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.

New Loyalty partnership: Earn Hilton points on Lyft rides

There is a new loyalty partnership in town, and this is a good one! Now you can earn Hilton Honors points every time you take Lyft rides. The new partnership  would allow Hilton Honors members to earn up to 30,000 points each year. Here are the details; Earn Hilton points on Lyft rides Link your accounts to start earning Earn 3 points for every $1 USD spent on Lyft rides (Lyft, Lyft XL, Lyft Black XL, Lux, and Lux Black) Earn 2 points for every $1 USD spent on shared Lyft rides New Lyft rides can earn $5 off...

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Until tomorrow, top-up your accounts with 25% off Marriott Bonvoy points sale

A few weeks ago, Marriott Bonvoy dipped its toes in the points sale business and offered a 25% off promotion when purchasing 5000 points or more. The current promotion is available until Wednesday, May 15, 2019. My honest advise is not to purchase in bulk, this promotion is just not good enough for that. You can easily earn 240,000 Bonvoy points with the Marriott credit cards (Canada). However if you were a few points short of redemption, this promotion maybe worth it to top-up your accounts. MARRIOTT BONVOY POINTS SALE – 25% OFF The 25% off kicks in when...

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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 May 6, 2019 to June 11, 2019. HYATT 40% BONUS ON PURCHASED POINTS Link to Promotion Like we have seen before, this is a tiered bonus promotion; Up to 4000 points: No Bonus 5000 – 9000 points: 30% bonus 10,000 – 55000: 40%Bonus 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 buy up to 77K points for a high end...

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A closer look at changes to Scotiabank Gold American Express card

A veteran in the Scotiabank portfolio, Scotiabank Gold American Express is a premium travel card with low annual fee. With a welcome bonus of 15,000 Scotia points (~$150 in value) and 4X earning on gas, groceries, dining and entertainment, this card kept it simple – Earn quick and burn as you want, when you want. However, several changes have been announced to the card recently, mostly positive but some devaluations as well. This post is to take a closer look at the changes coming to the card, effective August 1, 2019. Changes to Scotiabank®* Gold American Express® card  Link...

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Review: DART Rail from DFW to downtown Dallas

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Dallas, Texas for the first time. Given that it was my first time, I was keen on trying the public transport options from DFW to downtown Dallas. A quick search and I knew that DFW had a direct train (DART) option to downtown Dallas. To be honest, I knew getting an Uber would be the quickest way into the city, but I do prefer a train ride over a boring highway ride into a new city. I flew from Montreal (YUL) to Dallas (DFW) and had a checked bag with me. The...

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Earn up to 3000 Bonus Aeroplan miles with Air Canada Summer Getaway promotion

Earn up to 3000 Bonus Aeroplan miles with Air Canada Summer Getaway promotion. The bonus is available on new round-trip (or two one-way segments) booked between April 29, 2019 and May 13, 2019, on flights within Canada, between Canada and US and from Canada to sun destinations for travel between April 29, 2019 and August 30, 2019.  Air Canada Summer Getaway Registration Link (Must register by May 13, 2019) If you have been holding back on summer travel booking, this is the time to do it and earn up to 3000 bonus Aeroplan miles. The Air Canada Summer Getaway...

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Extended: 30% Aeroplan Conversion Bonus available until April 26th!

The deadline for Aeroplan conversion bonus 2019 has been extended until April 26, 2019! A great way for members to convert hotel points into Aeroplan miles with 30% bonus miles (35% for some). AEROPLAN CONVERSION BONUS In this iteration, Aeroplan has removed all limitations – Convert as many hotel loyalty program points as you like, as often as you like. All hotel loyalty points converted between March 25th and April 26th, 2019 will be combined and a 30% bonus will be credited to the account within 4-6 weeks. Here is a quick look at all the hotel partners eligible under...

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

Alaska Mileage Plan’s latest promotion is a good one – with up to 50% more bonus miles . We last saw the 50% bonus in Nov, 2018. The current promotion of up to 50% bonus is applicable on minimum purchase of 40K miles, on transactions completed between April 17th, 2019 and May 19, 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...

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Marriott Bonvoy launches first points sale, 25% off!

Marriott Bonvoy has launched their first ever points sale, 25% off when buying 5000 points or more. The points sale strategy seems to be borrowed from SPG where we would routinely see 30%-50% discount sales. The new Marriott Bonvoy points sale is available until May 15, 2019. So, how good is this sale and should you purchase Marriott Bonvoy points? Marriott Bonvoy Points Sale – 25% off The 25% off kicks in when purchasing 5000 points or more and translate to 0.94 cents per point. Members can buy or gift up to 50,000 points which would cost $468.75. Given...

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Marriott Bonvoy award search no longer displays points and availability

**Update**: Looks like it was a system glitch, the points/nt information is back on. The new filter to find availability stays. (Hat-Tip to reader JoeSocks for leaving an update in the comments) Another day, another reason to feel bonvoyed. Marriott Bonvoy award search results no longer display the points required and award availability at each property. Members must use a new filter option to see available hotels and click through to see the points needed for redemption. My last set of award booking was a week ago and I was able to see the points and availability on the...

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