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There’s just a few days left, but if you have a Mastercard, you’re eligible for a couple discounts on reservations made on Air Canada until June 30 (Saturday) for travel between now and December 14, 2012.
Offer 1: 15% off flights between Canada and New York
Save 15% on any Air Canada published Economy or Executive Classfare with promo code between Canada and New York City including LaGuardia, JFK and Newark. The discount is valid for travel on new bookings between May 14 and December 14, 2012 on Air Canada-operated flights. Air Canada offers nonstop service to New York City from Toronto Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Montreal.
Offer 2: 10% off flights between Canada and London
Save 10% on any Air Canada published Economy or Executive First fare with promo code between Canada and London, England. The discount is valid for travel on new bookings between May 14 and December 14, 2012 on Air Canada operated flights. Air Canada offers up to 5 daily nonstop flights from Toronto this summer, plus daily nonstops from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and St. John’s.
Here are the rest of the T&C:
- To receive discount, the air ticket must be purchased by a customer using a MasterCard credit card on aircanada.com. A customer must enter the promo code in order to receive the discount. The promo code is valid on new bookings only.
- Ticket must be purchased from May 14 by June 30, 2012.
- Travel period valid between May 10 and December 14, 2012.
- Offer cannot be combined with any other offer.
- Discount applies to the Air Canada published fare before any taxes, fees, charges or surcharges.
- Bookings made on Air Canada shall also be subject to Air Canada’s terms and conditions, available online at aircanada.com.
- Limited quantity while supplies last.
Though this is through Air Canada, I don’t see anything excluding Mastercard cardholders from other countries from getting this offer, and it does just say “between” Canada and either New York or London, and not that you have to originate in Canada, so if you’re in New York or can get there and want to fly to Canada, this could be a good way to get 15% off your flight.
Just as a quick example, I plugged in a trip from Vancouver to Newark (since that counts as NYC) in late September and found a fare of $498 plus $137 in taxes. So your 15% discount would get you just under $75 off (the discount is only on the fare portion) for a total of $560. Still not awesome, but better than $635.
On the other hand, I just took a quick look at fares from Toronto to London, and the 10% discount really won’t make a big dent in your ticket, unfortunately, since the 10% off is only on the fare itself and not the enormous fuel surcharges and fees the airline levies on this route. I just pulled up a sample fare in September from YYZ-LHR, and found the fare to be $433, though the entire ticket came to $1,063. So you’d just get $43.30 off since the discount is only on the fare portion, meaning you’re ticket would still cost $1,023. Not so great.
However, if your travel plans are taking you through Canada between now and December (or you are in either NYC or London and you want to get to Canada), and you have a Mastercard, you might as well get a little discount off your flights and rack up some Star Alliance miles in the meantime. With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.
With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.