Thursday, December 11, 2014

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:

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 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 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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