RWRDS Daily Update – May 12, 2023

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

Shoppers Drug Mart PC Optimum Bonus Redemption Event

The Shoppers Drug Mart PC Optimum Redemption event has returned! There is a new offer in place until May 17, 2023 offering up to an extra $100 in value for your points redemption.

The redemption bonuses of the May 2023 event are as follows:

  • Redeem 50,000 points and get up to $65 off ($15 extra)
  • Redeem 100,000 points and get up to $140 off ($40 extra)
  • Redeem 200,000 points and get up to $300 off ($100 extra)

Click here to learn more

Image via Shoppers Drug Mart

Chase’s first airport lounge in the U.S. will open on May 16

South of the border Chase will be opening their first domestic lounge on May 16. The Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club at Boston Logan International Airport will be accesible to Canadian Priority Pass members which several credit cards in Canada still provide (Check out our guide to business class lounge access) however the rules of entry will be different than most lounges you can access with Priority Pass.

Priority Pass members without a Sapphire Reserve card will be able to enter a Sapphire Lounge by The Club location one time at no cost per calendar year and will be charged an entry fee upon each subsequent visit to any location within the Sapphire Lounge by The Club network. This is something new that any and all Priority Pass members can get one free visit. After that though, all Priority Pass members, even those with the top level membrship from the Platinum Card will have to pay a hefty fee to access the lounge

Members can access the lounge once per calendar year using an allocated visit entitlement (both inclusive and Pay As You Go) subject to availability. Additional visits over and above the 1 calendar year, and any guest visits, will be charged a preferential entry fee of US$75 per person, per visit, payable to the lounge.

Of course if you have a U.S. issued Chase Sapphire Reserve card you’ll receive unlimited complimentary access for yourself and up to two guests.

The Boston Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club, located in the Terminal B to C Connector, between gates B40 and B39, will be open starting at 5 a.m. ET on Tuesday, May 16. Daily hours for the Boston location are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

Click here to learn more.  

Image via Chase

WestJet adding non-stop Winnipeg to Atlanta flights

WestJet 737

Exciting news for our readers in Manitoba! After the success of WestJet’s new non-stop Winnipeg to Los Angeles flight the airline will be adding non-stop flights to Atlanta!

The new route will launch on September 6 and will operate 5x weekly. The flight will provide easy connections to over 50 destinations beyond Atlanta with WestJet’s partner Delta Airlines.

Route Start Date Frequency Departure Arrival
Winnipeg – Atlanta September 6, 2023 5x weekly 9:00 a.m. 13:09 p.m.
Atlanta – Winnipeg September 6, 2023 5x weekly 14:00 p.m. 16:20 p.m.

Click here to learn more.

Image via WestJet

This week in RWRDS

This week in RWRDS

The next episode of This week in RWRDS will air later today! This is our new YouTube Live series where discuss the week’s happenings in the world of points, miles, credit cards and travel. Be sure to tune in! Barring any unforseen circumstances this episode will air at 1:30pm MT / 3:30 ET. Be sure to subscribe to our channel so you can participate in the chat. Here’s a direct link for today’s video.


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Fairmont Hotels: AAA/CAA members can receive 15% off and a $50 dining credit for stays in North America. Book now for stays until Jan 31, 24. Click here for more details & to book this offer.

Scotia Student Banking Advantage® Plan: Open a student account today and get up to $100*. Offer ends June 10, 23. Click here for more details


Canadian Bonus Offers

Air Canada Aeroplan
– Earn 1,500 Bonus Aeroplan points when you book an Air Canada Vacations package to Cuba. Book by May 31 for travel Aug 1 – Oct 31, 23. More…

Marriott Bonvoy
Edmundston  3,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points PER NIGHT at the Four Points by Sheraton Edmundston Hotel & Conference Center. Book now for stays until Jun 26, 23 More…

Other Bonus Offers

Marriott Bonvoy
Chicago  5,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points for stays of 2 or more nights at The St. Regis Chicago. Book now for stays Jun 26 – Sep 17, 23 More…
New York City  20,000 Bonus Bonvoy Points for stays in a suite at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. Book now for stays Jun 8 – Aug 31, 23 More…

SAS EuroBonus
– Double EuroBonus Points and up to 20% off for hotel stays worldwide booked via Hotels by SAS. Book by May 23 for stays until Nov 23, 23. More…