Points Miles and Bling

Anshul was a hyper mobile professional, traveling across 5 continents, to recruit international students for Canada. He loves to share his personal travel gaffes and triumphs in using points and miles. For him, it's 99% planning and 1% execution.

Review: Swiss Business Class, throne seat on A330 Montreal to Zurich

Swiss business class is a solid product and I have flown them several times before. In fact, Swiss is my go-to airline when trying to book via Aeroplan. This flight was part of my trip to India, YUL-ZRH-BOM and was booked using Aeroplan miles, 75K + $75.45 CAD in taxes. Flt LX 87 Montreal (YUL) – Zurich (ZRH) Aircraft: Airbus A330-300ER Duration: 7hr 25min Seat: 12A (Business Class – Throne Seat) Swiss Business Class Throne Seat When flying solo, my favorite seats in Business class are the ‘Throne seats’ which offer a great mix of space and privacy – 4A/6A/8A/10A. I do my best...

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Buy Alaska Mileage miles with 50% bonus and IHG flash sale

Second quarter promotions are off to a great start. Alaska Mileage Plan has announced its most lucrative offer yet – buy Alaska Milage miles with 50% bonus! Three out of the four accounts I manage were targeted with up to 50% bonus offer. Alaska regularly sells miles at 30-40% bonus but this is the highest bonus offer I have seen and is available until July 1, 2017. If you were holding back on buying Alaska miles, this is the time and hopefully your account was targeted with the 50% bonus as well. As per usual, the bonuses are tiered...

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Why is Air Canada’s new loyalty program a good thing?

Canadian travel spectrum was rife with speculation after the announcement of Air Canada’s new loyalty program (in June 2020) and with that a divorce from Aeroplan. The news sent the 5 million members of Aeroplan in a tizzy, wondering about future of their account balances. But I argue that Air Canada’s new loyalty program is a good thing. Facts Air Canada’s agreement with Aimia for Aeroplan remains in place until June 29, 2020. Before the new Air Canada program launches in June 2020 members can earn and redeem Aeroplan Miles for Aeroplan Rewards, including flights with Air Canada and our Star Alliance partners. All...

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Air China Business class fares under $1500!!

Air China is promoting some incredible Business class package fares, under $1500 USD/round trip, from Toronto (YYZ)/Montreal (YUL) to several cities in China. Air China Business class Fares (Canada to China special packages) As per the promotion, the following rates apply per round trip when traveling with a companion/family (2 or more). Route (BUSINESS CLASS) 2 or more people traveling together Date of the first flight segment Montreal-Beijing 2,700 CAD/round-trip (~$2000 USD) Until Aug 31, 2017  Montreal-other Chinese cities  2,800 CAD/round-trip (~$2100 USD) Toronto-other Chinese cities  2,000 CAD/round-trip (<$1500 USD) Ottawa/Quebec city/Halifax- Beijing 3,100 CAD/round-trip (~$2300 USD) For individuals making multiple trips, following...

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TSA broke into my checked baggage and damaged its contents

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is responsible for screening of passengers and all their baggage at airports across United states. It is standard procedure for TSA to screen and open (if necessary) any checked bag, and I have had my bags opened several times before. On my last international trip, TSA not only cut through the locks and opened my checked baggage, they caused damage to the contents. TSA damage claim, here I come! My routing back from Vietnam (to Canada) included connections in Narita (NRT), Japan and Washington DC (IAD), USA. I had checked in two pieces of luggage which contained...

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Man fakes hijacking to avoid vacation with girlfriend

An Indian man wanted to avoid a vacation with his ‘online girlfriend’. His masterplan was a hoax email sent to the police about a possible hijacking in Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad. Obviously, it all went horribly wrong for him when the authorities traced his IP address down and arrested him. Turns out, this man (named by police as Motaparthi Vamshi Krishna, 32 y/o from Hyderabad, India) is married with kids and was involved in an online affair. The girlfriend insisted it was time to take the relationship to the ‘next level’ and wanted a vacation together to Mumbai and Goa...

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Review: Junior Suite at Intercontinental Dubai Marina

Booking Intercontinental Dubai Marina Dubai has three IC’s to boast and Intercontinental Dubai Marina is located in the famed Dubai Marina area of the city, closer to the Palm Jumeirah. I booked my two night stay (Jan 3 and 4, 2017) on points for 45,000/night. I value IHG points at 0.7 cpm which translates to $315 USD/night. At the time of booking,  cash rates for IC dubai marina were in excess of $350/night. I was happy to redeem on points and keep cash in pocket instead. Getting there I find city-taxi/Uber to be the best option from airport to...

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How to score Uber promo code in new cities

Uber has been on the wrong side of public opinion for a while now. However, I do like their product and continue to use them as my primary transportation option, especially in new cities. Over the years, I have discovered an easy marketing pattern to score uber promo code when traveling. Scoring Uber promo code As Uber continues its aggressive expansion around the world, passengers at airports seem to be their prime target for marketing campaigns. When I arrive in a new country/city, I connect my phone to the airport WiFi and switch my cellular network ON (keep cellular...

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Review: Andaz 5th Avenue, New York City

I love New York city and all things tourist that come with it. Andaz New York properties have been on my wish list for a while. On my last trip to the city, I finally checked off Andaz 5th Avenue from my list. Given the prime location of the property, it tends to be priced higher (~$350/nt) during peak tourist season. Andaz 5th is a category 6 redemption, available for 25000 points/nt or 12500 + $150. I was able to book the points+cash redemption for two nights and also used discounted  Hyatt e-gift card (~20% cheaper via CardCash) towards the cash portion...

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HILARIOUS sketch on Air Canada’s upgrade bidding and more

Hope everyone is having a good Monday. Recently, Air Canada introduced a bidding process which allows passengers to bid for an upgrade seat. I came across this hilarious sketch on Air Canada upgrade bidding and couldn’t NOT share it – the ending had me laugh out loud! I am a big fan of ‘This Hour has 22 Minutes’, a Canadian show that sheds lights on current events with a satirical twist. Without further adieu, here’s the video; Not surprisingly, Air Canada (a Canadian Crown Corporation completely privatized since 1989) and its operations are often at the core of Canadian satire...

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