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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Earn 8x Aeroplan Miles for Best Western stays in Canada, the U.S. and Caribbean


We see the return of the 8x Aeroplan Miles for stays at Best Western Hotels in the New Year.  Last seen in the summer of 2014 this offer is one of the best airline mileage earning offers for BW stays.  Offers like these are always useful if Best Western is not you main choice for hotels and hence don't have a use in collecting Best Western Rewards points!

Offer Details:
8x Aeroplan Miles for each qualified stay at any Best Western® branded hotel in Canada, the United States, or the Caribbean Islands. Full details, Online Registration and Booking (Registration is required) Jan 1 - Apr 30, 15

Can't make use of this offer? Be sure to visit our Aeroplan Bonus Miles page for many more offers!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Huge Air Miles Bonuses for Gift Card Purchases at Safeway - 1.4 Reward Miles per $1 spent (until Jan 1, 15)


Safeway has come out with new Air Miles bonuses on buying gift cards just like the offer back in November but even better! That previous offer awarded 1.1 Air Miles per dollar spent on gift cards (55 Air Miles for each $50 card purchased) while this offer bumps that up to 1.4 Air Miles per dollar spent since you'll get 70 Air Miles for each $50 card purchased by January 1st. You have to print out the coupons and you can find them here.
The merchant gift cards included are Spafinder, Bass Pro Shops, Roots, the Keg, La Vie En Rose, La Senza, Sport Chek, Garage, Cactus Club Cafe, Marks and Canadian Tire.

I bought 6 cards during the last go round for 330 bonus Air Miles plus 600 Membership Rewards points which equates to 600 Aeroplan Miles or British Airways Avios as I purchased them on my American Express Gold Rewards card which awards 2 points per dollar spent at grocery stores. Other credit cards you can look at using to really bump your miles/points earning on these types of purchases include (earning is per dollar spent):
American Express Air Miles Reserve Credit Card: 1 Mile/$10
CIBC Aerogold Visas: 1.5 Miles
CIBC Aventura Visas: 1.5 Points
Scotiabank American Express Platinum/Gold: 4 Points
Scotiabank American Express:
2 Points
Sears Voyage MasterCard:1.5 Sears Club Points
TD Aeroplan Visas: 1.5 Miles
To learn more about these cards visit our Travel Rewards Credit Card Comparison page

This time I will be more than likely grabbing another 6 or so which should mean another 420 Air Miles and 600 more Membership Rewards points!

Choice Hotels: Earn Triple Privilege Points on mid-week stays Worldwide


Choice Hotels has released the details of their Winter promotion which launches today. The offer is for Triple Points on Mid Week stays which means your stay has to include a Sunday to Thursday night to earn the bonus points. This does not fully exclude Friday or Saturday as if you are completing a multiple night stay that is Thursday and Friday or Saturday and Sunday you'll get the bonus points. Like many of Choice Hotels promotions this one is limited to members residing in the U.S. and Canada only.

Offer Details
Earn Triple Privileges Points for every qualifying stay that includes a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night at participating Choice Hotels Worldwide. Stay must be booked
via ChoiceHotels.com, the Choice Hotels mobile app, or 800.4CHOICE at qualifying rates. Maximum of 30,000 bonus points awarded. Full details, online registration and booking (Registration is required)
Dec 29 - Feb 18, 15

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Dec 24 Update: Montreal - Vienna for $696 all in on KLM, 1,000 Bonus Points at Courtyard Ottawa Downtown & Merry Christmas!

This will be our last Daily Update for 2014 as we take some time off until the New Year.  We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Holidays and more!  As always any breaking news or amazing bonuses will be posted right here on the RC blog, Facebook and Twitter during this period.

News, Tips & Tricks
No news!


Travel Deals
KLM's
Wild on Wednesday offers great fares on the ocassional Wednesday (last one was a few weeks ago from Calgary) and this week it is great fares to Vienna from Montreal. You can fly to this beautiful Austrian city for only $696 all in!! Book by December 25th. Travel before May 6th, 2015. Find out more here.



Bonus Offers

Air China Phoenix Miles
- Earn up to Triple Phoenix Miles Kilometers for stays at participating Nikko Hotels International and Hotel JAL City Worldwide.More...  Until Feb 28, 15
- Earn up to Triple Phoenix Miles Kilometers when you stay on the Best Available or Bed&Breakfast rate at any participating Mandarin Oriental hotel Worldwide. More...  Jan 1 - Mar 31, 15
- Earn up to Quadruple Phoenix Miles Kilometers for stays at Shangri-La Hotels Worldwide. More...  Until Feb 28, 15

airBaltic PINS (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double PINS for stays of 2 or more nights at paticipating World Hotels locations Worldwide that are booked at least 20 days in advance. More...  Until Feb 28, 15

airberlin topbonus
- Double topbonus miles for stays at select Intercity Hotels in Germany and Austria. More...  Until Feb 28, 15

Best Western Rewards
- Double Rewards points for stays at the BEST WESTERN Zaan Inn. More...  Jan 1 - Mar 31, 15

Marriott Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay when staying Sunday - Thursday nights at the Residence Inn Chicago Wilmette. More...  Jan 1 - Mar 13, 15
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay including any night Thursday - Sunday at the Courtyard Ottawa Downtown. More...  Until Mar 8, 15
- 2,500 Bonus Rewards Points per stay at the Hamburg Marriott Hotel or Renaissance Hamburg Hotel. More...  Until Mar 8, 15
- 3,500 Bonus Rewards Points per stay including any night Friday-Sunday at the Berlin Marriott Hotel or the Courtyard by Marriott Berlin City Center. More...  Until Mar 8, 15
- 3,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay at the JW Marriott Chicago and Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. More...  Until Mar 6, 15

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Double Elite Qualifying Nights, Gold Status or up to 7,000 Bonus Starpoints for stays at Starwood Hotels Worldwide with the SPG Member Select Exclusive offers.  More...  Targeted offer - May not work for everyone Until Mar 1, 15

Virgin America Elevate (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Elevate Points between New York and Ft. Lauderdale, Boston and Las Vegas or New York and Palm Springs. More... Until Feb 28, 15


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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Emirates special sale fares from Western Canada - Fly to Asia via Seattle for as little as $1101


Emirates has launched a seat sale for travel out of Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver utilizing their partnership with Alaska Airlines. You can fly on Alaska Airlines to Seattle out of these three Western cities to connect to Emirates' Seattle to Dubai flight and connect beyond Dubai to many of their destinations. The offer is available for booking until January 16, 2015 for travel between January 1 and November 30, 2015. You can find out more and/or book this offer here.



































Dec 23 Update: Bonuses and discounts from IHG Rewards Club, SPG, Via Rail Preference and more

Just bonuses for you today!

News, Tips & Tricks
No news!


Bonus Offers

Garuda GarudaMiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double GarudaMiles on flights between Surabaya and Manado. More...  Until Jan 31, 15

IHG Rewards Club
- Double Airline Miles for stays at IHG Hotel stays Worldwide. More...  Register by Apr 30 for stays Jan 7 - Apr 30, 15

Le Club accorhotels
- Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays of 3 or 4 nights at Sofitel, MGallery, Novotel, Mercure and Ibis hotels in Budapest. More... Until Apr 5, 15

Starwood Preferred Guest
- 500 Bonus Starpoints and save 20% for stays of 2 or more nights at Four Points by Sheraton hotels in Australia. More...  Book by Jan 31 for stays until Feb 28, 15
- Double Starpoints for stays at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Resort. Includes Complimentary Buffet Breakfast for two More...  Jan 15 - Jul 15, 15



Thai Airways Royal Orchid
- Earn up to Quadruple Royal Orchid Plus Miles for Avis rentals of 3 or more days in Asia, Canada, Europe, the U.S. Middle East , Africa, Australia or New Zealand. More...  Jan 1 - Mar 31, 15
- Earn up to Quadruple Royal Orchid Plus Miles for Avis rentals of 3 or more days in Thailand. More...  Jan 1 - Mar 31, 15

VIA Rail Preference
- 20% Preference Points Discount for youth reward travel. Youth aged 12-25 receive a 20% discount on Preference Reward tickets. More...  Ongoing


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IHG Rewards Club: Double Airline Miles on all IHG stays Worldwide (Jan 7 - Apr 30)


Last week we brought you the details of IHG Rewards Club latest systemwide promotion called Set Your Sights. That promotion offers members the chance to earn 50,000 or more IHG Rewards Club points. What happens though if you don't stay at IHG hotels very often and prefer to credit those stays to your favourite airline program? Double Up Miles happens! This is IHG's promotion for members who prefer to credit stays to airline programs rather than IHG Rewards Club and the bonus kicks in right with the first stay. You can earn Double Miles on all IHG stays up to a maximum of 10,000 miles (or 1,250 miles in the case of Canada's Air Miles coalition program) from January 7 to April 30.

Offer details:
Double Airline Miles for stays at IHG Hotel stays Worldwide. Maximum of 10,000 bonus miles awarded during the promotional period. Full details, online registration and booking (Registration is required) Register by Apr 30 for stays Jan 7 - Apr 30, 15

Participating airlines:

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hyatt to offer free Wi-Fi to all guests starting in February 2015


Hyatt becomes the fourth major hotel to announce free Wi-Fi for stays at their hotels. The big difference with Hyatt's announcement today is their lack of limitations on the free Internet that will become available in February.
"Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced plans to offer free Wi-Fi at all Hyatt hotels worldwide, providing connectivity and convenience regardless of booking method or loyalty program participation."

As you can see in the excerpt from their press release, unlike Marriott or SPG who will require you to be a member of their loyalty programs and also book only via their proprietary booking channels, Hyatt is making their Internet access free to everyone and where available, Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond and Platinum tier members will receive a complimentary upgrade to premium Wi-Fi service.

Dec 22 Update: TAM to start Toronto service in 2015, 2,000 Bonus Points from Marriott for stays in Victoria

Good Morning Rewards Canada readers!

News, Tips & Tricks
Brazil based TAM Airlines plans to offer Toronto service by the middle of 2015. The flight will route Toronto-New York-Sao Paulo. TAM is part of the oneworld alliance which mean members of British Airways Executive Club, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles etc. may find this route useful as an earn and burn option. Find out more here.


Virgin Atlantic is going to serve Saskatoon! Well not directly that is but they are now going to codeshare on Delta flights between Minneapolis and Saskatoon. (Source Airlineroute.net)

Earlier this year Marriott bought South African based Protea Hotels and now 26 of their hotels in South Africa will become part of Marriott Rewards in February while the remainder of their hotels in Africa are set to join later in the year. (Source: Loyalty Traveler)


Bonus Offers

Air China Phoenix Miles
- Earn up to 50% Bonus Phoenix M\iles when you fly on Air China between Chengdu, Mianyang, Xichang or Dazhou and various cities in China. More...  Until Jan 31, 15

airberlin topbonus
- 1,000 topbonus miles for car rentals made via Rentalscars.com. More...  Book by Feb 28 for rentals until Apr 6, 15

Asiana Club
- Earn up to Triple Club Miles on all stays at participating Hilton Hotels Worlwide. More...  Until Feb 28, 15

Avianca LifeMiles
- OFFER EXTENDED Earn up to 6x LifeMiles on Hertz rentals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mexico and Puerto Rico. More...  Until Mar 31, 15

Le Club accorhotels
- Double Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels Worldwide. More...  Until Nov 30, 15

Marriott Rewards
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points per night - up to 6,000 points, when you stay at anyone of 35 locations in San Francisco, Colorado, Utah, or the Pacific Northwest. More...  Jan 2 - Mar 28, 15
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay of two nights Thursday to Sunday at one of 11 Marriott Hotel & Country Clubs in the UK. More...  Jan 1 - Mar 24, 15
- 2,000 Bonus Points when you stay two or more nights at the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour. More...  Jan 1 - Mar 15, 15
- 3,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay including any night Friday through Sunday at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Saratoga Malta. More...  Jan 18 - Mar 17, 15
- 2,500 Bonus Rewards Points when staying two consecutive nights or more. at the Courtyard by Marriott Amsterdam Airport. More...  Until Mar 11, 15

Philippine Airlines Mabuhay
- Earn up to Quadruple Mabuhay Miles for stays at Shangri-La Hotels Worldwide. More...  Until Feb 28, 15

United MileagePlus
- Double MileagePlus Miles on all United flights Worldwide. More...  Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone Until Jan 31, 15


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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Earn up to 400 Bonus Air Miles on Safeway purchases until December 24


The much anticipated 'large' Air Miles bonus offer for Christmas shopping at Safeway is here! Once again it is a great offer although it is not as big as the one they offered last year. Last year you could get 500 Bonus Air Miles for a $200 spend while this year it is 400 Bonus Air Miles for spending that same amount. Still not a bonus that should be ignored. If you haven't done your Christmas grocery shopping yet now is the time to do so! If you won't be spending $200 you can still earn a healthy sized bonus of 200 Air Miles for spending $100.  You can get the Safeway Air Miles coupons here.  (Thanks again to Michael M for sending these over)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Dec 19 Update: American AAdvantage Premium Class bonuses for 2015, Delta Medallions get Hertz Elite Status, Up to 2,000 Bonus Starpoints at Le Meridien

Elite Status reigns supreme in the news with new benefits from American and Delta

News, Tips & Tricks
American AAdvantage has set out a year long premium class flight bonus for 2015. Depending on your AAdvantage/Dividend Miles status and/or the premium fare class you book you can earn anywhere from to 250 to 12,000 bonus AAdvantage miles on each and every flight you take in 2015. Find out more here.


Delta SkyMiles Medallion members will now get elite status with Hertz Gold Plus Rewards. Find out more here.

Hilton HHonors will be rolling out Lifetime Diamond status in 2015. No real details are out yet however. (Source LoyaltyLobby)

In the bonus offers section their is a new bonus point offer from Starwood Preferred Guest for stays at Le Meridien hotels and the Le Meridien Versailles Montreal is included. Good news is that the T&Cs don't state anything about earning other bonuses as well so you could easily tie in the current SPG App booking bonus or other bonuses on top of this one.




Bonus Offers
Best Western Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points and 25% off for stays of 2 nights at Best Western Hotels in France when you book online. More... Book by Feb 1 for stays until Mar 1, 15

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Double Asia Miles when you fly round-trip in Economy Class from Vancouver or Toronto to Hong Kong. More... Valid for residents of Canada only Jan 11 - Feb 19 & Mar 2 - 31, 15

China Southern SkyPearl
- Earn up to 30,000 Bonus Sky Pearl Kilometers when you fly on China Southern between Guangzhou and Sydney. More... Until Mar 1, 15

Icelandair Saga Club
- 3,000 Bonus Saga Club Points on your first Rocketmiles booking. More... Book by Jun 30 for stays until Dec 31, 15

Malaysia Airlines Enrich (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn up to Triple Enrich Miles for stays at participating Nikko Hotels International and Hotel JAL City Worldwide. More... Until Feb 28, 15

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Earn up to 6,000 Bonus QMiles for Qatar Airways flights between Doha and Asmara. More... Until Feb 28, 15
- Up to 50% QMiles Discount on Qatar Airways Privilege Club Award ticket redemptions for various routes via their "Easy Deals" offer. More... Ongoing
- Double QMiles for stays on the Winter Breaks rate at participating Kempinksi Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Jan 15, 15
- Double QMiles for stays of 2 or more nights at participating Langham Hotels Worldwide on the Linger Longer package rate. More... Until Feb 28, 15
- Triple QMiles for stays at the Rose Rayhaan by Rotana. More... Until Mar 10, 15
- Earn up to Quadruple QMiles for stays at Shangri-La Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Feb 28, 15

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Earn up to 2,000 Bonus Starpoints for stasy at Le Méridien hotels and resorts in North America, Latin America and French Polynesia. More... Jan 25 - Mar 1, 15


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Cathay Pacific: Double Asia Miles when you fly in Economy Class between Canada and Hong Kong


Cathay Pacific Asia Miles last bonus offer for their flights out of Canada just ended on November 30th but that offer was for premium class travel. Now they are bonusing flights in Economy Class out of Toronto and Vancouver. As always it is great to take advantage of these types of bonuses even if at this time you don't think or know if you'll fly CX in Economy Class. No matter what, register for it and do it right now because I can guarantee you won't remember in a month and then when your employer plops you on one of these routes in Economy Class you'll miss out on those miles (sorry for rehashing the same wording from the last CX post!)

Offer Details:
Double Asia Miles when you fly round-trip in Economy Class from Vancouver or Toronto to Hong Kong. Register Online (Registration is required)  Jan 11 - Feb 19 & Mar 2 - 31, 15

Can't make use of this offer? Be sure to visit our Asia Miles Bonus Miles page for many other options!

Guest Commentary on Air Canada's new boarding by zone process

A quick guest commentary about Air Canada implementing Zone boarding.
By Sol Zia - SE100K Million Miler and occasional contributor to Rewards Canada



And so it continues…

Those of you who have flown on AC this week, or saw the post on Air Canada, AC is implementing Zone seating like WestJet, United and many other carriers already do. I’ve been lamenting on Rewards Canada about how the new Altitude program is a very convenient way to erode the value proposition to what used to be AC Elite (35K to  99.9K on AC/Star Alliance). The Zones push the separation further. It used be all Biz Class, Elite (35, 50 and 75) and SE100K could board at the same time. With the new Zones Biz Class and SE100k board first (Zone 1) followed by Elites (no mention of Prestige 25K), Star Alliance Gold, Premium Economy, Latitude, TD and CIBC Aeroplan card holders (Zone 2). Zones 3, 4, 5 board next. Why 3, 4 and 5? I predict it won’t be long before lower distance Elites are moved to Zone 3 or worse. “Want Zone 2? Well you better put fly another 15K on AC if you want that…”

Screen shots from AirCanada.com about the new boarding process:

Have you flown Air Canada this week and experienced the new boarding by zone process? What are you thoughts about it? Let our readers and us know by commenting below!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dec 18 Update: IHG Rewards Club targeted buy points bonus, Hyatt's next promo launching Jan 15, Aeroplan Shangri-La bonus

A nice mix of news and bonuses for you today!

News, Tips & Tricks
IHG Rewards Club is running a bonus for buying points online, the bonus varies but can be as high as 100%. This is a targeted offer so if you didn't get the email you can see if your eligible by logging in via this link.  (Thanks to Rewards Canada reader Fred for letting us know about this offer)

If you look closely at the latest email from Hyatt Gold Passport you'll see that they are teasing members with their next systemwide promotion. Stay More Play More will launch on January 15 and we are guessing it will be similar to Endless Possibilities which ran last winter. Stayed tuned right here on Rewards Canada in January as we bring you the details of this new promotion!


Yesterday we let you know that Starwood Hotels will begin offering free high speed Internet access for stays that are booked via their booking channels. To celebrate the launch of this, the Canadian division of Starwood will have Breakfast Television Toronto broadcasting live from the Sheraton Centre Toronto lobby tomorrow (December 19)

And more as posted to the blog earlier:

Bonus Offers

Air Canada Aeroplan
- Earn up to Quadruple Aeroplan Miles for stays at Shangri-La Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Feb 28, 15

IHG Rewards Club
- Triple IHG Rewards Club Points on qualifying rentals of 2 days or more, at participating Avis locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand. More... Until Jun 30, 15

JetBlue TrueBlue (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- 5x TrueBlue Points on a rentals of 3 days or more at participating Budget airport locations in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. More... Until Feb 28, 15

Marriott Rewards
- Marriott MegaBonus: Earn up to 55,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays at any participating Marriott Hotel Worldwide. More... Register by Mar 31 for stays Feb 1 - Apr 30, 15

Shangri-La Hotels Golden Circle

- Double GC Award Points for stays in a Horizon Club Room at the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney. More... Until Mar 15, 15
- Double GC Award Points, third night free and an upgrade to the next room category for stays of 3 or more nights at the Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver. More... Dec 22 - Feb 28, 15
- Double GC Award Points, third night free and an upgrade to the next room category for stays of 3 or more nights at the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto. More... Dec 22 - Feb 28, 15

US Airways Dividend Miles
- Triple Dividend Miles on a rentals of 3 days or more at participating Budget airport locations in the in the U.S. and Canada (excluding Alaska). More... Until Jun 30, 15

Virgin America Elevate (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Elevate Pointsfor stays at the Virgin Hotel Chicago. More... Jan 15 - Mar 31, 15
- Earn up to 3,500 Bonus Elevate Points on Silvercar rentals. More... Until Dec 31, 15

Virgin Australia Velocity (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn up to Quadruple Velocity Points for stays at Shangri-La Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Feb 28, 15


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Double Golden Circle Points, 3rd Night Free and a Free Upgrade for stays at Shangri-La Hotels in Toronto or Vancouver

Today we added three new offers to our Shangri-La Golden Circle Bonus Points page and two of those are actually for the two Shangri-La locations in Canada. If you are planning a short trip to Toronto or Vancouver over the next 2 or so months where you can stay for three nights then this is an offer you should check out. You'll get Double GC Award Points, your 3rd Night free and a free upgrade (subject to availability of course). The complimentary upgrade is to the next room category and is applicable up to a One Bedroom Deluxe Suite!

Offer details
Double GC Award Points, third night free and an upgrade to the next room category for stays of 3 or more nights at the Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver. Full Details Dec 22 - Feb 28, 15


Double GC Award Points, third night free and an upgrade to the next room category for stays of 3 or more nights at the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto. Full Details Dec 22 - Feb 28, 15

Of course if you are staying at one of these two hotels and can't make it for three nights or are but don't want this offer you can always jump on one of the airline offers of up to Quadruple Miles including Aeroplan. You can find all those airline offers here.

Marriott Rewards MegaBonus - Earn up to 55,000 Bonus Points for stays Feb 1 - Apr 30, 15


Marriott is giving ample notice for the latest MegaBonus promotion. You have well over a month to plan out your Marriott stays to get the bonuses that are assigned to you. Just like all other incarnations of this offer each Marriott Rewards member may get a different offer and for some it is well worth it to go after the bonus while for others it may not be. This MegaBonus appears to be essentially the same as this past Fall's version which is in fact running until Jan 15, 15.  I personally received the 2,500 bonus points starting with your second stay up to 25,000 bonus points.

Offer Details
Marriott MegaBonus: Earn up to 55,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays at any participating Marriott Hotel Worldwide. Full Details, Online Registration and Booking ( Registration is required) Register by Mar 31 for stays Feb 1 - Apr 30, 15

Some of the Offer Variations (Source: FlyerTalk):

  • Earn 3,000 points on every paid stay that includes a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday — up to 24,000 bonus points (maxes out after 9 stays over weekend day)
  • Earn 3,000 points on every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 24,000 bonus points (maxes out after 9 stays)
  • Earn 2,500 points on every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 25,000 bonus points (maxes out after 11 stays)
  • Earn 2,000 points on every paid stay, starting with your second stay, up to 24,000 bonus points (maxes out after 13 stays)
  • Earn 10,000 points after 10 paid nights plus 2,000 points with every additional night, up to 24,000 bonus points (maxes out after 17 nights)
  • Earn 25,000 points after 20 paid nights plus 2,000 points after every additional night, up to 35,000 bonus points (maxes out after 25 nights)
  • Earn 15,000 points after 15 paid nights plus 2,000 points with every additional night, up to 35,000 bonus points (maxes out after 25 nights)
  • Earn 25,000 points after 15 paid nights plus 2,000 points after every additional night, up to 45,000 bonus points (maxes out after 25 nights)
  • Earn 35,000 points after 20 paid nights plus 2,000 points after every additional night, up to 55,000 bonus points (maxes out after 30 nights)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dec 17 Update: Starwood to offer free Internet when booking online and Aerogal becomes Aeroplan's latest airline partner

Middle of the week loyalty round up for you!

News, Tips & Tricks
Starwood Preferred Guest is following in Marriott Rewards footsteps and will begin to offer free Internet to all guests who are SPG members and book via spg.com, the SPG app or any of the nine Starwood Hotel brand websites. This new benefit will start on February 2, 2015. Find out more here.


Aeroplan announced today that you can now donate miles on someone's behalf via their Beyond Miles charity options. Here is a quick snippet from their press release:
Just in time for the holiday season, Aeroplan announced a new initiative to the Beyond Miles donation program. Aeroplan Members can now donate Aeroplan Miles on behalf of a friend or loved one and that special someone will get an e-card in return.

Aerogal, which is part of South America's Avianca has joined the Star Alliance which means the airline is now an Aeroplan partner which means you can now earn and burn Aeroplan miles for Aerogal flight. (Source Aeroplan)


Travel Deals
Air Canada
offering 20% off when you book tango fares for flights within Canada, to select U.S., select sun destinations and to select international destinations. Book with the promotion code 2015SAVINGS by December 30, 2014 for travel January 7 to June 15 (with some black out dates inbetween). Find out more here.


Bonus Offers

Aeroflot Bonus
- Double Bonus Miles for stays at all Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts worldwide. More... Jan 1 - 31, 15

Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Triple FlyerBonus Points when you fly with Bangkok Airways on your birthday or 5 bonus points if you fly with Bangkok Airways during the month of your birthday. More... Jan 1 - Dec 31, 15
- Double FlyerBonus Points when you book the juicy credits package at dusitD2 Phuket Resort. More... Until Feb 28, 15

Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double GarudaMiles on flights between Jakarta and Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Osaka or Seoul. More... Jan 6 - Apr 30, 15
- Double GarudaMiles on flights between Batam and Bandung or Surabaya More... Until Jan 31, 15

La Quinta Returns
- Earn up to Triple Returns Points for stays at participating La Quinta locations in the U.S. More... Until Jan 8, 15

Orbitz Rewards (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Orbucks when you book any Qatar Airways flight via Orbitz.More... Book by Jan 15, 15

United MileagePlus
- Double MileagePlus Miles when you book the Linger Longer rate at participating Langham Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Feb 28, 15
- Earn up to Quadruple MileagePlus Miles for stays at Shangri-La Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Feb 28, 15

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Limited Time: Earn 1,000 Bonus Points or Miles on your first PointsHound booking (Book by Dec 31)

Here is a nice Christmas present from the crew at PointsHound! They are offering 1,000 bonus points or miles on your first booking made by December 31st, 2014 for stays right through to the end of 2015.  This offer is for anyone who hasn't signed up with PointsHound yet and is a 'referral bonus' which means you'll get 1,000 bonus miles/points in the PointsHound program of your choice and we'll also receive 1,000 miles/points.


If you haven't joined PointsHound yet you can do so via our referral link to get this bonus on your first booking

* - The normal bonus is 250 miles for referrals via most referrers save for a few other bloggers who have also been extended this increased referral bonus offer from PointsHound.  To get the 1,000 Bonus Miles/Points simply make your first booking before the end of the year after you signed up via our referral link.

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Top 5 tips for maximizing miles on your holiday shopping

(This feature is a duplicate from the main the Rewards Canada site)

With only a week left to the big day for gift giving the push is on to finish your Christmas shopping for friends, family and maybe even yourself! Whether it is shopping for gifts or for food and drink to entertain there are many ways to maximize the miles and points you earn holiday shopping. Ultimately you can make those reward dreams come closer by following one or more of our tips.

1. Use your mileage/point earning credit card & your loyalty cards to Double or Triple Dip

Double dipping is the term coined for earning miles twice in one purchase or transaction. This basically involves your mileage earning credit card being used for a purchase where you also earn miles in the same program as the credit card. Buying luggage as a gift at Bentley? Using your TD Aeroplan Visa or American Express and then swiping your Aeroplan card ensures you are double dipping.

Triple dipping involves the above but then adding in any bonuses available. Look for email, coupons or other promotions offering even more miles. With the above example, Aeroplan members can earn triple miles on all Bentley purchases of $75 or more until December 24th. So the first dip is the base miles earned on the purchase, the second is the miles earned on your credit card and the third is the bonus miles from the promotion.

Double and Triple dipping does not have to involve the same program. You can always use a credit card that earns in one program while collecting the actual miles from another program for your flights, hotels, shopping or anything else you can earn miles on.



2. Giving gift cards? Buy gift cards at credit card multiplier locations

Are you a gift card giver at Christmas or you don’t know what presents to give this year so you’ve settled on a gift card? If you can, and it depends on the retailer, don’t buy the gift card straight from them as on most credit cards you will only earn your base miles or points. Buy them at a place where you can take advantage of your category multiplier bonus. For example if I wanted to give my dad a Future Shop gift card I would only earn 1 Membership Rewards points on my American Express Gold Rewards Card if I bought the card at Future Shop but if I bought it at a Drug Store or Grocery I would earn 2 Membership Rewards points.


Here are examples some the credit cards and their category bonuses that you could use this for this tip (per dollar spent):
American Express Gold Rewards Card: 2x Points at Grocery and Drug Stores, also at Gas Stations
American Express Air Miles Reserve Credit Card: 1 Mile/$10 at eligible gas, grocery and drugstores
CIBC Aerogold Visas: 1.5 Miles at grocery stores, gas stations or drug stores
CIBC Aventura Visas: 1.5 Points/$ at grocery stores, gas stations or drug store
Scotiabank American Express Platinum/Gold: 4 Points on gas stations and grocery stores
Scotiabank American Express:
2 Points/$ on gas stations and grocery stores
Sears Voyage MasterCard: 1.5 Sears Club Points on gas, groceries
TD Aeroplan Visas: 1.5 Miles at grocery stores, gas stations or drug stores
To learn more about these cards visit our Travel Rewards Credit Card Comparison page


3. Buying gifts at retailers without credit card multipliers? Use the gift card trick to earn more miles!

This one is similar to above but involves a little more time and effort. This tip is for those of you who know what gifts you are buying for your kids, family, relatives and friends. The reason why it will take more time is that it requires multiple stops and purchases but if you have the time and want the extra miles then go for it! A good example of this is that you know that your child wants a new Playstation 4 for Christmas. You could go buy it directly from Future Shop and earn your base miles on your credit card but by going to a grocery store, drug store or even a gas station that sells gift cards you go buy yourself the Future Shop gift cards, earn the 1.5 or 2x or more miles/points on the purchase and then use the gift cards when you get to Future Shop. There is only one downside to this method other than the extra time required and that is you will not be able to take advantage of the purchase protection, price protection or extended warranty offered by many of the reward credit cards. (Maybe it would be better if I used Old Navy as an example instead of Future Shop since you don’t really require any of those benefits on Old Navy purchases?)


4. Use bonus offers to your advantage when buying groceries for the holiday season

This one ties into the Double or Triple Dip outlined in the first tip. Always check your emails for bonus coupons or offers or even when you first enter a store. Doing your grocery shopping and expecting to buy lots of food since your hosting Christmas and have a dozen people coming over? Always look at the flyer stand when you first enter Safeway, Sobeys or whatever grocery store as long as they are part of a loyalty program. We have found that Sobeys tends to be hit and miss at letting people know about bonus Air Miles offers via email so I always check the flyer stand to see if there is a bonus coupon and more times then not there is. Safeway is better at letting people know by email and sometimes it is only via email that the best offers come. For example, the 2013 Christmas season had the biggest bonus we had ever seen for shopping at Safeway, 500 Bonus Air Miles for a $200 spend. Here's crossing our fingers that offer returns this year!


5. Always remember to swipe your Loyalty Card and/or use your miles/points earning credit card

Remember to always collect your points and miles when you shop. Did you know you can earn Cineplex SCENE points at Sport Chek? Air Miles at Michaels? Always think ahead and bring your loyalty card to swipe/scan when you shop. Don't want to carry around that much plastic? Most programs now have smart phone apps that also double as your loyalty card. This is a good way to always have your card on hand, especially for forgetful people.

Whenever you can, use your miles/points earning credit card to pay for your purchases. As long as you are financially responsible there is no reason you should be using cash or debit for your purchases. It should always be on a rewards credit card so that you earn your coveted miles and points. It's doesn't matter if it is $1.00 or $1,000, put it on your credit card. Not financially responsible? As in you only pay the minimum required amount each month on your card, then don't use your card. The interest you pay is not worth the extra miles or points.

By following some or all of these steps you will be making sure that you are maximizing the miles and points you earn this holiday shopping season! The mileage or point balances in your accounts will escalate and then those reward flights, nights or merchandise will come to you sooner!

Care to comment on the Top 5 tips for maximizing miles for holiday shopping? Want to voice your opinion on the Top 5 tips for maximizing miles for holiday shopping? Share you views and experiences by commenting below or on Facebook and Twitter!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dec 16 Update: IHG Hotels acquires Kimpton Hotels, Use Air Miles Cash at The Gap, 7 new bonuses

Tuesday brings us the following news and bonuses:

News, Tips & Tricks
InterContinental Hotels Group has agreed to acquire the Kimpton Hotels brand of boutique hotels. There are few details yet outside of the actual acquisition but one could assume that the Kimpton brand will become an IHG Rewards Club earn and burn option (well hopefully) but there may also be fears that the uniqueness of Kimpton and the services it provides may be diluted. Only time will tell. Find out more about the acquisition here. (Source: TravelBloggerBuzz)


You can now use Air Miles Cash at The Gap. The new addition to the Air Miles Cash portfolio see the same exchange rate of 95 Air Miles for $10 and can be used in store or online as you exchange those Air Miles Cash miles for a eGiftCard. Find out more here.



Bonus Offers

British Airways Executive Club
- Double Avios for stays at participating Langham Hotels in China. More... Until Feb 23, 15

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Earn up to Triple Asia Miles Miles when you stay at any participating Mandarin Oriental Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Feb 28, 15
- Triple Asia Miles Miles when you stay at any participating Worldhotels property for two nights or more on the “Asia Miles Exclusive Rate.” More... Until Mar 31, 15

Gol Smiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Smiles Miles for stays at participating Golden Tulip Hotels Worldwide. More... Dec 1 - Feb 28, 15

Jumeirah Sirius
- Double Sirius Points for stays at the Jumeirah Frankfurt. More... Until Jan 11, 15

Starwood Preferred Guest
- 500 Bonus Starpoints for stays at the Sheraton Needham Hotel, the Westin Boston Hotel or the W Boston. More... Dec 19 - Jan 4, 15

The Leading Hotels of the World Leaders Club
- Double Stay Credit when you join Leaders Club and make a new booking of at least four nights at The Leading Hotels of the World locations Worldwide More... Book by Dec 31 for stays until Jan 31, 15

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Dec 15 Update: Air Canada Giftmassive Giveaway, Earn Delta SkyMiles on WestJet flights, AeroMexico returns to Toronto

Welcome to the last full week of news, bonuses and more for 2014 here on Rewards Canada

News, Tips & Tricks

Air Canada has launched a new contest called "Giftmassive". The promotion will instantly award you with a discount for future travel on Air Canada but also enters you for the chance to win two business class tickets to anywhere Air Canada flies. You can enter the contest here and here are the prize details

The Grand prize: There is one (1) grand prize (the “Grand Prize”) to be won consisting of two (2) Business Class air transportation round-trip tickets to any destination that Air Canada serves worldwide (over 180 destinations) in Business Class/International Business Class, where such class is available. For a list of current Air Canada destinations, visit http://ac.fltmaps.com/en. The approximate total value of the Grand Prize is CDN $23,432. Exact value of the Grand Prize depends on point of departure and destination as well as time of travel.

Secondary Prizes: There are 1,000,065 instant secondary prizes (the “Secondary Prizes”) to be won during the Contest Period consisting of:
  • 500,000 promotional codes that allow for a 10% discount off any Air Canada Tango base published fare booked exclusively through aircanada.com.
  • 350,000 promotional codes that allow for a 15% discount any Air Canada Tango base published fare booked exclusively through aircanada.com.
  • 150,000 promotional codes that allow for a 20% discount off any Air Canada Tango base published fare booked exclusively through aircanada.com.
  • 65 pairs of Economy Class round-trip tickets for the winner and his/her travelling companion valid for travel within Canada and to the U.S. (including Hawaii) booked exclusively through aircanada.com. For a list of current Canadian and U.S. Air Canada destinations, visit http://ac.fltmaps.com/en.
I personally got 15% off with the gift I chose. You can enter every day until December 24th.


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Last week we let you know how you can now earn WestJet Dollars on Delta flights and of course we forgot to mention the reciprocal offer. As of January 1st 2015 you'll be able to earn Delta SkyMiles on WestJet flights. We also didn't mention that techincally you can redeem your WestJet Reward dollars on certain Delta flights. Those flights are the ones where WestJet codeshares on and your ticket is actually issued as a WestJet ticket (not Delta). Here is the SkyMiles earning chart for flying on WestJet:


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AeroMexico will be returning to Toronto when the resume flights between Mexico City and Toronto on May 5 2015. The flights will operate daily and a great redemption option for anyone collecting miles in a SkyTeam Alliance program (Source Airlineroute.net) There are no direct AeroMexico co-branded credit cards in Canada but you can use the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Card or the Starwood Preferred Guest Card from American Express as both those hotel programs points can be converted to AeroMexico. You can also check out AeroMexico Club Premier bonuses right on Rewards Canada.

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Bonus Offers

Air China Phoenix Miles
- Earn up to 30% Bonus Phoenix M\iles when you fly on Air China between Yanji and Beijing. More... Until Apr 30, 15
- 20% Phoenix M\iles Discount for award tickets between Yanji and Beijing. More... Until Apr 30, 15
- Earn Triple Phoenix M\iles when booking any hotel in Switzerland on Lychee.com, and earn 30,000 miles when booking any travel package in Switzerland. More... Until Mar 1, 15
- Double Phoenix Miles when you stay for at least two consecutive nights at participating Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts. More... Until Feb 24, 15

ANA Mileage Club
- Double Mileage Club Miles when you stay for at least two consecutive nights at participating Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts. More... Until Feb 24, 15

IHG Rewards Club
- Earn at least 50,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points when you stay at IHG Hotel stays Worldwide. Bonus points vary per member and are awarded for various stay and other activities. More... Register & book between Dec 15 and Apr 30 for stays Jan 1 - Apr 30, 15

Miles & More
- 500 Bonus Miles&More miles when you join Heathrow Rewards and spend £30 or more in a single day. More... Until Dec 31, 14
- Double Miles&More miles when you convert Heathrow Rewards Points to Miles & More. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Saudia Alfursan
- Double AlfursanMiles for stays at participating Golden Tulip Hotels Worldwide. More... Dec 1 - Feb 28, 15

TAM Fidelidade
- Double Multiplus Points for stays at participating Golden Tulip Hotels Worldwide. More... Dec 1 - Feb 28, 15

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IHG Rewards Club: Earn at least 50,000 Bonus Points with Set Your Sights systemwide promotion


IHG Rewards Club is one of the first out of the gate for 2015 promotions with the launch of Set Your Sights. The systemwide promotion open to all IHG Rewards Club members follows in the footsteps of the Big Win and Into the Night promotions by awarding bonus point for completing various stay and other activities. Once you register for the promotion you will be presented with the tasks you have to complete to receive the bonuses. I received the following which seems to be the base offer given to new members or members who have not completed many IHG stays:


For me this offer can be reached with two stays at Holiday Inn branded hotels. One would have to be a two night weekend stay and the third just a single night at a Holiday Inn. Both stays would have to be booked directly with IHG which is simple and easy! I haven't jumped on the last two IHG promos but am thinking based on what my travel plans maybe for the first four months of 2015 this maybe the time to go after it.

What offer did you receive? Feel free to share it with us and our readers by commenting below?

Offer Details
Earn at least 50,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points when you stay at IHG Hotel stays Worldwide. Bonus points vary per member and are awarded for various stay and other activities. Full details, online registration and booking (Registration is required) Register & book between Dec 15 and Apr 30 for stays Jan 1 - Apr 30, 15

As always be sure to check our IHG Rewards Club Bonus Points page for many more bonuses that can be earned alongside this promotion!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Dec 12 Update: You can now earn WestJet $ on Delta flights, 17 bonuses for the Global Traveller

A pretty quiet end to the week here on Rewards Canada

News, Tips & Tricks
The only news today is that which we posted already: Now earn WestJet Rewards Dollars on Delta Airlines flights Worldwide


Travel Deals
Air France
is offering a sale on their Premium Economy product for flight out of Canada. This is a long running sale. You have until April 15 to book these fares that start from as low $1249 all in. Book online at airfrance.ca

Bonus Offers

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- Triple Flying Blue Miles for stays at participating Sofitel Hotels Worldwide. More... Book Dec 15 - Feb 28 for stays Jan 1 - Feb 28, 15
- Double Flying Blue Miles for stays at any participating Best Western Hotel in Germany or Luxembourg . More... Jan 1 - Feb 28, 15
- Triple Flying Blue Miles on every stay at select Mandarin Oriental properties in Paris, Prague, Barcelona, London, Munich, Geneva and Bodrum More... Jan 1 - Feb 28, 15
- 1,000 Bonus Flying Blue Miles for stays at the ME London, Gran Meliá Rome, Meliá Vienna, Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora and the new Meliá La Défense (Paris). More... Book Jan 1 - Feb 28 for stays until May 1, 15
- Earn up to Quadruple Flying Blue Miles for stays at Shangri-La Hotels Worldwide. More... Dec 1 - Feb 28, 15
- Earn up to 10x Flying Blue Miles on Avis rentals in Europe, the Middle East, Africa or Asia. More... Book by Jan 25 for rentals Mar 1 - Sep 30, 15

Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double GarudaMiles on flights between Denpasar and Labuan Bajo. More... Until ?
- 25% GarudaMiles Discount on Garuda Indonesia award tickets between Denpasar and Labuan Bajo. More... Until ?

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Double QMiles for stays at participating Golden Tulip Hotels Worldwide. More... Dec 1 - Feb 28, 15

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Double KrisFlyer Miles when you stay on a qualifying rate at a participating Okura hotels & Resorts in China, Japan, Bangkok and the Netherlands. More...Until Feb 28, 15
- Double KrisFlyer Miles when you stay for at least two consecutive nights at a participating Park Regis hotel anywhere in the world. More... Until Jan 31, 15
- Double KrisFlyer Miles when you stay on the Best Flexible Rate at a participating Per AQUUM property in the Maldives, and the United Arab Emirates. More... Until Jan 31, 15
- Double KrisFlyer Miles for stays of 2 or more consecutive nights at participating Preferred Hotel Group properties Worldwide. More... Until Jan 31, 15
- Earn up to Quadruple KrisFlyer Miles for stays at Shangri-La Hotels Worldwide. More... Dec 1 - Feb 28, 15
- Double KrisFlyer Miles wehn stay for at least two consecutive nights on the Swissôtel Seasonal Saver Offer at participating Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts. More... Until Feb 24, 15
- 1,000 Bonus KrisFlyer Miles ith every new line sign-up or re-contract on a 2-year Data Bundled plan with M1. More... Until Jan 31,15

Turkish Miles&Smiles
- Earn 150 Bonus Miles&Smiles Miles per day or 4,000 bonus miles for rentals of 10 or more days with Enterprise in Turkey. More... Until Mar 10, 15

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Now earn WestJet Rewards Dollars on Delta Airlines flights Worldwide


Apparently this launched on November 20th but we didn't find out about it until we got an email yesterday from WestJet. WestJet continues to grow the WestJet Rewards program as they slowly add more partners. Delta Airlines is now the second airline partner of the program after American Airlines that you can earn WestJet Rewards dollars on. At this time there is still no news about being able to redeem WestJet Dollars for flights on their partner airlines.

The Dollar earning for flights on Delta is the same as American Airlines and is based upon distance flown and the fare class your ticket is booked into. As you can see by the chart you will earn anywhere from 3 to 15 WestJet dollars per Delta flight.

It is nice to see more airline partners being added to the WestJet Rewards programs. The only thing we are waiting for is the ability to redeem WestJet Dollars on these partner airlines! If that becomes a reality then the almighty WestJet Dollar will becoming way more valuable since you'd have access to flights around the globe to redeem for. This new earning option is also a potentially good choice for disgruntled Delta SkyMiles members here in Canada because of all the negative changes happening to that program in 2015.

You can read more about earning WestJet Dollars on Delta flights here.

What are your thoughts on this latest addition to the WestJet Rewards program? Are you going to credit you Delta flights to WestJet or will you continue with crediting them to SkyMiles, other SkyTeam partners or even Alaska Airlines?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Small Business Advice - Three Smart Ways to Use Year-End Reward Points

When news broke recently that the Vatican discovered hundreds of millions of euros tucked away in various accounts previously unaccounted for, it left many scratching their heads.

Yet on a much smaller scale, many small business owners will confess to not always having their finger on the pulse when it comes to the ebb and flow of their day-to-day finances.

One area of the balance sheet that can produce a positive year-end surprise is the annual credit card statement and specifically the total number of reward points earned by the small business. For those businesses that put the majority of their expenses through a reward-based credit card, the annual point total can be significant. 

While spending the sudden windfall should always come down to needs and priorities, here are three ways cashing in points can benefit your business.

1. Save on travel expenses - The highest redemption value on virtually all of business rewards cards is to redeem for travel. Whether it’s the American Express Business Gold Rewards card, the RBC Visa Business Avion, TD Aeroplan Business Visa or countless others you can expect returns of 1.25% to well over 5% depending on the travel your redeem for. If your company requires staff to travel for business, using these types of rewards can have a seriously positive impact on your bottom line.

2. Pay down your bill - Another way to save your company money is to redeem points for a credit against your monthly statement. Although the value may not be as high as travel reward redemptions, saving a percentage point on your total credit card spend could definitely add up for those companies that don't require travel.

3. Reward your employees - The majority of the small business reward credit cards also let you redeem points for gift cards or merchandise. Have the RBC Visa Business Avion? Redeem those points directly at Best Buy or Future Shop or simply peruse the redemption catalogs of your favorite credit card to find the perfect employee gift.  Even better, surprise your top performers with travel – nothing says ‘thank-you’ like warm winter getaway!

Dec 11 Update: Reader Questions and Tips, 20% off MileagePlus Awards between Canada and Hawaii or Mexico and more!

A great mix of news, tips and more for you today!

News, Tips & Tricks
Reader Tip:
Long time Rewards Canada readed Steve passed along this tip in our Today Only: Earn 100 Bonus Air Miles for every $100 spent on gift cards at Safeway post:
"Thanks for highlighting this... I bought $500 of Canadian Tire cards and used them on new winter tires... and got Canadian Tire money for redeeming them! Triple dip with the credit card points too. :)"
We never considered the Canadian Tire triple dip! That is awesome work Steve and thanks for passing it along to us. Hopefully you don't mind us passing it along to our readers! This is a good way to get around the whole you don't earn Canadian Tire money on purchases made on non Canadian Tire credit cards.

Reader Question:
Brendan asked the following question on our 50% Bonus when transferring RBC Rewards Points to British Airways post:
In my latest credit card churn I received 15,000 RBC Rewards. Living in Edmonton I'm not sure if this transfer is for me. I have no Avios balance to speak of. Any advice?
Here is our response:
Hi Brendan, it could be of use. That 15,000 will get you 22,500 Avios. You can fly from Edmonton to Seattle on Alaska Airlines round trip for only 9,000 Avios. Which means two tickets there and back as well as one more one way (since one way is 4,500) or you can get 1 round trip flight to Phoenix or Dallas with 20,000 Avios. See this post for even more details: http://blog.frequentflyerbonuses.com/2014/02/how-to-get-select-canada-to-us-award.html

Reader Question:
Another long time Rewards Canada reader, Bill P. asked the following:
I have a question regarding to the RBC Avion program I am wondering when I redeem RBC Avion points for flights, would that flight still earn airline miles? I called the RBC credit card department but they seem to be not sure about it. I have the same question to the BMO Reward system. Do I earn airline miles on a reward flight?

Here is our response:
You will earn Frequent Flyer Miles/Points on your RBC Avion tickets as they are revenue tickets. That being said however, the amount of miles you earn depends on the frequent flyer program you credit them to and are also based on what fare class they are booked into. For example if it is an Air Canada ticket and RBC books you a Tango fare you'll earn less miles (25% of flight mileage) but if they book you into Flex or higher you'll earn 100% or more. Same goes for the BMO Rewards system.

It appears Delta is rescinding their cap on points transfers into the SkyMiles program. According to Gary Leff at View from the Wing they have removed the 250,000 cap on the number of miles that can be transferred in a calendar.

In the bonus offers section check out the United MileagePlus discount award ticket offer, it is valid redemptions from Canada to Hawaii or Mexico.



Bonus Offers

Air Canada / Aeroplan
- Triple Aeroplan Miles for stays at select Fairmont Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 14

Alitalia MilleMiglia
- Earn up to 1,000 Bonus MilleMiglia Miles when you fly round trip on Alitalia between Milan Linate, Venice or Rome Fiumicino and Dusseldorf or Berlin. More... Jan 7 - Mar 7, 15

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- 500 Bonus Asia Miles per night, up to 5,000 per stay at select Fairmont Hotels in Asia. More... Until Mar 31, 15
- Double Asia Miles Miles when you stay at participating Okura Hotels & Resorts, Nikko Hotels International and Hotel JAL City Worldwide. More... Dec 1 - Feb 28, 15

Gulf Air FalconFlyer (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double FalconFlyer Miles when you fly on Gulf Air between Manama and Hyderabad or Shiraz. More... Dec 15 - Feb 15, 15

Hyatt Gold Passport
- 2,500 Bonus Gold Passport Points per stay at anyone of 21 Hyatt locations in India. More... Until Mar 31, 15
- 2,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points for stays in a suite at the Grand Hyatt Beijing. More... Until Feb 28, 15

Oman Air Sindbad (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn up to Quadruple Sindbad Miles for stays at Shangri-La Hotels Worldwide.More... Dec 1 - Jan 31, 15

SAS EuroBonus
- 1,000 EuroBonus Points when you take your picture in a Budget rent a car and submit it online. More... Until Jan 15, 15

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Earn 500 Bonus Starpoints on stays at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide that are booked via the SPG App and paid for with an American Express card. More... Until Mar 31, 15

United MileagePlus
- Save 20% on MileagePlus Saver Awards to Hawaii, Mexico and other select destinations. More... Book by Dec 30 for travel Jan 12 - Feb 12, 15

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