Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January 20 Update: SPG boosts their Take Two promotion, using credit card points to pay award ticket taxes and fees, KLM Wild on Wednesday!

Nice mix of news, bonuses and travel deals today

News, Tips & Tricks
s Take Two promotion has been upgraded! It still offers Double Starpoints + 250 Bonus Starpoints at select locations it has now been upgraded with additional bonuses once you reach 15 nights and 25 nights during the promotional period. If you have already registered for the promo you don't have to do anything to get the additional points.

New Rewards Canada reader Duane asked this question today:
"I saw a representative from Rewards Canada on Global this morning and he mentioned that you could pay the taxes of a aeroplan rewards flight with aeroplan points. We just booked 3 business class tickets to France and Spain for July 2016 using aeroplan points.  Our taxes were around $3300 and I paid it with my CIBC Aeroplan visa.  Is there a way to pay for the taxes with my points?  thanks."
Our response:
Unfortunately Aeroplan Miles cannot be used for the taxes and fees except for certain times of the year when they run a promotion for it.

What I was explaining on Global this morning was that we used Aeroplan Miles for the flights to Maui and charged the taxes/fees to my American Express Gold Rewards card. Once those charges showed up on my statement I redeemed my American Express Membership Rewards points against those charges. Any card that allows you to redeem points against a travel charge on your account (Amex Gold, Cap One Aspire, TD First Class etc) can be used to pay Aeroplan taxes and fees.
To see what cards can be used to pay for taxes and fees on Aeroplan, AIR MILES and other award tickets see this old post of ours (which surprisingly also came out of a Global interview!):  Which credit cards can be used to cover award ticket taxes, fees and surcharges?

and yes we were on Global Calgary this morning discussing our Top Travel Rewards Credit Card rankings! Time went quickly and I wasn't able to discuss all the cards and tips that I wanted to but that's always the case with interviews, you'll never know where they will go! You can watch the video here.

Posts since our last update:

Travel Deals
KLM Wild on Wednesday
is back! This week its Krakow for $799 all in from the East or $949 from the West. Book by Jan 21 for travel until May 6! Find out more here.

Fairmont Hotels has boosted their 'Moments' offer right now. You can now enjoy up to 30% off your stays at Fairmont locations around the globe. Find out more here

Bonus Offers

China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- Earn up to Triple SkyPearl Club Kilometers for stays at participating Mandarin Oriental Hotels Worldwide. More... Feb 1 - Apr 30, 16

First Hotels First Member
- First Hotels 500 Bonus First Member points when you join the First Hotels First Member program. More... Ongoing

Hilton HHonors
- Earn up to 80% Bonus HHonors Points when you buy points online. More... Targeted offer - may not work for everyone Until Feb 9, 16

Marriott Rewards
- Marriott MegaBonus: Earn free nights and/or bonus Rewards Points for stays at any participating Marriott Hotel Worldwide. More... Register by Apr 15 for stays Feb 1 - May 15, 16

Starwood Preferred Guest
- OFFER UPDATED - Double Starpoints + up 10,000 Bonus Starpointsfor stays of 2 or more nights at all Starwood Hotels Worldwide. Select hotels from around the world will also award 250 bonus Starpoints per night.  More... Register and book by Apr 10 for stays Jan 11 - Apr 30, 16

Stash Hotel Rewards
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at the Sunset Marquis West Hollywood. More... Until Feb 29, 16

United MileagePlus
- Double MileagePlus Miles for stays at participating Fairmont Hotels & Resorts worldwide when booking select Fairmont Experiences. More... Ongoing 

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