Points Miles and Bling

Anshul was a hyper mobile professional, with travels across 5 continents. Now he travels mostly on points and loves to share his personal travel gaffes and triumphs on Points Miles and Bling!

Increased welcome bonus on American Express Cobalt card, now 45,000 MR points!

  I didn’t think the American Express Cobalt Card could get any better, glad I was wrong. The best credit card in Canada just got better, with an increased welcome bonus of up to 45,000 Membership Rewards-Select (MRS) points. A minimal spend of $500 each month will continue to earn 2500 MRS points each month, which adds up to 30,000 MRS points each year. Additionally, those that apply by May 5, 2021, can earn an added welcome bonus of 15,000 MRS points (with $3000 spend in the first three months of cardmembership), bringing the annual welcome bonus total to...

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Marriott 2021 Elite Status promotions are here, and they are real good!

Marriott has announced a set of generous promotions to entice members into maintaining their Elite status or achieving a higher tier. Marriott 2021 Elite Status promotions include 50% boost in Elite Night Credits, Double Points and Double Elite Nights, discount on off-peak redemptions, and more. Coming on the heels of the status extension from 2020, these enhancements will help members maintain their Elite Status until Feb 2023! 50% Boost in Elite night Credits: Just as they did in 2020, Marriott will deposit 50% of the Elite Night Credits into members’ accounts based on their 2020 Elite status tier. This is what you can expect in your...

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Amazing! Virgin Australia is Aeroplan’s new airline partner

Aeroplan continues its juggernaut with an exciting addition to their partnership portfolio. Virgin Australia (VA) will be officially added to Aeroplan’s growing roster of airline travel partners, as of January 19th. This is in addition to the exciting partners Aeroplan already added in 2020 – Etihad, Azul, Vistara, and Air Serbia. Virgin Australia and Aeroplan partnership will allow Aeroplan members to earn and redeem for travel to all prominent destinations in Australia and the South Pacific, served by VA.  Virgin Australia and Aeroplan partnership – TLDR Ability to earn and redeem Aeroplan points for travel to destinations served by VA...

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World Of Hyatt sweet spot, a Category-1 Park Hyatt property!

Hyatt is occupying bulk of my mind space these days, thanks to their generous promotions that are making World of Hyatt Globalist status a possibility for many in the hobby. Looking forward to being Globalist again, I have been scanning for the ‘best value’ on Hyatt redemptions. And to my pleasant surprise, I stumbled upon Cat-1 and Cat-2 Park Hyatt properties, in India – a World of Hyatt sweet spot! Park Hyatt is regarded as a top-tier luxury brand in the Hyatt ‘Timeless’ Portfolio. As one of the most sought after brands by luxury travellers, Park Hyatt (for me)...

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Get up to $2100 in value from the new American Express Aeroplan Cards, in Canada

  The American Express Aeroplan Cards were easily the winner amongst recently announced enhanced suites of Aeroplan Cards. Not only for the highest welcome bonus offer (Up to 75,000 Aeroplan Points), but also the options it offers to those that may have not signed up for the waitlist offers, or perhaps for those that prefer a Buddy Pass over few extra Aeroplan points. Lets take a closer look and analyze what these benefits are worth; American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve Card – Apply Now Card Type: Credit Card Annual Fee: $599 Welcome Bonus Offers: Waitlist Offer (for those who signed up before Nov 8th): Earn up to 75,000...

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Attention Hyatt Mattress Runners, buy 55,000 points for $990, with Hyatt 25% discount on points purchase

  Hyatt’s latest points purchase promotion is a Hyatt 25% discount on points , available with minimum purchase of 5,000 points, for transactions until December 31, 2020. Note that this is a 25% discount, as opposed to the 30-40% bonus points promotions we have seen in the past. This discount brings the price of each point down to 1.8 cents. This is not the lowest, since we have periodically seen Hyatt points being sold for 1.7 cents a piece. While this may not be the best purchase point, it may be worth buying if you are considering a mattress run at...

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COVID-19 testing will be available at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Canada

This should come as welcome news for Canadians that have international travel plans coming up. Most countries that are open for Canadians to travel to (including Hawaii, US), require negative test as a prerequisite to enter the country. So far, expecting travellers have had to hunt down select private labs that can offer this testing service. With a mainstream player like Shoppers Drug Mart now confirming availability of these tests across Canada, its a game changer! For the uninitiated, Shoppers Drug mart is the CVS of Canada, only better 😉 Beginning December 7th, private COVID-19 testing will be available at...

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Buy Bonvoy points at 0.78 cents per point, with Marriott Bonvoy 60% bonus promotion – One Week Only!

  Marriott is bringing back their lowest points purchase offer, with Marriott Bonvoy 60% bonus on purchase of 2000 points or more – One Week Only! The promotion is valid on all points purchases from now through November 25, 2020. The annual limit is 150,000 points, and includes points previously purchased in 2020, but does not include the 60% bonus points earned with this promotion. Additionally, members that miss out on the 60% bonus, can take advantage of a 50% bonus offer from November 26 through December 22. So, how good is this 60% bonus promotion and should you purchase...

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Aeroplan Black Friday Offers are here, up to 12x the points, 50% bonus on points purchase, and more

Don’t know about you, but I was definitely waiting for Aeroplan to release the Black Friday promotions and offers. Well, here it is – Aeroplan Black Friday Offers this year consist of bonus offers on eStore purchases, gift card and points purchases. Alongside, there are good set of savings via promotions on flights, vacations, and car rentals. Aeroplan Black Friday Offers – eStore Offers Direct Link to Promotion Aeroplan Members can earn up to 10X the points on select brands and get up to 10% off on merchandise redemptions via the Aeroplan eStore during the Black Friday Spectacular event...

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Surprise Alaska 50% bonus promotion, buy miles at 1.83 cents per mile

  A surprise Alaska 50% bonus promotion is underway right now, where members can purchase miles with up to 50% bonus. The current promotion of up to 50% bonus is applicable on minimum purchase of 30K miles, on transactions completed by December 23, 2020. ALASKA MILEAGE PLAN – UP TO 50% BONUS MILES Link to Promotion   This promotion is tiered with 40% bonus on purchase of up to 29k miles. Minimum purchase of 30K miles is required for the 50% bonus. The bonus tiers look like this; Buy 3,000 – 29,000 miles, get a 40% bonus Buy 30,000 –...

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