Tuesday, January 4, 2022

January 4 Update: Ontario Staycation Tax Credit of up to $400, earn 2,000 miles for joining Emirates Skywards & up to 10,000 points for joining and staying with Radisson

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There is a new 2022 Ontario Staycation Tax Credit that can be claimed on your 2022 taxes. This is a great incentive for those looking to travel but want to stay a little closer to home. Here are the details as set out by the Ontario Government:

The government is proposing a new, temporary Ontario Staycation Tax Credit for the 2022 tax year. This Personal Income Tax (PIT) credit would provide Ontario residents with support of 20 per cent of eligible 2022 accommodation expenses of up to $1,000 for an individual and $2,000 for a family, for a maximum credit of $200 or $400, respectively.

Ontario residents could apply for this refundable credit when they file their 2022 PIT returns and benefit even if they do not owe any PIT. An eligible accommodation expense would have to be:

  • For a stay of less than a month at an eligible accommodation such as a hotel, motel, resort, lodge, bed-and-breakfast establishment, cottage or campground in Ontario;
  • For a stay between January 1 and December 31 of 2022;
  • Incurred for leisure (e.g., a non-business purpose);
  • Paid by the Ontario tax filer, their spouse or common-law partner, or their eligible child, as set out on a detailed receipt;
  • Not reimbursed to the tax filer, their spouse or common-law partner, or their eligible child, by any person, including by a friend or an employer; and
  • Subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST)/Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), as set out on a detailed receipt.

Now I'd love to see other provinces and even the Federal Government do something similar to helps stimulate travel here at home. Learn more here. (Source Points, Miles & Bling)

Image via the Queens Printer for Ontario


If you are not a member of the Emirates Skywards program yet you can earn 2,000 free miles for joining by March 31. 2022. The promotion is from their partner airline Flydubai and all you have to do is use promo code FLYDUBAI when you register for the program. Note they state the miles have a 12 month expiry so you'll want to use them in the next year if you can. Seeing as Emirates offers Miles+Cash options as low as 2,000 miles so long as you are going to travel with them it should be no problem to use up those miles. Click here to learn more.

Image via Flydubai


And another joining bonus here - Radisson Hotels Americas is offering up to 10,000 Radisson Rewards points when you join the program and complete stays within three months of joining. You'll earn 3,000 bonus points on the first stay and 7,000 on the second stay. This offer is open until the end of they year so you don't have to go out and join right away rather you'll want to time your joining of the program so that you can complete those one or stays within three months. Click here to learn more.

Image via Radisson


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Both Air Canada and WestJet are offering big seat sales right now. WestJet you need to book by January 7 and Air Canada's is available until January 11. Book the WestJet sale here and the Air Canada sale here.

Hilton Hotels
Stay at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, LXR Hotels & Resorts, and Conrad Hotels & Resorts and receive a $150 on-property credit for each night you stay. Click here to book this offer.

Venetian Resort Las Vegas
Up to 25% off their best rates when you book by Jan 17 for stays until Mar 31, 22. Click here to book this offer.

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

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- January Promo Rewards – Save 20% to 50% on the Award Miles usually required for an award ticket. Destinations vary by each promotional period. This month includes Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. Book by Jan 31, 22  for travel until Jun 30, 22 More...

Other Bonus Offers

AeroMexico Club Premier
- 50% Club Premier Points discount when you redeem for economy class award flights between Cancun and Guadalajara. Book by Jan 31 for travel Jan 17 - Apr 30, 22 More...

Emirates Skywards
- 2,000 Free Skywards Miles when you join the Emirates Skywards program using promo code FLYDUBAI. Valid until Mar 31, 22 More...

Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 1,000 Bonus ShebaMiles when you fly between Addis Ababa and Vienna on January 09, 16, 23 and 30, 2022 only. Until Jan 31, 22
- 5 ShebaMiles for every hour of you stay in Ethiopia when you fly Ethiopian Airlines to Ethiopia and stay for at least 7 days. Until Jan 31, 22

Hilton Honors
- OFFER EXTENDED 5,000 Bonus Honors Points when you join the Hilton Honors programs and complete hotel stays within 6 months of joining. Until Mar 31, 22. More...

Radisson Rewards (Americas)
- Earn up to 10,000 bonus Radisson Rewards points when you join Radisson Rewards Americas and stay at any of their 600+ hotels in the United States, Canada, Latin America, or the Caribbean. Join by Dec 31, 22 and complete stays by Mar 31, 23 More...


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