June 23 Update: Amex Shop Small promotion returns tomorrow, potential to make money with Best Western’s promotions & Dubai to open up on July 7

American Express’ Shop Small promotion returns
tomorrow! The ever popular promotion sees cardmembers in select Canadian
cities earn a $5 credit or 10x points each time they spend $10 at a
participating Shop Small merchant. Those merchants are most of the ones
that are not nationwide chains or major retailers. These are your mom
and pop shops, local chains etc. The offers will launch on June 24 and
in my email it states that I can earn up to $50 in statement credits.
That means the $5 or 10x points will be awarded on 10 Shop Small
purchases. I’ll have a complete post detailing the new promotion
tomorrow but in the mean time check out our step by step guide to the American Express Shop Small Program to familiarize yourself with it!

Earlier today I brought you the news that I confirmed with Best Western
that you can earn $50 in gift cards with just one stay. I provided some
Canadian examples where there is decent value with these promotions but
those are unlike the example I used over on FrequentFlyerBonuses. The
example in my post actually makes you money! I just randomly chose
Memphis (don’t ask my why, it was just the first city to pop in my head)
and the Best Western Tunica Resort was pricing out at US$38.46
including taxes and it is an eligible rate so you would come ahead by
$11.54! Unbelievable! Read more about it here!

Airline Schedule Updates

This will now be a standard feature in our daily update posts as we
summarize Canadian operations based on data from RoutesOnline and other
sources. Remember that many of these route plans are subject to change
and right now they are changing frequently!

KLM has updated their Intercontinental operations
for July – they will fly twice weekly to Calgary, three times weekly to
Vancouver and once daily service will be offered to both Montreal and
Toronto. (Source RoutesOnline)

Dubai has announced they are opening up to
International tourists as of July 7. Emirates is flying 5x weekly from
Toronto as we speak while there is no news from Air Canada as to when
they will restart Dubai flights. Find out more here!

:Tourists must do a PCR test with a maximum validity of four days
(96 hours) ahead of the date of departure. They will be required to show
proof of not being infected with the virus on arrival at Dubai
airports. If they cannot provide proof, they will undergo a PCR test at
the airport. All arrivals will be subject to thermal screenings. If a
traveler is suspected to have COVID-19 symptoms, Dubai airports have the
right to re-test to ensure the tourist is free of the virus. It is
mandatory for tourists who test positive for COVID-19 to register their
details on the COVID-19 DXB app and isolate themselves at an
institutional facility provided by the government for 14 days at their
own expense.

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.

Posts since our last update:


Fairmont Hotels Stay Close – Buy Night 1 Get 1 Night free at select hotels in Canada, U.S. and Mexico. Find out more here

Instacart: Get $10 when you place your first order with Instacart! Register here.

SkipTheDishes – Sign up with this link to get $5 off your first order over $15. Find out more here

WealthSimple Trade:  Receive $5 when you deposit and trade at least $100 worth of stock with WealthSimple Trade. Find out more here (We will also receive $5 when you receive $5)

Rewards Canada receives a small commission when you use any of
the above offers. You don’t have to chose to use our links but we thank
you in advance if you do.

Canadian Bonus Offers

Best Western Rewards

– Receive a $25 Best Western Gift Card when you complete one stay at a
Best Western Hotel in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. More… For residents of the U.S. and Canada only Until Sep 7, 20

Other Bonus Offers

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Earn up to a 60% bonus when you buy Mileage Plan miles.
Bonus varies by member and will be revealed after you log in. More… Until Jun 28, 20

British Airways Executive Club

– Earn up to 25,500 Bonus Avios when you subscribe to the Economist. More… Until Jul 31, 20

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

– 1,000 Bonus Asia Miles + free breakfast for stays on the “Bed and
Breakfast” package at any one of 11 Marriott Hotels in Hong Kong. More… Until Jul 31, 20

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