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Monday, April 30, 2018

NOW LIVE: IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks - 170+ Hotels for only 5,000 to 15,000 points per night


The full list is now up and the Canadian selection is the smallest we've seen in a long time! Only 2 hotels included this time in Lethbridge and Ottawa.

We gave you the preview last week and are happy to tell you that the latest IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks hotel are now available for booking! This set has 170 hotels that can now be booked for 5,000 points to 15,000 points per award night for stays until July 31, 2018. Remember the PointBreaks rules are that a member can only book up to 2 reward reservations per hotel participating in the individual offer (ie 2 at PointBreaks hotels and 2 at Last Minute Reward Night hotels).  My tip to get around this would be to book 2 reservations with one IHG Rewards Club account and then have your spouse book 2 more etc. Of course this is dependent on both accounts having enough points to redeem for these awards.  Also be sure to book these ASAP as soon as the list comes out as once the allotted nights are booked at certain locations those hotels will fall off the list.

Why are IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks such a great deal? Because they offer reward nights at participating IHG hotels Worldwide for as little as 5,000 Rewards Club points. For those of you not to familiar with IHG Rewards Club , normal redemption rates for Rewards Club reward nights run from as low as 10,000 points for some Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express locations to 70,000 points for ultra-luxurious InterContinental locations and even these locations can participate in Pointbreaks.

Of course this is the second set of PointBreaks that now have multiple redemption levels where all hotels are not 5,000 points like they used to be, some are now at that level but there are also hotels at 10,000 and 15,000 points. IHG states this allows them to provide more hotels for the promotion and so far that is holding true with over 200 hotels in the last round and over 170 this time compared to about 100 or so when the list used to only be 5,000 points.

If you don't have enough points, even 0, you can buy points right now with a 80% bonus if you buy 30,000 or more points which works out to 0.56 cents per point. That means you can get each of the PointBreaks hotels for as little as US$28 per night if you buy at least 30,000 points. You can buy points with the bonus here until May 31, 18. 

An example of a good deal on this list the IC Muscat. This hotel normally starts at 35,000 points for standard room so the 15,000 point rate is more than 50% off. Something to look at if you are heading to Oman between now and July 31!
IC Muscat for only 15,000 points


Click here to view and book any of the current PointBreaks offers.

5,000 Point Hotels
ILLINOIS
Candlewood Suites Peoria at Grand Prairie
Holiday Inn Express Chicago-Schaumburg

LOUISIANA

Staybridge Suites Lafayette-Airport

MINNESOTA

Candlewood Suites Minneapolis-Richfield

MISSISSIPPI

Candlewood Suites Pearl

NEW YORK

Candlewood Suites East Syracuse - Carrier Circle
Candlewood Suites Syracuse-Airport

OHIO

Candlewood Suites Cleveland-N. Olmsted

TEXAS

Candlewood Suites San Antonio Downtown

VIRGINIA

Holiday Inn Express Winchester South Stephens City
BRAZIL
Holiday Inn Express Maceio Ponta Verde

KAZAKHSTAN

Holiday Inn Almaty

POLAND

Holiday Inn Dabrowa Gornicza

TURKEY

Holiday Inn Istanbul - Kadikoy

CHONGQING, CHINA (PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC)

Holiday Inn Express Chongqing Jinxiucheng

GUANGDONG, CHINA (PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC)

Holiday Inn Guangzhou Airport Zone

HEBEI, CHINA (PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC)

Holiday Inn Express Langfang Park View

HENAN, CHINA (PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC)

Holiday Inn Express Luoyang Yichuan
Crowne Plaza Zhengzhou

INNER MONGOLIA, CHINA (PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC)

Holiday Inn Hohhot

JIANGSU, CHINA (PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC)

Holiday Inn Suzhou Huirong Plaza

JIANGXI, CHINA (PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC)

Crowne Plaza Nanchang Riverside

SHAANXI, CHINA (PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC)

Holiday Inn Express Baoji City Centre

SHANDONG, CHINA (PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC)

Holiday Inn Qingdao Parkview

SICHUAN, CHINA (PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC)

Crowne Plaza Yibin

JAPAN

ANA Crowne Plaza Ube

10,000 point hotels
ALABAMA
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alabaster
Candlewood Suites Birmingham - Hoover
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Opelika Auburn

ARIZONA

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oro Valley-Tucson North

CALIFORNIA

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bakersfield Airport

CONNECTICUT

Holiday Inn Express Branford-New Haven
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Stamford

DELAWARE

Staybridge Suites Wilmington-Newark

FLORIDA

Holiday Inn Express Clermont
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Florida City-Gateway To Keys
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Largo-Clearwater
Holiday Inn Miami-Doral Area

GEORGIA

Holiday Inn Augusta West I-20
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Carrollton West
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbus At Northlake

ILLINOIS

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chicago West - St Charles

INDIANA

Holiday Inn Express Corydon
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbus Edinburgh
Holiday Inn Express & Suites La Porte
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Portland
Holiday Inn Express Vincennes

KANSAS

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Coffeyville
Holiday Inn Express & Suites GREAT BEND
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Manhattan

KENTUCKY

Holiday Inn Louisville Airport South

LOUISIANA

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Morgan City - Tiger Island
Holiday Inn Shreveport Downtown

MARYLAND

Holiday Inn Washington D.C.-Greenbelt MD
Holiday Inn Express Washington DC - BW Parkway
Candlewood Suites Baltimore-BWI Airport
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Baltimore - BWI Airport North

MASSACHUSETTS

Candlewood Suites Boston-Burlington

MICHIGAN

Staybridge Suites Kalamazoo
Candlewood Suites East Lansing

MINNESOTA

Holiday Inn Express Bemidji
Holiday Inn Bloomington W MSP Airport Area

MISSISSIPPI

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Picayune-Stennis Space Cntr.

MISSOURI

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbia Univ Area - Hwy 63
Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza
Staybridge Suites St Louis - Westport
Holiday Inn Express Warrenton

MONTANA

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Belgrade

NEBRASKA

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lincoln Airport
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lincoln South
Holiday Inn Express & Suites North Platte
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Scottsbluff-Gering

NEW MEXICO

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Roswell

NEW YORK

Holiday Inn Auburn-Finger Lakes Region
Holiday Inn Buffalo-Intl Airport
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Binghamton University-Vestal

NORTH CAROLINA

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Brevard
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fayetteville-Ft. Bragg
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Greensboro-East
Holiday Inn Express Jacksonville
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Roanoke Rapids SE
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Salisbury

NORTH DAKOTA

Holiday Inn Bismarck
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Minot South

OHIO

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marietta
Crowne Plaza Cleveland Airport

OKLAHOMA

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chickasha
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oklahoma City West-Yukon

PENNSYLVANIA

Holiday Inn Express & Suites New Castle
Holiday Inn Express & Suites York

SOUTH CAROLINA

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Greenwood Mall

TENNESSEE

Crowne Plaza Memphis East
Staybridge Suites Memphis-Poplar Ave East

TEXAS

Holiday Inn Express & Suites San Antonio NW near SeaWorld

UTAH

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Logan

VERMONT

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Brattleboro

VIRGINIA

Holiday Inn Petersburg North- Fort Lee
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Petersburg-Fort Lee
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Warrenton

WASHINGTON

Staybridge Suites Vancouver-Portland Metro

WEST VIRGINIA

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charleston NW - Cross Lanes

WISCONSIN

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fond Du Lac
Crowne Plaza Madison

WYOMING

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Douglas

15,000 point hotels
ARIZONA
Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport - PHX

CALIFORNIA

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oakland-Airport
Holiday Inn & Suites San Mateo-San Francisco SFO

FLORIDA

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lantana
Crowne Plaza Miami Airport
Holiday Inn Express Miami Airport Doral Area
Holiday Inn Express Miami-Arpt Ctrl-Miami Springs
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Naples Downtown - 5th Avenue

GEORGIA

Hotel Indigo Atlanta - Vinings

KENTUCKY

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Louisville East

LOUISIANA

Holiday Inn New Orleans West Bank Tower

MICHIGAN

Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront

MISSISSIPPI

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Biloxi- Ocean Springs

MISSOURI

Holiday Inn Kansas City Downtown - Aladdin

MONTANA

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Great Falls

NEW YORK

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Long Island-East End
Hotel Indigo Long Island - East End

NORTH CAROLINA

Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park

NORTH DAKOTA

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Forks

PENNSYLVANIA

Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh West-Green Tree

SOUTH CAROLINA

Holiday Inn Charleston-Riverview
Holiday Inn Express Charleston US Hwy 17 & I-526

SOUTH DAKOTA

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Rapid City

TEXAS

Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown - University
Staybridge Suites Austin Arboretum - Domain
Crowne Plaza Dallas Downtown
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Midland Loop 250

VERMONT

Holiday Inn Burlington
Holiday Inn Express South Burlington

VIRGINIA

Hotel Indigo Old Town Alexandria

WASHINGTON

Holiday Inn Express Bellingham

WYOMING

Holiday Inn Express Rawlins
ONTARIO, CANADA
Holiday Inn & Suites Ottawa Kanata

PUERTO RICO

Holiday Inn Express San Juan Condado

COSTA RICA

InterContinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall

GERMANY

Hotel Indigo Dusseldorf - Victoriaplatz

UNITED KINGDOM

Holiday Inn Express Birmingham NEC
Holiday Inn Express London - Greenwich A102(M)
Holiday Inn Express London-Royal Docks, Docklands
Holiday Inn London - Brent Cross

OMAN

InterContinental Muscat

SAUDI ARABIA

InterContinental Al Jubail
Crowne Plaza Jeddah
Holiday Inn Jeddah Gateway

SOUTH AFRICA

InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers

JAPAN

ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa

SINGAPORE

Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

AUSTRALIA

Crowne Plaza Perth

Friday, April 27, 2018

April 27 Update: Credit Cards that earn the most points, 3rd Party Hotel Booking site bonuses, Aeroplan makes commitments to members


Today saw us release another feature on the main Rewards Canada website. This feature looks at the credit cards that earn the most points and miles on everyday spend and nothing else. Read the feature here: The Top 5 Credit Cards for Earning Points and Miles (This feature will be updated as frequently as needed if and when cards change)



Are you someone who likes to earn miles or points for booking your hotel via third party sites? You'll want to check out our summary of Current Bonus Mile & Point Offers for hotel stays booked via 3rd Party sites - Agoda, Kaligo, PointsHound, Rocketmiles that was posted on our global site!


Aeroplan sent out a press release yesterday to detail their commitment to members for the present and the future in 2020 when they split from Air Canada. The press release doens't give specific details but as many of us have assumed it appears that you will be able to use Aeroplan miles to book flights on lots of airlines and at anytime - so in all likelihood a partnership with an OTA like Expedia, Orbitz etc. or at least they'll white label an OTA back end and run it is as their own booking engine. Here are the key highlights from the press release:
  • The freedom to choose any seat on more of your favourite airlines: Starting in July 2020, you won't be limited to seat inventory from one airline or one network when you want to redeem valued miles. Instead, you'll be able to choose any available seat from more airlines to more destinations than today.
  • The power to reach your travel plans faster: With the ability to earn miles faster and redeem for flights on more of your favourite airlines starting in July 2020, including with future preferred partners, we're committed to helping our members travel sooner than with other travel reward programs in Canada, just as we do today.
  • A complete travel offering in one place: Today, you can browse more car rental options than ever before. Tomorrow, an intuitive planning and booking engine will offer you a greater selection of accommodations, destination activities, vacation packages and inspiring content directly through our website and mobile app.
  • Unmatched convenience & flexibility: When you earn fast and often, you can get to your travel plans sooner. The convenience of earning on thousands of everyday items in-store and online at over 150 partner brands, flexible payment options plus the ability to earn miles on all cash bookings made with Aeroplan means realizing your plans is easier than ever.
  • A more personalized journey: Enjoy a unique travel experience that is more rewarding and tailored to your needs as we proactively serve up suggestions, content and offers based on the things you like.
  • An altogether transformed user experience: Staying at the forefront of technological trends, we will reinvent your user experience at every level from mobile to online right up to the Aeroplan Contact Centre.
What are your thoughts?

Posts since our last update:

Travel Deals
Accor Hotels Private Sale - Save up to 40% on stays at Accor Hotels around the world! Book by May 3. 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
Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings
- Fast track to elite status - fly one flight on Hainan Airlines in Business Class from Calgary or Toronto, the U.S. Europe, Oceania, and the Middle East to China and receive Fortune Wings Elite status. More... Until Dec 31, 18

Other Bonus Offers
MEA Cedar Miles
- Double Cedar Miles when you stay at the Pearl Rotana, Abu Dhabi. More... Until Jun 20, 18
- Triple Cedar Miles when you stay at the Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Abu Dhabi. More... Until Dec 31, 18

Miles & More
- Earn up to 5,000 Miles & More Miles at participating Enterprise, Alamo and National locations in Europe and North America. More... Book by Jun 30 for rentals until Jul 31, 18

Radisson Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Gold Points for stays on the Park Plaza Plus package at the Park Plaza London Park Royal. More... Until ?

TAP Portugal Victoria
- Double Victoria Miles for stays at Anantara Hotels Worldwide. More... Until May 31, 18

IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Preview - Live on Monday with 170+ hotels


IHG is giving us a sneak peak at some of the hotels that will be on the newest PointBreaks list that will go live on Monday April 30th at 12:00pm ET. This will be the second PointBreaks list that runs under the new multi point level format of hotels at 5,000, 10,000 and 15,000 point levels. Once live you can book the hotels on IHG Rewards Club's official PointBreaks page. Remember the PointBreaks rules are that a member can only book up to 2 reward reservations per hotel participating in the individual offer (ie 2 at PointBreaks hotels and 2 at Last Minute Reward Night hotels).  My tip to get around this would be to book 2 reservations with one IHG Rewards Club account and then have your spouse book 2 more etc. Of course this is dependent on both accounts having enough points to redeem for these awards.  Also be sure to book these ASAP as soon as the list comes out as once the allotted nights are booked at certain locations those hotels will fall off the list. 

If you don't have enough points, even 0, you can buy points right now with a 80% bonus if you buy 30,000 or more points which works out to 0.56 cents per point. That means you can get each of the PointBreaks hotels for as little as US$28 per night if you buy at least 30,000 points. You can buy points with the bonus here until May 31, 18.

Here is the preview provided by IHG:

5,000 Points
10,000 Points
15,000 points
We see know the redemption rate at one of the InterContinental Hotels on the list, the IC Muscat. This hotel normally starts at 35,000 points for standard room so the 15,000 point rate is more than 50% off. Something to look at if you are heading to Oman between April 30 and July 31!

We also know of the following hotels that will also be on the list from a preview yesterday:

The Top 5 Credit Cards for Earning Points and Miles

For some points and miles aficionados it’s all about earning as many points and miles as possible. In reality that's the case for most of us but for some they really want to only focus on the earn. All they care about is how they are rewarded for their day to day spending on cards and all the other benefits like insurance, business class lounge access, price protection don’t really matter.

The question then that needs to be asked is "What are the credit cards to look at to strictly maximize the amount of points and miles you earn on your spending?" We have the answer to that!

LINK HAS BEEN FIXED!
 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

April 25 Update: Air Canada adding Montreal-London & Windsor routes, Save up to 40% for Accor Hotel stays and more

Air Canada is adding new year round daily flights between Montreal-London, ON and Montreal-Windsor. (Source Air Canada)
Flights are timed to offer convenient connections to/from Atlantic Canada including Saint John, Fredericton, Moncton Halifax and St. John's; to Europe including Brussels, Rome, Geneva, Barcelona, Lisbon, Paris, Lyon, Frankfurt, as well as Casablanca, Morocco.
Don't forget to enter our Aeroplan Amazon.ca contest! You could win a $100 Amazon.ca gift card! Be sure to enter the contest here.


Are you a Royals fan (not baseball but English royalty) and have the Platinum Card from American Express? Check your email for a personal invite to watch the Royal Wedding at Bar Reyna in Toronto.

Posts since our last update:

Travel Deals
Accor Hotels Private Sale - Save up to 40% on stays at Accor Hotels around the world! Book by May 3. 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
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Other Bonus Offers
Avianca LifeMiles
- 30% Bonus LifeMiles on all hotel stays booked via Rocketmiles. This offer is good for new and existing members. More... Book by May 31 for stays until Dec 31, 18

British Airways Executive Club
- 50% Bonus Avios when you buy or gift Avios online. More... Until May 8, 18

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Triple Asia Miles for stays on the Rise & Shine package (bed & breakfast) at participating Raffles Hotels Worldwide. More... Until May 31, 18

Hyatt World of Hyatt
- Earn up to 40% Bonus World of Hyatt Points when you buy points online. More... Until May 23, 18

IHG Rewards Club
- 5,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club points on Avis rentals of 4 or more days in the U.S., Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. More... Book by May 15 for rentals until Dec 31, 18

Marriott Rewards
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points when you stay 2+ nights at over 40 participating Marriott Hotels in California. More... Until May 31, 18
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays at the HOTEL PASEO, Autograph Collection. More... Until Jun 1, 18
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays at the Courtyard By Marriott Denver Airport. More... Until Jun 6, 18
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Dublin. More... Until Jun 11, 18

Shangri-La Golden Circle
- Double GC Award Points for stays at the Sule Shangri-La, Yangon. More... Until May 31, 18

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Triple KrisFlyer Miles for PPS members who stay at participating InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express® hotels. in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. More... Until Jun 30, 18

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- Triple Miles&Smiles Miles for stays at Accor Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Jun 30, 18

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OFFER EXPIRED 5 Days left to grab the RBC Visa Infinite Avion with a 25,000 point sign up bonus and first year free

Just a reminder that this excellent offer comes to an end on April 30th!

http://www.rbcroyalbank.com/credit-cards/camp/iav/1802/?ASC=3C6002&utm_source=RewardsCanada&utm_medium=3PB&utm_campaign=cards_aggregator
This offer has expired but there is new one available at http://blog.rewardscanada.ca/2018/06/new-sign-up-offer-for-rbc-visa-infinite.html

The RBC Visa Infinite Avion card - long ranked as a really good card here on Rewards Canada but never at the top must be feeling the heat from the ever increasing competition as they have come out with this new offer! This is one of the best offers for this card in a while! Even though the previous offer was 30,000 points there was no first year free and the bonus was split between year 1 and year 2. This offer is 25,000 points on approval (awarded on the first statement) and first year free which we feel is a much better!  Those 25,000 points equate to 25,000 British Airways Avios at no cost! Or 250 WestJet dollars at no cost and that doesn't even take into account the transfer bonuses they run occasionally throughout the year. And remember BA has household accounts so you and your spouse could each get the card then convert to BA and combine the Avios into one account for 50,000 or more Avios. There are just so many options here....

If you have been tossing around the idea of getting this card and haven't really been sure now is the time as it will cost you nothing and score you some decent rewards! This offer ends on April 30, 2018.



RBC Visa Infinite Avion

  •  Start Avioning Today! Get 25,000 Welcome Points upon approval† +  1st year annual fee waived† - savings of $120.
  • Earn 25% more RBC Rewards points on travel related purchases1 
  • Book flights, hotel stays, cruises, vacation packages, car rentals with RBC Rewards site, powered by Orbitz
  • Transfer your RBC Rewards points towards other eligible loyalty programs (WestJet Rewards, British Airways Executive Club, American AAdvantage, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles. Look for the transfer bonuses to the airlines several times per year!)
  • Premium suite of insurances including trip cancellation3, trip interruption3, travel medical4, car rental insurance5
  • Redeem your points toward your credit card balance using Payback with Points2
  • Instantly save 3₵ per litre on fuel▲ & earn 20% more Petro-Points§ and RBC Rewards points** when you link your Petro-Points card to any RBC Card online.
  • Up to a 2.3% return on your spending depending on which reward ticket you book
  • Unwritten ability to redeem for Business Class tickets although at a lower rate of return when compared to the Avion Reward chart


Apply Now

Note the following from the T&Cs:
Upon enrolment, 25,000 bonus RBC Rewards points will appear on your first monthly statement. Additional cardholder(s), as well as existing RBC Visa Infinite Avion or Visa Platinum Avion, Cathay Pacific‡ Visa Platinum, British Airways‡ Visa Infinite, RBC Rewards Visa Preferred, RBC Avion Visa Infinite Privilege and RBC Avion Visa Infinite Privilege for Private Banking cardholders, applying for or transferring to an RBC Visa Infinite Avion card as of the offer eligibility period, are not eligible for this offer. This offer may not be combined or used in conjunction with any other offer.