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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Jan 21 Update: Reader tip to bypass points ban on prescriptions, CBC National piece on Award Ticket Fuel Surcharges, 15 new bonuses

Tuesday January 21st brings us the following:

News, Tips & Tricks

A great tip was passed along to us by one of readers if you happen to be in one of the provinces that do not allow the collection of loyalty points on prescription drugs, most recently of which is British Columbia. Although this is not a travel reward points option it is an option if you shop at Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmprix. Apparently they award Optimum points when purchasing their own branded gift cards and then you can use the gift card when paying for prescriptions.  By then you've already captured your points. Thanks to Simon R. for passing this tip along to us!

Rewards Canada and one of our readers were featured in a CBC National piece on Fuel Surcharges last night. You can check out the video here or below and also be sure to read about our 5 Tips to Avoide or Mitigate Fuel Surcharges on Award Tickets

Travel Deals
Emirates has launched a seat sale out of Toronto with fares as low as $1,122 all in to Dubai and $1,181 to Mumbai. Business Class comes in under $5,000 for those same routes and other routes are available. Tickets must be booked by Feb 3 for travel Mar 1 - May 31. Book online here.

Bonus Offers

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- 25% Bonus Asia Miles when you convert Shangri-La GC Award Points to Asia Miles.More... Until Feb 28, 14

Delta SkyMiles
- Fast Track to Platinum Status + 100,000 Bonus SkyMiles when you book one BusinessElite® ticket and fly within 60 days of registration. More... Until Mar 31, 14 Targeted offer - May Not Work for everyone

Etihad Guest
- Double Guest Miles on all eligible flights with Etihad Regional in Europe. More... Until Feb 28, 14

Hilton HHonors
- 1,000 Bonus HHonors Points per night for stays at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Bangalore.  More... Until May 31, 14

Marriott Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay when you stay any night Friday--Sunday at Renaissance Brussels Hotel, Courtyard Brussels, or the Brussels Marriott Hotel. More... Until Feb 21, 14
- 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay at anyone of 11 participating Marriott Hotels in France. More... Book between Feb 17 and Apr 16 for stays Feb 22 - May 4, 14
- 1,500 Bonus Rewards Points per stay when you stay two weekend nights or more Thursday - Sunday at anyone of 5 participating Marriott locations in Chicago. More... Until Feb 16, 14
- 2,500 Bonus Rewards Points per stay when staying two nights or more Thursday-Sunday at participating hotels in New Jersey, New York or Pennsylvania. More... Until Feb 18, 14
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay including any night Friday through Sunday at the Residence Inn Hazleton More... Until Feb 16, 14
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points per night at the TownePlace Suites Williamsport. More... Until Feb 17, 14

Miles & More
- Earn up to Silver Status and additional bonuses when you fly 30 scheduled flights taken with participating Miles & More airline partners: Adria Airways, Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines Group, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Germanwings, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Luxair or SWISS. More... Until Dec 31, 14
- Earn up to 3,000 Bonus Miles & More Miles for stays at Best Western hotels in Germany and Luxembourg. More... Until Mar 31, 14

Shangri-La Golden Circle
- Double GC Award Points when you dine at MARKET by Jean-Georges at Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver. More... Until Mar 31, 14
- Triple GC Award Points when you dine at Shang Palace at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok. More... Jan 23 - Mar 31, 14

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 50% Bonus Miles&Smiles Miles or 25% Miles&Smiles Discount on select Turkish Airlines International Routes. More... Feb 1 - 28, 14


  1. Re fuel surcharges on reward flights

    If you buy a domestic Air Canada ticket there is no fuel surcharge but if you take a reward ticket there is. I understand that this is an Air Canada charge, not an Aeroplan charge. This is another way they have devalued the points you have earned.

  2. Yes this is the reality of Aeroplan and Air Miles today!