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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.

SPG 35% discount on starpoints maybe the last one before Marriott takes over

SPG 35% discount on points purchase is back, maybe the last time before Marriott takes over. The discount is available for purchases completed between 9:00 AM ET June 15, 2018 and 11:59 PM ET July 20, 2018 – save 35% on all purchases of 5,000 or more Starpoints. SPG 35% Discount – Go farther with Starpoints Promotion details here     You can maximize on the sale by purchasing up to 30,000 starpoints for $682.50 USD (2.275 cpp). SPG limits purchase up to 30,000 per account per calendar year. Note that Starpoints purchased do not count toward elite status. Starpoint purchases can be made...

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For the love of travel, use the cell phone lots to park at airports!

Yes, its 2018 and I want to talk about cell phone lots at airports. Specifically about folks that prefer the highway curb over cell phone lots, to wait for the arrival of their loved ones. What are Cell Phone Lots? Cell Phone lots are free parking lots, built close to airports, where people can wait before picking up passengers from arrivals. Its called a cell phone lot because most people that are parked there are waiting for a phone call from their loved ones, once they have picked up their baggage. My experience Generally speaking, cell phone lots help...

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You can have your say in the new Passenger Bill Of Rights in Canada

When it comes to air passenger rights, EU legislation leads the pack and are a benchmark for other countries. In US, the Department of Transportation does a good job of protecting and informing passenger of their rights. In Canada however, there is no binding set of regulations that passengers can lean on. Canada Transport Agency (CTA), that is tasked with adjudicating passenger complaints against airlines, does a lack-luster job at best. In Canada, airlines like to throw $10 food vouchers at every passenger complaint in the name of “our policy is..”. 2018 however, promises to be a watershed year for...

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Kick back with bonus miles – Alaska 40% bonus promotion

Alaska Mileage Plan’s latest promotion “kick back with bonus miles” comes with 40% bonus on purchased miles. The promotion is applicable on all transactions completed between ​6:00 AM PST May 21, 2018 and 11:59 PM PST July 3, 2018. Alaska 40% Bonus Promotion Link to miles Purchase Alaska 40% bonus kicks in when buying a minimum of 50K miles (70K with bonus), or maximizing the value by buying 60K (84K with bonus) for $1773 USD. A value of 2.11 cpm. In the previous editions of this promotion, the 40% bonus was available with a minimum purchase of 20K miles. Current promotion requires you purchase...

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Last chance to take advantage of Hyatt 40% bonus promotion

This post is a reminder that tomorrow is the last day to purchase points under current promotion – Hyatt 40% bonus is available for purchases until May 23, 2018. Hyatt 40% Bonus Link to Promotion As per usual, bonus is tiered – Purchase between 5,000 and 9,000 Bonus Points in a single transaction receive 30% additional Bonus Points and purchase of 10,000+ in a single transaction receive 40% additional Bonus Points. Note that the yearly limit on purchased points per account is 55,000.   You can maximize the promotion by buying 55K (+22K Bonus) for $1320 USD, at 1.71 cpp. This is good...

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Next PointsU conference is in Toronto! PointsU YYZ 2018

The much awaited 2018 iteration of the Canadian Points University or PointsU conference is back in Toronto! PointsU YYZ 2018 will be held in Toronto from September 28-29. Over 150 attendees have already registered for the event – registration fee is $219 CAD. If you missed the early bird pricing, use Discount Code ‘TRAVELUPDATE‘ at checkout, to save $20 CAD. PointsU YYZ 2018 This will be the 4th edition of the national conference that brings together the Canadian Points & Miles community under one roof. Previous iterations have been held at YVR, YYZ, YYC and the conference has grown...

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Introducing Monoprice, from best kept secret to mainstream consumer brand

Disclaimer: This is an affiliate sponsored post. Following content contains affiliate links, but the opinions expressed are my own. I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your continued support. My affiliate partner introduced me to Monoprice, an online retailer based out of California, that specializes in consumer electronics and outdoor equipment. To be honest, this was the first I had heard of them but turns out Monoprice has gone from an underground nerd following to legitimate consumer brand. Or as this Buzzfeed news article puts it, “An empire built on cheap HDMI cables stretches its...

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College residences are great hotel alternatives during peak summer travel

University or College residences present tremendous cash saving proposition for those that are looking at non-hotel “Hotel” options. Peak summer travel can be expensive and accommodation bills tend to burn holes in travel budgets. Hotel, AirBnB rates see a significant jump during city events like music festivals, conferences, sports events, etc. This is where campus residences shine through. Over the past decade, universities and college residences have spent millions upgrading and renovating on-campus accommodations to ensure comfort for their students. Grubby dorms and shared bathrooms are things of the past (there are always exceptions 😉 ) Once academic terms end...

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Leverage IHG 80% bonus points and PointBreaks promotion for a great value 

Current IHG 80% bonus points promotion can work wonderfully well in conjunction with the soon-to-be-released PointBreaks promotion. The current IHG 80% bonus promotion is available for purchases made between April 18, 2018, and May 31, 2018. Whereas, the next round of IHG PointBreaks locations will be announced Monday, April 30th. IHG 80% Bonus Promotion Link to Promotion details The bonuses are tiered; 40% bonus on purchase of 5,000 – 19,000 points 60% bonus on purchase of 20,000 – 29,000 points 80% bonus on purchase of 30,000 – 100,000 points Recently IHG increased the purchase cap from 60K to a 100,000 points. Members...

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Its back! Hyatt 40% bonus on purchased points

Hyatt points purchase promotion is back, up to 40% bonus. Hyatt 40% bonus is available for purchases made between April 24, 2018 to May 23, 2018. Hyatt 40% Bonus on Purchased Points Link to Promotion As per usual, bonus is tiered – Purchase between 5,000 and 9,000 Bonus Points in a single transaction receive 30% additional Bonus Points and purchase of 10,000+ in a single transaction receive 40% additional Bonus Points. Note that the yearly limit on purchased points per account is 55,000. You can maximize the promotion by buying 55K (+22K Bonus) for $1320 USD, at 1.71 cpp. This is good value...

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