500 Free Aeroplan Miles with Fairmont Email Sign-up

September 21, 2011

If you don’t currently have an Air Canada Aeroplan account, you should get one right now (link). They are a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards and after Continental leaves the program starting October 1, 2011, they will most likely become the premier partner when redeeming Star Alliance awards. They are also transfer partners […]

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Up to 5,000 Bonus Points for Hotel Transfers to Aeroplan

August 24, 2011

Airlines often add incentives to transfer hotel points to them, because the hotel chains actually pay the airlines for the miles you get. From August 22 – Sept 18 Air Canada’s frequent flyer program Aeroplan is now offering up to 5,000 extra Aeroplan miles when you transfer the equivalent of 25,000 miles or hotel points […]

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Reminder: Aeroplan Increases Most Award Levels Tomorrow

July 14, 2011

Just a friendly reminder that Aeroplan increases their award chart redemption levels tomorrow. I wrote about the subject here, so you may want to book an award today if you have Star Alliance award travel in your plans. Remember, American Express Membership Rewards points transfer instantly to Aeroplan, so you have time to act. If […]

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2,500 Aeroplan Miles Per Hyatt Stay

July 4, 2011

I earned 20,000 bonus Hyatt points during their recent Possibilities promotion, which isn’t too bad for 9 nights/4 stays – it’s basically a free night at any Park Hyatt in the world. Since that promo ended June 30, 2011 and another hasn’t been announced, it may make sense to bank your Hyatt stays to Aeroplan […]

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100 Free Aeroplan Miles for Free Sign-up

June 17, 2011

You can get 100 free Aeroplan miles for simply signing up for free account. You need to enter a Canadian zip code, so thanks to TPG reader JD for providing R3L 1B7. One bonus per Aeroplan member. This is a great way to keep your Aeroplan account active since points expire after a relatively short period […]

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Maximizing Amex Post 7: Star Alliance Transfer Partners

May 9, 2011

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. This is another installment in my Maximizing Amex series where I examine the benefits of American Express cards and Amex’s Membership Rewards Program. The articles include; Post 1: Understanding the Card Offering. Post 2: Understanding Membership Rewards. Post 3: Understanding Transfer Bonuses. Post […]

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Canadian American Express Aeroplan Platinum 50,000 Mile Bonus is Back

April 20, 2011

I get emails all the time from my friendly northern neighbors about how much they wish they could get in on the super-lucrative US credit card bonuses. I would feel the same way!  Lately the 50,000 and 100,000 bonuses have been mind-blowing and it must be such a tease to be so close, yet so […]

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Air Canada Aeroplan Increases Most Award Levels

April 19, 2011

In February I wrote a post about my twenty favorite airline awards and Air Canada Aeroplan showed up on that list four times. I’ve always liked most awards on their Star Alliance Award chart, but unfortunately all of them are going up in price on July 15, 2011. The four I had highlighted were: 1) 100,000 miles […]

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Up to 5,000 Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for Hotel Transfers

March 21, 2011

Air Canada Aeroplan is running a promotion which entices people to transfer their hotel points to Aeroplan. Aeroplan does this because the hotel companies actually pay Aeroplan for the miles if you decide to transfer your hard earned hotel points for airline miles. Register here. Details: Transfer by April 30, 2011. 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for […]

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Donating Points and Miles to Charity

March 14, 2011

With the terrible tragedy in Japan, I’ve received a bunch of emails asking about the best ways to donate miles to charity. In general, I’d recommend donating cash, because it’s the quickest and cleanest way from a tax perspective. However, if you are low on cash, but still want to help, you can also donate your miles […]

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Twenty of My Favorite Airline Awards

February 21, 2011

I book millions of miles a month in awards for clients and I’m always trying to think about what award option works the best, since most people have multiple mileage balances and flexible credit card points. Whether its wrangling a Delta award to the “low” level or helping someone maximize an American Express transfer bonus […]

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Use Points and Miles to Escape the Wrath of Winter

February 2, 2011

I hate winter. There, I said it. I’ve lived in the Northeast my entire life and I’ve been putting up with cold, dark winters because I haven’t known any better. However, I’m starting to think that living in a warmer climate during the winter months is something I will need to do at some point […]

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American Express Platinum Card 50,000 Point Sign Up Bonus

January 12, 2011

UPDATE: This bonus is no longer available. I’ve written about this card before, but I’ll write about it again since I think it’s so great: 50,000 American Express Membership Rewards points: for opening up a $450 annual fee Amex Platinum – incredible deal in my opinion. I conservatively estimate the value of  50,000 Amex points at […]

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Flying in Extreme Comfort Article in The Globe and Mail

January 12, 2011

Check out this piece I helped with about flying in premium cabins. It’s a three part series, so keep your eyes peeled 8) If you are a reporter and would like to use me as an expert for an upcoming piece, email me at [email protected]

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Air Canada Aeroplan: ‘Round the World’ in Business Class For 100,000 Miles and 120,000 in First

January 11, 2011

Update: Aeroplan increased their award charts July 15, 2011 Air Canada is known for having a pretty flexible frequent flyer program, Aeroplan (which is actually a separately operating company). Some of the things I love about Aeroplan are: 1) 80,000 mile business class awards from North America to most of Western Europe 2) 100,000 mile […]

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Star Alliance Contest: Free Business Class Round The World Tickets

January 8, 2011

If you have a couple minutes, you might as well enter this interesting Star Alliance contest. The contest is meant to publicize the Star Alliance Upgrade program, which allows you to use a bunch of Star Alliance frequent flyer program miles to upgrade full Y (expensive) fares. So if you are flying United and have […]

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20,000 Aeroplan Miles for AeroplanPlus Gold Card

January 7, 2011

The $120 annual fee Gold Card normally has a 15,000 point sign up, but until March 31, 2011, it’s 20,000. (Thanks to TPG reader Martin for the tip). To get your 20,000 points, apply here.  You get 15,000 points after first use of the card and an addition 5,000 when you spent $1,000 in three months. […]

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Air Canada 20% Off Asia Flights

December 27, 2010

Air Canada is offering 20% off certain flights to Asia. Book by December 28th at midnight and depart by March 31, 2011. To get your exclusive discount, simply enter this promotion code when booking right here at Promotion code 4QNKF9D1 Conditions Book by December 28, 2010 midnight, from your city of departure. Valid for […]

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My Top 20 Loyalty Program Christmas Wish List

December 24, 2010

As a loyalty program junkie, I often think about how each program could be enhanced. While no perfect program exists in my opinion, here are my 20 wishes that, if granted, would make me a very, very happy frequent traveler. Feel free to add yours in the comments below! In no particular order: 1) Delta changes their […]

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American Express Aeroplan Plus Platinum Card 50,000 Sign-up Bonus

December 8, 2010

Air Canada’s frequent flyer program, Aeroplan (which is actually a separate company from the airline), has some good awards, especially the 80,000 point business class from North America to most parts of central/Western Europe. They also have a competitive card sign-up bonus going on right now for their co-branded American Express Aeroplan Plus Platinum card: […]

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Air Canada Now Participating in Star Alliance Upgrade Program

December 8, 2010

Good news for Star Alliance members who want to upgrade on Air Canada- they can now redeem miles for upgrades through the Star Alliance upgrade program.  This is somewhat of a surprise, because they are one of the hardest airlines to upgrade on. They don’t hand out free upgrades to top tier elites, like the legacy […]

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15,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles at Rexall for Prescription Transfers

December 3, 2010

Well this is a first for me, bonus miles for drugs! Link to promo. And while you are in the store, pick up $50 in cosmetics for an additional 2,000 Aeroplan miles (promo link) “On Saturday, December 4 only, earn a welcome bonus of 15,000 Aeroplan Miles when you transfer your prescription* from any Non-Rexall/Rexall […]

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Aeroplan American Express and Hotel Point Transfer Bonus

November 22, 2010

Aeroplan is a pretty good frequent flyer program. In fact they won program of the year at the Frequent Traveler awards, which I attended earlier this month. The reasons why I like them are that they have very flexible routing/ stopover rules and they have some gem awards. For example, a business class award from […]

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1,500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles When Transferring Hotel Points

August 9, 2010

Air Canada Aeroplan, home of the 80,000 point Star Alliance business class ticket North America-Europe, is running a promotion to encourage people to transfer their hotel points. When you transfer enough hotel points to reach 10,000 Aeroplan, you get a 1,500 point bonus. For each brand, I’ve indicated the amount of points needed to hit […]

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