Thursday, April 30, 2020

Financially stable? Now's the time to rack up some of the best travel rewards points & miles


Since the start of the pandemic a lot of discussion on Rewards Canada has centered around using your loyalty reward programs to help you financially - that is to use the points or miles for cash back or cash equivalents. But what if you are healthy financially and don't need to be shifting your loyalty program strategy and want to stick with travel rewards? Well there is no better time than now to build up your points and miles for future travel thanks to the Platinum Card from American Express double points promotion. On April 21 American Express revealed that Platinum Card cardmembers (existing and new) will receive double points on all purchases until July 20. They will also receive double the redemption value when using points for purchases although we're not concerning ourselves with the latter for this post.

On a normal day the Platinum Card will earn 3 points per dollar spend on dining (restaurants, fast food, coffee shops), 2 points per dollar on travel and 1 point on everything else. Now with this promotion those amounts are doubled so we see 6 points per dollar on dining, 4 points per dollar on travel and 2 points on everything else. We have confirmation from American Express that the double points is for ALL Platinum cardmembers which means if you don't have the card and get it now you'll be able to partake in the offer. This means all cardmembers can really work on building up their points balance for future travel and get amazing value from those purchases thanks to the strength and versatility of American Express' Membership Rewards program. The program has numerous travel rewards options from Fixed Points for Travel, Use Points for Travel Purchases and converting points to their frequent travel partners like Aeroplan, British Airways and more. Thanks to the promotion all these redemption option have doubled in value.

Let's take a look at all these options:

Fixed Points for Travel
The Fixed Points Travel Program is a take on traditional reward flights from frequent flyer programs. That is, you use a set amount of points to travel within, or to, certain regions without typically worrying about the price.

Booking flights using fixed points can come handy, especially during peak seasons when market fares are quite high. Amex’s Fixed Points Travel Program doesn’t limit specific airlines you need to book with. You can literally fly any airline, any time to any destination!

This provides a lot more flexibility than your traditional reward program, where typically the biggest complaint is a lack of flight availability!

Here are the points grids from Amex’s Fixed Point Travel Program for both economy and business class flights:



Recommending Reading: Redemption Stories: Saving $3,800 on last minute flights with the Platinum Card from American Express

Looking at the chart and the maximum redemption value of tickets you'll see that you can earn up to a 2 cents per point value when redeeming points via this method. And if you take into account the current Platinum offer of double points where you earn 2 to 6 points per dollar spent your effective rate of return for booking flights via the Fixed Points for Travel program can be as high as 12%! This matches the current rate for Using Points for Purchases option that is awarding $20 for every 1,000 point redeemed. Think about it you only need to spend $2,500 on dining to get a popular route short haul flight. You can't do that with any other program right now and remember you don't need to redeem by July 20 - simply put all your spending on the Platinum Card until and then use the points when you wish - they never expire as long as you have an active Membership Rewards card (Hint you can get yourself the Gold Rewards Card in the future if you don't wish to keep the Platinum Card down the road) Another hint - if you are about maximizing value you'll want your base fare from the the ticket to push as close to the Maximum Fare listed in the chart or even go past as you can then redeem 1,000 points for every $10 over and above (including taxes and fees) or just pay cash for that difference.

Use Points for Purchases (Travel)
The travel option of  Use Points for Purchases is great for those looking for the utmost flexibility in using points for travel. You get to book the flights that are best for you, from the carrier you want, right from the airline’s website, a travel agent or any online travel portal. It even covers non-air travel, such as car rentals.

Book your hotel via the hotel's website, a cruise via a travel agent or even an all-inclusive vacation, and you can redeem your Membership Rewards points for it all.  All you have to do is charge the travel to your Platinum Card and when the charge shows up, redeem your points against it at a rate of 1,000 points for a $10 statement credit. This means if you are redeeming points earned during this double points promotion you are getting a 2% to 6% return. Here's the kicker and also a plan from one of our readers: Book future travel by early July so that you can take advantage of the other half of this promotion - the double redemption value. That means you can get a $20 statement credit for 1,000 points and pushes you to a  4 to 12% return on your spending.  Here is what Gary A. asked and may be planning:
Question about the 50K bonus points. Will they post to the account as soon as the $3K spend threshold is met, or will it wait until the 3 month mark is achieved? As of today April 24, we would be looking at 3 months (minus 4 days) before July 20. So if it posts after the three months I could never take advantage of the double redemption bonus.

For this to make sense for me, that 50K bonus points would need to get into the account BEFORE the 3 month mark. In my case, I have two big airline tickets for May 2021 flights that I would buy. If those cost me $7K and I was able to make that purchase say mid-June (fingers crossed they would be available for purchase by that point), the points for that purchase would be 4 pts / dollar (28k points) plus the 50K points, totaling 78000 pts which I redeem at 1000pt = $20 and I'd get $1560 off that purchase. With an additional $200 as travel credit, that's $1760 off the purchase for a $700 investment (annual fee). Net: $1060 in my pocket... Am I missing something or is that ridiculously good return?
Gary's numbers look right to me and hopefully it may help you get the wheels turning for your future travel plans.

The great thing with Membership Rewards is that you can continue to fund your trip with points even after it's over as American Express allows you to redeem for a charge up to 12 months after it gets posted to your account.

Frequent Travel Partners
Now on to another fun part! The section where you can really get some outsized value for earning double Membership Rewards points until late July. Membership Rewards points earned with the Platinum Card from American Express can be converted to six airline and two hotel programs. Those programs and their conversion ratios are:
  • Air Canada Aeroplan 1:1
  • British Airways Executive Club 1:1
  • Alitalia MilleMiglia 1:0.75
  • Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 1:0.75
  • Delta SkyMiles 1:0.75
  • Etihad Guest 1:0.75
  • Hilton Honors 1:1
  • Marriott Bonvoy 1:1.2
The bold emphasis is mine as those are the three best programs to convert to and what I provide more detail on.

Air Canada Aeroplan
You can convert the Membership Rewards points earned with the Platinum Card directly to Air Canada Aeroplan on a 1 to 1 basis and the conversion is typically instant although Amex states it can take up to 30 minutes. This is key to being one of the best conversion options of all for Canadians since you don't have to convert speculatively - you hold onto your points in Membership Rewards and while you are searching for and about to book an Aeroplan award flight you can convert the points at that time.

And the value for converting to Aeroplan can be huge. Firstly, as you are earning 2 to 6 points per dollar spent until July 20 you are effectively earning 2 to 6 Aeroplan Miles per dollar. This cannot be matched by any card in our market right now. We value Aeroplan Miles at 1.2 cents at the absolute minimum, which means your return on spending would run in the 2.4 to 7.2% range but I stress that is an absolute minimum. With Aeroplan you can easily push that return much higher, well into 2 to 3 cents per points for economy and well above 6 cents per points for business class and first class redemptions. In fact in some past random searches we have found business class award flights giving a value of 7.75 cents per mile. Take 6 points per dollar earned on the Platinum Card for dining, convert to Aeroplan at 1:1 for 6 miles per dollar and then a value of 7.75 cents per mile and you have a 46.5% return on that spending!! Yes I do make lots of typos in my posts but this one is not a typo - you can potentially get a 46.5% return on your dining spend! There is even the possibility to get even more than that if you find a higher value flight. I am just shy of 20 years of running Rewards Canada and never have I seen a potential return that high, in fact nothing ever has even come close to that!

Here is the 7.75 cents example we found last year:
How about doing a one-way in business class between Toronto and San Francisco - and there's a bonus - it is on Boeing 787-9 with lie flat seats:



This round trip flight is 25,000 miles + $123.69 in taxes and fees. To buy the flight outright with Air Canada would cost $2063.60. The savings is $1939.91 or 7.75 cents per mile. Link to original post

British Airways Executive Club
Outside of the world of frequent flyers and miles/points enthusiasts British Airways Executive Club (BAEC) is a relative unknown for many Canadians. Like Aeroplan, Membership Rewards points covert 1:1 to Avios, which is the currency of British Airways Executive Club so you are earning 2 to 6 Avios per dollar spent.  It can take up to 5 days for points to convert from Amex to BAEC. The beauty of BAEC is that you have the entire oneworld Alliance to use the Avios with. oneworld includes British Airways of course, Aer Lingus, Iberia, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Cathay Pacific and a whole slew of other airlines. Being a frequent flyer there again is the ability to pull some outsized value when you redeem for business class or first class flights but it also provides some really good economy class options. For example, outside of North America flights that fall into their Zone 1 category of 1-650 miles in distance only require 4,000 Avios on British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia & Vueling or 6,000 Avios on partner airlines! Putting that into terms of the double points earned for dining on the Platinum Card and you can have an award flight for $667 in spending. Again unmatched in terms of how little spend you need to actually get a flight. And the icing on the cake is that American Express does offer occasional bonuses for transferring to British Airways that can push the value even higher. That being said I am going to predict we won't see the transfer bonus this year because of the double points promotion. Here


Recommended Reading on using Avios:
- Utilizing British Airways' Executive Club for flights in North America

- How you can easily get a free flight between Toronto and Dublin, Ireland (pre taxes/fees) or 4 flights for $240+fees


Marriott Bonvoy
The last of the best three programs to convert to is Marriott Bonvoy and it has a redemption ratio of 5 Membership Rewards points to 6 Marriott Bonvoy points. That means with the current double points promotion you are earning the equivalent of 2.4 to 7.2 Marriott Bonvoy points per dollar spent. At the bottom end we value Marriott Bonvoy points a 1 cent apiece. So at the very minimum you'd be getting a 2.4 to 7.2% return but again Marriott is the type of program that you can get some big value from. In the past we have found redemption options almost as high as 5% (4.89 to be exact) so returns of around 11.7% to 35% and that's just basing it on one example. There are possibilities to pull more value out of the program especially when you consider that Marriott Bonvoy will give you one night free when you redeem for 5 consecutive nights (you only end up paying points for 4 nights). 

Other Frequent Travel Partners
It can even be advantageous to convert to some of the other airline programs despite the transfer ratio not being as good as the three above. Cathay Pacific, Delta and Etihad Airways all have sweet spots where taking that lower transfer rate may make sense to redeem for flights. For example you may be building a big trip to multiple continents and you maybe you need Aeroplan to get to Africa but then can utilize Etihad to fly from Africa to Asia and so on! There are just so many possibilities with American Express' Membership Rewards!

As you can see the key right now is to have the card and put every little bit of spending on it and worry about redemption later. If you aren't looking at maximizing the double redemption option of 1,000 points for $20 you can literally sit on the points for when you need them.  If you don't have the card I would apply for it sooner than later so you can maximize the amount of days you can spend on it. Remember that the Platinum Card currently offers 50,000 welcome points when you spend $3,000 on the card in the first three months of having it and another 10,000 points when you hold the card for 6 months. Remember as well that the card does have a $699 annual fee but you get an annual $200 travel credit and tons of benefits on top of that. Witt the current double points (and double redemption option) the card is the most valuable card in Canada right now even with the $699 annual fee. It is hands down the best card to have or get right now!

In fact here are Rewards Canada all our spending outside of groceries and food delivery services (which go on our Cobalt cards) are now going on the Platinum Card from American Express.

Learn more about and apply for the Platinum Card here.

Below is the most current offer for the card. It may not reflect the discussion above.

 



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April 30 Update: Mastercard pulls Foodora offer from their site, Coast Hotels providing Fort McMurray evacuee discounts and more elite status extensions


We haven't heard back from Mastercard Canada about the Foodora news we brought to you earlier this week but did see that as of today the offer has been pulled from Mastercard Canada's website. You can however still access the offer directly on Foodora's website here. Seeing that it is not on Mastercard Canada's website however leads me to believe this offer is being removed completely and won't be available to use with Foodora in other countries.
Image via Foodora


Coast Hotels is offering a special 50% off compassion rate at their Edmonton locations for Fort McMurray residents who have been affected by the flooding that city is experiencing. Find out more here.
Image via Coast Hotels


Travelzoo and Cape Mudge Resort on B.C.'s Quadra Island are selling discounted vouchers for future stays that are 100% fully refundable. You can buy vouchers for 2 night stays starting at $179 each for May 2021 or $229 each for summer stays in 2020 or 2021. Find out more here
Image via Travelzoo

More elite status extensions
Japan's two major airlines have both provided extensions for elite status. Current elite status members from ANA Mileage Club and JAL Mileage Bank will have their status extended through 2021. Meanwhile Spanish based Melia Hotels has extended the status of current Melia Rewards elite members by one year and elite members of Amtrak Guest Rewards will have their status extended to February 28, 2022. You can find all these details and links on our COVID-19 resource page.
 


Airline Schedule Updates
This will now be a standard feature for the foreseeable future in our daily update posts as we summarize Canadian operations based on data from RoutesOnline and other sources.

Sichuan Airlines is showing 1x weekly service between Vancouver and Chengdu starting on May 5 (Source RoutesOnline)

TAP Air Portugal is showing 1 weekly service between Toronto and Lisbon starting on May 22 and moving to 3x weekly as of July 1. The new Montreal to Lisbon route is showing 6x weekly starting on June 26. (Source RoutesOnline)

WestJet has further reduced and temporarily stopped select domestic routes from May 5 to June 4. Halifax to Montreal has been removed completely and there are now lower frequencies on the following:
Market  
Previous frequency  
Updated frequency 
Calgary-Lethbridge 
6x weekly 
3x weekly 
Calgary-Medicine Hat 
6x weekly 
3x weekly 
Calgary-Cranbrook 
6x weekly 
3x weekly 
Winnipeg-Saskatoon 
3x weekly 
2x weekly 
Winnipeg-Thunder Bay 
3x weekly 
2x weekly 



Remember to visit and bookmark our COVID-19 resource page where we are keeping you up to date with all the latest airline, hotel, lounges and loyalty program news, policies, closures and more.
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Canadian Bonus Offers

AIR MILES (Canada)
- 25 Bonus AIR MILES Rewards Miles when you spend $75 or more in one transaction at a participating airmilesshops.ca retailer. More... Until May 10, 20

Other Bonus Offers

Avianca LifeMiles
- Double LifeMiles when you rent with Thrifty in the Americas or Europe. More... Until Dec 31, 20

Etihad Guest
- Double Elite Tier Guest Miles on all Etihad flights. More... Until Jun 30, 20


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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

United MileagePlus does away with partner award chart for airlines like Air Canada - most awards have now increased in price



Back in November of 2019 United MileagePlus got rid of their published award charts for travel on their own metal and with that moved to dynamic award pricing. They did however retain the charts and award redemption requirements for their partner airlines like Air Canada, Lufthansa and so on. That all changed yesterday when United pulled their partner award chart and immediately seemed to start pricing award on partner airlines dynamically. According to One Mile at a Time many award flights jumped by 10% citing examples of Detroit to Frankfurt on Lufthansa and New York to Seoul on Asiana.

We conducted our own quick search and sure enough Toronto-Frankfurt on Air Canada is pricing 10% higher now:

Here's Toronto to Calgary, showing a 10% increase for business class and a 12% jump for economy class:


The timing of this move doesn't make sense with the pandemic on hand and such little travel taking place now and for the immediate future. It works contrary to logical thinking when airlines will want to try to fill seats once travel resumes. Who knows maybe we can remain optimistic as we could all be jumping the gun right now (I'm not, but trying to stay as positive as possible here...) that there is the possibility that United has loaded new base mileage amounts at 10% to 12% higher as that seems to be the common denominator and will in due time implement dynamic pricing as has already been stated by United to several bloggers. That means we could see lower and higher mileage requirements and it wouldn't surprise me if the lower requirement typically ends up being 30K and 70K for the first example above. That is, the amount prior to the increase we are seeing as of today. It's kind of like those shady retailers who illegally raise prices right before a sale and then advertise a big sale..... although in the world of loyalty programs this move isn't illegal.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

AIR MILES: 25 Bonus Reward Miles when you spend $75 or more via airmilessshops



A day after Aeroplan launched their online shopping bonus for Mother's Day we see AIR MILES reveal theirs. From now until May 10 you can earn 25 Bonus AIR MILES Reward Miles when you spend $75 or more in one transaction via airmilessshops.ca. Don't forget to add in your retail loyalty program details like HBC Rewards, Indigo Plum etc. to earn even more points.

Offer details:
25 Bonus AIR MILES Rewards Miles when you spend $75 or more in one transaction at a participating airmilesshops.ca retailer. Full details. Until May 10, 20



April 28 Update: Top 5 Mastercard Cards to use at Costco, Porter Airlines delays restart to June 29, Eurowings cans new Calgary-Frankfurt flight


We updated our 5+ year old feature on the Top 5 Mastercard Cards to use at Costco. Thing is, it will need to be updated again on June 2 when the Rogers Mastercard changes kick in. See the updated feautre here
Image via Costco Canada



Porter Airlines has pushed back the relaunch of their flights to June 29 from June 1. (Source Porter)
We are extending our temporary suspension of all flights due to COVID-19 until June 29. Porter temporarily suspended flying on March 21, as government-imposed travel restrictions and public health measures were increasing in North America.
Our initial restart date of June 1, was something we believed was reasonable at the time. While there are many promising signs about how COVID-19 is being contained, it is also clear that the current border restrictions, regional stay-at-home orders and limits on large gatherings will remain in place for many regions through much of May and into June. This makes it difficult for people to travel, so Porter will continue aligning its approach with the public health response.
Our return to flying will be done in a responsible manner, taking into account health and safety precautions.
To provide flexibility and give travelers peace of mind when purchasing for future travel, Porter is waiving change and cancellation fees on all fares booked by June 29. This also applies to Porter Escapes vacation packages. Tickets for travel beginning June 29 are available for purchase now.
Image via Porter
RBC Rewards has a limited time redemption option where you can send an Interac e-transfer with points until July 31. Find out more here
Image via RBC


Airline Schedule Updates
This will now be a standard feature for the foreseeable future in our daily update posts as we summarize Canadian operations based on data from RoutesOnline

The new Eurowings flight between Calgary and Frankfurt that was set to launch on June 1st has been cancelled (Source RoutesOnline)

Qatar Airways appears to be continuing with 4x weekly service between Montreal and Doha until the end of May (Source RoutesOnline)


Remember to visit and bookmark our COVID-19 resource page where we are keeping you up to date with all the latest airline, hotel, lounges and loyalty program news, policies, closures and more.
Other resources on Rewards Canada to help you make the most of your points and miles right now:


Posts since our last update:

Deals:

Casper: Take 10% off a mattress with code GOODSNOOZ. Valid through 5/11.

Hello Fresh: save $65 in total, including free shipping on the first box! Find out more here.

Missfresh: Simplify your life with 45% off your first 2 consecutive orders with code SIMPLIFY45. Find out more here.

Rewards Canada receives a small commission when you use any of the above offers. You don't have to chose to use our links but we thank you in advance if you do.


Canadian Bonus Offers

Air Canada Aeroplan
- Receive Air Canada Altitude 25K status when you earn 50,000 Aeroplan Miles (by almost any method) by May 31. Existing elite members can also boost their status. More... Until May 31, 20
- Earn up to 7x Aeroplan Miles for shopping at select retailers online via the Aeroplan eStore shopping portal. More... Until May 3, 20

Other Bonus Offers

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- Double Mileage Plan when you rent for 2+ days on a weekly or weekend rental at participating Hertz locations in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. More... Until Jun 30, 20

ALL Accor Live Limitless
- Triple ALL Rewards Points when you book an event, meeting or conference at participating Accor Hotels Worldiwde. More... Until Dec 31, 20

American AAdvantage
- Double AAdvantage Miles when you rent for 2+ days on a weekly or weekend rental at participating Hertz locations in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. More... Until Jun 30, 20

Amtrak Guest Rewards
- Double Guest Rewards Points when you rent for 2+ days on a weekly or weekend rental at participating Hertz locations in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. More... Until Jun 30, 20

IHG Rewards Club
- Double HG Rewards Club Bonus points for stays at select New IHG hotels in Southeast Asia More... Until Dec 30, 20

Marriott Bonvoy
- 3,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points for stays in a suite at the The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale. More... Until May 31, 20
- 10,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points for stays of 2+nights at the Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows. More... Until May 15, 20
- 2,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points PER NIGHT at the New Orleans Marriott or the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. More... Until Jun 23, 20


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Well that didn't last long - Mastercard World & World Elite cards may lose Foodora benefit



At the beginning of the month we let you  know about the new benefits that Mastarcard Canada added to all World and World Elite Mastercards in Canada. The primary new benefits were free global Wi-Fi with Boingo and credits for using Foodora and Ritual. News broke yesterday via CTV News that Foodora will be exiting the Canadian market on May 11.  This news has been confirmed on Foodora Canada's Twitter account:

Image via Twitter
Recommended reading:  A look at the new benefits that have been added to all World & World Elite Mastercards in Canada


At the time of posting there is no mention of this news on Mastercard Canada's website and the offer with Foodora appears to still be valid as they haven't shut down yet. This means you should be able to utilize at least part of the offer of earning up to $30 in credits if use Foodora up to May 10. The offer is $15 off your first order of $30 or more and then $5 off every third order for three orders. The latter is in the form of a voucher awarded after your second order and with less than two weeks before shutdown I wouldn't put my money on receiving those vouchers in time to use them.

It is entirely possible this offer may remain if you use your eligible Mastercard for Foodora purchases outside of Canada as the terms and conditions of the offer doesn't  explicitly state that your order has to be made in Canada. I have reached out to Mastercard if this will be the case but I find it unlikely that the benefit will continue to be offered after May 11.

Hopefully Mastercard Canada is already working behind the scenes to add another benefit that will be of more value to their Canadian cardholders.

Title image via Foodora


Aeroplan further extends reward flight flexible cancellation policy & pausing of mileage expiration


Aeroplan sent us an email this morning to pass along the news that they have further extended several policies this morning in regards the to their response for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cancellation Policy
They have now further updated the flexible change and cancellation policy for Aeroplan flight rewards. The date you can change or cancel flight rewards with no charge has now been extended to June 30. If you cancel by that time you will  receive all of your Aeroplan Miles back in your account, plus a full refund of any associated taxes, fees and surcharges on the unused value of your travel.

Mileage Expiry
Previously set at May 14, Aeroplan has now paused the expiration of miles until June 29. 
"This means that between now and June 29, if a members' miles were to have expired, they will not. Effective June 30, our normal expiration policy will once again apply, meaning that miles will expire if an eligible transaction has not been completed prior to this date" 
Remember all it takes is earning or redeeming one mile in a 12 month period to keep your Aeroplan account active.

June 29 is an interesting pick for a date to extend it to - one may ask why not June 30? My one guess is that it will allow Air Canada to expire some miles on June 30 and account for liability drop in their Q2 numbers.

Recommended reading:  Receive Air Canada Altitude Prestige 25K status when you earn 50,000 Aeroplan Miles via everyday activities 

Finally a reminder that there are only 2 days left to donate Aeroplan Miles to a COVID-19 charity and earn Altitude qualifying miles for doing so. You'll earn 1 AQM for every 5 Aeroplan miles donated. Since the initiative launched Aeroplan members have donated more than 52 million miles.

Learn more about these Aeroplan updates here

Image via Air Canada

Monday, April 27, 2020

Earn up to 7x Aeroplan Miles for online shopping with the Aeroplan eStore Mother's Day Event

https://www.aeroplan.com/estore/mother-s-day-event/cmothersdayevent-p1.html

A new bonus offer event launched today via Aeroplan's online shopping portal. To celebrate Mother's Day they are offering up to 7x Aeroplan Miles for shopping at select retailers. Going through the list I only saw two 7x miles retailers Aveda and Dyson while the majority of retailers participating are at 3 to 5x miles. The bonus runs from today to May 3 and remember that Air Canada Aeroplan has their Travel from Home promotion running right now where you can earn Altitude Status just by earning 50,000 miles so any and all of these purchases can count towards achieving that status. If you happen to have the Platinum Card from American Express I would use that for any of these purchases as it will earn 2 points per dollar spent which equates to 2 Aeroplan Miles per dollar spent. Finally don't forget to add in your retail loyalty program details like HBC Rewards, Indigo Plum etc. to earn even more points.

A small example of the retailers and bonuses available:


Offer details:
Earn up to 7x Aeroplan Miles for shopping at select retailers online via the Aeroplan eStore shopping portal. Full details. Until May 3, 20

Image via Aeroplan

Friday, April 24, 2020

April 24 Update: Platinum Card offer added to various Rewards Canada features, PC Optimum Bonus Redemption Event, NEXUS interviews postponed further


We have updated some features on the Rewards Canada site to reflect the latest limited time offer of double points and double redemption value for the Platinum Card from American Express. The following have been updated:
The Platinum Card is by far he number one card to have in Canada right now and we have confirmed with Amex that the double points double redemption is not only for existing cardmembers but also for new cardholders.


PC Optimum is offering their bonus redemption event for the next six days. This is where you can get more value out of your points when you redeem them at for shopping in store or online with Shoppers Drug Mart. You can get $65 off when you redeem 50,000 points (Reg. $50), $140 off for 100,000 points (Reg. $100) or $300 off for 200,000 points (Reg $200). This offer runs until April 29! Find out more here.
Image via Shoppers Drug Mart



If you were thinking of applying for NEXUS during this down time you'll have to wait to get it as the U.S. CBP who conducts the interviews for NEXUS and Global Entry have extended the closure of enrollment centres to June 1. (Source Doctor of Credit) 
Image via US CBP


American Airlines has raised the amount you'll have to pay for your first checked bag on flights to Europe and Africa. The new rate is now an insane $75 each way on basic economy fares. (Source Award Wallet)
Image via AA

Hotel occupancy rates in Canada remained below 15% for another week. According to HNN occupancy rates in Canada for the week of April 11 to 18 were 12.8%. Compare this to 77.7% for the same period last year. Once again Quebec was in the 6% range.



Airline Schedule Updates
This will now be a standard feature for the foreseeable future in our daily update posts as we summarize Canadian operations based on data from RoutesOnline

EVA Air is showing 3x weekly service between Toronto and Tapei for May as well as 3x weekly service from Vancouver starting on May 20 (Source RoutesOnline)

Turkish Airlines new Vancouver to Istanbul route has had its launch date further pushed back to July 16. (Source RoutesOnline)


Remember to visit and bookmark our COVID-19 resource page where we are keeping you up to date with all the latest airline, hotel, lounges and loyalty program news, policies, closures and more.
Other resources on Rewards Canada to help you make the most of your points and miles right now:


Posts since our last update:

Deals:

Casper: Take 10% off a mattress with code GOODSNOOZ. Valid through 5/11.

Hello Fresh: save $65 in total, including free shipping on the first box! Find out more here.

Missfresh: Simplify your life with 45% off your first 2 consecutive orders with code SIMPLIFY45. Find out more here.

Enjoy up to 25% off for stays at Radisson Hotels in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. Find out more here Book by May 10 for stays June 10 – August 31, 20
 
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Thursday, April 23, 2020

One week left to grab the BMO AIR MILES World Elite Mastercard with up to 3,000 bonus miles + 1st year free


BMO tends to not change up the welcome bonus offers on their credit cards as frequently as other card issuers so we have become accustomed to the current offer on this and other BMO cards. The current welcome bonus on the BMO AIR MILES World Elite Mastercard has actually been around since April 1, 2019!


We now know the next offer for the BMO AIR MILES World Elite Mastercard won't be as rich as this offer that ends on April 30. It'll be decent but not as decent as the current bonus of up to 3,000 AIR MILES Rewards Miles with the first year annual fee waived.  The bonus is broken down as 1,000 miles on your first purchase followed by 2,000 more miles when you spend $3,000 on the card within the first three months of having it. This offer is the richest AIR MILES credit card offer in market right now and in fact has been one of the Top 5 cards for welcome bonuses for months on end as that 3,000 miles with no annual fee is worth no less than $330 towards travel or about $315 in cash if your AIR MILES account is set to earn Cash Miles.  As we recommend right now from our article Shifting your loyalty program strategy to help during these trying and tough financial times we think your best bet is shifting your AIR MILES earn to 100% Cash Miles right now instead of Dream Miles to help supplement current financial situations. Of course if you don't need a financial boost this could be a proactive decision on your part to get the card to fund your future travel once the world gets back to some sort of normalcy.

Not only does the card provide this very rich bonus at no cost other than your spend in those first three months it also has a strong insurance and benefits package, provides discounts on AIR MILES flights in North American and provides all the new and existing Mastercard World Elite benefits like free global Wi-Fi from Boingo, Foodora and Ritual credits and more.

You can learn more about and apply for the BMO AIR MILES World Elite Mastercard here.

The following is the most current offer for this card and may not represent the discussion above:

Summary of global hotel systemwide bonus points promotions – April 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 No Offers at this time
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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. This offer is now closed for registration but stays until May 15 will count 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. This offer is now closed for registration but stays until May 15 will count
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 until May 15, 20 
For a complete listing of all IHG Priority Club bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's IHG 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 + 10% off + complimentary upgrade for stays of 2 or more night at participating Millennium Hotels Worldwide. Full details & online booking. Book by Jun 30 for stays until Dec 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 No offers at this time --
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 --
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 --
For a complete listing of all Sonesta Hotels bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Travel Pass page
Voila Hotel Rewards 30% Bonus VHR Points for each stay at any participating VOILĂ€ hotel Worldwide. Full details & online registration (Registration is required) Until Jun 30, 20
For a complete listing of all Voila Hotel Rewards bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's VHR page
WorldHotels Rewards Quadruple Rewards Points for stays at all participating WorldHotels locations Worldwide. Full details & online booking
Until Apr 30, 20
For a complete listing of all Wyndham Rewards bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's WorldHotels page
Wyndham Rewards Earn 5,500 Bonus Wyndham Rewards Points  when you complete 2 separate stays at Wyndham Hotels Worldwide. Full details, online registration & booking. (Registration is required) Register and book by Apr 26 for stays until May 21, 20
For a complete listing of all Wyndham Rewards bonus point offers please visit Rewards Canada's Wyndham page