Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July 29 Update: British Airways to put A380 on YVR-LHR route, Hilton HHonors Gold Fast Track offer, IHG Buy Points Bonus

This is going to be a week to catch up here on Rewards Canada as we were off all last week!

News, Tips & Tricks
British Airways
will be launching Airbus A380 service between Vancouver and London in May 2016  for the summer season (Source The boost in seats means there is quite a bit of award availability right now for that route in Economy, Business and First Class! For example here is a screen shot of the availability May 5 - 13

Now as we always warn, redemptions via BA Executive Club for travel on BA will incur high carrier surcharges but those can pale in comparison to the actual cost Business and First Class tickets. Some savings can be brought about by utilizing the current American Express 25% bonus on converting Membership Rewards points transfers to British Airways! Well it doesn't really save you money on the surcharges but technically lowers the amount of credit card spend required to get the award flight mileage.  Find out more about that bonus here.

Air Transat
has added a bunch of new sun destination scheduled routes out of Canada for the upcoming winter. Some of these routes were only part of packages before but now you should be able to buy the flight only on any of these routes. Sure Air Transat doesn't have a frequent flyer program but there is no stopping you from using proprietary credit card points to redeem for these flights like BMO Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards, TD Rewards etc. Find the full list of routes here.

We see many fast track to Gold Status offers from Hilton (find them here) but most are loosely targeted to members from select companies. Now there is an offer that anyone can take advantage of and it is even better than those targeted offers as you get status after only 3 stays instead of 4 or 6! The offer is for members of airberlin's topbonus program which is free to join. Find out more in the bonus offer section below!

Posts since our last update:

Bonus Offers

airberlin topbonus
- Fast Track to Gold Status and up to Quadruple topbonus Miles for stays at participating Hilton hotels worldwide. More... Register by Dec 31, 15
- 3,000 Bonus topbonus miles on your first Rocketmiles booking More... Book by Dec 31, 15

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- 1,000 Bonus Mileage Plan Miles for weekend stays at participating Starwood Hotels & Resorts in North and Latin America. More... Until Jan 31, 16

IHG Rewards Club
- 5,000 points per award night - IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Redeem only 5,000 points for stays at select hotels Worldwide. Offer and participating hotels are subject to change at any time, valid for stays until Oct 31, 15. More...
- 50% to 100% Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points when you buy points online. More... Until Aug 31, 15

Saudia Alfursan
- Double Alfursan Miles for stays at participating Millennium & Copthorne Hotels in the Middle East. More... Until Sep 15, 15

Stash Hotel Rewards
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at the Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa. More... Until Sep 30, 15
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at the Riviera Palm Springs. More... Book by Sep 9 for stays until Sep 30, 15
- Triple Stash Rewards Points & Third night free for stays at the POSH Palm Springs Inn. More... Book by Sep 15 for stays until Sep 30, 15
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at The Kenilworth. More... Book by Oct 15 for stays until Dec 31, 15
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at the Magnolia Hotel Dallas - Park Cities. More... Until Dec 30, 15

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