Friday, November 9, 2018

Convert HSBC Rewards Points to British Airways Executive Club Avios and receive a 35% bonus

Now is the time for British Airways Executive Club transfers from Canadian credit cards! With this offer highlighted in this post there are four, count it, four different transfer bonuses to the BAEC program!

Thanks to Thomas once again (our resident HSBC Rewards helper) for giving us the details on this transfer bonus. Right now HSBC card holders can convert their HSBC Rewards points to British Airways with a 35% bonus.

Normally you would redeem 25,000 HSBC Rewards Points for 10,000 Avios
but with this offer that brings it up to 13,500 Avios for those 25,000 points. This equates to 1.62 to 3.24 Avios per dollar spent on the World Elite version of their Mastercards! Now is definitely the time to convert if you can and have a use for Avios. This offer runs until November 30.

Related: HSBC World Elite Mastercard review

Here are the three other transfer bonuses that you can also take advantage of:

November 9 Update: Canadian North adding wireless IFE, Aeroplan Air Canada Getaway Bonus nixed for 2019, 10x Plum Points at Chapters Indigo


Canadian North will be adding wireless in-flight entertainment on select flights starting in January 2019 that are serviced with four of their 737s. If all goes to plan and the service is well received it will be expanded to all 16 of their aircraft. (Source Canadian North)

This exciting new inflight amenity, which utilizes Global Eagle’s portable Airconnect Go system, will initially be available on four Canadian North Boeing 737-300 aircraft, with service to be offered to passengers on the following daily scheduled flights:
  • Flights 436 and 437 - Iqaluit ⇄ Ottawa
  • Flights 444 and 445 - Edmonton ⇄ Yellowknife ⇄ Norman Wells ⇄ Inuvik
Aeroplan has updated one of the benefits of the Aeroplan status program: "As of January 1 2019, the Air Canada Getaway Bonus benefit will no longer be available" All other benefits will remain the same (Source Aeroplan)

For the next four days you can earn 10x Plum Points for all online purchases of $40 or more in-store or online at Chapters Indigo. This offer ends November 12. Find out more here
(or go through Aeroplan estore where they have 5x miles right now for Indigo purchases!)

It's the season of giving! Help support Rewards Canada's Flight Here campaign for Give A Mile. Help us reach 100,000 miles to provide up to 4 flights of compassion. Find out more here!

Posts since our last update:

Travel Deals
Hilton Winter Sale - Save up to 25% on weekend stays in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa


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

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Other Bonus Offers
American AAdvantage
- Earn up to 50,000 Bonus AAdvanage Miles when you earn miles from select AAdvantage partners.More... Until Dec 31, 18

Iberia Plus
- Triple Avios for stays at participating Accor Hotels Worldwide More... Until Dec 31, 18

Le Club AccorHotels
- Triple Le Club AccorHotels Points for stays at participating MyResorts by Le Club AccorHotels in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia. More... Book by Dec 31 for stays Jan 31, 19

Marriott Rewards
- 2,500 Bonus Rewards Points per stay at the Courtyard Luton Airport. More... Jan 1 - Mar 26, 19
- 4,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays of 2+ nights at the at the Roomers Munich, Autograph Collection Munich. More... Jan 1 - Mar 26, 19

Miles & More
- 500 Bonus Miles & More Miles when you download and log in to the Miles & More app for the first time. More... Ongoing

Rocketmiles
- 3,000 Bonus Miles / Points with the Rocketmiles partner of your choice for booking at select properties Worldwide. More... Book by Nov 13 for stays until Mar 31, 19

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Book hotel stays in Vancouver, Calgary & Edmonton and receive American Express or Amazon gift cards

You may recall many of our posts in the past about BeVancouver - the website tied in with Vancouver Tourism that offered American Express gift cards when you booked hotels via their site (And the value was really good) Well that offer has returned however it is no longer BeVancouver rather it is now StayVancouver (HT Points, Miles & Bling) and not only is it Vancouver. As well in the past we let you know about similar offers in Calgary and Edmonton as those are still around!

Vancouver

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 February 28, 2019! Find out more here!

Calgary


The Calgary offers provides a $25 Amazon gift card with each stay that is booked (consecutive nights at the same hotel booked under different reservations only count as one stay) Find out more here.

Edmonton

The Edmonton offers provides a $25 Amazon gift card with each stay that is booked (consecutive nights at the same hotel booked under different reservations only count as one stay) Find out more here.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Summary of all current buy miles/points bonuses and discounts - 12 current offers

We've had quite a few buy miles and points bonuses released over the past couple of weeks and as always you can find them all listed on our Buy Miles Bonuses page but we thought it also wise to do a summary post here of the current bonuses and discounts that are available as of right now!


Aer Lingus AerClub Earn up to 45% Bonus Avios when you buy or gift Avios.  Buy and gift Avios here. 
You Buy Your Bonus
1,000 - 15,000 Avios 20% bonus
20,000 - 35,000 Avios 30% bonus
40,000 - 90,000 Avios 35% bonus
100,000 - 200,000 Avios 45% bonus
Until Nov 11, 18
Air France KLM Flying Blue 75% Bonus Flying Blue Miles when you buy 4,000 or more miles online. Buy Miles Here. Until Nov 12, 18
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Receive up to 50% Bonus Mileage Plan Miles when you buy miles online. Buy miles here
The bonus offer varies per member and ranges from 40% to 50% as the maximum bonus. Here is an example of the tiered 50% bonus:
  • Buy 10,000 – 19,000 miles and get a 20% bonus
  • Buy 20,000 – 39,000 miles and get a 35% bonus
  • Buy 40,000 – 60,000 miles and get a 50% bonus 
Until Dec 21, 18
American AAdvantage Earn up to 100,000 Bonus AAdvanage Miles when you buy American AAdvantage Miles. Full details.

Miles purchased Bonus miles
10,000 - 24,000 2,500
25,000 - 49,000 7,500
50,000 - 74,000 22,500
75,000 - 99,000 40,000
100,000 - 149,000 60,000
150,000 100,000
Until Nov 26, 18
Copa ConnectMiles Earn 40% Bonus ConnectMiles when you buy or gift 5,000 or more ConnectMiles. Full details Until Nov 21, 18
Emirates Skywards Up to a 25% Discount when you buy or gift Skywards Miles. Full details

  • 15% Discount on buying/gifting 1000 - 24,000 Miles
  • 20% Discount on buying/gifting 25,000 - 49,000 Miles
  • 25% discount on buying/gifting more than 50,000 Miles
Until Nov 20, 18
Etihad Guest Up to 25% Bonus Guest Miles when you buy miles. Buy miles here
Buy 5,000 - 29,000 miles = 15% Bonus
Buy 30,000 – 49,000 miles = 20% Bonus
Buy 50,000 – 60,000 miles = 25% Bonus
Until Nov 15, 18
Southwest Rapid Rewards 30% Discount when you buy 5,000 or more Rapid Rewards Points. Buy points here Until Nov 13, 18
Hilton Honors Up to a 100% Bonus when you buy 10,000 or more Hilton Honors points online. Buy points here Until Dec 18, 18
Hyatt World of Hyatt 40% Bonus World of Hyatt Points when you buy points. Note there is a minimum point purchase requirement that varies by member.  Buy World of Hyatt Points here. Until Nov 27, 18
La Quinta Returns Up to a 25% discount when you buy La Quinta Returns points. Full details
500 – 1,000 points = No offer
2,000 – 5,000 points = 15% discount
6,000 – 9,000 points = 20% discount
10,000 points = 25% discount
Until Dec 3, 18
United MIleagePlus Earn up to 75% Bonus MileagePlus miles when you buy miles. Buy miles here.
The bonus offer varies per member with 75% being the maximum. Here is an example of the tiered 75% bonus:
Buy 5,000 - 14,000 miles | Get 25% bonus
Buy 15,000 - 29,000 miles | Get 50% bonus
Buy 30,000 - 85,000 miles | Get 75% bonus
Until Nov 20, 18

November 8 Update: Earn 3x Aeroplan Miles at Home Hardware, 5,000 Bonus Marriott Rewards points in Waterloo and more


For the next week Aeroplan members will earn triple miles for shopping at Home Hardware. This means you'll earn 3 miles for every $2 spent at Home Hardware, Building Centre and Furniture locations, or online at homehardware.ca. Find out more here.


Also on the bonus front is a nice stay bonus in Waterloo, Ontario. You can earn 5,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points per stay at the Courtyard Waterloo St. Jacobs. This offer does price out higher than the member rate but only by a small amount. Look at the following example for a stay this Sunday. The member rate is $147 and the 5,000 bonus points rate is $154. That's $7 more to get the 5,000 points. On average we value Marriott points between 0.8 and 1 cent (C$). This means the 5,000 points are worth around $40 so you would come out $33 ahead with this offer. Find out more here!


It's the season of giving! Help support Rewards Canada's Flight Here campaign for Give A Mile. Help us reach 100,000 miles to provide up to 4 flights of compassion. Find out more here!


Posts since our last update:
Travel Deals
Hilton Winter Sale - Save up to 25% on weekend stays in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa


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
- Triple Aeroplan Miles when you shop in-store at Home Hardware, Building Centre and Furniture locations, or online at homehardware.ca. More... Until Nov 13, 18

Marriott Rewards
- 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay at the Courtyard Waterloo St. Jacobs. More... Until Jan 24, 19

Other Bonus Offers
Delta SkyMiles
- Earn up to 1,000 Bonus SkyMiles when you shop online via the SkyMiles Shopping portal. More... Until Nov 18, 18

Emirates Skywards
- Up to a 25% Discount when you buy or gift Skywards Miles. More... Until Nov 20, 18

Etihad Guest
- Up to 25% Bonus Guest Miles when you buy miles. More... Until Nov 15, 18

Marriott Rewards
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay at the Moxy Berlin Humboldthain Park More... Jan 1 - Mar 26, 19
- 20,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you stay 3 nights at the Renaissance Lucerne Hotel or The Hotel Lucerne, Autograph Collection. More... Until Jan 16, 19
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points per night on Thursday-Monday nights, up to 5,000 bonus points per stay at properties throughout Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Tempe. More... Until Dec 31, 18
- 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays of 2 or more nights at the Courtyard, SpringHill Suites or Fairfield Inn & Suites Indianapolis Downtown. More... Nov 18 - Jan 4, 19
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points per night on Thursday-Monday nights, up to 5,000 bonus points per stay at 6 hotels throughout Las Vegas. More... Until Dec 31, 18

Philippine Airlines Mabuhay
- Triple Mabuhay Miles for stays at participating Anantara Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 18

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Earn up to 14,000 QMiles when you fly Qatar Airways between Doha and Da Nang. More... Until Mar 15, 19

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 25% Miles&Smiles Discount for domestic round-trip and one-way award tickets, companion award tickets and upgrades. More... Until Dec 31, 18


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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Great new offer on the Scotia Momentum VISA Infinite card - 10% back for first three months & first year free


For the third time in a year or so we see a card offer a published 10% return. The first two were from American Express (10% back on the SimplyCash Preferred Card and 10% on the Cobalt for last Christmas) and now we have this one for Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite Card. Right now for new applications Scotia will award you with 10% cash back on all purchases up to $200 cash back in the first three months. Not only that but they will waive the first year annual fee of $99. That means if you can spend $2,000 on the card in the first three months you'll get the full $200 at no cost.

After the first three months you will have your usual 4%, 2% and 1% returns and with the annual fee waived in the first year it won't cost you anything to give this card a shot. Remember your cash back reward gets paid out in November so you'll want to wait until then to cancel this card if so chose to.  This offer is valid for applications made up until Feb 28, 19

This card ranked fourth overall in our 2018 Top Cash Back Credit card rankings.

November 7 Update: Wyndham Rewards Elite Status Match, Double Expedia Points on Vegas hotels & more!


We added a new hotel status match/fast track to elite status offer to our site today. This one is from Wyndham Rewards and they'll match the status from many other hotel programs. You can find out more about the status match offer here.


Seeing that this is now available we have also updated our post from last week showing how The Platinum Card from American Express can be used to get lots of elite status recognition. With the Wyndham offer the Platinum Card will now get you status with a minimum of nine hotel programs, one airline program and one cruise line. Find out more ahout that here!

Air Canada will be launching Montreal to Raleigh-Durham flights in June of 2019. The flight will be a once daily service on a CRJ200. (Source Routesonline)

It's the season of giving! Help support Rewards Canada's Flight Here campaign for Give A Mile. Help us reach 100,000 miles to provide up to 4 flights of compassion. Find out more here!

Posts since our last update:

Travel Deals
Hilton Winter Sale - Save up to 25% on weekend stays in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa


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
British Airways Executive Club
- 40% Bonus Avios when you convert Diners Club Club Rewards points to Avios .More... Until Dec 31, 18

Expedia Rewards
- Double Points when you book +VIP hotels in Las Vegas on Expedia.ca. More... Until ?


Other Bonus Offers
American AAdvantage
- Earn up to 100,000 Bonus AAdvanage Miles when you buy American AAdvantage Miles. More... Until Nov 26, 18

Marriott Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays Sunday-Thursday at the Renaissance Sharm El Sheikh, Marriott Sharm El Sheikh Resort or Hurghada Marriott Resort. More... Until Jan 15, 19
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays 2+ nights Sunday-Thursday at the Sharm El Sheikh Marriott Resort. More... Until Nov 28, 18

Saudia Alfursan
- 2,000 Bonus Alfursan Miles for stays 2+ nights Sunday-Thursday at the Sharm El Sheikh Marriott Resort. More... Until Dec 12, 18

United MIleagePlus
- Earn up to 75% Bonus MileagePlus miles when you buy miles. More... Until Nov 20, 18

Wyndham Rewards
- Elite Status Match - Enjoy the perks of GOLD, PLATINUM, or DIAMOND level with our new status match program. We’ll match your status from other hotel loyalty programs so you can experience exclusive benefits like late checkout, early check-in, preferred room choice, and so much more. More... Ongoing


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Convert Diners Club Club Rewards Points to British Airways Executive Club Avios and receive a 40% bonus


Last seen this past spring, the Diners Club to British Airways conversion bonus is back but with a higher bonus but the not highest we've seen. Last summer the bonus was 50% and for this spring it is 30%, this time it is right in between at 40%. I may actually take advantage of it with a small transfer even though its not 50%. I'm still holding out for an Alaska transfer bonus from Diners but it has been a long time since they have offered one.

If you are thinking of redeeming soon for travel on British Airways or any of their oneworld partners this may be the time to transfer. This one is for those select few of us who have held onto to our Diners Club Mastercards as the card isn't technically available for new applications. The regular transfer rate is 1,250 Club Rewards Points to 1,000 Avios so with this bonus that equates to 1,400 Avios. That equates to 1.12 Avios per dollar spent on the card. Nothing special and it's not great like the 1.25 you can earn on everyday spend with The Platinum Card from American Express or the category bonuses of 2 Avios per dollar with The American Express Gold Rewards Card and that doesn't even take into account the transfer bonus that Amex has right now. You can even more Avios with The American Express Cobalt card but for Diners it is still better than the regular transfer rate. Don't forget that RBC has a transfer bonus as well right now to British Airways! Heck if you have multiple cards from these issuers you can really boost your Avios balance right now!

Remember you can use British Airways Executive Club to fly to many destinations in the U.S. from Canada for between 15,000 and 25,000 Avios round trip (See here for details on that)

Offer details:
40% Bonus Avios when you convert Diners Club Club Rewards points to British Airways Executive Club. Full details Until Dec 31, 18

Find many more Executive Club Bonus Avios offers here

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Best Western Rewards Rush returns - only 10,000 points for a free night stay in the U.S. or Canada


One of the best hotel redemption offers to come out after the best of the best (IHG's PointBreaks) has returned! The offer is Best Western's Rewards Rush and the offer allows members to redeem only 10,000 points per night at Best Western hotels in the U.S. or Canada. Many of these hotels can run well over that at 24,000 or even 36,000 points per night!  The big difference this year over last is the limitation to stays from Sunday to Thursday along with a shorter period of two months available for actual stays versus three months last year.

Read this story from one of our readers who saved tons of points last year!
Redemption Stories: 72,000 Reward Point stay at a New York City Best Western Hotel for only 30,000 Points!
 
Offer details
Redeem only 10,000 Rewards Points (or less) for a FREE night at Best Western branded hotels in the U.S. or Canada, Sunday through Thursday only. Full details and online booking Nov 15 - Jan 15, 19

You may even be able to score two of these nights totally free by getting yourself the no fee mbna Best Western Mastercard. It comes with a 20,000 point welcome bonus so if you apply really soon there is a good chance you'll get the points by mid-December so you could still redeem for a stay until mid January:

Find many more Best Western Rewards bonuses here!

November 6 Update: Marriott Rewards MORE shutting down on November 15, Aeroplan Park'N Fly bonus and more


Marriott Rewards will be shutting down their online shopping portal. Not good news for those of you who wanted to collect some more Marriott Rewards points for the Christmas shopping season! Called Marriott Rewards MORE and only launched over a year ago the portal failed to gain traction and never really added any new stores to compete with the big online shopping portals we see from programs like Aeroplan, AIR MILES, United, Alaska and more. (Source Doctor of Credit)

Posts since our last update:

Travel Deals
Hilton Winter Sale - Save up to 25% on weekend stays in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa


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 when parking your car for 4 or more days at participating Park’N Fly locations across Canada. More... Until Dec 21, 18


Other Bonus Offers
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- Receive up to 50% Bonus Mileage Plan Miles when you buy miles online. More... Until Dec 21, 18

Alitalia MilleMiglia
- 500 Bonus MilleMiglia Miles for stays at Mercure, Novotel and Suite Novotel Worldwide. More... Book by Dec 29 for stays until Jan 9, 19

Best Western Rewards
- Redeem only 10,000 Rewards Points (or less) for a FREE night. at Best Western branded hotels in the U.S. or Canada, Sunday through Thursday only. More... Nov 15 - Jan 15, 19

Hilton Honors
- Up to a 100% Bonus when you buy 10,000 or more Hilton Honors points online. More... Until Dec 18, 18

IHG Rewards Club
- 10,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points for stays of 2 or more nights at the Kimpton Fitzroy London More... Book by Nov 30 for stays until Mar 31, 19

La Quinta Returns
- Up to a 25% discount when you buy La Quinta Returns points. More... Until Dec 3, 18


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Save up to 50% on Economy and Business Class award tickets between Montreal or Toronto and Europe


As we do each month we bring you the latest set Miles & More "Meilenschnaeppchen" or Mileage Bargain discounted mileage awards. This month we see offers from Lufthansa for departures from Montreal and with Austrian out of Toronto. 

Montreal
Lufthansa Economy and Business Class
Book by December 2 for travel between March 1 and April  15



Toronto
Austrian Airlines Business Class
Book by December 2 for travel between November 2 and December 31

With this offer you can redeem Miles & More miles for round trip business class tickets on Lufthansa from Montreal to 68 destinations for only 55,000 miles and on Austrian from Toronto to 6 cities in Austria also for only 55,000 miles. This is nearly a 50% discount off the normal award ticket price of 105,000 miles. Remember however Miles & More charges some major fees for redeeming miles on these flights so be sure you also check what a revenue ticket costs however remember this is for business class so even several hundreds of dollars in fees along with 55,000 miles could be the savings you are looking for.

Here are just some of the Business Class offers this month:


You can also choose to redeem 30,000 miles for round-trip Economy Class flights out of Montreal to 74 destinations in Europe. This is a 50% discount off the normal Economy Class award ticket price of 60,000 miles.

Here is an example of some of them:


Short on Miles & More miles? Your best bet is to convert Marriott Rewards points to Miles & More on a 3:1 basis plus you'll earn 5,000 bonus miles when you convert 60,000 points at a time. That means 75,000 points is all it would take to get one of these tickets if you don't have any Miles & More miles to your name.

If you don't have any Marriott Rewards Points you can get close to amount required to redeem for the tickets by grabbing some credit cards! How so? As we always mention in this post you can boost your Miles & More account with the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express to top off your account. Currently the card comes with a 50,000 point sign up bonus when you spend $1,500 on the card and then you could also grab The Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express as it also has 50,000 point sign up bonus and then you would ultimately be able to have 100,000 points not including what is earned on spending. Of course timing of getting the card(s) now, spending and getting the points will likely not happen for this month but it sets you up for future offers.  Need to grab two tickets for an itinerary? You could choose to get one SPG card for yourself and one for your partner or spouse.

Click here Full details on this Miles & More offer