RWRDS Daily Update – February 10

Here’s your Rewards Canada update! Your near daily dose of loyalty program, credit card and travel news, bonuses, deals and more.

A reminder of the changes coming to Starbucks Rewards on February 13

A reminder that the mostly negative changes to Starbucks Rewards kick in on Monday February 13. These changes were first announced (very poorly I might add) by Starbucks in late December. At that time I wrote that Starbucks should have done the following:

“plain and simple the email should state that Redemption rates for rewards are changing this February.”

Lo and behold an email from Starbucks yesterday that was sent out to members:

“On Monday, February 13, 2023, the number of Stars needed to redeem certain Rewards is changing.”

Coincidence? Probably, but as the Canadian consumer’s voice for loyalty programs maybe Starbucks took heed from our coverage as I have been (and will be) discussing the changes in the media. Nonetheless they are now providing proper notice a few days before the change. This should have been done long ago but they likely didn’t want a run on redemptions at the existing rates. To which point I would say if you want to retain value try to use up as many Starbucks Stars over this weekend if you can!

Starbucks Rewards redemption rates changing – mostly for the worse

Don’t forget as well that in just under two weeks we’ll see the changes to Tim Hortons Tim Rewards take place as well!

Big changes coming to Tim Hortons Tims Rewards

Image via Starbucks

Receive a 25% bonus when you buy World of Hyatt Points

Hyatt is the next hotel chain out with a buy points bonus. At 25% this round is a lower than what we typically see from them which is 30% to 40% extra points. In this case I would only buy the points if you need to top off for an award night or keep the points in your account from expiring. This offer is available until March 25, 23. Buy World of Hyatt Points here.

Image via Hyatt

The Cobalt Multiplier Challenge

Rewards Canada’s Jeff W. has provided some more Cobalt Card multipliers!

  • Empty Cup Collective (Coffee) – Winnipeg – 5x points
  • Red Ember Pizza – Winnipeg – 5x points
  • Rhombus Guys Pizza – North Dakota – 5x points
  • ColdStone Creamery – US Wide – 5x points
  • Sam’s Club Fuel Centers – US Wide – 2x points
  • GasTrak – Pembina, North Dakota – 2x points

Jeff also reminds us that Save-On Foods in Winnipeg is 5x points. You’ll find it listed in the feature as Canada Wide but it is good to know those of you in YWG that the locations there are confirmed as 5x points.

Cobalt Multiplier Challenge stats:

Canada  – Goal: 1,000 entries by 2/28 | Current: 834
United States  – Goal: 250 entries by 2/28 | Current: 177
Rest of World  – Goal: 250 entries by 2/28 | Current: 178

Check out the Cobalt Confirmed Multipliers list here.


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Canadian Bonus Offers

Air Canada Aeroplan
– 1,500 Bonus Aeroplan points on Air Canada Vacations packages to select Blue Diamond Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. Book by Feb 28 for travel Apr 1 – Jun 30, 23 More…

Other Bonus Offers

Best Western Rewards
Netherlands Earn 8,000 bonus Rewards Points when you stay 2 nights (do not have to be consecutive) at participating Best Western Hotels in The Netherlands. Register & book now for stays completed Feb 6 – May 7, 23.More…

EVA Airways Infinity MileageLands
– Save up to 40% when you buy Infinity MileageLands Miles. Valid until Feb 24, 23 More…

Marriott Bonvoy
Basel 4,000 bonus Bonvoy Points + free breakfast for stays of 2+ nights at the Basel Marriott Hotel. Book now for stays until Mar 31, 23 More…
Doha Earn up to 10,000 bonus Bonvoy Points for stays at the Le Méridien City Center, Doha. Book now for stays until Mar 25, 23 More…
Louisville 5,000 bonus Bonvoy Points PER NIGHT for stays at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Valid for stays until Mar 28, 23 More…

Millennium Hotels My Millennium
Minneapolis 2x My Millennium Points and complimentary upgrades for stays at the Millennium Minneapolis. Book now for stays until Feb 28, 23. More…