Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May 31 Update: Talking Unused Loyalty Programs, 25% off award tickets from Montreal to Europe, More Rewards not just for those out west

News, Tips & Tricks
Over the weekend Rewards Canada was featured on Corus Radio's Informed Traveler show talking about unused loyalty programs. This isn't about points and miles but about how many members are actually active in a loyalty program! It was prompted by a recent piece published on Skift. You can listen to the interview here

The latest Air France KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards came out today and the latest set brings a Canadian city back into the mix. You can save 25% off the regular amount of Flying Blue miles normally required for KLM's flights from Montreal to Europe. Not a great deal but if you were planning on redeeming for this flight anyways for travel between Aug 1 and Sep 30 now would be the time to do it so you can save some miles.

We received a comment on our Scotiabank More Rewards Visa post from yesterday and thought it would be good to post that comment along with our response here for all to read our recommendation!

I've never heard of "More Rewards" and in checking out the card on Scotiabank's website, I guess it's more of a regional thing. They advise that if you live outside of Western Canada, you may want to find a more suitable card.
More Rewards is the loyalty program for Overwaitea food group which is predominantly out west. That being said don't be swayed by Scotia saying it is more suited to only Western Canada. That's like saying the Alaska Airlines MasterCard should only be for those out west since Alaska only serves Alberta and B.C.. Even if you don't use the Scotia More Rewards card at More Rewards partners you'll get 4 More Rewards points per dollar spent anywhere or a 1.695% return when you redeem for travel. No other no fee travel points card can meet that rate, the closest is 1.25%.

Air France has expanded their code sharing on more WestJet flights in and out of Canada. (Source airlineroute.net)
Calgary – Winnipeg
Edmonton – Winnipeg
Toronto – Fredericton
Toronto – Gander
Toronto – London ON
Toronto – Myrtle Beach
Toronto – New York La Guardia
Toronto – Phoenix
Vancouver – Regina
Vancouver – Saskatoon

Posts since our last update:

Bonus Offers
Air France KLM Flying Blue
- June Promo Awards - Save 20% to 50% on the Award Miles usually required for an award ticket. Destinations vary by each promotional period. More... Book by Jun 30 for travel between Aug 1 - Sep 30, 16
- 2,000 Bonus Flying Blue Miles when you fly KLM out of Astana. More... Until Dec 31, 16

Etihad Guest
- 500 Bonus Guest Miles and 3 nights for the price of 2 for stays at Marriott Hotels in the Gulf region. More... Until Jul 31, 16

Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Earn up to 10,000 Bonus QMiles when you fly between Helsinki and Doha. More... Oct 10 - Jan 10, 17
- Save up to 17,200 QMiles when you redeem for an award ticket to or from Helsinki. More... Book by Oct 31 for travel Oct 10 - Dec 10, 16
- Earn up to 10,000 Bonus QMiles when you fly between Pisa and Doha. More... Aug 2 - Oct 31, 16
- Save up to 17,200 QMiles when you redeem for an award ticket to or from Pisa. More... Book by Aug 31 for travel Aug 2 - Sep 30, 16
- Earn up to 10,000 Bonus QMiles when you fly between Marrakech and Doha. More... Jul 1 - Sep 30, 16
- Save up to 18,000 QMiles when you redeem for an award ticket to or from Marrakech. More... Book by Jul 31 for travel Jul 1 - Aug 31, 16

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Triple Flying Club Miles for stays at all Radisson Blu Edwardian hotels throughout the UK including The May Fair Hotel. More... Until Jul 31, 16
- 2,000 Flying Club Miles per night for stays at Red Carnation Hotels. More... U ntil Jul 31, 16
- 3,000 Bonus Flying Club on your first Rocketmiles booking More... Book by Jul 31, 16
- Double Flying Club Miles and 4th night free for stays at participating Shangri-La Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Jun 30, 16

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