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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.

Last call on Alaska 50% bonus promo, buy at 1.97 CPM!

Last chance to take advantage of Alaska Mileage Plan’s latest promotion ‘More Miles. More Merry.’ – with up to 50% more bonus miles . The Alaska 50% bonus is applicable on minimum purchase of 40K miles, on transactions completed by December 21st, 2018. Although I got an email for 40% bonus offer, my account had the 50% bonus coded – make sure you actually login and check your accounts for the higher offer.  ALASKA 50% BONUS MILES Promotion Link to miles Purchase   This promotion is tiered with 20% bonus on purchase of 10K miles. Minimum purchase of 40K points is required...

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Two new Hyatt promotions, Discover Andaz and Discover Canada

Hyatt latest promotions include ‘discover Andaz‘ and ‘discover Canada‘. While ‘discover Andaz’ promo is valid across 4 Andaz resorts, ‘discover Canada’ promotion is available at 7 Hyatt locations in Canada. Discover Andaz: $200 Credit + Breakfast The ‘discover Andaz’ promotion includes $200 hotel credit and free breakfast at 4 select Andaz resorts. The offer is available when you book by December 31st, 2018, and stay four nights between January 1 and April 30, 2019. Book using offer code 4AZCRE Direct Link to the promotion 4 Participating locations: Andaz Maui, Hawaii Andaz Scottsdale, Arizona Andaz Mayakoba Resort, Cancun ($400 Resort Credit...

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Air Canada offer to buy Altitude Status for 2019

It’s back, Air Canada’s offer to buy Altitude Status for 2019. Every year, several Air Canada members fall just short of making the status tier and this is Air Canada’s solution for them. In their words, they want to help you reach the status level, without any additional travel. The offers are targeted towards members that have achieved at least 80-85% of the requirements. The prices for the buy-up vary accordingly. Air Canada: Buy Altitude Status   The offer allows Altitude members to pay a fixed amount and enjoy the next level of status until February 28, 2020! Note that...

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Changes to American Express Platinum Card Travel Credit

Disclosure: American Express is not responsible for maintaining or monitoring the accuracy of information on this website. For full details and current product information click the Apply Now link below. My blog contains referral or affiliate links. I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your continued support. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The American Express Platinum Card has long been considered one of the best travel cards in the market. Conversation about this card usually starts with the high $699 (CAD) annual fee, but quickly evolves into the generous benefits that offset the annual fee. None more...

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New Tier – WestJet Platinum Benefits are now available

Back in October, Westjet announced a Platinum tier as the highest level of loyalty for its members. Today, the details of the Platinum Tier have been made public – WestJet Platinum benefits are impressive overall. WestJet Platinum Benefits Qualification requirements for WestJet Rewards Tiers is as shown below – the new Platinum tier requires minimum spend of $8000 in a qualifying year. For members that have met these requirements now, the tier should be active right away. Key benefits of the new Platinum Tier: Earn 8% in WestJet Dollars (WSD) when you fly WestJet flights Earn 100% WSD when flying...

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Pros and Cons of using a Travel Agent

As someone that takes joy in planning trips, I don’t engage with the typical travel agent often. However, I think back to my rigorous work-travel years and I wouldn’t blink twice before calling my agent to book a 13 leg, 3 week trip. Now, as a leisure traveler I rarely seek out agents to book my trip. Below, I discuss factors that one should consider while deciding on need for a travel agent – Pros and Cons of using a travel agent. Time and Convenience Pros: Using the service of a travel agent can be a very hands-off experience....

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Its back, Westjet Christmas Miracle Contest – Uniting through Traditions

WestJet’s success with the Christmas Miracle videos is well documented, in blogs and ofcourse on YouTube with millions of hits. Their campaign has been such a roaring success that WestJet decided to up their game and produce 25 new videos in 2018 – one each day leading up to Christmas! You can also enter a contest (one entry per day) to win round-trip economy airfare for two, anywhere WestJet flies. WestJet Christmas Miracle: Uniting through traditions The tag for this year’s campaign is ‘Uniting through traditions‘ and tugs the common theme of spending holidays with loved ones. Each day...

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Starts Today: Aeroplan’s 12 Days of Gifting

This year, Aeroplan 12 Days of Gifting promotion includes bonuses on online retailers while shopping through the Aeroplan eStore portal. The promotion runs from December 3-14, 2018. Although not as enticing as gifting Aeroplan miles or free flights, the promotion is handy if you were planning online purchase anyways. Aeroplan 12 Days of Gifting The first day offer is 8X Aeroplan miles for purchases at Hudson’s Bay, which can be combined with an extra 15% on regular, sale and clearance prices. Use Code: SAVE.   Other retailers that will be featured with special bonus offers are; Dec 4: Etsy Dec 5:...

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Cheap Business Class fares to Europe, from Toronto

I stumbled upon cheap business class fares to Europe from Toronto (YYZ) – while it’s not unusual to find good business class fares with Icelandair, some cities are pricing lower than normal, and well into summer months! Return-trip business class fares on Icelandair starting at $1480 CAD or $1100 USD, with availability spread from December – Summer 2019, across all cities. Its easy to search these fares on Google flights and book directly with the airline. Not sure how long these fares would last, shows limited seats in each sector. If you have a trip planned, these fares are not...

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Last Day to purchase Hyatt points with 40% bonus, 1.71 CPP

Today is the last day to purchase Hyatt points with up to 40% bonus. Hyatt 40% bonus is available for purchases made until 11:59 pm ET November 27, 2018. Unlike a tiered bonus, this promotion adds a flat bonus (up to 40%) on the transaction, when you purchase 10,000 points or more. Hyatt 40% bonus on purchased points Link to Promotion   With a 40% bonus, you can maximize the promotion by buying 55K (+22K Bonus) for $1320 USD, at 1.71 cpp. This is good value to top up your accounts for an upcoming stay or buy up to 77K points for a high end...

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