Saturday, June 12, 2021

WestJet expanding service to Hawaii including new direct flights from Calgary to Kona and Lihue

 

WestJet is banking on Hawaii for the upcoming winter season with an announced expansion of flights to the islands in the Pacific! With an increase of flights by over 25% WestJet will offer 57 weekly flights out of Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver to four Hawaiian destinations. While flights from Vancouver have already resumed we see the return of Calgary and Edmonton in November and December respectively. On top of the usual routes the airline has flown we see new direct non-stop flights out of Calgary to Kona and Lihue! This is exciting news as Calgarians will no longer have to connect in Vancouver to get to the Big Island or Kauai.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

American Express is planning something for their travel cards but we don't know what it is!


You may have seen some ads from American Express that started showing up on our site over the past few days. Those ads state "Your future is about to get a whole lot more rewarding" and shows five of American Express' travel cards. When you click on the ad (or the link below) all that is revealed is a form to complete to "get information on American Express® products, offers and more". The form asks for your first name, email address, which benefit (reward) appeals to you the most and how much you plan to spend on your card annually. That's it. Nothing else.

June 10 Update: American Airlines extending pause on AAdvantage miles expiry & save 20% on Shangri-La Hotel stays in Toronto and Vancouver

 Here's your Rewards Canada Daily update! Your daily dose (or near daily dose) of loyalty program, credit card and travel news, bonuses, deals and more. This update is brought to you by the HSBC World Elite Mastercard which is currently offering a welcome bonus of up to 70,000 bonus points and no annual fee in the first year! 

American Airlines has further extended their pause for expiring AAdvantage miles. Miles will now be current until December 31, 2021. Learn more here. 

"If your miles are scheduled to expire on or before December 31, 2021, they will now expire in January 2022, if there’s no additional activity in your account before then. You can find the expiration date of your miles in the Wallet section of your AAdvantage® account."

Earn 2x elite qualifying Flying Blue XP on all Air France & KLM flights for the last half of 2021

Similar to an offer seen for the last half of 2020 we now see a great offer from Air France KLM's Flying Blue program for the last half of 2021!  While travel isn't really in the cards for most of us just yet, it is looking more like reality in the coming months so if your travels will take to you Europe or beyond by connecting in Europe you could consider utilizing Air France and KLM. From July 1 to December 31 all Flying Blue members will earn Double XP elite status credits on all Air France and KLM marketed flights which means you may be able to reach that next level of Flying Blue elite status sooner. Both airlines have been serving most of their Canadian cities with limited frequencies but you could expect that to be increased as more European countries open up to vaccinated travelers and if Canada does go ahead with changing the requirements for those returning to Canada.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

June 9 Update: Mandatory hotel stay and quarantine requirement to be dropped for fully vaccinated Canadians & 35,000 bonus points on more Avion cards

Here's your Rewards Canada Daily update! Your daily dose (or near daily dose) of loyalty program, credit card and travel news, bonuses, deals and more. This update is brought to you by the HSBC World Elite Mastercard which is currently offering a welcome bonus of up to 70,000 bonus points and no annual fee in the first year! 


News emerged today from our federal government that we can expect to have the mandatory hotel stay and 14 day quarantine requirements when returning to Canada to be dropped for Canadians and permanent residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Travellers who meet the criteria will still be required to have a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding a flight back to Canada and will have to take one more test upon return and quarantine until those test results are received and are negative. It is hoped that these new rules will be in place by the beginning of July so long as our COVID-19 numbers continue to drop. (Source Canadian Travel News)

What happens to points & miles when a person passes away?

 


This week sees the return of a not so often talked about topic in the points and miles world and that is "What happens to your points and miles after a person passes away?" Global BC's Consumer Matters reached out to me for an interview (see the piece here) as one of their viewers contacted them when her husband passed away and all his Canadian Tire Money was lost. In the end it was good news for her as they provided her with a gift certificate worth more than the points that were lost but it still stands to bring forth the details and to discuss this subject.

Summary of global hotel systemwide bonus points promotions – June Edition

 Here is your monthly update of all the global hotel bonus points promotions that are available. One of the easiest ways to rack up lots of hotel points is to take advantage of these systemwide bonuses that come from many of the big chain programs and also from the lesser known programs. In fact, right now it should be rare for you NOT to earn a bonus. Unless you are staying at a boutique hotel or perhaps an independent hotel most other hotels out there have a bonus. So take advantage of it! These systemwide bonuses simply require you to register beforehand and they do not affect hotel pricing as long as you book a point eligible rate which are most rates out there. Of course booking through a third party site like Expedia or Rocketmiles does not count as most chains only award points on bookings that are made directly with them.  Here are all the current promotions that are available to everyone this month:

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The Ultimate No Fee Cash Back Credit Card Portfolio


In this feature of Rewards Canada' Ultimate Credit Card Portfolios we look at the ultimate one for earning cash back without paying annual fees on any of the cards. We have always recommended that you should carry a Visa, a Mastercard and an American Express card in your wallet and that's what these portfolios encompass. The reason why is that there are benefits, promotions and earning potential unique to each brand of credit card. We won't go into detail here as you can read all about it in our feature on how to Maximize your Miles and Points but in this feature we outline one card from each brand that will help you build up those cash back returns faster than ever all the while not taking a dime out of your pocket for annual fees. Ultimately there are various options that could be utilized for a no fee cash back portfolio but we look at one card from each issuing family that provide the strongest cash back earning along with some added benefits.

June 8 Update: CIBC AC Conversion Visa offering 1% cash back until Oct 31, up to 5x points via the Aeroplan eStore & 50% bonus points for Esso purchases

Here's your Rewards Canada Daily update! Your daily dose (or near daily dose) of loyalty program, credit card and travel news, bonuses, deals and more. This update is brought to you by the HSBC World Elite Mastercard which is currently offering a welcome bonus of up to 70,000 bonus points and no annual fee in the first year! 

 
CIBC
's AC Conversion Visa - the prepaid credit card option offered by CIBC and Air Canada has introduced a limited time 1% cash back offer for all spending on the card until October 31st. Learn more about this card here.

How to score 350 to 700 WestJet dollars for only $120 to $240


Right now there are two RBC credit card welcome bonus offers that provide the potential to come out with at least 700 WestJet dollars for as little as $240 in annual fees and purchases. The two cards are the WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard and the RBC Avion Visa Infinite  card.