Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December 6 Update: Best Western promo update, 50% off British Airways award tickets out of Canada, double Club Premier points between Calgary & Mexico City

As a follow up to our post on Best Western's new systemwide promotion that provides a $10 Gift Card for each stay where we mentioned that we were unsure of the value of the card for currencies outside of the U.S.. We reached out to BW and they told us it would be the equivalent of US$10, so for Canadian BW Rewards members you will get a gift card of roughly C$13 for each stay.

British Airways launched a 50% discount offer for redeeming for select award flights to/from London Heathrow or Gatwick and their Canadian destinations are included. The 50% even works on their off-peak award rates that are see cities like Toronto and Montreal which are normally 26,000 Avios off-peak drop to 13,000 Avios round trip.

 While it may seem like a steal in most cases it isn't. We looked at some options and while it is only 13,000 Avios Round Trip between YYZ and LHR you also have to pay just over $600 in taxes and fees. To buy the same tickets out right ranged from $680 to $780 so the points are only saving you ~$50 to $150. Not a great value. Where it might come handy however is for one way flights - these are notoriously more expensive to buy with just cash and utilizing Avios plus some cash for taxes and fees can save you some money. Of course we just had the 25% transfer bonus from Amex to BA earlier this fall and right now you can transfer RBC Rewards Points to BA with a 30% bonus so these can definitely help bring out more value during this 50% off sale.

Here are the one way amounts for off-peak flights out of Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver


Look at this way, a one-way flight in Economy from Toronto to London is only 6,500 Avios. That equates to as little as $2,600 ($3,250 without the transfer bonus) in spending on a card like the American Express Gold Rewards card or $5,000 ($6,500 without the transfer bonus) on the RBC Visa Infinite Avion card. It is almost unheard of to get a one way flight to the U.K. for that little amount of spending or points!

We're going to keep this reminder going in each update until Christmas:
Check out the Give A Mile Flight Hero campaign! The charity can really use donations of miles to help provide flights to those who otherwise would be unable to travel to visit terminally ill or critically sick family and friends. Rewards Canada has pledged to raise 100,000 miles and we are half way there! We are putting the call out to all of our fans, readers and even new visitors, if you can give please do so. It can be as little as 1,000 miles! You can find out more and donate here.

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Travel Deals

Remember to visit Rewards Canada's Travel Booking site to book travel directly with many of your favourite airlines, hotels and more!

Canadian Bonus Offers
AeroMexico Club Premier
- Double Club Premier Points when you fly between Mexico City and Calgary More... Until Jan 31, 18

American AAdvantage

- 20% Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you convert Diners Club Club Rewards points to American AAdvantage More... Canadian Residents only Until Dec 31, 17

British Airways Executive Club
- 50% Avios Discount when you redeem for select award flights from Canada to London Heathrow or London Gatwick. More... Book by Dec 17 for travel Jan 4 - Jun 30, 18

Other Bonus Offers
Aegean Miles&Bonus
- 30% Miles&Bonus Discount on select award tickets within Greece and between Greece and Europe, the Middle East or Africa. More... Until Feb 28, 18

AeroMexico Club Premier
- Double Club Premier Points when you fly between Mexico City and Nuevo Laredo, San Luis Potosi, Reynosa, Calgary, Portland, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai or Tokyo; Monterrey and Chihuahua, Puebla, Queretaro or San Luis Potosi; Atlanta and Queretaro, Guadalajara, Merida or Monterrey More... Until Jan 31, 18
- Double Club Premier Points for stays at Best Western hotels in Mexico. More... Until Dec 31, 17
- Triple Club Premier Points for stays at participating NH hotels in Mexico. More... Until Dec 31, 17

American AAdvantage
- Earn up to 120,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you buy or gift 10,000 or more miles. More... Until Jan 4, 17

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Triple KrisFlyer Miles for stays at Accor Hotels Worldwide. More... Book by Jan 31 for stays until Feb 15, 18

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