Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November 18 Update: American AAdvantage changes, confirmation of Amex Canada transfer to Etihad, lots of buy miles bonuses

Here is your mid-week update!

News, Tips & Tricks
Just waiting on the third piece of bad news this week as usually they come in threes. The first was the news of Marriott taking over Starwood which really could be good news for some but mainly bad news for SPG members and now the second piece of bad news are the 2016 changes to American AAdvantage. While everyone globally is affected, we here in Canada get hit harder than those living in the 48 continguous states as we are now lumped in with Alaska on their award charts. What this means is that we get the increases that those living in the U.S. do and then some more! Not good news for Canadian AAdvantage members. See here for complete details.

There were some questions asked as to whether the current 25% bonus on transfers to Etihad Guest including American Express Canada since Amex Canada was not listed on the Etihad site. We reached out to Etihad and have confirmation from them that Amex Canada is most definitely included and they thanked us for noting that Canada was not on their site. Now it is. Thanks to Rewards Canada reader Ben for posing the question.

We are speaking at the Canadian Points University in January! You can save $20 off the ticket price when you use promo code REWARD20 ! Visit the site here.

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Bonus Offers

airberlin topbonus
- Double topbonus Miles on airberlin, NIKI and Etihad long haul flights. More... Register and book by Dec 11 for travel Apr 1 - Aug 31, 16

China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 3,777 Bonus Dynasty Flyer Miles when you fly between Taipei and Frankfurt in Premium Economy class. More... Until Dec 31, 15

Emirates Skywards
- 1,000 Bonus Miles when you book the Emirates Holidays 'Buy one, get one free' offer on selected spa treatments with a stay of 3 or more nights at the in Dubai: The Address, Dubai Mall, Sheraton Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Warwick Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road. More... Jan 1 - Mar 31, 16

Hyatt Gold Passport
- 30% Bonus Gold Passport Points when you buy Gold Passport points online. More... Until Nov 30, 15

La Quinta Returns
- Up to 25% Bonus Returns Points when you buy La Quinta Returns points. More... Until Dec 19, 15

Le Club accorhotels
- Double Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in Argentine, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru or Uruguay. . More... Book by Nov 30 for stays until Dec 31, 15
- 500 Bonus Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in Africa and the Indian Ocean region. More... Book by Dec 6 for stays until Jan 3, 16

Shangri-La Golden Circle
- Double GC Award Points for stays at the Shangri-la Hotel, Wuhan. More... Until Feb 29, 16

Southwest Rapid Rewards (on only)
- 3,000 Bonus Rapid Rewards Points on your first Rocketmiles booking More... Book by Dec 31, 15
- 40% Bonus Rapid Rewards Points when you buy, gift or transfer points online. More... Until Dec 8, 15

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Save up to 25% when you buy or gift Starpoints online. More... Until Dec 31, 15 

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