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.

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

Hyatt points promotion is back, with a flat 40% bonus on purchase of 5000 points or more. Hyatt 40% bonus is available for purchases made between July 23, 2019 and August 27, 2019. HYATT 40% BONUS ON PURCHASED POINTS Link to Promotion Source: www.hyatt.com Unlike previous iteration of tiered bonuses, this promotion adds a flat 40% bonus on the transaction, when you purchase 5,000 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 account is 55,000. With a 40% bonus, you can...

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Alaska 50% bonus is back, purchase miles at 1.97 CPM

Alaska Mileage Plan is back with a mystery bonus, up to 50% more bonus miles . We last saw the 50% bonus in April 2019. The current promotion of up to 50% bonus is applicable on minimum purchase of 40K miles, on transactions completed between July 22, 2019 and August 30, 2019. ALASKA MILEAGE PLAN – UP TO 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 for the 50% bonus. The bonus tiers look like this; Buy 10,000 — 19,000 miles...

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50% bonus on transferring Membership Rewards to Hilton Honors – Amex Canada

Amex Canada has reached out to its membership with an interesting promotion, a 50% bonus for transferring Membership Rewards to Hilton Honors points. The bonus will be applicable on all MR transfers to Hilton Honors, done between July 15, 2019 and August 31, 2019. Both, Amex Gold and Cobalt card members have reported getting this offer in email. For American Express Cobalt card members in particular this can be an excellent opportunity to redeem aspirational Hilton properties. Membership Rewards to Hilton Honors: 50% bonus   The regular redemption rate for Membership Rewards to Hilton Honors is 1:1, but this...

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First Air and Canadian North merger, how to redeem Aeroplan for these flights

First Air and Canadian North have decided to merge their operations into a unified airline, under the name ‘Canadian North’, with the headquarter in Ottawa (YOW). First Air is an airline in Canada that connects over 30 northern communities in  Nunavut, Nunavik, and the Northwest Territories, with major centers in Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg and Edmonton. Canadian North on the other hand serves communities in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, with southern gateways in Edmonton and Ottawa.   Given the high cost of operation in the region, overlapping route map, flight schedules and combined aircraft capacity far exceeding the demand,...

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Pilot project for Passport free travel between Canada and Netherlands

The World Economic Forum in collaboration with the governments of Canada and the Netherlands has launched a pilot project for passport free travel between the two countries. The project also includes collaboration from border security, airports, technology providers and airlines. The pilot project is still in the testing phase, but is expected to be rolled out at Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau (YUL) and Toronto’s Pearson (YYZ) international airport by early 2020. Passport free travel  – The Known Traveler Digital Identity Program The Known Traveler Digital Identity (KTDI) program leverages biometrics (fingerprints, facial recognition) and blockchain technology to continuously verify...

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Up to 200% bonus Aeroplan miles for travel in North America: Air Canada Summer promotion

Air Canada summer promotion offers a chance to earn up to 200% Bonus Aeroplan miles, for summer travel in North America. The bonus is available on new round-trip (or two one-way segments) booked between June 25, 2019 and July 12, 2019, for travel until September 30, 2019  Air Canada Summer Promotion Registration Link (Must register by July 12, 2019) If you have been holding back on summer travel booking, this is the time to do it and earn up to 200% bonus Aeroplan miles. Important to note that only new travel booked between June 25-July 12 qualifies for the bonus....

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Buy Alaska miles with 30% discount: Summer Flash Savings

Alaska’s summer flash savings is on now, for one week only – a 30% discount on purchased miles. The ‘Summer Flash Savings’ are available until June 30, 2019. Alaska Mileage Plan Summer promotion – 30% Discount Promotion Link to miles Purchase   The 30% discount is with purchase of 20,000 miles or more. This promotion can be maxed by purchasing 60K miles for ~$1241.63 (discount of $495) at 2.0 CPM. We have seen regular promotions where Alaska miles are available to purchase at 1.97 CPM, so this would a good offer to top up accounts with a specific use in mind....

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Changes to Scotia Momentum® Visa Infinite card, starting August 1, 2019

Scotiabank is on a roll with updates to their card features. Last month they announced changes to Scotiabank Gold American Express card, starting Aug 1, 2019. In line with the date, Scotiabank has now announced changes to Scotia Momentum® Visa Infinite card as well. Changes to Scotia Momentum® Visa Infinite card – Effective Aug 1, 2019   Link to Apply Now Highlights of the changes coming to the card, starting August 1, 2019: Annual Fee for Primary card increases to $120, and Supplementary card fee to $50 Interest rate on purchases increases to 20.99% Cash Back on Recurring Bills increases from...

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These airports offer free shower facilities for transit passengers

There is nothing better than a warm shower and a comfy bed after a long haul in economy cabin, or even a business class cabin for that matter. Especially, if you are connecting to another long haul flight. Passengers that don’t have lounge access are often thin on options to shower and rest at an airport. While many airports have enhanced the services offered to transit passengers, not many offer complimentary shower rooms. I wanted to highlight airports that are transit friendly and offer free shower facilities. Note that the links on the airport will take you directly to...

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Convert Marriott Bonvoy™ points to Aeroplan with 35% bonus

Starting tomorrow, Aeroplan is running a special conversion bonus promotion which allows members to convert Marriott Bonvoy™ points to Aeroplan with 35% bonus. The 35% conversion bonus is available for 7 days, for transfers made between June 20 and June 26, 2019 (23:59 EDT). Convert Marriott Bonvoy™ points to Aeroplan with 35% bonus Direct Link to Promotion   Take note that the promotion is only for converting Marriott Bonvoy™ points (excludes other transfer partners) and does not begin until tomorrow, June 20. Only transactions done between June 20th and 26th will be eligible for the 35% bonus. Marriott Bonvoy™...

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