Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sep 3 Update: Virgin Atlantic nixes YVR for 2015, Amex AeroplanPlus Gold no longer 1st year free, Starwood announces SPG Pros

Here is what Tuesday brings you:

News, Tips & Tricks
Relatively quiet today as I am travelling to Toronto for the launch event of the American Express SimplyCash Cards that were announced here on Rewards Canada yesterday. If you want to see pictures of the event be sure to follow us on Instragram and/or Twitter.

One of the best Aeroplan card offerings took a hit today. The AeroplanPlus Gold Card no longer is offered as a first year free card meaning that easy 20,000 to 30,000 miles just got a bit more expensive. To somewhat counter that offer Amex has raised the sign up bonus to 25,000 miles (or 26,000 miles via the refer a friend program)

Sad news for Virgin Atlantic Flying Club members in the Vancouver area, Virgin Atlantic has announced that they will not continue with their summer seasonal Vancouver-London service that you have seen for the past three summers. This is unfortunate as Virgin tried Toronto and it didn't work and now Vancouver isn't working. It is a bit of a surprise as this summer saw VS extend the duration of the flight which to some indicated a success but alas Virgin can probably utilize the aircraft on a more profitable route elsewhere.


Starwood Hotels announced a new program for travel and meeting planners (and non-corporate SPG members too) today.) Called SPG Pro it is set to debut in October 2014, this new program will offer meeting and travel professionals SPG elite status, upgrades and Starpoints for B2B business booked at any of Starwood’s nearly 1,200 properties around the world. Plus going forward, any SPG member who books a group stay, event or corporate business meeting, regardless of if they are a travel professional or not, will earn Starpoints and status for the business they influence. (Thanks to Cynthia at Starwood Canada for the details!)
Richer Rewards for Booking Business with Starwood
Beginning today, meeting and travel professionals can immediately register for SPG Pro at www.spg.com/pro Registered professionals, as well as SPG Members who influence group, event and corporate travel, will begin earning Starpoints for business booked starting in October 2014. Additionally, SPG Pro marks the first time accredited travel agents will have the opportunity to earn Starpoints and elite status with SPG.
The more members book the more they earn, which means access to everything SPG has to offer and reaching elite status even faster through combined B2B and personal bookings.
Visit www.spg.com/pro to view the creative, use the SPG Pro Calculator to determine individual earning potential, and see testimonials from other SPG Pro members.


Bonus Offers

Air Canada Aeroplan
- 50% Bonus Aeroplan Miles on all eligible scheduled non-stop flights operated by Air Canada (including flights operated under the Air Canada Express brand) and Air Canada rouge. More... Register and book between Sep 2 and Oct 31 for travel between Oct 1 and Apr 30, 15

Air China Phoenix Miles
- Earn up to Triple Phoenix Miles Kilometers when you stay at properties within the Hilton HHonors™ portfolio Worldwide. Earn triple miles inGreater China, and double miles anywhere else worldwide. More...   Until Nov 30, 14

American AAdvantage
- Triple AAdvantage Miles for every qualifying stay at any participating Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Quality®, Sleep Inn®, Clarion®, Cambria Suites®, MainStay Suites®, Suburban Extended Stay®, Econo Lodge®, Rodeway Inn® or Ascend Hotel Collection® location. More... Sep 1 - Nov 30, 14

Etihad Guest
- 5,000 Bonus Guest Miles when you refer a colleague to Etihad Business Connect. More... Until Oct 15, 14

Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn up to Double GarudaMiles when you fly between Jakarta and Kupang. More... Until Sep 30, 14


Miles & More
- 3,000 Bonus Miles & More Miles per eligible stay at over 2,700 Accor hotels worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 14

US Airways Dividend Miles
- Triple Dividend Miles for every qualifying stay at any participating Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Quality®, Sleep Inn®, Clarion®, Cambria Suites®, MainStay Suites®, Suburban Extended Stay®, Econo Lodge®, Rodeway Inn® or Ascend Hotel Collection® location. More...   Sep 1 - Nov 30, 14
- Triple Dividend Miles per stay at La Quinta properties in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. More... Until Dec 31, 14
- 1,000 Bonus Dividend Miles for stays at Four Points, Aloft, and Element hotels in the U.S., Canada and Caribbean. More... Until Dec 31, 14


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