Points Miles and Bling

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

9 more airlines added to TSA PreCheck screening program

The TSA Pre✓® screening program has expanded to include 9 more airlines, bringing the total airlines partners to 65 domestic and international carriers. TSA PreCheck screening program – New airline partners (2019) Air India Asiana Airlines China Airlines Eastern Airlines Elite Airways EVA Airways Japan Airlines TAP Air Portugal Volaris TSA Pre✓® allows expedited screening for low risk travellers that make use of dedicated lanes and don’t need to remove shoes, belts, jackets and even laptops, while going through security. The program is available for $85 (for five years) to US citizens, US nationals and lawful permanent residents of the US. Once approved,...

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Buy 6500 Hyatt points for $120, at 1.85 CPP

Last chance, Hyatt 30% bonus is available for purchases made until February 22, 2019. Hyatt’s latest points purchase promotion is underwhelming at first glance, but its not often that Hyatt lets you purchase under 10K points with a bonus, so this promotion maybe handy for members looking for a quick top-up towards their next stay. HYATT 30% BONUS ON PURCHASED POINTS Link to Promotion The usual 40% bonus promotions require a minimum purchase of 10,000 points to get the bonus. However, the current 30% bonus kicks in with a minimum purchase of 5000 points. This can be handy for customers looking to...

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Last chance – Buy Alaska Mileage Plan miles at 2.1 cents a piece

Last chance to get Alaska Mileage Plan points with a 40% bonus . Alaska 40% bonus is applicable on minimum purchase of 30K miles, on transactions completed until February 22nd, 2019. ALASKA 40% Bonus Miles Promotion Link to miles Purchase   This promotion is tiered with 20% bonus on purchase of 5K miles. Minimum purchase of 30K points is required for the 40% bonus. The bonus tiers look like this; Buy 5,000 — 19,000 miles = 20% bonus @ 2.46 CPM Buy 20,000 — 29,000 miles = 30% bonus @ 2.27 CPM Buy 30,000 — 60,000 miles = 40% bonus @ 2.1 CPM With a 40% bonus, this...

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Coupon Code: 15% off on Hotels.com bookings, pay with Paypal

A neat promotion if you make your bookings on Hotels.com and pay using PayPal, 15% off! This promo is available for bookings made between 12:01 am MT on 2/20/2019 and 11:59pm MT on 3/20/2019 on the US or CA version of Hotels.com for stays to be completed between 2/20/2019 and 5/31/2019. Hotels.com Coupon code : PAYPALSPRING19 While you can combine this code with other promotions, you will not be able to earn or redeem rewards when using this code. Please read t&c posted below, before making any bookings;   Disclaimer: My blog contains referral or affiliate links. I receive a small commission at no additional cost to...

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Book NOW! Aeroplan introduces fuel surcharges on Air China award bookings, but…a glitch!

Air Canada and Air China have had a patchy relationship when it comes to booking awards through their loyalty programs. Apparently, CA was collecting YQ on AC award bookings but Aeroplan was not. So now, Aeroplan has decided to collect fuel surcharges (YQ) on Air China award tickets as well. But this is not bad news for everyone, as things stand, Aeroplan is charging YQ on Air China award bookings only to/from Canada!! Not sure if this is a glitch but all award bookings to/from US are still showing without fuel surcharges. For my Canadian friends though, the YQ has...

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In 10 pics: Cathay Business Class Review 777-300ER Mumbai to Hong Kong (2019)

I travel to India at least a couple of times a year and Cathay Pacific business class features regularly in my plans. With Alaska Mileage Plan, my trip from Mumbai to Toronto (BOM-HKG-YYZ) cost 62,500 points and $62 USD. Since I have reviewed Cathay Pacific Business class 777-300ER product in detail before, I figured it was best to do a pictorial review for this segment. Cathay Business Class Review: Mumbai to Hong Kong (2019) Flight: CX 660  BOM-HKG Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER Duration: 4hr 55min Seat: 17K Priority security and immigration for First and Business Class passengers is a saving grace for what...

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Is the new metal Amex Platinum Card still worth it? (Canada)

The Amex Platinum Card has long been considered one of the best travel cards in the market. Conversation about this card usually started with the high $699 (CAD) annual fee, but would evolve to the generous benefits that offset the annual fee. On February 13, 2019 the refreshed version of the card was released. A classy metal card with increased earning rates in dining (3X) and travel (2X) also included a decrease in non-bonus category from 1.25x to 1x. Although a more comprehensive card now, the decrease in non-bonus category earning did not sit well with existing card users,...

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Why don’t hotels offer all day breakfast?

I love me a good breakfast for dinner, or lunch, and sometimes in between! Basically, I am the ideal customer for all day breakfast establishments. The all day breakfast trend is not new and many restaurants and fast food chains have developed menus to align their profits with the shift in eating trends. Hotel restaurants on the other hand, have been stuck in a time warp. We have seen hotel chains build brands around millennial sensibility but continue to peg breakfast with traditional time restrictions. I would argue that most hotel restaurants serve more customers at breakfast than they...

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Canada’s first, Metal Amex Platinum Card with enhanced earning rates is here

Over the last few weeks, Canadian Amex consumers and enthusiasts have been abuzz with the anticipated changes to the Platinum Card. Well, the wait is over and Amex Canada has released the details on the refreshed Platinum Card. American Express Platinum Card® becomes Canada’s first Metal Card! The other big change from previous iteration are the new earning rates of 3X on Dining, 2X on Travel and 1X** on all other purchases. Better yet, no changes to annual fee, the $200 travel credit and signup bonus. Lets dive into the features of the New Platinum Card®; American Express Platinum...

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LifeMiles Credit Cards : 50% discount on award ticket, 40k bonus and much more

If you are a points and miles enthusiast, it’s unlikely that you do not know about Avianca airlines’ loyalty program, LifeMiles. Avianca airlines is a Star Alliance member and the LifeMiles program does not impose any fuel surcharges on award redemptions (not even on Lufthansa and Air Canada 🙂 ). It also allows mixed cabin award itineraries with lucrative redemption rates – Reasons why LifeMiles (LM) is my primary currency for premium redemptions within the Star Alliance network. Avianca airlines also offers Avianca LifeMiles credit cards in US, issued by Puerto Rico’s Banco Popular, and these cards offer impressive...

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