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Monday, March 21, 2016

March 21 Update: Marriott back on top for Starwood takeover, last day to book American AAdvantage awards at old rates, CIBC Cash Back card offer

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Wow the Starwood sale saga sure is exciting! News broke this weekend that Marriott made a counter offer to Anbang's offer that Starwood accepted last week and this new Marriott offer has now been accepted by Starwood! Now we wait to see if Anbang will coutner the counter offer! (Source Reuters)

Today is the last day to book American AAdvantage award tickets at lower ticket levels for most flight options for Canadians! As we detailed in our post back in November American Airlines announced a big change to the AAdvantage program in 2016 and the award ticket portion kicks in tomorrow. Here some excerpts from our post:
"The good news is that AAdvantage is keeping award charts like United and unlike Delta who no longer publishes award charts as their awards are dynamically priced. The other good news is that we have four months noticed for the effective changes to AAdvantage award flights. Those changes will come to be on March 22, 2016.

Keeping with the good news they are introducing new short haul awards, 7,500 miles one way for flights under 500 miles. This is inline with the new British Airways requirement of 7,500 miles for flights under 600 miles in North America.

Now onto the bad news for us Canucks, they are increasing the amount of miles required for travel between Canada and the U.S. over 500 miles.  The current chart has MileSAAver awards at the standard 25,000 miles round trip (12,500 one way) but on March 22 that moves to 30,000 miles or 15,000 one way for Economy Class. Business Class moves to 60,000 round trip or 30,000 one way....

....For Economy Class this is now more than Aeroplan, United and British Airways (in most cases) while in Business this now matches the Aeroplan requirement that kicks in on December 15th.

Some other major changes:
Canada to Europe moves from 50,000 miles each way in business class to 62,500!! This matches Air France KLM Flying Blue's requirement. Economy Class only sees a mild increase of 2,500 miles each way.

Canada to Asia 1 in First Class moves from 62,500 to 85,000 miles while Canada to Asia 2 jumps from 67,500 miles to 112,500 miles each way in first class!!

The move of AA to separate Canada from the typically seen US/Canada category in award charts hurts us up North here more so than those in the lower 48 whose increases are a hard pill to swallow but are less than what us Canadians will feel!"

Air Canada today announced it will offer satellite connectivity on international flights so customers can email, surf the internet and stream entertainment at broadband speeds while flying anywhere in the world. (Source Air Canada)

We were on the Informed Traveler radio show yesterday discussing the AIR MILES expiry topic. You can listen to the piece here. (Don't flame me yet as I have yet to listen to it!) You can read our piece on AIR MILES expiry here. One reader in our comments stands to lose 25,000+ miles later this year. Let's help them out to see where they can use the miles or should they get the Amex Reserve with Onyx status to save their miles!

The CIBC Dividend® Visa Infinite Card is first year free right now and will award you with 4% cash back on all purchases (limited to $5,000 in spend or 180 days) if you apply by March 31! Find out more here.



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AIR MILES (Canada)
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