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: Air Canada Business Class Embraer 175 St. John’s to Montreal

A lot goes into a business class experience, the hard product, service on-board, value of cash or miles paid to purchase the ticket, etc. Unfortunately, my trip on this Air Canada Business Class Embraer 175 was simply disappointing and left me wondering if this was a bad use of Aeroplan miles to begin with. Air Canada Business Class Embraer 175 Flight: AC 7585 St. John’s (YYT) – Montreal (YUL) Aircraft: Embraer 175 Duration: 2hr 41min Seat: 2D I headed to the gate after a quick bite at the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in YYT .  Boarding was prompt and the procedures were...

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Ottawa Points and Miles meetup, Feb 10th!

Join us for the next edition of Ottawa Points and Miles meetup at Andaz Ottawa, on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm. Please remember to RSVP your spot (its free, obviously!) OTTAWA POINTS AND MILES COMMUNITY The Ottawa points and miles meetup is close knit group of passionate travelers, and always looking to grow. Join us if you love finding ways to travel for cheap through “travel hacking”. We will discuss and share tips and tricks for the following; Manufactured Spending in Canada Aeroplan alternatives – Avios, WestJet and Alaska! Loyalty program and award sweet spots Chasing elite status/Status matching Maximizing travel and minimizing expenses WHY...

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Last Call! Alaska 40% bonus promotion ends tonight

Alaska Mileage Plan’s latest promotion of 40% bonus on purchased miles is coming to a close in a few hours. The promotion is available until 11:59 PM PST February 7, 2018 to be eligible for bonus miles. Alaska 40% Bonus Promotion Link to miles Purchase Alaska 40% bonus kicks in when buying a minimum of 20K miles (28K with bonus) at $591.25 USD, or maximizing the value by buying 60K (84K with bonus) for $1773 USD. A value of 2.11 cpm. 1,000 – 19,000 miles = No bonus 20,000+ miles = 40% bonus Purchasing a minimum of 20K with the bonus should be the way to...

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Top 3 reasons to still print your tickets and travel itineraries

It’s easy to assume that smartphones and trip management apps have rendered the need to print airline tickets and itineraries obsolete. However, specific situations demand hard copies of travel itinerary and bookings. Below are the top 3 reasons to still print your tickets and travel itineraries. To enter airports – Security checks Indian airports (and several other countries), for example, have military guards at entrance that check passenger reservations against airline manifest before allowing access to the airport. As I learnt the hard way, they do not accept offline versions of trip management apps and need to see a...

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SPG 35% discount and how to leverage the promotion

First SPG sale of the year is off the blocks in good time, SPG 35% discount on points purchase is back. The discount is available for purchases made between 9:00 AM ET February 1, 2018 and 11:59 PM ET March 16, 2018 – save 35% on all purchases of 5,000 or more Starpoints. SPG 35% Discount 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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Cambodian National Police arrests 10 foreigners for “dancing pornographically”

As per news reports, Cambodian National Police arrested and charged 10 foreigners in Siem Reap for dancing pornographically. They raided a rented villa near Angkor Wat temple on Thursday, January 25th and detained nearly 90 foreigners, who were attending a party where they were dancing and rolling on the floor in suggestive poses, with clothes on. The raid was conducted after several pictures from the party were posted on social media. 10 of 87 foreigners, organizers of the party, were later charged with producing pornography. The 10 charged include 5 British nationals, one Norwegian, one New Zealander, one from Netherlands...

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BegPacking, White privilege or Millennial entitlement?

BegPacking hit the travel industry a while back, in all kinds of wrong. A trend that is becoming blatant and obnoxious by the day, one that gives every western traveler a bad rap – like we need another?! Unfortunately, Begpacking  is a bad combination of white privilege and millennial entitlement. What is BegPacking It is backpackers from western or so-called first world (read privileged) countries choosing to beg in developing countries, to fund their travel. This trend of begging for money to fund travel is most prevalent in South East Asia. A quick twitter search on #begpacker will give you...

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Hyatt kicks off the year with 30% bonus on points purchase

Hyatt’s latest ‘Get Away Sooner’ bonus points purchase promotion is now live, with 30% bonus. Hyatt 30% bonus points purchase promotion is available between January 23rd, 2018 and Feb 23rd, 2018. Hyatt 30% bonus points purchase promotion Link to Promotion Hyatt’s latest promotion is a flat 30% bonus on purchase of 5000 points or more. With this promotion, 5000 points (6500 with bonus) can be purchased for $120 or can be maximized by purchasing 55000 points (71500 with bonus) for $1320, which yields a value of  ~1.85 CPP. Note that the yearly limit on purchased points per account is 55,000.  ...

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What is SPG Award Room Charge and how to avoid it

If you are a SPG enthusiast and redeem for award rooms, it is likely that you have come across the SPG Award Room Charge on your bill. It happens more often than one would like. What is a SPG Award Room Charge The SPG Award Room Charge is an internal charge that the hotel property charges SPG for booking a room at award rate. It should not appear on a guest bill. It is a billing error. I first came across this charge during my stay at Sheraton Denver, last year. My one night cash+points stay was wonderful and...

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My lucrative MVP Gold Fast Track Offer from Alaska

Starting 2018, I lost my MVP Gold status with Alaska Airlines. Looks like Alaska Airlines is reaching out to certain members with lucrative MVP Gold fast track offers to earn back the loyalty. My MVP Gold Fast Track Offer My fast track offer is to fly 10,000 miles between January 18 and April 15, 2018. These are butt-in-seat miles on Alaska or Virgin America flights. MVP Gold Fast Track requirements: Only for members that receive the offer in email, directly from Alaska Airlines. Fly 10,000 miles between January 18 and April 15, 2018 Registration required prior to first flight Only butt-in-seat...

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