Monday, June 4, 2018

June 4 Update: La Quinta & Wyndham take first step to integration with status matching & points transfers, British Airways 50% off Avios awards + more

In what isn't as big of hotel merger news like we've seen from Marriott and SPG, news came out today about the first step of integration between La Quinta Returns and Wyndham Rewards. The latter bought the smaller U.S. chain that has hotels across the U.S., Mexico and even a couple here in Canada. The integration of the programs is taking similar steps to what we say with the Marriott-SPG merger in that you can now get reciprocal elite status between the programs if you hold status with one of them. And just like we saw with Marriott-SPG you can now transfer points between your LQ Returns and Wyndham Rewards accounts. Points convert at a 1:1 ratio between the accounts. Finally, also like Marriott-SPG there isn't a way to currently earn LQ Returns points for Wyndham stays or vice versa. You'll have to earn in each respective program and then transfer points. The earning and redemption of Wyndham Rewards points is expected to be available at La Quinta Inns & Suites and LQ Hotel properties in 2019. Click here to learn all about the intergration of the two programs.

British Airways has launched a 50% discount for redeeming Avios on select long haul routes in Economy to/from London. We checked out Toronto-London which is included in the sale. We picked Nov 7-21 which does have the sale amount of 13,000 Avios for the round-trip flight. That seems like a really good deal until you look at the dreaded fees that we know BA adds on - $662 in this case! And how much does the ticket cost outright? $715.26! You are essentially redeeming 13,000 Avios to save a little over $50. Not worth it at all! That being said if you are travelling abroad or constructing some flights around the world there are some deals to be had - mainly from place that forbid such high fees like Hong Kong. Find out more here

Here is the full cash price for the same ticket

The summer concert season is an AIR MILES is celebrating with once-and-a-lifetime experiences for members with the “___ with the band’ contest:
From a helicopter ride above the festival grounds of Rockin’ River Music Festival in BC, to becoming part of the band at a VIP soundcheck with the Arkells in their hometown of Hamilton; AIR MILES is giving Canadians the chance to win these Instagrammable experiences with their favourite artists this summer, through the AIR MILES Stage Pass: “___ with the band’ contest.

AIR MILES Stage Pass “____ with the band” gives Collectors the opportunity to win amazing grand prizes including playing Cornhole with Vance Joy in Montreal, soundcheck with Arkells in Hamilton and a helicopter ride over the Rockin River Fest with Midland in BC.

Click here to enter the contests!
Today only - you can save 20% when you redeem RBC Rewards points for The Keg gift cards. Find out more here.

Speaking of RBC Rewards - I know everyone is eagerly awaiting the next transfer bonus to British Airways for Avion cardholders and it looks like you'll have to wait even longer since last month was AA and this month it is HBC. We don't have access to the offer but if one of our readers does please let us know the details of the HBC offer (what % and until when!)

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Travel Deals
WestJet: One day sale - Save up to 15% on Econo base fares to all destinations within Canada for travel until the end of July. Find out more here.

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
Air Canada Aeroplan
- 1,000 bonus Aeroplan miles when you become an Aeroplan member and make your first accumulation transaction with an eligible Aeroplan partner. More... Until Jul 15, 18

Other Bonus Offers
British Airways Executive Club
- 50% Avios Discount when you redeem Avios for select award flights on British Airways to/from London. More... Book by Jun 17 for travel Sep 1 - May 13, 19

Hilton Honors
- 15,000 Bonus Honors Points when you complete a stay of 2 or more nights within 90 days at Hilton Hotels Worldwides. More... Targeted offer - may not work for everyone Until Jan 10, 19

Iberia Plus
- Earn up to Triple Avios for stays of 5 or more nights at Melia Hotels & Resorts in Spain. More... Book by Jun 30 for stays Jun 15 - Sep 15, 18
- Double Avios for stays at NH Hotels in in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Marseille, Rome, Genoa, Venice or Florence. More... Until Jun 30, 18
- Double Avios for stays at Paradores hotels. More... Until Jun 30, 18

Marriott Rewards
- 5,000 Bonus Rewards Points for stays of 3 or more nights at the Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection. More... Jun 24 - Aug 31, 18
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points per night when you stay between 2 and 6 nights at over 30 participating Marriott Hotels across the Southeastern U.S. in 7 states. More... Until Aug 20, 18
- 1,000 Bonus Rewards Points per stay including any night Thursday-Sunday at the Courtyard or Residence Inn Syracuse Downtown at Armory Square. More... Until Jun 24, 18

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