Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dec 11 Update: Mileage Plan expands EQM earning, Delta SkyMiles actually enhances their Elite Program, ANA to start Vancouver-Tokyo Service

Lots of news to bring you here in the middle of the week!

News, Tips & Tricks

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan keeps getting better in our eyes! The latest announcement from them sees Mileage Plan members being able to earn miles and segments towards Elite Qualification on flights taken with all of their international partner airlines including: British Airways, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, and Fiji Airways beginning January 15, 2014. Full details

Delta Airlines SkyMiles has improved their Elite level program with several changes taking place March 2014. Quite possibly the best change is that these new Upgrades are available on nearly all paid fare classes whereas the previous Systemwide upgrades could only be used on the most expensive economy fare classes plus these new upgrades are confirmable in advance so that you don't have to play the upgrade lottery a few days before your flight or at check in.

Beginning March 1, 2014, Systemwide Upgrades will be replaced by Global and Regional Upgrades as a Choice Benefits selection. Global Upgrades are available on all routes and Regional Upgrades are available on the same routes as Medallion Complimentary Upgrades, but have a higher priority. Both can be used on all Economy Class fares except for E, allowing you more redemption options and convenience.
  • Diamond Medallion members may choose either four (4) Global Upgrades or eight (8) Regional Upgrades.
  • Platinum Medallion members may choose four (4) Regional Upgrades.
  • You may continue to select Systemwide Upgrades as a Choice Benefit through February 28, 2014.
Also, we are pleased to announce new Choice Benefits options to select from beginning March 1, 2014. Complimentary Global Entry will be added as an option for members who wish to save time re-entering the U.S. or going through security. Diamond Medallion members can select two Global Entry application vouchers as a Choice Benefits selection and Platinum Medallion members can select one.
Diamond Medallion members may also select two Tiffany & Co. premium luggage tags as a Choice Benefits selection beginning March 1, 2014.
For more information about Global and Regional Upgrades, click here.

ANA All Nippon has announced new service between Vancouver and Tokyo Haneda. This represents the airline's first route into Canada and allows for more earning and redemption optoins for Aeroplan, MileagePlus and other Star Alliance members in Canada. The flight will operate daily with a Boeing 767-300. For years Rewards Canada has tracked ANA Mileage Club bonus mile offers in our bonus section even without them serving Canada since they were a Star Alliance partner. ANA typically has route launch bonuses for their Mileage Club members so hopefully this will be the case with their new YVR flight. Keep an eye out on our Mileage Club page for any and all Mileage Club bonuses. (Source:

British Airways has announced that a second Canadian city will be getting Boeing 787 service and that city is Rewards Canada's hometown of Calgary! BA's current 767 offering on the route will be replaced with the 787 as of July 5. Great news for Executive Club members in Alberta. Source: British Airways)

On another good Star Alliance note, LOT Polish Airlines will be increasing their Toronto-Warsaw service for summer of 2014 to 9 flights per week.(Source

In the world of Cash Back credit cards the Capital One® Aspire Cash™ Platinum MasterCard® lost it's 25% extra cash rewards annual bonus as of yesterday. You'll find this change reflected on our Cash Back Credit Card Comparison Chart and on our Capital One®  page 

Travel Deals
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Bonus Offers

Air Miles
- Earn up to 10X Air Miles for buying gas at participating Shell locations across Canada. More... Until Jan 5, 14

airBaltic BalticMiles (on only)
- Double BalticMiles Points on all hotel reservations booked through (plus earn 1,000 bonus points on your 1st booking if you join via our referral link by Dec 31, 13) More... Until Jan 15, 14
- Double BalticMiles Points for stays of two nights and more that are booked at least 20 days in advance at participating World Hotels locations Worldwide.More... Until Feb 28, 14

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- Double Elite Qualifying Miles when you fly between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego, San Jose or Seattle. More... Register by Jun 15, 14 for travel Jun 9 and Aug 1, 14
- Double Mileage Plan Miles for stays at all participating Coast Hotels in the U.S. and Canada. More... Dec 15 - Jan 31, 14

Alitalia MilleMiglia
- 50% Bonus MilleMiglia Miles when you book a hotel via venere. More... Book by Dec 18, 13

SAS Scandinavian EuroBonus
- Double EuroBonus Points for stays at the Sheraton Stockholm Hotel. More... Until Jan 31, 14

Southwest Rapid Rewards (on only)
- Save up to 25% when you buy or gift Southwest Rapid Rewards points online. More... Until Dec 22, 13

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