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.

Review: Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge

At Hong Kong International Airport, Cathay Pacific is home to seven distinct lounges, including two First Class lounges. The Pier, Business class lounge is the largest of the five business lounges, and located in Terminal 1 near gate 65. The lounge is a homage to the city itself, and boasts an eclectic mix of modern and traditional features, in both food and decor. It features the ever popular Noodle Bar, an elegant Tea house, a food hall, shower rooms and relaxation area along with several styles of seating arrangements, across the lounge. This is my review of the Cathay...

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New Aeroplan Partners: Air Transat and Flair airlines

Folks at Aeroplan have been busy, and are doing a good job of being in the news cycle. Sine rejecting Air Canada’s bid and announcing partnership with Porter airlines, Aeroplan has added two new partners – Air Transat and Flair airlines. So, effective July 2020, Aeroplan members can look forward to earning and redeeming miles with new Aeroplan partners, Porter, Air Transat and Flair airlines. Or as a friend put it, “Take that, Air Canada!” ūüôā New Aeroplan partners: Air Transat Air Transat is a leisure airline that connects Canadians to major sun and holiday destinations. Their network serves...

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Aeroplan rejects Air Canada bid, announces partnership with Porter Airlines

The Aeroplan and Air Canada saga has more drama than Soap Opera. Since the news of Air Canada breaking away from Aeroplan in 2020, Aeroplan has suffered heavy financial loss and a major decline in customer confidence. To Aeroplan’s credit though they have been working hard to distinguish themselves for the independent future. Not wanting to be yet another ‘Air Miles’ in the Canadian market,¬†Aeroplan announced ambitious updates last month, including Charter flights and points transfer program. They also promised a variety of airline partner redemption opportunity to its membership. The announcement was followed by a hostile bid of...

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Hyatt mystery bonus promotion, up to 40% on purchased points

Hyatt’s latest points purchase promotion is a mystery bonus, members have reported up to 40% bonus.¬†Hyatt mystery bonus¬†is available on purchase of 5000 points or more, made until August 22, 2018. HYATT MYSTERY BONUS – Up to 40% Link to Promotion Unlike a tiered bonus, this promotion adds a flat bonus (up to 40%) on the transaction. Note that the yearly limit on purchased points per account is 55,000. If your account was targeted 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...

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Great Business Class fares to South America, starting $675

Avianca has published great business class fares from NYC to several South American cities, starting at $675 USD.¬†The availability is spread from September ‚Äď November 2018, 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, the low Avianca fares show limited seats in each sector. If you have a trip planned, these fares are not to be missed! BUSINESS CLASS FARES¬†TO SOUTH AMERICA New York¬†‚Äď Lima: $750¬†¬† New York¬†‚Äď Quito: $770¬†¬† New York¬†‚Äď Bogota: $675¬†¬† New York¬†‚Äď Buenos Aires: $1320¬†¬† Note that...

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She makes $1Million per post – Instagram Rich List 2018

Ever wondered how much money people make through Instagram? I have, so when I came across the Instagram Rich List 2018, it sucked me right in. Turns out, Kylie Jenner (110M followers) makes a whopping $1Million per post. Good god. She leads the pack of insta-ballers that spans across several categories.   If you are wondering why TravelUpdate is covering this ‘People Magazine’ worthy news, allow me to give it a travel twist ūüėȬ† – Instagram Rich List 2018 has a dedicated travel category (yay, I did it!) of the highest earning Instagram accounts. The honor and the riches...

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Convert hotel points to Aeroplan with 30% bonus – Aeroplan conversion bonus

Aeroplan conversion bonus promotion is back, and offers members a great way to convert hotel points into Aeroplan miles with 30% bonus miles. The promotion runs until August 20th, 2018 and members can transfer as many points/times as needed. Aeroplan Conversion Bonus Direct link to the promotion The total miles converted must be equal to or greater than 5000 in order to be eligible for the 30% bonus. All hotel loyalty points converted between July 23, 2018 and August 20, 2018 will be combined and a 30% bonus will be credited to the account within 4-6 weeks. This time around, there...

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Breaking: Aeroplan charter flights to begin in July 2020

Aimia CEO, Jeremy Rabe has announced that Aeroplan will run daily charters to select routes, after the partnership with Air Canada terminates. Aeroplan charter flights would be dedicated flights flying Aeroplan redemption members. Aeroplan Charter flights Through its ‘Beginning of a new Aeroplan‘ campaign, Aeroplan promised increased flexibility and greater value for its members and the latest announcement of charter flights aligns with their commitment. Here is what we know so far; Aeroplan will run daily charters to select destinations Aimia is currently negotiating with airline partners for flights to sun destinations Aeroplan will introduce a points transfer program...

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Final two days: Purchase Starpoints with 35% discount at 2.2 cents per point

One last time before Marriott takes over, the SPG 35% discount on points purchase ends this Friday, July 20th. The discount is available on all purchases of 5,000 or more¬†Starpoints. SPG 35% DISCOUNT ‚Äď 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 by members whose accounts have been active for a minimum of 14 days. Accounts that are less...

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Last chance – Alaska 40% bonus miles promotion ends tonight

Last chance to take advantage of Alaska Mileage Plan‚Äôs promotion ‚Äúkick back with bonus miles‚ÄĚ ‚Äst40% bonus¬†on purchased miles, the promotion is applicable on all transactions completed by 11:59 PM PST July 13, 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 a...

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