Tuesday, March 31, 2020

March 31 Update: Earn up to 48,000 Avios for free, major schedule update from Air Canada, 20x PC Optimum points with Beauty Boutique & more

With the new HSBC World Mastercard World Elite offer we updated our Travel Hacking 101 post. With this new card offer you can now earn up to 48,000 British Airways Executive Club Avios at no cost outside of credit card spend. Learn more here.

Our feature on What you actually have to spend to get some of the best credit card welcome bonus offers has been updated with the new HSBC World Elite Mastercard offer. See the feature here.

Air Canada provided a major schedule update yesterday amidst their announcement of up to 16,500 lay offs. It's insane as to how little their entire operation will be in April Their page shows a small amount of flights within Canada and flights to the U.S. are only out of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver (and there aren't very many of those flights). To Europe there will be up to 30 flights per week out of the three same cities, five flights per week in total from Vancouver to Hong Kong and Tokyo. Air Canada will also operate a handful of flights from Toronto to Mexico City and Barbados. All other international flying including all flights to Australia, Africa, and South America will not fly in April. You can find all their scheduled flights for April here.

WestJet provided an update yesterday on in-flight service:
WestJet is committed to providing our guests and WestJetters a safe travel and work environment. We have taken many extra precautions since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak and as of today have made additional changes to our inflight service. 

On flights under 90 minutes:
We will no longer offer service on these flights in any cabin
Water and complimentary snacks will be available for emergency use only

On flights over 90 minutes:
We are suspending beverage service in all cabins
Economy Guests will receive a complimentary snack, water bottle (small) and napkin on their seat prior to boarding for all occupied seats
Additional water will be available on request
Premium and Business Guests will receive a premium snack box, napkin and water bottle (small) on their seat prior to boarding Additional water will be available on request

You can earn 20x PC Optimum points when shop online at the Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique. This offer runs until April 3. Find out more here.

 Last week we had a post stating If you want to redeem your points and miles for gift cards you may want to do so sooner than later as some U.S. based loyalty programs had removed the option to redeem your points or miles for gift cards. The trend south of the border continues with both American Airlines AAdvantage and Delta SkyMiles cutting off access to gift cards. It also appears Capital One in the U.S. has done the same. We haven't seen this happen yet here in Canada, in fact we are seeing the opposite with AIR MILES adding the cash eVoucher options for Uber Eats and Door Dash (read about that here) and Scotia delaying the points increases to some cash back and gift card options. Still you may want to take these moves from the U.S. and be proactive here in Canada. (Source Doctor of Credit)

Remember to visit and bookmark our COVID-19 resource page where we are keeping you up to date with all the latest airline, hotel, lounges and loyalty program news, policies, closures and more.
Other resources on Rewards Canada to help you make the most of your points and miles right now:

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