April 7 Update: New Amex Offer for Direct Energy, Visa & Mastercard raise tap limits to $250 and Royal Air Maroc officially joins oneworld

Another new offer is out with Amex offers. The
latest is spend at least $100 in qualifying electricity and natural gas
purchases with Direct Energy and earn a $25 statement credit. Limit of 6
credits. Simply register for the offer via the Amex App or your
American Express account online. Personally I received this offer on my Platinum Card from American Express. This offer has also been added to our Guide to American Express Canada ‘Amex Offers

Late late week both Visa and Mastercard agreed
to raise tap limits on cards in Canada to $250 to help minimize
interaction and touch points when it comes to making purchases. This is
all in an effort to help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. While
Mastercard said it they are enacting it immediately it may not work on
all networks just yet. Visa didn’t give a time line as to when their
change will take place. (Source Globe & Mail)

 Royal Air Maroc has now officially joined the
oneworld alliance. The airline became an official member on April 1st
but without much fanfare thank to the current situation of world travel.
This is a great addition to the alliance and a really good option for
travel (well future travel) out of Montreal as that is the only city in
Canada that RAM serves. When the time comes we’ll provide more coverage
of how this can and most likely will be a great option for those collect
Avios in the British Airways Executive Club program and even for other
oneworld airlines. And who knows it might even be a good option for
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members once Alaska joins oneworld in 2021.
Also don’t forget RAM’s own Safar Flyer program – they are famous for
some great discounted award flights like the 80% off offer seen in 2018.

This will probably not come as a surprise to anyone – there are no Miles & More Award
bargains this month for flights out Canada. Although Lufthansa are
flying several flights per week to Montreal they are not offering future
looking discounts on award travel. They are however offering some
discounted awards out of the U.S. for travel in July and August. (Source

IHG Rewards Club is finally providing an extension
on points expiry. Any member who has points slated to expire between
April 1 and December 31 (yours truly included) will have them extended
to the end of the year. Find out more here.

In Alaska Airlines latest schedule update they are
only going to be flying one of their Canadian routes until the end of
April by offering 7 weekly flights between Vancouver and Seattle.
(Source RoutesOnline)

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:

Posts since our last update:


Indigo plum PLUS members enjoy 2x plum points on all purchases* (Until April 30)

Enterprise: Student Travel Assistance – Waiving young renter fees and reducing the minimum age to 18 for rentals through May 31, 2020. Find out more here

Missfresh: Simplify your life with 45% off your first 2 consecutive orders with code SIMPLIFY45. Find out more here.

Canadian Bonus Offers

Air Canada Aeroplan / Altitude

Earn up 25,000 Altitude Qualifying Miles when you donate Aeroplan Miles to a charity engaged in fighting the COVID-19 crisis. More… Until Apr 30, 20

Marriott Bonvoy

– 3,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points per stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton West. More… Until May 1, 20

Other Bonus Offers

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

– Double Asia Miles for stays at participating Shangri-La Hotels in Hong Kong More… Until Jun 30, 20

Iberia Plus

– Earn up to 18,000 Bonus Avios when you subscribe to the Economist. More… Until May 31, 20

IHG Rewards Club

– 50% Bonus IHG Rewards Club Bonus points for stays at select New IHG hotels in the U .S. and Canada More… Book by Jun 30 for stays until Dec 31, 20

TAP Air Portugal

OFFER EXTENDED Elite Status Match Challenge – If you hold elite status
with a SkyTeam airline, oneworld airline, Azul, Emirates or Gol you can
join TAP Air Portugal and receive TAP elite status for six months if
you join a Club TAP Miles&Go or purchase miles to be eligible for
Silver or Gold status. More… Until Apr 30, 20

Earn up to 4x Miles&Go miles when you buy miles online. More… Until Apr 30, 20

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