Saturday, June 30, 2018

June 30 Update: Stash Hotel Rewards returns to Canada, more confirmed Cobalt 5x Multiplier merchants, 15% off Air Canada Rouge Flights


Stash Hotel Rewards, the U.S. based boutique hotel loyalty program that we have covered here on Rewards Canada for a half dozen years or so have made a push into British Columbia! When they first launched they had one or two hotels in the Vancouver region but lost those early on. Now they have added four properties across B.C. and will be adding a fifth one soon. Find out more here

 We've added more merchants to our American Express Cobalt multipliers page! This is the resource on our site where you can check to see what merchants will award 5x, 2x or 1x points on Cobalt card purchases. The latest additions include Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company, Sobeys Liquor and more! Check out the resource here



Posts since our last update:

Travel Deals
Air Canada Rouge
is celebrating 5 years with an additional 15% off their flights! Simply book by July 3 with promo code ROUGE5. Find out more here.


Hilton
Summer Sale - Save up to 25% on weekend stays in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Find out more here

Save up to 15 % on Marriott stays in Canada! Book at a participating hotel by July 1, 2018 for stays until July 31, 2018 and save up to 10% on best available rates!  Marriott Rewards® Members save up to 5% more. Find out more here.

Receive a $100 CAD resort credit each night of your stay at the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge. Book by Jun 30 for stays until Jul 31, 18 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 Canada / Aeroplan
- Double Aeroplan Miles for stays on the Linger Longer offer at participating Langham Hotels worldwide. More... Until Aug 31, 18

Alaska Airlines MileagePlan
- 30,000 bonus miles after you make $1,000 or more in eligible purchases within the first 90 days of having the mbna Alaska Airlines World Elite Mastercard. More...

Le Club AccorHotels
- Earn 1,000 Bonus Le Club AccorHotels for stays at Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel hotels Worldwide including Canada. More... Book between Jul 2 - Aug 19 for stays Jul 2 - Sep 30, 18

Other Bonus Offers
Philippine Airlines Mabuhay
- Double Mabuhay Miles when you fly in Premium Economy between Manila and Auckland. More... Until Oct 17, 18

Stash Hotel Rewards
- Double Stash Rewards Points for the first time you stay at The Lenox Boston. More... Book by Jul 31 for stays until Feb 28, 19
- 3,000 Bonus Stash Rewards Points when you redeem Stash Rewards Points for stays at The Lenox Boston. More... Book by Jul 31 for stays until Feb 28, 19

United MileagePlus
- OFFER EXTENDED 1,500 Bonus MileagePlus Miles when you book a mid-size or larger car with Hertz for 2 or more days. More... Until Sep 30, 18

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Friday, June 29, 2018

New Free Night Award Chart for the combined Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and SPG program has been released


Not only did we find out the details of the upcoming changes to the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card yesterday, Marriott released the full free night award chart for all of their 6,500 hotels around the world. This chart will come into effect in August and overall I am quite pleased with it.

Here are highlights from the press release:
·         Nearly 70 percent of all participating hotels can be redeemed for the same or fewer points. (52 percent of hotels will move to a lower redemption rate and only 31 percent will go higher.)
·         6,300 hotels can be redeemed for just 35,000 points or lower.
·         Members can save up to 25,000 points per night by redeeming future Category 8 hotels that are priced at Category 7 rates until early 2019.
·         For the first time, SPG’s all-suite hotels such the W Maldives, the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, or the Phoenician Residences, a Luxury Collection Residence Club in Scottsdale, are now included in the published award chart. These sought-after properties can be redeemed for 5,000 fewer points. 

Also, please note a number of our most popular redemption hotels are becoming more affordable: 
·         Hotel Talisa in Vail, Le Méridien Barcelona, W Punta de Mita, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali, The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, and Le Méridien San Francisco will redeem for 10,000 fewer points in the new program. 
·         The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Renaissance Paris Republique Hotel, The St. Regis Princeville Resort, Courtyard New York Manhattan/Midtown East, Autograph Collection’s Hotel Punta Islita, and Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Napa Valley will redeem for 5,000 fewer points in the new program.

Let's start with the good news that nearly 70% of hotels remaining at the same or lower point level and of their 6,500 hotels, 6,300 of them are available at 35,000 points or less. This is great news but it also leaves the door open for adjustments (typically negative) in the near future once the program irons out everything and they go back to its annual hotel category adjustments. Still right now this is encouraging news.

For their Canadian portfolio, 67 hotels are going up in price and some by quite a bit:
  • Le Westin Resort & Spa, Tremblant, Quebec goes up 14,000 points to 50,000 points per night
  • Sheraton on the Falls Hotel goes up 20,000 points 50,000 point per night
  • The Westin Grand, Vancouver goes up 14,000 points to 50,000 points per night
On the other hand 134 Canadian properties are going down in points required. Some of the notable drops:
  • Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Suites Calgary West drops 12,500 points to 17,500 per night
  • W Montréal drops 10,000 points to 50,000 per night
  • Element Vancouver Metrotown drops 12,000 points to 25,000 points per night
Secondly, as we have mentioned in past posts when the new free night award amounts were revealed in April that the new highest Category 8 isn't launching until early in 2019 which means those hotels can be had at some excellent rates until then. For example the St. Regis Bora Bora is only 60,000 points per night (20,000 Starpoints) which seems like an amazing deal but you have to remember these rates are for standard rooms only which means you may not get that overwater bungalow for this amazing rate.

We also know that until that 'sometime early in 2019' the peak and off peak pricing won't be in effect which means for the remainder of this year all hotels will price at the standard rate:
In the news release yesterday Marriott also confirmed they are continuing with their Pointsavers option that discounts the above rates by 20%. Pointsavers properties change every week and is a good option for those who are really flexible with their schedules. Here are the Pointsavers rates
Cash+Points redemption options will continue and here are the rates:

You can check out the new Award Chart here which Marriott has made very user friendly where you can search by country, city, region, hotel name and so on.

Here are our tips that we also recommend following when there are point redemption changes like this! If you have been planning to redeem for stay soon check out the new chart, if the hotel you want is going to go up in price you'll want to book it before August. If it is going down in price and you can wait to book then wait and do so after the new rates take effect so you can pay less points. If you already have a booking don't cancel it yet. Wait until the new rates kick in and then see if there is availability left, if so you can then cancel your old booking and make a new one at the lower rates.

Overall this is good news from Marriott and once again we have to commend them for keeping this program quite strong as well as for the great communication they have had with the integration of the programs ever since they announced they were buying Starwood.

What are all you thoughts on the new award charts?

Here are other posts that you may want to read in regards to the integration of the programs

Thursday, June 28, 2018

New earn rates and benefits revealed for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express

For sometime now we've known what the earn rates and benefits will be on current and new U.S. issued Marriott and Starwood credit cards from Chase and American Express respectively. Here in Canada we have not, we have only been able to speculate on what changes will happen to the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express. The time has come and now we know what is happening to the card when the three loyalty programs that are owned by Marriott become one this August.

As speculated the earn rate on everyday purchases, that is earning on non-Marriott/Starwood hotel purchases is matching that of the U.S.. This earn rate is 2 points per dollar spent. This is a devaluation from the current earn rate of 1 Starpoint per dollar spent which is equivalent to 3 Marriott Rewards points. So you'll see a 33% reduction in earn for most spending made on this card. For Marriott and Starwood purchases, the new earn rate will be 5 points per dollar - again another devaluation from the current promotional rate of 2 Starpoitns per dollar or 6 Marriott Rewards points. You may be asking why didn't they match the cards in the U.S. on the hotel stay earn rate and I can only speculate that it has to do with the fact that the majority of their hotels are not in Canada and they are taking into account exchange rates. Think about it, a US$100 hotel stay will earn 600 points with a U.S. card but at 5 points per dollar with the Canadian card you'll earn roughly 650 points (US$100 = ~ C$130 x 5 points = 650 points) So the Canadian card will in fact earn more per Marriott/Starwood stay than it's U.S. counterpart. No matter what though it is a still slight devaluation from the promotional earn rate we've become accustomed to.

Now, it's not only the earn rates that are changing on the card, some of the benefits are changing as well and are actually better now and should help offset some of the decrease in points earning. The best news is the change to the free night award benefit. Currently when you spend $40,000 or more on the card annually you get a Category 1-4 free weekend night certificate and that spend requirement will be gone. Every cardholder will now get an annual free night redeemable any night of the week at eligible SPG and Marriott properties with a redemption value of up to 35,000 points (Category 1-5 in the new combined program) This free night will be awarded automatically each year after your anniversary date. This is actually better than the free night award that came on the Chase Marriott Premier Visa card, that one only gave you the equivalent of hotels up to 25,000 points!

The other benefit that sees a change is the elite status benefit. The current SPG card awarded Gold Status when hit $30,000 of spending on the card annually and while that remains ryou'll receive automatic Silver elite status in the new program just by being a cardholder. So if you were one who never hit $30,000 at least you now get some recognition!

You can see now that the card is taking some of the benefits from the discontinued Chase Marriott Premier Visa Card (the Cat 1-5 certificate and automatic Silver status) without eroding the current SPG card too much. If you were used to the Chase card you are getting a better earn rate and insurance package and still get two of its three major benefits. The only one missing is the no foreign transaction fee. That's pretty good a deal. If you've had the SPG card now for sometime it may be hard to get used to the new earn rates but hopefully the new benefits will help make up for that. I think American Express has done a good job in recreating this card for the new program, I knew based on the U.S. cards that there was no way we'd get a 3 point earn rate for everyday spending but I was a little surprised that the hotel earn rate is only 5 points per dollar spent. I thought even with exchange rates and such they would have gone with 6 points like the U.S. card and the fact that its equivalent to the current 2 Starpoint rate they have already been providing.

My wife carries this card and once I learned about the new earn rates and benefits I know we'll keep it in our family portfolio as the Free Night Award is worth more than the annual fee itself.

If you hold the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express the card has the same benefits as above but has one more somewhat better earn option. It will earn 3 points for every dollar in Card purchases on eligible gas, dining and travel. If you make a lot of purchases in those three categories it may be worth it the get the business card over the consumer card.

One last thing we don't know yet is if the sign up bonus on the Starwood cards will change come August. They are going to be in the U.S. so one can hope the same will happen here.

Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card
Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express
Card Type: Credit
Annual Fee: $120 (No annual fee on Supplementary Cards)
Annual interest rate 19.99% on purchases and 22.99% on funds advances; Missed payment applicable rates, 23.99% and/or 26.99%

Earn up to $250 in statement credits
• New Starwood Preferred Guest®* Credit Card from American Express
Cardmembers, earn a statement credit of $100 after you charge $1500 in purchases to your Card in the first 3 months of Cardmembership.* You can also earn a $150 statement credit after you charge $200 or more in purchases to your Card at participating Starwood or Marriott properties in your first 6 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 July 31st 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
• 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
•  Italicized bullets are the parts of this card that will change in August
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Earn 1,000 Bonus Le Club AccorHotels Points for stays at Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel hotels


Accor Hotels is celebrating the addition of Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel hotel to their Le Club AccorHotels program with this new bonus! Officially the three hotels from the FRHI group join Le Club AccorHotels on July 2nd and that's when this bonus kicks in. It will also mark the end of the much beloved Fairmont President's Club. As long the hotel is participating and you've registered for this offer you'll earn the bonus.

If you are unfamiliar with the workings of Le Club AccorHotels, you earn points on your stays like most hotel programs and then you can redeem those points at rate of 2,000 points for EUR40 off your hotel bill. That means this 1,000 point bonus is worth EUR20 or about C$30. That's not a bad bonus at all! Granted most Fairmont Hotels aren't the cheapest to stay at over the summer months, I'm thinking Banff and Lake Louise where you're lucky if you can get a rate under $300. You will also have to factor in the base earn rate which is awarded as follow:
Classic members earn 25 points per €10
Silver members earn 31 points per €10
Gold members earn 37 points per €10
Platinum members earn 44 points per €10
The 1,000 point bonus is equivalent to 500 Aeroplan miles as Le Club AccorHotels points can be converted to Aeroplan (4,000 points = 2,000 miles) so that is also an option you can take advantage of.


I would recommend reading this post to learn more about the amalgamation of the programs:
It's Official - Fairmont President's Club will end on July 2, 2018, to be integrated into Le Club AccorHotels

Offer details
Earn 1,000 Bonus Le Club AccorHotels for stays at Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel hotels Worldwide. Full details, online registration & booking. (Registration is required) Book between Jul 2 - Aug 19 for stays Jul 2 - Sep 30, 18

Find many more Le Club AccorHotels bonus offers here

mbna Alaska Airlines World Elite Mastercard gets an increased sign up bonus of 30,000 Mileage Plan miles



Wow this bonus was a little unexpected but we're grateful for it nonetheless! This very good credit card just got a nice boost. The mbna Alaska Airlines World Elite Mastercard now comes with a limited time sign up bonus offer of 30,000 Mileage Plan miles! That's enough miles for up to three round trip flights from Alberta or B.C. to Seattle and other close destinations. It can get you in business class one way on Cathay Pacific between Vancouver and New York or one way economy ticket between Canada and Iceland on Icelandair. In fact there are so many options with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan that we have said it many times here on Rewards Canada hat it is one of the best frequent flyer programs out there. The good thing with Mileage Plan is that you don't have to fly Alaska which means you don't have live near one of the cities they serve in B.C. and Alberta. You can use Mileage Plan miles on American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Emirates and the list goes on and on. It provides many options with really good value and outside of earning on flights the best way to earn Mileage Plan miles in Canada is with this card. And for those who want to play the game, this card can be churned. You can get it, make your spend to get the bonus, cancel the card and in as little as three months after cancelling it you can apply for it again. Please note that this card is not available to residents of Quebec.

They have also added one more benefit to the card - you now get one complimentary checked bag per person flying on the same reservation for up to six people!

Want to learn more about the card? You can read my old review of it here - it needs some updating but you'll get the general idea of the what the card can offer. Thanks to being reminded by this new bonus I will be updating that review soon!



A new Alaska Airlines World Elite Mastercard® credit card could take you places. If approved, you could receive new benefits and start earning more Mileage Plan™ miles.                            
 • 30,000 bonus miles†† and Alaska's Famous Companion Fare™ from $121 (USD) ($99 plus taxes and fees from $22)◊◊ after you make $1,000 or more in eligible purchases within the first 90 days of your account opening.
• One complimentary checked bag per passenger on the same qualifying reservation, up to a maximum of six passengers.æ
• Every year on your account anniversary buy one round trip and get a companion fare of $121 (USD) ($99 plus taxes and fees from $22)◊◊ on Alaska Airlines. There are no blackout dates.
• Earn 3 miles‡ for every $1 charged to your Alaska Airlines Mastercard credit card on tickets, vacation packages, and cargo services from Alaska Airlines.
• Earn 1 mile‡ for every $1 spent on other eligible purchases.
• Earn and redeem‡ Alaska Mileage Plan miles on global airline partners of Alaska Airlines to 900+ destinations.
• $99 annual fee
• Standard Annual Interest Rates of 19.99% on purchases, 21.99% on balance transfers✪ and access cheques, and 24.99% on cash advances
• Your personal annual income must be greater than $80,000, or your household annual income must be $150,000 or greater††††

† To qualify for this offer, an applicant must be approved for World Elite card  and a single or combination of purchase transactions totaling at least one thousand Canadian dollars (CAD 1,000) must be made using such account within the first 90 days of account opening   that are not subsequently rescinded, the subject of a charge back request or otherwise disputed. Please allow 8-10 weeks from the transaction date for bonus Miles to be posted to your Mileage Plan account.   Account must be open and active on posting/delivery date to qualify for bonus Miles. Limit one-time bonus Miles offer (no cash value) per new account. Reissues, fraud, lost/stolen and reopened accounts do not qualify for this offer. This promotion is offered by MBNA and may be amended or cancelled at any time without notice. Additional bonus Miles may be awarded if a completed application is submitted to an Alaska Airlines employee.  

‡ These are highlights of the credit card rewards program (the “Program”) associated with this credit card account. Miles will be awarded on eligible transactions charged to your account as set out in the Program terms and conditions. Complete terms and conditions describing Program eligibility, accrual and redemption of Miles, and other important conditions, limitations and restrictions will be sent after your account is opened. Please read the terms and conditions carefully upon receipt.  Accumulated Miles can only be redeemed in accordance with the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program (the “Alaska Program”).  The Toronto-Dominion Bank has no liability or responsibility for any aspect of the Alaska Program.  Please visit www.alaskaair.com for complete Alaska Program terms and conditions.

◊◊ Companion Certificates can only be used for a coach class seat on an Alaska Airlines operated flight with the purchase of another ticket on the same Alaska Airlines flight within or between the continental United States, Alaska, Canada, Hawaii or Mexico. To obtain the Companion Certificate in the first year of the account, the credit card application must be approved and a single or combination of purchase transactions totaling at least one thousand Canadian dollars (CAD 1,000) must be made using such account within the first 90 days of account opening that are not subsequently rescinded, the subject of a charge back request or otherwise disputed. Please allow 8-10 weeks from the transaction date for the Companion Certificate to be delivered. To qualify for the Companion Certificate in the second and subsequent years of the account, the account must be open and active on the account anniversary.  Reissues, fraud, lost/stolen and reopened accounts do not qualify for this offer. This promotion is offered exclusively by Alaska Airlines. The Toronto-Dominion Bank is not responsible or liable for any aspect of this promotion. For a complete explanation of this benefit, please visit www.alaskaair.com.

ӕ Complimentary Checked Bag Benefit: Primary cardholders of the Alaska Airlines World Elite Mastercard consumer credit card ("World Elite account") who make a qualifying reservation and have an open World Elite account at the time of travel are eligible to receive a baggage allowance on qualifying reservations consisting of one (1) complimentary checked bag per passenger on the same ticket for the same Alaska Airlines flight, up to a maximum of six (6) complimentary checked bags per ticket. Qualifying reservations include flights marketed by Alaska Airlines and operated by Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, SkyWest or PenAir (codeshare flights operated by other carriers are not eligible). Primary cardholder must be an Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan™ member. Baggage restrictions apply. See alaskaair.com/freebagfaq for complete baggage rules. Payment with the World Elite account is not required to qualify for this benefit. Offer may not be applied retroactively, and no refunds will be issued. Not applicable for passengers who already receive 1 or more free checked bags. New holders of the World Elite account, and cardholders upgrading from another Alaska Airlines credit card to a World Elite account, will be eligible for this benefit approximately 2-3 weeks after approval. This promotion is offered exclusively by Alaska Airlines. The Toronto-Dominion Bank is not responsible or liable for any aspect of this promotion. For a complete explanation of this benefit, please visit www.alaskaair.com

††††  To be eligible for a World Elite account, your personal annual income must be greater than $80,000, or your household annual income must be $150,000 or greater.  Additional account qualification criteria apply as set out in the application.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Toronto-Dominion Bank is the issuer of this credit card. MBNA is a division of The Toronto-Dominion Bank. 

Two days left to grab first year free offers on the BMO Rewards World Elite and AIR MILES World Elite Mastercards

BMO has provided us with details on offer changes that are coming later this week to the BMO Rewards World Elite Mastercard and AIR MILES World Elite Mastercard. We have featured both cards quite a bit over the past six months or so thanks to their really good sign up bonuses and that fact that they were being offering with no annual fee in the first year. Currently the BMO Rewards World Elite Mastercard has a 35,000 point sign up bonus worth $250 and the AIR MILES World Elite is offering 3,000 AIR MILES as the sign up bonus which we value at over $300. These offers will change in two days, come Friday, the BMO Rewards World Elite Mastercard will retain the 35,000 point bonus but you'll have to pay the $150 annual fee and the AIR MILES card will see its offer drop to 2,000 miles with a $120 annual fee. So if have you been considering either one of these cards or weren't but are thinking now may be the time to score some free travel credits and Priority Pass.


BMO World Elite Mastercard
Limited Time: $150 annual fee waiver in the first year*
Welcome Offer: Get 35,000 welcome points (after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months)*
Get 3 BMO Rewards points for every $1 spent on travel, dining and entertainment purchases*
Get 2 points for every $1 spent everywhere else*
Points you can use to cover all flight charges & taxes*
Fly on any airline, with no blackout dates*
VIP airport lounge access (over $200 US/year value)*
Interest Rate: Purchases 19.99% Cash Advances 22.99%
Apply Now




BMO AIR MILES World Elite Mastercard
Welcome Offer: Get up to 3,000 AIR MILES Bonus Miles*
Limited Time: $120 annual fee waived in the first year*
· Earn 1 reward mile for every $10 in credit card purchases, everywhere you spend*
· Exclusive 15% Flight Discount on all AIR MILES flights in North America with no blackout periods*
· BMO AIR MILES World Elite Travel and Medical Protection*
· VIP Airport Lounge Access*
· BMO Concierge Service*
· Use your card at Costco
· *Terms and conditions apply
· Interest Rate: Purchases 19.99% Cash Advances 22.99%
Apply Now

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

June 26 Update: What happens to Marriott Free Night Certificates come August, lower sign up bonus on no fee SimplyCash and Amex Business Gold Rewards no longer 1st year free


As of today the sign up bonus for the no fee SimplyCash Card from American Express has been lowered. The new rate is 2.5% on purchases in the first three months (up to $150). This is down from 5% with a maximum of $250 cash back however you are not limited to grocery, gas or restaurants to get this sign up bonus - it 2.5% back on all purchases up to that $150 level.


That's not the only change from American Express today, the American Express Business Gold Rewards Card is no longer first year free. The $250 annual fee must now be paid in the first year of having the card. Going to have to update our Travel Hacking 101 post now and we just did so last week. The card issuers are really clamping down on the gaming of the cards!


Rewards Canada reader Thomas M asked a very good question on what happens with Marriott Free Night Certificates in the new combined program:
I have multiple certificates currently (Chase Canada Visa and Fall Megabonus) that will expire in the fall/next spring. They both state they are valid to be used on category 1-5.

Do you know:

a) will you be able to use the above mentioned certificates on a new category 5 hotel once the new categories are realeased this summer(combined SPG/marriott)? I know those will now cost 35,000 points, but they technically will be categorized category 5, which the certificates also state.

b) can you book a category 7 hotel (35,000 points) and then apply the certificate to a reservation once the hotel changes are announced? This is with the assumption that a hotel stays in the same points category (requiring 35k points before (cat 7) and after(cat 5))
And this is the answer from Marriott:
Certificates attached now for a stay after launch date will convert as well but still be honored at the hotel for redemption regardless of any possible points required change for that specific location.  This is the same approach as our annual category changes. If the reservation is canceled or modified after launch date then the free certificate sits as up to 25k regardless of what it used to be attached to. 
Short answer that is safe to say is all free night certificates issued to date will be honoured at the points thresholds issued.
So if I read this correctly the old Category 1-5 certificates will be good at hotels that are up to 25,000 points (the old Cat 1-5) not the new Cat 1-5 of up to 35,000 points. However if you book a hotel now that is Category 1-5 it will be honored even if it ends up above the 25,000 point level in the new program


Posts since our last update:

Travel Deals
Save up to 15 % on Marriott stays in Canada! Book at a participating hotel by July 1, 2018 for stays until July 31, 2018 and save up to 10% on best available rates!  Marriott Rewards® Members save up to 5% more. Find out more here.

Receive a $100 CAD resort credit each night of your stay at the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge. Book by Jun 30 for stays until Jul 31, 18 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
Best Western Rewards
- Double Rewards Points for stays at the Best Western Plus Buckingham International Melbourne. More... Until Sep 30, 18

Hilton Honors
- 5,000 Bonus Honors Points per night when you complete a stay of 2 or more nights at Hilton Hotels in the Americas. More... Targeted offer - may not work for everyone Until Jan 31, 19

Le Club AccorHotels
- Triple Le Club AccorHotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in France. More... For members residing in Asia Pacific only Book by Aug 31 for stays until Oct 31, 18

Marriott Rewards
- 2,000 Bonus Rewards Points per night for stays at participating Courtyard Hotels in New York, Pennsylvania or Texas. More... Until Aug 31, 18

SAS EuroBonus
- 750 EuroBonus Points per night for stays at First Hotels in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland. More... Until Jul 31, 18
- Earn 6,000 Bonus EuroBonus Points for Sixt car rentals of 6 or more days Worldwide. More... Book by Jul 8 for rentals Sep 1 - Oct 31, 18

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Earn up to 3,000 Bonus Flying Club Miles when you book hotels via PointHound. More... Until Jul 31, 18
- 75% Bonus Flying Club Miles on your first hotel stay booked via Rocketmiles. More... Book by Sep 30, 18

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

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The Hilton Summer Sale continues! Don't Miss Out On Savings Of Up To 25% On Selected Hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa. #ad #sponsored

Make your summer one to remember with the Hilton Sale. Save up to 25% off breaks across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. To access our best savings, simply join Hilton Honors for free while you book. With hotels in over 100 locations, there is a break for every occasion.

Stays must be booked by September 3, 2018 and completed on weekends until October 7, 2018. Remember that you should also be earning Double Points on these stays with the current summer Hilton Honors promotion that runs until August 31. Find that and all other Honors bonuses here.

Discounts are up to 15% off the Best Available Rate and Best Available Bed & Breakfast Rate and vary by property, excluding Hampton by HiltonTM hotels where the discount is up to 10% off. The Summer Sale Hilton Honors member rates are an additional 10% off the Best Available Rate and the Best Available Bed and Breakfast Rate, for weekend stays.

Click here to take advantage of the Hilton Summer sale 

For purposes of this offer, "weekend" is defined as Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday nights and in Middle East (excluding Turkey, Lebanon, Morocco, Africa) as Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday nights. Must book a minimum 3 days before arrival, this may vary and be reduced at points throughout the campaign

Friday, June 22, 2018

June 22 Update: Norwegian Airlines outlines first Canadian flights from Hamilton & Montreal, a great Iberia Plus promotion and more


We now know what routes Norwegian Airlines will initially fly from Canada when the Ultra Low Cost Carrier launches them later this year. They will launch seasonal service from Montreal to the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in late October and serivce across the pond in March 2019 when they start flying their 737 MAX aircraft between Hamilton and Dublin. Unlike most other ULCC's Norwegian does actually have a frequent flyer program called Norwegian Rewards and the currency is called CashPoints. You can 2 to 12% CashPoints on Norwegian flights plus more on hotel bookings and car rentals. Learn more about Norwegian Reward here. As is always the case when a new airline launches in Canada that has an FFP we'll add them to our bonus offer listing page and provide upgraded news coverage of the program and the airline. Norwegian Reward isn't known for offering lots of bonuses but have had the occasional flight offer over the past few years. Find out more


This may interest some of you if you have travels within Europe or maybe from the U.S. to Europe,  or even want to buy 10 cheap tickets and not fly them, Spanish carrier Iberia is offering a sweet 9,000 Bonus Avios per flight if you book those flights this weekend. They say you have to use to Avios by December 1st so only go nuts for buying Iberia tickets if you know you can use those Avios by then and you quite possibly can as they can be redeemed for flights on oneworld airlines, hotels and so on. We also know that you will get the bonus even if you don't take the flights (just don't cancel them) and they are reports of flights around 33EUR (330EUR total for 90,000 Avios, which is a good deal)  Find out more here.  Thinking of going for it? Iberia is actually one of our travel partners and booking these flights via our link with them helps support Rewards Canada/FFB!

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Travel Deals
Hilton
Summer Sale - Save up to 25% on weekend stays in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Find out more here

Save up to 15 % on Marriott stays in Canada! Book at a participating hotel by July 1, 2018 for stays until July 31, 2018 and save up to 10% on best available rates!  Marriott Rewards® Members save up to 5% more. Find out more here.

Receive a $100 CAD resort credit each night of your stay at the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge. Book by Jun 30 for stays until Jul 31, 18 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
IHG Rewards Club
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points for stays at IHG Hotels in North or South America starting with your second stay. For residents of North and South America only More... Jul 1 - Sep 16, 18

Other Bonus Offers
Emirates Skywards
- Earn up to 6,000 Skywards miles for Sixt car rentals of 3 or more days Worldwide. More... Book by Jul 31 for rentals until Sep 30, 18

Jet Airwys JetPrivilege
- Earn up to 1,000 Bonus JPMiles when you rent a car participating Hertz locations in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. More.. Book by Jul 31 for rentals until Aug 31, 18

Shangri-La Golden Circle
- Triple GC Award Points for stays in a Horizon Room or Suite at Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen. More... Until Aug 31, 18

TAP Portugal Victoria
- Double Victoria Miles for all eligible flights on Beijing Capital Airlines. More... Until Aug 21, 18

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Triple Flying Club Miles for all UK and European Enterprise car rentals. More... Until Aug 31, 18

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