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.

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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Are you kidding me? Mandatory Gala Dinner at a Cat-2, Four Points?!

What is a Mandatory Gala Dinner ? At best, it is a not-so-novel way for a hotel/resort to charge you an additional fee for staying with them over Christmas or New Year eve. Cash rate or points booking, everyone has to pay. A forced gala for you to network with other disgruntled guests that did not plan to be at or pay for the dinner, but had to. Its often the cherry on top of the ‘Destination Marketing Fee (DMF)‘ and ‘Resort Fee’. If you didn’t get the gist of how I really feel about a mandatory gala dinner,...

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Hilton 100% bonus, purchase points at 0.5 CPM!

Hilton’s back with a 100% bonus on purchase of 10,000 points or more. This is as good an opportunity to top up accounts towards a redemption or buy points outright for a planned stay. Hilton 100% bonus is available until November 26, 2019.  HILTON 100% BONUS ON POINTS PURCHASE Purchase Hilton Points with 100% bonus   With this promotion you can purchase as little as 20K points for $100 or as much as 320K points for $1600! Note that you can purchase up to 160,000 Hilton Honors Points in a calendar year, not including the bonus. Since you can combine...

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A happy medium between luxury and hip: Aloft Philadelphia Downtown Review

My first visit to Philadelphia in 2016, was a 6 hour layover where I scrapped time for the Liberty Bell and a pint at a local brewery. That layover activity had me yearning to go back for a proper visit. Finally, in June 2019, I made Philly a gateway city to my free night stay at Borgata, in Atlantic City. For the 2 night stay, I chose the Aloft Philadelphia downtown, walking distance to most prominent sights and landmarks of the city. Aloft Philadelphia Downtown Review – Booking and Getting there  As a Cat 4 property, my two night...

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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 cardholders. 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 3800 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 travelers. 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 coming to the Air Miles Platinum Card, which included a change in annual fees, a better earning rate and the introduction of the annual travel redemption benefit. In addition to the 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:...

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High annual fees on American Express AeroplanPlus Reserve and Platinum cards, worth it?

  The American Express® AeroplanPlus® cards have long been considered the fastest Aeroplan earning cards in Canada. Amex Canada, recently announced an enhanced welcome bonus opportunity on American Express® AeroplanPlus®* Reserve Card  and the American Express® AeroplanPlus®* Platinum Card . The conversations about these premium cards usually start with the high annual fees, but quickly shift focus to the generous benefits and if they are really worth the high annual fees. I thought it would be a good idea to breakdown the true value of the benefits that come with both these cards, and answer the age old question –...

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Last day: 40% bonus, Buy Alaska miles at 2.1 cents a piece

Alaska Mileage Plan’s latest promotion to buy alaska miles with a 40% bonus, ends tonight. Members can earn up to 40% more bonus miles on minimum purchase of 10K miles, for transactions completed until 11:59 PM PST October 31, 2019 (tonight!). Buy Alaska Miles – up to 40% bonus Promotion Link to miles Purchase This promotion is tiered with 20% bonus on purchase of 10K miles. Minimum purchase of 30K points is required for the 40% bonus. The bonus tiers look like this; Buy 10,000 – 19,000 miles, get a 20% bonus Buy 20,000 – 29,000 miles, get a 30%...

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