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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.

NEXUS modernizing to facial recognition technology at Canadian airports

NEXUS is a joint border control program run by the the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S Customs and Boarder Protection, designed to speed up border crossings for low-risk, pre-approved travellers. CBSA is changing the way it processes NEXUS members at Canadian airports. The existing iris scanning technology at NEXUS kiosks will me replaced with modernized facial verification technology. CBSA states that this modernization aligns the NEXUS program with international trends and provides travellers with a simplified method of being identified. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) will be the first Canadian airport to transition to facial biometrics, this Fall. NEXUS members...

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Amex Offers (Canada): Spend $300 or more at Marriott property, earn $60 in statement credit

The latest Amex Offers (Canada) is a pretty decent $60 statement credit when you spend $300 or more at a participating Marriott property. I got the offer on my Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card  (Review), while some have reported it on their American Express Cobalt Card (Review). The offer is pretty straight forward, spend a total of $300 or more using the registered card at a participating Marriott Bonvoy location by December 31, 2019 and earn a one-time $60 statement credit. The offer is valid only on room rate and room charges, that should be posted on your registered...

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American Express Business Edge Card Review: Earn up to 128,000 Membership Rewards points in first year

  It’s always exciting to see a new credit card drop, especially when the product offers an outsized rewards earning opportunity while keeping the annual fee low. A few years ago, the American Express Cobalt™ Card truly captured the imagination of Canadians looking for a travel credit card. This time around, Amex Canada is set to do the same with an everyday rewards Business Credit Card –  with the new American Express Business Edge™ Card you can earn up to 42,000 Membership Rewards® bonus points (within the Select Tier) in your first year of Cardmembership, which includes a monthly bonus for meeting...

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Until Tuesday, earn 100% bonus with purchase of 10k Hilton points or more – 0.5 cents a piece

Couple more days remain, earn a 100% bonus when purchasing 10,000 or more Hilton points. 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 October 22, 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...

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Two more days to avail Marriott Bonvoy points sale, a 30% discount!

Members have two more days to avail the latest Marriott Bonvoy points sale promotion, a 30% discount when buying 2000 points or more. The sale is available until October 18, 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 50,000 points at a time which would cost $468.75. Marriott has increased the purchase limit to 100,000 points...

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New improved offers on American Express AeroplanPlus cards

  American Express AeroplanPlus Cards now come with an improved bonus offering for new Cardmembers. American Express® AeroplanPlus®* Reserve Card  has added a $200 Air Canada eGift Card (with $6,000 spend in 6 months) to their 50,000 miles in welcome bonus (with $3,000 spend in 3 months) and American Express® AeroplanPlus®* Platinum Card comes with a $150 Air Canada eGift Card (with $6,000 spend in 6 months) in addition to 40,000 miles as welcome bonus (with $3,000 spend in 3 months). I am always excited to see increased spending incentives for card members, and this is definitely a compelling offer...

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Hyatt 40% bonus promotion, buy points at 1.71 cents a piece

World of Hyatt’s latest promotion is similar to the previous one, earn 40% more points when you purchase at least 10,000 points. Last such promotion offered 40% bonus with minimum a purchase of 5000 points. Hyatt 40% bonus promotion ends on October 18, 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 10,000 points or more. This is a great way to top-up an account towards the next award night. Note that the yearly limit on purchased points per...

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Passenger sits in her urine for 7 hours after airline denied access to toilet

Allegedly, Air Canada denied a passenger access to the onboard toilet when the flight was delayed by two hours, waiting to be taxied to the runway. The passenger unable to wait any longer had an accident in her seat and sat through the 7 hour journey from Bogota to Toronto. Here is the sequence of events as narrated by the passenger; She was traveling from Bogota to Dublin via Toronto on Air Canada. The flight from Bogota to Toronto was delayed by two hours, waiting to be taxied to the runway. During the two hours, the passenger approached the...

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Up to 60,000 bonus LifeMiles for a limited-time, on Avianca LifeMiles credit cards

The increased bonus offer for Avianca LifeMiles credit cards is back! The last such offer, ended Sep 310, 2019. Glad to note that the offer has now been extended to the end of the year. One of the easiest ways to earn LifeMiles is through the LifeMiles credit cards in US, issued by Puerto Rico’s Banco Popular. Avianca LifeMiles features two credit cards, Vuela Visa® Card and Vida Visa® Card, both currently running a 20K bonus miles promotion until December 31, 2019. Avianca LifeMiles credit cards – Current Promotion Vuela – standard 40,000 welcome bonus after first purchase, plus 20,000 bonus...

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Get WestJet Gold status with one business class ticket, including award redemption

WestJet has frequently offered status match opportunities for elite members of other loyalty programs. Their latest status offer is unique and presents an opportunity to earn Gold status until September 2020, by purchasing one Business class ticket. An award ticket will qualify as well, read on for details. Get WestJet Gold status – Business class ticket purchase Direct link to promotion The current promotion is pretty straight forward – Book and fly a round-trip Business fare between Calgary or Toronto and London (Gatwick), add your WestJet Rewards ID to the booking, and you get Gold tier status within 14...

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