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Friday, August 23, 2019

August 23 Update: You can't book travel to Cuba with some proprietary rewards cards, WestJet adds Toronto-Roatan flights, Aeroplan eStore targeted bonus offer


The Rewards Canada community has done it once again with some information that we want to pass along to our readers! Kent B. let us know that he was unable to book travel to Cuba via ExpediaForTD on his TD First Class Visa Infinite Card. He tried booking online and also called in but was told it was not possible. Unfortunately this means that if you want to book Cuba travel on that card you have to go to another supplier and forego the 9 points you would earn for booking via ExpediaForTD and settle for the base 3 points per dollar for booking somewhere else. I would go so far to assume this is the same for redeeming points for Cuba travel - you won't be able to do so via ExpediaForTD and you'll have to book somewhere else at a redemption rate that provides less value. This all appears to be tied into Expedia settling with U.S. Government earlier this year for potentially violating U.S. sanctions against Cuba. (Source Skift)

Naturally I wanted to check other suppliers whose parent company is based in the U.S., namely American Express and the same holds true for them - Cuba doesn't show up on their travel booking site. This means you can't take advantage of something like their Fixed Points Travel program to book Cuba flights. Seeing how Cuba is very popular for Canadian travellers this can and should be something you'll definitely want to take into consideration, especially on the TD card since it really affects earning while on the Amex card it isn't as doesn't really matter where you book to earn or redeem outside of the Fixed Points Travel program since the points earning/redeeming doesn't change. I believe most other credit card issuers don't use travel suppliers that are American but you could always call a card issuer first to ask this question before making a decision to sign up for one with the idea of either earning a lot of points or redeeming points for travel to Cuba.

WestJet announced a new destination yesterday for the upcoming winter. Starting on December 15th they will fly once weekly between Toronto and Roatan, Honduras. The flights will run until mid-April. (Source WestJet)

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Toronto-
Roatán*
Once weekly 9:30 a.m. 1:11 p.m. December 15,
2019
Roatán-
Toronto*
Once weekly 2:10 p.m. 7:27 p.m. December 15,
2019



Check your inbox for another round of targeted bonus offers for shopping via the Aeroplan eStore. I received a 200% bonus miles offer on my next purchase made by August 30.


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