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.

Still available: 15000 Alaska miles 30% discount

Alaska Airlines’ exclusive limited inventory promotion of 15,000 miles at 30% discount, is still available. This promotion was limited to first 2000 users only. The deadline is October 24th, so grab it while you still can. The Alaska miles 30% discount brings the cost of 15k miles down to $310.41 USD, a great value. Alaska miles 30% discount 15k Alaska miles for $310.41 USD accounts to a value of ~2.06cpm which I think is a great value. While 15K by itself is not enough for prime redemption, its a great opportunity to top-up your accounts to meet the next...

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Club1 Hotels free membership, a $695 USD value

Full Disclosure, I am not being paid for this post or earning $$ on member signups. Simply sharing what I think is a good addition to a travel resource kit. I am a current member and Club 1 Hotels is extending a chance to share the benefits, so why not! A one year Club1 Hotels free membership is up for grabs, a $695 USD in value. 1-Year Club1 Hotels free membership Complimentary 1-Year Club1 Hotel membership – The signup is free and does not require credit card. The 1-Year free membership includes; Up to $200 booking credits for their first...

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Traveling with medical marijuana – Should you?

‘Traveling with marijuana’ is always a hot topic among enthusiasts and medical users alike. Simply speaking, do not travel with marijuana, unless its medically prescribed. Even so, traveling with medical marijuana through airport security is not advised. Traveling with medical marijuana in USA In USA, marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and TSA is governed by federal laws. TSA instructions on Medical marijuana are straight forward – they are focused on security and not actively looking for marijuana. However, if they do find the drug, TSA refers the matter to law enforcement officers. Presumably, law enforcement officers are then responsible for...

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Up to 3X Bonus Aeroplan miles when flying Air Canada

Air Canada and Aeroplan have published their limited time offer, where Aeroplan members can earn up to 3X miles. All new bookings made by November 11, 2017, for travel by April 30, 2018 will be eligible for bonus Aeroplan miles. The bonuses are tiered, based on the class of service. Bonus Aeroplan miles on flying Air Canada Earn 50% bonus Aeroplan miles when flying on Tango Fare (W,G, S,T,L,A,F,K) Earn 2X bonus Aeroplan miles when flying on Flex (M,U,H,Q,V,W,G) or Latitude Fare (Y,B) Earn 3X bonus Aeroplan miles when flying in Premium Economy (E,N,O), Premium Rouge (J,C,D,Z,P) or Business Class fare (Z,P, J,C,D)...

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Best SPG redemptions in India – ITC Hotels

The Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program has sweet spots for redemption in several regions of the world. I define ‘best value’ of redemption by not only comparing cash prices but also by service standards and luxury quotient of the property. This is where ITC hotels come far ahead in my list of best SPG redemptions in India. ITC hotels are part of The Luxury Collection brand of Starwood portfolio in India. With over 100 properties across 70 destinations, ITC properties are lavish, luxurious and come with distinct local cultural branding. In my opinion, the best kept secret in the...

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Stop self upgrading your luggage, people!

One of my peeves is people self upgrading luggage while boarding. Situation – Traveler is seated in economy but shoves their bag in Business class as they walk past the cabin. Or person is seated in row 54 but piles their bag overhead in row 12. This has to stop. Self Upgrading luggage I have noticed this sneaky behaviour for years and do not understand the “advantage” of having your bag so far removed from you. Cabin crew is usually wise to these antics and call out passengers for doing so. One of the simple tricks they deploy is...

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Last Call – Alaska 50% bonus ends tonight

Today is the last day to purchase Alaska miles, with up to 50% bonus! Alaska targeted several Mileage Plan accounts with a 50% bonus, including ones without any history of purchase! This is the highest bonus I have seen with Alaska MileagePlan and is available until October 5th, 2017. Alaska Mystery Bonus The 50% bonus kicks in when buying a minimum of 40K miles (60K with bonus) at $1,182 USD, or maximizing the value by buying 60K (90K with bonus) for $1773 USD. A value of 1.97 cpm.     $1773 USD is a lot of money and not everyone will be...

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Earning miles for second seat on the flight

It is possible to earn miles for 2 seats on the same flight. Customers of size that have to purchase a second seat can earn frequent flyer miles for it. Each airline has specific policies for ‘Customer of size’ and expects them to buy an additional seat if they do not fit comfortably with the armrests in down position. The price of the second seat is the same as the original and passengers can either purchase the additional seat in advance or at the gate. In fact, Alaska Airlines allows passengers to use Companion Fare discount codes or miles...

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Uber threatens to leave Quebec

A tough week for Uber continues. After a ban in London (UK), Uber Quebec has threatened to leave if the provincial government enforces the new training and background check requirements. October 14, 2017 is the deadline, as per the ‘Uber warning’. Uber has been operating in Quebec under a year-long pilot project. The pilot project is on its last leg and the provincial government wants to attach new rules, which include 35 hours of training (up from 20) and police background checks (as opposed to going through a private company). Uber employs about 50 full-time employees, and ~10,000 partner-drivers...

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IHG Flash Sale: Get 2X the points

IHG is running a 4 day flash sale on points purchase, get 2X IHG points! The sale is available for purchases made between September 26 and September 29, 2017.   IHG Flash Sale: Get 2X the points Promotion Link: Purchase IHG points with 100% Bonus The 100% bonus or 2X the purchased points is triggered with a minimum purchase of 5000 points (10K with bonus) for $67.50 USD to a maximum of 60,000 points (120k with bonus) for $690 USD at 0.575 CPM. Members may purchase a maximum of 60,000 points per calendar year. I don’t recommend buying points just to fatten your...

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