Monday, July 20, 2015

July 20 Update: WestJet adds Boston and several other new routes, Instant Hilton HHonors Gold status offer, 25 Free Air Miles

Welcome to another week of travel rewards news, bonuses and more on RC! The latter half has vacation included so there may lack in updates depending on our family's schedule!

News, Tips & Tricks
WestJet announced their winter schedule today and includes some new routes. The one of note is Toronto to Boston with WestJet Encore! Good to see another U.S. city in their network, hopefully it works for them as they have to compete with Air Canada and Porter.  Halifax also gets one daily flight to Boston! Also announced is the return of Calgary to Ft. Lauderdalem new routes from three Canadian cities to Orlando and a few other sun destination routes. Find out more here, here and here.

A few different airline programs are sending out invites to their members for instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status (I've received it from Alitalia MilleMiglia and Saudia Alfursan). This is a great offer if you don't have Gold status as it gets you the status until October 31st and extends it to March 2017 if you complete 3 separate stays by October 31st. The offer also includes an up to Quadruple Miles bonus for those stays. BE CAREFUL however if you already have Hilton HHonors Gold or Diamond Status as it specifically states you'll drop down to Gold if you are Diamond or if you are Gold and don't meet the stay requirements by Oct 31st you'll lose that status. I almost jumped on it but I have Gold Status until March 31st 2016 and am pretty sure I will not be able to complete this challenge by Oct 31st which means I would lose out on the status between Oct 31 and Mar 31.

Posts since our last update:

Bonus Offers

- Earn 25 AIR MILES Reward Miles when you subscribe to the Rona E-News newsletter. More... Until Aug 31, 15

American AAdvantage
- Earn up to 3,500 Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you shop via the AAdvantage eShopping portal. More... Until Aug 16, 15

Best Western Rewards
- 500 Bonus Rewards Points on all qualifying stays at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Paris Meudon Ermitage - Meudon-La-Foret More... Until Aug 31, 15
- 500 Bonus Rewards Points on all qualifying stays at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Paris Val de Bievre - Jouy-En-Josas More... Jul 25 - Aug 25, 15
- Double Rewards Points on all qualifying stays at the BEST WESTERN Hotel des Thermes - Balaruc-Les-Bains More... Until Sep 30, 15

Etihad Guest
- Earn up to Quadruple Guest Miles when you fly on Etihad's new 787 between Abu Dhabi and Singapore or Zurich. More... Register by Aug 31, 15
- 1,000 Bonus Guest Miles when you make your first booking on PointsHound. More... Until Aug 15, 15
- 500 Bonus Guest Miles when you spend £/€500 at any of the nine Chic Outlet Shopping Villages in Europe. More... Until Sep 30, 15

Meridiana Club (on only)
- 2,000 Bonus Avios on your first booking made with Kaligo. More... Book by Aug 31, 15 for stays until Dec 31, 16

Southwest Rapid Rewards (on only)
- Earn up to 3,500 Rapid Rewards Points when you shop via the Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping portal. More... Until Aug 16, 15

SriLankan FlySmiles
- Earn up to Quadruple FlySmiles Miles for stays at participating Hilton hotels and resorts Worldwide. More... Until Aug 31, 15

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Earn a $50 Prepaid MasterCard when you stay three or more times at Four Points, Aloft or Element hotels. More... Until Nov 30, 15
- Triple Starpoints for stays at the Le Meridien Saigon. More... Until Dec 31, 15

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