Tuesday, July 14, 2020

July 14 Update: Marriott gifted nights now posting - pick your Annual Choice benefits if you qualify, Canada-U.S. border closure to be extended, Coronavirus exposure on flights in Canada

 Back on June 15 it was announced that Marriott Bonvoy would be gifting qualifying nights to current elite members. The nights gifted would be equivalent to half of that required for the elite status that you currently hold and those nights are now posting to members accounts. For some of you, these extra nights may push you over the threshold to be able to select Annual Choice Benefits for 50 nights or 75 nights. You can access those benefit options here.
Screenshot of the gifted nights that posted over this past weekend

Annual Choice Benefit options

News is out that the Canada U.S. border will be closed to non-essential travel for another month. The CBC reports that the agreement that was supposed to end on July 21 will be extended for until at least another 30 days. The interesting point with this closure is that Canadians can actually travel to the U.S. by plane - the agreement only covers land crossings for Canadians. Not that travelling to the U.S. is on the top of everyone's list right now with Coronavirus cases reaching record levels in many States.

Keeping on the topic of travel, flying and the pandemic - things don't seem to be the rosiest here in our own country. Alberta is seeing a spike in cases, Kelowna has increased cases thanks to some parties and if you check the Government of Canada's website for tracking locations where you may be exposed to to COVID-19, there are affected flights being reported almost daily where someone on board has been confirmed to carry the virus - and this both for domestic and international flights. Just some food for thought if you are considering flying.

Airline Schedule Updates
A summary 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!

As anticipated WestJet's new flight between Calgary and Rome will launch in 2021 now instead of this year. Based on schedule updates the new route will now launch on May 1, 2021 with a once weekly flight and moving the three times per week service as of May 20. (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.

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