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Thursday, July 23, 2020

July 23 Update: Share your airline refund or lack thereof stories, OWG reveals initial flight schedule, hotel occupancy rates in Canada increasing


Just a reminder that we are looking for feedback from our readers on the airline refund (or lack thereof) situation in Canada for an upcoming Rewards Canada podcast episode. There have already been several experiences provided and some good discussions between our readers. Let's hear your voice added to it as well! You can read the article and comment on it here.



Also I've been meaning to cover this for a couple of weeks now but it kept getting shoved to the side. A few weeks ago Canadian charter airline Nolinor announced they are launching a new scheduled leisure airline called OWG which will offer flights to sun destinations out of Montreal and Toronto. The airline will be flying older Boeing 737-400 aircraft and I love how they state on their website - this is not a MAX ;-)


Yesterday they loaded their first flights into the GDS' which will see the airline start service this November. The initial schedule per RoutesOnline will be as follows:

Montreal – Cayo Coco eff 01NOV20 1 weekly
N5740 YUL1100 – 1500CCC 734 7
N5741 CCC1700 – 2050YUL 734 7

Montreal – Holguin eff 05NOV20 1 weekly
N5710 YUL1100 – 1520HOG 734 4
N5711 HOG1700 – 2110YUL 734 4

Montreal – Santa Clara eff 06NOV20 1 weekly
N5730 YUL1100 – 1500SNU 734 5
N5731 SNU1700 – 2050YUL 734 5

Montreal – Varadero eff 07NOV20 1 weekly
N5720 YUL1100 – 1500VRA 734 6
N5721 VRA1700 – 2050YUL 734 6

Toronto – Cayo Coco eff 01NOV20 1 weekly
N5840 YYZ0930 – 1315CCC 734 7
N5841 CCC1505 – 1840YYZ 734 7

Toronto – Holguin eff 05NOV20 1 weekly
N5810 YYZ1200 – 1605HOG 734 4
N5811 HOG1745 – 2130YYZ 734 4

Toronto – Santa Clara eff 06NOV20 1 weekly
N5830 YYZ0930 – 1315SNU 734 7
N5831 SNU1502 – 1840YYZ 734 7

Toronto – Varadero eff 07NOV20 1 weekly
N5820 YYZ1015 – 1400VRA 734 6
N5821 VRA1555 – 1930YYZ 734 6

There is no word of a frequent flyer program from the airline just yet (chances are they won't be one for several years if it is even in the cards) however these are flights that are perfect for your proprietary credit card programs that allow you to book flights how you want and the redeem points against the charge. (Read more here: Why proprietary credit card reward programsare the best option for most Canadians

You can learn more about OWG here.

Image via OWG


It has been a few weeks since we provided some hotel occupancy numbers and the numbers in Canada are still slowly increasing. For the week of July 14 to 20 hotel occupancy in Canada was 33.3% - this is 10% higher than when we last reported the numbers. Still this is a 57% decrease from the same time last year. (Source HNN)


Airline Schedule Updates
A summary 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!

Japan Airlines will only be flying two flights per week between Vancouver and Tokyo Narita for the months of August and September. (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.

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