Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Rewards Canada Daily Update: July 31, 2012

News, Tips & Tricks
I got an email yesterday with an invite to attend a launch party for a new Canadian rewards program called Freshpoints. The program appears to be solely iPhone based via an app that will reward you with points for scanning the barcodes off of products you buy grocery shopping. Since I mentioned that we are expanding Rewards Canada horizons to include programs outside of the travel realm I thought this program was worth mentioning here. I have not talked to them directly and have no details on the program but my best guess is that Freshpoints will 'share' this data of scanning with the grocery chains, food manufacturers etc for a bounty and more than likely will also track the things you scan so that you can be targetted in the future with coupons and offers on those items you bought so that you will be inclined to buy them again. They do state that you will earn points for scanning any food product in any store but you may get 'bonus points' based on the picture of the app on their website as it looks like you may have a timelimit to scan a specific item for points which means you either have to find that item in-store and scan it (plus be tempted to buy it) or you may actually have to buy it to get the points. Overall some people may not like this idea but honestly it is no different than Shoppers Optimum, Club Sobeys, Air Miles etc. as many of them track individual items or purchases as well and target members with individualized coupons or promtions in the future. For more details check out Freshpoints at Freshpoints.ca

IHG released their latest set of Point Breaks offers yesterday and just in case you are not aware of this promotion this is IHG's famous discount for reward nights at select hotels Worldwide. Point Breaks offers are available for a a flat 5,000 Priority Club points per night and can include the highest of the high end InterContinental Hotels and Resorts locations that normally cost between 40,000 and 50,000 Priority Club points. See below in the bonus offers section for the link and more details.

Travel Deals
Starwood is offering its Starwood Preferred Guest members up to 30% off Starwood Hotel stays in Canada for stays until September 3. You must book by Aug 10, 2012. Full details can be found here.

Bonus Offers
Air Canada Aeroplan
- Double Aeroplan Miles when you fly on all Brussels Airlines flights to/from Brussels except New York. More... Sep 1 - Oct 31, 12

Air France KLM Flying Blue
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- 2,000 Bonus Flying Blue Miles when you book your ticket online on klm.bg. More... Until Aug 31, 12

InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club
Priority Club Point Breaks Offer- 5,000 points per night for reward stays at participating hotels Worldwide. Offer and participating hotels are subject to change at any time, valid for stays thru Oct 15, 2012. More...

Royal Brunei Royal Skies
(on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
- Earn up to Triple Royal Skies Miles when you rent a Hertz car from participating locations in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand or Asia. More... Until Oct 31, 12

Thai Airways Royal Orchid
- Double Royal Orchid Miles and 20% off for stays 2+ nights that are booked at least 20 days in advance at participating World Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 12

United Mileage Plus
- Double Mileage Plus Miles and 20% off for stays 2+ nights that are booked at least 20 days in advance at participating World Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Sep 30, 12

US Airways Dividend Miles
- 750 Dividend Miles for stays at La Quinta Inns & Suites in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. More... Until Sep 30, 12
- Earn up to Triple Dividend Miles on all Sixt Car Rentals worldwide. More... Book by Sep 30, 12 for rentals until Dec 31, 12

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