Tuesday, May 20, 2014

May 20 Update: Air Canada takes delivery of their 1st 787, IHG changes Pointbreaks & Last Minute Reward night rules

Welcome back to Rewards Canada after the long weekend! We hope that all had a great Victoria Day!

News, Tips & Tricks
IHG Rewards Club has made some terms and conditions changes to their very popular Pointbreaks and Last Minute Reward Night award options. The new rules state that a member can only book up to 2 reward reservations per hotel participating in the individual offer (ie 2 at Pointbreaks hotels and 2 at Last Minute Reward Night hotels). What this means is that if you want to book a Pointbreaks offer at a hotel you can only have two reservation. No longer will you be able to grab 3, 5 or more reservations (one reservation per night) as some people did to make sure they got the nights at the low award price, plan a trip for some of those nights and then cancel the rest. This change is both good and bad. Good in that more members should be able to grab award nights at the lower levels but bad if you truly want to plan 3 or more trips at one location and have no plans on 'working' the system by cancelling some of those nights. My tip to get around this would be to book 2 reservations with one IHG Rewards Club account and then have your spouse book 2 more etc. Of course this is dependent on both accounts having enough points to redeem for these awards. In general we here at Rewards Canada think this is actually a good change! (Source Flyertalk)

Over the long weekend Air Canada finally took delivery of their first Boeing 787 Dreamliner! Airlineroute.net has the updated scheduled for the new plane with flights between YYZ and YHZ starting on Friday!
Toronto – Halifax In addition to planned operations from 23MAY14 to 25MAY14, AC also plans Boeing 787 service on following dates:
AC616/635: 23MAY14 – 25MAY14, 28MAY14, 04JUN14, 11JUN14, 18JUN14, 25JUN14
AC604/615: 23MAY14 – 24MAY14, 29MAY14, 05JUN14, 12JUN14, 17JUN14, 19JUN14
Toronto – Zurich Boeing 787 operation begins from 25MAY14 to 14JUL14 (YYZ departure), instead of 25MAY14 – 29JUN14
AC878 YYZ1810 – 0750+1ZRH 788
AC879 ZRH1000 – 1250YYZ 788
Service does not operate on Day 3 from YYZ, Day 4 from ZRH from 25MAY14 to 30JUN14.
Service does not operate on following dates from YYZ: 15JUN14, 16JUN14, 30JUN14
Toronto – London Heathrow Boeing 787 to operate 5 times a week, from 02JUL14 to 13JUL14, YYZ departure
AC856 YYZ1830 – 0625+1LHR 788 x12
AC869 LHR0830 – 1115YYZ 788 x23
Toronto – Tokyo Haneda Planned Boeing 787 operation from 01JUL14, is now delayed until 15JUL14 (operating until 25OCT14)
Toronto – Tel Aviv Planned Boeing 787 operation from 15JUL14, is now delayed until 06AUG14
Planned Boeing 787 operations remain unchanged on following routes:
Vancouver – Shanghai Pu Dong eff 26OCT14 1 daily
Toronto – Paris CDG eff 01DEC14 1 daily
The Air Canada 787 website has been updated at https://787.aircanada.com/en/ plus if you check out Twitter you're bound to find tons of photos of the delivery celebration and flight from one of the many journalists who attended! (We followed Brent Jang's updates at http://twitter.com/brentcjang)

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AeroMexico Club Premier
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Air Astana Nomad Club (on FrequentFlyerBonuses.com only)
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- 500 Bonus Sky Pearl Kilometers when you fly on China Southern Airlines flights CZ3191/3192 (A380 service) between Shenzhen and Beijing. More... Until Jun 30, 14

Choice Hotels Privileges
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