Tuesday, March 22, 2016

March 22 Update: Amex Platinum losing Accor Status Benefit, $25 off your 1st HotelTonight booking, 40% off Air India Award flights

Rewards Canada sends our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by today's devastating news from Brussels.

News, Tips & Tricks
The Platinum Card from American Express will be losing the Le Club accorhotels Platinum status benefit. If you haven't signed up for this offer yet be sure to do sot by April 15th and you'll get the status for another year. I just checked mine and it expires on April 30 so I believe, from the terminology below, that I will be automatically enrolled for another year.
Effective April 30, 2016, enrollment in Le Club AccorHotels’ Platinum tier membership will no longer be a benefit on The Platinum Card.
If you are currently enrolled in Le Club AccorHotels’ Platinum tier membership and your membership expires on, or before April 30, 2016, Le Club AccorHotels will offer you one (1) additional complimentary membership year in their Platinum tier, with no minimum requirements. To preserve your Platinum tier membership after your complimentary year comes to an end, you will need to fulfil the Le Club AccorHotels qualifying criteria, details of which can be found at www.accorhotels.com/leclub.
If your membership expires on, or after May 1, 2016, you’ll be able to retain your Platinum tier membership provided that you have met Le Club AccorHotels’ qualifying criteria. Depending on the number of nights stayed or points earned, Le Club AccorHotels will assess your membership and enroll you into the appropriate tier in accordance with Le Club AccorHotels terms and conditions available on www.accorhotels.com/leclub. If you are not yet a member, Le Club AccorHotels will offer you one (1) complimentary year of their Platinum tier membership if you enroll by April 15, 2016.
At first this may not seem like a big loss seeing that Accor only has a few hotels in Canada and the U.S. except for those who travel to Europe and Asia where Accor has a bigger presence. But for those whom it may not seem like a big loss, it potentially is. Remember Accor is the chain that has bought Fairmont Hotels. Right now the two chains are separate but it may only be a year or so before we see Fairmont's President's Club integrated into Le Club accorhotels as Accor finishes the Fairmont takeover. Sure the Platinum cards gives a fast track to Fairmont Platinum status but once President's Club is gone the loss of the Accor benefit on the Platinum Amex means no more status at Fairmont Hotels. Here's what I would do, make sure you do take advantage of the Fairmont fast track from the Platinum Card this year as there is a good chance that Fairmont Platinum's will be extended Accor Platinum status when it is integrated. So in general, we should be safe for 2016 and 2017 but 2018 and on will be a loss unless other benefits (like the recent Hilton HHonors Gold) are brought to the Platinum Card.

Emirates Airlines is starting their WestJet codeshare later this week on several routes to/from Toronto and more in April. (Source: Airlineroute.net)

Over on our global site we have an exclusive offer running with HotelTonight! HotelTonight is an app that allows you to book last minute hotel stays at discounted rates. If you haven't used it before you can save US$25 on your first stay! Find out more here.

Shoppers Optimum members can get 8,000 bonus points when you spend $30 or more tomorrow at Shoppers Drug Mart. Print the coupon here.

AIR MILES members can get 50 bonus Reward Miles when you spend $30 or more at Rexall until March 24th. Print the coupon here.

Posts since our last update:

Bonus Offers
Air India Flying Returns
- 40% Flying Returns Miles Discount when you redeem for any domestic or internationl Air India flight for travel Mon-Thu. More... Until Apr 28, 16

AIR MILES (Canada)
- Earn up to 25 Bonus AIR MILES Reward Miles when you get an oil change at Jiffy Lube. More... Until May 31, 16

American AAdvantage
- Quadruple AAdvantage Miles when you rent a compact through full-size car at any participating National location in the United States. More... Until Dec 31, 16

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
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SAS EuroBonus
- Earn up to 1,500 Bonus EuroBonus points on Budget rentals Worldwide except in New Zealand. More... Apr 1 - May 31, 16

South African Airways Voyager
- Double Voyager Miles and 4th night free for stays at participating Shangri-La Resorts Worldwide. More... Until Jun 30, 16

Stash Hotel Rewards
- Double Stash Rewards Points and 4th night free at the POSH Palm Springs Inn. More... Until May 31, 16
- Double Stash Rewards Points when you book the Bed and Breakfast package. Bonus 500 points on 3 or more nights stay at the River Terrace Inn Napa. More... Book by Apr 30 for stays until Jul 31, 16
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