August 2 Update: Emirates and Etihad adding more flights between YYZ & U.A.E., World of Hyatt partners with SLH Hotels and more!

On July 27th the Government of Canada announced
expanded air agreements with Egypt and United Arab Emirates. Airlines
can now fly up to 7x per week between Canada and Egypt and flights
to/from UAE can be increased by 68%. It didn’t take long for both major
UAE airlines to take advantage of this news. Emirates will be increasing their flights between Toronto and Dubai to 5x per week from 3x come August and Etihad Airways will also boost their flight frequencies to 5x weekly this October. (Source Routesonline 1, 2)

Hyatt has announced a new hotel partnership for their World of Hyatt
program. The partnership is with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH
Hotels) which is a collection of over 500 independently owned luxury
hotels and it will offer World of Hyatt members to ability to earn and
redeem points at participating SLH Hotels. The full partnership will be
revealed later this year but what we know from the press release is that
participating SLH hotels will have to be booked via Hyatt channels. SLH
Hotels have one Canadian location, the Trout Point Lodge Nova Scotia in
Kemptville. Overall this is great news for World of Hyatt as they have a
relatively small portfolio compared to the other major hotel chains and
having the ability to earn and burn at more places is always a plus.
(Source Hyatt)

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