Tuesday, July 11, 2017

AIR MILES expands partnership with Transat - more travel options, more ways to book and more mileage earning

After a tough year in 2016, AIR MILES is doing what it can to show Canadians they are still a program worth being part of and being loyal to. In 2017 the program has taken steps to try to regain the trust of Canadians and provide more value from the program. The latest announcement from AIR MILES that came out last week is yet another positive step in AIR MILES climbing out of the hole they buried themselves in last year.
the AIR MILES Reward Program is pleased to announce the expansion of its long-term relationship with Transat Distribution Canada (TDC), which will give Collectors more travel options, more ways to book, and more Miles. Effective August 13, 2017, AIR MILES Packaged Vacation and Cruise (PVC) bookings will now be completed through Transat Distribution's travel agency network.
  • Expanded travel options
    • Through Transat Distribution Canada's travel agency network, Collectors will be able to use their Miles for more travel destinations and at more travel partners than ever before, including, Collette, Encore Cruises TravelBrands, AmaWaterways, Tours Chanteclerc and many more.
  • More ways to book travel
    • Collectors will now be able to redeem exclusively online for Marlin Travel, Club Voyages, Transat Travel, TripCentral Atlantic Canada and TravelPlus eVouchers (currently available using Cash Miles) and physical Certificates (available August 13 in $100 denominations using Dream Miles). These can be used towards PVC travel bookings with participating preferred partners through any of Transat Distribution's 286 participating travel agency locations across Canada or through the TDC call centre.
    • To make it easier and faster to receive the physical Dream Certificates, AIR MILES will be shipping certificates within 72 business hours from redemption, at no cost to the Collector.
    • In 2018, together with Transat Distribution Canada, AIR MILES will be introducing a new PVC website, enabling Collectors to use their Miles immediately for PVC bookings online, 24/7 with participating partners.
  • More Miles on PVC travel bookings
    • Effective August 13, Collectors will get 1 Mile for every $20 spent (versus 1 Mile for $35) on any PVC booking with a participating Transat Distribution travel agency. This includes any additional Cash portion spent on the PVC booking, beyond the certificate value.
The expansion of this partnership makes sense for AIR MILES since the majority of its collectors are leisure travellers. By being able to offer more tours and cruises as redemption options they providing more ways for collectors to use their miles and by far the best new option is the ability to redeem Dream Miles for $100 certificates to use at nearly 300 travel agencies across Canada. With a membership base that includes a large number of seniors who do not book online the ability to save money when booking travel via a travel agency and choosing to use Cash or Dream miles for the money saving certificates should appeal to them not to mention many other members.

Finally they are increasing the number of miles you earn with Transat Distribution from 1 Mile for $35 to 1 Mile for $20. Always good news when you are able to earn more miles for your purchases.

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500 AIR MILES Bonus Miles after your first card purchase
LIMITED TIME OFFER: get 3X the Miles for the first 6 Months!*
- and there’s No annual fee
- Earn more reward miles when you use your card at Shell, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car
- 1 AIR MILES reward mile for every $20 that you spend on your credit card
- Extended Warranty
- Purchase Protection

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