Points Miles and Bling

Anshul was a hyper mobile professional, traveling across 5 continents, to recruit international students for Canada. Now he travels predominantly on miles and points and loves to share his personal travel gaffes and triumphs.

Cheap flights to India from US (LAX, SFO, JFK, ORD) and Canada (YUL), starting $526

Cheap flights to India from US and Canada that I reported a couple of weeks ago, still seem to be around. Several airlines from US cities, especially China Southern flights are pricing around ~$526 to India. British Airways fares from Montreal are worth a look as well, starting $828 CAD. Most of these fares are available from late August to early December travel window. These are deep discounted economy fares booking into lower fare buckets which fetch 25% flown miles. Example: British Airways booked into O class which earns 25% Avios/Alaska/American miles. Search using Google Flights and book directly with...

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Should hotels allow women to swim topless?

An Ontario woman has filed a complaint with Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario after being told by several hotels that she would not be allowed to swim topless in their pool. According to the complainant’s lawyer, Marie-Pier Dupont, her client prefers to swim topless and felt she was being discriminated against because of her gender. So, should hotels allow women to swim topless? The details of the complaint have not been made public yet. According to reports, the complaint mentions a water park and several hotel brands. At least one hotel, Ramada Cornwall, has confirmed that they received an email asking if the...

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Aeroplan conversion bonus and why you should NOT rush into it!

Aeroplan conversion bonus is back and its better than ever, at 35%. While that opens some great promotion stacking and leverage options, the fact is Aeroplan redemption options come with its set of hurdles. Without sounding alarmist or negative, I want to layout the leverage options and the hurdles. Leverage this promotion: Aeroplan Conversion and SPG Until August 21, 2017, Aeroplan is offering a 35% bonus on points converted from select hotel loyalty programs into Aeroplan. This time around, the bonus is not tiered and all/any points converted get a 35% bonus.   Take Note: Bonus Aeroplan Miles received from the exchange...

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Hyatt 40% bonus on points purchase and 16% discount on Gift Cards

Promotions offering bonus points on purchase are coming in thick and fast, Hyatt 40% bonus on points purchase is back! The offer is available for purchases made between July 12th and August 9th, 2017. Hyatt 40% bonus on points purchase Bonus is tiered with 30% additional points with purchase of 5000-9000 points and 40% bonus on purchase of 10,000 – 55,000 points in a single transaction. Purchase can be made in increments of 1000 as needed. You can buy 10K (+ 4K bonus) points for $240 USD at 1.71 Cents Per Point or maximize the promotion by buying 55K...

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Last Call! IHG 100% bonus and SPG 35% discount on points purchase

Last call on some interesting promotions from IHG and SPG. IHG Mystery Bonus offers up to 100% points until July 12th, whereas SPG 35% discount on points purchase ends on July 14th. IHG Mystery Bonus IHG is running a Mystery Bonus event with up to 100% bonus on the next purchase of points. This bonus offer is available until the end of the day today – July 12, 2017.  The bonus is triggered with a minimum purchase of 5000 points (10K with bonus) for $67.50 USD to a maximum of 60,000 points (120k with bonus) for $690 USD @0.575 cents...

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Fare Alert! Cheap flights to India from Canada and US starting $590

Earlier today I noticed several One World carriers showing cheap flights to India from Canada/US  with fares starting at $590 USD or $808 CAD. Further search showed several non-one world airlines matching those fares to India as well. Google Flights was showing plenty of availability from Aug-Nov 2017. These are deep discounted economy fares booking into lower fare buckets which fetch 25% flown miles. Example: British Airways booked into O class which earns 25% Avios/Alaska/American miles. Qatar books into W class which also earns 25% flown miles with One World partners. I am assuming limited seat availability on all these routes/fares, so...

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Avianca Business Class Sale – NA to Central/South America $880!!

Avianca Business Class Sale is offering great prices to Central and South America, starting at $1197 CAD ($880 USD) for flights from Toronto (YYZ). The availability is excellent from July – early December. A quick search reveals that <$1000 USD Business Class fares are also available from NYC, Chicago etc.. Avianca is a Star Alliance member and the business tickets book into fare class D which earns 150% LifeMiles (Avianca FF program) or 125% Aeroplan, among other programs you can credit to. Purchase must be made between July 6 – July 31, 2017 for travel upto December 10th, 2017.     A...

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Air Canada Europe Sale – 15% off promo code

I got an email reminder about a Air Canada Europe Sale with 15% off promotion code. The offer is restricted to select destinations in Europe, including London, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin, Barcelona and Madrid. Air Canada Europe Sale and Promo Code Book with promo code ACTOEUROPE15B , the offer is available for 2 more days; Book by July 7, 2017 at 11:59 pm from your city of departure in Canada Travel valid from July 12, 2017 to Sept 30, 2017 Books in Tango, includes a free luggage and earns 50% Aeroplan miles Codeshare flights are included. Note that the discount applies to the...

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Last chance – Alaska miles 50% bonus for one more day

Disclaimer: My blog contains referral or affiliate links. I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you, please consider using my links for your purchase. Thank you for your continued support. If you are in the market or have been waiting to buy Alaska miles, this is the time. Alaska had targeted several Mileage Plan accounts with a 50% bonus offer on purchased miles until July 1st, 2017.  This is the highest bonus I have seen and Alaska miles 50% bonus is available for one more day. This maybe your last change before the bonus offer drops out completely...

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Review: ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita (NRT)

I arrived in Tokyo (NRT) from Bangkok, a red eye flight on ANA Business Class 787-9 Dreamliner (review). I had managed a good 4 hour sleep but felt I could sleep another 6. But this was my first time transiting NRT and I was equally excited to experience the much famed ANA Business class Lounge in Narita. Getting to ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita My flight NH 808 from Bangkok arrived at 8:40 am in Terminal 1, Gate 47 (Satellite 4). My connecting flight was out of gate 54 from the same terminal. The terminal has a unique layout with gates 51-58 located in...

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