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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

November 2 Update: Last day to enter #RC15 Contest #1, card updates from Scotia, Amex & BMO, and some great bonuses!

News, Tips & Tricks
Today is the last day to enter the first contest of Rewards Canada's 15th Anniversary celebration! Be sure to visit and enter the contest for a chance to win one of three prizes of 15,000 Aeroplan Miles. It is also the last day to earn some free Marriott Rewards points with the celebration! Find out more here!


WestJet announced today it will begin daily service between the Greater Sudbury Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport starting February 3, 2017. Operated by WestJet's regional airline, WestJet Encore, the service will increase to three daily flights in May 2017. (Source WestJet)


On Monday we saw the official opening of the new International terminal in Calgary! If you are flying from or connecting via YYC all your International and Transborder U.S. flights will now operate from the new terminal. (Source YYC)
The new 186,000 square metre (two million square foot) terminal adds 24 aircraft gates at YYC, and incorporates numerous technologies and processes designed to streamline the passenger experience throughout the airport. These include North America’s first call-to-gate passenger boarding system, North America’s first full CATSA Plus enhanced passenger screening system, enhanced U.S. and Canadian customs technology, a state of the art Crisbag tote-based baggage system and the YYC LINK, a custom-designed and Canadian-build passenger shuttle service that transports passengers between the domestic and international facilities.
There are a few small Scotia credit card updates that kicked in yesterday. The Scotiabank Gold American Express now requires a spend of $750 in the first three months instead of $500 to receive the 20,000 bonus points but and this is a big but it is FIRST YEAR FREE AGAIN! The Scotia Momentum® VISA* Infinite card keeps its first year free offer but has now added a 1.99% introductory balance transfer option for the 1st six months. We don't condone carrying a balance but if you have to for several months these are the options to look out for to save yourself some money on interest charges. Finally the 4,000 bonus point sign up bonus for the Scotia SCENE® VISA* card has been extended to the end of January.


Also some changes from American Express: The American Express AIR MILES Platinum card changed by having its spend requirement tripled! You now have to spend $1,500 instead of $500 to earn the 2,000 Bonus AIR MILES. The card is still first year free (not first year free anymore) but now you have to spend at least $500 per month in the first three months to get that bonus. Also the no fee American Express AIR MILES moves from giving 500 AIR MILES on the first purchase to having a spend requirement of $500 to get that same bonus.

Finally another quick card update see the BMO Air Miles World Elite MasterCard sign up bonus doubled to 2,000 miles from the standard 1,000 miles.

Posts since our last update:

Bonus Offers
Air France / KLM Flying Blue
- November Promo Awards - Save 20% to 50% on the Award Miles usually required for an award ticket. More... Book by Nov 30 for travel Jan 1 - Feb 28, 17

Carlson Hotels Club Carlson
- Earn Double Gold Points or Double Elite Night credit for stays at any participating Carlson hotels worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 16

Choice Privileges
- Receive up to 40% Bonus Privileges Points when you buy Choice Privileges points online. Bonus varies by member. More... Until Dec 2, 16

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Up to a 50% Discount when you buy or gift Starpoints! More... Until Dec 31, 16

Voila Hotel Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus VHR Points when you join the Voila Hotel Rewards program. More... Until ?


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