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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.

These airlines offer bereavement fares, thats helpful but beware!

Although bereavement fares seem to be going the way of the dodo, there are still some airlines that offer them for grieving passengers. In time of emergency or emotional turmoil, it can hard to focus on saving costs or look for deals. And while bereavement fares may sound like the go-to option, these fares don’t always translate to savings. Below, I highlight North American airlines that offer these fares and follow up with few cautions and alternate options. Airlines that offer Bereavement fares Despite having varied policies on bereavement fares, some common elements that feature across all airlines; Bereavement...

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Review: Cathay Pacific Business Class A350-1000, Toronto to Hong Kong

December for me often signals a family reunion, which means a trip to India. In many ways, December also means flying either Swiss or Cathay business as a means to get to India. My preferred loyalty program for this trip is either Aeroplan for Swiss or Alaska Mileage Plan for Cathay redemption. Last month, I flew to India with Cathay Pacific and my flight from Toronto (YYZ) to Hong Kong (HKG) was on Cathay Pacific Business Class A350-1000, a significant improvement from the 777-300 aircraft that had served this sector for years. Booking Cathay Pacific Business Class Alaska Mileage Plan...

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Last Day: Get 20,000 additional welcome bonus miles on Avianca LifeMiles credit cards

Today, Dec 31st 2019, is the last day to take advantage of the increased bonus offer for Avianca LifeMiles credit cards. This promotion includes a bonus code which adds an additional 20,000 miles to the regular welcome bonus. One of the easiest ways to earn LifeMiles is through the LifeMiles credit cards in US, issued by Puerto Rico’s Banco Popular. Avianca LifeMiles features two credit cards, Vuela Visa® Card and Vida Visa® Card, both currently running a 20K bonus miles promotion until December 31, 2019. Avianca LifeMiles credit cards – Current Promotion Vuela – standard 40,000 welcome bonus after first purchase,...

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Top 5 cuisines with greatest influence on world palate

Perhaps the oldest and simplest cultural exchange one can undertake, is trying world cuisines. Essentially, a plate of food can offer insight to the culture and local customs of its origin. It was a pleasant surprise when I stumbled upon an article that highlighted countries with the greatest influence on world palate. Joel Waldfogel’s paper, titled ‘Dining out as a cultural trade’, used restaurant listings from TripAdvisor, Yelp, Tabelog and sales figures from Euromonitor to estimate world ‘trade’ in cuisines from 52 countries. He denotes domestic consumption of foreign cuisine as an ‘import’ and foreign consumption of domestic cuisine as an...

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Review: American Express AIR MILES Reserve Credit Card, with up to 3800 in welcome bonus

  American Express Reserve Cards are premium credits cards that come with plethora of exclusive benefits for Cardmembers. As part of the recent refresh, the American Express® AIR MILES®* Reserve Credit Card now comes a limited time increased welcome bonus of up to 3,800 AIR MILES. The Card offers the highest welcome bonus among AIR MILES credit cards and positions itself as a premium AIR MILES card and a must have for all frequent travellers. Lets look into the benefits in detail; American Express® AIR MILES®* Reserve Credit Card – Apply Now   Annual Fee: $299 Welcome Bonus: up to...

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Review: American Express Air Miles Platinum Credit Card with up to 3500 in welcome bonus

  In September, Amex Canada announced a few key enhancements to the Air Miles Platinum Card, which included an enhanced earning rate and the introduction of the new Annual Travel Redemption Benefit. In addition to these changes identified, American Express AIR MILES®* Platinum Credit Card now includes an impressive welcome bonus of up to 3500 AIR MILES in bonus miles, which makes it the best AIR MILES earning credit card in the market. Lets look into these enhancements in detail; American Express AIR MILES®* Platinum Card – Apply Now   Annual Fee: $120 Welcome Bonus: up to 3,500 AIR...

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Today Only – Save $100 off QC 35 II Noise Cancelling Headphones and other Bose offers

If you are looking for headphones that are travel friendly, its hard to look past the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II. It’s sheer popularity among travelers, makes it special – I spot at least a couple on every flight I have boarded. For today only, Bose (US and Canada) is offering impressive discounts on the QC 35 II Noise Cancelling Headphones. Happy Thanksgiving to readers from US!! QC 35 II Noise Cancelling Headphones and other Bose Offers Bose (US): Rose Gold QC 35 II Headphones are marked down from $349.95 to $249.95, $100 saving (Today Only) Black and Silver...

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Marriott Bonvoy points sale: 30% discount, buy points at 0.875 CPP

Marriott Bonvoy has launched their final points sale of the year, 30% off when buying 2000 points or more. The points sale strategy is obviously borrowed from SPG days where we would routinely see 30%-50% discount sales. The new Marriott Bonvoy points sale is available until December 22, 2019. So, how good is this sale and should you purchase Marriott Bonvoy points? Marriott Bonvoy points sale – Save 30% Purchase Bonvoy points at 30% off The 30% discount applies when purchasing 2000 points or more and translate to 0.875 cents per point. Members can buy or gift up to...

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Hyatt 40% bonus promotion, buy points at 1.71 cents each

World of Hyatt’s latest promotion is slightly better than the previous one, earn 40% more points when you purchase at least 5,000 points. Last such promotion offered 40% bonus with minimum a purchase of 10K points. The current Hyatt 40% bonus promotion ends on December 31, 2019. HYATT 40% BONUS ON PURCHASED POINTS Link to Promotion Unlike previous iteration of tiered bonuses, this promotion adds a flat 40% bonus on the transaction, when you purchase 5,000 points or more. This is a great way to top-up an account towards the next award night. Note that the yearly limit on...

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Alaska 50% bonus is back, purchase miles at 1.97 CPM

Alaska Mileage Plan is back with an impressive bonus promotion, up to 50% more bonus miles . We last saw the 50% bonus in April 2019. Alaska 50% bonus is applicable on minimum purchase of 40K miles, on transactions completed between November 14, 2019 and December 23, 2019. ALASKA MILEAGE PLAN – UP TO 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 for the 50% bonus. The bonus tiers look like this; Buy 10,000 — 19,000 miles = 20% bonus Buy...

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