Monday, October 23, 2017

October 23 Update: Earn 40 Bonus AIR MILES for Best Western stays, Save 30% at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and more

A quiet start to the week with only bonus offers and travel deals to pass along!

Best Western and AIR MILES have resurrected their summer offer of 40 bonus AIR MILES for stays at Best Western Hotels in the Canada, the U.S. or Caribbean.  The offer runs until the end of the year. Find out more here.


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Travel Deals
You can save 30% off the Best Available Rate at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver if you book by October 31. Stays can be booked as far out as April 30, 2018. Find out more here

Remember to visit Rewards Canada's Travel Booking site to book travel directly with many of your favourite airlines, hotels and more!

Canadian Bonus Offers
AIR MIlES (Canada)
- 40 Bonus AIR MILES Reward Miles for each stay you complete at Best Western Hotels in Canada, the U.S. or Caribbean.  More... Until Dec 31, 17

British Airways Executive Club
- Earn up to 50,000 Bonus Avios when you apply for and receive the RBC British Airways Visa Infinite Card. More... For residents of Canada only. Until ?

Fairmont President's Club
- 500 Bonus Airline Miles (including Aeroplan), up to 25% off, free cocktail & breakfast + $25 hotel credit for stays on the Suite Moments package at the Fairmont Hotels in the Americas and Europe. More... Book by Dec 31 for stays until Mar 31, 18

Other Bonus Offers
Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 500 Free Miles+Bonus Miles for logging into your Miles+Bonus account on the Aegean app. More... Until Nov 16, 17

Iberia Plus
- Earn Triple Avios on all Hilton Hotel stays Worldwide. More... Until Jan 30, 18
- 500 FREE Avios when you join IHG Rewards Club and a fast track to Gold Elite status when you stay only 3 nights at any of 5,000+ IHG properties worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 17

IHG Rewards Club

- Earn up to a  $100 Mastercard Reward Card and 4,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club Points when you complete 2 stays at IHG Hotels Worldwide and pay for them with a Mastercard card. More... Valid for residents of the U.S. Nov 1 - Feb 1, 18

South African Airways Voyager
- Double Voyager Miles for stays at the Radisson Red V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. More... Book by Nov 30 for stays until Dec 15, 17

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

500 FREE Aegean Miles+Bonus Miles for logging in via the mobile app

Lufthansa's Miles & More is offering 500 free miles for downloading and logging into to their app so Aegean Airlines must have felt like they should do the same. Right now when you log into your Miles+Bonus account on the Aegean app they will give you 500 free Miles+Bonus miles. You may be asking why post this to Rewards Canada but I know there are some of you who are crediting your Air Canada and other Star Alliance flights to Aegean Miles+Bonus since they have one of the easiest Star Alliance Gold qualification requirements and here are 500 more miles for you thought they are not elite qualifying. Also it can be away to extend miles in your Miles+Bonus account if you haven't used it for awhile like us who did pre-2015 when Aegean had super-easy Star Alliance elite qualifying.

Offer details
500 Free Miles+Bonus Miles for logging into your Miles+Bonus account on the Aegean app. Full details Until Nov 16, 17

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Canadian Points University Calgary - Come learn the ins and outs of travel reward programs on Nov 3/4

 
The third installment of the Canadian Points University is just around the corner! This edition will be held in Calgary at the new Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel (read our review of the hotel here) If you have not bought tickets yet you can do so at PointsU.ca and use our code 'RewardsCanada' to save yourself $20 on the full ticket price.

Whether you are a newcomer to the world of miles and points or a seasoned expert conferences like this are always a great place to learn more about making the most of your loyalty programs. There are always new tips and tricks being revealed and with over a dozen speakers and guests you can be sure that you'll come away knowing more about rewards than you did coming in. Check out the PointsU.ca website for complete details including the agenda for the main day on November 4th, discounted rates for stays at the Marriott and of course ticket purchasing.

This third edition moves away from the traditional conference format and moves to a more interactive 'around the table' format:



Some of the topics that will be interactively discussed are Where to Start, Maximizing Aeroplan, Awards Search Hands on and much more. All in all it should be a great day of learning and sharing ideas to make the most of your loyalty programs!



October 19 Update: Earn Triple Aurora Rewards Points on all Canadian North flights, Earn 10x More Rewards Points on all travel bookings & more!

Today is primarily a yellow themed bonus offer day with some great new offers from Canadian North and More Rewards

Canadian North has launched a Triple Aurora Rewards points on all their flights systemwide. Simply book by Nov 13 for travel right through to the end of April. Remember you can double dip with Canadian North on their flights by earning Aurora Rewards points and Aeroplan Miles at the same time! Find out more here


Meanwhile More Rewards are offering 10x More Rewards points on every eligible dollar spent on travel via More Rewards Travel. That equates to about a 4.2% return on each dollar spent. More Rewards Travel is a full fledged travel agency that books flights, hotels, vacation packages and more.  Now maybe the time to funnel some flight bookings via them. This offer runs until Nov 30. Find out more here.

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Travel Deals
Air France is celebrating Diwali with some great seat sale fares for flight to India! Book by Oct 24 Find out more here
  • Montreal - Delhi from $ 819 Return flight
  • Montreal - Bangalore from $ 885 Return flight
  • Montreal - Madras from $ 955 Return flight
  • Montreal - Mumbai from $ 1 005 Return flight
  • Toronto - Bangalore from $ 945 Return flight
  • Toronto - Mumbai from $ 949 Return flight
  • Toronto - Delhi from $ 955 Return flight
  • Toronto - Madras from $ 1 085 Return flight
  • Vancouver - Delhi from $ 1 129 Return flight
  • Vancouver - Bangalore from $ 1 195 Return flight
  • Vancouver - Mumbai from $ 1 235 Return flight
  • Vancouver - Madras from $ 1 260 Return flight

Remember to visit Rewards Canada's Travel Booking site to book travel directly with many of your favourite airlines, hotels and more!

Canadian Bonus Offers
Air Canada / Aeroplan
- 250 bonus Aeroplan Miles for stays of 4 days or more at participating Park’N Fly locations. More... Until Dec 31, 17

Canadian North Aurora Rewards
- Triple Aurora Rewards points on all Canadian North flights systemwide. More... Book by Nov 13 for travel until Apr 30, 18

More Rewards
- 10x More Rewards Points when you book any travel via More Rewards Travel. More... Book by Nov 30, 17

Other Bonus Offers
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- 3,000 Bonus Mileage Plan Miles when you complete your first hotel stay booked via Rocketmiles. More... Book by Dec 31, 17

GHA Discovery
- Earn Double Tier Night Credits on all qualified stays at GHA Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 17

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 5,000 Bonus Miles&Smiles Miles when you complete 2 rentals with Avis in Europe, The Middle East, Africa, Asia, USA and Canada. More... Until Dec 31, 17

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Summary of global hotel systemwide bonus points promotions - October Edition

One of the easiest ways to rack up lots of hotel points is to take advantage of the systemwide bonuses that come from many of the big chain programs and also from the lesser known programs. In fact, right now it should be rare for you NOT to earn a bonus. Unless you are staying at a boutique hotel or perhaps a Fairmont Hotel most other hotels out there have a bonus. So take advantage of it! These systemwide bonuses simply require you to register beforehand and they do not affect hotel pricing as long as you book a point eligible rate which are most rates out there. Of course booking through a third party site like Expedia or Rocketmiles does not count as most chains only award points on bookings that are made directly with them.  Without further ado here are all the current promotions that are available to everyone:




Provider
Offer
Validity Date
Best Western Rewards Double Rewards Points for stays at all Best Western branded hotels Worldwide. Full details, Online registration and booking (Registration is required)
Additional offer: BWR members can redeem 10,000 points for an exclusive offer for a Free Night valid for a stay at any Best Western branded hotel in North America.  The free night is valid for stays taking place between November 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018
Until Nov 30, 17
For a complete listing of all Best Western Rewards bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Best Western page
Carlson Hotels Club Carlson 3,000 Bonus Gold Points when you complete a stay booked via the Club Carlson mobile app. Full details Until Dec 31, 17
For a complete listing of all Carlson Hotels Club Carlson bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Carlson page
Choice Hotels Privileges Earn up to 8,000 Bonus Privileges Points for 2 separate stays you complete at participating Choice Hotels Worldwide. Stay must be booked via ChoiceHotels.com, the Choice Hotels mobile app, or 800.4CHOICE at qualifying rates.  Members will be awarded a minimum of 5,000 and maximum of 8,000 bonus points, depending on the number of base points earned from the two (2) separate qualifying stays. Full details, online registration and booking (Registration is required)
Restrictions
For residents of the U.S. and Canada only 
Aug 31 - Nov 11, 17 
For a complete listing of all Choice Privileges bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Choice page
Fairmont Presidents Club No Offers at this time
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For a complete listing of all Fairmont bonus offers please visit Rewards Canada's Fairmont page
GHA Discovery Earn Double Tier Night Credits on all qualified stays at GHA Hotels Worldwide. Register online (Registration is required)
Until Dec 31, 17
For a complete listing of all GHA Discovery bonus offers please visit Rewards Canada's GHA page
Hilton Double Honors Points on all eligible stays at any Hilton Hotels Worldwide. Diamond members will earn an extra bonus which varies by member. Full details, online registration and booking (Registration is required)  Sep 1 - Dec 31, 17
For a complete listing of all Hilton HHonors bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Hilton page
Hyatt No Offers at this time --
For a complete listing of all Hyatt Gold Passport bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Hyatt page
InterContinental Hotels Group IHG Rewards Club Accelerate: Earn 500 to 30,000 or more Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points when you complete stays at IHG Hotels Worldwide. Bonus varies by member  Full details, online registration and booking (Registration is required) Sep 1 - Dec 31, 17
For a complete listing of all IHG Priority Club bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's IHG page
Le Club accorhotels No Offers at this time
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For a complete listing of all Best Western Rewards bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Best Western page
Marriott Earn a free night when you complete two stays at any participating Marriott Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.  Additional bonus offers may be provided after completing the two stays.  Full details, online registration and booking(Registration is required)
Free stay is valid for 6 months after issuance and is good for Category 1-5 hotels.
Register by Nov 30 for stays Sep 12 - Jan 15, 18
For a complete listing of all Marriott Rewards bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Marriott page
Preferred Hotel Group iPrefer No Offers at this time
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For a complete listing of all Marriott Rewards bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's iPrefer page
Ritz-Carlton Rewards No Offers at this time
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For a complete listing of all Shangria-La bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Ritz-Carlton Rewards page
Shangri-La Golden Circle No Offers at this time
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For a complete listing of all Shangria-La bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Golden Circle page
Sonesta Hotels Travel Pass Double Travel Pass Points for stays at all participating Sonesta Hotels in the U.S. Full details Book by Nov 17 for stays until Nov 30, 17
For a complete listing of all Sonesta Hotels bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Travel Pass page
Starwood Preferred Guest Earn up to 1,000 Bonus Starpoints for stays at participating Starwood Hotels Worldwide. Full details, online registration and booking(Registration is required)
Earn 1,000 bonus Starpoints per stay at St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Le Méridien, Westin, Sheraton, Tribute Portfolio and Design Hotels. 500 bonus Starpoints per stay at Aloft, Element and Four Points. Plus earn . 10,000 bonus Starpoints when you stay 25 or more nights
Register by Nov 30 for stays Sep 12 - Jan 15, 18
For a complete listing of all Starwood Preferred Guest bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's SPG page
Voila Hotel Rewards 30% Bonus VHR Points for stays at participating VOILÀ network hotels Worldwide. Register Online (Registration is required) Until Feb 28, 18
Double Elite Status Credit for stays of 3 or more nighst at participating VOILÀ network hotels Worldwide. Register Online (Registration is required) Until Jan 31, 18
Triple VHR Bonus Points and Double Elite Status Credit for stays at participating VOILÀ network hotels Worldwide. Register Online (Registration is required) Until Nov 30, 17
For a complete listing of all Voila Hotel Rewards bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's VHR page
World Hotels Peakpoints Triple Peakpoints or Triple Airline Miles for stays of 2 or more nights at participating World Hotels locations Worldwide. Full details Until Mar 31, 18
Double Peakpoints or Double Airline Miles for stays at participating World Hotels locations Worldwide that are booked at least 20 days in advance. Full details Until Mar 31, 18
For a complete listing of all Starwood Preferred Guest bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Peakpoints page
Wyndham Rewards 7,500 Bonus Wyndham Rewards Points for stays at participating Wyndham Hotels & Resorts that are paid for with MasterPass. Full details and online booking Until Oct 31, 17
For a complete listing of all Wyndham Rewards bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Wyndham page

Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express drops to 20,000 points but 2x points for hotel stays extended

 Good and bad news today for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express. First lets get rid of the bad news, which in all reality isn't that bad. It's just bad because the promotional sign up bonus of 25,000 Starpoints ended yesterday and as of today is back to the 20,000 Starpoints. So yes it's 5,000 points less but even with a 20,000 Starpoints bonus this is card is still one of the front runners in our market. Just a slight punch to the gut if you didn't apply for it by yesterday as it would have been 5,000 points more. Alas 20,000 Starpoints is worth at least $400 in our minds if not way more than that.

Related: Why you should still consider getting the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express 

Onto the good news, a few months ago we learned the U.K. version of this card had extended the 2 Starpoints per dollar spent at Starwood and Marriott hotels the end of 2018. Since then we have been checking with Amex to see if an extension was coming on our Canadian version and we can officially tell you that yes it is! The Canadian card will continue to offer 2 Starpoints per dollar spent at Starwood and Marriott hotels around the globe until February 15, 2018. This is great news although I am still wondering why the U.K. version has extended their offer much longer than ours.

We've written extensively on why this card is so good and would recommend reading some of our other posts on the card as to why it provides what we would consider the highest return of all credit cards in Canada
 Anyways here are all the details on the current offer for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express

Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card
Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express


New Starwood Preferred Guest®* Credit Card from American Express Cardmembers, earn 20,000 bonus Starpoints® after you charge $1,500 in purchases to your Card in your first three months of Cardmembership.
• You can earn 2 Starpoints for every dollar of eligible purchases charged to the Card at participating SPG® and Marriott Rewards® hotels from November 15, 2016 through February 15, 2018.
• Earn 1 Starpoint for every $1 in purchases charged to the Card
• Enjoy a Free Weekend Night Award when you reach $40,000 in purchases each year
• Experience Starwood Gold Preferred Guest status when you reach $30,000 in purchases each year
• Redeem Starpoints for Free Nights with no blackout dates at over 1,200 of the world's most desired hotels in nearly 100 countries
• Use Starpoints for flights on over 150 airlines with no blackout dates with SPG Flights
• Experience once-in-a-lifetime events with SPG Moments
• American Express Invites™ opens the door to great music, theatre, dining, film, fashion and shopping experiences. Be among the first to know, and among the first to go!
· You can use Apple Pay on your eligible device to pay for goods and services at participating American Express contactless merchants
• Annual interest rate 19.99% on purchases and 21.99% on funds advances
• 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.
• Conditions apply

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October 18 Update: RBC & Petro-Canada team up for more points & savings, last day for SPG Amex, up to 3x miles on Qatar Airways flights

RBC and Petro-Canada came out with more partnership news yesterday. Thanks to RBC, Bruce and Kevin for sending along the details to us! As many of you may be aware we brought you details some time ago about automatically getting 2 cents off per litre of gas at Petro-Canada when you use a RBC credit card to pay for it. They offer ends on the 31st of this month and will be replaced by an even better partnership!
Starting on October 31, RBC clients will be able to link their Petro-Points card to any personal or business RBC debit or credit card to instantly receive 3¢ per litre fuel savings and earn 20 per cent more Petro-Points on qualifying purchases made at Petro-Canada. RBC Rewards credit card holders will also earn 20 per cent more RBC Rewards points on their Petro-Canada purchases. Unlike other loyalty programs where the benefits are limited to a specific card, Canadians will be able to use every RBC card in their wallet to save instantly on fuel and earn more rewards points. Clients simply need to link their Petro-Points card to their RBC profile online once by visiting the secure RBC website, rbc.com/petro-canada
As you can see the discount becomes greater with this partnership however you need to tie your cards together from RBC and Petro-Points. Not a big deal. Petro-Points already has this going on with tie-ins with HBC Rewards, More Rewards, CAA and more. The question that will need to be answered, is that currently with Petro-Points you can link multiple other loyalty accounts to your Petro-Points and get the 20% bonus points from each of them and will that be the case with RBC as well? That is if you link your RBC card and your HBC card will you a 20% bonus twice? And what about More Rewards? Finally for those of you who have Avion cards or other RBC Rewards Cards you'll score that other 20% in RBC Rewards on those Petro-Canada purchases!

Today is the last day to grab the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit from American Express with the 25,000 Starpoint sign up bonus! Read more about that here and apply for now if you have been hemming and hawing.


A bonus offer to be aware of is this flight bonus offer from Qatar Airways and Le Club AccorHotels. Le Club AccorHotels is a program that has set up lots of promotions with their partners like Finnair and now Qatar Airways whereby being a member gets you benefits in that partner's loyalty programs and now members can earn up to 3x QMiles on all Qatar Airways flights until the end of the year. This means that if you are flying on Qatar between Montreal and Doha you can earn this bonus! Of course Le Club is free to join so why wouldn't you take advantage of this if you are planning on flying Qatar Airways before the end of the year! Find out more here!


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Travel Deals
No travel deals today but remember to visit Rewards Canada's Travel Booking site to book travel directly with many of your favourite airlines, hotels and more!

Canadian Bonus Offers
N/A

Other Bonus Offers

Aegean Miles&Bonus
- 30% Miles&Bonus Discount on select award tickets within Greece and between Greece and Europe, the Middle East or Africa. More... Until Nov 30, 17

Aeroflot Bonus
- Triple Bonus Miles for stays at Jumeirah Hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. More... Until Jan 30, 18

Marriott Rewards
- 4,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays of 2+ nights at the Miami Airport Marriott. More... Until Nov 20, 17
- Earn up to 7,500 Bonus Rewards Points for stays at the Residence Inn Jersey City. More... Dec 17 - Feb 28, 18
- 10,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays of 2+ nights Thursday-Sunday at the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale Hotel. More... Until Dec 31, 17
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays of 2+ nights at over 40 Marriott locations in Southern California. More... Until Dec 14, 17
- 2,500 Bonus Rewards Points PER NIGHT for stays at 4 Marriott locations in Baltimore. More... Until Dec 7, 17

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Earn up to Triple QMiles on all Qatar Airways flights Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 17

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Why my wife and I each grabbed our own WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercards

Recently my wife and I grabbed ourselves the WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard and there really were three reasons behind this. Now this wasn't an apply for primary and secondary cards for one account. These were two separate applications for both of us to each have our own cards. I've mentioned the reason why before in our Ultimate Credit Card Portfolio for Families and now we've jumped on it ourselves.

Here are the main reasons why we grabbed the cards right now:
  1. The cards will have an increased annual fee come November 1 of $119 so by grabbing them now we saved $40 in the first year of having the card since we will pay the $99 annual fee each. As of today, it all depends on your first statement date after applying as to whether you'll have a $99 or $119 annual fee
  2. We are a family of four that flies WestJet 3-6 times per year and having access to two companion passes will bring us huge savings every year
  3. We each got the 250 WestJet dollar sign up bonus on the cards this first year, so that's $500 more towards our next flights - for only $198 - which is almost enough for flights to Europe with WestJet’s partner Delta (see here for details on that!)
  4. First Checked Bag Free for up to 8 people - right now with Gold status that isn't a huge selling point but my status expires at the end of the year so without re-qualification it will come in handy!
Now let's get back to point 2 as that was the main reason we grabbed 2 separate WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard accounts. The annual companion voucher that comes with each card can easily bring much bigger value to you than your annual fee on the card alone:
Here is an example of where these companion passes can provide some huge value. Since you can use them on any fare class, I searched for four tickets from Calgary to London for Easter Break 2018. When we fly long haul we try to do so where we can relax and rest so with WestJet the option would be in Plus:


Four tickets outright in Plus run $8744.44 however if I booked two tickets and used a companion voucher for one of them and my wife did the same we could drop that price down to $5848.45 (two base fares, two companion voucher fares and all taxes/fees). That's nearly a $3,000 saving attributed to the having the companion vouchers from the cards! Would I book this right now? Probably not since I would most likely use miles in another program to go in a true business class but with WestJet adding Boeing 787's with a true business class in a little over a year I hope, really hope, that WestJet will add a business class companion voucher to the card!

In all likelihood the first year of having this card we'll use our companion vouchers for flights to Hawaii especially since Air Canada has Rouged the Maui route so there isn't a true business class product out of Calgary to Hawaii and looking at the pricing on WestJet for those routes we should expect a decent amount of savings as well by using the vouchers.

Those are the reasons why we each grabbed our own  WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard. I would love to hear from our readers if you have done the same and/or would like to pass along some great stories of saving some $$$ utilizing the vouchers.