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Rewards Canada Clash of the Reward Charts! Amex Fixed Points for Travel versus RBC Avion Air Travel Redemption

Welcome to next Rewards Canada Clash! If you listened to our podcast from June entitled Clash of the Credit Cards - you'll k...

Friday, December 4, 2020

December 4 Update: New from RBC - The Avion Collection, Discounted More Rewards redemption offer for Save-On Foods & Aeroplan accumulation changes for Canadian North

 Here's your Rewards Canada Daily update! Your daily dose (or near daily dose) of loyalty program, credit card and travel news, bonuses, deals and more. This update is brought to you by the HSBC World Elite Mastercard which is currently offering a welcome bonus of up to 100,000 bonus points!


RBC
has launched a new initiative for their Avion cardholders. Entitled 'The Avion Collection' RBC describes the Avion Collection as

"Bringing you curated travel ideas, exclusive value, insider tips, and unique experiences that will only get better over time. This is the start of an ever-growing catalog of value and inspiration, just for Avioners"

OFFER EXTENDED LifeMiles offering a 200% bonus when buying miles – and how to use it to fly on the cheap within Canada or beyond

 

The biggest bonus for buying Avianca LifeMiles has returned as their Cyber Week offer. From now until December 3 December 8 when you buy any amount of LifeMiles from 1, 000 to 200,000 you will earn a 200% bonus (Triple Miles). No matter which level you buy at you are buying the miles for US 1.1 cents each. That’s an incredible deal to be buying miles that can be used for Star Alliance flights including Air Canada.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Another big batch of new RBC Offers - From Clinique to Pet Value to Sporting Life & more!

Wow we see another round of new RBC offers and there are a bunch of them this time! m Be sure to login to your RBC account right away to load these offers (if required) or get the promo codes if required.

The new offers are as follows:

December 3 Update: 10x Aeroplan points at Sephora today, 50,000 PC Optimum points for online Shoppers purchases & a new Desjardins page on Rewards Canada

 Here's the Rewards Canada Daily update for December 3, 2020! Your daily dose (or near daily dose) of loyalty program, credit card and travel news, bonuses, deals and more. This update is brought to you by the HSBC World Elite Mastercard which is currently offering a welcome bonus of up to 100,000 bonus points!

A look at the new Desjardins Cash Back World Elite Mastercard - a strong contender in our cash back market

 
We have had quite a few of members of our community ask us to cover this new card and to see what we think of it.  So here you go! That new card is the Desjardins Cash Back World Elite Mastercard which appears to have hit our market sometime in October. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

December 2 Update: Aeroplan eStore 12 Days of Gifting, Westin Grand Vancouver to become a Hilton in 2021, Grab the TD Cash Back Visa Infinite Card now

 


Aeroplan eStore's annual 12 Days of Gifting started today. For the next 12 days there will be a bonus of up to 10x points each day with a different retailer. Today, December 2 it is Indigo and the bonus is 7x points. Find out more here.

Top 5 Credit Card Sign Up offers for December - These cards provide some of the best value out of their welcome bonuses


Here are the Rewards Canada Top 5 Travel Credit Card Sign Up offers for the month of December 2020! This is not a 'best' credit card list like our Top Travel Rewards Credit Card rankings but instead a look at cards that have very good acquisition (welcome/sign up) offers. As always when choosing a card you should always take other factors into account other than the just sign up bonus, but when some of these cards are first year free, they can and do pay off even when you grab them strictly for the sign up rewards. This month we see three first year free cards on the list 

American AAdvantage gifting free miles or upgrades plus offering bonuses on flights

 

Calling all American AAdvantage members! Be sure to log in to your account today and take part in their "It's a Gift! From American, to: AAdvantage Members" promotion. The promotion is giving all members who register for it some free miles, not a lot, 100 to 250 miles or upgrades (but hey it's something and it should keep your account active longer) and also the opportunity to earn double AAdvantage miles on American Airlines flights in January and February. I know the latter promotion will not appeal to many but maybe you are snowbird planning on heading down to the U.S. and are an American Airlines flyer so in that case it may work for you if you haven't booked your flights yet.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Air Canada partners with Shoppers Drug Mart to provide pre-departure COVID-19 testing


 

Catching up on some news from last week here with this announcement that came from Air Canada and Shoppers Drug Mart. This news follows on the heels of Hawaii's announcement that they will now accept select testing from Canada so that Canadians can avoid the 14 day quarantine period that Hawaii has imposed for those coming to the islands. You'll have to note however that the island of Kauai has opted out of the pre-departure testing exemption which means all visitors (even those from neighbouring islands) have to quarantine for 14 days as of December 2nd.

December 1 Update: Top 6 tips for maximizing miles & points earning on holiday shopping, Give A Mile matching cash donations for Giving Tuesday, New Amex Offer for Lululemon

 


Our annual guide to earning the most points and miles on your holiday shopping has been updated for 2020. The feature provides six main tips that you can utilize for your holiday shopping from online shopping portals to where you should buy gift cards and more! See the updated guide here.

New welcome offer of 100,000 PC Optimum points on PC Financial Credit Cards

 


Another 100K credit card offer to let you know about and this one seems to be coming around every few weeks now but when it is around it is only live for a few days. That offer is the 100K bonus for getting a PC Financial Mastercard. This time the offer is valid for applications until December 3, 2020 and is good for any one of the three cards in their portfolio:

Monday, November 30, 2020

Rewards Canada Clash of the Reward Charts! Amex Fixed Points for Travel versus RBC Avion Air Travel Redemption

Welcome to next Rewards Canada Clash!

If you listened to our podcast New window from June entitled Clash of the Credit Cards - you'll know that we've changed our Showdown features to Clashes. The reason why is that lots of sites and blogs are using Showdown now, some are using battle so we wanted to continue to be unique so our comparisons are now Clashes! 

AIR MILES Shops Cyber Monday Offer - Shop online and earn 15x Miles sitewide today only!

This time AIR MILES did out do themselves compared to Black Friday! Today only you will get 15x miles on purchases made via their online shopping portal AIR MILES Shop. That's more like it! An amazing bonus if you are doing any online shopping today!

Remember his bonus is earned over and above the Shop the Block offer as well that awards 30 bonus miles if you spend $100 or more with one retailer so keep that in mind as well!

Learn more about this offer here.

You can find this offer and many more on our Black Friday / Cyber Monday / Holiday Deals page!

Air Canada Cyber Monday Sale - 20 to 25% off all flights

 


Air Canada's Cyber Monday sale started at Midnight ET this morning and actually offered 30% and 50% off promo codes for a limited amount of tickets but those are already sold out. The next discount level is 25% but that is limited to 2,000 bookings. Use code CYBER25 for the 25% off. At the time of posting this it was still available but they could sell out at anytime. After that using code CYBER20 will provide a 20% discount off base fares to anywhere Air Canada flies. The sale is only valid for today and is good for travel until June 30, 21.

Learn more about the sale here.

You’ll also find this offer and many more on our Black Friday / Cyber Monday / Holiday Deals for 2020 page!

Today & Tomorrow: Buy Marriott Gift Cards with a 15% discount

 
The Marriott Gift Card sale that we let you now about last week is finally here.  For today and tomorrow you can receive a 15% discount when you buy. Note there is a limit of $5,000 per person/per credit card/per day. These means you could buy up to US$10,000 in total for gift cards, one $5K today and on $5K tomorrow. All gift cards purchased are valid for future travel globally this winter and beyond as they don't have expiry dates. 

World of Hyatt reducing 2021 Elite Status qualification criteria by 50%

Hyatt Hotels let us know that they will be dropping requirements to achieve or requalify for World of Hyatt Elite status during the 2021 calendar year by 50%. This is the requirement for stays during next year so that you can have status for March 2022 and beyond as current status members have already had their status extended to February 2022. Of course if you don't have status and hit the qualification mark(s) during 2021 you'll get that status sooner.

WestJet Cyber Monday Sale - 20% off all fares to all destinations


 

The posting of Cyber Weekend deals continues today! The first we have for you is WestJet's Cyber Monday sale. Today only you can take an additional 20% off to anywhere there fly by using discount code A86LU83. The code is valid for Basic, Econo, Premium and Business. Excludes EconoFlex, PremiumFlex and BusinessFlex fare classes.  Travel must be completed January 5 to June 27, 2021

Learn more about this offer here.

Here's an example of the savings utilizing this code. Calgary to Maui in January:

With the 20% code applied

Without the code

You’ll also find this offer and many more on our Black Friday / Cyber Monday / Holiday Deals for 2020 page!

Friday, November 27, 2020

Save an extra 5% on Hotels .com bookings – over and above their up to 50% off Black Friday offer

 


The Hotels .com Black Friday sale has been in full effect for a week now but as of today they are offering additional savings on top of the up to 50% they are offering. Right now if you use promo code BFRWD5 you’ll get an additional 5% off any bookings made during the Black Friday sale.


Booking period: Until Nov 30, 20
Stay period valid Nov 23, 20 – Sep 12, 21

Book this offer here

You’ll also find this offer and many more on our Black Friday / Cyber Monday / Holiday Deals for 2020 page!

All images via Hotels.com

20% bonus on Fairmont gift cards for the next three hours! (Nov 27 2pm to 5pm EST)


This offer that we mentioned yesterday is now live! Fairmont's Black Friday flash sale provides a 20% bonus on all gift cards purchased between 2pm and 5pm EST.  You can buy gift cards in $50 increments from $50 to $2,000 per card and you can buy up to 5 cards in one transaction. Say you buy a $1,000 gift card you'll end up with $1,200 to spend at Fairmont Hotels. And as Ben S. commented on our Black Friday post for 40% off Fairmont stays it's a perfect time to combine the two for awesome savings.

Buy the Gift Cards here 

 
Here's what you should see in your cart with this offer:


 

 

November 27 Update: Aeroplan contest winners, 40,000 bonus Be Well points at Rexall and tell us your Mobile Device Insurance stories

 


Earlier this month we ran an awesome contest to celebrate the launch of the new Aeroplan program and wanted to thank everyone who entered the contest as well as to Aeroplan for the prizes! A big congratulations go out to each of the 25,000 points winners and this time the contest was swept by Ontario!  

You can buy Star Alliance Gold status and Maple Leaf lounge access for ~C$1115 and score 132,000 miles in the process

 


TAP Air Portugal is once again offering a special for joining Club Miles&Go. Club Miles&Go is their subscription service that provides monthly bonus miles, flight benefits and more. Right now for Black Friday when you buy the top level Platinum membership TAP will give you triple the welcome or renewal miles and give you automatic Gold Status for 6 months!

UPDATE: The chart on TAP is a little confusing (well at least to me it seemed like it) but the total miles you can get with this offer is actually 132,000 not 168,000 as first posted.

The New Aeroplan credit cards compared

 At the start of this week I mentioned that a lot of the features and articles I have planned would be delayed thanks to all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that we are writing about. I did manage to complete one of those features however that many of our readers have asked us for. That feature is a comparison of the new Air Canada Aeroplan credit cards in the format that you have all become accustomed to us doing since 2004! 

Air Transat Black Friday Sale - Flights from $93 + free checked baggage and seat selection

 


Air Transat's Black Friday deal is here and they are offering flights for as little $93 each way. On top of the lower fares you can book select flights at the Eco Standard fare level and only pay for the lower Eco Budget rate. That includes Eco Standard perks valued at up to $220, such as:

TAP Air Portugal Black Friday Offer – 50% off from Montreal to Lisbon and Toronto to Ponta Delgada

 


TAP Air Portugal has a true Black Friday offer in that it is only available for booking today. Use promo code FRIDAY50 to get 50% off  flights to/from Zagreb, Ibiza, Fuerteventura, Cancun, Agadir, Oudja, Djerba, Monastir, Cape Town, Montreal, Maceió and between Ponta Delgada and Toronto.  The 50% off promo code is valid on all fare classes except Discount (the cheapest economy) and Executive (Business Class)

AIR MILES Shops Black Friday Offer - Shop online and earn 10x Miles sitewide from November 27 to 29

 Wow, AIR MILES out did themselves here! 😉 They have revealed the Air Miles Shops Black Friday offer and it's... wait for it.... 10x miles site wide! The same offer they've had for most of this week as their pre-Black Friday offer. Sorry just giving AM a hard time here!

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Heads up! Fairmont will sell gift cards with a 20% bonus on November 27 from 2pm to 5pm EST

 
Here's a heads up of an offer many people look forward to a couple of times per year and that's Fairmont's bonus on buying their gift cards. Tomorrow for Black Friday they will offer a 20% bonus on all gift cards purchased between 2pm and 5pm EST.  You can buy gift cards in $50 increments from $50 to $2,000 per card and you can buy up to 5 cards in one transaction. Say you buy a $1,000 gift card you'll end up with $1,200 to spend at Fairmont Hotels. And as Ben S. commented on our Black Friday post for 40% off Fairmont stays it's a perfect time to combine the two for awesome savings.

You can buy the Gift Cards here from 2pm EST tomorrow

 

CIBC credit & debit cardholders can earn 2x More Rewards points at Save-On-Foods, Urban Fare and PriceSmart Foods

 
A little over a year ago the More Rewards program had their only banking relationship come to an end. That's saw the end of the More Rewards Visa that was issued by Scotia which was unfortunate as it was the number one no fee travel points credit card at the time.  Since that time More Rewards hasn't had any partnerships with a financial institution until today. 

An announcement came across the wire today that CIBC and More Rewards have now partnered up so that CIBC credit card and debit card holders can earn extra More Rewards points when shopping at Save-On-Foods, Urban Fare and PriceSmart Foods. The promotion is interesting in that if you have a CIBC credit or debit card and are a More Rewards member you don't have to do anything. You will automatically start earning 2x More Rewards points per dollar spent at any of those three grocery stores as long as you pay for the purchase with a CIBC issued card and give your More Rewards number. 

Here are some more details from today's press release:

In addition to doubling the More Rewards points earned at the checkout or online, from November 26th, 2020 to February 28th, 2021, customers are automatically entered to win** one of four prizes of FREE Groceries for a Year when they use their More Rewards and CIBC credit or debit cards at one of the three participating grocers.

“We are thrilled to launch this exciting new partnership with CIBC which allows our customers to earn double the More Rewards points on their purchases with no requirement to link cards or register,” said Dan Howe, President, More Rewards. “We are committed to providing excellent value to our customers, and this partnership is a new, innovative, and simple way of doing just that.”

As one of Western Canada’s favourite loyalty programs, More Rewards has over 3.5 million members. Their extensive customer data will provide greater opportunities to offer significantly more personalized promotions to customers.

This new partnership provides CIBC with high marketing value through a unique 360-degree omni channel ecosystem which includes More Rewards digital platforms, Save-On-Foods store and digital assets, as well as Jim Pattison media assets. More Rewards is in the midst of a large digital transformation, and the new CIBC partnership will improve our capability to focus on high opportunity customers. With a new app in development serving up personalized offers, CIBC will be cross promoted with all of the More Rewards partners.

“The new partnership between CIBC and More Rewards is an exciting one as we see our shared values align to offer our customers increased value for their hard-earned money,” said Diane Ferri, Senior Vice-President of Card Products, CIBC. “By teaming up with More Rewards we are proud to offer Western Canadian families a new opportunity to enhance their grocery shopping experience.”

The double More Rewards points will be awarded over and above any points earned on the CIBC cards. So for example if you go spend $100 at Save-On Foods you'll earn 200 More Rewards Points (100 base + 100 bonus for using a CIBC card) and then 150 Aventura or Aeroplan points if you use a CIBC Infinite or Infinite Privilege card or 100 Aventura or Aeroplan points for the entry level cards.

Now part of me is thinking this may a test as well to see how well it is received and could very well lead to a new More Rewards credit card being launched with CIBC of course. 

Learn more about this new partnership here


Fairmont Hotels Black Friday: 40% discount + 2x points for stays in North & Central America

 


Fairmont Hotels are running the same promotion as their parent company (Accor Hotels) for Black Friday. When you book stays by November 30 you can enjoy a 40% discount and 2x ALL Accor Live Limitless points for stays at participating Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Swissotel properties in North and Central America.

Accor Hotels Black Friday Canada Offer – 40% discount + double ALL Rewards points

 


Accor Hotels have released their Black Friday offer for stays in Canada, the US, Turkey, Asia, and more. Simply book by November 30 to receive a 40% discount and 2x ALL Accor Live Limitless Rewards points. The offer is valid for stays from December 7, 20 to March 14, 21.

Learn more about and book this offer here.

You’ll also find this offer and many more on our Black Friday / Cyber Monday / Holiday Deals for 2020 page!

Image via Accor

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

100% bonus when you buy Radisson Rewards points until Dec 2 with annual limit increased to 120K points

  

Just like many of the other airline and hotel programs, Radisson has also come out with Cyber Week buy points bonus. That bonus is 100% when you buy 5,000 or more points.

Earn up to 5,000 bonus points for multiple night stays at Choice Hotels

 


Offer details:
Earn up to 5,000 Bonus Privileges Points for stays of 2 or more nights at participating Choice Hotels Worldwide. Full details, online registration & booking (Registration is required) Until Dec 31, 20
Stay 2 nights earn 2,000 bonus points
Stay 3+ nights earn 5,000 bonus points
For residents of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, participating countries in Central America and the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, or Singapore only

LAST DAY! The best ever bonus for buying Marriott Bonvoy points has returned – 60% until November 25

 


TODAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR THIS OFFER AT 60%

The best ever bonus for buying Marriott Rewards points has returned The bonus is 60% when you buy 2,000 or more points in one transaction. Marriott has also increased the annual limit for buying points to 150,000 for the duration of the promotion.

November 25 Update: Sign up with Air Transat to get an exclusive Black Friday promo code, new Amex Offer for Dell & CIBC Dividend 10% bonus ending soon!

 

Air Transat is making a big push for their Black Friday Cyber Monday sale although they haven't revealed the details just yet. They are asking people to sign up to receive notice on the deal. When you do you'll receive an exclusive promo code for the sale that starts in just over a day. If you want to help support Rewards Canada we do receive a small commission for each person that does subscribe to receive the code via Air Transat's Black Friday Cyber Monday page. (Thank you in advance to all of you who do!)

Image via Air Transat

Swoop Black Friday Sale - All flights within Canada under $100 each way


 

WestJet's ultra low cost airline Swoop is offering all flights in Canada for under $100 each way as their Black Friday sale. This sale is good for bookings made until November 29 (or until it sells out?) for travel between December 9, 2020 and March 31, 2021. Flights outside of Canada run from $89 to $159 each way.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Top 7 Cash Back Credit Card Sign Up offers for November - These cards provide the best value out of their welcome bonuses

 
Here are the Rewards Canada Top 5 7 Cash Back Credit Card Sign Up offers for the month of November 2020! This is not a 'best' credit card list like our Top Cash Back Credit Card rankings but instead a look at cards that have very good acquisition (welcome/sign up) offers. As always when choosing a card you should always take other factors into account other than the just sign up bonus, but when some of these cards are first year free, they can and do pay off even when you grab them strictly for the sign up rewards. This month we see six of the seven cards offering the first year free. Oh and this month we had to go with 7 cards again instead of our usual 5 cards due to the four of them all offering the same welcome bonus.

Here are our top 7 cash back credit card sign up offers for November (in order of value)

Qatar Airways Black Friday offer – Additional 10% off flight bookings out of Montreal + up to 4,000 bonus Qmiles

 
Looking to book Qatar Airways' flights out of Montreal? Use the promo code BLACKFRIDAY when you book by 02 December 2020 to receive an additional 10% off. The discount will only apply to the base fare, and will not apply to carrier surcharges, taxes, or other fees.*

100% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards Club points by November 27


 

We see the return of IHG Rewards Club's buy points bonus offer for Black Friday. The promotion is the a 100% bonus when you purchase 5,000 or more points at a time and once again the annual purchase limit has been raised to 250,000 points before the bonus.

November 24 Update: 20x PC Optimum points when shopping online for beauty products, 5,000 miles for joining Aegean Miles+Bonus & more.

 With Black Friday and Cyber Monday dominating the headlines there isn't much to report for loyalty program news etc. so our daily updates will I think for the most part just be bonus offers for the next week!

 


You can earn 20x the PC Optimum points when you shop online and spend $75 on beauty products with Shoppers Drug Mart. This offer runs until November 26. Find out more here.

AIR MILES: 50 bonus miles for stays at IHG Hotels until December 28


Offer details:
50 Bonus AIR MILES Reward Miles when stay at participating IHG® Hotels and Resorts properties. Full details & online booking. Until Dec 28, 20
To earn miles and the bonus you must set your IHG Rewards account to earn AIR MILES.

Marriott's largest Cyber Sale ever - Save up to 25% at over 5,000 hotels in the Americas (233 in Canada)

 


Marriott is offering its largest Cyber sale ever which begins today Tuesday, November 24. Marriott Bonvoy™ Escapes seven-day sale is being offered for the first time at more than 5,000 hotels throughout the US, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. Marriott Bonvoy members will save 25% and non-members will save 20% on stay.

Monday, November 23, 2020

You will be able to buy Marriott Gift Cards with a 15% discount on November 30 and December 1


 

Marriott reached out to us to let know about some of their upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. They’ll have a sale starting tomorrow for actual hotel stays that will offer savings of up to 25% off and we’ll cover in a separate post. However we wanted to give you a heads up that they will once again be selling gift cards with a 15% discount. The sale takes place on November 30 and December 1 as follows:

November 23 Update: Black Friday Cyber Monday deals will take over this week and credit cards issued by Collabria being devalued in January

 
A quick note about this upcoming week here on Rewards Canada - a lot of our regularly scheduled and planned programming may be delayed as the focus this week is on Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals! This means some posts we had planned for the new Aeroplan program may not come out until next week, coverage of the new Desjardins World Elite Cash Back card that many of you have let us know about will be next week and we may not even have a hotel bonus points summary post for this month! It will really come down to how many offers we come across to post and add to our deals page. 

AIR MILES Shops pre-Black Friday offer: 10x miles sitewide for shopping online

 
AIR MILES revealed their pre-Black Friday online shopping offer today that provides 10x the miles site wide:

Get 10x the AIR MILES® Reward Miles on qualifying purchases from 00:00:01 a.m. ET on November 23 to 23:59:59 p.m. ET on November 26, 2020. Offer applies to the total base Miles collected on qualifying purchase amount, excluding shipping, duty and taxes. Base Offer may vary per store; 

Podcast Episode 73 - Maximizing Black Friday Cyber Monday Shopping Deals, Give a Mile's Christmas Campaign & traveling virtually

 


Episode 73 - November 23, 2020
Maximizing Black Friday Cyber Monday Shopping Deals and more

In this episode we discuss this coming week of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. How to maximize your miles and points earning with them and other tips to getting the most out of this highly anticipated shopping week. We also discuss this year's Give A Mile Christmas Campaign and look at one of our favourite ways of travelling virtually!

Friday, November 20, 2020

Earn 3,000 bonus points for stays at the JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District

 

 
If you are looking to stay in downtown Edmonton for business or perhaps a staycation the this offer may just sway you to stay at the JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District.  The hotel that was the hub for the NHL bubble in Edmonton and one of the newest higher end hotels in the city is offering up a nice bonus for all stays at this hotel as long as you are a Marriott Bonvoy member. I say all member as I had to reach to Marriott since the offer wasn't working from the promotion page. Here's what Marriott told me:

Best Western Rewards Winter promo: Stay twice and earn a free night

 


Best Western has brought back their stay twice get one free night offer as their winter promotion. Members who complete two separate stays in the U.S., Canada and Caribbean will receive a voucher for a future free night stay. The promotion runs until Jan 31, 2021 and the voucher itself must be used up by Mar 31, 21. Members can only earn one free night voucher during the promotion.

Air Canada Aeroplan: Earn up to an additional 5,000 points for taking part in multiple Black Friday offers

Yesterday we brought you the details of two of Air Canada's multiple Black Friday promotions, the Aeroplan eStore bonus and the Buy Aeroplan points bonus. In the Aeroplan eStore post we mentioned another promotion that would be considered the umbrella of all of Air Canada's Black Friday deals and that is the bonus points offer for taking part in multiple Black Friday offers. In this post we take a closer look at the multiple offer bonus.