Friday, January 29, 2016

January 29 Bonus Offer Highlight: Air Canada / Aeroplan - 8x Miles for Best Western stays

The last bonus offer highlight of the week and the month is the return of a promo we saw through much of 2015. The offer is the Aeroplan bonus for stays at Best Western hotels that offers up a total of 2,000 miles per stay or 8 times the base earn rate. This is a really strong bonus for those needing a BW stay that don't credit them to Best Western Rewards as there are only two other non-BW promos right now from Miles & More and the other Canadian coalition program AIR MILES. Other bonuses to check today include the airberlin sign up and get a discounted award offer,  the latest Flying Blue promo awards and Cathay Pacific's discounted awards for select flights to Asia, Australia and Europe.

Air Canada / Aeroplan
1,750 Bonus Aeroplan Miles (8x) for each qualified stay at any Best Western® branded hotel in Canada, the United States, or the Caribbean Islands. Full details, Online Registration and Booking (Registration is required)
Until Apr 2, 16

Other posts since our last Bonus Offer Highlight:



All the Bonus Offers added today:

Air Canada / Aeroplan
- 1,750 Bonus Aeroplan Miles (8x miles) for each qualified stay at any Best Western® branded hotel in Canada, the United States, or the Caribbean Islands. More... Until Apr 2, 16

Air France KLM Flying Blue
- February Promo Awards - Save 25% to 50% on the Award Miles usually required for an award ticket. Destinations vary by each promotional period. More... Book by Feb 29 for travel between Apr 1 - May 31, 16

airberlin topbonus
- Receive 50% off your first topbonus flight award redemption when you join the topbonus program by March 31. More... Register by Mar 31 and redeem by Dec 31, 16

American AAdvantage
- Double AAdvantage Miles on all rentals at participating Hertz locations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. More... Until Mar 31, 16

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- 20% Asia Miles Discount on Standard Awards between Hong Kong and selected destinations in Asia, Australia and Europe. More... Book by Feb 7 for until Mar 31, 16

IHG Rewards Club
- Triple IHG Rewards Club Points for rentals at participating Budget locations worldwide. More... Until Jun 30, 16
- 1,500 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points on Hertz rentals at participating locations in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. More... Until Jun 30, 16



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Air France KLM Flying Blue February Promo Awards - Save up to 50% on award tickets for Apr 1 - May 31 travel


The newest set of Air France KLM's Promo Awards were released today but won't be bookable until February 1st (well 6pm EST on the 31st) We have provided lots of coverage on the Promo Awards before but a quick reminder of what they are. They are discounts on award tickets for travel on Air France, KLM and occasionally other Flying Blue airlines like Air Europa and Kenya Airways. This month also sees discounts for travel on Garuda Indonesia. The discount ranges from 25 to 50% off the regular amount of miles required. As you can see just by the discount this can be a very good offer if you get 50% off for Business Class! Some highlights for this month are 50% off Air France Business Class between Europe and Panama City, a bunch of flights within Europe for 40% offer, the Middle East in Economy for 50% off same for some cities in Asia.This month sees a mediocre showing for North America with 6 cities promo awards at 25% off Economy or Business Class.

Offer Details:
Save up to 50% with Promo Awards Save 25% to 50% on the Award Miles usually required for award ticket. Destinations vary by each promotional period. Full Details Book between Feb 1 -29 for travel between Apr 1 - May 31, 16

Here are just some of the offers available at 40 and 50% offer:





IHG Rewards Club Reward Night Point Changes at 400 hotels: New high end categories introduced


As you know last night we gave you a heads up on IHG's imminent annual point changes being released today. Well they're out now and we now know which 400 or so hotels are either moving up or down in the amount of points required for a redemption by 5,000 or 10,000 points. These new rates take effect on February 17th. So if you were planning a redemption at any of the hotels on the list you'll want to redeem and book before that date if the rate is going up while you'll want to wait until after that date if you see a hotel is going down. In this release of point changes we see the introduction of new 55,000 and 60,000 point levels, previously the highest redemption level was 50,000 points so this isn't great news for those higher end hotels around the globe. It's not surprising to see two of the most coveted IHG hotels (both in Bora Bora) being pushed up to that new 60,000 point level from the previous 50,000.
Only two hotels are at the 55,000 point level, both in Australia while a total of 13 hotels have been pushed up to the 60,000 points level including those two above, the IC San Francisco, The Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas and two IC's in Paris.

Overall out of the 400 hotels changing, the split is pretty even. We count (now corrected) 200 hotels moving down and 200 moving up. The areas hit with the most hotels going up are the U.S., the U.K. and France while China, Canada and Germany see a good proportion of hotels go down.

You can learn all about the changes and see the complete list of hotels here.

Now we have to be prepared over the next month or so for the annual changes from SPG, Hyatt and Marriott.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

IHG Rewards Club Reward Night changes being released tomorrow - come into effect on February 17th

We just received the following email from IHG notifying us that the annual reward night point changes will be released tomorrow 
I wanted to give you a head’s up that tomorrow, January 29, IHG will be sharing a Reward Night point requirement update with our members on our website.  

Point redemptions will either increase or decrease by 5,000 or 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points at 400 of our more than 5,000 hotels worldwide. All Reward Night reservations made prior to February 17, 2016 will be honored at the current point requirement levels. 

Please note that the web page will not be live until sometime tomorrow.
A little under 10% of the hotels are changing with point requirements however we don't know yet what percentage are going up and what percentage are going down. Depending on the changes an increase of 5 or 10,000 can be quite significant (think of hotels that are at the 10,000 point level) so when the list is posted tomorrow you should look at your crystal ball and see which hotels you should be booking before Feb 17 with points or which hotels you should wait on to book after Feb 17th!

Join airberlin's topbonus program and receive 50% off your first flight award


airberlin has ran interesting member acquisition offers in the past and we say interesting because its not your usual bonus points for signing up but some other incentive. The last one provided access to their exclusive waiting areas prior to boarding (quasi business class lounge) and the newest looks to have you redeem your miles that you earn after join sooner! Nice to see a different type of offer again from the topbonus team and one that should be effective for them as it will encourage some members who sign up to really focus on flying airberlin and utilizing airberlin's partners to earn those miles!

Offer details
Receive 50% off your first topbonus flight award redemption when you join the topbonus program by March 31. Discount is applied as 50% of the miles redeemed being returned to your account when you book an award ticket by Dec 31. Register Online (Registration is required) Register by Mar 31 and redeem by Dec 31, 16

January 28 Bonus Offer Highlight: Cathay Pacific Asia Miles - Double Miles between Germany and Hong Kong


Today's Bonus Offer Highlight is for our readers in Germany! Planning to fly to Hong Kong or beyond this spring? Might want to check out Cathay Pacific as they are awarding double miles in all Asia Mile earning fare classes on their flights out of Dusseldorf and Frankfurt. Other bonuses added to the mix today that are worth a look are American's newest bonus for Avis rentals,  Cathay's big bonus for The Economist subscriptions (limited to Southeast Asia addresses) and Delta's newest bonus for stays at hotels in the JAL family.

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
Double Asia Miles when you fly Cathay Pacific round trip from Frankfurt or Düsseldorf to Hong Kong. Newly joined Asia Miles members will enjoy a one-time welcome offer of 500 Asia Miles! Register Online (Registration is required) Feb 1 - May 31, 16
Valid for residents of Germany only


Other posts since our last Bonus Offer Highlight:



All the Bonus Offers added today:

Air Canada / Aeroplan
- Earn up to Triple Aeroplan Miles when you shop at Bentley. More... . Until Mar 31, 16

Alaska Airlines MileagePlan
- Double Mileage Plan Miles on all rentals at participating Hertz locations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. More... Until Mar 31, 16

American AAdvantage
- Earn up to 1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles when you rent for 2 or more days at participating Avis locations in the U.S. or Canada. More... Feb 15 - Mar 31, 16

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- Double Asia Miles when you fly Cathay Pacific round trip from Frankfurt or Düsseldorf to Hong Kong. More... Valid for residents of Germany only Feb 1 - May 31, 16
- Earn up to 20,000 Bonus Asia Miles when you subscribe to the Economist. More... Until Mar 31, 16

Delta SkyMiles
- Double SkyMiles for stays at participating Okura Hotels & Resorts, Nikko Hotels International and Hotel JAL City Worldwide. More... Feb 1 - Apr 30, 16

Virgin America Elevate
- 1,000 Bonus Elevate Points on your first purchase with Scorebig. More... Until ?



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Kaligo: 3,000 Bonus Miles/Points in the program of your choice when making your first booking



Kaligo, the Singapore based third party hotel booking site that awards thousands of miles from a variety of airline programs for hotel stays has launched a new first time booking bonus that can be applied to any of their partners. Previously we typically saw only offers for individual partners so with this short term booking bonus you don't have to wait if your favourite program comes up with Kaligo bonus. The offer is good for booking made by January 31st with stays completed anytime in 2016.

Offer Details
3,000 Bonus Miles/Points in the partner program of your choice when you make your first hotel booking via Kaligo. Full details and online booking Book by Jan 31 for stays until Dec 31, 16

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January 27 Bonus Offer Highlight: Delta SkyMiles - Up to 300 Bonus Miles per day for Hertz rentals


Today's highlight is the extension of an offer we've seen for quite sometime now! That offer is the Hertz rental bonus for Delta SkyMiles members. 200 bonus miles per day for regular members, 300 for Medallion members. Other bonuses added today include JetBlue's new first flight offer, a slew of new British Airways hotel offers and free United MileagePlus miles for joining MileagePlus dining!!

Delta SkyMiles
200 Bonus SkyMiles per day on rentals at participating Hertz locations in the US, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East, Latin and South America. (300 Bonus SkyMiles for Medallion members) Use CDP #165385 and PC codes 197536 when you book online at Hertz
Until Jun 30, 16

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All the Bonus Offers added today:

British Airways Executive Club
- Triple Avios for stays at over 2,800 Accor Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Mar 23, 16
- Double Avios for stays at all Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in Europe. More... Until Mar 31, 16
- Double Avios for stays of 2+ nights at over 140 Preferred Hotel Group Hotels Worldwide. More... Until Mar 31, 16
- Earn up to 4x Avios for stays at participating Shangri-La Hotels Worldwide. More... . Until Feb 29, 16
- Double Avios for stays at participating Taj hotels Worldwide. More... Until Mar 31, 16

China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 3,747 Bonus Dynasty Flyer Miles when you fly in Premium Economy between Vancouver and Taipei. More... Until May 31, 16

Delta SkyMiles

- Fast Track to Elite Status + Bonus SkyMiles when you fly with Delta Airlines. More... Targeted offer - May Not Work for everyone Register by Jun 30, 16
- 200 Bonus SkyMiles per day (300 for Medallions) on rentals at participating Hertz locations in the US, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East, Latin and South America. More... Until Jun 30, 16

JetBlue TrueBlue
- 3,500 Bonus TrueBlue Points when you join TrueBlue and book a flight by Mar 14. More... Until Mar 14, 16

Le Club accorhotels
- 500 Bonus Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in Austria starting with your 2nd stay. More... Book Feb 1 - Mar 31 for stays Feb 15 - May 31, 16
- 500 Bonus Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in Germany starting with your 2nd stay. More... Book Feb 1 - 29 for stays Feb 15 - May 31, 16

United MIleagePlus
- 500 Bonus MileagePlus miles for joining MileagePlus Dining + up to 2,500 bonus miles when dine within 30 days of joining at any participating restaurant, bar, or club and spend at least $25 (including tax and tip) on your check. More... Until May 31, 16


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Join JetBlue TrueBlue and earn 3,500 Bonus Points on your first flight!


JetBlue has launched a new acquisition offer for their TrueBlue program. Simply join the program then book a flight by March 14th to receive 3,500 bonus TrueBlue Points!

Offer Details:
3,500 Bonus TrueBlue Points when you join TrueBlue and book a flight by Mar 14. Full details. Until Mar 14, 16

Potential to get a short haul SkyTeam flight for three cheap car rentals. Who's up for trying?

Feb 5: Update on the GarudaMiles Rentalcars.com promotion that can get you cheap SkyTeam flights

Alright, full disclosure upfront. We have not tried this ourselves but while updating Garuda Indonesia bonuses for our GarudaMiles page we posted their new offer for Rentalcars.com car rentals and it seems like it is one of those promos that can really be taken advantage of to earn a lot of miles on the cheap.

The bonus pays 5,000 bonus Garuda Miles when you complete a rental.
Offer Details:
5,000 Bonus GarudaMiles when you rent a car via Rentalcars.com. Full details. Until Mar 31, 16


And the terms of rentals:
Terms and condition:
  • Book and confirm a car rental at http://www.rentalcars.com/?affiliateCode=garudamiles and complete your booking process
  • Earn 3 GarudaMiles for every 1 USD of spending on a car price, only through the designated site above
  • You must be an existing GarudaMiles member to earn mileages.
  • To be eligible to earn mileage, your GarudaMiles membership number must be inserted in the Driver Details page when making a booking on this designated website.
  • GarudaMiles are only earned when you have paid for, picked up and completed the car rental.
  • Please allow approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the drop-off date of your car rental for GarudaMiles to be credited into your GarudaMiles account.
  • GarudaMiles will not be earned on the other items purchasable online such as Full Protection.
  • GarudaMiles will also not be earned on any items that you purchase offline when you are picking up the car from the local car rental company such as baby seat, GPS, travel insurance and one way fees.
  • GarudaMiles terms and conditions apply.
  • GarudaMiles will not be earned on rentals being paid directly to local supplier on arrival.
5,000 bonus miles on a rental that doesn't appear to have a minimum length or certain car category requirements? Nor no terms about only being a one time bonus? That peaked our interest. So a quick look at Garuda's award charts shows that for 15,000 miles you can redeem for an award ticket on their SkyTeam partners that is less than 1,000 miles in length:

This potentially means that three rentals made via RentalCars.com would get you enough miles for this short haul SkyTeam redemption. We did a quick search for rentals via Garuda's link for RentalCars.com (you have to ensure you use that link!) in our home city of YYC (which isn't known as a cheap city for rentals):


The total price is CDN$35 for a 2 hour rental (looks like you can have it for a day), so three rentals would be CDN$105 or about US$73 to earn the 15,000 miles (+ loose change in miles as you earn 3 miles for every USD spent before taxes/fees). Not a bad deal for a flight that could cost significantly more than that!

THERE IS A CATCH HOWEVER! To redeem miles for a SkyTeam ticket via GarudaMiles you have to go to a Garuda Indonesia sales office in person. There are four offices in the U.S., They have one in Encino, Chicago, New York and Houston. There is also one in Toronto. Worldwide they have several offices in Australia, throughout Europe and Asia as well. You can find all the offices here.


So if you can make it to one of there offices are you up for the challenge? My bet is that you can find even cheaper rentals than I found above to achieve those miles at an even lower cost. Heck maybe you want to do more than three rentals to get up to higher award levels or business class flights. If you plan on doing this please let us know and keep us up to date on how it goes. First, make sure you join GarudaMiles if you haven't yet (you'll get 1,000 miles for doing so) and take screen shots of the bonus offer and terms just in case you need to fight for the miles.

January 26 Bonus Offer Highlight: Le Club accorhotels - Up to Triple Points for stays in France


Seeing that Accor Hotels is from France and has a load of hotels in France this latest bonus from Accor really makes sense as today's Bonus Offer Highlight. You can earn double points throughout France and triple points in the Paris and Paris suburbs region. Simply register and book by Feb 29 and you'll be rewarded on your France Accor Hotel stays until the end of March. Other bonuses added today also worth checking out are Garuda's Kaligo booking bonus, Garuda's bonus for Rentalcars.com rentals and Delta's latest SkyMiles dining bonus.

Le Club accorhotels
Earn up to Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in France. Earn triple points in Paris and double points elsewhere in France. Full Details, registration and online booking (Registration is required)
Book by Feb 29 for stays until Mar 31, 16

Other posts since our last Bonus Offer Highlight:



All the Bonus Offers added today:

Air Canada / Aeroplan
- Quadruple Aeroplan Miles for Avis rentals of 3 or more days in Canada and the U.S. More... Valid for Aeroplan Silver, Black or Diamond Distinction status only. Until Mar 31, 16

Delta SkyMiles
- Earn up to 3,000 Bonus SkyMiles when you join the SkyMiles Dining program. More... Until Mar 31, 16

Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- Earn up to 100% Bonus GarudaMiles when you fly on Garuda Indonesia between Balikpapan or Medan and Jeddah; Denpasar and Shanghai as well as select domestic routes. More... Jan 29 - Feb 28, 16
- Earn up to 100% Bonus GarudaMiles when you fly on Garuda Indonesia during the Lunar New Year. More... Feb 5 - 8, 16
- Earn up to 10,000 Bonus GarudaMiles when you book hotels via Kaligo. More... Until Feb 29, 16
- 5,000 Bonus GarudaMiles when you rent a car via Rentalcars.com. More... Until Mar 31, 16

IHG Rewards Club
- Up to 75% bonus IHG Rewards Club Points when you buy points online. Targeted offer - may not work for everyone. More... Until Feb 15, 16

Le Club accorhotels
- Earn up to Triple Le Club Accorhotels Points for stays at participating Accor Hotels in France. More... Book by Feb 29 for stays until Mar 31, 16

Stash Hotel Rewards
- Double Stash Rewards Points for stays at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa. More... Until Mar 31, 16
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays on the Winter Escape Package at the Caribe Royale Orlando. More... Until Mar 20, 16
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays on the Newport Family Adventure package at the Hotel Viking Newport. More... Until Mar 31, 16
- Triple Stash Rewards Points for stays at the Cooper Hotel Conference Center & Spa Dallas. More... Until May 31, 16
- Triple Stash Rewards Points and $25 dining credit for stays at The Resort at Port Ludlow. More... Feb 1 - 29, 16



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