Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sep 9 Update: Canadian Tire Money goes digital, Gate Numbering Change at YYC, save up to 25% on Hyatt stays

Non travel rewards news and more for you today!

News, Tips & Tricks
Canadian Tire announced today that they are entering the digital age with their Canadian Tire Money program. Here is an excerpt from the press release:
Today, Canadian Tire announced the evolution of its much beloved loyalty platform, introducing My Canadian Tire 'Money'™, an easier way to collect and redeem Canadian Tire 'Money'. The program will launch in Nova Scotia on October 10 and to customers nationally on October 28, 2014. The digital rewards program will complement paper Canadian Tire 'Money', which will remain in circulation.
My Canadian Tire 'Money' combines the best attributes of Canadian Tire's paper 'Money' with the benefits of a digital rewards program, making it easier and faster for customers to collect, and redeem. Members can collect e-Canadian Tire 'Money' on qualifying purchases at Canadian Tire stores, at canadiantire.ca and at participating Canadian Tire gas bar locations. e-Canadian Tire 'Money' can also be redeemed for merchandise and gift cards or donated to Canadian Tire's Jumpstart charity. Customers can also collect and redeem e-Canadian Tire 'Money' on automotive services, a benefit to the updated program.
Love to hear your thoughts on this addition to the program. I know for me I stopped using Canadian Tire money long ago as I got a bigger reward using my travel rewards credit cards for CT purchases rather than cash or debit to earn the CT Money. I don't think these changes will affect how I shop at Canadian Tire nor how I pay for my CT purchases.

If you are traveling to, from or via Rewards Canada's hometown airport of Calgary (YYC) we would like to let you know that on September 18th all the gates are being renumbered in preparation for the completion of the new International Terminal expansion, which will add two new concourses to YYC. Concourse D will now become A, B/C will only be B and A will become C.

Travel Deals
Hyatt's Fall Sale launched today and includes Hyatt's in Toronto and Montreal. Use Offer Code ASALEA to enjoy 20% off stays of 2 nights or more and enjoy 25% off stays of 3 nights or more at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts when you reserve and stay by November 3, 2014. Full details and online booking

Bonus Offers

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- Triple Flying Blue Miles when staying at any Best Western property in France. More... Until Oct 31, 14
- Double Flying Blue Miles for stays of 2 or more nights at at any participating Pan Pacific or PARKROYAL hotels Worldwide More... Book by Oct 15 for stays until Oct 31, 14
- Double Flying Blue Miles whenever you stay with three hotel brands operated by the Minor Hotel Group. Per AQUUM Retreats • Resorts • Residences, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, and AVANI Hotels & Resorts More... Until Oct 31, 14
- Double Flying Blue Miles for stays at any participating Marriott Hotel Worldwide. More... Until Dec 31, 14
- Earn up to 5,000 Bonus Flying Blue Miles for Avis rentals on all car tiers in France and the Netherlands. More... Book by Oct 8 for rentals Oct 1 - Nov 30, 14
- 800 Flying Blue Miles and save up to 33% on rentals at participating Hertz locations Worldwide. More... Book by Sep 26 for rentals until Dec 31, 14
- Double Flying Blue Miles on all Sixt Car Rentals Worldwide. More... Book by Oct 31 for rentals until Nov 30, 14

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- Double Mileage Bank Miles when you fly on Japan Airlines between Nagoya (Chubu) and Bangkok. More...  Dec 20, 14 - Feb 28, 15

Miles & More
- 1,500 Bonus Miles & More Miles for each weekend night (Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights) you stay at participating Hilton hotels Worldwide. More... Until Dec 15, 14

Stash Hotel Rewards
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at the Caribe Royale Orlando. More... Book by Oct 31 for stays until Dec 18, 14
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at the Emerald Greens Golf Resort Tampa,.More... Until Sep 30, 14
- 25 Stash Rewards Points per dollar spent for Sunday-Thursday stays at the Cranwell Resort, Spa, and Golf Club Lenox. More... Until Oct 30, 14
- Triple Rewards Points for stays at The Lord Jeffery Inn Amherst. More... Until Sep 30, 14
- Triple Rewards Points for stays of 2+ nights at the Magnolia Hotel St. Louis. More... Until Dec 31, 14

United MileagePlus
- Earn up to Double MileagePlus Miles on all paid nonstop flights marketed and operated by United between San Francisco and Tokyo Haneda. More...  Oct 26 - Dec 31, 14

Voila Hotel Rewards
- 25% VHR Points Discount for award night stays at any participating Voila Hotel Rewards location Worldwide. More... Until Nov 30, 14

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  1. I have a nice trick to earning Canadian Tire Money while still earning credit card rewards. Before heading to CT, I purchase a CT gift card at a grocery store using my Scotiabank Momentum Visa Infinite Card. This card gives me 4% back at grocery stores. When I use the gift card for my purchase at CT, I earn CT Money because I'm paying with "cash." So I've essentially earned more than 4% back while using my Visa. The downside is that you don't get the benefit of your card's purchase insurance, and you'll need to have an idea of how much you'll be spending beforehand.

  2. Of course! I always tell people to do this for places like the Gap, Future Shop (check if you need your insurance) Old Navy etc. Never thought of CT though! Thanks for passing this along.

  3. We have been poring over the mailing from Canadian Tire and we figure it must be someting bad, because we can't make head or tail of it.