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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.

Starbucks Rewards program devaluation, starting April 16, 2019

Arguably, the most generous coffee chain rewards program is set to devalue starting April 16, 2019.  Starbucks Rewards program is marketing these changes as ‘more choice and flexibility’, but for all intents and purposes its a devaluation. In the current system, only Gold members were eligible to redeem food and drinks for 125 stars. In the new system however, current green and new members will be able to redeem Stars for Rewards right away. About the only good news here. Starbucks Rewards Program – What’s Changing? Current ‘Green’ and new members will be able to redeem Stars for Rewards...

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Flash Sale: 40% bonus, Buy Alaska miles at 2.1 cents a piece

Alaska Mileage Plan is celebrating ‘More miles, more smiles.’ with its latest promotion of 40% bonus on purchased miles. The promotion is available until 11:59 PM PST March 17, 2019 to be eligible for bonus miles. ALASKA 40% BONUS Promotion Link to miles Purchase Alaska 40% bonus kicks in when buying a minimum of 20K miles (28K with bonus) at $591.25 USD, or maximizing the value by buying 60K (84K with bonus) for $1773 USD. A value of 2.11 cpm. In the previous editions of this promotion, the bonus was tiered and would require a minimum purchase of 40K miles for the 40% bonus. However Alaska...

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Two-player strategy: 240,000 points with Marriott Bonvoy Amex (Canada) cards

If you like earning points through credit card sign-up bonuses, the revamped Marriott Bonvoy Amex (Canada) cards are a good opportunity to earn a stack of Marriott Bonvoy points. Both, the Personal and Business cards come with increased signup bonus of 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. Its best to maximize on new offers when in two-player mode, that is signing up for new credit cards with your partner, family or friends (in the household) and pooling to get maximum value. You can apply for the personal and business cards, for a combined bonus of 240,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. Which is exactly what we did....

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Pictorial Review: Cathay Business Class 777-300ER HKG – YYZ (2019)

This was the second leg of my return trip from Mumbai to Toronto (BOM-HKG-YYZ). The return trip was booked with 62,500 + $62 Alaska MileagePlan. Since I have reviewed Cathay Pacific Business class 777-300ER product in detail before, I figured it was best to do a pictorial review for both these segments – BOM-HKG is here, HKG-YYZ is as follows; Cathay Pacific Business Class Review: Hong Kong to Toronto (2019) Flight: CX 828  HKG-YYZ Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER Duration: 14hr 32min Seat: 17K                             Take Away 14.5 hours were easy on...

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Improved Offer: Up to $400 in bonuses with Scotiabank Passport Visa Infinite card

Scotiabank Passport Visa Infinite card has upped it’s game, with up to $400 in bonus for the first year.  The new offer comes with a welcome bonus of 30,000 Scotia Rewards points ($300 in value) and an additional 10,000 bonus points ($100 in value) when you spend at least $40,000 annually in everyday purchases. Thats up to $400 towards travel! Add to it the  no foreign exchange fee, complimentary lounge access (~$200 in value) and healthy bonus categories for earning points, it’s a card for everyone’s wallet. No matter your travel style and frequency, consider this card for the following reasons;...

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Last Chance – 10% Cash Back offer ends Feb 28th, Scotiabank Momentum Visa Infinite

A Cash-back 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. If you are in the market for a comprehensive cash back card, look no further – In Canada, no other card offers these benefits better than the Scotia Momentum VISA Infinite card. The promotional offer to earn 10% cash back on all purchases for first three months, and First Year Fee waiver, ends in two days – Feb 28, 2019! Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite card (Apply Now): Annual Fee: $99 (First Year...

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Refreshed! Marriott Bonvoy American Express cards (Canada)

Since the rebranding to Marriott Bonvoy, I have been eagerly awaiting the launch of the Canadian Marriott Bonvoy Amex cards. Here we have it folks, Amex Canada has released the details on the refreshed Marriott Bonvoy Amex cards – both the Personal and Business cards come with increased signup bonus of 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, and the existing earning category of 3X on gas, dining and travel (Business card only). Annual fee on both cards remain the same, $120 on personal and $150 for the Business card. Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card – Apply Now  Annual Fee: $120 Welcome Bonus: 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points (with $1500 spend...

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Ottawa Points and Miles Meetup, Saturday March 2nd!

Join us for the next edition of Ottawa Points and Miles meetup at Andaz Ottawa, on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. 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 through “travel hacking”. We will discuss and share tips and tricks for the following; Manufactured Spending in Canada Aeroplan alternatives – Avios, WestJet and Alaska! Loyalty program and award sweet spots Chasing elite status/Status matching Maximizing travel and minimizing expenses WHY...

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9 more airlines added to TSA PreCheck screening program

The TSA Pre✓® screening program has expanded to include 9 more airlines, bringing the total airlines partners to 65 domestic and international carriers. TSA PreCheck screening program – New airline partners (2019) Air India Asiana Airlines China Airlines Eastern Airlines Elite Airways EVA Airways Japan Airlines TAP Air Portugal Volaris TSA Pre✓® allows expedited screening for low risk travellers that make use of dedicated lanes and don’t need to remove shoes, belts, jackets and even laptops, while going through security. The program is available for $85 (for five years) to US citizens, US nationals and lawful permanent residents of the US. Once approved,...

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Buy 6500 Hyatt points for $120, at 1.85 CPP

Last chance, Hyatt 30% bonus is available for purchases made until February 22, 2019. Hyatt’s latest points purchase promotion is underwhelming at first glance, but its not often that Hyatt lets you purchase under 10K points with a bonus, so this promotion maybe handy for members looking for a quick top-up towards their next stay. HYATT 30% BONUS ON PURCHASED POINTS Link to Promotion The usual 40% bonus promotions require a minimum purchase of 10,000 points to get the bonus. However, the current 30% bonus kicks in with a minimum purchase of 5000 points. This can be handy for customers looking to...

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