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Amazing new welcome offer for the HSBC World Elite Mastercard - Up to 100,000 points with first year free! (Quebec gets 130,000 points with fee)

HSBC has just come out with their biggest and best offer yet for the HSBC World Elite Mastercard and in fact the bonus for Quebec resident...

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Last day to register for Marriott Bonvoy's Unlock More Promotion


Today is the last day to register for Marriott Bonvoy's current systemwide promotion entitled Unlock More. If you haven't done so and are planning a stay at any one of the more than two dozen Marriott brands by January 14 you'll want to register for the offer now.

Offer details:
Earn 2,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points on your second stay at any participating Marriott Hotel Worldwide. Once complete you will unlock additional bonus offers for your stay(s) made after that second stay. Additional offers will be appear in your account and also be emailed to you by Marriott. Full details, online registration & booking. (Registration is required) Register by Dec 31 for stays until Jan 14, 20

Here are more Marriott Bonvoy offers to check out:
  • 5,000 Bonus Bonvoy points for stays of 2+ nights at participating Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Asia Pacific.
    Full details & online booking for Cambodia Indonesia Malaysia Philippines Singapore Thailand Vietnam
    Full details & online booking for Australia Fiji New Caledonia New Zealand Samoa
    Full details & online booking for Bangladesh Bhutan India Maldives Nepal Sri Lanka
    Full details & online booking for Japan South Korea
  • Earn a Free Night in a Category 1-5 hotel when you join Marriott Rewards and stay twice at participating hotels during your earning period. Your earning period starts the day you enroll through the end of that month, plus an additional 120 days.
    To ensure this offer works you must make sure that anyone who may be logged into Marriott Rewards on your computer fully logs out or clears their cookies (or open up the offer in a private/incognito view) Full Details, online registration and Booking
  • Earn up to 10,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points and 10% off stays at Atlantis, Paradise Island.  Full details & online booking.
Find our complete list of Marriott Bonvoy Bonus Points offers here!

Monday, December 30, 2019

One week left to grab the great welcome bonus of 350 WestJet dollars on the WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard

https://www.rewardscanada.ca/links/rbcwestjetwe.html

There is only one week left to grab one of the easiest to earn credit card welcome bonus offers. The current offer of 350 WestJet dollars for Canada's #1 airline credit card*, the WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard comes to end next on January 6th. The regular bonus of 250 WestJet dollars when you apply for and receive the card is still the norm but if you get the card now you'll get an additional 100 WestJet dollars when you make your first purchase on the card within three months of being approved for the card. That's a really easy welcome bonus to earn considering most of the cards competing with this card have a lot of spend requirements tied to them! You literally only have to make one $1 purchase on the card and you have 350 WestJet dollars to use right away towards to flights or vacation packages with WestJet.

Related: What you actually have to spend to get some of the best credit card welcome bonus offers

Not only is the welcome bonus an attractive offer there are other benefits on the card that are the reason why it is the best airline card in Canada. Once you have the card you get the first checked bag free for yourself and up to 8 others travelling on the same reservation. With checked bags on WestJet running between $30 to $35.40 for the first bag you can already see how this card can provide some huge savings on WestJet travel.

Related:  Credit cards that help you avoid those dreaded airline fees

Then the card has the best companion voucher benefit of any credit card in Canada. You can use the voucher for travel anywhere on WestJet's network for travel in Economy or Premium Class. Business Class is not included. Essentially what this voucher is that you buy one ticket at a regular price and you can have a companion travel with you for only $99 in Canada and the Continental U.S., $299 to sun destinations and $399 anywhere else WestJet flies plus you have to pay the taxes and fees. Seeing that Premium Economy tickets can run into four figures for round trip getting one of them for only $399 can provide some immense savings. If you have a family of four or more it can make sense to have two separate WestJet RBC World Elite Credit Cards as that will give you two companion vouchers to use. This is exactly Why my wife and I each grabbed our own WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercards. In the couple of years of both of us having the cards we have saved thousands of dollars on flights, especially when we had to buy last minute travel which as we all know tends to be really expensive!

Related: The Ultimate Flight Companion Pass Credit Card portfolio

The WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard does have a $119 annual fee that comes on it but when you look at getting 350 WestJet dollars with it (so a net benefit of 231 dollars to start) and then the baggage fee savings and companion voucher benefit you can see how this card is extremely valuable to get! Even if you have just one WestJet flight planned and none after that, being able to use the equivalent of 231 dollars towards that flight makes this card worth getting. 

Click here to learn more about this offer and to apply for the WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard



* As ranked by Rewards Canada in Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards for 2019

Friday, December 27, 2019

Save up to 20% on TAP Air Portugal's flights out of Montreal and Toronto


TAP Air Portugal has a new promo code that you can use if you are planning to book flights with them! The promo code GO2020 saves you up to 20% on all fare classes except for the lowest economy fare called Discount and Business Class fares (Executive).  Flights must be booked by December 31 for travel February 1 - November 30, 2020. There are black out dates of February 20 to March 2, March 26 - April 20 and June 1 to September 30. This 20% discount is the highest we have seen yet from TAP

Book this offer here!

Here is an example of using the promo code for a flight between Montreal and Lisbon - it brings the price down from $910 to $749!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Earn 1,226 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for Avis car rentals through to April 30 if you book by December 26


We continue with Aeroplan's Boxing Week specials,  this final offer is for renting cars from Avis. You can earn 1,226 bonus Aeroplan Miles on Avis rentals Worldwide. What makes this bonus really good is that it appears you can earn this bonus on even a one day rental and for most car groups. This means you can rent a pretty cheap car for one day and rack up a decent amount of miles for it. Simply book by December 26 for rentals December 26 - April 30, 20.

Offer details:
1,226 Bonus Aeroplan Miles on a qualifying rental at participating Avis locations worldwide. Full details & online booking. Book by Dec 26 for rentals Dec 26 - Apr 30, 20

Here are the other Aeroplan Boxing week offers we have already covered here on Rewards Canada:

Image via Air Canada Aeroplan

Monday, December 23, 2019

Earn Double Aeroplan Miles for Coast Hotels stays until the end of January


Another bonus for you Coast Hotel people! It hasn't been very long since the last Aeroplan Coast Hotels bonus - in fact the 4x Aeroplan miles runs until December 31 so it's nice to have another opportunity out in the market that starts right away to earn more miles at their locations in Canada and the U.S.

Offer details:
Double Aeroplan Miles and up to 20% off stays at Coast Hotels in Canada and the U.S. Full details and online booking. Until Jan 31, 20

Here are some other Aeroplan offers to check out:
  • Double Aeroplan Miles when you fly on GOL Airlines in an eligible fare class. Register online (Registration is required)  
  • Earn 4x Aeroplan Miles when you stay for 2 or more nights on weekends (Thu-Sun) at the Chelsea Hotel Toronto. Full details & online booking
  • Earn up to 1,000 Free Aeroplan Miles when you subscribe to receive text messages from Aeroplan. Full details 
  • TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card: Earn up to 30,000 Aeroplan Miles (equivalent to 2 economy short-haul roundtrip flight rewards)1 and first year no Annual Fee1 for the Primary Cardholder 
Find our complete list of Aeroplan bonus miles offers here.

Image via Coast Hotels

A closer look at the new American Express Business Edge™ Card

This post was sponsored by Amex Bank of Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.



Back on October 16 American Express shook up the small business credit card market with the launch of their new American Express Business Edge Card. This small business card integrates what has worked well with Amex's personal cards to offer it to the small business market. The primary factor that is makes this card stand out is the points earning potential. It has accelerated earn rates, a generous welcome bonus and an ongoing monthly bonus for meeting a minimum spend.

American Express was smart to bring over some of their personal card features, namely the American Express Cobalt Card to the small business side. You may ask why and the answer to that question comes on the rewards. Too often businesses have relied on personal credit cards - I can't count how many times back in the day when I worked in procurement in the Oil & Gas Industry where salespeople bought lunch, coffee, etc. with their personal cards while pitching their products. There were several reasons for this, some small businesses consider letting their sales people use their own personal cards as an unwritten bonus - they get their salary, their commission and they get to keep the points earned on those personal cards all the while submitting the expense to the company thereby getting those points for free. And the other reason - most small business credit cards in Canada aren't very rewarding when compared to all the personal card options in the market.

Thankfully, that has changed now with the introduction of the American Express Business Edge Card. It is the first business card that is under the Select Tier within the Membership Rewards program, and the second card overall from American Express that is within the Select Tier (after the Cobalt Card). The card has rich value with a generous welcome bonus and strong points earning potential all the while providing the benefits and redemption options we have become accustomed to from American Express. Add in an extremely reasonable annual fee, that is only charged on the primary card (all supplementary cards are offered at no charge) and you have a winning combination for a small business card.

For the welcome bonus, not only do you get bonus points for getting the card and completing a minimum spend within three months - you will also get additional bonus points if you can spend a set amount on the card each month. All told the card can give you 42,000 bonus Membership Rewards points (within the Select Tier) in the first year of cardmembership.

Welcome Bonus
In your first year as a new Business Edge Cardmember, you can earn 30,000 Membership Rewards points when you charge $5,000 in purchases to your Card in your first three months of Cardmembership, and an additional 1,000 points each month that you spend $3,000. This could add up to 42,000 bonus points in a year.

Ongoing Monthly Bonus
The 1,000 bonus points earned each month is a continuous bonus and is awarded to you for the life of the card as long as you hit that $3,000 in monthly spending.

Annual Fee
$99

Supplementary Cards: No annual fee

Earning
Earn 3 times the points for Card purchases on eligible business essentials including:

•    3X the points on Eats & Drinks
•    3X the points on Rides & Gas
•    3X the points on Office Supplies & Electronics

Up to a maximum of 75,000 points, and then earn 1X the points on all other purchases.

Want to know which restaurants and other bars or eateries will earn you those 3x points? Check out our American Express Confirmed Multiplier Locations feature that the Rewards Canada community has been so great in contributing to!


As mentioned above, you will rewarded with 1,000 bonus points each month you have $3,000 in spending on the card.

Redeeming
•    Get choice and flexibility by using points for purchases or redeeming them for a wide range of travel, dining, entertainment and retail rewards options.
•    Use points to book travel within Canada or anywhere in the world with American Express Travel.
•    Redeem points for statement credits to offset any eligible purchase charged to your Card.
•    Shop with Points at Amazon.ca.
•    Use points for a wide range of gift cards and merchandise.

Travel, of course, is one of the most sought after rewards from credit cards and American Express does travel rewards well. They have multiple options in Membership Rewards that are as follows:

Use Points for Purchases

Redeem points for statement credits to offset any eligible purchase charged to the card.  The  redemption rate values at 1 cent per point which means the Business Edge card has a 1 to 3% rate of return when you redeem points for purchases (purchases that earn 3 points = 3% return, purchases that earn 1 point = 1%)
  • Use Points for Purchases (Travel): 1,000 points = $10 credit
  • Use Points for Purchases (Non-Travel): 1,000 points = $10 credit
Using your points to offset eligible travel purchases for statement credits is great for those looking for the utmost flexibility in using points for travel. You get to book the flights that are best for you, from the carrier you want, right from the airline’s website, a travel agent or any online travel portal. It even covers non-air travel, such as car rentals, hotels or even all inclusive vacation packages.

Book your hotel via the hotel's website, a cruise via a travel agent or even an all-inclusive vacation, and you can redeem your Membership Rewards points for it all.  All you have to do is charge the travel to any Membership Rewards earning American Express Card and when the charge shows up, redeem your points against it at a rate of 1,000 points for a $10 statement credit. The great thing with Membership Rewards is that you can continue to fund your trip with points even after it's over, since American Express allows you to redeem for a charge up to 12 months after it gets posted to your account.

Fixed Points Travel Program

The Fixed Points Travel Program is a take on traditional reward flights from frequent flyer programs. That is, you use a set amount of points to travel within, or to, certain regions without typically worrying about the price.

Booking flights using fixed points can come handy, especially during peak seasons when market fares are quite high. American Express' Fixed Points Travel Program doesn’t limit specific airlines you need to book with. You can literally fly any airline, any time to any destination!

This provides a lot more flexibility than your traditional reward program, where typically the biggest complaint is a lack of flight availability!

Here are the points grids from Amex’s Fixed Point Travel Program:



Depending on how you earn your points with the American Express Business Edge Card it could mean you can fly for as little as $5,000 in spending. Take the 3 points per dollar for $5,000 and you have 15,000 points which are enough to redeem for short haul popular routes.


Related: A closer look at the Membership Rewards Fixed Points Travel program

Converting points to hotel loyalty programs
The Membership Rewards Select Tier allows you to convert your points to other loyalty programs, namely hotel programs. Those are Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy™. The conversion ratio from MR Select to Marriott is 1,000 points = 1,200 points which means the 3 points per dollar this card earns equates to 3.6 Marriott Bonvoy™ points for every dollar spent. Max out at the 75,000 points annually and you are looking at 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per year. That's a pretty decent Marriott Bonvoy points earn and considering we value Marriott Bonvoy points at no less than 1 cent a piece that's $900 in value right there!

Related:  Step by step guide to converting points from your American Express Card to Marriott Bonvoy 

Between the welcome bonus and the accelerated earn rates the American Express Business Edge Card has stormed onto the market as one of the most rewarding small business cards in Canada. Many of the other cards in this space don't even come close to earning valuable points like this card does. Throw in those 42,000 bonus points in the first year as well and you can see this card is a winner!

100% Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you fly Air Canada within Canada, from Canada to the U.S. or Canada to Sun destinations


Continuing on with Aeroplan's Boxing Week specials is this offer for flying on Air Canada. You can earn 100% bonus Aeroplan Miles (Double Miles in layman's terms) on eligible scheduled direct flights within Canada, from Canada to the US, and from Canada to Sun destinations operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Express and Air Canada Rouge. Simply book by December 26 for travel January 7 - April 30, 20.

Offer details:
100% Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you fly on Air Canada, Air Express or Air Canada Rouge on eligible scheduled direct flights within Canada, from Canada to the US, and from Canada to Sun destinations. Full details, online registration & booking. Book by Dec 26 for travel Jan 7  - Apr 30, 20

Here are the other Aeroplan Boxing week offers we have already covered here on Rewards Canada:
Image via Air Canada Aeroplan

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Home Trust Preferred Visa to stop awarding cash back on foreign currency transactions


Thanks to Rewards Canada reader Mike S. for alerting us on Facebook about this upcoming change to the Home Trust Preferred Visa Card.

As of January 1, 2020 the Home Trust Preferred Visa card will no longer award cash back on foreign currency transactions however it will continue to offer no foreign transaction fees. The card achieved some popularity in the rewards world by being an early adopter in the field of no foreign transaction fees and awarding 1% cash back on all eligible purchases - including those made in a foreign currency. Looks like they may feeling the pinch and have decided that not charging the foreign transaction fee is enough and need that 1% in their coffers.

Related: No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards for Canadians


There aren't many no annual fee card options in the No FX Fee market which leads me to believe Home Trust thinks they can keep their small portion of market share. I don't think this will be the case - you have the Rogers/Fido portfolio of no annual fee cards, Brim has a no annual fee card and you also have the Amazon.ca Rewards Mastercard as competitive options to this card. Brim and Rogers/Fido come out ahead of the Home Trust in terms of net return on foreign transactions while the Amazon card equals Home Trust in that it does charge 2.5% for foreign currency purchases but rewards you with 2.5% back essentially nullifying the FX fee.

Related: The Ultimate No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Card Portfolio

Home Trust has already updated their website to state the card does not earn cash back rewards on foreign transactions - even though it isn't January yet.

Excerpt from the card T&C's:
Cash advances, balance transfers, interest, fees and foreign transactions (including online purchases in foreign currencies) are not eligible for CashBack Rewards.
 
The reason it is probably up on the website already however is that applications and approvals for the Home Trust Visa aren't a quick process. This saves them the hassle of having lots of people complain who thought they might be applying for a card that offers 1% back on transactions that have No FX fee.

All in all not a welcome change for this card and for those who have it but in the grand scheme of things I don't see it as that huge of deal of either due to this card's overall small share of the market.

Learn more about and apply for the card here.

Aeroplan IHG Hotels Boxing Week offer - 4x miles if you book by Dec 31 for stays until Apr 30, 20


Not only does Boxing Week mean bonuses from Aeroplan from their eStore (see our post from earlier today) but also some bonus miles for IHG stays! The Boxing Week Aeroplan IHG offer is a great bonus of 4x Miles! Simply register for the offer and book your stay by December 31st to earn 4x miles on all IHG stays until Apr 30, 2020. Remember that you no longer earn a flat rate of miles per stay rather miles are awarded per US$1 spent, 1 to 2 miles depending on the brand which means you'll earn between 4 to 8 Aeroplan miles per US$1 with this offer. You will have to set your IHG Rewards Club account to earn Aeroplan miles to make sure you receive the bonus. This offer also has a limit to the number of bonus miles you can earn during the promotion and that is 15,000 miles.

Offer details
Quadruple Aeroplan Miles for stays at all participating IHG Hotels Worldwide. Full details, online registration & booking. (Registration is required) Book by Dec 31 for stays until Apr 30, 20

Here are some other Aeroplan offers to check out:
  • Double Aeroplan Miles when you fly on GOL Airlines in an eligible fare class. Register online (Registration is required)  
  • Earn 4x Aeroplan Miles when you stay for 2 or more nights on weekends (Thu-Sun) at the Chelsea Hotel Toronto. Full details & online booking
  • Earn up to 1,000 Free Aeroplan Miles when you subscribe to receive text messages from Aeroplan. Full details 
  • TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card: Earn up to 30,000 Aeroplan Miles (equivalent to 2 economy short-haul roundtrip flight rewards)1 and first year no Annual Fee1 for the Primary Cardholder 
Find many more Aeroplan bonus offers here and more IHG offers here.

[OFFER EXPIRED] The American Express® AIR MILES®* Platinum Credit Card's welcome offer of up to 3,500 AIR MILES®* Bonus Miles provides big time value

This post was sponsored by Amex Bank of Canada. The views, opinions, Mile calculation and valuation expressed in this blog, however, are my own. American Express is not responsible for maintaining or monitoring the accuracy of information on this website.


THIS OFFER IS NOW EXPIRED - PLEASE SEE THE CARD DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE MOST CURRENT OFFER BEING FEATURED.

We've had a good amount of coverage on our site about the newly enhanced American Express® AIR MILES®* Platinum Credit Card and we continue that coverage with a closer look at what the new welcome offer and enhancements to the Card provide.

To recap, this is the current limited time welcome offer on the Card:
  • New American Express AIR MILES Platinum Credit Card Cardmembers, earn a welcome bonus of up to 3,500 AIR MILES®* Bonus Miles – here’s how:
  • Earn 1,700 Bonus Miles when you charge a total of $1,500 in purchases to your Card in the first 3 months of Cardmembership.
  • Earn up to 1,800 Bonus Miles - In your first 6 monthly billing periods as a new American Express AIR MILES Platinum Credit Card Cardmember, you can earn 150 Miles for every $500 you spend in purchases in each monthly billing period (up to a maximum of 300 Miles per monthly billing period). Welcome bonus offers end January 20, 2020.
This two week old offer is getting a lot of attention as it is one of the highest sign up bonuses seen on an AIR MILES co-brand Credit Card. The only other comparable Welcome Offer is on the American Express AIR MILES Reserve Credit Card. Still for most however the American Express AIR MILES Platinum Credit Card is the one have. Whether you are big time AIR MILES Collector or even have the program as a secondary one, this Card should be a serious contender for space in your wallet thanks to its greatly enhanced AIR MILES Reward Miles earning.

The new earn rates are the best of any AIR MILES Cards and they are as follows:
  • 1 Mile for every $5 in Card purchases, up to $30,000 annually, on eligible food and drinks (including stand-alone grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops) and eligible gas and transit (including local commuter transportation, ridesharing services and taxis) in Canada
  • 1 Mile for every $10 in Card purchases everywhere else
Before these changes the Card earned 1 Mile for every $10 spent at AIR MILES Partners and at other eligible grocery stores, gas stations, and drugstores in Canada and then 1 Mile for every $15 everywhere else. As you can see you are now earning double the Miles on a lot of those purchases with the 1 Mile for every $5 on food & drinks and gas & transit. These are the same categories as the American Express Cobalt Card so you can utilize our Confirmed Cobalt Multipliers page to see where you'll earn the 1 Mile for every $5 on food, drinks, transit and gas. (Please note that liquor board purchases like LCBO do not count for the drinks category). Yes I think it is time we rename that page as the Confirmed American Express Multipliers page! Outside of those bonus categories all other purchases will earn 1 Mile for every $10 - not just purchases from AIR MILES Partners, grocery stores etc. as seen before. The 1 Mile for every $5 is capped for $30,000 in spending annually just as we see on the American Express Cobalt Card. This means you can earn 6,000 AIR MILES each year for that $30,000 in spending.

The revamp of the Card also sees the addition of the Annual Travel Redemption Benefit:
  • Annual Travel Redemption Benefit – Once per calendar year, when an eligible Cardmember uses Dream Miles with the AIR MILES Reward Program to book their first single flight or package vacation through airmiles.ca or vacations.airmiles.ca, they can get Bonus Miles equivalent to 25% of the net number of Miles used (up to a maximum of 750 Bonus Miles)
This reads just as it is sound, you'll get Miles back for your first flight or package vacation each year that is 25% of the net number of Miles you redeem you redeem, up to 750 Miles. So let's take a look at some redemption options you could utilize with the current welcome offer on the Card:

Using the Reward Miles for flights:

If you are based in Ontario here is AIR MILES' map of where 3,000 Miles will take you in the low season and high season:
Low season - Ontario
High season - Ontario
And for those in British Columbia for both low and high season:
Low season - B.C.
High season - B.C.

The above rates are for one ticket, if you are looking for two people to travel the regions available do shrink a bit. Here's B.C. during low season for two travellers at a maximum of 1,700 Miles each:
Low season regions for 2 travellers from B.C.

Here is an example of 2 person booking between Vancouver and Portland. Normally this is 1,300 miles per person (2,600 for 2) so it is well within the range of the welcome bonus on the card. As you can see however, at the time of researching this post there was a special for AIR MILES Gold Card Members that offers 15% off the amount of miles required for this redemption option:
and the lowest priced tickets from Air Canada for the same flights:


You can see that with this option I'd be redeeming 2210 miles to save $518.74 on the reservation. That means I'd be getting a return of 23.4 cents per mile - that's a huge value for AIR MILES Reward Miles. Then if you take the 25% discount in miles if this is your first redemption of the year you are looking at only using 1,658 miles which works out to 31 cents per mile! Of course this is taking into account that you are a Gold member as well. Still if you are just a base member your 2,600 miles for $518.74 is worth ~20 cents per mile, well above our standard 11 to 15 cents per mile. Factor in the 25% discount from the American Express AIR MILES Platinum Credit Card's Annual Travel Redemption Benefit and we have 26.6 cents per mile value. This means that the welcome bonus of 3,500 miles that comes with the Card could be worth as much as $1,085 if you can get a redemption at the 31 cents per mile valuation. That's huge.

Using the Reward Miles for All inclusive vacations


You can also use the 3,500 miles earned on the Card towards all inclusive package vacations that are booked via airmiles.ca or vacations.airmiles.ca, and take advantage of the 25% redemption discount since it works on these bookings as (once again only if it is your first booking of the year). Package vacations work a little differently than flights as you redeem a set amount of Reward Miles to receive a discount on the package. The rate at the time of posting is 909 miles to receive $100 off. That means you could get $300 off a package vacation with the 3,500 welcome bonus and have miles left over.


You would redeem 2,727 miles to receive $300 of any vacation package but then if it is your first redemption you'll get 682 miles back after the redemption which means you have effectively redeemed 2045 miles for the $300 credit or close to 15 cents per mile.

To sum it up


As you can see from the above examples the new welcome bonus offer for the American Express AIR MILES Platinum Card can provide some amazing value. And they don't even take into account the accelerated earning on the card that you'll be achieving to reach the spend required to earn the complete welcome bonus. In fact, if you can make the $1,000 per month spending that is required to earn the 300 bonus miles per month in the accelerated category for 6 months you are looking at 1,200 miles alone on that spend. This means that at the end of 6 months you could easily be at 4,700 AIR MILES Reward Miles.  All in all, this revamped Card and limited welcome offer when combined make for a very strong contender in our market right now.


Aeroplan eStore Boxing Week event - Earn up to 7x miles for your online shopping until December 29

https://www.aeroplan.com/estore/Boxing-Week/cboxingdaypromos-p1.html?icid=rb#

Aeroplan is once again offering some extra mileage offers for shopping online via the Aeroplan eStore. During their Boxing Week event you can earn up to 7x miles at 61 of their 170+ retailers. These bonuses run until December 29.

Some of the offers to look out for are 7x miles at Bed Bath & Beyond, lululemon and Sephora, 5x miles for Dyson, Gap and Indigo. There are even two 10x miles offers (Even though the event is promoted at up to 7x miles) from Apple Music and Tidal.

At the time of posting this there is still the chance you can maybe find a last minute gift via one of these retailers as long as they have an overnight shipping option - the most famous, Amazon.ca is part of this promotion as you can earn 3x miles on their purchases.

You can learn more and access all the offers at aeroplan.com/estore

Related:  Top 6 tips for maximizing miles & points earning on your holiday shopping



Wednesday, December 18, 2019

December 18 Update: The top credit cards for everyday non-category bonus spending, Sun Country Airlines to fly Vancouver-Minneapolis & a dozen new bonuses


Today we released another feature on the main Rewards Canada website covering The top credit cards for everyday non-category bonus spending.
A lot of the focus on Rewards Canada is about credit cards as they are the easiest and number one way to earn loyalty points and miles in Canada. When it comes to spending your hard earned money on credit cards most of what we discuss revolves around the category bonuses awarded on those cards. Five times points this, three times points that but what about non-category bonus spending? Which cards stand out when it comes to your spending outside of things like groceries, gas, travel and other typical categories that are bonused? That's the focus of this feature and hopefully it can help you out especially if you are someone who does have a lot of spend on your card(s) that don't fall into category bonuses.
Check out the feature here!



Sun Country Airlines, a U.S. based low cost carrier announced that they will start flying from Vancouver. Starting in May 2020 the airline will fly between Vancouver and Minneapolis twice per week. The airline has been seen in Canada before however not on a scheduled basis as they have operated some charter flights before out of Calgary, Edmonton and other Canadian cities. They do have their own loyalty program called Sun Country Rewards (if you are old like me, you may remember it as UFly Rewards) (Source Routesonline) Image via Sun Country

Posts since our last update:

Travel Deals

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•    Access to our lush pool deck with four pools and heated Jacuzzi
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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

Marriott Bonvoy
– Earn 1,000 bonus Bonvoy points per night for stays at the Four Points by Sheraton Vaughan. More… Until Jan 31, 20
– Earn 1,000 bonus Bonvoy points per night for stays at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown, Delta Hotels Toronto or Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre. More… Until Jan 10, 20

Other Bonus Offers

Aegean Miles&Bonus
- 30% Miles&Bonus Discount on select award tickets within Greece and between Greece and Europe, the Middle East or Africa. More... Until Feb 29, 20

ALL Accor Live Limitless
- Triple Rewards Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in participating hotels in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine. More... Book by Feb 1 for stays until Apr 1, 20

Etihad Guest
– Up to a 30% Discount when you buy Etihad Guest miles. More… Until Dec 23, 19

Hilton Honors
– Earn 2,000 Bonus Honors points per stay at Hilton Hotels worldwide plus 10,000 bonus points for every 10 nights stayed. More… Register now for stays January 6 – May 3, 20
– 100% Bonus when you buy 10,000 or more Hilton Honors points online. More… Until Dec 28, 19

Marriott Bonvoy
- 2,500 Bonus Bonvoy Points per stay at the AC Hotel Portsmouth Downtown/Waterfront. More... Until Mar 9, 20
- 2,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points per night for stays of 2+ nights Thursday-Sunday (Friday or Saturday required) at any of 48 Marriott locations in Florida. More...   Until Jan 20, 20

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Earn up to 4x KrisFlyer Miles when you rent a car for 3 or more days with Avis in North America (excluding Alaska), Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. More... Book by Jan 31 for rentals until Feb 29, 20

SriLankan FlySmiles

– Earn up to 5x FlySmiles when rent a car with Avis for 1 or more days at participating locations in USA (exclude Alaska), Canada, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. More… Book by Feb 29 for rentals until Mar 31, 20

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
- Earn up to Triple ROP Miles on Hertz rentals of 3 or more days in USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More... Book by Dec 31 for rentals until Jan 15, 20


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Earn 1,000 points per night for stays at three Marriott Hotel locations in downtown Toronto


Planning a quick visit to Toronto over the holidays? Maybe visiting friends or family? There are three downtown Marriott locations that are offering a nightly bonus until January 10. The 1,000 bonus points can be earned each night for up to three nights (3,000 bonus points max.)  This offer can also be stacked with Marriott's Unlock More promotion. This bonus points rate prices out the same as the best flexible rate. Arrival night must include a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Offer details:
Earn 1,000 bonus Bonvoy points per night for stays at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown, Delta Hotels Toronto or Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre.  Bonus awarded for up to 3 nights. Full details and online booking Until Jan 10, 20
Here are some other Marriott Bonvoy bonus offers to check out:

  • Earn 2,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points on your second stay at any participating Marriott Hotel Worldwide. Once complete you will unlock additional bonus offers for your stay(s) made after that second stay. Additional offers will be appear in your account and also be emailed to you by Marriott. Full details, online registration & booking. (Registration is required)
  • 2,500 Bonus Bonvoy Points + $25 F&B credit for stays at the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa. Full details & online booking.
  • 2,000 Bonus Bonvoy points per stay at the JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District. Full details and online booking..
Find our complete list of Marriott Bonvoy bonus offers here!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

100% Bonus when buying Hilton Honors points until December 28


Hilton Honors has released another buy points promotion for their members! Once again this one is a nice flat bonus rate of 100% when you buy 10,000 or more points. This means you are paying US$ 0.5 cents per point which can be easily redeemed at values of 0.8 cents or more!

Remember reward nights start out at only 5,000 points so you could potentially get a lot of nights out of this offer.

Offer details:
100% Bonus when you buy 10,000 or more Hilton Honors points online. Buy points here Until Dec 28, 19

Can’t make use of this offer? Check out these other bonus opportunities:
  • Earn 2,000 Bonus Honors points per stay at Hilton Hotels worldwide plus 10,000 bonus points for every 10 nights stayed. Full details, online registration & booking (Registration is required )
  • Earn up to 7,500 Bonus Honors points for stays at any Hilton Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Earn 2,500 points on your first stay and 5,000 bonus points on your second stay. Full details, online registration & booking.(Registration is required) Targeted offer – may not work for everyone
  • 1,000 Bonus Honors Points PER NIGHT for stays at the Higgins Hotel New Orleans, Curio Collection by Hilton. Full details and online booking
Find many more Honors Bonus Points offers here!

Podcast Episode 62 - Holiday Edition & Year End Wrap Up Episode


In this the last episode for 2019 Jeff and Patrick discuss the year in loyalty, with a loyalty wish list, which programs may have been a Grinch and more. We also talk about last minute shopping tips to make the most of your loyalty programs and touch upon our latest ultimate credit card portfolio! Thank you to everyone for listening! Have a wonderful holiday and happy New Year to you all!

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Hilton Honors – Earn 2,000 bonus points per stay + 10,000 bonus points for every 10 nights from Jan 6 to May 3, 2020


Hilton has released the details of their first systemwide promotion for 2020. They continue with the ‘Points Unlimited’ branding for the promotion as it really is unlimited as to the amount of bonus points you can earn. 2,000 bonus points per stay is big bonus – that is if you are staying only one night and not paying a lot for that one night! These flat rate stay bonuses are always that – better on the short one night stays rather than longer stays. That being said any bonus is better than none so earning 2,000 bonus points on a three night stay isn’t a bad thing. Add in the fact that you essentially earn 1,000 more points per night if you can complete 10 nights during the promotion period and the points really add up. More so if all 10 nights are separate stays – that means you would be earning 3,000 bonus points per night. The 10,000 points resets after every 10 nights so if you complete 20 nights during the promotion you’ll earn 20,000 bonus points plus whatever combination of 2,000 points per stay you receive. All in all another great promotion from Hilton Honors.

Offer details:
Earn 2,000 Bonus Honors points per stay at Hilton Hotels worldwide plus 10,000 bonus points for every 10 nights stayed. Full details, online registration & booking (Registration is required ) Register now for stays January 6 – May 3, 2020.

Here are some more Hilton Honors offers to check out:
Find our complete list of Hilton Honors bonus offers here!

1,000 bonus points per night for stays at the Four Points by Sheraton Vaughan



To celebrate recent renovations and updates the Four Points by Sheraton Vaughan is offering 1,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points per night for stays until the end of January. This offer can also be stacked with Marriott's Unlock More promotion. It looks like the bonus points price out the same as the best flexible rate and $3 more than the best member rate. If you take the bonus points rate you should be coming out about $7 ahead.

Offer details:
Earn 1,000 bonus Bonvoy points per night for stays at the Four Points by Sheraton Vaughan. Full details and online booking Until Jan 31, 20


Here are some other Marriott Bonvoy bonus offers to check out:

  • Earn 2,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points on your second stay at any participating Marriott Hotel Worldwide. Once complete you will unlock additional bonus offers for your stay(s) made after that second stay. Additional offers will be appear in your account and also be emailed to you by Marriott. Full details, online registration & booking. (Registration is required)
  • 2,500 Bonus Bonvoy Points + $25 F&B credit for stays at the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa. Full details & online booking.
  • 2,000 Bonus Bonvoy points per stay at the JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District. Full details and online booking..
Find our complete list of Marriott Bonvoy bonus offers here!

Miles & More Mileage Bargains - Big discounts on Premium Economy and Business Class award tickets between 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 the offers are for flying out of Toronto on Lufthansa Airlines or Brussels Airlines. The Lufthansa offer is for Business Class only while Brussels Airlines is both Premium Economy and Business Class.

This month's offers:

Toronto to Europe
Lufthansa Business Class
Brussels Airlines Premium Economy or Business Class
Book by December 31 for travel between March 15 - April 30, 2020

With this month's offer you can redeem Miles & More miles for round trip business class tickets on Brussels Airlines or Lufthansa for only 55,000 miles. This is just over a 50% discount off the normal Business Class award ticket price of 112,000 miles. For premium economy class it is a straight 50% discount from 80,000 miles down to 40,000 miles.

Here is an example of some of the offers available for booking this month:


Normally at this point we go into our discussion on how you can get more Miles & More miles by converting Marriott Bonvoy points to the program. However as we reported previously all hotel points transfers to Miles & More have been temporarily suspended. That means if you want to take advantage of the offers this month you'll have to just make sure you have all the miles in your account.

Click here for full details on this Miles & More offer  

December 16 Update: Westin Prince Toronto rebrands as Pan Pacific Toronto, RBC Rewards members can win an all inclusive Mexico vacation & more!



The famed Westin Prince Hotel in Toronto is being rebranded! The hotel is moving over the Pan Pacific brand and will be known as the Pan Pacific Toronto. This is the brand's fifth hotel in North America with the other four being in Vancouver, Whistler and Seattle. It appears that the last night to book this hotel as a Westin is tomorrow, December 17 at which point you can no longer book it on Marriott's site. Pan Pacific is a member of GHA's Discovery Loyalty program which doesn't award points but rather provides additional benefits on stays and local experiences and amenities when you reach elite levels. And speaking of elite levels the program is offering double elite night credits until the end of the year. You can find that offer on our GHA Discovery page. (Source Pan Pacific).
You can also read my review of the hotel while it was still the Westin! (Image via Pan Pacific)
 

RBC Rewards members can enter to win an all inclusive vacation to Mexico from Carlson Wagonlit Travel! Valued at $3,500 it is a trip for two to 4.5 star Occidental at XCaret Destination, Mexico. No purchase is necessary. Enter the contest here!


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Travel Deals

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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

Marriott Bonvoy
- Earn 2,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points for stays at the Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton Gateway. More... Until Dec 31, 19

RBC Rewards
- 3x RBC Rewards Points when you book select vacation club packages with CWT Vacations. More... Ongoing offer

Other Bonus Offers

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Receive Bonus Asia Miles when you book hotels via Booking.com. Receive 1 mile for every HKD2 instead of HKD5 More... Book by Dec 31 for stays until Jan 31, 20

JAL Mileage Bank
- Double Mileage Bank Miles when you buy 2 day or longer Park Hopper Tickets. More... Until Mar 31, 20

Marriott Bonvoy
- 3,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points + $50 dining credit for stays at The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale. More... Until Dec 31, 19
- 1,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points when you stay at least 2 nights Wednesday-Saturday (Thursday or Friday required) at the Four Points by Sheraton Setif More... Until Feb 24, 20
- Earn up to 10,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points and up to a $200 nightly dining credit for stays at  The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. More... Until Jan 10, 20

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- 30% KrisFlyer Miles redemption discount on selected destinations across the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir network. More... Book by Dec 31 for travel Jan 1 – 31, 20

Wyndham Rewards
- Double Wyndham Rewards Points on your next stay at a Wyndham Rewards Hotel worldwide. More... Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone Until Feb 4, 20


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