Monday, April 4, 2016

April 4 Update: Canada's newest airline, win Aeroplan Miles at Esso and win a free night at Executive Hotels

Catching up on lots of news and more after the Easter break!

News, Tips & Tricks
Canada's newest airline (not newleaf, who has received the green light from the CTA now, but have not announced when they will re-launch), FlySarvaq is scheduling their first flight for May 6. The new airline based out of Iqaluit will offer Boeing 737 service between Iqaluit and Halifax and Ottawa. It appears to be a similar set up as newleaf as the planes will be operated by Nolinor Aviation. No FFP listed as yet but you should be able to use proprietary credit card programs to redeem for flights on the new airline. Find out more about FlySarvaq here

Until May 23, 2016, Esso stations are giving away 15,000 Aeroplan miles every hour! To participate, swipe your Aeroplan Card when you make an eligible purchase. Find out more here!

Not too long ago we brought you the details of the new Starbucks Rewards program and it looks like the U.S. version will have a co-branded prepaid Visa from Chase later this year. Hopefully Canada will follow suit and get the same card from Chase here. Chase Canada definitely needs to increase their portfolio in Canada (after the sale of Sears cards to Scotia) as they only have the Marriott Visa and the Rewards Visa. Seeing how big Starbucks is and how loyal many of their clientele offering a Canadian Starbucks Visa would make great sense! If they do, I wouldn't anticipate it until sometime in 2017 however after they launch and prove the U.S. card later this year. (Source Doctor of Credit)

Emirates now allows ticket purchasers to check in online 48 hours ahead of the flight time. Not huge news but interesting none the least. (Source Emirates)

While we were off for the Easter Break, China's Anbang made a better bid for Starwood Hotels but then withdrew it. This means Marriott's takeover of Starwood should continue as it was before all this drama of the last few weeks.

Here is another AIR MILES coupon for Rexall purchases. 40 bonus miles with a spend of $30 until April 7. Print the coupon here.

Alaska Airlines has won a bidding war to buy Virgin America. Not big news for us north of the border seeing that Virgin America doesn't serve Toronto anymore (it has been a few years!)

Executive Hotels has launched a contest where you can win 10,000 Executive Rewards points. That's enough points for a one night stay at any of their hotels in Canada or the U.S.! No stay is required! Just participate on Facebook by uploading a photo. Find all the details and enter the contest here.

Posts since our last update:

Bonus Offers
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- Double Mileage Plan Miles when you fly on British Airways between Seattle and London. More... Until Sep 30, 16

Amtrak Guest Rewards
- Quadruple Guest Rewards Points for stays at La Quinta Inns and Suites in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. More... Until Jun 30, 16

Hilton HHonors
- Hilton HHonors Elite Status Match to preferred and elite status levels in other hotel programs. Status lasts until March 31, 2018! More... Until Jun 30, 16
- Triple HHonors Points on your next stay at any Hilton Hotels Worldwide. More... Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone Until Jan 31, 17

Hyatt Gold Passport
- Earn up to 75,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points when you stay at participating Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. More... Until Jun 30, 16

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Double Starpoints when you dine with SPG outside of a stay. Just spend US$10 or more at participating restaurants More... Until Jun 15, 16

Virgin America Elevate (on only)
- Earn up to 10,000 Elevate Points when you book hotels via Kaligo. More... Book by May 31 for stays until Dec 31, 16
- Triple Elevate Points on all rentals of 2+ days at participating Hertz locations in the U.S. and Mexico. More... Until Jul 31, 16

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