientiane and Phnom Penh; Siem Reap and Luang Prabang More... Jun 1 - Aug 31, 13

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mar 19 Update: Amtrak Guest Rewards added to RC, BA & AA Transatlantic bonuses of up to 200K Avios/Miles, Virgin Atlantic sale out of YVR

Tuesday brings a bit more news and lots of great bonus offers (especially for those of you planning 'full fare' travel to the U.K or Europe!)

News, Tips & Tricks

Today's news comes straight from Rewards Canada! Seeing that U.S. based Amtrak does serve several Canadian cities with rail service, I have added the Amtrak Guest Rewards program to the bonus offer section on Rewards Canada. You find the dedicated Amtrak page here. The timing is perfect too for their Double Points promo launched yesterday for all Amtrak travel including their services out of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
If you missed it yesterday I announced a new bonus offer from British Airways for Transatlantic flights from Canada and now I have also added the American Airlines version of the offer as well. You can find both of them below in the Bonus Offers portion.

Travel Deals
Virgin Atlantic
is returning to Vancouver in a few months and they have a sale to celebrate, but that sale ends today! Check it out here.

Fares are each way and include all taxes and fees


Bonus Offers
airberlin topbonus
- Triple topbonus Miles for stays at participating Accor hotels Worldwide. More... Until May 31, 13
- Double topbonus Miles for stays at participating Wyndham Rewards hotels Worldwide. More... Until May 6, 13

Air China Phoenix Miles
- Double Phoenix Miles Kilometers when paying the Best Available Rate for stays at any Shangri-La resort for a minimum of three consecutive nights; or any Traders hotel for a minimum of two consecutive nights worldwide. More... Until May 31, 13

American AAdvantage
- Earn up to 200,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you fly round-trip between the U.S., Canada, or Mexico and Europe for flights that are operated and marketed by British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia or OpenSkies. More... Until May 31, 13 Valid for residents of the U.S.,Canada and Mexico only

Amtrak Guest Rewards
- Double Guest Rewards Points on all Amtrak travel systemwide until May 18, 13. More... Until May 18, 13
- Double Guest Rewards Points for stays at over 5,500 Choice Hotels® locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Mexico and the Caribbean. More... Until May 18, 13
- Triple Guest Rewards Points for stays at La Quinta properties in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. More... Until May 18, 13
- 20 Guest Rewards Points per dollar spend at 1-800-Flowers.com. More... Until May 18, 13
- Double Guest Rewards Points for every Broadway ticket you purchase More... Until May 18, 13
- 20 Guest Rewards Points per dollar spend at Teleflora. More... Until May 18, 13
- Quadruple Guest Rewards Points on select wine purchases at Vinesse. More... Until May 18, 13
- Triple Guest Rewards Points on a qualifying rental of 2 or more consecutive days at participating Budget locations in the U.S. More... Until Jun 30, 13
- Triple Guest Rewards Points on a qualifying rental at participating Enterprise locations in the U.S. and Canada. More... Until May 30, 13
- Quadruple Guest Rewards Points on all Hertz rentals in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. More... Until Jun 30, 13

British Airways Executive Club
- Earn up to 200,000 Bonus Avios when you fly on a full-fare, transatlantic round-trip ticket for travel beginning and ending in the United States or Canada for flights that are operated and marketed by British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia or OpenSkies. More... Until May 31, 13 Valid for residents of the U.S. and Canada only

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Earn up to 15,000 Bonus Asia Miles for hotel bookings made via Ctrip. More... Until Apr 30, 13

Jumeirah Sirius
- Double Sirius Points for stays at the Jumeirah Pera Palace Hotel, Istanbul. More... Until Apr 30, 13

TAP Portugal Victoria
- Triple Victoria Miles for rentals of 5 or more days at participating Sixt rental locations Worldwide. More... Until May 15, 13

US Airways Dividend Miles
- Double Dividend Miles for hotel stays of 2 or more consecutive nights that are booked through US Airways Hotels on usairways.com. More... Book by Apr 16 for stays until Jul 31, 13

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Earn up to 200,000 Bonus Avios for Transatlantic flights out of Canada


If you are planning any full fare Transatlantic travel from Canada or via the U.S. on British Airways, American, Iberia or Open Skies then this offer is for you (as pulled from my BA page):

Earn up to 200,000 Bonus Avios when you fly on a full-fare, transatlantic round-trip ticket for travel beginning and ending in the United States or Canada for flights that are operated and marketed by British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia or OpenSkies.

Bonuses as follows: Earn 20,000 Bonus Avios per qualfiying round trip flight, on the 5th round-trip an additional bonus of 100,000 Avios points can be earned.

Full Details, Online Registration & Booking (Registration is required) Until May 31, 13

(i) on British Airways operated flights, includes fares booked in First Class, Club World Business Class, World Traveller Plus Premium Economy or flexible/non-restricted World Traveller Economy Class: F, A, J, C, D, R, I, W, E, T, Y, B or H;
(ii) on American Airlines operated flights, includes fares booked in First Class, Business Class or flexible/non-restricted Economy Class: F, A, J, R, D, I, Y, B or H;
(iii) on Iberia operated flights, includes fares booked in Business Class or flexible/non-restricted Economy Class: J, C, D, R, I or Y;
(iv) on OpenSkies operated flights, includes fares booked in Biz Bed/Business, Prem Plus/Premium Economy and flexible/non-restricted Eco/Economy: J, C, D, R, I, W, E, T, Y, B or H. This promotion does not apply to flights marketed or operated by franchises, including Comair, Iberia Express, and Sun-Air, or any other code share partners or oneworld© Alliance members.

Restrictions:
Valid of residents of U.S and Canada only

Aeroplan Star Challenge: Where I'm at and where are you at?

The Aeroplan Star Challenge is now officially a week old and I wanted to give all the Rewards Canada readers an update as to where I am at and I would love for you to share where you stand in the 'Star Rankings' and if you are pushing for 50 or 100 (or 0) stars.

For myself and my family we decided to not go gung ho with the Aeroplan Star Challenge this year. It would require a lot more leg work for the four of us since we don't have much flying coming up until the middle of the year and the restrictions placed on retail options make the job of getting the Stars a lot harder and time consuming and I just don't have the time to do it. I may investigate the online shopping option for Gift Cards via the eStore starting tonight but again to do it for 4 people each and every night I just can't be bothered. Here is my 'Star Ranking' as of last night (all social media aspects)


Ouch! I don't think I'm going to get to 100 this year :-)

So that is where I am at with this promotion this year. How about the rest of you?

Mar 18 Update: Save up to $1,500 on select EK Business Class fares, US Airways Shuttle Bonus (again) and Marriott bonus in Scotland

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. Monday continues the slow trend we've seen in the travel rewards space for the past week or so as I don't have much to pass onto you outside of the usual bonuses.

News, Tips & Tricks

Hopefully something comes along this week! :-)

Travel Deals
For a limited time, save up to CAD 1,500* on Emirates Business Class Fares from Toronto to Dubai, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Tehran, Dhaka, Karachi and Hyderabad. Book by 23:59 (PST) on March 20, 2013 only for outbound travel from April 1 to May 31, 2013. Full details and online booking (Fares must be booked online to take advantage of the sale)

Bonus Offers
Air China Phoenix Miles
- Double Phoenix Miles Kilometers for stays of 3 or more nights at participating Millennium & Copthorne hotels in China and Taiwan. More... Apr 15 - Jun 15, 13

Marriott Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Points when you stay two nights Thursday to Sunday at the bed & breakfast rate at the Aberdeen Marriott Hotel, Edinburgh Marriott, Hotel Dalmahoy, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Residence Inn Edinburgh or the Glasgow Marriott Hotel. More... Until May 24, 13

Miles & More
- Double Miles & More Miles for stays at participating Wyndham Rewards hotels Worldwide. More... Until May 6, 13

Scandinavian EuroBonus
- Double EuroBonus points for flights between Stockholm and Addis Ababa, Dar Es Salaam, Johannesburg, Kilimanjaro, Lusaka, Mahe Island (Seychelles Islands), Maputo, Mombasa, Nairobi, Stockholm and Zanzibar. Double points can also be earned on Ethiopian's flights between Bangkok and Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur. More... Register by Apr 9 for travel Apr 10 - Jun 10, 13
- 1,000 Bonus EuroBonus points when you rent a premium car for 3 or more days at participating Sixt locations Worldwide. More... Until May 31, 13

US Airways Dividend Miles
- 5,000 Bonus Dividend Miles on every 3rd US Airways Shuttle flight between Boston, New York and Washington, DC. More... Until May 31, 13

Vietnam Airlines Golden Lotus Plus
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn up to 1,000 Bonus Golden Lotus Plus Miles for flights between Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi and Toyko, Osaka, Fukuoka or Nagoya. More... May 7- Jul 5, 13
- Earn up to 1,000 Bonus Golden Lotus Plus Miles for flights between Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi and Beijing, Shanghai, or Canton; Hanoi and Chengdu. More... May 15 - Jun 10 & Oct 15 - Nov 15, 13
- Earn up to 1,000 Bonus Golden Lotus Plus Miles for flights between Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi and Seoul or Pusan. More... Apr 16 - Jun 24, 13
- Earn up to 1,000 Bonus Golden Lotus Plus Miles for flights between Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi and Taipei or Kaoshiung. More... Apr 10 - Jun 10, 13



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Friday, March 15, 2013

Mar 15 Update: 50 Free Aeroplan Miles, Chicago City Bonus Highlight, Coast Hotels to Aeroplan Transfer bonus

Another quiet day rounds out the week here on Rewards Canada:

News, Tips & Tricks

Check out a couple of new Aeroplan bonuses below, the first is 50 free Aeroplan miles (free is always good!) for linking your Costco membership with your Aeroplan number. I assume if you have already done so in the past you won't be eligible for this promotion and the other is for members of the small Coast Hotels Coast Rewards program. See below for details on both offers.


Over on the FFB Blog I picked Chicago as this weeks City Bonus Highlight. If you are planning travel to ORD or MDW check it out for what bonuses you can take advantage of.

Bonus Offers
Air Canada Aeroplan
- 50 Bonus Aeroplan miles by registering your Costco and Aeroplan Number online by September 30. More... Canadian Residents Only
- Double Aeroplan Miles when you convert Coast Rewards points into Aeroplan miles. More... Until Jun 30, 13

American AAdvantage
- Triple AAdvantage Miles when you rent a a Compact or larger vehicle at any participating Alamo location in the United States or Canada and save up to 30%. More... Until Dec 31, 13
- 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 May 31, 13
- Earn up to 2,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles on a qualifying rental of 2 or more consecutive days at participating Budget airport locations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and Caribbean More... Until May 31, 13
- 1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you rent any size car for a minimum of three days at any participating National location in the United States. More... Until Dec 31, 13
- Earn up to Triple AAdvantage Miles on every eligible stay at participating JAL Hotels in Japan, China, Vietnam, Palau or the USA More... Until Jun 30, 13

Delta SkyMiles
- Earn up to 1,500 Bonus SkyMiles when you purchase an Economy Comfort Upgrade. More... Until May 31, 13 Targeted offer - May Not Work for everyone

Emirates Skywards
- Triple Skywards Miles when you book a stay of two consecutive nights or more at the Best Available Rate at the Shangri-La, Tokyo. More... Apr 14 - Jun 30, 13

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Double Mileage Bank Miles on eligible American Airlines flights and fares between Dallas and Lima. More... Apr 2 - Jun 30, 13 Valid for JAL members in the Americas only

JetBlue TrueBlue
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Triple TrueBlue Points for stays at the Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas. More... Apr 9 - Jun 19, 13
- Earn up to 5xTrueBlue Points on Hertz rentals at participating locations in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. More... Until Jul 31, 13

Southwest Rapid Rewards
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- 1,000 Bonus Rapid Rewards Points on all Southwest Airlines flights to/from Charlotte, Flint, Portland (Maine), Rochester, and San Juan. More... Apr 14 - Aug 1, 13
- Earn up to Quadruble Rapid Rewards Points for rentals at participating Hertz locations in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada. More... Until Apr 30, 13
- Double Rapid Rewards Points for rentals of 3 or more days at participating Hertz locations in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada. More... Until Jul 31, 13
- Double Rapid Rewards Points for stays at participating Wyndham Rewards hotels Worldwide. More... Until May 6, 13

United Mileage Plus
- Double Mileage Plus Miles for stays at participating Wyndham Rewards hotels Worldwide. More... Until May 6, 13