Monday, March 24, 2014

Mar 24 Update: IHG PointBreaks now live, Aeroplan Mile Matching Days, Alitalia Business Class sale (Canada-Italy $2498 all in)

Welcome to another week here on RC! Today sees IHG's PointBreak go live and more!

News, Tips & Tricks
IHG Rewards Club
PointBreaks are now live and bookable. Nine Canadian properties are participating this time as well as four high end InterContinental Hotel locations. Book sooner than later (ie right now for the ICs! as availability goes quick) See our post here for the complete list of hotels

Aeroplan Mile Matching days are back! Aeroplan announced that it will match all miles donated by members to each of its ten Beyond Miles charitable partners as part of the 2014 Aeroplan Match Days. Miles will be matched on a 1 for 1 basis up to 500,000 Aeroplan Miles for each partner organization. This year, each organization has chosen its own match day, week or entire month and in turn, Aeroplan will match miles during the specified period.

Aeroplan’s Mile Matching Days will be held during the following timeslots:
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) – Miles will be matched during the week of March 24-28th.  Aeroplan Miles make it possible for EWB to join African partners in small business, agriculture, water and governance sectors.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – Miles will be matched during a 24-hour period on April 16th.  Last year, MSF used millions of donated miles to fly across Canada and to dozens of countries to support its medical humanitarian mission, to recruit field staff to work overseas, and to raise awareness of the needs of people in crisis.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) – Miles will be matched during a 48-hour period on May 27th and May 28th.  In 2013, SLF used the miles to host a people’s tribunal – the African Grandmothers Tribunal – to shine a public light on the denial of African grandmothers’ human rights: six grandmothers from across sub-Saharan Africa presented their personal testimonies before four Tribunal judges in Vancouver, British Columbia.

War Child Canada (WCC) – Miles will be matched during the week of June 2 – 8th.  Last year, WCC used the miles to provide access to training opportunities for international staff working in some of the world’s most dangerous regions, and to connect with funders and supporters across the North America.

Free The Children – Miles will be matched during the entire month of July.  In 2013, Free The Children used the miles for partnership meetings across the country and around the world. The donated miles helped Free The Children make connections with like-minded individuals, companies and groups, which helps them grow.

MusiCounts – Miles will be matched during the entire month of August.  Last year, MusiCounts used the miles to offset travel costs, allowing them to visit more of the communities their grants impact and enabled artists to participate in fundraising events for MusiCounts.  Miles have helped MusiCounts to put even more instruments into the hands of children who need them.

Schools Without Borders (SWB) – Miles will be matched during the entire month of September.  Last year, SWB used miles to help launch a number of new learning partnerships including bringing African indigenous educators to Toronto to share ancestral wisdom with the academic community as well as building a partnership with a film called Shadeism, which explores racism, specifically amongst women in communities of colour.

Earth Day Canada (EDC) – Miles will be matched for the entire month of October.  In 2013, EDC used the miles for transportation of their Hometown Heroes Award winners, general travel (plane, car rentals), accommodations (hotels) and office infrastructure (computers, servers etc.).

Veterinarians Without Borders (VWB) – Miles will be matched during the entire month of November.  Last year, VWB used the miles to send a team of volunteer veterinarians to Guatemala to provide critical animal health services and to train local vets; they also used miles to send its staff to South Sudan to help protect the livestock of refugees in Upper Nile State.

The Air Canada Foundation (ACF) – Miles will be matched during the entire month of December.  Aeroplan Miles are used to sustain the Air Canada Foundation Hospital Transportation Program helping children reach medical care not available in their communities.  In 2013, more than 10 million Aeroplan Miles were used by fifteen pediatric hospitals across Canada to help sick children.

You'll notice in the bonus offer section a Delta SkyMiles offer of 1,000 bonus miles for joining the program. This offer is a Hertz offer floating around from the Seattle area but it seems that anyone can sign up for it. As always YMMV.

Travel Deals
Alitalia is following in their partner's footsteps (Air France & KLM) by also offering up a business class sale on flights from Canada. You can fly in style to Italy for under $2500!! Like the others book by Mar 28 for travel May 1 - Aug 31. Book online

Bonus Offers

Air India Flying Returns
- Double Flying Returns Miles when you fly on Air India between select cities in India. More... Until Apr 30, 14
- 500 Bonus Flying Returns Miles when you book your Air India flight online at More... Ongoing

airBaltic PINS (on only)
- 1,000 PINS and a 10% discount when you stay at least 3 nights at The Palace Hotel in Malta. More... Until Apr 30, 14
- Triple PINS on eligible Sixt rentals in the Baltic countries. More... Until Apr 2, 14

American AAdvantage
- Quadruple AAdvantage Miles when you rent any vehicle for one of more days in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. More... Until Jun 30, 14

Delta SkyMiles
- 1,000 Bonus SkyMiles when you join the SkyMiles program. More... Until ?

Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings
- Up to a 40% Fortune Wings Miles Discount when upgrading to Business Class with mileage on select American, European, Russian and Asian international flights. More... Until Jun 30, 14

Petro Canada Petro Points
Double Petro Points on the Monthly Points Top-Up bonus from Petro Points. More... Until May 31, 14

Starwood Preferred Guest
- Double Starpoints for stays on the Super Hot Opening Offer at the Sheraton Melbourne Hotel. More... Booking Apr 1 - Sep 30, 14
- Double Starpoints for stays on the Super Hot Opening Offer at the Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane. More... Until Sep 3, 14
- Double Starpoints for stays on the Super Hot Opening Offer at the Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island Fiji. More... Book by Sep 30 for stays until Dec 18, 14

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 50% Bonus Miles&Smiles Miles or 25% Miles&Smiles Discount on select Turkish Airlines International Routes. More... Apr 1 - 30, 14

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