Tuesday, December 15, 2020

December 15 Update: Hilton Diamonds can gift Gold Elite Status, Air Canada offering Biometric boarding out of SFO, another Cobalt multiplier & two new Amex offers

Here's your Rewards Canada Daily update! Your daily dose (or near daily dose) of loyalty program, credit card and travel news, bonuses, deals and more. This update is brought to you by the HSBC World Elite Mastercard.

Do you have Hilton Honors Diamond status? If so you should have received an email from Hilton letting you know that you can gift Gold elite status to a family member or friend for a year. This is normally a benefit that you receive as a Diamond member after you complete 60 stays so this is a nice gift for this year where it would be tough to reach that many nights.

  1. Gift Hilton Honors Elite Status to a loved one. Hilton Honors is extending a one-time opportunity to its global Diamond and Lifetime Diamond members. Beginning next week until January 31, 2021, these elite members will be able to gift status for one year to a family member or friend. Typically, the Elite Status Gifting benefit is reserved for members who complete a standard, annual night requirement.

Source Hilton


Air Canada
has become the first Canadian airline to offer Biometric boarding for flights departing the US to Canada. Right now if you depart from San Francisco on an Air Canada flight you can choose to use the Biometric boarding option. Air Canada plans to expand the option to more U.S. airports as time progresses.

Biometric boarding enables customers to present themselves at the boarding gate, have their photo taken which is then validated and confirmed to their passport document details and photo which are already captured via the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Traveler Verification Service. In a matter of seconds, CBP's biometric facial comparison service will automatically compare the new photo of the traveller to images that the traveller has already provided to the government, such as passport and visa photos.  Overall, the use of facial biometrics provides travellers with a secure, touchless process that streamlines air travel.

Image/Source Air Canada


 Here's another YYC American Express Cobalt Card confirmed multiplier. It's an amazing bakery on 17th Avenue near downtown called The Black Sheep Fine Foods and Patisserie. My recent purchase there earned the 5x eats and drinks multiplier on the Cobalt Card. You can find this and many more confirmed 5x locations from across Canada and the world on our page here. You can order from Black Sheep online as well although I'm not 100% sure if online will count as 5x.

Images via Black Sheep


Two new Amex Offers came out over the past couple of days. I received both offers of theses offer on my Platinum Card. The offers are for Meyer and Pizzaville as follows:

  • Get a statement credit equal to 20% of total qualifying purchases when you use your registered Card at www.meyercanada.ca 
  • Spend at least $40 in qualifying purchases using your registered Card at participating Pizzaville location(s), in-store, on eligible delivery, or when prepaying online at www.pizzaville.ca or the Pizzaville mobile application by 15/03/2021 and earn a $10 statement credit. Limit of 3 credits

You can find them and many more on our Guide to American Express Canada 'Amex Offers'


Give A Mile 2020 Flight Hero Christmas Campaign: Help Rewards Canada raise 50,000 points for flights of compassion We are now up to 30,000 points - thank you to everyone who has donated so far! Now we only need 20,000 more points!


Posts since our last update:


Accor Up to 30% off stays at participating Accor Hotels in North & Central America. Full details Book by Dec 31 for stays until Mar 31, 21

HSBC Premier Chequing Account Get up to $1,000* in cash back and rewards when you switch over to us by December 28, 2020 Find out more here.

Earn $300 cash when you open a new Scotiabank Ultimate Package! Plus earn Scotia Rewards or SCENE Rewards points. Find out more here.

If you aren't using the Ampli Cash Back app yet you can get $5 when you download the app and join today with promo code AMPLI5 Find out more 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


Other Bonus Offers

Avianca LifeMiles
- 125% bonus when you transfer LifeMiles to another member. More... Until Dec 30, 20

Hyatt World of Hyatt
- 500 Bonus World of Hyatt points per night for stays at the UrCove Nanjing South Railway Station, UrCove Chengdu City Center, UrCove Shanghai Lujiazui EXPO, or the UrCove Shanghai Wujiaochang More... Until Feb 27, 21
- 500 Bonus World of Hyatt points per night for stays at The Wellem Dusseldorf. More... Until Feb 1, 21
- 500 Bonus World of Hyatt points per night for stays at the Oryx Doha More... Until Feb 27, 21
- 500 Bonus World of Hyatt points per night for stays at the Hyatt Place Houston / Downtown More... Until Feb 27, 21
- 500 Bonus World of Hyatt points per night for stays at the Thompson San Antonio More... Until Jan 30, 21
- 500 Bonus World of Hyatt points per night for stays at the Hyatt Regency West Hanoi More... Until Jan 30, 21

Singapore Airline KrisFlyer
- Double KrisFlyer Miles when you book the Best Available Rate package with a minimum of one-night stay at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya. More... Until Jan 31, 21

Sonesta Hotels Travel Pass
- 2,500 Bonus Travel Pass Points when you book the Sonesta Travel Pass Member Rate at any new participating Sonesta Hotels in North America. More... Until Jan 31, 21

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