Wednesday, March 25, 2020

March 25 Update: Earn 2x cash back at select retailers with Rakuten, Pacific Coastal suspends flights until May 2, Best Western Rewards stops gift card redemptions

Right now you can earn 2x Cash Back for shopping at select 'Athleisure' stores via Rakuten - stores included as part of the promotion are Hudson's Bay, GNC, Sport Chek and more. Find out more here.

Today is the last day to take advantage of the Marriott Bonvoy and Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan buy points and miles deals. You can check out the Marriott offer here and the Alaska offer here.

Over the past few days Emirates Airlines has stated they would suspend all flights but then backtracked on that and said they will operate some flights including Toronto but as of today they have officially suspended all flights. So much for the 20% bonus Tier Miles offer we posted yesterday, well that is for the time being as that offer is valid until June 30 so if EK starts flying before then you can take advantage of it. (Source Emirates)

 Closer to home, Vancouver based Pacific Coastal Airlines has suspended all flights from today to May 2. They hope to resume operations on May 3.This announcement does not appear to affect the flights that Pacific Coastal operates as WestJet Link. (Source Pacific Coastal)

If you have read our piece on Shifting your loyalty program strategy to help during these trying and tough financial times you'll have seen how you can use your various loyalty rewards points for gift cards. One loyalty program that we didn't mention in that post has decided to STOP allowing redemptions for gift cards. That program is Best Western Rewards and this comes as a bit of surprise that a program would go this route at a time when people need those redemption options the most - however from a financial standpoint it doesn't surprise me - Best Western has probably had a run on gift cards from their members and it could be affecting BW's cash resources. You can learn more here. (HT LoyaltyLobby)

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