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Monday, November 6, 2017

November 6 Update: Air France KLM Flying Blue going revenue based, beVancouver Amex Gift Card offer returns & more


Air France KLM have announced changes to their Flying Blue program that will take place on April 1, 2018. The big news, is that they are following suit of many other airline programs and moving to a strict revenue based earning system rather than distance based. Earning for flights will be as follows:
Ivory members (Base level): 4 miles per EUR
Silver members: 6 miles per EUR
Gold members: 7 miles per EUR
Platinum members: 8 miles per EUR
Earning elite status will change to earning Experience Points (XP) rather than status miles/qualifying flights. Hit 100 XP in a rolling 12 month period and you'll get Silver status, 180 for Gold or 300 for Platinum. The key term now is rolling 12 month period, rather than calendar year. This will kick in on April 1.


Mileage expiry is also changing, the 24 month rule stays in place but all miles earned remain valid if you fly with Air France KLM or other SkyTeam airlines or use a Flying Blue credit card once every 2 years however miles earned on their own from flying non-SkyTeam partners, car rentals, hotels etc. will continue to be valid as long as you earn from those partners once every two years if you don't have an AF KLM SkyTeam flight or credit card purhcase. Make sense?

They don't reveal too much on the redemption side other than all seats will be available, which we can assume will be on a sliding scale much like Aeroplan's Market Fare awards and they will also give you the option to use Miles+Cash for awards (up to 25% of an award can be paid for with cash if you don't have enough miles) Promo Awards will continue however under the new moniker of Promo Reward Tickets. The redemption options are slated to go live in June 2018.

I'm sure we'll write about this even more as April and June of 2018 approach!

Find out more about the Flying Blue changes here.

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Travel Deals
BeVancouver's offer of earning American Express Gift Cards for stays in the Vancouver area has returned. You can get up to a $125 American Express Gift Card when you book select Vancouver hotels via beVancouver. Each additional night can bring you up to $50 more in Gift Cards. Book and stay by December 31! Find out more here!
The beVancouver offers aren't the only ones out there! If you are travelling to Calgary or Edmonton the 'be' stay offers for those cities can earn a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Click here for Calgary or Click here for Edmonton

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
- 30% Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you convert Hotel loyalty programs points to Aeroplan Miles. More... Until Dec 11, 17


Other Bonus Offers
AeroMexico Club Premier
- 3,000 Bonus Club Premier Points for stays at Best Western hotels in Mexico. More... Until Nov 30, 17
- Quadruple Club Premier Points per stay at La Quinta properties in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. More... Until Dec 31, 17
- 3,200 Club Premier Points on stays of 2+ nights at Marriott Hotels in Mexico. More... Until Nov 30 , 17

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- Earn up to 1,000 Bonus Mileage Plan Miles when you shop online via the Mileage Plan Shopping portal. More... Until Nov 19, 17

Delta SkyMiles
- Earn up to 1,000 Bonus SkyMiles when you shop online via the SkyMiles Shopping portal. More... Until Nov 19, 17

La Quinta Returns
- Earn up to Triple Returns Points for stays at participating La Quinta locations in the U.S.. More... Until Dec 7, 17
- 350 Bonus Returns Points on qualifying rentals of 3 or more days at participating Budget locations in the U.S. and Canada. More... Until Jun 30, 18

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Save 35% when you buy or gift 5,000 or more Starpoints online. More... Until Dec 29, 17
- Double Starpoints for stays at the Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel More... Until Apr 16, 18

World of Hyatt
- 1,250 Bonus World of Hyatt Points on rentals of 3 days or more at participating Avis locations in the U.S. and Canada. More... Until Dec 31, 17

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