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Monday, January 29, 2018

January 29 Update: Case Study of a Fixed Return Card vs. a Reward Chart Card, Canadian North Aurora Rewards award ticket sale & lots more!

Our Case Study: Fixed Return Travel Card versus a Reward Chart Travel Card has been updated and relaunched. We removed it a couple of months ago as it used the Capital One Aspire World Elite Mastercard in the comparison and as we all know that card is no longer available for new applications. We have replaced it with another straight 2% back card, the mbna Rewards World Elite Mastercard. You can read the Case Study here

Canadian North Aurora Rewards members can save 30% on all Aurora Rewards award flights if you book by February 4th! Find out more here

A reminder that PC Plus and Shoppers Optimum become PC Optimum on February 1st. I have finished a bunch of interviews over the past few days on the upcoming consolidation and one good question that came up is what could Loblaw's do to promote this. Here's what I said (and feel free to take it PC Optimum) for this coming weekend, February 1 to 4 offer points on all purchases at Loblaw's stores (Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills etc.) not just those items selected for you in the app and then offer 25x points over at Shoppers Optimum. Get your customers in and get them used to new program and reward them handsomely at the start and they won't forget it. I know it won't happen as they probably already have something planned and usually it's never as good as it should be for the consumer. Anyways it's just a thought. Read our post on the merger here.


Hainan Airlines, who already fly to Calgary and Toronto are adding flights to Vancouver. Coming this May you'll be able to fly Vancouver-Tianjin-Shenzen twice per week. Hainan Airlines has their own frequent flyer program called Fortune Wings (you can find their bonus offer listing here on Rewards Canada) or what probably makes more sense for Canadian's flying on Hainan is crediting those flights to Alaska Airlines. (Source Routesonline)

Not only did WestJet announce the brand new Halifax-Paris service today, they also announced a whole bunch of route enhancements for the summer:
Vancouver Toronto Calgary Edmonton
  • An increase of 24 weekly flights between Vancouver and Calgary for a total of 16 times daily, with hourly service in both directions (top of the hour from Vancouver, and bottom of the hour from Calgary).
  • Vancouver-Edmonton from 50 to 59 times weekly (nine times each business day).
  • Vancouver-Calgary, from 88 to 112 times weekly (16 times daily).
  • Vancouver-Kelowna from 40 to 49 times weekly (seven times daily).
  • Vancouver-Ottawa from seven to 14 times weekly (twice daily).
  • Vancouver-Regina from six to seven times weekly (daily).
  • Vancouver-Fort St. John from six to 12 times weekly.
  • Vancouver-Victoria from 33 to 35 times weekly (five times daily).
  • Vancouver-Cancun, from two to three times weekly.
  • Vancouver-Cabo San Lucas from one to two times weekly.
  • Toronto-Ottawa, 76 to 85 times weekly (13 times each business day).
  • Toronto-Montreal, from 88 to 93 times weekly (14 times each business day).
  • Toronto-Saskatoon, from 10 to 12 times weekly.
  • Toronto-Victoria, from three to four times weekly.
  • Toronto-Cancun, from nine to 10 times weekly.
  • Toronto-Montego Bay, from 10 to 11 times weekly.
  • Toronto-Nassau, from four to five times weekly.
  • Toronto-Puerto Plata, from two to three times weekly.
  • Toronto-Punta Cana, from five to six times weekly.
  • Toronto-Fort Myers, from four to five times weekly.
  • Calgary-Vancouver, from 88 to 112 times weekly (16 times daily), with hourly service in both directions (top of the hour from Vancouver, and bottom of the hour from Calgary).
  • Calgary-Nanaimo, from two to three times daily.
  • Calgary-Edmonton, from 66 to 79 times weekly (12 times each business day).
  • Calgary-Halifax, from 14 to 15 times weekly.
  • Calgary-Kelowna, from 45 to 47 times weekly (seven times each business day).
  • Calgary-Fort McMurray, 24 to 31 times weekly (five times each business day).
  • Calgary-Windsor, from six to seven times weekly (one time daily)
  • Calgary-Grande Prairie from 18 to 26 times weekly (4 times each business day)
  • Calgary-Montreal, from 19 to 20 times weekly.
    Calgary-Abbotsford, from 33 to 35 times weekly (five times daily).
  • Calgary-Penticton, from 10 to 14 times weekly (two times daily).
  • Calgary-Victoria, from 35 to 36 times weekly (five times daily).
  • Calgary-Dallas/Ft. Worth, from six weekly to seven weekly (one time daily).
  • Calgary-Las Vegas, from 20 to 22 weekly.
  • Calgary-Palm Springs, from four to five weekly.
  • Edmonton-Calgary, from 77 to 86 times weekly (12 times each business day).
  • Edmonton-Vancouver, from 49 to 58 times weekly (nine times each business day).
  • Edmonton-Kelowna, from 48 to 49 times weekly (seven times daily).
  • Edmonton-Fort McMurray, from 24 to 25 times weekly.
  • Edmonton-Saskatoon, from 19 to 20 times weekly.
  • Edmonton-Las Vegas, from 10 to 11 times weekly.
  • Edmonton-Los Angeles from six to seven times weekly (once daily).



We've added the RBC Visa Platinum to our RBC page. The card offers no rewards but is a low interest card offering 5.9% on balance transfers and cash advances. Could be used for those who have a lot of debt and need to decrease the amount of interest they are paying.

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