Monday, June 15, 2015

Jun 15 Update: Delta SkyMiles® & Capital One® part ways, tons of AIR MILES bonuses, Emirates and Porter Airlines team up!

Here is your first update of the week!

News, Tips & Tricks
Biggest news from last week is that Delta SkyMiles® & Capital One® have mutually agreed to end their co-brand relationship. This means the Delta SkyMiles® MasterCards® from Capital One® have been discontinued.

That leaves the following cards as your options to earn SkyMiles in Canada:
American Express Gold Rewards Card (C$1 = .75 - 1.5 SkyMiles)
The Platinum Card from American Express (C$1 = .93 SkyMiles)
Diners Club Club Rewards MasterCard (C$1 = 0.80 SkyMiles)
Marriott Rewards Premier Visa (C$1 = 0.2 - 0.35 SkyMiles)
MBNA Best Western Rewards MasterCard (C$1= 0.30 SkyMiles)
Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express (C$1 = 1 SkyMile)

No word yet on whether Delta is shopping around for another card issuer. This isn't the first time a major U.S. Airline has left our market. A few years back American AAdvantage and TD parted ways. What can we say, our market is tough nut to crack! Outside of Aeroplan, AIR MILES, WestJet and our proprietary credit card programs there isn't a huge market. Sure you have niche markets like British Airways and Cathay Pacific but they don't get much of the pie. I am working on a proposal for a non-North American airline that is interested in launching a card here and all I can say it would be tough to gain market share outside of the niche market of ex-pats who would want to visit friends and family back in the home country. I would be suspect to believe that the Delta cards didn't even have that niche, just loyal SkyMiles® members since Air Canada and WestJet cover a lot of travel to the U.S. and Air Canada/Aeroplan alone have a big chunk of the International market.


Thanks to our reader Frank A. for letting us know that Metro is also offering AIR MILES bonuses for buying Gift Cards just like the Safeway offer we let you know about last week.
"Buy a participating $50 Card Get 65 AIR MILES Reward Miles See gift cards for details, terms, conditions and (if applicable) fees. All trademarks are property of their respective owners. Subject to availability. Some restrictions apply. See in-store or for details. Participating Cards include: Bass Pro Shops, Sears, Roots, PetSmart and The Keg Steakhouse + Bar" 

Emirates and Porter Airlines announced a new interline agreement last week. "The agreement allows  passengers the convenience  to depart daily from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) on Porter, connecting in Boston (BOS) or Washington (IAD), before continuing their journey to Dubai and beyond with Emirates." Source Porter Airlines

Here's another AIR MILES coupon for shopping at Rexall. This time 80 bonus Reward Miles when you spend $50. Valid until June 18. Get the coupon here.

And another AIR MILES coupon, this one is for Safeway. Spend $75 and get 115 bonus Reward Miles. Valid until June 18. Get the coupon here.

Posts since our last update:

Bonus Offers

COPA Airlines ConnectMiles
- 2,000 Bonus ConnectMiles when you join the ConnectMiles program. More... Until Jun 30, 15

Gulf Air FalconFlyer (on only)
- 50% FalconFlyer Miles Discount when you redeem for award tickets on any Gulf Air flight Worldwide. More... Until Jul 15, 15

Le Club accorhotels
- 300 Bonus Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in Bucharest. More... Jul 17 - Sep 6, 15

Marriott Rewards
- 1,500 Bonus Rewards Points for stays at Courtyard, Marriott and Renaissance locations in Brussels More... Until Jun 30, 15
- 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays of 2 or more nights in a Superior, Superior with Balcony or Concierge level rooms at the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour, More... Until Jun 30, 15
- 3,500 Bonus Rewards Points for stays at the Berlin Marriott Hotel. More... Until Aug 30, 15
- 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays at the Threadneedles, Autograph Collection® hotel London. More... Jun 19 - Aug 31, 15
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points PER NIGHT for stays at the SpringHill Suites Denver North/Westminster. More... Until Jun 30, 15

Orbitz Rewards (on only)
- Earn up to 4x Orbucks when you book select Virgin Australia flights to Sydney and beyond. More... Book by Jul 5, 15
- $15 Bonus Orbucks when you book select Las Vegas hotel + flight packages. More... Book by Jun 28, 15

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Earn up to Triple KrisFlyer Miles when you stay on the Best Available or Bed&Breakfast rate at any participating Mandarin Oriental hotel Worldwide. More... Until Jul 31, 15
- Double KrisFlyer Miles when you book a stay of at least two consecutive nights at a room under ‘The Main’ category, or triple KrisFlyer miles for a room under the ‘EXECUTIVE HOUSE ZEN’ category in Hotel New Otani Tokyo. More... Until Jul 31, 15
- Double KrisFlyer Miles when you stay for at least two consecutive nights at a participating Park Regis hotel anywhere in the world. More... Until Jul 31, 15
- Double KrisFlyer Miles for stays of 2 or more consecutive nights at participating Preferred Hotel Group properties Worldwide. More... Until Jul 31, 15
- Earn up to Quadruple KrisFlyer Miles for stays at any participating Shangri-La hotel or resort Worldwide. More... Until Aug 31, 15
- Double KrisFlyer Miles and a 20% discount when you book at least 20 days in advance for a stay of two consecutive nights or more at any participating Worldhotels property worldwide. More... Until Aug 31, 15

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  1. For what it's worth, you can still earn SkyMiles through the Chase Marriott card (lousy C$1 : 0.20 SkyMiles though).

  2. Any news on what's happening to existing Capital One SkyMiles card holders?

  3. Probably Chase couldn't sell enough credit cards here after people realized how few Delta seats were actually available at the regular mileage rates.

  4. Ah yes I missed that one! I'll update the post.

  5. Nothing yet, I'll ask Cap One to see what's happening.

  6. I called them and, everybody with the card can continue as usual.

  7. Just talked to Capital One and they said current cardmembers get to keep their cards. They also said that they are discontinuing the IHG card the same way, which I hadn't heard before.