Points Miles and Bling

Anshul was a hyper mobile professional, traveling across 5 continents, to recruit international students for Canada. Now he travels predominantly on miles and points and loves to share his personal travel gaffes and triumphs.

Jet Airways passenger demands $40,000 and 100 Upgrade vouchers in compensation

Yesterday we heard about the horror on Jet Airways flight 9W 697, flying from Mumbai to Jaipur. The flight was forced to return to Mumbai after a critical decline in cabin pressure which resulted in several passengers experiencing ear/nose bleeds and headaches. The sharp decline in cabin pressure was reported to be human error, in which the cockpit crew forgot to switch on the cabin air pressure control. 171 people on board, about 30 suffered ear and nose bleeds. According to follow up reports on the incident, one of the 5 passengers taken to hospital for treatment is now demanding...

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Review: The Wing, Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounge in Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Airport is home to seven distinct Cathay Pacific lounges, including two First Class lounges. The Wing, Business class lounge is a premium lounge, located in Terminal 1 near gates 1-4. The lounge boasts an eclectic mix of white marble structuring and traditional features. It features the iconic Long Bar, a Noodle Bar, an elegant Coffee Loft, shower rooms and relaxation area. This is my review of the The Wing, Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounge; The Wing – Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounge My visit to The Wing was a quick one, since I had already spent a...

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IHG 100% Bonus – Purchase points at 0.5 cents a piece!

IHG latest flash sale includes a 100% bonus on points purchase.  With IHG 100% bonus, this is the best price-point I have seen all year. The offer is available for purchases made until 11:59 PM ET September 20, 2018. Bonus promotion can work wonderfully well in conjunction with the current or next round of PointBreaks promotion. Flash Sale – IHG 100% BONUS Link to Promotion details   The bonus kicks in with a minimum purchase of 5000 points. Purchase of 100,000 points for $1,000 USD would yield a total of 200,000 points at 0.5 CPM – incredible value! Recently, IHG increased the purchase cap...

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Hilton 100% bonus – Purchase points at 0.5 CPM

Hilton is offering a 100% bonus on points purchase, the best I have seen this year. The 100% bonus is available on limited packages of 40,000 and 80,000 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 packages are sold off. HILTON 100% bonus on points purchase Purchase Hilton Points with 100% bonus   40,000 + 40,000 bonus points: $400 80,000 + 80,000 bonus points: $800 I value Hilton points at 0.6 CPM and this promotion yields 0.5 CPM, a good value!...

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Ottawa Points and Miles meetup, September 16th!

Join us for the next edition of Ottawa Points and Miles meetup at The Albion Rooms, on Sunday, September 16th, 2018 at 4:00pm. 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. 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 SHOULD YOU...

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Alleged: Woman slaps US border officer after being denied entry into United States

Today’s edition of “WTF news” is brought to you courtesy of an Ontario woman that decided to slap a U.S border officer (allegedly), after being denied entry into the US. That’s right, she determined the sure-shot way to “gain entry” into the US was by assaulting a border officer (allegedly). According to a report from the U.S attorney’s office , Tianna Natasha McPherson, of Kitchener, Ontario was dropped off at the Rainbow Bridge port of entry by a taxi, with the intention to visit the Niagara Falls state park. She was denied entry due to “derogatory information ” on her previous attempts...

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Review: Cathay Pacific Business Class A330-300 Hong Kong to Mumbai

This was the second-leg of our trip from Toronto to Mumbai (62,500 Alaska Points, on Cathay Pacific), which included a couple of nights in Hong Kong on our way to Mumbai. While the first leg from Toronto to Hong Kong was on a Boeing, Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300 (review), my ride from Hong Kong to Mumbai was an Airbus, Cathay Pacific Business Class A330-300. Cathay Pacific Business Class A330-300 Flight: CX 663  HKG-BOM Aircraft: Airbus A330-300 Duration: 6hr 20min Seat: 16K We started by taking a short taxi ride from Lanson Place Hotel (Review) to Hong Kong Central station, to hop on the...

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Rumour: No Fuel Surcharges in Air Canada’s new loyalty program

Air Canada and partners (TD, CIBC and Visa) reached a deal with Aimia to buy Aeroplan for $450M cash and $1.9B in liabilities. Between the break-up and the recent announcement of buying out Aeroplan,  millions of members have been in a tizzy, wondering about future of their account balances. So, what should Aeroplan members expect going forward? First things first – Air Canada’s current agreement with Aimia for Aeroplan remains in place until June 29, 2020. Until then, business as usual – members can earn and burn under current conditions. Potential Devaluation For members that have account balances past June 29th,...

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Alaska mystery bonus, purchase miles at incredible 1.97 CPM!

The latest from Alaska Mileage Plan is a mystery offer of up to 50% bonus on purchased miles. The Alaska mystery bonus promotion is applicable on all transactions completed between August 20, 2018 and 11:59 PM PST October 4, 2018. ALASKA MYSTERY BONUS Promotion Link to miles Purchase       Alaska  bonus kicks in when buying a minimum of 10K miles. Luckily I was targeted with a 50% bonus and the bonus tiers look like this; Buy 10,000 – 19,000 miles, get a 20% bonus Buy 20,000 – 39,000 miles, get a 35% bonus Buy 40,000 – 60,000 miles, get a 50%...

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Hurry! Hyatt mystery bonus promotion ends this Wednesday

Last two days to take advantage of Hyatt’s mystery bonus promotion – members have reported up to 40% bonus. Hyatt mystery bonus is available on purchase of 5000 points or more, made until August 22, 2018. HYATT MYSTERY BONUS – UP TO 40% Link to Promotion Source: www.hyatt.com Unlike a tiered bonus, this promotion adds a flat bonus (up to 40%) on the transaction. Note that the yearly limit on purchased points per account is 55,000. If your account was targeted with a 40% bonus, you can maximize the promotion by buying 55K (+22K Bonus) for $1320 USD, at 1.71 cpp. This is good...

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