Thursday, March 17, 2016

March 17 Update: Diners Club Club Rewards Tailored Travel Credit devaluation, Accor Hotels Canada stay bonus and more

News, Tips & Tricks
Ouch, one of the cards that has been in my wallet the longest and one of my favourites is about to get devalued! The tailored travel credit for the Diners Club Club Rewards MasterCard is getting cut back. This is the book any travel and redeem points against the charge feature of the card. Granted to start with the rate was a 1.7% return which is lower than other cards out there with 2% however the card comes with an awesome airline lounge programs, costs less then those other cards and has one of the best CDW insurance coverages of any card out there as they don't put a dollar limit on cars (just types of cars like all others) so when we were in Maui last month our free upgrade to fully loaded Infiniti QX80 didn't concern me as Diners doesn't max out at $65,000 like other cards.

So what is the new tailored travel credit value? 1.5%. Not bad, kind of like the old TD First Class rate but now its a full half percent lower than major competitors. I need to decide whether it is worth it to keep this card after the change. Chances are I will as I can covert Club Rewards points to Alaska Airlines or British Airways or any one of their large list of airline and hotel programs plus the Diners Airport Lounge program has lounges not found with The Platinum Card from American Express or Priority Pass. This change takes effect on April 6th. So if you hold this card (there are still tens of thousands of you out there according to BMO) and wanted to redeem points for a travel charge do so by April 6th to get full value. Even if the charge was long ago as Diners gives you up to 12 months prior to redeem against so you can get the better value out now. Sad to see this change, how about the rest of you DC cardholders? What are your thoughts and are you going to keep the card after this?

In the bonus offers section we added a new Le Club accorhotels offer for up to triple points for stays in Canada and the U.S.. Remember Accor is the French hotel chain that is buying Canada's Fairmont Hotels. That integration hasn't happened yet so you can't earn this bonus at Fairmont Hotels but you can at any Accor Hotels in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. Find out more here

Remember as well today is the last day to earn bonus Aeroplan miles for online bookings at You'll earn your share of 10 million Aeroplan miles (min. 500 awarded)

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Travel Deals
Air Canada
St. Patrick's day sale is on! Book by 11:59pm tonight to save on flights throughout most of this year. Find out more here


Bonus Offers
American AAdvantage
- Triple AAdvantage Miles for stays at La Quinta Inns and Suites in the U.S., Canada and Mexico More... Until Jun 30, 16

Emirates Skywards
- 50% Skywards Miles Discount on Economy Saver awards between select destinations Worldwide. More... Book by Mar 31 for flights Apr 13 - Jun 23, 16
- 25% Skywards Miles Discount on Business Class Saver awards from Europe and Dubai to selected destinations Worldwide More... Book by Mar 31 for flights Apr 13 - Jun 23, 16

Eurowings Boomerang Club (on only)
- Double Boomerang Miles when you fly between to/from Stockholm. More... Book by Mar 31 for travel until Apr 30, 16

Hilton HHonors
- Quadruple HHonors Points when you shop at Chic Outlet Shopping Villages in Europe. More... Until Apr 30, 16

JetBlue TrueBlue (on only)
- Triple TrueBlue Points for stays at La Quinta Inns and Suites in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.More... Until Jun 30, 16

Le Club accorhotels
- Earn up to Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in the U.S. or Canada. More... Book by May 15 for stays until May 31, 16
- Earn up to 1,500 Bonus Le Club accorhotels points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in France. More... Book by Jun 9 for stays Jun 10 - Jul 10, 16

Shangri-La Golden Circle
- 50% GC Award Points Discount on all standard room award night redemptions for stays at Shangri-La Hotels Worldwide. More... Book by Mar 31 for stays Apr 1 - May 31, 16

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