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Amazing new welcome offer for the HSBC World Elite Mastercard - Up to 100,000 points with first year free! (Quebec gets 130,000 points with fee)

HSBC has just come out with their biggest and best offer yet for the HSBC World Elite Mastercard and in fact the bonus for Quebec resident...

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 30 Update: Last day for Amex transfer bonus to British Airways, SCENE bonus page added, 40 Bonus AIR MILES for Budget rentals

Last day of the month sees a couple of major promotions come to an end!

News, Tips & Tricks
Today is the last day to take advantage of the American Express 25% Transfer bonus to British Airways Executive Club. Read more about it here.

LAST DAY in our promotion where you can get a $250 Gift Card from Rewards Canada! Find out more here.

Cineplex SCENE now has its own bonus points page on Rewards Canada! See it here.


Remember we have an exclusive offer with WestJet that saves you 20% on their Plus fares. You must book by Oct 5! Find out more here!



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Travel Deals
Its Wednesday so that means KLM's Wild on Wednesday is here! Today's offer is for Nairobi Kenya for $1099 all in from the East or $1249 all in from the West. Book by Oct 1 for travel  between October 16th and December 10th or between December 24th and May 6th , 2016. Find out more here!

 


Bonus Offers

Cineplex SCENE
- 30x Bonus SCENE Points at 8 restaurant brands across Canada. More... Until Oct 5, 15
- 4,000 Bonus SCENE Points with a new SCENE VISA card on your first purchase. More... Ongoing

Air France / KLM
- October Promo Awards - Save 25% to 50% on the Award Miles usually required for an award ticket. Destinations vary by each promotional period. More... Book between Oct 1 - 31 for travel between Dec 1, 15 - Jan 31, 16

AIR MILES
- 40 Bonus Air Miles Reward Miles on rentals of 3 or more days when you quote coupon# MCNZ013 at participating Budget locations in Canada and the U.S.. More... Until Dec 31, 15

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- Double Mileage Plan Miles & save up to $20 or $5 per day on Hertz Prestige and Adrenaline Car Collections in the U.S.. More... Until Dec 31, 15
- Double Mileage Plan Miles and a Free Upgrade when you rent an Economy through Full Size car on qualifying weekend and weekly rentals in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. More... Until Dec 31, 15

Garuda Indonesia Garuda Miles (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn up to 100% Bonus GarudaMiles on Garuda Indonesia flights between Kupang and Surabaya or Jakarta. More... Until Oct 31, 15

Malaysia Airlines Enrich (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Enrich Miles and free upgrades from Deluxe to Executive Room, and from Premier Club to Premier Suite when you book a minimum of 2 nights at the Concorde Hotel Singapore. More... Until Oct 31, 15
- Double Enrich Miles and get 15% off Best Available Rates with a minimum stay of two nights at the Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong or the Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong. More... Until Oct 31, 15

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Double KrisFlyer Miles for stays at any participating Shangri-La Resorts Worldwide. More... Until Nov 30, 15

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Double Flying Club Miles for stays at participating Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 15
- Double Flying Club Miles for stays of two or more nights at Preferred Hotel Group Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Mar 31, 16
- Double Flying Club Miles for stays at Radisson Edwardian Hotels in London. More... Until Oct 31, 15
- 3,000 Bonus Flying Club Miles on your first Rocketmiles booking More... Until Dec 31, 15
- Triple Flying Club Miles on all Avis rentals of 2 or more days Worldwide outside of your home country. More... Until Oct 31, 15




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Air France KLM Flying Blue - Save 25 % on Business Class award tickets between YUL, YVR & Europe for Dec/Jan Travel


Once again we have some Canadian cities in the latest set Air France KLM's Promo Awards. The offer this time is only for 25% off Business Class on KLM out of Montreal or on Air France from Vancouver to anywhere in Europe. For some if you were planning to redeem anyways for flights during the promotional perioed you might as well grab the 25% if it works for you but in general its nothing to write home about!

Don't have all the miles? You could always consider transferring Starpoints earned via the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express to Flying Blue. The card has a 20,000 Starpoint bonus right now which translates to 25,000 Flying Blue miles.
 
What are the promo awards? The promo awards are a discount of 25-50% off the regular Flying Blue mileage requirement for select Air France, KLM, Air Europa and Kenya Airways award tickets in select cabins.  To take advantage of this deal you must book your promo award ticket by October 31st for travel between December 1st and January 31st. More details can be found here.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September 29 Update: Cineplex SCENE expands with 8 restaurant brands, SPG Dashboard, Top No Fee Travel Cards

Tuesday's news and more!

News, Tips & Tricks
Over a year ago we said that Cineplex's SCENE program was the program to watch out for in our Top Loyalty Currencies feature as they were planning to become more of a competitor to Canada's two big coalition programs AIR MILES and Aeroplan. Well their growth into a coalition program continues with the addition of the Cara group of restaurants as an earn and burn partner. SCENE members will now be able to earn 1 SCENE point for every $3 spentd at 8 restaurant brands across Canada. Members will also be able to redeem 1,000 points for a $10 credit at these restaurants. To celebrate the newest addition to the program you can earn bonus points at these restaurants with these coupons. Learn more about the new partnership here.


If you registered for the newest SPG promotion, Stay For More, you may have noticed that after you complete the registration you are taken to a new page on SPG called 'Dashboard'. This new dashboard allows you see tons of great info on your membership with SPG along with special targetted offers such as 200 points for opting in for emails, 500 points for booking via the SPG App or 10,000 points for completing stays at all 10 SPG brands. You can access your SPG Dashboard here.



Remember we have an exclusive offer with WestJet that saves you 20% on their Plus fares. You must book by Oct 5! Find out more here!

Only 2 days left in our promotion where you can get a $250 Gift Card from Rewards Canada! Find out more here.



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Bonus Offers

China Southern Sky Pearl
- Earn up to 8,000 Bonus Sky Pearl Kilometers when you fly China Southern between Brisbane and Guangzhou. More... Oct 10 - Dec 10, 15
- Earn up to 4,000 Bonus Sky Pearl Kilometers when you fly China Southern between Sanya and Osaka. ore... Until Nov 1, 15
- Up to 50% Sky Pearl Kilometers Discount for award tickets on select routes within China and from China to Asia, the Middle East and Africa. More... Oct 1 - Dec 31, 15

Delta SkyMiles
- OFFER EXTENDED 200 Bonus SkyMiles per day on rentals at participating Hertz locations in the US, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East, Latin and South America. More... Until Dec 31, 15

Emirates Skywards
- Double Skywards Miles when you fly Emirates to Bologna from select cities Worldwide. More... Register and book by Oct 31 for travel Nov 3 - Dec 15, 15

Finnair Plus
- Double Plus Points on all Finnair flights Worldwide. More... Oct 1 - Nov 30, 15
- 3,000 Bonus Plus Points on your first Rocketmiles booking More... Book by Dec 31, 15

IHG Rewards Club
- 10,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points when book the “10,000 Reasons to go to HK” Bonus Points Package for 3+ nights at a participating hotel in Hong Kong, or for 2+ nights at a participating hotel in Macau. More... Until Feb 29, 16

Oman Air Sindbad (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Sindbad Miles when you fly on Oman Air between Muscat and Dhaka. More... Oct 25 - Dec 15, 15

South African Airways Voyager

- Double Voyager Miles for stays at any participating Shangri-La Resorts Worldwide. More... Until Nov 30, 15

United MileagePlus
- Double MileagePlus miles when you fly p.s.® Premium Service between New/York Newark (EWR) and Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO). More... Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone. Until Feb 29, 16




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Aeroplan and Toyota Canada announce partnership



Aeroplan announced today the addition of another automotive partner! In addition to the current partnership with Volvo, Aeroplan will now add Toyota to the ranks of its earning partners. This is a big move compared to Volvo as Toyota is a much larger brand here in Canada with a much larger base of customers. The partnership looks to be built along the same lines as the Volvo one as it will 
"enable members to earn miles during the entire ownership experience with Toyota and Scion including test drives, purchase, vehicle servicing and upgrades.”
Full details of the partnership aren't out yet so we don't know the earn levels yet. Those will be revealed when the partnership launches.

As a Toyota owner I'm excited as I will now have yet another way to earn more miles however I wonder if this will make my local dealership's reward program disappear or at the very least have to choose between one or the other.

Monday, September 28, 2015

September 28 Update: New menus on Rewards Canada, 40,000 Point sign up bonus for the mbna Best Western MasterCard

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Here is your first update of the week!

News, Tips & Tricks
If you visited the main Rewards Canada site over the weekend you may have noticed a change to our menus! We have essentially run on the same menu system for 10+ years which was fromed when Rewards Canada had a larger focus on bonus offers and not much other content. For many years we have been providing much more content than bonuses and the menus did not follow so it was hard to find our features, guides, educational pieces and more on the site. Now with the new menus it should be much easier to find all we have to offer on the site! There is still further updating to be done to the drop down menus however so be sure to keep checking them as they will change over time!

Before:


After:


Air Canada will be placing their 787-9 aircraft on Calgary and Toronto to Frankfurt routes for April 2016. (Source airlineroute.net)

There is a great new increased sign up bonus for the Best Western MasterCard from mbna! The usual bonus of 20,000 points has been doubled to 40,000! Not as big as the 50k we've seen in previous years but still a great offer to take advantage of seeing that the card has no annual fee! Find out more here.

Remember we have an exclusive offer with WestJet that saves you 20% on their Plus fares. You must book by Oct 5! Find out more here!

Only 3 days left in our promotion where you can get a $250 Gift Card from Rewards Canada! Find out more here.



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Bonus Offers

Aegean Miles&Bonus
- 30% Miles&Bonus Discount on select award tickets within Greece and between Greece and Europe or Africa. More... Until Nov 30, 15

Air China Phoenix Miles
- Double Phoenix Miles Kilometers for stays at Fairmont Hotels in Beijing, Shanghai, Yangcheng Lake, Nanjing, Manila and Bali More... Until Oct 9, 15
- Up to Quadruple Phoenix Miles Kilometers when you book hotels via HRS. More... Until Oct 31, 15
- Double Phoenix Miles Kilometers when you stay on the Best Available or Bed&Breakfast rate at any participating Mandarin Oriental hotel Worldwide.More... Oct 1 - Dec 31, 15
- Double Phoenix Miles Kilometers for stays at Fairmont Hotels in Beijing, Shanghai, Kunshan, Foshan, Bangkok and Phuket. More... Until Oct 9, 15

American AAdvantage
- 3,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles on your first Rocketmiles booking More... Book by Dec 31, 15

Carlson Hotels Club Carlson
- Earn up to 70,000 Bonus Gold Points for stays at the the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia. More... Until Feb 29, 16
- 1,500 Bonus Gold Points for Club Carlson Gold and Concierge members on qualifying rentals of 1 or more days or more at participating Avis locations worldwide. More... Until Feb 29, 16

Le Club accorhotels
- Double Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in Barcelona & Madrid. More... Until Nov 15, 15

Orbitz Rewards (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn 4x Orbucks when you book select China Eastern flights from the U.S. to Shanghai, Beijing, Xian, Hong Kong, Seoul, Osaka, Paris, London, Melbourne, Sydney and more. More... Book by Oct 18, 15
- 4x Orbucks when you book Bermuda flight + hotel packages. More... Book by Nov 2, 15
- 4x Orbucks on select Mexico vacations, including top brand resorts like Live Aqua Cancun, Grand Fiesta Americana and The Explorean Cozumel. More... Book by Oct 25, 15

Turkish Miles&Smiles
- Earn up to Quadruple Miles&Smiles Miles for stays at any Radisson Blu Hotel in Turkey. More... Until Dec 31, 15
- Earn up to Quadruple Miles&Smiles Miles for stays at Rixos Hotels in Turkey. More... Oct 1 - Dec 15, 15

United MileagePlus
- Double MileagePlus Miles for stays at any participating Shangri-La Resorts Worldwide. More... Until Nov 30, 15



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Best Western Rewards 2016 Program Changes - Moving to dynamic award night pricing, changes to elite levels and no more expiration


Best Western is rolling out the news of the changes to their Rewards program that will take place on January 1, 2016. The major new points are the elimination of the points expiry rule of 13 months of no activity, the addition of a fourth elite status level called Diamond Select and gone is the same price award night levels as the program moves to dynamic pricing based on the season and availability of rooms at each hotel. This will mean that during slow periods award nights may cost less than they do now however during peak seasons those award nights may cost more than they do now. Overall this should mean more award night rooms are available but of course in most cases it will mean that it will cost you more points than the current iteration of the program


Here is BW's example:
Before:
After:
Low Season
High Season


The changes to the Elite status levels of BW Rewards see the addition of a fourth top tie level called Diamond Select. This level will require 50+ nights or 40+ stays or 50,000 base points from stays to achieve. This new level will receive 50% elite bonus points on each stay once achieved.
Current Elite


2016 Elite Levels:


All Platinum and higher levels including Diamond Seleect can receive room upgrades depending on availability however at this time we don't know what other benefits will come with Diamond Select other than the 50% bonus points.

Apparently you will be able to earn points on more rates with BW. We do know the excluded rates are as follows:
 As we learn more details of the changes we'll be sure to let you all know! In the mean time feel free to comment below to let us know what you think of the changes that we know so far!

Friday, September 25, 2015

RBC and British Airways bring back the 50,000 Avios sign up bonus for their Visa Infinite Card

The 50,000 Avios sign up bonus for RBC British Airways Visa Infinite Card has returned!

The sign up bonus remains the same at 15,000 Avios however 35,000 additional Avios will be awarded to any new cardholder who applies by Nov 15, 15 and spends $9,000 within the first 3 months of card membership. That's right $9,000! Remember back in 2012 when it used to be $5,000 for that extra 35,000!

What can you get for 50,000 Avios? Just one example is 11 one way or 5 round trip short haul trips between Canada & North America in Economy Class(+taxes/fees). Read all about that here


Some additional details of the card are:
  • Receive 15,000 Avios upon approvalΛ.
  • Receive 35,000 bonus Avios when you spend $9,000 in the first three months account openingΛ.
  • Collect 1 Avios for every $1 CAD spent on qualifying net purchases*.
  • Collect double Avios when you shop with British Airways and BA Holidays*.
  • Earn a companion voucher when you spend $30,000 CAD annually˜.
  • 250 bonus Avios when you rent a car with Avis and pay with your RBC British Airways Visa Infinite card†.
  • 10% off British Airways flights when you book and pay with your RBC British Airways Visa Infinite card∞.

For complete details please visit BA.com

September 25 Update: Aeroplan Award Chart changes, WestJet Status Match & Fast Track Offers, big bonuses from Copa Airlines

Big news right before the weekend from Aeroplan!

News, Tips & Tricks
Of course the big news today is the upcoming changes to the Aeroplan award charts. Read our take on them here


Yesterday we brought you the details of WestJet status match offer but there is also a fast track offer available to select WestJet Rewards members. Be sure to check your email for it! I received it in my email yesterday.


Remember we have an exclusive offer with WestJet that saves you 20% on their Plus fares. You must book by Oct 5! Find out more here!

Only 6 days left in our promotion where you can get a $250 Gift Card from Rewards Canada! Find out more here.

Flying Copa Airlines out of Montreal or Toronto to any of their new destinations via Panama City? You can stand to earn up to 150,000 bonus ConnectMiles. See the link below in the bonus offers section. 


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Bonus Offers

Copa Airlines ConnectMiles
- Earn up to 150,000 Bonus ConnectMiles when you fly on Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia to Belize, David, San Francisco, New Orleans, Villahermosa, Puebla, Santa Clara, Georgetown, Montreal, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa or Boston. More... Oct 1 - Mar 31, 16

Emirates Skywards
- Triple Skywards Miles for stays of 2 or more nights at participating Rotana Hotels in the Middle East and Africa. More... Until Dec 31, 15

Hilton HHonors
- Earn up to 10,000 Bonus HHonors Points when you complete a two-night qualifying stay at participating Hilton Hotels & Resorts Worldwide within 90 days of registration. More... Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone Until Jan 7, 16

JAL Hotels One Harmony
- Earn up to 2,500 bonus One Harmony Points when you dine at restaurants/bars at Okura Hotels & Resorts, Nikko Hotels International, Hotel JAL City. More... Oct 1 - Dec 15, 15

Spirit Airlines Free Spirit
- Save 30% when you buy or gift Free Spirit points online. More... Until Oct 19, 15

Southwest Rapid Rewards
- Triple Rapid Rewards Points per stay at La Quinta properties in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. More... Until Dec 31, 15
- Earn up to 2,000 Bonus Rapid Rewards Points when you book hotels via Southwest.com. More...Until Dec 31, 15
- 1,000 Bonus Rapid Rewards Points for weekend stays at participating Starwood Hotels & Resorts in North and Latin America. More... Until Jan 31, 16
- Double Rapid Rewards Points for midsize or larger vehicle rented from Alamo for at least two days in the United States and Canada. More... Until Nov 15, 15
- Earn up to Quadruple Rapid Rewards Points on all car groups at any participating Avis airport location in the United States. More... Until Jan 31, 16
- Earn up to Quadruple Rapid Rewards Points on all car groups at any participating Budget airport location in the United States. More... Until Jan 31, 16
- Earn up to Quadruple Rapid Rewards Points on all Hertz rentals at participating locations in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada. More... . Until Dec 31, 15
- Double Rapid Rewards Points on on qualifying rentals at participating Payless airport locations. More... Until Jan 31, 16

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Earn a Free Weekend Night Award for every five eligible nights you book with SPG Pros for stays at Sheraton hotels. More... Until Dec 31, 15

WestJet Rewards
- Receive WestJet Gold Elite Status if you hold elite status with another airline in North America and complete 1 flight with WestJet. More... Until Dec 31, 15



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