Monday, December 9, 2013

Dec 7 Update: US Airways and American officialy merged and US to join oneworld on Mar 31, AC to launch YYZ-Tokyo Haneda 787 service

Welcome to another week of loyalty news, views, bonuses and more here on Rewards Canada! One more full week after this then we'll be shutting down for the Christmas break.

News, Tips & Tricks

US Airways and American Airlines officially merged today. US Airways will join the oneworld alliance on Mar 31, 2014. In terms of their frequent flyer programs here is an excerpt from today's press release:
During the transition period as they work towards their full integration, American and US Airways will maintain their current loyalty programmes.   
US Airways underlined today that all its Dividend Miles cardholders will maintain all miles earned and their tier status.  Dividend Miles Preferred members will be sent new membership cards with the oneworld logo, for use from 31 March.
Dividend Miles Chairman cardholders will have the top Emerald status in the oneworld programme.  Dividend Miles Platinum and Gold will be equivalent to oneworld Sapphire and Dividend Miles Silver will be oneworld Ruby.
From 31 March, Dividend Miles Chairman, Platinum and Gold members will be able to access some 600 airport lounges worldwide offered by oneworld member airlines when they fly with one of the alliance's carriers.  As oneworld Emeralds, Dividend Miles Chairman cardholders will be able to use First Class lounges, where available – and receive an additional baggage allowance and access fast tracks through departure security at select airports.
All Dividend Miles members will be able to earn mileage and status points when flying on any oneworld member airline from 31 March, but the ability to redeem mileage rewards for flights on other  oneworld airlines may be phased in shortly afterwards.  

Air Canada has announced another 787 route launch for 2014, Toronto to Tokyo Haneda. the new daily service will start on July 1st. Tickets go on sale tomorrow. Flight schedule per
AC005 YYZ1300 – 1455+1HND 788 D
AC006 HND1740 – 1640YYZ 788 D

The latest Miles & More Mileage Bargains are out. These are Miles & More's discounted reward tickets that are similar to Air France KLM's Flying Blue promo awards. These ones are good for booking by Dec 31 for travel until Jan 16, 14. There are 143 options out of Canada with many European cities available in Business Class for only 55,000 Miles & More miles instead of the regular 105,000 miles. Full details

We have added yet another program to Rewards Canada's bonus offer section: Enterprise Plus, the loyalty program for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. They have a promo on now for Double Points but also has an element from Air Canada's Earn Your Wings and IHG's Big Win promos where you earn badges for additional points and some seem relatively easy to earn (ie sharing on Social Media. For complete details see the link in the bonus offers section below.

Bonus Offers

American AAdvantage
- Earn up to 3,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you shop online via the AAdvantage eShopping portal. More... Full details Until Dec 22, 13

Enterprise Plus
- Double Plus Points (+many more points for collecting badges) on qualifying rentals at participating locations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. More... Until Mar 31, 14

Gulf Air FalconFlyer (on only)
- Double FalconFlyer Miles when you fly on Gulf Air between Bahrain and Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, Thiruvananthapuram, or Mashad. More... Until Feb 15, 14

Hilton HHonors
- Earn up to 100,000 Bonus HHonors Points when you stay at multiple Hilton brands Worldwide. More... Unitl May 31, 14 Targeted Offer - May not work for everyone
- Triple HHonors Points when you rent any size car at any participating Alamo location in the United States or Canada and save up to 25%. More... Until Jun 30, 14
- Triple HHonors Points when you rent any size car at any participating Alamo location in the United States or Canada and save up to 25%. More... Until Jun 30, 14

Iberia Plus
- Earn up to 15,000 Bonus Avios simply for collecting Avios with Iberia Plus partners. More... Until Jan 31, 14

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