Monday, March 23, 2015

Mar 23 Update: Plastiq 1% offer with MasterCard, one day left in our eSTORE contest, earn 100,000+ QMiles with The Qatar Airways Globetrotter

Welcome to another week of more miles, more points and more rewards!

News, Tips & Tricks
Rewards Canada reader Andrew J advises us that, the online portal for paying bills with a credit card that normally don't take credit cards apparently is running an offer that if you pay with a MasterCard card you will only pay a 1% transaction fee instead of the regular 2.5%. We couldn't find any of the details of the promotion on Plastiq's website but now is the time to take your MasterCard that earns more than 1% (Diners Club MasterCard, BMO World Elite, mbna Rewards World Elite etc.) and use it to pay items like your income taxes, property taxes and utlitly bills as the rewards you earn will be worth more than the 1% fee.

We did a quick test and found that the 1% offer appears to be only on select payees. For example we found Direct Energy to be 1.99% while the CRA was 1%. Please do your due diligence before paying bills to see if it is worth it!
Screenshot of paying your taxes to the CRA, only a 1% service charge

Of course, this service isn't of much use if the transaction fee is higher than what you earn on your credit card as you'll lose out on your return unless you can maximize a reward like an Aeroplan (or other FFP) business/first class ticket or a high end Starwood Hotels stay.

You have a litte over 24 hours to still enter our Aeroplan eSTORE Contest!
Simply shop via their online shopping portal eSTORE if you haven't shopped there since May of last year and not only will you earn 5x Aeroplan Miles on all purchases made via the eSTORE but you'll also get the chance to win 1 of 4 prizes of 2,500 Aeroplan Miles! To find out more about this exclusive contest visit this post: 5x Miles for shopping via Aeroplan eSTORE if you haven't shopped in the last year + RC Exclusive - Win 1 of 4 - 2,500 Miles for shopping via eSTORE
There is a great Qatar Airways promotion called The Qatar Airways Globetrotter that is reminiscent of the last couple of Air Canada Star Challenges in that the more you fly and the more places you fly the more bonus miles you'll earn. If you are regular Qatar Airways flyer you can stand to earn over 100,000 QMiles with this promotion, bad news is Montreal is not on the list of bonused cities which means only your connecting flights beyond Doha may qualify you for the bonus or if you choose to fly Qatar out of the U.S. Find out more here

Posts since our last update:

Bonus Offers

Air Canada / Aeroplan
- 1,500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles and up to 35% off on qualifying weekly Hertz rentals of 5 or more days in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S.  More... Until Jun 30, 15

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- 500 Bonus Asia Miles when you stay at Meritus Hotels & Resorts in Singapore and Langkawi. More... May 25 - Aug 31, 15

Czech Airlines OK Plus
- Double OK Plus Miles when you fly Czech Airlines between Prague and Athens, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Cork, Gdansk, Geneva, Liverpool, Marseille, Porto, Poznan, Stavanger and Stuttgart. More... Register and book by Jul 31 for travel May 14 - Aug 31, 15
- Double OK Plus Miles when you fly Czech Airlines between Prague and Kristiansand, Linköping, Växjö or Venice. More... Register and book by Jul 31 for travel Jul 1 - Aug 31, 15

Le Club accorhotels
- Quadruple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at over 500 participating Accor Hotels in the Asia Pacific region. More... Valid for Platinum Members only Until Jul 31, 15
- Double Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in Egypt, Saudi Arabia or Abu Dhabi More... Until Apr 19, 15
- Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in Singapore. More... Register & book by Aug 31 for stays until Sep 30, 15

MEA Middle East Airlines Cedar Miles
- Triple Cedar Miles when you fly in Business Class from Paris to Beirut on flight # ME206. More... Mar 29 - Oct 24, 15

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Earn up to 100,000 Bonus QMiles when fly Qatar Airways to select destinations Worldwide. More... Apr 1 - Dec 31, 15

WestJet Rewards
- Double WestJet Dollars when you fly on select WestJet flights within Canada. More... Register and book by Apr 15 for travel until Jun 15, 15

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  1. Unfortunately, all my payees require a 2.50% fee… :( The only one with a lower fee would be National Student Loans Service Centre, at 1.99%… :/

  2. There is a link on CRA website
    "Enjoy reduced fees until May 31, 2015 on T1, T2, payroll, GST & HST tax payments.*
    *1% for MasterCard credit & 0% for Visa debit"