Thursday, February 28, 2019

February 28 Update: Air Canada renews partnership with American Express for the new loyalty program, World of Hyatt adds 57 more SLH Hotels & WestJet's 23rd birthday sale


Air Canada has renewed their agreement with American Express to have Amex issue cards in the new loyalty program plus continue on as a Membership Rewards partner!! Yay!
  • New premium American Express card products to launch with Air Canada's new loyalty program in 2020
  • 10-year deal will provide continuity for joint customers
  • The companies will expand and deepen their partnership in the consumer, small business and corporate space

    Membership Rewards customers in Canada and the US will be able to transfer their points into Air Canada's new loyalty program once it has rolled out. American Express Aeroplan cardmembers will become members of Air Canada's new loyalty program in 2020, and all their miles will be transitioned at a 1:1 rate. In the interim, members may continue to earn and redeem Aeroplan Miles, and enjoy cardmember benefits as usual. (Source Air Canada)

World of Hyatt has added another 57 hotels from SLH Hotels to the portfolio of locations you can earn and redeem points at. The SLH portfolio accessable to WOH members now sits at over 165 worldwide but you still can't book the one Canadian location yet! (Source Hyatt)

Posts since our last update:

Travel Deals
WestJet is celebrating their 23rd birthday today with a one day sale offering  23% off Basic and Econo base fares to anywhere they fly. Find out more here!
 
InterContinental Hotels: Book 2 nights and get the 3 night free for stays at select InterContinental Hotels Worldwide. Find out more here.

Hertz
: Weekend rates start at $12.99/day. Book by May 18 Find out more here

Hilton Asia Pacific Resort Sale:
Up to 35% off when you book by March 19 for stays March 20, 2019 - February 2, 2020. Find out more here.

Avis
Spring Sale - Save up to 30% on Avis Rentals Worldwide until March 31. 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 France / KLM Flying Blue
- March Promo Rewards - Save 20% to 50% on the Award Miles usually required for an award ticket. Destinations vary by each promotional period. Three Canadian cities are included this time. More... Book by Mar 31 for travel May 1 - Jun, 19


Other Bonus Offers
Avianca LifeMiles
- Earn 2,000 Bonus LifeMiles when you rent with Sixt for 5 or more days Worldwide. More... Until Apr 30, 19

Marriott Bonvoy
- 10,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points when you stay two nights or more at the Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows. More... Until Apr 30, 19
- 2,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points when you stay 2+ nights at the JW Marriott Panama. More... Until Apr 27, 19

SAS EuroBonus
- 3,000 Extra EuroBonus Points for Avis rentals of 3+ days of a Group C car or higher in the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. More... Book by Mar 31 for rentals until Jun 30, 19

SriLankan FlySmiles
- Double FlySmiles when you fly SriLankan between Colombo and Beijing, Canton or Shanghai. More... Book by Mar 11 for travel Mar 1 - 31, 19

TAP Portugal Miles&Go
- Triple Miles&Go Miles for Sixt rentals of 2 or more days Worldwide. More... Until Apr 19, 19


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Air France KLM Flying Blue Promo Rewards - Save 25% on business class awards from Calgary, Edmonton & Toronto to Europe


The newest set of Air France KLM's Promo Rewards are now listed on Air France's website however they won't be bookable until 6pm ET time tonight!  With promo awards the discount ranges from 20 to 50% off the regular amount of miles required to redeem for these flights. As you can see just by the discount this can be a very good offer if you get 50% off for Business Class! This month all of the Canadian cities are at 25% off for Business Class. Those cities are Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto.  Even at 25% off this is a pretty good deal considering May and June are great times to visit Europe before the major summer rush!

Offer details
March Promo Rewards - Save 20% to 50% on the Award Miles usually required for an award ticket. Destinations vary by each promotional period. Full Details  Book by Mar 31  for travel May 1 - Jun, 19
Calgary - 25% off business class
Edmonton - 25% off business class
Toronto - 25% off business class

Here are the mileage requirements for flying from Canada to Amsterdam and/or Paris (the mileage amount will vary for other cities in Europe)

As we mentioned above you can't book these just yet which also means we can't provide you with snap shots of availability like we usually do (we'll have a follow up post for that) You'll have to wait until about 6pm tonight to see availability on the routes and to book them. The mileage amounts required will vary by the location you want to fly to, for example you can usually fly to Brussels, Milan, Athens and other cities for even less than what is listed above for Amsterdam or Paris.

If you don't have enough miles for a Promo Reward your best bet is to convert Marriott Rewards points to Flying Blue on a 3:1 basis. Remember you'll earn 5,000 bonus miles when you convert 60,000 points at a time (a total of 25,000 miles per 60,000 points) That means 120,000 points will get you to 50,000 miles which is enough to cover a one way flight between Canada and Europe in Business Class!

If you don't have any Marriott Rewards Points you can always look at getting the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card to top off your account. Currently the card comes with a 60,000 point sign up bonus when you spend $1,500 on the card and then you could also grab the Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card as it also has 60,000 point sign up bonus. You would then ultimately be able to have 120,000 points (50,000 miles) not including what points are earned on spending. Of course timing of getting the card(s) now, spending and getting the points will likely not happen for this month but it sets you up for future offers.  Need to grab two tickets for an itinerary? You could choose to get one Marriott card for yourself and one for your partner or spouse and you'll have a lot more points!


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

February 27 Update: Air Canada introducing Dreamliner service for Toronto-Honolulu, Marriott Amex 15 night credits posting & credit cards to apply for right away (or not apply for)


Air Canada announced some new routes today and the big one is Dreamliner service from Toronto to Honolulu for the 2019/2020 winter season! Ever since AC pulled their internationally configured 767 off of the Calgary to Maui route there have not been any lie flat seats available between Canada and Hawaii. Now we see the return of them and this is lucky for Torontonians! This move almost seems like a preemptive strike at WestJet who have been hinting at using their 787 Dreamliners to Hawaii. Granted if WS does it will likely be out of Calgary but with AC going direct with theirs you won't see many YYZers connecting in YYC for the lie flat option! These Toronto-Honolulu flights will operate three times per week from Dec 14 to Apr 26. (Source Air Canada)

The other routes announced today from Air Canada include Montreal to Sao Paulo, Brazil (3x weekly, winter seasonal service), Vancouver to Auckland, New Zealand (4x weekly, winter seasonal service) and Toronto to Quito, Ecuador (Rouge 3x weekly, winter seasonal service)

WestJet will be launching seasonal summer service between London Ontario and Montreal. The daily WestJet Encore flights will start on June 24 and run until October 15. (Source WestJet)



The 15 elite night credits are now posting from the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card! Log in to your Marriott account to see if you have received them.

If you are thinking of getting the TD Cash Back Visa Infinite Visa card I would recommend doing so right away as the current offer ends March 3 and the new offer won't be as good. However if you are looking to apply for some of TD's proprietary travel rewards cards I have one word of advice. Wait. (until Monday March 4 to do so)

 Also another cash back card offer that is ending tomorrow that you should look at is the 10% welcome bonus offer on the Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite Card. We don't know yet what the replacement offer will be but in all likelihood it won't be better - perhaps equal or lower than what it is now.

Same goes for the BMO World Elite Mastercard - the $100 travel bonus that is currently included is slated to end at the end of day tomorrow.

Posts since our last update:

Travel Deals
InterContinental Hotels: Book 2 nights and get the 3 night free for stays at select InterContinental Hotels Worldwide. Find out more here.

Hertz
: Weekend rates start at $12.99/day. Book by May 18 Find out more here

Hilton Asia Pacific Resort Sale:
Up to 35% off when you book by March 19 for stays March 20, 2019 - February 2, 2020. Find out more here.

Avis
Spring Sale - Save up to 30% on Avis Rentals Worldwide until March 31. 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
- Earn up to 200% Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you fly on premium fares on select routes within Canada and between Canada and the U.S. More... Register & book by Mar 11 for travel until Apr 30, 19

Marriott Bonvoy
- 60,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points when you apply for and meet the spend requirements for Marriott Bonvoy™* American Express® Card or the Marrott Bonvoy Business American Express Card. More... Residents of Canada only

WestJet Rewards
- Earn up to Double Qualifying Spend when you purchase and fly on WestJet econo class or higher fares within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.. More... Register and book by Mar 31 for travel until Apr 17, 19

Other Bonus Offers
Amtrak Guest Rewards
- Double Guest Rewards plus a free day when rent with Hertz for 6 or more days at participating locations in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico, on all Car Classes and Collections. More... Until Jun 30, 19

Avianca LifeMiles
- Earn 2,500 LifeMiles when you rent with Hertz for 1 or more days at participating locations in Canada, Latin America, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands & United States. More... Until Mar 31, 19

Emirates Skywards
- 3,000 Bonus Skywards Miles when you make your first hotel booking via Rocketmiles. More... Book by May 15 for stays until Aug 31, 19

Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- Double Enrich Miles for stays at the Mandarin Orchard Singapore. More... Book by Mar 31 for stays until Jul 31, 19

Marriott Bonvoy
- 60,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points when you apply for and meet the spend requirements for Marriott Bonvoy™* American Express® Card or the Marrott Bonvoy Business American Express Card. More... Residents of Canada only
- 5,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points PER NIGHT for stays at the SpringHill Suites Newark Liberty International Airport. More... Until Mar 31, 19

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- 1,000 KrisFlyer Miles when you book a qualifying stay of 2 or more nights at the Boathouse Phuket. More... Until Mar 31, 19


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Wyndham Rewards 2019 Changes - Three redemption levels, La Quinta Returns integration and more


On February 19 we brought you the news of changes coming to the Wyndham Rewards program. That was in our daily update so it was only a quick overview and as promised here a more in-depth look at the changes that are coming this year.

The first change that is happening is the end of Wyndham Rewards only having one point level for free night awards across the board. Touted as a game changer when it first appeared nearly four years ago, you could redeem 15,000 points per night at any property in their portfolio. This of course meant there were locations like Super 8 Hotels where you would never want to use points since 15,000 points was too much for a sub $100 hotel night while you could use 15,000 points for redemptions are their top end locations in places like the Caribbean or vacation villas in Europe. Those provided some huge outsized value and my guess is that it is costing Wyndham way too much. I would theorize very few people were redeeming for the low end hotels and saving to redeem at the top end.



All of the flat rate pricing will come to an end on April 2nd. As of the 3rd of April there will be three levels, 7,500, 15,000 and 30,000 points. View from the Wing tells us about a third of the hotels will drop to 7,500 (that's a good thing) and about 200 hotels will jump to the 30,000 points (that's not good). So you can see that the changes are positive and negative - of course the negative probably outshines the positive since the best hotels will double in price overnight.

Cash+Points Rewards (GoFast Awards) are also changing to three levels of 1,500, 3,000 or 6,000 points + a cash portion.

There are also changes coming the points earning for Wyndham Rewards elite members. Currently Platinum and Diamond members receive 3,000 and 6,000 bonus points respectively on an annual basis. As of April 3rd the bonus will be a percentage of the base points earn rate and Gold members have been added to the mix:


Finally is the La Quinta Returns integration into Wyndham Rewards. You can transfer your La Quinta Returns points at any time but I would do this sooner than later as they will only give you half of your La Quinta points value after March 31! Right now the LQ Returns points transfer 1:1 but as of April 1 it will be 2:1.  If you have followed Rewards Canada for some time now you should have yourself a little balance of La Quinta Returns points, I personally have never stayed at a La Quinta Hotel but with tracking the program I have taken advantage of all the free points offers they have had over the years which gave me 3,900 points and I converted those to Wyndham Rewards just the other day and now have a 3,900 point balance with Wyndham. The transfer was instant even though it states that it can take up to 24 hours.





There is also mention on more ways to earn and redeem points coming to the program but details are are sparse right now and more should be revealed in April.

You can learn more about the Wyndham Rewards changes here.

Do you use Wyndham Rewards? What are you thoughts on these changes? Let us know in the comments below.

Earn up to 300 Bonus AIR MILES Reward Miles with the airmilesshops Mix & Match promotion


Yesterday AIR MILES launched the 2019 version of the airmilesshops.ca Mix & Match promotion. With this offer you can earn up to 300 bonus AIR MILES Reward Miles for shopping online via the airmilesshops.ca portal. To earn the bonus miles you have to shop at online retailers from various categories. You'll earn 50 bonus miles if you shop from two different categories and 300 bonus miles if you shop from three or more categories. There is a minimum $50 spend requirement for each purchase to be eligible.

These are the separate categories:

All purchases have to be made by March 18 (23:59.59 ET) to be eligible for the bonus. We always stress that you should do as much of your online shopping via these online portals so that you can earn the extra miles and bonuses like these are just icing on the cake!

Find out more about the 2019 Mix & Match Promotion here!




Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Podcast Episode 52 is here! TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card 30K offer, Platinum Card from Amex Changes and WestJet 787 tour

Episode 52 - February 26, 2019
TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card 30K offer, Platinum Card from Amex Changes and WestJet 787 tour


This week we have an update podcast covering the great new offer for the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card, the changes to the Platinum Card from American Express and we highlight our tour of WestJet's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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Earn up to 200% Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you fly Air Canada Premium/Business on select routes within Canada and between Canada and the U.S


Here's a new Air Canada flight bonus for select routes in Canada and between the Canada and the U.S.. This offer is not targeted so it should be available to all members. You can earn up to 200% Bonus Miles on all eligible flights that are booked by March 11th and the offer is good for flights flown between until April 30, 2019. Once again the terms state only the first person on a reservation gets the bonus (come on Air Canada, that's the worst term and condition possible, even worse than the New Bookings only that we see with all their promotions) so if you are booking for more than one person you'll either forego the miles for the rest of the people on your reservation or have everyone book their own flights.



And some background - I received this email today from Air Canada about this new offer, the day after I booked a business class flight on the Palm Springs to Calgary route. I thought to myself shoot - they always make it that you have to book when the offer comes out and of course since I got the email today I missed out. Low and behold however, the offer actually started yesterday! So I technically should receive the 200% bonus miles on this flight! Just mad though that I booked four of us on one reservation so we'll see if the rule that only the first person gets the bonus actually is the case. I did register all four us for the promotion just in case it doesn't!

Here are the routes this offer is eligible on:

Offer details
Earn up to 200% Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you fly on premium fares on select routes within Canada and between Canada and the U.S. Register Online (Registration is required) Register & book by Mar 11 for travel until Apr 30, 19
Bonuses as follows:
Earn 150% bonus miles for Premium Economy fares
Earn 200% bonus miles Premium Rouge or Business Class fares

Find many more Aeroplan bonus miles offers here!



The Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card is here - replaces the SPG Amex card with a 60,000 point welcome bonus!

 https://www.rewardscanada.ca/links/amexmarriott.html
Thanks to news from Marriott we knew this card was coming soon. As of today the Canadian Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card ceases to exist. It is replaced by the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card. Essentially the same card as its predecessor, it has only one change to make note of and it's a good one. The welcome bonus is now 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points up from 50,000 on the SPG card. One of the predictions I made at the start of the year has come true! I was always guessing that the card would be upped to 60K once the Category 8 hotels took effect and here we have it. (And for those asking - I didn't have knowledge of this change until 4:37pm MT yesterday - so yes it was a good prediction!) We also have published confirmation of the 15 elite night credits that we learned about from the letters we received from American Express Canada in 2018.

This 60,000 point bonus is truly the highlight of the card. It will get you one night in an expensive Category 7 hotel all the way to 12 nights in a Category 1 hotel during an off-peak period!

Or you can choose to convert those points to 40 airlines that Marriott partners with. 60,000 points nets you 20,000 airline miles plus they'll throw in 5,000 more when you do convert 60,000 points at a time. Technically speaking this is a 25,000 mile welcome bonus for programs like Aeroplan, British Airways Executive Club, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and many more!


The main features of the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card from American Express Canada include:
  • Current welcome bonus provides new Cardmembers the opportunity to earn 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points*
  • Earn 5 Marriott Bonvoy points for every $1 in eligible Card purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties; 2 points for every $1 in Card purchases everywhere else*
  • Receive an Annual Free Night Award each year after your anniversary that can be redeemed at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties worldwide, with a redemption value at or under 35,000 points
  • Receive 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year, helping earn the next level of Elite status in the Marriott Bonvoy program sooner
  • Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status. Plus, the ability to upgrade to Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status when you reach $30,000 in eligible purchases on your Card each year
  • Receive complimentary in-room, premium internet access while staying at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels
We see the same increase to the welcome bonus for the Marriott Bonvoy™ Business American Express® Card. This card also comes with a 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points welcome bonus and the 15 elite nights credit.

Overall I can say we should all be happy with the refresh on the card as these cards remain as some of the top cards in Canada! For us The Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card will continue to be the number four ranked overall card in Canada and will remain in our wallet! What do you think of the newly refreshed cards?

Here are the details of the two new refreshed Marriott Bonvoy Cards from American Express:



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Monday, February 25, 2019

February 25 Update: BMO Rewards 20% discount on Points for Cash redemptions, IHG PointBreaks & WestJet Double Qualifying Spend


BMO Rewards has a special redemption offer available when you redeem via their Points for Cash option! This is essentially the cash back feature of cards like the BMO World Elite Mastercard and the BMO Rewards Mastercard. Until Thursday you can redeem 20% less points for a $50 credit. Normally is costs 15,000 points to get the $50 credit however with this discount you only have to redeem 12,000 points. Even with the discount redeeming for travel will get you much more value (12,000 points = $85 for travel) however for some of you maybe you don't have any travel planned or maybe need a bit more cash flow where this redemption can make sense. Find out more here!

Posts since our last update:

Travel Deals
Jet Airways is offering up to 30% off their fares from Toronto to Amsterdam and India. Book by Feb 25! Find out more here.
Up to a 10% discount is applicable on base fare in Première and Economy from Toronto to India on flights operated by Jet Airways
Up to a 30% discount is applicable on base fare in Première and Economy from Toronto to Amsterdam and Europe on flights operated by Jet Airways and our interline partners

InterContinental Hotels: Book 2 nights and get the 3 night free for stays at select InterContinental Hotels Worldwide. Find out more here.

Hilton Asia Pacific Resort Sale:
Up to 35% off when you book by March 19 for stays March 20, 2019 - February 2, 2020. Find out more here.

Avis
Spring Sale - Save up to 30% on Avis Rentals Worldwide until March 31. 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
Choice Privileges
- Earn up to 8,000 Bonus Privileges Points (enough for a free nights) for 2 separate stays you complete at participating Choice Hotels Worldwide. More... For Residents of the U.S. and Canada only Feb 26 - Apr 26, 19

IHG Rewards Club
- IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Redeem only 5,000 to 15,000 points for stays at select hotels Worldwide including 5 in Canada. Offer and participating hotels are subject to change at any time. More... Until May 31 19

Other Bonus Offers
American AAdvantage
- Double AAdvantage Miles plus a free day when rent with Hertz for 6 or more days at participating locations in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. More... Until Jun 30, 19

Marriott Bonvoy
- 1,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points PER NIGHT when you stay 2 or more nights at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa or Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa. More... Until Apr 15, 19
- 5,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points per stay on Friday-Sunday nights (Friday or Saturday required) at the Sofa Hotel Istanbul, Autograph Collection. More... Until Apr 21, 19
- 4,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points per stay at the AC Hotel Nashville Downtown. More... Until Apr 19, 19
- 2,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points per stay at the SpringHill Suites Nashville Downtown. More... Until Apr 19, 19
- 3,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points per stay at the Courtyard or Residence Inn Houston by The Galleria. More... Until Apr 22, 19
Radisson Rewards
- Double Points for stays on the Spring Break offer at the Radisson Blu Mall of America Minneapolis. More... Until Apr 30, 19



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