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Friday, November 6, 2020

November 6 Update: AIR MILES It's-Been-a-Year Merchandise sale provides some really good value & Emirates to cut partner access to First Class rewards

 


AIR MILES is offering reduced mileage requirements on over 1,000 reward items in their catalogue for the rest of this year with the It's Been a Year event. And what a year it has been! This offer comes at a good time with Christmas upon us and many Canadians feeling a financial pinch where it may be tougher to pay for gifts so offers like this can go a long way. Yes merchandise rewards aren't the ideal reward if you chase the highest value out of your loyalty currencies but we are in a different world now and this merchandise sale brings values close to or equal to travel redemption values! 

For example you can get an Instant Pot for 1,740 miles instead of the regular 2,800 miles. The retail price of the pot when searching around was $249.99 which means you would be receiving a 0.143 cents per mile value - that's really good considering we value AIR MILES at 0.11 to 0.15 cents each when redeeming for travel and that amount falls on the higher end.This also doesn't take into account taxes! If you went out and bought this pot you'd also pay 5 to 13% tax depending on which province you live in and when you redeem via AIR MILES you don't pay taxes on merchandise. Finally on top of this you'll have the redemption amounts further reduced if you are a Gold collector or Onyx collector by 5 and 10% respectively which ultimately gives you even more value! Learn more about the It's Been a Year event here.

 

Alaska Airlines has notified their Mileage Plan members that as of March 31, 2021 you will no longer be able to redeem miles for First Class flights on Emirates. The way Alaska words it is that this coming from Emirates and that the latter will no longer give access to First Class awards to any partner airlines. This is one of those amazing aspirational goals many mileage and points addicts have their sights set on and the best the way to reach it was with Alaska Airlines - even with a one way flight costing 150,000 miles! If it is a reward you had your eye on you have a few months yet to try and redeem for it as you can book these rewards right up to March 31, 2021 meaning you can book travel into early 2022. Learn more here.  

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This week's Marriott Bonvoy Escapes feature 38 hotels in Canada where you can book last minute deals for stays over the next four weekends. Bookings must be made by Sunday. Find out more here.

HSBC Premier Chequing Account Get up to $1,000* in cash back and rewards when you switch over to us by November 30, 2020 Find out more here.

Earn $300 cash when you open a new Scotiabank Ultimate Package! Plus earn Scotia Rewards or SCENE Rewards points. Find out more here.

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Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- Triple Mileage Plan Miles on all rentals of three days or longer at any Thrifty location Worldwide. More... Until Mar 31, 21

SAS EuroBonus
- 2,500 Bonus EuroBonus Points when you rent with Sixt for 3 or more days worldwide. More... Book by Nov 30 for rentals until Dec 15, 20

Saudia Alfursan
- Earn up to Quadruple Alfursan Miles when you rent with Sixt for 3 or more days. More... Until Jan 15, 21


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