Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Last day to register: Marriott Rewards Unexpected Bonus


Today is the last to register for this offer:

Marriott Unexpected Bonus: Earn Free Nights or Bonus Rewards Points for stays at any participating Marriott Hotel Worldwide. Full Details, Online Registration and Booking Register by Jul 31 for stays until Sep 2, 2013.

Some of the Offer Variations ...

  • Earn one free night certificate for a category 1 to 4 hotel after every two stays. Maximum of 3 free nights.

  • Earn one free night certificate for a category 1 to 5 hotel after every two stays. Maximum of 2 free nights.

  • Earn 35,000 points after 20 nights and another 2,000 points per night for up to 10 additional nights - up to 55,000 points.

  • Earn 35,000 points after 20 nights and another 10,000 bonus points after 25 nights - up to 45,000 points.

  • Earn 25,000 points after 15 nights and another 2,000 points per night for up to 10 additional nights - up to 45,000 bonus points.

  • Earn 25,000 points after 15 nights and another 10,000 bonus points after 20 nights - up to 35,000 bonus points.

July 31 Update: Double Avios for Hyatt stays, Club Carlson Bonus for EMEA stays, US Airways Buy Miles bonus returns

Today was primarily a 'bonus offer' catch up day.

News, Tips & Tricks

In case you missed it yesterday, TD has increased the sign up bonus on their Business Travel Visa to 50,000 points. See my post here.

Also another one if you missed it earlier today, the non-targeted up to 100% bonus on buying US Airways Dividend Miles returns tomorrow. There won't be too many of these left as Dividend Miles gets integrated in AAdvantage soon, so better to take AAdvantage (ha! I had to do that) of the offer now as you can utilize the miles with US Airways redemptions or hold on to them and let them convert to AAdvantage. See my post here.


Bonus Offers

Air France KLM Flying Blue (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Flying Blue Miles when you fly in Premium Economy class on Air France or on business class on AIR FRANCE and KLM between Hungary and Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Miami, Houston, Las Vegas, Washington or San Francisco. More... Until Sep 22, 13

British Airways Executive Club
- Double Avios for participating stays at any Hyatt Hotel worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13
- Double Avios for stays of 2 or more nights at participating Kempinski Hotels worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13
- Double Avios when booking a Club room or above room category at any Langham property worldwide. More... Until Aug 31, 13
- Earn up to 2,000 Bonus Avios for stays at any one of 10 London hotels, across three Marriott brands..More... Until Sep 23, 13
- Double Avios for stays of 2 or more nights at at Radisson Blu, Radisson Blu Edwardian in London and Radisson hotels worldwide. More... Until Sep 15, 13
- Double Avios for participating stays at Swissotel Hotels worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13

Carlson Hotels Club Carlson
- 2,000 Bonus Gold Points for each stay 1 night at any participating Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts and Park Inn by Radisson Hotels in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa. More... Until Sep 30, 13
- 5,000 Bonus Gold Points for each stay of 2 or more consecutive nights at any participating Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts, Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts and Park Inn by Radisson Hotels in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa. More... Until Sep 30, 13

Finnair Plus
- Earn up to Quadruple Plus Points (Elite Qualifying) when you fly Finnair between Helsinki and New York. More... Register by Dec 15 for travel until Dec 31, 13
- Double Plus Points on all Europcar rentals of 3 or more days Worldwide. More... Until Aug 31, 13
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus Plus Points when you subscribe to The Economist More... Until ?

Garuda Frequent Flyer (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Triple GFF Miles and Double Elite Segment Qualification for Garuda flights in First Class between Jakarta and Jeddah, Sydney or Tokyo; Denpasar and Sydney. More... Various dates until Jan 31, 14
- Instant Membership Tier Upgrase when you fly Garuda Indonesia First Class. More... Until Oct 9, 13
- Double GFF Miles for Garuda flights in Executive Class between Surabaya and Singapore. More... Until Aug 31, 13

Hainan Airlines / Hong Kong Airlines Fortune Wings
- Triple Fortune Wings Kilometers for stays at participating Hilton Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13

Hyatt Gold Passport
- 1,500 Bonus Gold Passport points per stay at the Hyatt Union Square, Grand Hyatt New York, Hyatt 48 Lex, Andaz Wall Street or Hyatt Place New York/Midtown-South. More... Until Aug 31, 13

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Double Mileage Bank Miles for Japan Airlines flights between Korea and Japan. More... Sep 1, 13 - Mar 31, 14 Valid for JMB Members in Korea only
- Double Mileage Bank Miles on eligible American Airlines flights between Tokyo Narita and Chicago or Los Angeles; Tokyo Haneda and New York. More... Until Aug 31, 13 Valid for JAL members in the Americas and Japan only

Miles & More
- Double Miles & More Miles for flights on LOT between Warsaw and Moscow, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Paris, Cairo, Zurich, Katowice, or Bydgoszcz. More... Until Aug 31, 13

US Airways: Up to 100% Bonus Dividend Miles when you buy/gift miles in August (not-targeted)

The non-targeted bonus for buying and/or gifting Dividend Miles is back and just like the May version it  has varying bonus levels. Of course buying at the highest level provides you with the biggest bonus. Here are the bonus levels:
Buy 10,000 - 19,000 miles, get a 50% Bonus
Buy 20,000 - 29,000 miles, get a 75% Bonus
Buy 30,000 - 50,000 miles, get a 100% Bonus

    The promo allows you to buy up to 50,000 miles (so 100,000 in total with the bonus) at 3.5 cents per mile (effective rate is 1.75 cents per mile) plus taxes of $131.25 for total of $1881.25. Considering that can get you a business class ticket between North America and Europe or Asia that can cost a lot more than that, this is a good deal! Since US Airways allows 3 day holds on award tickets you can always find the award flights you want before you buy the miles and therefore you don't have dole out a hefty chunk of change just in case you cannot find availability for your preferred award flights.

    This also a good way to get American AAdvantage Miles as Dividend Miles will  be integrated into the AAdvantage program once the AA/US merger is complete.

    Earn 100% Bonus US Airways Dividend Miles when you buy miles Aug 1 - 31, 2013!

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    Limited Time: TD Business Travel Visa Card sign up bonus increased to 50,000 points

    The normal 30,000 point bonus for the TD Business Travel Visa Card has been increased to 50,000 points for new applications until September 13. That 50,000 points is equivalent to a $250 travel credit. The card carries a $149 annual fee so in the first year you end up $101 ahead with the card (and you could always cancel before renewal to stay ahead). The card earns points at the same rate as the TD First Class Infinite Visa (3 points/$ on all spending, 9 points/$ on Expedia for TD purchases) and carries the same redemption rate (10,000 points = $50 credit). You can always check Rewards Canada's Business Travel Rewards Credit Card comparison chart to see how this card stacks up against other Business/Corporate cards. Find out more about this offer here.


    July 30 Update: Starwood Luxury Privileges program, PointsHound vs. RocketMiles, more bonuses

    Second full day back at it! More past news, some older bonuses and some new ones too. Enjoy!

    News, Tips & Tricks

    Starwood Hotels has announced a new 'Luxury Privileges' program that offers special privileges and perks for booking participating hotels through select professional travel agents. For full details see this post on FlyerTalk

    PointsHound the online hotel booking site that has been mentioned a few times here on Rewards Canada has lost United as mileage earning partner. It appears that United has taken a 'strategic interest' in RocketMiles, a competing site of PointsHound.com and has dropped Pointshound.com as a partner. Pointshound.com members who were chose United MileagePlus as their earning preference will have to choose a different program to place their miles into and as a goodwill gesture it looks like Pointshound is awarding those members with bonus points which can be claimed in the program of your choice on your next booking.

    Meanwhile, their competitor RocketMiles has added a lot more cities to their service. They now offer miles on hotel bookings in over 150 cities around the sWorld. They have also added Etihad Guest as a mileage earning partner.

    WestJet has announced new mainline and Encore routes that further expand their reach and of course provides WestJet Rewards members more flights to earn WestJet dollars on or more miles for American AAdvantage members. The new Encore routes are Regina-Winnipeg, Saskatoon-Winnipeg, Vancouver-Kamloops, Vancouver-Terrace while mainline sees a new Calgary-Miami route. Over and above these new routes are a lot of frequency additions on many WestJet and WestJet Encore routes. (Source Airline Route Update 1,2)

    Travel Deals
    Best Western is offering 3 nights for the price of 2 for stays at many of their hotels in Germany. The offer is a non-refundable rate (so only book if you are 100% sure you are going to stay) but the stays will earn Best Western Rewards points. Full details and online booking


     
    Bonus Offers

    China Southern Sky Pearl Club
    - Earn up to 500 Bonus SkyPearl Kilometers when you fly on China Southern flights CZ3524, CZ3504 or CZ3572 from Shanghai to Guangzhou. More... Until Aug 19, 13
    - Earn up to 800 Bonus SkyPearl Kilometers when you fly on China Southern flight CZ6996 from Shanghai to Urumqi. More... Until Aug 19, 13

    Cyprus Airways Sunmiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
    - Double Sunmiles points for every stay at Amathus hotels in Limassol and Paphos. More... Until Aug 31, 13

    Etihad Guest
    - Triple Guest Miles for stays at all Rotana Hotels in the UAE. More... Until Sep 15, 13
    - Triple Guest Miles on all Europcar rentals of 3 or more days Worldwide. More...Until Sep 30, 13
    - Triple Guest Miles when you rent an Intermediate sized car (or larger) for 7 days or more in United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Luxemburg, Netherland, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. More... Until Aug 31, 13

    Frontier Airlines Early Returns (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
    - Double Elite Qualifying Miles for every trip you take on Frontier Airlines to/from Wilmington, DE. More... Until Dec 31, 13

    IHG Rewards Club
    - 2,000 Bonus Priority Club Points per stay at participating IHG Hotels Worldwide. Earn the bonus for up to 4 stays (max 8,000 points) More...Until Oct 31, 13

    Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
    - Double Mileage Bank Miles for stays at four select Hyatt Hotels in France. More... Until Sep 30, 13

    Jet Airways JetPrivilege
    - Triple JetPrivilege Miles for stays at participating Hilton Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13

    JetBlue TrueBlue (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
    - Earn up to 1,200+ Bonus Points when you join TrueBlue Badges. TrueBlue Badges is where users can earn recognition and rewards for a number of JetBlue-related activities – flying, interacting with partners and getting social on Facebook and Twitter. More... Ongoing

    Starwood Preferred Guest
    - 35% Starpoint Discount on SPG Free Night Redemptions at 7 select Starwood Resorts. More... Until Mar 1, 14

    Monday, July 29, 2013

    July 29 Update: We're Back, United & Marriott launch a new partnership, free Langham Hotels Elite Status and tons of bonus offers

    Hello Canada! We are back from nearly 3 weeks in Hawaii! It was great to relax, refresh and recharge. Now things will get back into full swing here at Rewards Canada and the FFB Group. We did manage a couple of updates over the 3 weeks, primarily bonus offers, all of which are listed below in the bonus offers section. we have lots of news (which may be old for some of you) and tips bookmarked and will try to get them all to you over the next two weeks so that you don't miss out anything. We are also catching up on emails so if we have not responded to yours yet hold on tight as we should get to it soon. Thanks for your patience over the month of July in the lack of info streaming out of Rewards Canada. - Patrick, founder RewardsCanada.ca



    News, Tips & Tricks

    United MileagePlus and Marriott Rewards have launched a new partnership called RewardsPlus. This is the second major airline-hotel enhanced partnership to come out in 2013 with the first being Crossover Rewards from Delta and Starwood. Here are the basics of the partnership as pulled from United:

    (United) Premier Gold, Premier Platinum, Premier 1K® and Global Services members can now register for RewardsPlus and enjoy complimentary Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status and benefits. Also, all Premier members will be able to convert MileagePlus award miles into Marriott Rewards points at an exceptional rate, and all MileagePlus members will be able to enjoy greater value when they convert Marriott Rewards points into MileagePlus miles.

    As you can see if you hold Elite Status with United you can automatically get Gold Elite status with Marriott Rewards which is a great benefit. Also for United Elite members is the ability to convert MileagePlus miles into Marriott Rewards points which is a so-so benefit as the conversion ratio is 1 Mile = 1 Point and MileagePlus miles tend to be worth more than Marriott Rewards points. This is only a good benefit if you need to top off you Marriott account for a reward. Finally all MileagePlus members who register for RewardsPlus will be able to transfer Marriott Rewards points to MileagePlus miles for 20% less than previously required.

    On Marriott's side, Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite and Platinum Premier Elite members who register for RewardsPlus will receive complimentary MileagePlus Premier Silver status.
    More details on this new partnership can be found on United's and Marriott's websites.

    Air Canada has announced a new Calgary to Red Deer service that will start on September 3rd utlizing an Air Georgian Beech 1900D. The three times daily service should prove interesting and many are wondering if it will last based on past airline failing. The one difference here is that is offers seemless connections to many Air Canada flights out of YYC whereas all the other airlines did not. With prices very similar or the same as flying out of Calgary, no Airport Improvement fee and free parking, this just may work and if not then at least while it is operating it can prove to be a good place for Calgarians and Central Albertans to add extra segments to a route if you are planning on qualifying for Aeroplan (or other Star Alliance Elite programs) Altitude status by segments. (Source: Airline Route Updates)

    Last year I mentioned an offer to earn free Elite Status (Voyager) with the Langham Hotels 1865 program. Well thanks to Jeff K. trying it out again it appears it is still working (I signed up last week and it still worked for me using my TD First Class Visa Infinite card). If you hold a Canadian Infinite Visa, this will work legitimately, if not you can always use 453826123 in the promo code field when you sign up. As with many of these offers this may not last as long as they state in the terms and conditions so I would suggest you sign up sooner than later. You can then use this status to parlay elite status in other programs like Best Western Rewards. Sign up for the offer here. Also see Langham's current Aeroplan bonuses for more miles if you choose to stay at any of their properties

    Following in the footsteps of airlines like EVA Airways and SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines has now launched a miles and cash option for booking Singapore Airlines flights.While the redemption rate isn't great it is a good option for KrisFlyers members who may never accrue enough miles for a redemption or for those who have miles expiring to make sure they use them up. Full details can be found here.





    Bonus Offers

    AeroMexico Club Premier
    - Triple Club Premier Kilometers for Hertz rentals in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Reservations must be made in advance from Latin America and the Caribbean, More... Until Sep 30, 13

    Air Canada Aeroplan
    - Earn up to 50,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles with the American Express AeroplanPlus Platinum. More... Until Aug 31, 13
    Canadian Residents Only
    - Triple Aeroplan Miles when you book an Everyone's an Original Summer rate at participating Fairmont Hotels Worldwide after entering the Fairmont Win Your Original Summer Contest. More... Until Aug 15, 13

    Air China Phoenix Miles

    - Earn up to 50% Bonus Phoenix Miles Kilometers when you fly Air China between Beijing and Delhi or Ho Chi Minh. More... Until Sep 30, 13
    - Earn a 30% Bonus Phoenix Miles Kilometers when you fly Air China between Beijing and Guangzhou. More... Until Sep 30, 13
    - 50% Bonus Phoenix Miles Kilometers when you fly in select in First or Economy class fares between Dalian and Shanghai, Xian, Huhehaote or Baotou. More... Until Sep 30, 13
    - Earn up to Triple Phoenix Miles Kilometers for stays on the Bed and Breakfast or Best Available rate at participating Mandarin Oriental Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13

    airberlin topbonus
    - 1,000 Bonus topbonus Miles for stays at all participating Melia Hotels Worldwide. More... Book by Aug 30 for stays until Sep 15, 13

    American AAdvantage
    - 5,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you purchase a new annual Admirals Club membership. More... Until Aug 7, 13

    Asiana Club
    - Triple Club Miles for stays at participating Hilton Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13

    Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
    - Double Asia Miles when you stay at participating Nikko Hotels International and JAL City Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13
    - Triple Asia Miles when you book and stay at New Century Hotels & Resorts in Mainland China. More... Until Sep 30, 13
    - 50% Bonus Asia Miles when you stay at any participating Small Luxury Hotels of the World property for three consecutive nights or more Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13
    - Earn up to Quadruple Asia Miles when you rent a car at participating Hertz locations in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. More... Until Sep 30, 13

    China Southern SkyPearl Club
    - 2,000 SkyPearl Kilometers when staying in a Club Room or higher room category at participating Langham properties worldwide. More... Until Aug 31, 13

    Ethiopian Sheba Miles
    - Double Sheba Miles for Ethiopian flights between Addis Ababa or Lome and Rio De Janeiro or Sao Paulo. More... Until Aug 31, 13

    Hilton HHonors
    - Double HHonors Points for stays at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas-Farmers Branch. More... Until ?

    Iberia Plus
    - Double Avios for all Iberia Plus Kids cardholders who fly on any Iberia Group fight (operated by Iberia. Iberia Regional Air Nostrum and Iberia Express. More... Until Sep 1, 13
    - Double Avios for stays of 3+ nights at select Hoteles Andaluces con Encanto hotels. More... Until Aug 31, 13
    - Earn up to Triple Avios for stays at select Melia Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Aug 31, 13
    - Double Avios on Avis rentals of 2 or more days at participating locations Worldwide. More... Until Aug 31, 13
    - Double Avios on prepaid Enterprise Atesa rentals in Spain. More... Until Aug 31, 13
    - Double Avios on Europcar rentals at all of Iberia's destinations. More... Until Aug 31, 13
    - Double Avios on all Hertz rentals of 3 or more days at participating locations Worldwide. More... Book by Aug 31 for rentals until Sep 15, 13
    - Triple Avios on all Sixt rentals of 4 or more days at participating locations Worldwide.. More... Until Aug 31, 13

    Miles & More
    - 1,500 Welcome Bonus Benefitpoints when you join Lufthansa PartnerPlus Corporate rewards program. More... Until Dec 31, 13

    Oman Air Sindbad (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
    - Earn up to Triple Sindbad Miles for stays at any Shangri-La hotel, resort, Traders hotel or Kerry hotel Worldwide. More... Until Aug 31, 13

    Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
    - Triple KrisFlyer Miles for stays at participating Hilton Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13

    Southwest Rapid Rewards (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
    - Earn up to Triple Rapid Rewards for rentals of 3 or more days at participating Hertz locations in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada. More... Until Dec 31, 13
    - Earn up to 400 Bonus Rapid Rewards points when you join and participate in e-miles. More... Until Aug 31, 13

    SriLankan FlySmiles
    - Triple FlySmiles Miles for stays at participating Hilton Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13

    TAP Portugal Victoria
    - Earn Double Victoria Miles for ticket purchases in any fare class for any TAP/PGA destination made through the flytap Mobile website. More... Book by Aug 16 for travel Sep 15 - Dec 15, 13
    - Earn Double Victoria Miles for stays at the Altis Hotel, Altis Park Hotel, Altis Prime, Altis Suites, Altis Avenida Hotel or Altis Belém and SPA. More... Book by Aug 31 for stays between Nov 1, 13 - Feb 28, 14

    Thai Royal Orchid
    - Triple Royal Orchid Miles for stays at participating Hilton Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13

    Turkish Miles&Smiles
    - Quadruple Miles&Smiles Miles for Hilton stays in Turkey and South Africa. More... Until Sep 30, 13

    United MileagePlus
    - 1,000 Bonus MileagePlus Miles and a double upgrade when you rent a compact through midsize car in the United States and Canada for rentals of 3 days or more. More... Until Dec 31, 13

    - Triple MileagePlus Miles when you book an Everyone's an Original Summer rate at participating Fairmont Hotels Worldwide after entering the Fairmont Win Your Original Summer Contest. More... Until Aug 15, 13
    - 1,000 Bonus MileagePlus Miles per night at any one of over 50 Waldorf Astoria or Conrad hotels or resorts Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 13


    Virgin Australia Velocity Rewards
    (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
    - Triple Velocity Points for stays of 2 or more nights at the Ayers Rock Resort. More... Book by Aug 31 for stays until Nov 17, 13
    - Triple Velocity Points for stays of 2 or more nights at the Home Valley Station. More... Book by Aug 31 for stays until Oct 31, 13
    - Triple Velocity Points for stays of 3 or more nights at the Longitude 131°. More... Book by Aug 31 for stays until Nov 30, 13
    - Double Velocity Points when you book and stay at any of the TAJ Hotels, Palaces and Resorts worldwide More... Until Oct 31, 13


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    Friday, July 12, 2013

    July 11 Update: New Aeroplan bonus for flights to/from select Canadian cities

    Aloha from Maui! As I mentioned earlier in the week, the Rewards Canada updates will be less frequent during the month of July so here are just a few bonuses I managed to add to Rewards Canada since Monday.

    News, Tips & Tricks

    There hasn't been any major news since Monday


    Bonus Offers

    Air Canada Aeroplan
    - 500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles on any fare, every time you take off or land at eligible Canadian airports. More... Book by Sep 2 for travel until Oct 6, 13

    Alitalia MilleMiglia
    - Earn up to 15,000 Bonus MilleMiglia Miles for stays at any participating hotel from the Hilton HHonors portfolio of brands in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. More... Until Sep 30, 13

    American AAdvantage
    - Earn up to 15,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you buy AAdvantage Miles online.More... Until Aug 1, 13

    Best Western Rewards
    - 500 Bonus Rewards Points you book Best Western Turkey Hotels on www.bestwestern.com.tr More... Until Dec 31, 13
    - Double Rewards Points for stays at the BEST WESTERN Tashan Hotel. Full Details and online booking More... Until Aug 31, 13

    Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
    - Earn up to 2,000 bonus KrisFlyer miles at participating Marriott® International hotels in Hong Kong. More... Until Jul 31, 13
    - Earn up to Triple KrisFlyer Miles for stays at Okura Hotels in Asia. More... Until Sep 30, 13
    - Double KrisFlyer Miles for stays on the ‘Summer to Remember’ package at participating Regent Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Aug 31, 13
    - Earn up to Triple KrisFlyer Miles for stays on the Best Available Rate at any Shangri-La hotel or resort or Traders hotel worldwide. More... Full details Until Aug 31, 13

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

    Hilton Triple Your Trip Promotion now open for registration

    The systemwide Hilton promotion for up to Triple Points is now open for registration:

    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


    Monday, July 8, 2013

    July 8 Update: Last big update until the end of the month and lots of new bonus offers

    Rewards Canada is going to be taking most of July off so the newsletter, posts, information and updates will be more spoardic until the last week of the month. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with any breaking news and/or amazing bonuses as that will be the first place I post them while on vacation.

    News, Tips & Tricks

    No news for today but a whole bunch of bonus offers!


    Bonus Offers

    airBaltic BalticMiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
    - Double BalticMiles Points for Sixt rentals in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. More... Until Jul 31, 13

    Alitalia MilleMiglia
    - 500 Bonus MilleMiglia Miles for stays at Accor Hotels in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, UK, Germany, Australia, Greece, Egypt, Morocco, Thailand, USA, Turkey and the UAE. More... Until Sep 30, 13
    - 1,500 MilleMiglia Miles for stays at the Tanka Village in Sardinia, Petriolo SPA Resort in Tuscany and Golf Hotel Campiglio in Madonna di Campiglio. More... Until Sep 30, 13
    - Double MilleMiglia Miles for stays at Best Western Hotels in Germany or Luxembourg. More... Until Sep 30, 13
    - Double Miles on every qualifying stay, starting on your second stay at all IHG locations Worldwide. Stay at Staybridge Suites® hotels or Candlewood Suites® hotels and you’ll start earning double on your first qualifying stay. More... Jun 1 - Jul 31, 13
    - Double MilleMiglia Miles for stays at NH Hotels in Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain or Switzerland. More... Until Aug 31, 13
    - Double MilleMiglia Miles for stays at at UNA Hotels in Milan, UNA Hotel Modena, UNAWAY Hotel Bologna San Lazzaro, UNAWAY Hotel Occhiobello (Ferrara) More... Until Sep 1, 13
    - 5x MilleMiglia Miles for every £ or € you spend at Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages. More... Until Aug 31, 13

    ANA All Nippon Mileage Club
    - Earn up to 4,011 Bonus Mileage Club Miles for flights on NH1011 between Chicago and Tokyo. More... Sep 1 - Dec 31, 13 Valid for residents of North America only
    - Double Mileage Club Miles for ANA flights between San Jose or Seattle and Tokyo. More... Until Sep 30, 13 Valid for residents of North America only
    - Double Mileage Club Miles for stays at participating Golden Tulip locations Worldwide. More... Until Aug 31, 13
    - 10,000 Bonus Mileage Club Miles with the ANA Card USA Visa. Earn 5,000 miles when you apply for and receive the card plus 5,000 more miles when you start a new subscription to TV JAPAN. More... Until Aug 31, 13 Residents of the U.S. only

    EVA Air Evergreen
    - 700 Bonus Evergreen Miles on car rentals booked via rentalcars.com. More... Until Aug 31, 13

    Czech Airlines OK Plus
    - Double OK Plus Miles for stays at participating Golden Tulip locations Worldwide. More... Until Aug 31, 13

    Emirates Skywards
    - 10,000 Bonus Business Rewards Miles when you regsiter for Emirates Business Rewards and complete your first outbound flight. More... Register by Aug 20 for travel until Dec 31, 13

    Gol Smiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
    - Double Smiles Miles for stays at participating Golden Tulip locations Worldwide. More...Until Aug 31, 13

    TAM Fidelidade
    - Double Multiplus Points for stays at participating Golden Tulip locations Worldwide. More...Until Aug 31, 13

    United Mileage Plus
    - Earn up to 2,000 Bonus Mileage Plus Miles for stays at any one of 12 London hotels, across three Marriott brands. More... Until Aug 24, 13.

    Thursday, July 4, 2013

    July 4 Update: Aer Lingus to launch Toronto-Dublin (think Avios redemptions!), up to 4x Aeroplan Miles at Eaton Chelsea, topbonus sign up bonus

    Thursday proves to be a little quieter then Monday or Tuesday but I still have some good news and lots of bonus offers to pass along

    News, Tips & Tricks

    Aer Lingus has announced that they will launch direct Toronto - Dublin service in April of 2014. Why is this significant? Well Aer Lingus is a oneworld airline and is a great way to redeem your British Airways Avios for Transatlantic travel. Aer Lingus has some of the lowest fuel surcharges out there which means you can redeem 40,000 Avios for a round trip economy class ticket or 80,000 Avios for Business Class and incur a lot less charges than similar flights on British Airways. As Lucky from One Mile at a Time points out you will probably only pay about $150 in fuel surcharges, taxes and fees for an Aer Lingus Business Class redemption whereas that same redemption for a BA flight would incur ~$1000 in fees and taxes. This is great news for all you American Express Gold Rewards and Platinum cardholders, RBC Avion and British Airways Visa cardholders! True Aer Lingus' cabin product is probably not up to par with British Airways but also according to Lucky it ain't half bad!



    Bonus Offers

    Air Canada Aeroplan
    - Earn up to Quadruple Aeroplan Miles for stays at the Eaton Chelsea, Toronto. More... Until Dec 31, 13
    - 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan miles when you you park for eight days or more steps away from the terminal at ProxiParc Montreal. More... Until Sep 15, 13

    airBalitc BalticMiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
    - Double BalticMiles Points for stays at the Wyndham Berlin Excelsior .More... Until Aug 31, 13

    airberlin topbonus
    - Earn up to 3,000 topbonus Miles when you collect miles with topbonus partners. More... Register by Jul 31 for activity until Aug 31, 13
    - Earn up to 1,500 topbonus Miles when you join the topbonus program. More... Until Jul 31, 13
    - Triple topbonus Miles for stays at all participating Grand City Hotels in Europe. More... Until Sep 30, 13
    - Double topbonus Miles for every Hotel Review you submit to HolidayCheck that is published. More... Until ?

    Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
    - 15,000 Bonus Asia Miles when you apply for and receive the RBC Cathay Pacific Visa Platinum. More... Until Jul 31, 13 Canadian Residents Only

    China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
    - Earn up to Quadruple Dynasty Flyer Miles when you rent a car with Hertz participating locations in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia or New Zealand. More... Until Oct 31, 13

    Hyatt Gold Passport
    - 1,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points per eligible stay at the Hyatt Regency Chongqing. More... Until Aug 31, 13
    - 5,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points when you stay 3 consecutive nights at Hyatt Place Atlanta/Duluth/Gwinnett Mall. More...Until Aug 31, 13
    - 1,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points for stays at the Hyatt Place Columbus/Dubling. More...Until Aug 31, 13
    - Double Gold Passport Points when you stay with the Hyatt Regency Austin Downtown More... Until Aug 29, 13

    Iberia Plus
    - Double Avios for stays at participating abba Hotels in Europe. More... Until Aug 31, 13
    - Double Avios for stays at participating Barcelo Hotels in Costa Rica, Nicaragua or Spain More... Until Aug 31, 13
    - Triple Avios for stays at the hotels Urban and Villa Real in Madrid. More... Until Aug 31, 13
    - Double Avios for stays at the hotels Claris, Granados 83, Gran Derby Suite, Derby, Balmes and Astoria in Barcelona, The Caesar in London and Banke in Paris. More... Until Aug 31, 13

    Malaysia Airlines Enrich (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
    - Triple Enrich Miles for stays at participating Hilton Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13

    Wednesday, July 3, 2013

    Limited Time: Earn up to 50,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles with the American Express AeroplanPlus Platinum Card (and how to make that 65,000 miles)

    This seems to be the week of increased sign up bonuses, first it was the RBC Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Visa then the Starwood Preferred Guest Card from American Express and now another one from the people at Amex:



    Now you can earn up to 50,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you apply for the American Express AeroplanPlus Platinum Card by August 31st.  You'll receive 25,000 Bonus Miles after your first use of the Card, plus earn 25,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in your first three months of Card membership.

    Now you can increase that to up to 65,000 Miles when to take into account the Aeroplan Distinction launch bonus. Here are the details of this bonus as pulled from RC's Aeroplan page:

    Earn up to 15,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for Aeroplan members holding an Aeroplan branded credit/charge card who reach dBlack or dDiamond status. Register Online (Registration is required) Register by Dec 31, 13
    - dDiamond members will receive 15,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles
    - dBlack members will receive 10,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles

    So you have to be a dDiamond member to get the additional 15,000 miles, which means you have to earn 100,000 Aeroplan miles to get to that status level which for some of you should be a breeze others it may be tougher but you can still get to 60,000 Aeroplan miles with dBlack status by earning 50,000 Aeroplan Miles in the year. If you plan on taking advantage of this card bonus I would register for the Distinction bonus first then apply for the card.  You can apply for the card here.

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    July 3 Update: Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Redemption Increases, Triple SKYPASS Miles for Hilton Stays, Triple Avios for Accor Stays

    This will be the second last day of updates for this week as I plan on taking Friday off. Here is what is going today in the world of travel rewards:

    News, Tips & Tricks

    Virgin Atlantic has added a lifetime Gold Elite Status feature to their Flying Club program. You can earn Gold for life if you earn 300 tier points on Virgin Atlantic flights and hold a Gold Flying Club member status for 10 consecutive years. Also you can get Gold for life plus an exclusive gift if you earn 1 million base flown miles on Virgin Atlantic flights. Full details

    Hertz Gold Plus Rewards will be increasing point redemption rates for car rental rewards in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S.V.I. by 10-15% as of October 1st 2013. More...


    Travel Deals
    Qantas has launched a sale for flights to Australia out of Calgary and Toronto (with the partner airlines of course since Qantas doesn't actually fly to YYC/YYZ). Calgary to Sydney is $1,678 all in for travel Nov 1 - 30 and Toronto to Melbourne is $1,800 all in. Tickets must be booked by July 9. Full details


    Save 20% on Air Canada flights from Canada to Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Seoul. Travel from July 10, 2013 until October 31, 2013. Book with promo code ASIASALE by July 10. Full details

    Bonus Offers

    American AAdvantage
    - Double AAdvantage Miles for American Airlines flights between Los Angeles and: Pittsburgh, PA (PIT) Indianapolis, IN (IND) Columbus, OH (CMH) Hartford, CT (BDL) or Northwest Arkansas (XNA). Earn an additional 5,000 bonus miles if you fly round-trip between Los Angeles and at least three different new nonstop destinations. More... Aug 27 - Nov 30, 13
    - Earn up to 15,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles for Round-Trip Travel on Iberia between Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Madrid. More... Until Sep 15, 13

    Best Western Rewards
    - Double Rewards Points on all qualifying stays at the BEST WESTERN Hotel d'Europe et d'Angleterre - Macon More... Until Sep 30, 13
    - Double Rewards Points on all qualifying stays at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Paris Velizy - Velizy Villacoublay BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel de la Baie - Donville Les Bains BEST WESTERN PLUS Le Canard Sur le Toit - Colomiers More... Until Aug 31, 13

    British Airways Executive Club
    - Triple Avios for every stay of 2 or more nights at one of over 2,600 Le Club Accorhotels worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13
    - 5x Avios for every £4 or €4 you spend at Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages. More... Until Aug 15, 13

    Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
    - Double Mileage Bank Miles for stays at The Langham, Chicago. More... Jul 10 - Sep 30, 13

    Korean Air SKYPASS
    - Triple SKYPASS Miles for stays at participating Hilton Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13

    Qantas Frequent Flyer
    - Double Frequent Flyer Points for stays at select Best Western Hotels in Australia. More... Until ?

    US Airways Dividend Miles
    -Earn up to 100% Bonus Dividend Miles when you buy Dividend Miles. More... Until Jul 31, 13 Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone

    Tuesday, July 2, 2013

    Expanded thoughts and comments on the recent Aeroplan changes

    Now that we've had a few days to let the new Aeroplan changes digest in our minds, here are some of my thoughts, comments and such:

    7 Year Expiry Rule
    Firstly, the 7 year expiry rule is over and done with . A good move in my opinion. A couple of other programs have already done this, Delta SkyMile and more recently JetBlue TrueBlue. However with Aeroplan they still have the inactivity rule in place which means if you don't use your Aeroplan account at least once every 12 months (either earn or burn) you will lose your miles. Now if you read any other frequent flyer blogs or forums the removal of the 7 year rule is not a big deal. True for frequent flyers or big time credit card spenders it's not, they earn enough miles quickly to redeem well within 7 years. But for the average Canadian Aeroplan member who is neither a frequent flyer or big time crest spender this is great news. Just look at all the comments from people on numerous articles in the Canadian media when the rule was introduced or even when it hit the airwaves for a second time just before Christmas 2011. I have even received many emails from people who have or were about to scramble to redeem their miles. I know my parents did redeem theirs and I was about to as I still have around 23,000 miles from before 2007 in my account even after past redemptions. Now I don't have to rush to do so and I'm sure many Canadians are in the same boat.

    Reduction in Miles for one way awards
    For both the frequent and infrequent traveller this probably the best news to come out of the changes. One way flight awards are now only 50% of the round trip mileage requirement. Groundbreaking? No not at all. I'm fact most other frequent flyer programs that offer one way awards have been at 50% so Aeroplan just put themselves in line with everyone else. This is a great option now though so that you can mix and match flights (ie one way with an Aeroplan reward and the the other way on a seat sale fare)

    Market Fare Flight Rewards
    The current ClassicPlus Flight Rewards will be replaced by Market Fare Flight Rewards, which will require up to 20% fewer miles than current ClassicPlus Flight Rewards.  Somewhat good news but you can still expect many flight awards to be horrendously overpriced. Too bad they couldn't keep it simple like other programs and just make any seat any time flight awards double the base redemption rate (or at least cap the Market Fare Flight Rewards at double)

    Increased Mileage Requirements for International Business and First Class Rewards
    The only negative in the Aeroplan changes but a BIG negative is the announcement of increased mileage requirements for certain International Business and First Class award tickets. Here are the changes:


    As you can these are some significant increases and what adds salt to the wound is that most of were just increased in 2011. For example the coveted Asian 1 redmeptions have gone from 100,000 in early 2011 to 125,000 in July 2011 to 150,000 in 2014 for Business Class while First Class went from 120,000 to 175,000 to 210,000, a 75% increase from 2 years ago. Add to this Aeroplan now charging the fuel surcharge on many of their partners Asian flights and these awards have gone from being some of the best in the industry to just mediocre ones. You can still complete the mini-RTW with Aeroplan but it is going to cost you a lot more miles as of January 1st.  So if any of these rewards were in your plans for the near future be sure to redeem for them by December 31st.

    Distinction Program
    In what some are calling the first elite status program for accruing miles in an loyalty program via many methods rather than butt-in-seat or body-in-bed status earning for flights and hotels, Aeroplan's new Distinction program will reward Aeroplan members who earn lots of miles via various earning methods. Is it the first program of its type in Canada? No, Air Miles Gold had that distinction many years ago and even HBC Rewards has elite tiers. So technically speaking this concept is not new but being tied into such a large program and offering certain travel benefits does make it somewhat different than those others. Now please heed this: Distinction does not replace Air Canada Altitude. Altitude which is Air Canada's elite status program remains the same and will continue to serve those who fly on Air Canada and their partners. Think of it this way: Air Canada Altitude is a frequent flyer status recognition program while Distinction is a frequent mileage earner recognition program.


    How do you earn Distinction status?
    Distinction includes three status levels based on a member’s total eligible 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

    What miles are eligible?
    Eligible miles are miles earned in the Aeroplan Program directly at participating partners and include base and certain bonus mile offers. Unless otherwise indicated at the time of offer, the following miles are not eligible for Distinction status: financial card sign-up; bonus  miles received as a benefit of the Air Canada Altitude  program or Aeroplan Distinction status; miles  accumulated through conversion from other programs  or transfers between member accounts, top-up miles,  contest prizes, and reinstated miles.

    Points converted from other programs do not count towards distinction status. So for most this would be from credit card like the American Express Membership Rewards program and the CIBC Aventura cards. Also a source of lots of miles are conversions from hotel programs like Starwood Preferred Guest. Now if you choose to earn miles directly instead of hotel points those will count towards distinction status. Now don't let the lack of status qualification deter you from converting, as that is still a good option for topping off your account for a redemption.

    Once you earn Distinction status, what does it get you?
    This is what the various levels of Distinction status will get you:

    To expand on this once you reach Distinction status you will receive a further discount on the aforementioned Market Fare Flight Rewards (nee ClassicPlus flights). You will have access to Distinction Flights. If you have been a CIBC Aerogold cardholder this will be familiar to you. These are flights exclusively reserved for Distinction status holders who want to redeem for those flights. I believe from what I've seen from the CIBC ones is that they are very Toronto-centric so this benefit may not be of much use to many.  You will also get bonus miles for eligible Air Canada flights, hotel stays (that earn miles directly to Aeroplan) and purchases made via the Aeroplan eStore.

    What do I think of Distinction? I think it is an interesting concept that may intrigue many of the non-frequent flying Aeroplan members. It may just be the tipping for some people who collect both Air Miles and Aeroplan miles to move all their earning to Aeroplan. What do Air Canada Altitude members think? I think most them of them could care less as it doesn't really add any value to them and their benefits. It will mean something different to everyone, me, I am in the middle, indifferent to be honest with you however not holding Altitude status at this time the reduced Market Fare Flight Rewards may come into play although I try to plan my redemptions at the Classic Flight level so only time will tell.

    What do you think of Distinction, the mileage changes and all the other changes from Aeroplan overall? I'd love to hear your comments and thoughts!

    July 2 Update: Club Carlson devalues points to miles transfers, 20K Sign up bonus for SPG Amex, RBC Avion BA Transfer Bonus

    First day of full updates in July brings us:

    News, Tips & Tricks

    Carlson Rezidor Hotels' Club Carlson program decided to change their points to miles conversion rate yesterday with no prior announcement. The devaluation is quite big, over 44% at the top level as the redemption option moves from an incremental tiered basis to a flat rate. Previously the rates were as follows:

    2000 Gold Points = 250 Airline Miles
    50,000 Gold Points = 8000 Airline Miles
    100,000 Gold Points =18,000 Airline Miles

    Now the new flat rate is 10 Club Carlson Points to 1 Airline Mile. So at the top level that same 100,000 Gold Points will only equal 10,000 Airline Miles. I can see a number of reasons that Club Carlson did this. They had a couple of big promotions in the past couple of years where you could earn 50,000 Points for a one night stay and while the best use of those points would be for a free nights within the Club Carlson hotel portfolio, I'm sure many members converted them to airline miles and the same goes in the U.S. for their credit card holders who were only getting the card to transfer the points to airline miles. This run on mileage costs Club Carlson as they cannot make any incremental revenue on award night stays. By changing these redemption levels for airline miles I can only assume that Carlson is hoping that members will redeem the points for hotel stays rather than miles as there is potential revenue on those award stays in terms of food and beverage purchases, extra nights purchased to tack onto an award stay etc. None of which would be achieved if members redeem for airline miles. And while we would all like to have advance notice and it is poor practice to do so for your loyal members I can see why Club Carlson didn't as there would have been a run on redemptions for airline miles and it simply would have cost Carlson Hotels money that they now get to keep in their bank account. So the B2B side of me sees why they did it but the B2C side of me says "Shame on you Club Carlson, you just made some of your members mad and they may choose to no longer be loyal to you."

    Air Canada will be discontuing two more small market U.S. routes: Toronto to Albany and Grand Rapids will be cancelled as of September 3rd. (Source Airlineroute.net)

    If you were away over the long weekend, here is a summary of three posts that went up here on the Rewards Canada blog.

    Limited Time: Increased sign up bonus of 20,000 Starpoints for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express
    50% Transfer Bonus for RBC Rewards (Avion only) to British Airways Executive Club is now live

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


    Bonus Offers

    Air France KLM Flying Blue
    - Earn up to Triple Flying Blue Miles for stays at participating Shangri-La, Kerry and Traders hotels worldwide. More... Jun 1 - Aug 31, 13

    airBalitc BalticMiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
    - GHA Hotels Double BalticMiles Points for every stay at all GHA Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13

    British Airways Executive Club
    - 50% Bonus Avios for RBC Avion Visa cardholders who transfer their RBC Rewards points to Avios. More... Until Jul 31, 13 Valid for residents of Canada only

    Garuda Frequent Flyer (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
    - Double GFF Miles for Garuda flights in Executive Class between Jakarta and Bangkok. More... Until Jul 31, 13
    - Earn up to Double GFF Miles for Garuda flights between Manado and Makassar or Jakarta. More... Until Aug 1, 13

    Le Club accorhotels
    - Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Ibis Hotels in the Netherlands. More... Until Sep 8, 13
    - Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points+ 3rd night free for stays of 3 nights or more at participating Sofitel Hotels in the Southern Hemisphere. More... Until Aug 31, 13
    - Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points+ 4th night free for stays of 4 nights or more at participating Sofitel Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Aug 31, 13

    Starwood Preferred Guest
    - Earn 20,000 Welcome Bonus Starpoints® after you charge $1,000 in purchases to Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express your Card in your first three months of Cardmembership. More... Until Sep 25, 13 Residents of Canada Only

    United Mileage Plus
    - Double Mileage Plus Miles when you fly nonstop between Washington DC and Guatemala City. More... Until Sep 30, 13

    Voila Hotel Rewards
    - Earn up to 50% VHR Points for stays at any VOILÀ network hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 13


    Limited Time: Increased sign up bonus of 20,000 Starpoints for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express

    587675_American Express Starwood Card - 20,000 bonus pointsThe best hotel credit card in Canada (and one of the best travel cards overall) will feature a higher sign up bonus for the next six weeks or so. Normally, the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express comes with a 10,000 Starpoint sign up bonus but with this limited time offer the sign up bonus will be 20,000 Starpoints after you charge $1,000 in purchases to the Card in the first three months of Cardmembership. This offer will go live sometime today and runs until Sep 25, 2013.

    Some features of the card include
    • Earn 20,000 bonus Starpoints® after you charge $1,000 in purchases to your Card in your first three months of Cardmembership - that's enough for 5 free nights! Offer ends September 25, 2013.
    • Earn 1 Starpoint for every $1 in purchases charged to the Card
    • Annual interest rate 19.99% on purchases and 21.99% on funds advances
    • Enjoy a Free Weekend Night Award when you reach $40,000 in purchases each year
    • Experience Starwood Gold Preferred Guest status when you reach $30,000 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
    • Use Starpoints for flights on over 350 airlines with no blackout dates with SPG Flights
    • Experience once-in-a-lifetime events with SPG Moments
    • Get Front Of The Line®* access to tickets for some of the most popular concerts, theatre and special events
    • Enjoy the flexibility to pay balances in full or over time
    •  American Express is not responsible for maintaining or monitoring the accuracy of information on this website. For full details and current product information click the Apply now link.

    Apply Online

    Conditions apply

    Monday, July 1, 2013

    50% Transfer Bonus for RBC Rewards (Avion only) to British Airways Executive Club is now live

    As I mentioned back on May 20th and with a reminder last Friday, the  50% Transfer Bonus for RBC Rewards (Avion only) to British Airways Executive Club is now live. The promotion will run from July 1st to 31st and is one of the best reasons on why to own an RBC Avion credit card.

    As always BA Avios are a great option for flights to Asia (via Cathay Pacific), short to medium haul within North America (Alaska Airlines, American Airlines) and even though huge surcharges are added to their UK/Europe redemptions they can still be a good value because of this bonus transfer based on your spend with the credit card (see my post about Earn & Burn for an explanation)

    Full details on the promotion can be found here