Wednesday, October 6, 2021

October 6 Update: Mandatory COVID vaccination for Air & Rail travellers will start October 30, receive a 50% bonus when converting Marriott Points to Etihad & more

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 which is currently offering a welcome bonus of up to 100,000 bonus points and no annual fee in the first year! 

Back in August the Federal Government stated that COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for air, rail and cruise ship travel. At the time they didn't put dates in place that this new rule would become effective. We now know from Justin Trudeau's announcement that it will be mandatory for "air travellers departing from Canadian airports, and travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains" to be vaccinated by October 30 however there will be a one month transition period "during which travellers not yet fully vaccinated will be able to travel if they can show a negative COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel. This transition period will end on November 30, 2021." (Source Government of Canada)


Etihad Guest is once again offering a transfer bonus for converting points from other programs into Etihad Guest miles. There are only three programs included this time and only one that is available to Canadians and that is Marriott Bonvoy. Right now when you convert Marriott Bonvoy points to Etihad Guest Miles you'll get a 50% bonus. This means if you convert at the ideal 60,000 Bonvoy Point level you'll get 25,000 Guest Miles plus the 50% of 12,500 miles for 37,500 in total. Learn more about this offer here.



Rexall has a lower bonus this week of only 7,500 Be Well bonus points however the spend required is also lower. That bonus will be rewarded on spend of $20 or more made by October 7. Simply log in to your Be Well account to load the offer.

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PC Optimum on the other is keeping with the higher spend higher bonus this week. You can earn 50,000 bonus PC Optimum points when you spend $150 or more with Shoppers Drug Mart online. This offer ends today however (Oct 6) Shop online here.

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Canadian Bonus Offers

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- October Promo Rewards – Save 20% to 50% on the Award Miles usually required for an award ticket. Destinations vary by each promotional period. This months includes Edmonton, Montreal, Vancouver and more More...   Book by Oct 31, 21  for travel Oct 1 – Mar 31, 22

Other Bonus Offers

Etihad Guest
- 50% Bonus Guest Miles when you transfer points from Marriott Bonvoy, KTC Thailand, Inbursa Mexico to Etihad Guest Miles. More... Until Oct 31, 21

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- Earn up to 6,500 Bonus Miles & More Miles on Avis rentals Worldwide. More... . Book by Nov 30 for rentals until Feb 28, 22

United MileagePlus
- Receive up to a 50% discount when you buy MileagePlus Miles. More... Until Oct 25, 21


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