Tuesday, February 4, 2020

February 4 Update: Aeroplan Costco partnership ending, Rexall launching own loyalty program and will drop AIR MILES, save up to $1,000 on Air Transat packages

The partnership between Costco and Aeroplan will come to an end on April 30. We also noticed that Primus is gone as an Aeroplan partner as well. Air Canada does really seem to be going back to it roots with Aeroplan (or whatever the new program will be called) and moving it back to a frequent flyer program rather than a coalition program as the number of non-travel or non-credit card partners is really being whittled down. Find out more about Costco and Aeroplan here
Please note that you will still be able to redeem Aeroplan Miles for Costco gift cards beyond April 30.

Also on the loyalty program news front - Rexall is going to launch their own loyalty program on May 1st. As of that date they will no longer participate in the AIR MILES program. This just reiterates what we said in our podcast episode 63 and here on the blog that it really appears the model for coalition loyalty programs is past it's peak. For many retailers now it makes more sense to run your own loyalty program as the costs associated with doing so have really come down from years ago. Anyways, you can pre-register for Rexall's new program and if you are one of the first 100,000 to do so they will give you 10,000 points which are worth $4. Right away this tells me the program has the potential to be confusing! Why $4 for 10,000 points? You're already making it complicated Rexall. Find out more and pre-register for the program here.

Rewards Canada has a new booking partner that you can find on our travel booking page - Austrian Airlines has returned to the mix. See our Book Travel (how to support Rewards Canada) page here

Yesterday we brought you details of IHG Rewards Club's new global promotion of up to 4x points for stays at their hotels worldwide. They had some issues with letting members register for the offer but that does appear to be fixed now. Find out more about the offer here.

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Travel Deals

Air Transat's The Vacation Intervention Promo allows you to save up to $1000 per couple on packages to the South .Book by Feb 10. 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

Emirates Skywards
- Double Skywards Tier Miles on all eligible Emirates and FlyDubai flights booked in eligible fare classes including flights out of Toronto. More... Register and book by Feb 10 for travel Feb 17 – May 20, 20

Other Bonus Offers

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Earn up to Triple Asia Miles with any stay of a minimum of two consecutive nights at one of eight Harbour Plaza Hotels across Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. More... Until Dec 31, 20

IHG Rewards Club
- Earn up to 4x IHG Rewards Club Points for stays at participating IHG Hotels Worldwide. More... Register by Apr 15 for stays Feb 15 – May 15, 20
- 5,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points for stays of 7 or more nights at the Candlewood Suites Kansas City Airport. More... Unknown end date

Marriott Bonvoy
- 5,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points for stays at The St. Regis Singapore. More... Until Apr 6, 20
- 5,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points for stays at any one of four participating Marriott Hotels in Venice. More... Unknown end date

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