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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

October 28 Update: Massive devaluation to Delta SkyMiles partner award flights, Amex offers Amazon Prime Update + another 3x/5x multiplier & OWG delays first flights

 News out of the U.S this morning that Delta SkyMiles has significantly increased redemption requirements for award travel on partner airlines between the U.S. and Europe & Asia. Delta pretty much considers Canada as the same as the U.S. so these new non-published award rates would apply to us Canadians as well. In some ways it almost appears that Delta looked at Aeroplan's new partner Reward charts coming on November 8 and figured they could raise their amounts as well. For example Delta's one way partner flights to Europe used to start at 25,000 miles now they look to be 35,000 miles, the latter is the same for Air Canada. For Asia it used to be 32,500 SkyMiles now it's 40,000 - Air Canada starts at 35,000 now. (Source Thrifty Traveller)

Image via Delta Airlines

 

Another American Express multiplier to let you know about. Wow Chicken here in Calgary codes properly for dining - I paid for it on my Platinum Card as I had forgotten my Cobalt Card. (I know how dare I!) and that purchase earned 3x the points which means it would earn 5x points on the Cobalt Card. See all the confirmed American Express mulitplier locations here.

image via Wow Chicken

 

And with more Amex news - back on September 21 we let you know about the Amex Offers promotion for Amazon Prime whereby you could get a $20 statement credit for an annual Prime membership. The offer was limited to the first 5,000 members who registered for it so it was gone pretty quick. I stated in that original post that I would report back if it works for existing Prime members looking to renew and Amex told me if you used an Amex card that had never had a membership charged to it before it would work. I can now confirm this is the case as my $20 credit posted the other day. Normally our Amazon Prime membership is charged to our Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card and this Amex offer came for my Platinum Card so after registering I switched the Prime membership payment to the Platinum Card and voila we just got $20 back for it. To learn more about and see all the current Amex offers check out our Guide to American Express Canada 'Amex Offers'

 
And to show you the value of Amex offers here's my summary of credits just from The Platinum Card this year:


 


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!

 
OWG
, the new leisure airline based out of Quebec that was set to start flying next week has pushed back their first flights by a month. Flights are now looking to start a week prior to Christmas. (Source RoutesOnline)
Montreal – Cayo Coco eff 27DEC20 1 weekly (Previous plan: 01NOV20)
Montreal – Holguin eff 17DEC20 1 weekly (Previous plan: 05NOV20)
Montreal – Santa Clara eff 18DEC20 1 weekly (Previous plan: 06NOV20)
Montreal – Varadero eff 19DEC20 1 weekly (Previous plan: 07NOV20)
Toronto – Cayo Coco eff 27DEC20 1 weekly (Previous plan: 01NOV20)
Toronto – Holguin eff 17DEC20 1 weekly (Previous plan: 05NOV20)
Toronto – Santa Clara eff 18DEC20 1 weekly (Previous plan: 06NOV20)
Toronto – Varadero eff 19DEC20 1 weekly (Previous plan: 07NOV20)

Image via OWG

Icelandair has released their initial flying schedule for summer 2021 and it sees them return to only three cities in Canada. Toronto (1 flight daily) Montreal (3x weekly) and Vancouver (3x weekly) (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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