Monday, October 19, 2015

October 19 Update: Scotia buys Sears Card portfolio from Chase, Sonesta Hotels added to Rewards Canada

Election day here in Canada and lots of things going on behind the scenes mean our daily update is being posted later than usual today!

News, Tips & Tricks
Last Thursday news broke the Scotiabank had bought JP Morgan Chase's credit card portfolio here in Canada. There was mixed news as to whether it was just the Sears card portfolio being bought seeing as that agreement ends in November or if it was all of Chase's cards including Amazon and Marriott. We have spoken with both Chase and Scotiabank representatives and have confirmed it is strictly the Sears Card portfolio that Scotia has bought. This is good news as I know some of you were worried about what might happen to your Marriott Premier Visa in particular. We don't have the details yet as to what the Sears cards from Scotia will be like but hopefully they keep the Voyage MasterCard as it was a decent card.

We added yet another new loyalty program to Rewards Canada today. Sonesta Hotels Travel Pass. This hotel chain has over 30 hotels in the U.S.,  4 in the Caribbean, over 15 in South America and several Egyptian properties. They have an elite status match so if you hold status in another hotel program be sure to get it matched before you stay with Sonesta! See our Travel Pass bonus points page here.

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Bonus Offers

Aegean Miles&Bonus
- Double Miles&Bonus Miles for stays at the Domotel Anemolia. More... Until Nov 30, 15
- Double Miles&Bonus Miles for Hertz rentals of 3 or more days in Greece. More... Until Nov 30, 15

airBaltic PINS (on only)
- Double PINS for Avis rentals of 2+ days in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. More... Until Dec 31, 15

Air Canada / Aeroplan
- 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles and a $50 SHOP.CA voucher for Thursday - Sunday night stays at 70 participating hotels across Canada. More... Until Jan 31, 16

Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles (on only)
- 50% Bonus GarudaMiles on Garuda Indonesia flights between Surabaya or Denpasar and Banyuwangi. More... Until Nov 30, 15

Le Club accorhotels
- Double Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in Czech Republic and Slovakia. More... Nov 1 - Dec 31, 15

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Double QMiles for stays at any participating Shangri-La Resorts Worldwide. More... Until Nov 30, 15

Sonesta Hotels Travel Pass
- Elite Status Match to preferred and elite status levels in other hotel programs. More... Ongoing
- Double Travel Pass Points for stays at the Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami. More... Until Jan 31, 16
- Double Travel Pass Points for stays at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore. More... Until Mar 31, 16
- Double Travel Pass Points for stays at the Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown. More... Until Mar 31, 16

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