Thursday, October 16, 2014

Oct 16 Update: Foreign Transaction Fees added to more comparison charts, Etihad Airways Partners, 16 new bonuses

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News, Tips & Tricks
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We have further updated our Credit Card Comparison Charts with Foreign Exchange Transaction fees. Before we only listed them on the chart that compared all the credit cards but now you'll find them on the following charts:
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Etihad Airways which serves Toronto three times per week from their Abu Dhabi hub have announced "Etihad Partners" a tighter conglomeration of 6 airlines (many of which are owned or partly owned by Etihad). This new pseudo airline alliance which has the possibility of growing into a full fledged one based on wording in their press release sees stronger ties between Etihad and air berlin, air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Regional (operated by Darwin Airline) and Jet Airways. You can book one ticket to travel on their combined network of over 250 destinations and it will see an alignment of each airlines' frequent flyer programs in terms of elite tiers, mileage earning and more. Find out more here.
Etihad Airways today unveiled Etihad Airways Partners, a new brand which brings together like-minded airlines to offer customers more choice through improved networks and schedules and enhanced frequent flyer benefits. Initially, six airlines will participate in the new partnership - airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, India’s Jet Airways, Darwin Airline, and Etihad Airways. However, any airline can become an Etihad Airways Partner even if it is part of an existing alliance, such as airberlin, which is a member of oneworld.

Bonus Offers

Czech Airlines OK Plus
- Elite Status to any another airline status (outside of the SkyTeam Alliance) which is at least valid for the next 6 months from the date of the application when you complete 1 Intrernational flight on Czech Airlines. More... Ongoing

Gulf Air FalconFlyer (on only)
- Double FalconFlyer Miles when you fly on Gulf Air between Manama and Moscow. More... Oct 28 - Dec 28, 14
- 5x Falconflyer Miles for stays at the Park Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi. More... Until Nov 19, 14
- Triple FalconFlyer Miles on rentals of 7 or more days at participating Hertz locations Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Iberia Plus
- Double Avios for a 4 night stay at the Hoteles Andaluces con Encanto. More... Until Oct 31, 14
- Triple Avios for stays at any Iberostar Hotels in Spain. More... Until Oct 31, 14
- Triple Avios for stays at participating Melia Hotels in Spain. More... Until Oct 31, 14
- Triple Avios on Hertz rentals of 3 or more days Worldwide.More... Until Dec 30, 14

IHG Rewards Club
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points for stays at select hotels in Europe. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Jet Airways JetPrivilege
- Double JetPrivilege Miles on all Starwood Hotel stays Worldwide.  More... Until Dec 31, 14

Le Club accorhotels
- Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at over 170 participating Accor hotels in Australia. More... Nov 1 - Dec 31, 14
- 4x Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at the Mercure Hotel Roeselare. More... Book by Nov 1 for stays until Dec 1, 14

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
- Earn Triple Royal Orchid Plus Miles when you stay at Hilton Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Virgin America Elevate (on only)
- Double Elevate Points when you rent any vehicle for two or more days in the U.S. and Mexico. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Double Flying Club Miles for stays at participating Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. More... Book by Dec 20, 14

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