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Friday, August 21, 2020

August 21 Update: Aeroplan now lets you book award tickets on Cathay Pacific and GOL online, even more Cobalt multipliers & Virgin Atlantic becomes first airline to provide elite tier earn on award tickets


Aeroplan came out with news yesterday that you can now book flight rewards with Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon and GOL online at Aeroplan.com. Prior to this you had to call in to Aeroplan to book on these airlines. For Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon you can only redeem for flights between Hong Kong and the following

  • Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Cebu, Philippines
  • Manila, Philippines
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Hanoi, Vietnam

While you can't redeem for other Cathay flights you can always combine the above routes to other airlines like Air Canada, Etihad, ANA etc. via Aeroplan. For GOL, all of their flights systemwide are available on aeroplan.com now. (Source Aeroplan)

For the next week when you buy $150 in Sobeys / Safeway gift cards you'll get 100 AIR MILES Bonus Miles. There is a limit of 5 offers per collector number so ultimately you can buy $750 in gift cards (use a card like Amex Cobalt or Scotia Gold Amex to earn 5x points) and earn 500 AIR MILES worth just over $50 in Cash Miles or ~$65 towards travel. This offer is valid until Aug 26, 2020


Even more American Express Cobalt multipliers to pass along. First I'm pretty sure this merchant is relatively new to American Express as I swear I couldn't use my card Cobalt card there not too long ago but one of Calgary's best butchers, Bon Ton Meat Market now accepts American Express and it codes properly with the Cobalt card as a 5x multiplier! I'm pretty sure it should also qualify as a Shop Small merchant so I should expect to get a $5 credit for the purchase. Then we send along a thanks to FM who commented on our multiplier page with eight new locations in B.C. that are 5x and 1x multipliers. Find them all on our American Express Cobalt Multipliers page.

Even though they stopped flying to Canada several years ago there are a few of you who may still be utilizing Virgin Atlantic's Flying Club program who would find the latest news from them quite exciting. The airlines has become the first in the world to award elite tier points earning on award flights! They are taking a page out of the hotel loyalty program playbook where several hotel chains do award elite qualifying on award nights. You can learn about this exciting development here.

Hotel occupancy in Canada broke through the 40% level for the first time in months! For the week of August 9-15 the occupancy rate for hotels in Canada was 41.8%. This is nearly 48% less than the same period 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!

Air Canada Aeroplan partner airline Air Creebec will resume some flights next week. As of August 24 the Quebec based airline will launch several weekly flights out of Montreal-Dorval to Chibougamau, Chisasibi and Val d’Or – Chisasibi. (Source RoutesOnline)

Air France will not be flying their Vancouver-Paris route for the upcoming winter season and plan to reduce Toronto-Paris flights from daily service to 5x weekly service. (Source RoutesOnline)

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