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.

Up to 4 free nights in Atlantic City for Hyatt and MLife Elite members

This is an incredible opportunity for Hyatt and MLife Elite members, up to 3 (or even 4) free nights in Atlantic city up for grabs. If you are not an elite member with Hyatt or MLife, please look away or stop reading, this could induce serious FOMO reactions. If you are an MLife Elite member, skip to Step 2. For Hyatt Elite members that are not MLife members, start here; Step 1:  Match your Hyatt Elite membership to MLife – Link Here Note: Older version of this status match offered MLife Platinum for Hyatt Diamond members. Now the highest...

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SPG 35% discount on points purchase is back!

SPG 35% discount on points purchase is back. The discount is available for purchases made between 9:00 AM ET April 19, 2018 and 11:59 PM ET May 31, 2018 – save 35% on all purchases of 5,000 or more Starpoints. SPG 35% discount on 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...

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500th unique take on the new Marriott program – MUST READ, of course!

If your eyes and brain are not twitching with the 499 unique blogposts about the new Marriott program, let me offer you my very own – The announcement happened. It only took them 30 minutes to get to the point, before they distracted themselves to the 10th promotional video. Five people from the live audience clapped, because employment contracts. Facebook live was just as riveting with ~2K viewers at any given time while the host addressed them as ‘tens and thousands’ at every given opportunity. FOMO is real, and the blogger community gets it, so they live tweeted every...

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Ottawa Points and Miles Meetup, April 14th!

Join us for the next edition of Ottawa Points and Miles meetup at Andaz Ottawa, on Saturday, April 14th, 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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Review: Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre

A recent work trip to Toronto provided a chance to stay at the Marriott Downtown Toronto Eaton Centre. The location of this property is the real winner here. The building itself is a bit dated and uninspiring, however, the amenities and service shine through and provide the ‘quintessential’ Marriott experience. I was able to book a conference rate of $200 CAD, the average high season rate for the property can be upwards of $300 CAD and the Cat-7 demands 35,000 points per night. The downtown location and the proximity to the business district, major tourist attractions and city airport...

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Free Interrail pass for Europeans turning 18

Young Europeans rejoice! The European Commission (EC) has set the wheels and the budget in motion that will allow 20,000-30,000 young people (those turning 18) to qualify for a free interrail pass to travel across Europe. Free Interrail pass (EU) for Europeans turning 18 Direct Link to promotional website EC has set aside a budget of € 12 Million for this initiative and expects the first group of young travelers to set off this summer.  The interrail ticket for unlimited monthly travel retails at €510 per youth. Interrail Pass is a train ticket that allows one to travel on almost...

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Last call to purchase SPG points at 35% discount, and a Promotion stacking opportunity

Last call to purchase SPG points at 35% off. SPG points are available at 35% discount,  on all purchases of 5,000 or more until 11:59 PM ET March 16, 2018. You can maximize on the sale by purchasing up to 30,000 starpoints for $682.50 USD (2.275 cpp). Note that SPG limits purchase up to 30,000 per account per calendar year. Purchase SPG points – 35% off 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....

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Aeroplan transfer bonus now 35%, Marriott travel package eligible for bonus again?

The initial public offer of the latest Aeroplan transfer bonus promotion was a 25% bonus. However, Aeroplan has reached out to certain members with a targeted offer of 35% bonus miles. The promotion runs until April 16th, 2018 and members can transfer as many times as needed. Based on the total points converted, the bonus is a flat 35%. In the past, the best way to leverage the transfer bonus promotion was through the Marriott Hotel+Air package. You could convert 90K SPG to 270K Marriott points (1:3), just enough to purchase 7 Nights + 120K miles (Aeroplan in this case) package. The 120K...

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Basic Economy Comparison Chart for major North American carriers

Now that major Canadian airlines (Air Canada and WestJet) have joined the basic economy bandwagon, I thought it would be best to put them in a comparison chart with the other major US carriers. My basic economy comparison chart serves to be a one-stop resource for folks that want to compare their plight if they choose these fares 😉 My thoughts on basic economy fares are simple, I don’t mind them on short haul rides (1-2 hour flight time). On longer flights, if I have to fly economy, am happy to spend a few more bucks to fly regular...

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Great Business Class fares to South America, starting $650 USD

My search started with Avianca’s seat sale to South America and I ran into great business class fares from US and Canada to several South American cities, starting at $650 USD. The availability is spread from March – 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 and Copa fares show very limited seats in each sector. If you have a trip planned, these fares are not to be missed! BUSINESS CLASS FARES TO SOUTH AMERICA CITIES Toronto –...

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