Monday, March 30, 2020

Travellers showing COVID-19 symptoms will no longer be able to travel domestically by plane or train


During his daily update on Saturday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 within our own country. As of right now (Noon ET Monday March 30) anyone looking to travel by plane or train within their own province or to other provinces will not be allowed to travel if they are showing any symptoms.

The onus is on the airlines and the rail companies to check their passengers before boarding and denying them travel should the be exhibiting any symptoms.

This an excerpt from the Transport Canada directive for air travel:
  • Beginning on March 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time:
    • Domestic Flights: Notify passengers, before boarding the aircraft for a domestic flight, that they may be subject to a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 taken by provincial or territorial government with jurisdiction at the destination airport for that flight; and
    • Domestic Flights and Flights Departing Canada: Conduct a health check of every passenger before the passenger boards the aircraft and advise every passenger that they are not to provide answers that they know to be false or misleading.
 And their guidance on how airlines should ask and handle their guests:

If the response (or non-response) to any of the four questions below results in the answer that is in bold, then a denial of boarding must be applied, in accordance with the Interim Order.
  1. Do you have a fever and a cough? If YES or passenger refuses to answer, deny boarding.
  2. Do you have a fever and breathing difficulty? If YES or passenger refuses to answer, deny boarding.
  3. Have you been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to a medical reason related to COVID-19? If YES or passenger refuses to answer, deny boarding.
  4. Are you the subject of a provincial/territorial or local public health order? If YES or passenger refuses to answer, deny boarding.
You can learn more about the rules being applied to air travel here. For train travel you can read TC's directive here.

Title screenshot via Government of Canada

Friday, March 27, 2020

Here's what Air Canada is doing with their onboard fresh food amid so many flight suspensions


This is a topic many of us probably haven't pondered during the past few weeks but what are airlines doing with all the food that has been bought to supply flights that are no longer operating? Think about it -  airlines must plan ahead so lots of food items were ordered months ago and with lots of it being delivered before those orders could be cancelled. And with schedules reduced to just a trickle of what they were before that would mean there is the possibility of a lot of food going to waste due to so few flights being catered.

Well, Air Canada has tackled that problem by donating fresh food items to Second Harvest:
Air Canada and the Air Canada Foundation are working with Canadian food rescue organization Second Harvest's FoodRescue.ca to redistribute fresh food items from Air Canada's in-flight kitchens as the airline begins suspending the majority of its international and U.S. transborder flights as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

"While so many of us are staying home during these extraordinary times, we also remain united in taking care of each other. These difficult moments remind us of the importance of continuing to support our communities and help Canadian families in need.  Since we work with catering facilities across Canada, the network that Second Harvest offers through their national FoodRescue.ca platform enables us collectively to get these ready-to-eat food items to those who need it most as quickly as possible. To date, we have redistributed 2,330 kg of fresh veggies, salads, sandwich wraps, muffins and milk, and there will be more to distribute in the coming days," said Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer at Air Canada.
The re-distribution of the fresh food has taken place in 7 Canadian cities and as stated in the press release will continue in the coming days.

Title Image via Air Canada




Enterprise Canada waiving young renter fees for Canadian post-secondary students



With our world turned upside down we are seeing many initiatives from companies to help consumers in these unprecedented times. From positive changes in policies to free products or services for healthcare workers we are seeing many of the world's best known corporations step up to the plate. I'm sure there's lots of this happening north of the border here in Canada but I just don't seem to be reading as much about it as I do for these nice acts south of the border.

This offer here from Enterprise is one of the first major ones I have seen being promoted here in Canada. They are waiving the fee normally charged to young renters until the end of May. Simply show your student ID at the time of rental and they'll take care of it.

Here are the complete details of the offer:

With colleges and universities announcing campus closures in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, Enterprise wants to make it easier for students to get home to their families by reducing the age minimum and waiving the young renter fees for rentals through 31 May, 2020. 
  • Available to College Students 18 – 24 years of age
  • Valid for rentals of an economy through full size cars, minivans, small pick-up trucks and cargo vans
  • Offer valid at participating Canada locations only for car rentals reserved in advance. 
  • Standard driver and credit requirements apply, except for the minimum car rental age per this offer
  • Official Student ID must be presented at the time of rental
  • Offer expires 31/5/2020


Find out more about this offer here.

Title image via Enterprise

March 27 Update: You can no longer earn any points or miles with Amazon Canada, Japanese Airlines delay points expiry + double elite points on flights, Qantas offers elite status extension


Amazon Canada has now been pulled from Aeroplan eStore - you officially cannot earn any miles, points or cash back for shopping at Amazon via any of the online portals.


Japan's two major airlines, JAL and ANA have both issued extensions of mileage expiry by one year and both have also initiated double elite status point earning on all their flights. ANA's double premium points offer is good for all flights to June 30 and JAL's double Fly On Points is valid on flights until July 31. Learn more about the ANA details here and the JAL details here.


Qantas has also revealed that elite status members in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program will get 12 month extensions on their status. Find out more here

The extension will be actioned in two phases - if your membership year ends:

  • between March and June 2020, it will be automatically extended by 27 March 2020; and
  • between July 2020 and February 2021, it will be automatically extended by 9 April 2020.
The processing date for the 12 month status extension cannot be changed. And here is the chart of when the extensions will be valid to:
Your current Membership Year end date: Your status will be extended by Qantas to: New Frequent Flyer card will be sent to you:
31 March 2020 31 March 2021 Mid March 2020
30 April 2020 30 April 2021 Mid April 2020
31 May 2020 31 May 2021 Mid May 2020
30 June 2020 30 June 2021 Mid June 2020
31 July 2020 31 July 2021 Mid July 2020
31 August 2020 31 August 2021 Mid August 2020
30 September 2020 30 September 2021 Mid September 2020
31 October 2020 31 October 2021 Mid October 2020
30 November 2020 30 November 2021 Mid November 2020
31 December 2020 31 December 2021 Mid December 2020
31 January 2021 31 January 2022 Mid January 2021
28 February 2021 28 February 2022 Mid February 2021

 
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Canadian Bonus Offers

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- OFFER EXTENDED 50% Bonus Elite Qualifying Mileage Plan miles when you fly on Alaska Airlines or Horizon Airline including their Canadian flights. More... Until May 31, 20

ANA Mileage Club
- Double Premium Points on all ANA fligthts Worldwide including Vancouver to Tokyo. More... Until Jun 30, 20

JAL Mileage Bank
- Double Fly On Points on all JAL fligthts Worldwide including Vancouver to Tokyo. More... Until Jul 31, 20

Other Bonus Offers


Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Earn up to Quadruple Asia Miles when you rent with Hertz for 3 or more days in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and the USA. More... Book by May 31 for rentals until Aug 31, 20

Marriott Bonvoy
- 2,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points for stays at the SpringHill Suites - Springfield North. More... Until May 31, 20


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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Canadian Transport Agency states airlines can provide vouchers instead of refunds

The Canadian Transport Agency (CTA) issued a statement yesterday in regards to vouchers that are being issued by airlines instead of refunds. Essentially they are allowing airlines to go ahead with the voucher route and not issue refunds to customers for the time being. Here is an excerpt from the statement:
The legislation, regulations, and tariffs were developed in anticipation of relatively localized and short-term disruptions. None contemplated the sorts of worldwide mass flight cancellations that have taken place over recent weeks as a result of the pandemic. It's important to consider how to strike a fair and sensible balance between passenger protection and airlines' operational realities in these extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances.

On the one hand, passengers who have no prospect of completing their planned itineraries with an airline's assistance should not simply be out-of-pocket for the cost of cancelled flights. On the other hand, airlines facing huge drops in passenger volumes and revenues should not be expected to take steps that could threaten their economic viability.

While any specific situation brought before the CTA will be examined on its merits, the CTA believes that, generally speaking, an appropriate approach in the current context could be for airlines to provide affected passengers with vouchers or credits for future travel, as long as these vouchers or credits do not expire in an unreasonably short period of time (24 months would be considered reasonable in most cases).
I believe with this statement there is still room to get a refund as this isn't a set in stone decision but you may not get your refund right away. As it mentioned in the statement there needs to be a balance between the consumers and the airlines. The airlines have very little to no cash flow at this time and if they refunded every single traveller they would be in dire straights. However some travellers may also need that money back in their pockets right now, especially those who have no need for future travel. In that case you can call the airline and push for refund but expect to get push back based on this CTA statement. If you don't need the cash right right away you can take the voucher now and then you could go for a refund in the future just as WestJet is stating to their customers:
We are not processing refunds to original form of payment at this time. The full value of your flight has been refunded to a WestJet travel bank (for WestJet bookings) or WestJet Dollars account (for WestJet Vacations bookings), which is valid for 24 months from date of issue. If you prefer a refund to original form of payment, we will provide information about when that can be requested at a later date.
Overall this is news I know lots of our readers don't want to hear right now and if you want a refund and aren't getting one no matter how much you push you'll have to wait to proceed via the CTA as they have suspended all dispute resolution activities until June 30.

You can read the entire CTA statement here

Ends Today - 500 Bonus Plum Points on book orders with !ndigo (You can execute a quintuple dip with this offer!)


Need some new reading material to help you pass the time for self isolation? We came across this offer from Indigo quite late - as it ends today but if you order any books online today you'll earn 500 bonus Plum Points per book ordered. And shipping is free on most orders. You can learn more and take advantage of the offer here.

You can also choose to initiate this purchase via an online shopping portal like Rakuten, Aeroplan eStore or others to earn even more rewards. In fact with this bonus you could potentially execute a quintuple dip if you shop via airmilesshops.ca. Here's how the quintuple dip would work:

  • Dip 1: Base Miles earn for purchase via airmilesshops.ca 
  • Dip 2: 50 Bonus Miles if you spend $100 or more in one transaction via airmilesshops.ca
  • Dip 3: Base points for your Indigo purchase
  • Dip 4: 500 bonus point per book via Indigo
  • Dip 5: the points or miles earned on the credit card that you use for the purchase

March 26 Update: BMO AIR MILES Mastercard review updated, Aer Lingus providing 10% extra on vouchers, British Airways suspends all Canadian flights until April 17


The Rewards Canada review of the BMO AIR MILES Mastercard has been updated! We haven't touched it since 2015 so it was in dire need of getting an update. This is the case with quite a few of our reviews and we hope to get to updating them all over the next little while. You can check out updated BMO AIR MILES Mastercard Review here.


When we were updating our COVID-19 resource page yesterday the change of ticket offer from Aer Lingus real stood out. Of course like most airlines they are offering vouchers for future travel instead of refunds but what makes theirs different is that they will give you 10% extra on what you paid, so if you booked a flight for C$1000 your voucher will be for C$1,100. And unlike other airlines whose vouchers are valid for 12 to 24 months, Aer Lingus' is valid for 5 years!
Image via Aer Lingus


British Airways updated their route schedules and have effectively cancelled flights to Canada until April 17. Here is a breakdown of the routes:
-  cancelled their flights between Calgary and London Heathrow until April 20 and look to be running 3x weekly service after that.
- cancelled their flights between Montreal and London Heathrow until April 17 and look to be running 3x weekly service after that
- cancelled their flights between Toronto and London Heathrow until April 17 and look to be running 1x daily service after that
- cancelled their flights between Vancouver and London Heathrow until April 17 -and look to be running 1x daily service after that
(Source RoutesOnline)
Image via British Airways


If you are doing some online shopping today you can earn 50,000 bonus PC Optimum points if you spend $150 or more with Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique. Find out more here.
Image via Shoppers Drug Mart


PC Optimum has sent out an email to members warning them of a phishing scam that is being texted to some people. If you receive a text that is asking you to log in or for personal details do not click on the link - just delete it and block the sender.
Image via PC Optimum

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Canadian Bonus Offers

Marriott Bonvoy
- 1,500 Bonus Bonvoy Points when you stay stay 2+ nights Thursday-Sunday at the Delta Hotels Winnipeg. More... Until May 10, 20

Other Bonus Offers


Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- 1,000 Bonus Asia Miles + free breakfast for stays on the “Bed and Breakfast” package at any one of 7 Marriott Hotels in Hong Kong. More... Until May 31, 20

JAL Mileage Bank
- Double Mileage Bank Miles for stays at participating Chatrium Hotels in Bangkok and Yangon. More... Until Jun 30, 20

Marriott Bonvoy
- 10,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points when you stay 2 nights or longer at the Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini. More... May 1 - Jul 24, 20
- 2,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points per stay at The Lytle Park Hotel, Autograph Collection Cincinnati. More... Jun 16 - Aug 31, 20

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Earn up to Triple Qmiles when you book hotels via Trip.com PointsPLUS. More... Book by Apr 30 for stays until May 31, 20

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus
- Earn up to Triple ROP Miles + 600 bonus miles on Hertz rentals of 3 or more days in USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More... Book by Apr 30 for rentals until May 31, 20

Voila Hotel Rewards
- 30% Bonus VHR Points for each stay at any participating VOILĂ€ hotel Worldwide. More... Until Jun 30, 20

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

If you want to redeem your points and miles for gift cards you may want to do so sooner than later


Earlier today we brought you the news that Best Western Rewards removed the option to redeem their points for gift cards.  Now, we see Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards has done the same thing (Source Doctor of Credit) and that leads us to believe more programs may head down this route. Airlines, hotels and even non-travel loyalty programs are all seeing a significant drop in business right now and are making all efforts possible to conserve cash and this seems to be the case from the aforementioned programs.

Here in Canada my worries would mostly be from the larger programs like Aeroplan and AIR MILES and less so the credit card programs as to who may follow the lead of these other programs. Unfortunately the credit card companies will be benefiting from the financial crisis that Canadians face during this time so I don't see any reason for them to curtail cash and cash equivalent rewards.  Aeroplan and less so AIR MILES could run into a position where they will need to conserve cash sometime in the near future and if that happens it is possible to see them reduce or suspend these type of redemption options.

Right now the good news is that I haven't seen evidence of this happening just yet from any Canadian program.  However it is something you should take into consideration as the longer the pandemic drags on, the more Canadians will have to rely on their loyalty programs to help with their finances.

To learn more abot using points and miles for gift cards and other cash options I recommend reading  our feature Shifting your loyalty program strategy to help during these trying and tough financial times



Hilton Honors to offer elite status extensions for both 2019 and 2020 status members and pauses points expiry even further

We just received the following message in our email from Hilton. They have come out with additional news for Hilton Honors members. Previously they had announced the pausing of points expiry until May 31 and that has now been extended to December 31. More importantly they are now offering elite tier extension to for members who were due to lose status by next week and also for those already have 2020 status. The extensions last until March 31, 2021 and March 31, 2022 respectively. They have also extended the date to which you can change or cancel stays with no fee from April 30 to June 30.


Your Hilton Honors Status and Points

We consider it our privilege to have you as a Hilton Honors member and we want to show our appreciation by extending your benefits: 
  • 2019 Status Extension. All members whose 2019 status was scheduled to be downgraded on March 31, 2020—whether it’s Diamond, Gold or Silver—will automatically receive an extension through March 31, 2021.
  • 2020 Status Extension. We are extending your 2020 member status through March 31, 2022. This means you will continue to enjoy all the Diamond, Gold or Silver benefits you have access to today for the next 24 months.
  • Points Extension. We will pause the expiration of all Points scheduled to expire between now and December 31, 2020.
  • Weekend Night Rewards Earned on Eligible Hilton Credit Cards. We have extended the expiration date of all unexpired Weekend Night Rewards as of March 11, 2020, and all new ones issued until August 30, 2020, through the end of next summer (August 31, 2021).

Your Travel Flexibility

We remain committed to offering you flexible booking options. Given these unique circumstances, we are making further adjustments to our individual booking policies:
  • Existing Reservations. All reservations—even those described as “non-cancellable” (“Advanced Purchase”)—that are scheduled for arrival on or before June 30, 2020 can be changed or cancelled at no charge, up to 24 hours before your scheduled arrival day.
  • New Reservations. Any reservations you make—even those described as “non-cancellable” (“Advanced Purchase”)—that are booked between today and June 30, 2020 for any future arrival date can be changed or cancelled at no charge, up to 24 hours before your scheduled arrival day.

You can visit Hilton's COVID-19 page here for all the latest updates from them.

These updates from Hilton will also be added to our COVID-19 resources page later today.

March 25 Update: Earn 2x cash back at select retailers with Rakuten, Pacific Coastal suspends flights until May 2, Best Western Rewards stops gift card redemptions


Right now you can earn 2x Cash Back for shopping at select 'Athleisure' stores via Rakuten - stores included as part of the promotion are Hudson's Bay, GNC, Sport Chek and more. Find out more here.


Today is the last day to take advantage of the Marriott Bonvoy and Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan buy points and miles deals. You can check out the Marriott offer here and the Alaska offer here.



Over the past few days Emirates Airlines has stated they would suspend all flights but then backtracked on that and said they will operate some flights including Toronto but as of today they have officially suspended all flights. So much for the 20% bonus Tier Miles offer we posted yesterday, well that is for the time being as that offer is valid until June 30 so if EK starts flying before then you can take advantage of it. (Source Emirates)

 Closer to home, Vancouver based Pacific Coastal Airlines has suspended all flights from today to May 2. They hope to resume operations on May 3.This announcement does not appear to affect the flights that Pacific Coastal operates as WestJet Link. (Source Pacific Coastal)


If you have read our piece on Shifting your loyalty program strategy to help during these trying and tough financial times you'll have seen how you can use your various loyalty rewards points for gift cards. One loyalty program that we didn't mention in that post has decided to STOP allowing redemptions for gift cards. That program is Best Western Rewards and this comes as a bit of surprise that a program would go this route at a time when people need those redemption options the most - however from a financial standpoint it doesn't surprise me - Best Western has probably had a run on gift cards from their members and it could be affecting BW's cash resources. You can learn more here. (HT LoyaltyLobby)


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Canadian Bonus Offers


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Other Bonus Offers


IHG Rewards Club
- 1,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points per stay on the Government Rate at the Staybridge Suites Washington-Greenbelt. More... Until Apr 30, 20

Marriott Bonvoy
- 1,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points PER NIGHT for stays at the Residence Inn Houston I-10 West/Park Row. More... Until May 15, 20

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- 10% Bonus KrisFlyer Miles with 50 retailers when you shop online via the KrisFlyer Spree portal. More... Until Apr 17, 20



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100% Bonus when you buy Hilton Honors points until May 27


Hilton Honors launched another  buy points promotion for their members today. Once again this one it is the flat rate bonus 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!



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

Also with travel curtailed we don’t say you should buy points speculatively right now but some of you are still needing to travel and could very well make use of this bonus. Or if you do want to speculate…..

Offer details:
100% Bonus when you buy 10,000 or more Hilton Honors points online. Buy points here Until May 27, 20

Remember as well that Hilton has extended their Points Unlimited promotion of earning 2,000 bonus points per stay until May 31.

Find our complete list of Hilton Honors offers right here

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

March 24 Update: New Amex Offers offer for William Ashley, Tokyo 2020 postponed - time to start planning for next year & five new bonus offers


There is a new Amex Offers offer out for William Ashley. I received the offer for my American Express Gold Rewards Card and provides a $50 statement credit when spending $350 or more. See it on our Guide to Amex Offers
 

The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo have been officially postponed until no later than the Summer of 2021. If you were planning on attending and have been holding on to your existing travel reservations you'll want to start thinking about making those cancellations. No point in trying to change travel to next summer as no dates have been set yet and most airline schedules are even out yet for next summer. However you can start planning for it now by doing research on hotels, Olympic sites and more. (Source IOC)


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Canadian Bonus Offers


AIR MILES
- 50 Bonus AIR MILES Reward Miles when you spend $100 or more in single transaction at participating retailers via airmilesshops.ca. More... Until Apr 16, 20

Emirates Skywards
- 20% Bonus Skywards Tier Miles for all elite tier members when flying on Emirates and this includes their Toronto flights. More... Until Jun 30, 20

Other Bonus Offers


Hilton Honors
- OFFER EXTENDED Earn 2,000 Bonus Honors points per stay at Hilton Hotels worldwide plus 10,000 bonus points for every 10 nights stayed. More... Until May 31, 20
- 100% Bonus when you buy 10,000 or more Hilton Honors points online. More... Until May 27, 20

Marriott Bonvoy
- Earn up to 8,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points for stays at the Delta Hotels Chicago Willowbrook. More... May 1 – Jun 30, 20



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Summary of global hotel systemwide bonus points promotions – March Edition


Here is your monthly update of all the global hotel bonus points promotions that are available! One of the easiest ways to rack up lots of hotel points is to take advantage of these systemwide bonuses that come from many of the big chain programs and also from the lesser known programs. In fact, right now it should be rare for you NOT to earn a bonus. Unless you are staying at a boutique hotel or perhaps an independent hotel most other hotels out there have a bonus. So take advantage of it! These systemwide bonuses simply require you to register beforehand and they do not affect hotel pricing as long as you book a point eligible rate which are most rates out there. Of course booking through a third party site like Expedia or Rocketmiles does not count as most chains only award points on bookings that are made directly with them. Without further ado here are all the current promotions that are available to everyone:
Provider
Offer
Validity Date
ALL Accor Live Limitless 2,000 bonus Rewards points when you complete two stays at participating Accor Hotels Worldwide. Full details, online registration & booking. (Registration is required) Register and book by May 4 for stays until Sep 30, 20
For a complete listing of all ALL Accor Live Limitlessbonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's ALL Accor Live Limitless page
Best Western Rewards Earn a Free Night when you complete 2 eligible stays at a Best Western® branded hotel in the United States, Canada or Caribbean. Limit of 1 free night voucher per member and that voucher is valid for 70 days. Full details, online registration and booking. (Registration is required) Register & book now for stays Feb 18 – Apr 20, 20
For a complete listing of all Best Western Rewards bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Best Western page
Choice Hotels Privileges Earn up to 8,000 Bonus Privileges Points after every two separate qualifying stays at participating Choice Hotels Worldwide. Full details, online registration & booking (Registration is required)
For residents of the U.S. and Canada only
Registered members will be awarded a minimum of 5,000 to a maximum of 8,000 bonus points after the second qualifying stay. The number of bonus points awarded depends on the number of base points earned from the two separate qualifying stays, with points varying by hotel. The total of base points plus bonus points awarded, however, will be at least 8,000 points, which is the number of points required for a future free night at over 1,000 Choice® hotels worldwide

Mar 7 - Apr 26, 20
For a complete listing of all Choice Privileges bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Choice page
GHA Discovery No Offers at this time
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For a complete listing of all GHA Discovery bonus offers please visit Rewards Canada's GHA page
Hilton 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 ) Until May 31, 20
For a complete listing of all Hilton HHonors bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Hilton page
Hyatt Double World of Hyatt Points with each stay starting with your second qualifying stay at over 1,000 participating Hyatt Hotels worldwide. Hyatt credit card holders will earn an extra 1,500 Bonus Points with each qualifying stay, starting with the second, that includes a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night. Full details, online registration and booking(Registration is required) Register by Mar 31 for stays Feb 15 – May 15, 20
For a complete listing of all Hyatt Gold Passport bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Hyatt page
InterContinental Hotels Group Earn up to 4x IHG Rewards Club Points for stays at participating IHG Hotels Worldwide. Full details, online registration and booking (Registration is required)
Earn 1,000 points on your 1st night
Double Points for nights 2-5
Triple Points for nights 6-14
Quadruple points for night 15+
Register by Apr 15 for stays Feb 15 – May 15, 20 
For a complete listing of all IHG Priority Club bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's IHG page
Le Club AccorHotels No offers at this time --
For a complete listing of all Le Club AccorHotels bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Le Club AccorHotels page
Marriott 2,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points on each stay starting with your second stay at over 7,200 Marriott Hotels worldwide. Full details, online registration & booking. (Registration is required) Register by May 31 for stays Mar 17 – Jun 14, 20
For a complete listing of all Marriott Rewards bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Marriott page
Millennium Hotels My Millennium 2,000 Bonus My Millennium Points + up to 20% off for stays of 2 or more night at participating Millennium Hotels Worldwide. Full details & online booking. Until Mar 31, 20
For a complete listing of all Millennium Hotels My Millennium bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's My Millennium page
Preferred Hotel Group iPrefer No offers at this time --
For a complete listing of all Preferred Hotel Group iPrefer bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's iPrefer page
Radisson Rewards Earn up to 150,000 Bonus Rewards Points at all Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson hotels worldwide. Full details, online registration & booking (Registration is required)
Eligible nights include your typical paid stays but also include Award Night and Points + Cash redemption stays.
• Complete two (2) Stays, earn 5,000 Bonus Points when the second Eligible Stay is completed.
• Complete three (3) Stays, earn 10,000 additional Bonus Points (totaling 15,000 Bonus Points) when the third Eligible Stay is completed.
• Complete five (5) Stays, earn 15,000 additional Bonus Points (totaling 30,000 Bonus Points) when the fifth Eligible Stay has been completed.
• Complete (10) Stays, earn 45,000 additional Bonus Points (totaling 75,000 Bonus Points) when the tenth Eligible Stay has been completed.
• Complete (15) Stays, earn 75,000 additional Bonus Points (totaling 150,000 Bonus Points) when the fifteenth Eligible Stay has been completed.
Until Mar 31, 20
For a complete listing of all Radisson Rewards bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Radisson Rewards page
Red Roof Inns RediRewards No offers at this time --
For a complete listing of all Red Roof bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's RediRewards page
Shangri-La Golden Circle No Offers at this time
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For a complete listing of all Shangria-La bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Golden Circle page
Sonesta Hotels Travel Pass No Offers at this time
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For a complete listing of all Sonesta Hotels bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Travel Pass page
Voila Hotel Rewards 5,000 Bponus VHR Points for each stay at any participating VOILĂ€ hotel Worldwide. Full details & online registration (Registration is required) Maximum of 100,000 bonus points awarded Until Mar 31, 20
For a complete listing of all Voila Hotel Rewards bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's VHR page
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Aeroplan soft launches using miles to bid for upgrades and a full time buy/gift miles option


Air Canada's Aeroplan soft-launched two new features today for program members. The first is using Aeroplan Miles to bid for upgrades on flights and the second is the full time availability to buying or gifting Aeroplan miles.

Here are the details as provided to us by Air Canada:
  • Use Aeroplan Miles to submit offers for Bid Upgrades. Members now have the option to use Aeroplan Miles when bidding for an upgrade to a higher cabin. Previously, customers could only bid for a cabin upgrade using cash at https://upgrade.plusgrade.com/offer/AirCanada?lang=en. This is the first of what will be many new ways for members to access popular extras and premium travel to make their trip more relaxing and rewarding
  • Buy or Gift Aeroplan Miles at any time. Members can now purchase miles for themselves, and give the gift of miles to other Aeroplan Members, at any time, through https://www.aeroplan.com/buy-gift-miles.do#/. Previously, members could only purchase miles to top up their Aeroplan account when they were making a flight reward booking. This feature continues to be available. Members can also continue to transfer their miles to another member. 
It's nice to see the program pushing out more developments and features that members can utilize. Of course the using miles to bid for upgrades is something more of us will look at down the road since there isn't a lot of flying going on. That being said, if you do find yourself flying in the next few month it is definitely a feature you'll want to check out. In fact, if you do please let us know we'd love to have you detail it for us and/or write about it (and we do pay you for these articles). If you are interested please send me a note at info@rewardscanada.ca.

Learn more about the Bid Upgrades here


For the buying miles option, it is just like you have seen on our site from many other airline and hotel programs. You can now buy or gift miles at anytime and Aeroplan allows you to buy anywhere from 1,000 to 250,000 miles. The cost is 3 cents (C$) per mile. This rate is on the high side - but that is always the case when you buy miles from airline programs when you don't take any bonuses into account.



Hopefully Air Canada will be like all the others who sell miles and offer bonuses or discounts from time to time. That being said, there are many award flights in business or first class where you can easily get value way above 3 cents per mile so it can make sense to buy miles for those awards and as always it can make sense to buy miles to top off for an award. For example, if your only 2,000 miles shy of a business class ticket worth thousands of dollars paying $60 to get to that award is worth it.

Learn more about buying Aeroplan miles here.

All screenshots/images via Air Canada