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Thursday, May 23, 2019

May 23 Update: Save up to 15% on Air Canada flights with the latest Amex offer and more changes coming to the Cobalt Card.


Check your emails for a new Air Canada discount from American Express! I received mine via the Platinum Card and it offers an exclusive discount code for up to 15% off any Air Canada flights:
• 15% off Standard, Flex, Comfort, Latitude, Premium Economy and Premium Rouge
• 10% off Air Canada Signature Class and Business Class
Bookings must be made between May 23-30, 2019 for travel to be completed between May 23 and June 20, 2019 or between September 10 and December 15, 2019.

This offer holds true to our mantra that we have held true for 18 plus years here on Rewards Canada in that you should always have a credit card from all three issuers - Visa, Mastercard and Amex as each of them come out with exclusive offers like this!


Also on the American Express front, Rewards Canada reader Steve C. asked us via Twitter about notes on the most recent American Express Cobalt Card statements. Those notes state a clarification on how points are awarded and that they won't be awarded on cash equivalent transactions such as gift cards (purchase and reloads) and also changes coming to the insurance package on August 1st that mention Trip Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. If you have the card you know those two insurances aren't included on the card at this time so it appears they may be added. As to the points issue on gift cards, my take is that they want to crack down on reloadable prepaid Visa/Mastercards that allow you withdraw cash from them via ATMs as their definition of Cash Equivlaent Transactions is something that can be easily converted to cash. If you buy a gift card for Boston Pizza,  Sport Chek etc. at a grocery store to earn the 5x points that should still count as those cards cannot be easily converted to cash. I have reached out to American Express on both regards and will report back once I have further clarification on these changes!



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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

Emirates Skywards
- Triple Skywards Miles when you register and book your Emirates or flydubai Business Class and First Class flights out of Toronto or globally by May 26 for travel June 20 to September 5, 2019. More... Book by May 26 for travel Jun 20 – Sep 5, 19

Red Roof RediRewards

- Earn 6,500 Bonus RediPoints when you complete 2 separate stays at any Red Roof location, including The Red Collection and Hometowne Studios by Red Roof in the U.S., Japan, Brazil and Canada (if the Canadian location opens on time) More... Jun 1 – Aug 31, 19

Other Bonus Offers

British Airways Executive Club
- Triple Avios when you subscribe to The Economist. More... Until Jun 30, 19

Preferred Hotel Group iPrefer
- 5,000 Bonus iPrefer Points and up to 50% off suite and club rooms at six participating hotels in Tokyo. More... Book by Jun 21, 19

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
- 5,000 Bonus ROP Miles when you join Royal Orchid Plus and complete your first Thai Airways flight. More... Until Jul 10, 19

United MileagePlus
- 5,000 Bonus MileagePlus miles when you book vacation packages at select Hilton Hotels in Ft. Lauderdale NYC, Maui, Phoenix, Oahu, San Diego, Orlando, Chicago, San Francisco. More... Book by Jun 6 for travel until Dec 31 , 19



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