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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

May 20 Update: 50,000 bonus PC Optimum points with $150 online Shoppers purchase, CIBC Holidays for Heroes initiative, Qatar Airways modifies amazing re-booking policy


Another big bonus from Shoppers Drug Mart! Earn 50,000 bonus PC Optimum points when you spend $150 or more online via Shopper's Beauty Boutique. Those 50,000 points are worth $50 towards a future purchase. This offer is good for today and tomorrow. Find out more here


Last week CIBC launched a new campaign to recognize front line health care workers. The CIBC Holidays for Heroes initiative is providing 30 million Aventura travel reward points to give these workers an opportunity to recharge. Nominees will be chosen at random to receive a $1,500 travel voucher to take a well-deserved break.
Through the CIBC Holidays for Heroes program, Canadians are invited to nominate a frontline health care worker who has made a contribution to keeping us safe during this challenging time, and who has earned a well-deserved break for their efforts. CIBC has provided 30 million Aventura travel rewards points to recognize health care workers who will be chosen at random to receive a travel voucher, allowing them to take a holiday at a future date, reconnect with their families, and re-energize themselves. 
Nominations are open to all Canadians and can be made at CIBCHolidaysForHeroes.com.
“The Holidays for Heroes program is one way we can show our deep appreciation for the sacrifices our frontline health care workers have made for Canadians, by giving them the opportunity to rest and recharge with their families,” added Mr. Dodig. “The holidays these heroes take are also one small way of supporting local businesses when economies can safely reopen.”
Last week we gave you the details of Qatar Airways' amazing flight re-booking policy and noted that it will most likely change and it did over this past weekend. It is a relatively small change in that you now have to wait 14 days before you can change your flights and you have to re-book into the same fare class. Find out more here.


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. Remember that many of these route plans are subject to change and right now they are changing frequently!

Sunwing has released their plans for their summer domestic operations with flights between offered between Toronto and Deer Lake, Gander, St John's and Vancouver. Flights will start up in late June and are already open for reservation on Sunwing's website. (Source RoutesOnline & Sunwing)
Toronto – Deer Lake 01JUL20 – 09SEP20 1 weekly
Toronto – Gander 26JUN20 – 08SEP20 2 weekly
Toronto – St. John’s NFLD 26JUN20 – 09SEP20 2 weekly
Toronto – Vancouver 28JUN20 – 08OCT20 1 weekly

The latest updates out of SWISS Airlines shows them wanting to resume Montreal to Zurich service on July 1. (Source RoutesOnline)
Not that you can actually travel to Switzerland as their borders are still closed (unless they open up by July 1) but I thought I would pass along that this flight is showing availability in business class for no less than 6 people with Aeroplan! 




Japan Airlines is reducing their planned service between Vancouver and Tokyo to 1 flight per week for the month of June. (Source RoutesOnline)


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Fairmont's Canadian mountain resort hotels offering every 2nd night or 2nd room free for the rest of 2020!

Travelzoo and Brewster's Mountain Lodge in Banff are selling discounted vouchers for future stays that are 100% fully refundable. You can buy vouchers for starting at $179-$199 each for June, $199-$239 for July and $269-$319 for August & September. Based on these numbers looks like they are anticipating a decent return to travel in late Summer. We did a quick check for a mid-week stay in June and Brewster's wanted $339 for the same room and the cheapest 3rd party rate we could find was $209. Sot the $179 voucher definitely provides some savings. Find out more here

Travelzoo and Huntingdon Manor Hotel in Victoria B.C. are selling discounted vouchers offering Breakfast & Parking, 35% Off for future stays that are 100% fully refundable. You can buy vouchers for stays starting at $95 per night each for stays between June and November. Find out more here

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