Friday, November 20, 2015

November 20 Update: TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Card changes, more new Air Canada transborder routes, 9 new bonuses

Your final update of the week! !

News, Tips & Tricks
One of our readers forwarded news about the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Card, most of we have covered here except the change to the Maple Leaf lounge vouchers::
Hi Patrick…last month I  signed up for the above noted card $399 product as it offered 50,000 aeroplan with terms of spending $1000 in 90 days. Its arrived and so has all the small print. I was also a card holder the first year this product launched and fumbled along with TD as they saw benefits and features come and go on the Privileges end of the product. The first year it launched I wrote you to advise HHonors Diamond status was dropped. It still has not been replaced. Airport Angel was initially provided and didn’t work at all for me in Toronto---it has been replaced with Priority Pass. The strangest change was with regards to 4 Aeroplan redemption only Maple Leaf Lounge vouchers….these have been eliminated by a process where one swipe for the card holder is permitted and is not transferrable to others even travelling on the same aeroplan flight reward. I have written through to their CSR team---I’ll keep you posted as to their reply. I’ve also written the VISA Privileges concierge to stir things up from that direction.
Nov 12th I wrote ----“I've reviewed the recent change of eliminating the 4 maple leaf lounge access paper vouchers and believe this has been a mistake in my opinion. One of the best features of this card was the ability to treat family to a lounge visit when travelling on an Aeroplan award. The fact that it is restricted to one swipe only and for the card holder only and is not transferable is a terrible change of process. The sheer fact that it is not transferable is a mistake as now the other parties travelling on the same reward ticket cannot benefit from a lounge visit. A simple clarification and process improvement could be to amend the terms and agreements that the swipe for entry is applicable per person so long as the primary card holders account was that which produced the Aeroplan redemption of the tickets and all tickets up to four swipe entries may now have access to the lounge.”
After writing to them our reader let us know that  TD customer service agreed to credit him a $150 fee reduction to compensate the cost of purchasing three additional entries to a maple leaf lounge.

Do you have this card? Are you aware of this change to the Maple Leaf lounge access and if so has it affected you yet? Holders of this card should complain to TD about this change and perhaps like our reader you'll receive some compensation back if you have paid for others to enter Maple Leaf lounges. Let us know by commenting below! 

More new Transborder routes from Air Canada to tell you about. 2016 will see Toronto to Washington Dulles, Jacksonville, Portland OR, and Salt Lake City. Vancouver will get San Diego and Chicago while Calgary gets San Francisco. (Source

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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Travel Deals
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Bonus Offers

Best Western Rewards
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Carlson Hotels Club Carlson
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Hilton HHonors
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South African Airways Voyager
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