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Thursday, June 18, 2020

June 18 Update: Aeroplan extends cancellation policy to August 31 while they doled out over 5.5 billion miles during Travel at Home & how you can earn 2,800 AIR MILES for free


Aeroplan has extended their generous cancellation policy to August 31. You can book your award flights and if you need to cancel you'll receive a full refund of the miles and taxes and fees paid without any fees. This extension is great seeing that there will be an onslaught of bookings thanks to the 50% back sale Aeroplan launched yesterday! This means you can go ahead and book as many flights as you like proactively and have the peace of mind you can cancel them.  Learn more about Aeroplan's cancellation policy here.


Continuing on with Aeroplan they also supplied us with an infographic detailing the success of their Travel at Home campaign. Can you believe that over 5.5 billion miles were earned during that short time span? This is setting fear in some that it will really push a devaluation of the program when it relaunches in Q4. Only time will tell if that will be the case and seeing that more of the popular redemption options will be moving toward their market fare style rewards we may definitely see this happen. However if Air Canada keeps to their promises then some of the best redemption options that provide out-sized value shouldn't change. 



A long awaited update to our Travel Hacking 102 - Earn up to 2,800 or more AIR MILES Rewards Miles for FREE with a potential value of over $600 in travel was made yesterday. The offers to earn AIR MILES at no cost are definitely lower than seen back in 2019 or earlier. Read the article here


HSBC has extended the 60,000 point welcome bonus with no annual fee on the HSBC World Elite Mastercard and the 10,000 point welcome bonus with no annual fee on the HSBC +Rewards Mastercard until August 17.


And a heads up or hint if you want to call it - grab yourself the Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite Card between now and July 1 if you want to get in on the 10% welcome bonus! If you haven't listened to our latest podcast it's the top long term cash back card in our market out of all the ten percenters right now. Listen to the Podcast here and learn more about the Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite Card here.

Here are your weekly stats for hotel occupancy in Canada. The week of June 7-13 saw numbers climb ever so slightly to 23.6% from 22.2% from the week before. This is still way down from the 68% seen for the same period in 2019. (Source HNN)


Airline Schedule Updates
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!

Central Mountain Air is planning to resume flights on July 6 with the following flights. (Source: RoutesOnline)
Prince George – Fort St. John 3 weekly
Prince George – Kamloops 3 weekly
Prince George – Kelowna 3 weekly
Prince George – Terrace 3 weekly

Looks like bookings for Pacific Coastal's flights are increasing as will be offering more flights in July on the routes they are current flying (Source RoutesOnline)

AeroMexico is planning to offer two flights per week between Toronto and Mexico City as well as four flights per week between Vancouver and Mexico City for the month of July (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.

Posts since our last update:

Deals:

Fairmont Hotels Stay Close - Buy Night 1 Get 1 Night free at select hotels in Canada, U.S. and Mexico. Find out more here

Sandman Hotel Group is offering savings of up to 35% off the Standard Rate when you book by June 21 for stays until September 30. Find out more here.

Instacart: Get $10 when you place your first order with Instacart! Register here.

SkipTheDishes - Sign up with this link to get $5 off your first order over $15. Find out more here

WealthSimple Trade:  Receive $5 when you deposit and trade at least $100 worth of stock with WealthSimple Trade. Find out more here (We will also receive $5 when you receive $5)

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

Wyndham Rewards
- 2,000 bonus Wyndham Rewards points per stay at participating Wyndham Hotels in Canada and Worldwide. More... Until Jul 28, 20

Other Bonus Offers

Aer Lingus AerClub
- 20% Bonus Avios on your first transaction when shop online via the Aer Lingus eStore. More... Unknown end date

Marriott Bonvoy
- Triple Bonvoy Points for eligible meetings, events and groups booked and held by March 31st, 2021 at participating hotels across Europe, Middle East and Africa. More.. Until Mar 31, 21

Melia Hotels MeliaRewards
- 50% Bonus when you buy MeliaRewards Points. More... Until Jul 12, 20


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