Monday, September 30, 2013

Sep 30 Update: Air Canada Aeroplan release more award seats, Iberia Plus Avios+Money Hotel option, IHG Rewards Club Flash Sale

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News, Tips & Tricks

Air Canada and Aeroplan have apparently 'teamed up' (aren't they always a team?) to offer more reward seats on select Air Canada destinations in November. The release of more seats is for economy class award tickets to Brussels, London, Paris, Newark, New Yor,k Narita (Japan), Seoul (Korea) and Sydney and of course are available on a first come first served basis. Full details

 
Iberia Plus has added a new redemption feature called Avios&Money in Hotels. Taking a page from Miles+Cash options that a few airlines now offer whereby you can book a flight using part miles and part cash, Iberia Plus members can now do the same for hotels and use part Avios + part Cash to book hotel stays. Full details


IHG Rewards Club
is running a 24 hour reward night flash sale at select hotels worldwide. Participating properties are offering reward nights for 25-75% off for stays between Oct 8 and Nov 8. They must be booked today! Full details can be found here.


Travel Deals
Rail Europe
has a big sale on various European Rail Passes:
20% off Eurostar Standard Premier tickets, 15% off First Class British Train e-tickets, and 10% off city passes. Click here for details




Bonus Offers

Air Canada Aeroplan
- Double Aeroplan Miles for Avis or Budget car rental bookings made through aircanada.com. More... Until Dec 31, 13

Czech Airlines OK Plus
- Double OK Plus Miles for flights between Prague and Bucharest. More... Register by Dec 15, 13 for flights Nov 1 - Feb 28, 14

Hilton HHonors
- More Nights, More Points: Earn up to 4x HHonors points for stays at over 4,000 Hilton family of hotels Worldwide. More... Oct 10 - Jan 31, 14

IHG Rewards Club
- 3,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points per stay for the next 90 days at IHG Hotels Worldwide. More... Until ? Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone
- Gold Elite Status when you complete your next IHG stay Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 13 Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone
- 3,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points for your next stay Worldwide. Stay must be made within 90 days of registering.More... Until ? Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone

Qantas Frequent Flyer
- 10,000 Bonus Frequent Flyer Points when you take out a new ANZ Life Insurance policy and hold the policy for 6 months. More... Until ? Australia Residents Only
- Earn 35,000 Bonus Frequent Flyer Points with the HSBC Platinum Qantas credit card when you make your first purchase within 3 months of receiving the card. More... Until Dec 13, 13 Australia Residents Only
- Earn up to 7,500 Bonus Frequent Flyer Points with the Qantas American Express Discovery Card.More... Until Dec 31, 13 Australia Residents Only
- Earn up to 30,000 Bonus Frequent Flyer Points with the Qantas American Express Premium Card More... Until Dec 31, 13 Australia Residents Only
- Earn up to 50,000 Bonus Frequent Flyer Points with the Qantas American Express Ultimate Card More... Until Dec 31, 13 Australia Residents Only

Tesco Clubcard
- Tesco Bank 100 Clubcard Points when you provide them with your car, home or pet insurance renewal months, or all three. More... Until Oct 29, 13

US Airways Dividend Miles
- Earn up to 50,000 Bonus Dividend Miles when you share Dividend Miles. More... Until Oct 15, 13

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Double Flying Club Miles for stays at any Langham or affiliate hotel worldwide. More... Until Nov 30, 13






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Hilton HHonors: Earn up to 4x Points on Worldwide stays Oct 10 - Jan 31, 14


Although not officially up on Hilton's site, the details of Hilton HHonors systemwide stay promotion are out via a 'sneak peak' email that came out. This time HHonors' promo isn't as lucrative as the previous one since it requires at least 2 consecutive nights per stay to achieve a bonus. I also use the word 'systemwide' loosely as there are hotels that have opted out of the promotion.  Please note that the registration link will bring up 'We're sorry page' as registration is not open yet for the promotion.

Here is the offer as it appeared on RC's HHonors Bonus Points page today:

More Nights, More Points: Earn up to 4x HHonors points for stays at over 4,000 Hilton family of hotels Worldwide. Stay two nights and earn double HHonors Points for your entire stay. Stay three nights to triple your points, and four nights or more to quadruple your points. Full Details, Online Registration and Booking  (Registration is required)  Oct 10 - Jan 31, 14

For a list of hotels that are not participating please click here.


Can't make use of this promotion? Be sure to visit our HHonors Bonus Points page for dozens of other stay,  car rental and airline mileage bonuses!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Sep 27 Update: RBC Visa Infinite Avion now includes Trip Cancellation, Hertz upgrade offer, AA & BA Transatlantic bonuses

We finish off the week with a little bit of news, one travel deal and more than a dozen new bonus offers. Have you voted yet? rewardscanada.ca/vote

News, Tips & Tricks

Somehow I missed an email from one of our readers back on Sep. 8th (my apologies Noorez!) that let us know that the RBC Visa Infinite Avion now comes with Trip Cancellation Insurance. The RC Credit Card Comparison charts have been updated accordingly!

On the heels of yesterday's news, Air Canada is now expanding their code share partnership with Air China on select domestic routes in China out of Beijing. (Source Airline Route Updates)


Travel Deals
Hertz Gold Plus Rewards
members can enjoy a two-car-class upgrade when you rent an Economy through Full-Size car in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Include PC# 191785 in your reservations at Hertz through December 31, 2013



Bonus Offers

American AAdvantage
- Earn up to 25,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles every time you fly round-trip between the U.S., Canada, or Mexico and Europe on First Class, Business Class or select Economy Class fares* on American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Finnair or OpenSkies.  More... Until Jan 31, 14 Valid for residents of the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada or Mexico only

Avianca LifeMiles
- Quadruple LifeMiles when you rent a car for 7 days or more at participating Sixt locations Worldwide. More... Until Oct 31, 13

British Airways Executive Club

- Earn up to 25,000 Bonus Avios. on qualifying, round-trip transatlantic flights operated and marketed by British Airways, American Airlines, Finnair, Iberia or OpenSkies booked in flexible/non-restricted Economy or higher fares. More... Until Jan 31, 14 Restrictions: Valid for residents of the U.S. and Canada only

China Eastern Eastern Miles
- Double Eastern Miles Points plus One Car Class Upgrade, when rent for 3 days or above at participating Hertz locations in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia (except China). More... Until Dec 31, 13

IHG Rewards Club
- 5,000 Bonus Priority Club Points for your next IHG stay Worldwide. Stay must be made within 90 days of registering.More... Until ? Valid for IHG Rewards Club Elite Members only

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Up to a 66% Mileage Bank Miles Discount for Mileage Bank Economy Class Award Tickets for travel on S7 Airlines. More... Oct 1 - Sep 30, 14

JetBlue TrueBlue (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- 50% Bonus TrueBlue PointsfFor every purchase of 5,000 TrueBlue points or more.More... Until Oct 16, 13

Jumeirah Sirius
- Double Sirius Points in deluxe rooms or suites at the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel and Spa. More... Until Oct 31, 13
- Double Sirius Points and 3 nights for the price of 2 for stays at the Pera Palace Hotel Istanbul. More... Until Dec 20, 13
- Double Sirius Points for stays at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. More... Oct 12 -19, 13
- Double Sirius Points for stays in a one or two-bedroom Superior, Park or Deluxe apartment at the Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living. More... Until Mar 31, 14

Malaysia Airlines Enrich (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Enrich Miles for stays of 3 or more nights at the Dorsett Regency Kuala Lumpur. More... Until Oct 31, 13
- Double Enrich Miles for stays of 3 or more nights at the Casa Del Rio Melaka. More... Until Oct 31, 13
- Earn up to Triple Enrich Miles when renting a Group C or higher car with Avis for 3+ days in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. More... Until Oct 31, 13






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British Airways: Earn up to 25,000 Bonus Avios on Transatlantic flights out of Canada


Normally British Airways runs congruent Transatlantic flight bonus offers, one for Continental Europeans, one for North Americans and on occasion one for residents of the U.K.. However this fall has been different, the offer for Continental Europeans has been out for nearly a month now, there is no offer for the U.K. and the North America was just released yesterday. The bonus offer is only for travel in premium classes (incl. full fare economy)so you'll have to way the decision if you are a discounted economy flyer whether you want to fork out the extra cash for some bonus Avios but if you are flying in full fare economy or above then this offer is definitely for you. Note that they are taking a page from Air Canada in that travel booked prior to the promotional period do not count, only new bookings made during the promotional period count.

Here is the offer as it will appear on RC's Executive Club Bonus Avios page later today:

Earn up to 25,000 Bonus Avios. on qualifying, round-trip transatlantic flights operated and marketed by British Airways, American Airlines, Finnair, Iberia or OpenSkies booked in flexible/non-restricted Economy or higher fares. Earn 25,000 bonus Avios on First or Business class fares, 15,000 bonus Avios on Premium Economy fares, and 10,000 bonus Avios on Full-Fare Economy fares.  Full Details, Online Registration and Booking  (Registration is required)

Until Jan 31, 14
Restrictions:
Valid only for residents of the U.S. and Canada only

Can't make use of this promotion? Be sure to visit our Executive Club Bonus Avios page for dozens of other flight, hotel, car rental and other bonuses!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sep 26 Update: Le Club accorhotels enhances elite benefits, 20,000 free Etihad Guest miles, Statement Credit for TrueEarnings Card

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News, Tips & Tricks

Accor Hotels is enhancing some of the benefits for the elite status levels of its Le Club program. The changes take effect on Oct 10 and include complimentary internet access, late check out/early check in, welcome drink, and lounge access. The benefits afforded depend on your status level. See this list for details:




I received an email from Air Miles which offered a 10x Air Miles Rewards Miles coupon for shopping at Rona this week however when I clicked through to get the coupon it only comes up as 5x the miles. Still better than nothing I guess. Here is a link to the coupon if anyone is shopping at Rona until Oct 1.

The following offer has ended
The $10 Statement Credit for the TrueEarnings Card from Costco and American Express is back
• You can earn a $10 Statement Credit with the TrueEarnings Card. Apply by October 6th 2013.
• You can earn cash back when you use your TrueEarnings® Card inside and outside of Costco.
• Plus, there’s no limit to the amount of cash back you can earn annually.
• Earn 3% CASH BACK on eligible restaurant purchases
• Earn 2% CASH BACK on eligible gas purchases
• Earn UP TO 1% CASH BACK on everyday purchases - including at Costco®†
• Add a FREE Supplementary Card – that person just needs to be a current member on your Costco account
• Show your TrueEarnings Card for entry into any Costco warehouse and use it to pay for your purchases
• Enjoy a special low interest rate on purchases: 2.99% for the first 6 months of Cardmembership, 19.75% thereafter, 21.99% on funds advances, provided you make your minimum monthly payments on 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 Now
Conditions apply.

Air China is expanding their code share partnership with Air Canada on select domestic routes out of Vancouver. Could be good for Phoenix Miles members in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg. (Source Airline Route Updates)

Also added today is one of the biggest 'free' miles offer we have seen in awhlle. It came in an email early this morning from Etihad Guest for their Etihad BusinessConnect program. Technically you should have a business and two separate people with Etihad Guest accounts but there are ways around this. As Gary from View from the Wing mentioned, it seems to be very easy to join Etihad's BusinessConnect. I will sign Rewards Canada up and have two employees that can join so legitimately but would love to hear if any of you have success without acutally having a business. See the bonus offers section below for more details.


Bonus Offers

Air Canada Aeroplan
- Earn up to Triple Aeroplan Miles when you convert Coast Rewards Points into Aeroplan. More... Until Oct 31, 13

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Earn up to 500 Bonus Asia Miles when you shop online at sasa.com. More... Until Oct 31, 13

Cyprus Airways Sunmiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- 1,000 Bonus Sunmiles points when you join Cyprus Airways Sunmiles. More... Until ?

Etihad Guest
- Earn up to 20,000 Bonus Guest Miles when you sign up for Etihad BusinessConnect. More... Until Oct 31, 13

IHG Rewards Club
- 3,000 Bonus Priority Club Points for your next stay Worldwide. Stay must be made within 90 days of registering. More... Until ?

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Double Mileage Bank Miles for stays at the Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi. More... Oct 1 - Dec 30, 13

Marriott Rewards
- 500 Bonus Points per stay at the Autograph Collection Hotels in Florida. Also includes Room upgrade nightl,y 2 welcome cocktails per stay and Autograph Viva Cocktail Dinner for two per stay More... Until Dec 20, 13

Stash Hotel Rewards
- Double Stash Rewards Points for stays at the Empress Hotel La Jolla. More... Until Dec 31, 13
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at The Cliff House at Pikes Peak Manitou Springs.
More...   Book by Oct 31, 13 for stays until Dec 31, 13
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at the James Royal Palm Miami Beach.
More...  Book by Oct 31, 13 for stays until Mar 31, 14
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at The Commons Hotel Minneapolis. More...  Until Oct 31, 13

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 500 Bonus Miles&Smiles Miles for stays at Elite World Istanbul, Elite World Prestige, and Elite World Van Hotel. More... Oct 1 - Mar 31, 14


mbna Alaska Airlines MasterCard Review

Below you will find the complete review of the card as seen on the main Rewards Canada site.
 
A little known card to the general public in Canada but well known in frequent flyer circles, the MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard is a strong card due to Alaska’s Mileage Plan program being one of the better frequent flyer programs in North America. You may say however that this card is only for those in Alberta and British Columbia as those are the only provinces Alaska Airlines serves but with the great depth of airline partners in the Mileage Plan program this card can actually work for most Canadians.

Overview

The MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard has been on the Canadian market for quite some time but for the past couple of years it really declined in popularity since MBNA (or their parent company TD) took it off their general public website and you had to phone in to apply for the card or apply via Alaska Airlines. Now the card is back and being promoted once again by MBNA. The card falls into the middle of the pack in terms of benefits, cost and rewards but don’t let that fool you as it can make a strong presence in anyone’s credit card portfolio whether it is your primary, secondary or tertiary card.

Sign up Features
The MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard comes with a 25,000 Mileage Plan Miles sign up bonus that is awarded upon approval. An annual coach companion fare every year from only US$118 ($99 base fare plus taxes and fees from $19) is included with the card and $50 off a new Board Room initiation fee. Board Room is Alaska Airlines’ Business Class lounge program which provides access to Board Rooms in Anchorage, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and San Francisco as well as 50 affiliated lounges worldwide. The cost of membership before the $50 credit ranges from US$295 to US$450 depending on your elite status within the Mileage Plan program.

Costs
The MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard comes with a $75 Annual fee . $75 is lower than many of the cards it competes against in the Canadian market but is average for mid-level cards that don’t offer many insurance or non-reward specific benefits. Supplementary cards are free which is becoming the norm for many cards in the Canadian market. The 18.99% interest rate is slightly lower than the majority of airline and other major travel credit cards. You can get $60 of that annual fee back if you apply for the card via Great Canadian Rebates


Earning
The MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard earns points directly into the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program as follows:
3 Miles per dollar spent on Alaska Airlines tickets, cargo purchases, in-flight purchases and vacation packages
1 Mile per dollar spent on all other eligible purchases

  

Redeeming
This is the portion of the MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard that is the star! MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard earns offers numerous redemption options via the Mileage Plan program. Of course, being a frequent flyer program, the primary redemption option which most people look at are reward flights on Alaska Airlines and their Mileage Plan partner airlines. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is situated very smartly, they are not part of any of the three major worldwide airline alliances but rather they are partnered with key airlines from each the Star Alliance, oneworld and even SkyTeam. The airlines you can redeem Mileage Plan miles for are as follows:
Alaska Airlines
American Airlines
Delta Airlines
Air France/KLM
British Airways
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
PenAir
ERA Alaska
AeroMexico
Emirates
Korean Air

Fiji Airways
Qantas
LAN
As you can see they have quite the varied partner list that pretty much covers the globe in terms of possible award ticket redemptions.

For redemptions on Alaska Airlines there are numerous options depending on availability. Much like many other frequent flyer programs, award seats are limited at the lower redemption level but you can use more miles to get an ‘any seat any time’ award ticket as long as the flight still has seats available. Mileage Plan also has a Miles+Money option where you can use miles to provide a discount of up to 50% off the price of a flight (capped at $200). See the award chart links below for more details on how many miles are needed for flights on Alaska Airlines.

Finally you can also you Mileage Plan miles to upgrade a qualifying purchased economy fare (Y,S,B,M,H fare classes) to Alaska Airlines first class. Those upgrades cost 15,000 miles one way regardless of the distance or cost of flight.

Alaska Airlines has a great online award ticketing engine that provides a relatively easy booking process not only for Alaska Airlines award tickets but also for many of their airline partners.

The program can be very lucrative because it offers First Class redemptions on some big time dream flight airlines like Emirates and Qantas. In fact, the Alaska Airlines program is better than Emirate’s own Skyward program for EK First Class redemptions between North America and the Middle East as you only 180,000 miles with Mileage Plan versus 217,500 with Skywards. And Mileage Plan allows one way redemptions for EK flights (ie 90,000 for that First Class ticket to the Middle East) whereas Skywards does not! Mileage Plan also allows for a free stopover on their one way awards which means if you book two separate one way awards you can actually get two free stopovers.

Here are links to all of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan flight award charts:

Central and South America

Outside of flights, Mileage Plan miles can also be donated or used to purchase magazines. This is one program that has not expanded on their rewards catalog like many other programs.

Features and Benefits

The standard MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard comes with MBNA’s Platinum level of benefits which is provides a benefit package that fits that card in the middle of the pack in terms of what is offered. These benefits include travel accident insurance, trip interruption insurance, car rental CDW coverage, purchase protection and extended warranty.

When you apply for and receive the MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard you may actually get the World Elite version of the card which provides even more benefits like Price Protection, Concierge service and more. Whether you get World Elite version depends on your income level.

Other features of the card are the annual companion fare benefit (see the next section for more details) and the $50 discount on Alaska Airlines Board Room memberships (covered in the Sign Up Features section above)

What is good about this card
One of the best features of this card is the annual US$99 coach companion fare. A regular feature of the card since it launched, the companion fare benefit is similar to the one found on the RBC WestJet World Elite MasterCard. Essentially you can book an Alaska Airlines flight in coach (economy class) and bring along a companion for only $99 (plus taxes and fees of at least $19)

Also what is good about this card is the Mileage Plan program itself! The variety of airlines you can redeem on and the ability to redeem for one way awards, especially on airlines that don’t offer that feature in their own frequent flyer programs show the strength of this small but mighty program.

The sign up bonus alone is worth a flight to pretty much anywhere in North America making it another good feature of the card. 

What is not so good about this card
As with any credit card tied into a frequent flyer program comes the dreaded availability issues on award tickets and any extra taxes and fees. While Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is pretty good on the latter the issue of availability is always a consideration that needs to taken into account when choosing a card like this. If you can be flexible in your dates, airlines and routing (ie making connections vs. direct) then this is less of an issue.

The inability to redeem for flights within Canada. Unfortunately Alaska Airlines does not partner with any Canadian airlines which means you cannot redeem for flights within Canada.

Conclusion
When someone outside of Alberta or British Columbia sees the MBNA Alaska Airlines MasterCard they may not even give a second glance because they may have never heard of the airline to start with or if they have they may pass since they think it is only a good card for Albertans or British Columbians. As you can see from the review that is not the case due to the great variety of airline partners that Alaska Airlines. Live in Toronto? You can redeem for flights on American, Delta, Air France KLM, British Airways, Emirates, Korean and more. If you are a frequent traveled with Alaska Airlines, this card is a must, even if you may travel semi-frequently with their airline partner and funnel those flights into Mileage Plan then this card is must. As long as you can forego award flights within Canada and be flexible in your award dates then this card should rank relatively high in your choices for an airline card. Looking for award travel within Canada or don’t spend enough to meet many of the award chart amounts then this card is not for you. You’re better off with a travel points card or one that ties into Aeroplan or WestJet.

Overall I don’t think the card has made huge inroads against many of the cards in Canada but since its recent re-introduction into the online market so that it is easily available to the general public I do believe some will jump on this card as it does have its place in the market and it can be very rewarding.

Care to comment? Do you agree or disagree with us? Tell us what think about the mbna Alaska Airlines MasterCard below!

Related Links:
mbna Alaska Airlines MasterCardAdvertisementon mbna.ca
Rewards Canada's Canadian All Travel Rewards Credit Card Comparison including the mbna Alaska Airlines MasterCard
Rewards Canada's Canadian Airline Only Credit Card Comparison including the mbna Alaska Airlines MasterCard

Other cards to consider would come from the Airline Card category or the Hybrid Card category:
WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard
CIBC Aerogold Visa Infinite
RBC Visa Infinite Avion
Marriott Rewards Premier Visa
Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express
American Express Gold Rewards Card
Diners Club Club Rewards MasterCard

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Coast Rewards offering up to Triple Aeroplan Miles for point conversions


If you are a Coast Hotels Coast Rewards member who has been hoarding collecting CR points to ultimately transfer to Aeroplan well now is the time to do it.  We just received an email from Coast Rewards announcing up to Triple Aeroplan Miles when you convert your Coast Rewards points to Aeroplan:

From now through October 31 only redeem your Coast Rewards points and receive double or triple the Aeroplan Miles* on the following amounts:

Redeem and Double


1,000 Coast Rewards Points   = 2,000 Aeroplan Miles
5,000 Coast Rewards Points = 10,000 Aeroplan Miles
10,000 Coast Rewards Points = 20,000 Aeroplan Miles

Redeem and Triple
20,000 Coast Rewards Points = 60,000 Aeroplan Miles
50,000 Coast Rewards Points = 150,000 Aeroplan Miles

To redeem now call Member Services at 1.800.549.9099

Sep 25 Update: BMO World Elite 1st year annual fee waived, Accor Hotels 3 for 2 sale, Pakistian Internaional increases YYZ service

The middle of the week see the official launch of Air Canada's Earn Your Wings Promo (see our post from earlier today for details!) and all of the following as well:

News, Tips & Tricks

BMO is really trying to take on the premium travel rewards card market with their BMO Rewards World Elite MasterCard. As you may have seen since August on our blog here they have made several good changes to the card and now they have added one more feature, the first year free! BMO is now waiving the annual fee for this card so that people can give it a try. Getting this card now makes great sense seeing that you get $300 in travel right off the bat! To take advantage of the no-fee for the first year offer you must apply by Mar 3, 2014.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is increasing the service to/from Toronto to 4 times weekly as of Nov 7. (Source Airline Route Updates)



Travel Deals
Accor Hotels
is running another 3 for 2 stay special where you can stay for three nights for the price of two. This offer is valid at hundreds of their locations Worldwide include their Canadian locations. Full Details & Online Booking
Book by Oct 21 for stays until Nov 11, 13




Bonus Offers

Delta SkyMiles
- Earn 20,000 Bonus SkyMiles when you purchase and fly BusinessElite® on round-trip, nonstop flights between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA). More... Until Nov 22, 13 Targeted offer - May Not Work for everyone

Emirates Skywards
- Triple Skywards Miles for stays at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai. More... Book by Nov 30, 13 for stays until Sep 26, 14
- Earn up to Quadruple Skywards Miles on Hertz rentals of 5 or more days Worldwide. More... Book between Oct 1 and Dec 31 for rentals until Mar 31, 14

Hilton HHonors
- Double HHonors Points for stays at the Hilton Garden Inn Tuxtla Gutierrez.  More... Until Dec 31, 13
- Double HHonors Points for stays at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Greensboro.  More... Until Dec 31, 13
- Double HHonors Points for weekend stays at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin - University Area. More... Until Dec 31, 13

IHG Rewards Club
- 50% Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points when you purchase points online. More... Until Oct 18, 13
- 3,000 Bonus Priority Club Points for your next stay Worldwide. Stay must be made within 90 days of registering. More... Until ? Targeted offer - may not work for everyone

Philippine Airlines Mabuhay
- 500 Bonus Mabuhay Miles when you fly between Manila and Abu Dhabi or Dubai. More... Abu Dhabi Oct 1 - 31 Dubai Nov 6 - 30, 13
Valid for My Western Union members only

Stash Hotel Rewards
- 5x Stash Rewards Points for stays in a Suite at the Stonehurst Place Atlanta. More... Until Oct 31, 13
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at The James Chicago. More... Book by Oct 31, 13 for stays until Mar 31, 14
- Double Stash Rewards Points for stays at the The Lenox Boston. More... Nov 1 - 30, 13

Virgin America Elevate (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn up to 50% bonus Elevate points when you buy or gift Elevate points. More... Until Oct 15, 13


Air Canada Earn Your Wings The Amazing Race Canada Edition is now on!


It took a bit of time but Air Canada officially launched the "Earn Your Wings - The Amazing Race Canada Edition" promotion late yesterday. We already brought you the details last week on the promotion but here it is once again as now we know the value and requirements of the majority of the badges. For flights to count they must be booked between yesterday and November 17th completed by December 15th. For complete details and to register for the promotion click here.

Some of the badges are easy to earn, hopefully you pre-registered as mentioned in our earlier post for "The Early Bird Badge" for 500 RaceWings, if not don't worry you will get the "Participant Badge" worth 250 RaceWings when you register. You can also earn a couple of badges and more RaceWings by sharing the promotion via social media, see the bottom of the badge legend below for the details.

The only other non-flying badge is the "Savvy Traveler" badge for Fairmont stays/Avis Car Rentals. Other than that it is all about the flying!

Earn RaceWings

Earn RaceWings and fly to the top of the leaderboard (RaceWings will help you keep score). To start you off, we’ll give you 250 RaceWings just for registering. Earn 200 RaceWings with each take-off and landing on Air Canada, Air Canada Express and Air Canada rouge. To earn more RaceWings, you’ll need to touch down and take-off from select airports around the world called Pit Stops.

Collect Badges

You’ll receive badges when you complete certain challenges, tasks and specific activities. Start earning badges and you’ll really see your RaceWings total climb! (See badge legend for details)

Rack-up Bonus Aeroplan Miles

Every time you earn 2,000 RaceWings, we’ll give you 1,000 bonus Aeroplan Miles. Plus, earn an extra 5,000 bonus miles for every 10,000 RaceWings. Keep on flying and when you hit 100,000 RaceWings, we’ll reward you with an additional 100,000 bonus Aeroplan miles. That’s 200,000 bonus Aeroplan miles for every 100,000 RaceWings! (See Terms & Conditions for details)







Badge Legend

You receive badges for completing certain challenges, tasks and specific activities. Each time you earn a badge, you also earn RaceWings.

CHALLENGE BADGES

To earn these badges, you’ll have to be in the know because some of them are only available for a limited time. Just like The Amazing Race Canada, there will be surprise challenges throughout the game. Rise to the challenge and we’ll reward you with even more RaceWings!
Fast Forward 1

Fast Forward 1

Get ahead of the game. Take off or land at a Pit Stop city in a Latitude or Premium Economy fare to earn 500 bonus RaceWings and this badge. This challenge is on-going and the badge can be earned more than once.
Fast Forward 2

Fast Forward 2

Get further ahead of the game! Take off or land at a Pit Stop city in an Executive Class or Executive First fare to earn 1,000 bonus RaceWings, as well as this badge.
The Final Leg Badge

The Final Leg Badge

To collect this badge, you’ll have to be a high roller. Every time you hit 100,000 RaceWings we’ll give you 100,000 bonus Aeroplan Miles. That’s 200,000 bonus Aeroplan miles for every 100,000 RaceWings!
Detour

Detour

The Detour badge details and its bonus RaceWings value will be revealed during the promotion period. Keep your eyes open and check your emails!
Detour

Speedbump

The Speedbump badge details and its bonus RaceWings value will be revealed during the promotion period. Keep your eyes open and check your emails!
U-Turn

U-Turn

The U-Turn badge details and its bonus RaceWings value will be revealed during the promotion period. Keep your eyes open and check your emails!

Task Badges - 5000 RaceWings

You’ll need to do some planning to earn these badges! A task badge is awarded once you have completed a combination of specific airports. There is no limit to how many times you can earn these badges.
The Time Flies Badge

The Time Flies Badge

Collect this badge when you take off all three of these, which are known for their timepieces: London (LHR), Geneva (GVA) and Zurich (ZRH).
The Bridge Badge

The Bridge Badge

New York City (LGA), San Francisco (SFO), Pittsburgh (PIT) are all known for their bridges. Take off or land at all three of these airports to collect this badge.
Race Leg Badge

Race Leg Badge

To collect this badge, follow in the footsteps of The Amazing Race Canada contestants. Take off or land in Halifax (YHZ), Regina (YQR), Toronto Island (YTZ) and St. John’s (YYT).
The Left is Right Badge

The Left is Right Badge

You’ll have to drive on the left when you visit London (LHR), Tokyo (NRT) and Hong Kong (HKG). Collect this badge when you take off or land in all three of these destinations.
The East Coast Badge

The East Coast Badge

Collect this badge when you take off or land in all four destinations on the East Coast of the United States that have been featured in the American version of The Amazing Race: New York City (LGA and EWR), Boston (BOS), Philadelphia (PHL).
The Out West Badge

The Out West Badge

Collect this badge when you take off or land in all six of these western U.S. cities, all featured in the American version of The Amazing Race: Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Dallas (DFW), Seattle (SEA), Phoenix (PHX), Denver (DEN).
The Hometown Badge

The Hometown Badge

Collect this badge when you take off or land in the following destinations The Amazing Race Canada contestants call home: Ottawa (YOW), Toronto (YTZ), Winnipeg (YWG) and Edmonton (YEG).
The Tower Badge

The Tower Badge

You might be surprised to learn that Copenhagen (CPH), Istanbul (IST) and Seoul (ICN) all have famous towers. Discover them for yourself when you take off and land in all three destination and collect this badge.
The Motor City Badge

The Motor City Badge

Collect this badge when you take off or land in these three cities, which built a reputation for their car manufacturing industries: Detroit (DTW), Frankfurt (FRA) and Tokyo (NRT).
The Great Lakes Badge

The Great Lakes Badge

Toronto (YTZ), Thunder Bay (YQT), Cleveland (CLE), Milwaukee (MKE) all border one of the Great Lakes. Collect this badge when you take off or land in all four.
The Lion Dance Badge

The Lion Dance Badge

In this traditional Chinese dance, performers mimic a lion’s movement dressed up as the king of the jungle. Touch down in these four destinations where the dance is practiced to collect the badge: Tokyo (NRT), Beijing (PEK), Shanghai (PVG) and Hong Kong (HKG).
The Salsa Badge

The Salsa Badge

Did you know Dallas (DFW) is known for its fine Mexican food? Take off and/or landing in both Dallas and Mexico City (MEX) to collect this badge, which celebrates the delicious cuisine.
The Aerospace Badge

The Aerospace Badge

Collect this badge when you take off or land in these three cities with major aircraft manufacturing industries: Seattle (SEA), Paris (CDG) and London (LHR).
The B.C. Badge

The B.C. Badge

Touch down in beautiful British Columbia to collect this badge. You must take off and/or land in all of the following destinations: Fort St. John (YXJ), Kamloops (YKA), Prince George (YXS), Terrace (YXT), Victoria (YYJ) and Nanaimo (YCD).
The Sunscreen Badge

The Sunscreen Badge

You’d better carry UV protection when visiting Mexico City (MEX), Grand Cayman (GCM) and Point-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe (PTP). Take off and/or land in all three to collect this badge.
The Provincial Hall of Fame Badge

The Provincial Hall of Fame Badge

To collect this badge, take off or land in all six of these cities, all home to provincial sports hall of fame museums: Toronto (YTZ), Winnipeg (YWG), Saskatoon (YXE), Regina (YQR), Red Deer (YQF) and Prince George (YXS).
The First Nations’ Badge

The First Nations’ Badge

Collect this badge when you take off and land in all of the following destinations with First Nation monikers: Ottawa (YOW), Winnipeg (YWG), Saskatoon (YXE) and Kamloops (YKA).
The Turboprop Badge

The Turboprop Badge

Air Canada operates turboprop planes in Saskatoon (YXE), Regina (YQG), Edmonton (YEG), Fort St. John (YXJ), Victoria (YYJ) and Nanaimo (YCD). Take off or land in all six of these destinations to collect this badge.
The Europa Badge

The Europa Badge

Bonjour, cheerio, guten Tag, hej! Take off or land in London (LHR), Paris (CDG), Frankfurt (FRA), Brussels (BRU) and Copenhagen (CPH) to collect this badge. Don’t forget to say hello!
Statue of Liberty Badge

Statue of Liberty Badge

All of the following destinations have a connection to Lady Liberty: New York City (EWR), Paris (CDG) and Tokyo (NRT). Take off or land in all three to collect this badge.
The Seafood Badge

The Seafood Badge

For a taste of top-notch seafood, head to all of three destinations and collect this badge: Halifax (YHZ), St. John’s (YYT), San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA).
The Pacific Badge

The Pacific Badge

To collect this badge, you’ll need to take off or land in all of three of these destinations, which follow the pacific coast: Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA).
The Trans-Canada Badge

The Trans-Canada Badge

Travel coast to coast to collect this badge. All of the following destinations are on the Trans-Canada Highway, which winds its way through all the country: Ottawa (YOW), Winnipeg (YWG), Saskatoon (YXE), Regina (YQR), Edmonton (YEG), St. John’s (YYT), Thunder Bay (YQT), Kamloops (YKA), Victoria (YYJ) and Nanaimo (YCD). Take off or land in all ten of these destinations to collect this badge.
The Tea Badge

The Tea Badge

A good cuppa is always appreciated in London (LHR), Beijing (PEK), Shanghai (PVG) and Hong Kong (HKG). Take off or land in all four to collect this badge.

PIT STOP BADGES

Awarded every time you take off or land at specific airports. Each airport has its own badge and is equal to a certain number of RaceWings. There is no limit to how many times you can earn these badges.

Canada - 500 RaceWings

  • YHZ
  • YOW
  • YTZ
  • YWG
  • YXE
  • YQR
  • YEG
  • YYT
  • YQT
  • YQF
  • YXJ
  • YKA
  • YXS
  • YXT
  • YYJ
  • YCD

United States - 1000 RaceWings

  • LGA
  • EWR
  • LAX
  • SFO
  • BOS
  • DFW
  • SEA
  • PHX
  • PHL
  • DEN
  • CLE
  • DTW
  • MKE

Europe - 1500 RaceWings

  • CDG
  • LHR
  • FRA
  • BRU
  • GVA
  • ZRH
  • CPH
  • IST

Asia - 1500 RaceWings

  • NRT
  • PEK
  • PVG
  • HKG
  • ICN

Mexico & The Carribean - 1000 RaceWings

  • MEX
  • GCM
  • PTP

Savvy Traveler - 250 RaceWings

The Savvy Traveler Badge

Savvy Traveler Badge

Awarded when you complete a combination of three activities with Air Canada partners Fairmont Hotels & Resorts or Avis. For instance, you’ll earn this badge if you book two car rentals with Avis and one stay at a Fairmont Hotel. There is no limit to how many times you can earn this badge.
250 RaceWings. You must enter your Aeroplan number when booking these activities in order for them to qualify for this badge and for the bonus RaceWings.