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Friday, October 30, 2015

October 30 Update: Aeroplan Distinction changes, Edmonton route cancellations, Air France KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards

Lots of news but not many bonuses to bring you in this last update of the month! Happy Halloween everyone!

News, Tips & Tricks
The latest Air France KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards are out! We see more Canadian options for the booking month of November with the highlight being Vancouver - Europe at 50% off!! Find out more here.


Aeroplan has made some changes to the Distinction program for 2016. (Thanks to Charles T and Sheri for the notes!) The Distinction only flights have been discontinued as have the SPG redemption bonus. The program sees the addition of Delta Hotels as a Distinction bonus partner.
Starting in 2016, some of Distinction benefits will be updated and enhanced while others will no longer be available.

Here are the benefits affected next year:

The Air Canada Getaway Bonus is extended
The Air Canada Getaway Bonus has been extended until December 31st, 2016. Details on some additional and exciting new destinations will be made available very soon. Ensure to travel by December 31st, 2015 to take advantage of 2015's eligible destinations.
Learn more

The Fairmont preferential treatment offer is extended
Aeroplan's Distinction members will continue to benefit from the Fairmont Preferential Treatment Offer until December 31st, 2016, when booking a stay directly at Fairmont.com using their exclusive Fairmont Distinction Promotional Code. Make sure to complete your stay by January 15th, 2017.
Learn more

Earn bonus miles at Delta Hotels and Resorts
Delta Hotels and Resorts® is now part of the Marriott family. Starting January 1st, 2016 dBlack and dDiamond members will be able to earn 250 Distinction bonus miles on eligible stays at Delta Hotels.
Learn more

The following benefits will no longer be available as of 2016
Distinction Flights
The redemption bonus on stays at Starwood Hotels & Resorts©: To ensure that you receive your 2015 Distinction bonus, book by December 31st, 2015, and complete your stay at participating Hotels & Resorts through December 31st, 2016.

All other benefits remain unchanged, and are there for you to enjoy whenever you want. This includes your favorite and most appreciated benefits like up to 35% off Market Fare Flight Rewards™ and Distinction bonus miles on stays at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Marriott and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Air Canada is bringing back its Toronto - Seoul flight in Summer 2016! The flight will be operated with a 787-8. (Source Airlineroute.net)

However Air Canada is also cancelling their Edmonton - London route, decreasing service between Calgary and London while increasing service between Vancouver and London (Source Airlineroute.net)

WestJet announced new Encore service between Toronto and London, ON starting in March 2016. (Source Airlineroute.net)

And possibly another cancelled route for Edmonton as it appears American Airlines will cut their Edmonton - Dallas route in February. (Souce Airlineroute.net)

HOT CONTEST!! Don't forget to enter to win 2 tickets to the Aeroplan dExclusives "An Evening with Rod Stewart" in Toronto. Find out more here.


One and half days left to vote for your favourite travel rewards credit card! Vote here!


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Bonus Offers

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- November 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 Nov 1 - 30 for travel between Jan 1 - Feb 29, 16

Etihad Guest
- Earn up to 15,00 Bonus Miles for joining the Etihad Guest Business Connect program and at least two employees from your organization takes a flight before 20 December 2015. More... Until Dec 20, 15

Le Club accorhotels
- Earn up to Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in Switzerland. More... Book by Dec 23 for stays Nov 1 - Dec 31, 15

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

Wyndham Rewards
- 200 Bonus Wyndham Rewards Points + 15% off when you book the Best Available Rate at 7 days in advance at participating locations Worldwide. More... Ongoing



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Air France KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards - Save 50% b/w Vancouver & Europe in Business Class + 25% off YUL & YEG


The newest set of Air France KLM's Promo Awards were released today but won't be bookable until November 1st (well 6pm EST on the 31st) The discount ranges from 25 to 50% off the regular amount of miles required. As you can see just by the discount this can be a very good offer if you get 50% off for Business Class!

A nice change of pace this month with many more Canadian cities being included however the stand out is the  50% off Air France Business Class between Europe and Vancouver!!! At the 50% off you could actually make a real go of this offer with the Flying Blue Buy Points bonus that is on right now.  We just detailed last week how it would save you money to buy points and fly business class between Vancouver and Europe with a 25% discount now that it has a 50% discount you'll save even more! Now you can get that ~$4800 business class flight for just under C$2500!!!

Offer Details:
Save up to 50% with Promo Awards Save 25% to 50% on the Award Miles usually required for award ticket. Destinations vary by each promotional period. Full Details Book between Nov 1 - 30 for travel between Jan 1 - Feb 29, 16

Here are the Canadian offers available for booking during November:






Thursday, October 29, 2015

October 29 Update: Win 2 tickets to An Evening with Rod Stewart, 100 Bonus AIR MILES at Rexall, Alitalia Biz Class sale

Second last update of the month!

News, Tips & Tricks
We have another contest here on Rewards Canada! You can enter to win 2 tickets to the Aeroplan dExclusives "An Evening with Rod Stewart" in Toronto. Find out more here.

As we see almost every week or multiple times weekly, there is another AIR MILES offer for Rexall purchases. A little higher this week than past weeks and no coupon needed.


2 and half days left to vote for your favourite travel rewards credit card! Vote here!


Posts since our last update:


Travel Deals
Alitalia
has launched a business class sale for their flights out of Toronto. Fares are as low as $3,625 all in for travel Nov 2 - Dec 18 if booked by Nov 2. Find out more here.




Bonus Offers

AirAisa BIG (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- 1,000 Bonus BIG Points when you register as a BIG Shot and book any international flights on Wednesdays More... Only applicable to international flights departing from Malaysia, Korea, China, Australia, Singapore and Indonesia. Until Dec 31, 15

Air New Zealand Airpoints
- Double Airpoints for Friday, Saturday or Sunday stays at the Commodore Airport Hotel Christchurch. More... Until Feb 29, 16

American AAdvantage
- Earn up to 90,000 AAdvantage Bonus Miles when you fly round-trip between the U.S./Canada and Australia on an American Airlines-marketed flight. More... Register Oct 28 - May 31 for travel Feb 1 - May 31, 16

Le Club accorhotels
- 300 Bonus Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays on the MGallery Gourmet Morning offer at participating MGallery Hotels in France. More... Book by Feb 23 for stays until Mar 31, 16

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 3,000 Bonus Flying Club Miles on your first booking with Kaligo. More... Book by Dec 31 for stays until Oct 1, 16


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American AAdvantage: Earn up to 90,000 Bonus Miles for flights between Canada or the US and Australia


Here is a great new bonus for those looking to fly to Australia on American Airlines or Qantas in the New Year.

Offer Details
Earn up to 90,000 AAdvantage Bonus Miles when you fly round-trip between the U.S. /Canada and Australia on an American Airlines-marketed flight. Earn 30,000 bonus miles on First or Business Class fares, 15,000 bonus miles on Premium or Full-fare Economy fares (Y, B or H) and 5,000 bonus miles on other Economy fares. Bonus can be earned up to 3 times. Register Online (Registration is required) Register Oct 28 - May 31 for travel Feb 1 - May 31, 16

*Includes First Class and Business Class fares booked in F, A, P, J, R, D or I; Premium Economy fare booked in W (marketed by American Airlines and operated by Qantas Airways); Full-fare Economy Class fares booked in Y, B or H; other Economy Class fares booked in K, M, L, W, V, G, Q, N, O or S on American Airlines marketed flights.

Terms and conditions
AAdvantage bonus mile offer is valid only on American Airlines marketed nonstop flights between the U.S. /Canada and Australia, February 1, through May 31, 2016. Only flights marketed by American Airlines and operated by American Airlines or Qantas Airways are eligible for this promotion. Offer applies only to AAdvantage members who purchase and fly on eligible published-fare tickets. Bonus miles will be calculated and awarded based on the number of trips flown in a specific booking class. The bonus can only be earned for a maximum of three round-trips. Half the round-trip bonus will be posted after each eligible one way segment. Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification or AAdvantage Million Miler status. Registration prior to travel is required using Promotion Code AUS16

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Win 2 Tickets to the Aeroplan dExclusives "An Evening with Rod Stewart" in Toronto - Courtesy of Aeroplan & Rewards Canada

We're proud to team up once again with Aeroplan to offer our readers another contest! Aeroplan wants to give one lucky Rewards Canada reader two tickets to their "An Evening with Rod Stewart" in Toronto on November 16th. This evening with Rod Stewart is not a full on concert but rather a 45 minute Q&A session with Rod and him performing two songs.  See this auction page for complete details!

If you don't enter or win, you can still redeem Aeroplan miles for this event that is limited to 350 people via the Aeroplan dExclusives benefit for Aeroplan Distinction members. You can redeem 40,000 Aeroplan miles for the same two tickets we are giving away or 80,000 to include a meet & greet with Rod! (the latter only has 2 remaining tickets)

What are dExclusives?
  • Last year Aeroplan introduced the dExclusives benefit of its new tiered recognition program ‘Distinction’ that rewards its top accumulating members based on total Aeroplan Miles earned across all coalition partners including airline, travel, retail and financial card partners.
  •  Aeroplan Distinction members can bid, using their Aeroplan Miles, on a wide variety of one-of-a-kind rewards specially designed around member’s interests. The dExclusives rewards are offered exclusively online at www.aeroplan.com/dExclusives.
  • A Canadian loyalty first, dExclusives offer everything from access to professional sporting events, tickets to sold out concerts and once–in-a-lifetime trips that are curated to offer some of the highest quality products and some of the most in demand experiences from around the world. dExclusives rewards include:
  • Escapes – Once-in-a-lifetime trips such as a trip to the World soccer championships in Brazil, and weekend getaways, such as a trip to the PGA Championship or a wine-tasting weekend in Napa Valley.
  • In the City – Amazing tickets to some of the best events in town such as: Sold-out concerts or exclusive access to sporting events.
  •  Money Can’t Buy – Building on Aeroplan’s Money Can’t Buy reward category, members can bid on a variety of truly priceless, highly coveted items such as a customized guitar signed by a musical artist

Now on to the fun part! The contest portion! To enter the contest for a chance to win 2 tickets to  Aeroplan dExclusives "An Evening with Rod Stewart" in Toronto you must do the following:

Comment below on what your ultimate bucket list Aeroplan redemption would be or has been? It could something as simple as that iPad you want to grab for your child this Christmas or business class flights to Asia or one of the one-of-a-kind dExclusives rewards!

Please note Flights and/or hotel are NOT included - only the two tickets to the actual event on November 16, 2015
The contest closes on Wednesday November 4th, 2015 at 11:59pm MST! Limit 1 entry per person Winner will be determined by random draw from all eligible entries received. Void where prohibited.  No purchase necessary. 

October 28 Update: Mourning the loss of the BA Executive Club short haul awards, 4 days left to vote for your favourite credit card

Although light in quantity, today's update is important due to the British Airways changes.

News, Tips & Tricks
Sad day in the world of great flight awards as the big news today is the changes in British Airways' short haul awards in North America. You only have three more months to redeem 4,500 Avios per one way flight as they jump to 7,500 as of February 2. See all the details here.


Only four days left to vote for your favourite travel rewards credit card! Vote here!


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Bonus Offers

Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- 70% FlyerBonus Points Discount on award tickets to all Bangkok Airways destinations. More... Book Nov 5 - 15 for travel Apr 20 - Jul 20, 16

Emirates Skywards
- 2,000 Bonus Skywards Miles for stays at participating Jumeirah Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Dec 15, 15

Ethiopain Sheba Miles
- Double Sheba Miles when you fly Ethiopian Airlines between Durban and Addis Ababa. More... Dec 16 - Feb 16, 16

Jet Airways Jet Privilege
- Double JetPrivilege Miles when you fly Jet Airways between Singapore and Delhi. More... Register by Nov 25 for travel Nov 25 - Jan 31, 16
- Triple JetPrivilege Miles when book a Club room or suite in one of the eight hotels of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts. More... Until Dec 31, 15
- Earn up to 30% Bonus JetPrivilege Miles when you buy miles online. More... Until Nov 15, 15
- Up to 2,500 Bonus JetPrivilege Miles when you subscribe to The Economist. More... Until Nov 30, 15
- Up to 300 Bonus JetPrivilege Miles when you subscribe to Time. More... Until Nov 30, 15

JetBlue TrueBlue
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn up to 50% Bonus TrueBlue Points when you buy points online. More... Until Nov 30, 15

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Bonus Starpoints, Free Nights or Elite Status when you complete stays at Starwood Hotels Worldwide. More... Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone Register by Dec 31 for stays until Jan 31, 16


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British Airways does away with the 4,500 Avios Short Haul Award in North America


All good things must come to an end. I wish whoever coined that phrase never said it in the first place. One of the best redemption options for short haul economy class flights from Canada to the U.S.. and for flights within the U.S. is ending on February 1st. 

We have raved about the British Airways Executive Club 4,500 Avios for a one way short haul between Canada and the U.S. for quite a few years now and even had a whole post outlining which routes you could get these ridiculously cheap flights (see How to get select Canada to U.S. award flights faster by utilizing British Airways' Executive Club)
These 4,500 Avios one way/9,000 Avios Round Trip flights will now cost 7,500 one way/15,000 round trip in economy
and double that in Business Class
Well it looks like the popularity (and cost) of these flights have been felt by British Airways as they are going up in price on February 2nd 2016:

This is a large increase in pricing and isn't unusual, we've seen it before from many programs including BA themselves. The only shred of light in this change is that 7,500 Avios one way/15,000 round trip is still a decent redemption value. It is now brought up to the same short haul award level that Aeroplan charges and is still better than many U.S. based carriers who will charge 20,000 to 25,000 miles for similar flights. Interestingly enough, the 4,500 Avios short haul redemption remains in place everywhere else outside of North America, so want a cheap short haul in Europe, Asia and other regions, you can still get those.

The timing of this change is unfortunate as I'm sure many of you just transferred over American Express Membership Rewards points this summer to get the 25% bonus in hopes of using them for this exact type of redemption. You still have three months to use them up at the low level so hopefully you can do so!

Read all about the changes on British Airways' site here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

October 27 Update: Good Aeroplan Business Class availability to Turkey and $150 Air Canada Gift Card for Japan flights

A relatively sparse update for you today!

News, Tips & Tricks
Air Canada
is moving up their new Brisbane Australia service by two weeks. The service will now launch at the start of June 2016 instead of in the middle of the month. (Source Airlineroute.net)

This is the last week to vote for your favourite travel rewards credit card! Vote here!


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Travel Deals
Don't forget about Etihad Airways 96 hour Early Bird sale for travel out of Toronto (and globally). Its called Early Bird since its for travel from January 18 to June 30, 2016. In addition to low fares they are offering double miles on all bookings made during the sale period. You have to register for the double miles first (do that here) and then book your flights here.


Bonus Offers

Best Western Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you complete 2 separate stays at all Best Western Hotels in Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia or Slovakia. More... Nov 1 - Dec 31, 15

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Double Asia Miles and up to 30% off stays at Fairmont Hotel & Resorts in Asia. More... Book by Jan 31 for stays until Feb 29, 16
- Double Asia Miles for stays of 2+ nights at selected properties of Marco Polo Hotels and Niccolo By Marco Polo in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the Philippines. More... Until Dec 31, 15

Orbitz Rewards (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- 4x Orbucks on select LOT Polish Airlines flights to destinations like Budapest, Moscow, Bucharest and Warsaw. More... Book by Nov 22, 15

Stash Hotel Rewards
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at the Alexandra Resort Grace Bay. More... Book by Nov 15 for stays Nov 1 - 30, 15
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at the Serrano Hotel San Francisco. More... Until Dec 31, 15
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at the Horton Grand Hotel San Diego. More... Until Dec 31, 15
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at the Hotel Viking Newport. More... Book by Dec 31 for stays until Mar 31, 16
- Double Stash Rewards Points for stays at The Island Inn at 123 West Friday Harbor. More... Until Dec 31, 15
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at the Jefferson Street Inn Wausau. More... Until Dec 24, 15

Virgin Australia Velocity (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Double Velocity Points for stays of 3 or more nights at One & Only Resorts. More... Book Dec 14 - Apr 30, 16 for stays Feb 1 - Sep 30, 16



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