Points Miles and Bling

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.

Best CashBack credit card in Canada: Scotia Momentum VISA Infinite card

A CashBack credit card should be a mainstay of every wallet, they are easy to use and can be extremely lucrative if aligned well with household purchasing habits. Cash back cards can yield hundreds of dollars with bonus categories combined with generous welcome bonuses. In Canada, no other card offers these benefits better than the Scotia Momentum VISA Infinite card. Scotia Momentum VISA Infinite card (Apply Now):     Annual Fee: $99 Waived for First Year Welcome Bonus: 10% Cash Back on all purchases for first 3 months (up to $2000) *applicable on new accounts opened before Feb 28,...

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Review: Aspire lounge 41 Amsterdam (2018)

Aspire lounge 41  is one of two Aspire lounges in the main terminal of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS). The lounge is located past security, on level 3 at gate 41 (as name suggests) for passengers departing on non-schengen flights. Aspire lounge 26 is available for passengers on Schengen flights. Aspire Lounge 41 – Access On a recent layover at AMS, I decided to use my Lounge Buddy (US $10 referral code xrXfQAl7ad) credit to experience this lounge for the first time.  The lounge is open to all passengers willing to purchase access or those with Priority Pass membership. No points for...

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American Express Cobalt Card (2019) – Best Marriott earning card in Canada

The American Express Cobalt Card was launched in late 2017, with a focus on millennials and their spending habits. Since launch, it has not only won the hearts of millenials but marked itself as one of the best travel cards in the market. A game changer. It is also the easiest and fastest way to earn Marriott (or Aeroplan) points in Canada. American Express Cobalt Card (Apply Now): The card cut itself a niche market by shifting the focus from annual fee with large minimum spends to monthly fee and monthly bonus. Card holders pay $10/month and earn 2500...

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TravelUpdate’s 10 most popular posts of 2018

TravelUpdate is a multi-author travel blog on the BoardingArea  network and I am lucky to share this space with a group of bloggers that take pride in collective success. Another successful year is near a close and ’tis the time to reflect on our 10 most popular posts of 2018. But first, shout-out to my fellow bloggers and the incredible support team at BoardingArea. And none of this would mean anything without our ardent readers, so cheers to you! TravelUpdate Quick Stats 2018 (as of Dec 30, 7:00am): Total Posts: 757 Views: 2.1M Visitors: 1.6M Top 3 Countries of...

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New Elite Nights Benefit with SPG American Express Cards (Canada)

Since the announcement of Marriott/SPG merger and Chase Marriott card pulling out of Canada,  Canadian SPG Amex cards (Personal and Business) have gone through several uncertainties. The cards survived with American Express confirming their continued partnership with Marriott/SPG brand, but not without losing its sheen as the best travel card in Canada. The first set of positive news since the free night benefit was added, the Canadian SPG American Express cards (Personal and Business) will also include 15 elite night credits in 2019. This is surprising but welcome news to all members and should help SPG Amex regain a...

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Buy Aeroplan miles for as low as 1.5 cents/mile (Targeted)

Aeroplan has been testing the waters with selling their miles to select number of members. Last week, Aeroplan reached out to select members with a targeted offer – to buy Aeroplan miles for as low as 1.5 CAD cents/mile! That is an incredible price point. Buy Aeroplan Miles for 1.5 cents/mile Members reported receiving these emails on Dec 11 and had a week to make a decision. Although I did not personally receive this offer, some friends did and I have shared the details below. Members received an offer to purchase at 1.5 cents/mile or 1.8 cents/mile. If you...

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Last call on Alaska 50% bonus promo, buy at 1.97 CPM!

Last chance to take advantage of Alaska Mileage Plan’s latest promotion ‘More Miles. More Merry.’ – with up to 50% more bonus miles . The Alaska 50% bonus is applicable on minimum purchase of 40K miles, on transactions completed by December 21st, 2018. Although I got an email for 40% bonus offer, my account had the 50% bonus coded – make sure you actually login and check your accounts for the higher offer.  ALASKA 50% 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...

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Two new Hyatt promotions, Discover Andaz and Discover Canada

Hyatt latest promotions include ‘discover Andaz‘ and ‘discover Canada‘. While ‘discover Andaz’ promo is valid across 4 Andaz resorts, ‘discover Canada’ promotion is available at 7 Hyatt locations in Canada. Discover Andaz: $200 Credit + Breakfast The ‘discover Andaz’ promotion includes $200 hotel credit and free breakfast at 4 select Andaz resorts. The offer is available when you book by December 31st, 2018, and stay four nights between January 1 and April 30, 2019. Book using offer code 4AZCRE Direct Link to the promotion 4 Participating locations: Andaz Maui, Hawaii Andaz Scottsdale, Arizona Andaz Mayakoba Resort, Cancun ($400 Resort Credit...

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Air Canada offer to buy Altitude Status for 2019

It’s back, Air Canada’s offer to buy Altitude Status for 2019. Every year, several Air Canada members fall just short of making the status tier and this is Air Canada’s solution for them. In their words, they want to help you reach the status level, without any additional travel. The offers are targeted towards members that have achieved at least 80-85% of the requirements. The prices for the buy-up vary accordingly. Air Canada: Buy Altitude Status   The offer allows Altitude members to pay a fixed amount and enjoy the next level of status until February 28, 2020! Note that...

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