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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.

Ottawa Points and Miles meetup, November 18th!

Join us for the next edition of Ottawa Points and Miles meetup at The Albion Rooms, on Sunday, November 18th, 2018 at 4:00pm. 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. We will discuss and share tips and tricks for the following; Manufactured Spending in Canada Aeroplan alternatives – Avios, WestJet and Alaska! Award sweet spots Chasing elite status/Status matching Best Credit Card Churns for maximizing travel WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?...

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50% more bonus miles – Purchase Alaska miles at 1.97 CPM!

Alaska Mileage Plan’s latest promotion is called ‘More Miles. More Merry.’ – with up to 50% more bonus miles . The 50% bonus is applicable on minimum purchase of 40K miles, on transactions completed between November 6th, 2018 and December 21st, 2018. ALASKA MILEAGE PLAN – 50% MORE 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 20,000 — 39,000 miles = 35% bonus Buy...

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Earn up to $150 in Amex Gift Cards with each hotel booking in Vancouver!

Its back! The best hotels deal in Vancouver, Canada. Book via StayVancouverHotels and earn up to $150 in Amex Gift Cards, which can be applied towards the hotel stay! StayVancouverHotels Amex Gift Card is one of the best was to subsidize hotel stays in Vancouver. StayVancouverHotels Amex Gift Card Offer The promotion is available for check-ins from today until February 28th, 2019. Use Promo Code AMEX when booking – For every stay booked via StayVancouverHotels website, you can earn up to $125 in Amex Gift Credit Card, and an additional $50 for subsequent nights. The Amex Gift Cards can...

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Toronto City Airport Billy Bishop stops free coffee and snacks service

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ), is an island airport which is connected to Toronto by an underground pedestrian tunnel and also operates ferry service and short shuttle rides to key locations in the downtown core. Home to Porter Airlines, Billy Bishop has announced that it is scrapping complimentary snacks and coffee service from their lounge. The lounge was open to all travelers and the complimentary snacks and drinks were a feature of every marketing initiative to convince travelers to use the downtown airport. Porter Airlines operates majority of their flights out of Billy Bishop, however, the lounge was...

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Hyatt 40% bonus is back, buy points for 1.71 cents a piece

Hyatt points purchase promotion is back, up to 40% bonus. Hyatt 40% bonus is available for purchases made between October 22, 2018 to November 27, 2018. Hyatt 40% bonus on purchased points Link to Promotion   Unlike a tiered bonus, this promotion adds a flat bonus (up to 40%) on the transaction, when you purchase 10,000 points or more. Note that the yearly limit on purchased points per account is 55,000. 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 up your accounts for an upcoming stay or...

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Passengers stranded as Swoop airlines fails to get US regulatory approvals

Canadian ultra-low cost carrier, Swoop airlines (owned by WestJet) has been making waves in the Canadian market since starting operations in June 2018. While flights within Canada have garnered a fanfare, their US operations that were scheduled to begin today (Oct 18th, 2018) have hit a serious snag. Turns out Swoop sold tickets to several US destinations with hopes to secure all approvals before taking flight. Unfortunately, that has not been the case and customers were notified last week about flight cancellations. According to this report, an Orlando bound customer was given an option to fly on WestJet instead,...

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IHG 100% bonus – Purchase IHG points at 0.5 CPP!

IHG latest sale is a 100% bonus on points purchase, an extension of the recently concluded promotion.  With IHG 100% bonus, a 0.5 cents price-point is the cheapest I have seen. The offer is available for purchases made between 12:00 AM ET October 09, 2018, and 11:59 PM ET October 31, 2018. Bonus promotions can work wonderfully well in conjunction with the current or next round of PointBreaks promotion. IHG 100% BONUS Link to Promotion details The tiered bonuses kick in with a minimum purchase of 5000 points, with increments of 40%, 60% and 100% bonus. The 100% bonus is...

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Hurry! Earn Alaska miles for an incredible 1.97 cpm, until tomorrow

Last chance at mystery offer of up to 50% bonus on purchased Alaska miles. The Alaska mystery bonus promotion is applicable on all transactions completed until 11:59 PM PST October 4, 2018. If you scored a 50% bonus, you can purchase at an incredible 1.97 CPM! ALASKA MYSTERY BONUS Promotion Link to miles Purchase       Alaska  bonus kicks in when buying a minimum of 10K miles. Luckily I was targeted with a 50% bonus and the bonus tiers look like this; Buy 10,000 – 19,000 miles, get a 20% bonus Buy 20,000 – 39,000 miles, get a 35% bonus Buy 40,000...

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WestJet chatbot confused with positive review, sends customer to suicide prevention site

In August, 2018,  WestJet introduced their AI chatbot named Juliet – a digital travel assistant to help customers via Facebook Messenger. While Juliet is busy “learning the ropes”, there are bound to be some mis-steps. Here’s a gem; A WestJet customer wanted to share a positive review  after a ‘above and beyond’ service in-flight.  She sent the following message via Facebook Messenger; “Shout out to the crew member on my flight today … who helped me take care of a plant cutting by breaking out her own duct tape and helping me make a protective case to get a...

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Review: Fairmont Le Château Montebello, in Quebec – Canada

Fairmont Le Château Montebello is a rustic luxury property in the Fairmont portfolio. The property boasts of being the world’s largest wood cabin and was founded as a private club in 1930. This red Cedar log Chateau is located in a quaint village of Montebello, on the banks of Ottawa river, in Quebec, Canada. I was booked for a one night stay at the Fairmont King room which averages $225 CAD. Note that Fairmont hotels are now part of the Accor Hotels group. Fairmont Le Château Montebello, Quebec My check-in experience was straight forward since I had already checked...

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