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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Top No Fee Travel Cards to look at with the current economic downturn

While economists aren't saying that we are in a recession yet there has definitely been a downturn in the Canadian economy and lots of you may be feeling the pinch. There have been thousands of lay offs in the Alberta oil patch alone so how can you go about saving some money but continue to maximize your travel rewards on credit card spending? You could look at adjusting your portfolio to credit cards that carry no annual fee. The great news is some of them provide benefits that rival many fee based cards like the Capital One® Aspire Travel™ Platinum MasterCard®.  If you are between jobs because of a lay off or have had to take a pay cut due to current economic situation then you need to look at all aspects of your financial portfolio including credit cards and reward programs. Do you have multiple premium cards with annual fees in your credit card portfolio? If so, you could save yourself several hundred dollars by switching to no fee cards for some or all of them while continuing to build up your rewards balance for the time when your own situation improves to start vacationing again!

Every year we release our Top Travel Rewards Credit Card rankings and one category is no fee travel points cards. The first four from this past March haven't changed and are listed below. However the 5th place card, the CAA Rewards MasterCard underwent changes and the no fee version is no longer a top 5 contender.

American Express Blue Sky Credit Card
American Express Blue Sky Credit Card

• New Blue Sky® Credit Card Cardmembers, earn 10,000 Blue Sky® Points after you charge $500 in purchases to your Card in your first three months of Cardmembership.
• Earn 1.25 Blue Sky Points for every $1 in purchases charged to the Card
• You can start redeeming with as little as 10,000 points towards any travel purchase charged to your Card
• Enjoy the convenience of no blackout dates, no advance purchase requirements, no seat restrictions and no travel restrictions.
• $100,000 Travel Accident Insurance
• American Express is not responsible for maintaining or monitoring the accuracy of information on this website. For full details and current product information click the Apply now link.
Apply Now

Capital One Aspire Platinum MasterCard
Capital One® Aspire Travel™ Platinum MasterCard®

• Earn reward miles – with no annual fee!
• Earn 1 reward mile for every $1 spent – on all purchases
• Get 5,000 bonus reward miles with your first purchase
• Get 25% extra reward miles every year
• Annual interest rate of Prime +16.8%
• Redeem for travel, cash, or gift cards
• Valuable Platinum benefits, including Purchase Assurance and Extended Warranty
• Add an authorized user for $0
• MasterCard PayPass
Platinum Travel Benefits
• Baggage Delay
• Travel Accident Insurance
• Travel Assistance
• Car Rental Collision/Loss Damage Waiver
Platinum Everyday Benefits
• Price Protection Service
• Extended Warranty
• Purchase Assurance

 

Air Miles
American Express Air Miles Credit Card

New American Express  AIR MILES Credit Card Cardmembers, earn a bonus of 500 AIR MILES®* reward miles the first time you use an approved Card.
• Earn 1 reward mile for every $15 in Card purchases at AIR MILES®* Sponsors
• Earn 1 reward mile for every $20 in purchases you charge to the Card everywhere else
• Shop at participating AIR MILES®* Sponsors across Canada with your American Express® AIR MILES®* Credit Card and your AIR MILES®* Collector Card, and you can earn reward miles twice
• More than 1000 rewards to choose from! Redeem for a wide range of rewards - everything from electronics to travel and more
• American Express is not responsible for maintaining or monitoring the accuracy of information on this website. For full details and current product information click the Apply now link.
Apply now

BMO
BMO Air Miles MasterCard

800 Bonus AIR MILES when you apply for and receive the BMO AIR MILES MasterCard
- and there’s No annual fee
- Earn more reward miles when you use your card at Shell, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car
- 1 AIR MILES reward mile for every $20 that you spend on your credit card
Apply online



mbna Rewards MasterCard

• Earn 1 MBNA Rewards point for every $1 in eligible purchases
• 1,000 bonus points after your first eligible purchase
• Redeem points for cash back, travel, brand-name merchandise, gift cards from top retailers and charitable donations
No annual fee
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Fee cards that are first year free

You can also look into several travel cards which are first year free, these typically earn a lot more points than those above and have greater benefits. You can then decide just before the anniversary of the card whether to keep them or not so you do or don't pay the annual fee on them.


American Express Gold Rewards Card
• New American Express® Gold Rewards* Cardmembers can earn a Welcome Bonus of 25,000 Membership Rewards® points - our HIGHEST Gold Rewards Card offer - just by making $500 in purchases in the first three months of Cardmembership
• No Annual Fee for the first year; $150 Annual Fee thereafter*
• That's enough for a round trip flight to almost anywhere in North America
• Transfer your points to frequent flyer programs, or 1:1 to Aeroplan®* and Avios
• Earn double points on eligible travel and everyday purchases
• Charge any travel to your Card the√łaern pay for it with points
• 1 Free Supplementary Gold Rewards Card (a $50 value*) to help you earn points faster
• American Express is not responsible for maintaining or monitoring the accuracy of information on this website. For full details and current product information click the Apply now  link.
• *As a Charge Card, the balance must always be paid in full each month. 30% annual interest rate applies to balances not paid in full.
Conditions apply
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American Express Air Miles Platinum Credit Card

• New American Express  AIR MILES Platinum Credit Card Cardmembers, earn a bonus of 2,000 AIR MILES reward miles when you charge a total of $500 in purchases to your Card within your first three months of Cardmembership.
• Enjoy your first year free
• Earn 1 reward mile for every $10 in Card purchases at AIR MILES®* Sponsors
• Earn 1 reward mile for every $10 in Card purchases at other eligible grocery stores, gas stations, and drugstores in Canada
• Plus, earn 1 reward mile for every $15 in Card purchases everywhere else
• Shop at participating AIR MILES Sponsors across Canada with your Card and show your AIR MILES®* Collector Card, and you can earn reward miles twice
• More than 1000 rewards to choose from! Redeem for a wide range of rewards - everything from electronics to travel and more
• American Express is not responsible for maintaining or monitoring the accuracy of information on this website. For full details and current product information click the Apply now link.
Apply now
Conditions apply


Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Visa
30,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you apply for and receive the Premier card. Points are awarded after your first purchase.
Annual Fee: $120 (waived in the first year)
Supplementary cards: free
30,000 Marriott Rewards Points sign up bonus after your first purchase
1 Free Night at a Category 1 - 4 location upon card approval
5 Marriott Rewards points per $ spent at Marriott locations
2 Marriott Rewards points per $ spent on Airline Tickets, Car Rental agencies and restaurants
1 Marriott Rewards point on all other spending
15 Night credit towards elite status, which translates to automatic Silver status
Anniversary bonus of 1 free night at a Category 1 - 4 location
Apply online.
Canadian Residents Only
Chase is not responsible for maintaining or monitoring the accuracy of information on this website. For full details and current product information click the Apply now link. Conditions apply

“The interest rates, fees, rewards details, benefits and other details of the Capital One product(s) described in the article may have changed since the time of publication. Please consult the product information pages on the Capital One website for accurate product details. In the event of any conflict between the product details in this article and the Capital One website, the details on the Capital One website shall prevail.”

 

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!

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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!