Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Feb 19 Update: Icelandair succeeds in Edmonton, Lufthansa Business Class sale, Aeroplan bonus returns for the UPS Store

With the Olympics now in full swing and Canada at ten medals of the time of writing this its no wonder there isn't much news in the loyalty world right now.

News, Tips & Tricks
Icelandair's Edmonton service doesn't start until early next month but the sheer success of bookings has led Icelandair to move the service from summer seasonal to year round along with additional flights which means that service will be as much as 5x weekly between YEG and KEF. (Source Icelandair). Icelandair does have their own frequent flyer program called Saga Club but outside of travel (flights, hotels, car rental) the only way to earn Icelandair Saga Club points in Canada is via Diners Club Club Rewards MasterCard or via transfers.

In the bonus offer section be sure to check out the Aeroplan bonus for flights to Europe (just in case you missed it on the RC blog earlier today) but also the return of an Aeroplan bonus for joining UPS' Get More program and making your first purchase. This is an easy way to earn 700 Aeroplan miles (regular 500 mile sign up bonus + this 200 mile bonus) when you complete your first purchase and that first purchase needs only to be $1 before taxes. It's pretty rare to earn that many miles on such a little spend. Be sure that the UPS Store properly inputs your Get More and Aeroplan numbers as people have reported that it has not been done correctly by some of their employees!

Also check out the discounted award requirements for several VIA Rail routes!

Travel Deals
Lufthansa is offering a Business Class special until 6th March 2014with special prices for flights on selected routes. Departure airports in CA are Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.

 Algiers from CAD 3,009*
 Amsterdam from CAD 3,349*
 Malaga from CAD 3,399*
 Barcelona from CAD 3,409*
 Beirut from CAD 5,749*
* Round-trip including all taxes and fees.

The departure period is between 5th March 2014 and 13th January  2015.
The return period is between 5th March 2014 and 3rd February  2015.

Book online at Lufthansa Canada

Bonus Offers

Air Canada Aeroplan
- Earn up to 10,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you fly between Canada and Europe on Air Canada or Air Canada Rouge. More... Register and book between Feb 18 - Apr 1, 2014 for travel Apr 22 - Dec 14, 14
- 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you redeem for a Hertz car rental. More... Until Apr 30, 14
- 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles when you redeem your miles for a $500 Expedia CruiseShipCenters gift certificate. More... Until Mar 31, 14
- 200 Bonus Aeroplan Miles on your first transaction as a Get More member at The UPS Store. More... Until Feb 28, 14

British Airways Executive Club
- Up to 25% Bonus Avios when you buy Avios online. More... Until Mar 23, 14

Garuda Frequent Flyer (on only)
- 50% GFF Miles when you fly Garuda Indonesia between Jakarta or Denpasar and Sydney. More... Until Mar 31, 14
- Triple GFF Miles when you fly Garuda Indonesia between Balikpapan and Singapore. More... Until Mar 31, 14

Gulfair FalconFlyer (on only)
- Double Falconflyer Miles when you fly on Gulf Air between Bahrain and Tehran. More... Mar 3 - May 3, 14
- Double Falconflyer Miles when you fly on Gulf Air between Bahrain and Sialkot. More... Until Mar 17, 14
- Earn up to Triple Falconflyer Miles for Budget rentals in Kuwait or Lebanon. More... Until Mar 31, 14
- Earn up to Quadruple Falconflyer Miles for Hertz rentals in Europe and North America. More... Until Mar 31, 14.

Via Rail Preference
- 40% Preference Points Discount when you book award travel on the Ocean or the Canadian. More... Book by Mar 13 for travel until Apr 30, 14

Virgin America Elevate (on only)
- Double Elevate Points for stays at Virgin Limited Edition hotels Worldwide. More... Book by Mar 31 for stays until Sep 30, 14

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