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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July 30 Update: WestJet to add 767s in 2015, Thai Airways reverses Award Chart devaluations, Starwood targeted bonuses return

WestJet confirms the purchase of widebody aircraft and a program that listened to their members!

News, Tips & Tricks
Big news from the folks at WestJet! As we mentioned a few weeks ago, they were exploring adding widebody aircraft to their fleet and as of yesterday this has been confirmed! WestJet will be buying four 767-300ERW aircraft from Boeing (used planes that will be retrofitted) that will enter service in 2015. After flights within Canada and the U.S. the planes will be used on Alberta-Hawaii flights once they receive their ETOPS ratings and we can only assume that they will be used on Europe or other long haul International flights in the summer of 2016. (Source WestJet)


Sometime ago we brought you the news that Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus was going to have a major award chart devaluation. Well it appears they have listened to all the customer complaints and reversed their decision to do so! I am sure that many of you are like me and wish the North American programs that have had devaluations over the past few years would have done the same! (Source View from the Wing)

More Aeroplan or Star Alliance flight earning and redemption options keep coming up. The latest is Air Canada adding flights between Montreal and Curacaoin January 2015. (Source: Airlineroute.net)

In the bonus offer section we see the return of SPG's targeted free night or bonus Starpoints offers. You can follow the link and input your SPG number to see if you are eligible. For me I had the free night offer last year after one stay but this year no luck as I was not targeted.



Bonus Offers

Air Canada Aeroplan
- 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you reserve on line and park at the Montreal-Trudeau International airport Multi-Level parking on stays of 5 days and more. More... Until Sep 30, 14


airBaltic PINS (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double PINS on all airBaltic flights to London, Milan and Munich. More... Book between Aug 1 - 31 for travel Aug 1 - Nov 30, 14

- Double PINS for stays on the Air Baltic PINS Summer Special Package at Doyle Collection Hotels in London. More... Until Sep 30, 14
- Double PINS for stays at the Radisson Blu Hotel Milan. More... Until Sep 30, 14

- Triple PINS on Budget car rentals in United Kingdom, Italy or Germany. More... Until Sep 30, 14

- Triple PINS when you shop at The Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages in Europe. More...Until Sep 30, 14
- 50 Bonus PINS for each hotel review posted at HolidayCheck. More... Until Sep 30, 14
- Double PINS when you use SmartTaxi. More... Until Aug 31, 14


PointsHound
- 1,000 bonus points or miles on bookings in New York, Hong Kong, or Istanbul of 3 nights or more. More... Book by Aug 8, 14


Starwood Preferred Guest
- Earn a free night or up to 7,500 Bonus Starpoints for Starwood Hotel stays Worldwide. More... Register by Aug 31 for stays until Oct 15, 14 Targeted offer - May not work for everyone


Virgin Atlantic Flying Club (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- 20% Bonus Flying Club Miles when you convert Clubcard vouchers to Flying Club miles. More... Until Sep 5, 14



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