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

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.

Posts since our last update:


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British Airways Executive Club

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IHG Rewards Club

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Marriott Bonvoy

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