Points Miles and Bling

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

Amex SimplyCash Preferred Card now offers 10% cash back, up to $400!

  This update comes as a pleasant surprise, and also a sign of the times we live in. As more Canadians shift their preference from travel redemptions, to earning cashback through their credit card spend, we are seeing credit card providers respond accordingly. The New SimplyCash Preferred Card from Amex Canada, now offers 10% cash back on all eligible purchases, up to $400, for the first 4 months of Cardmembership. SimplyCash Preferred Card (2020) – Apply Now Annual Fee: $99 Earn Rate: 10% cash back on all eligible purchases (up to $400 cash back) for the first 4 months of...

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Special Offer: 10% Cashback and No Annual fee, with Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite card

  A CashBack credit card should be a mainstay of every wallet, they are extremely lucrative if aligned well with household purchasing habits. In Canada, no other card offers cashback benefits better than the Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite card – now with a special offer to earn 10% cash back on all purchases for the first 3 months (up to $2,000 in total purchases), and no annual fee on primary and supplementary cards in the first-year, this card comes with $370 in value right off the back. The ‘no annual fee in the first year’ perk is available until Nov 1, 2020...

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Marriott Bonvoy Status Match (Challenge) is back, register now!

As travel crawls back to life, it’s not surprising to see a healthy competition amongst brands to win over customers, and their wallets. Marriott Bonvoy Status Match (Challenge) is back and they are targeting elite members from all major hotel brands – Hilton, Hyatt, Accor, IHG, and also offering an opportunity for Marriott base members and Silver Elite members to participate in the challenge. Marriott Bonvoy Status Match (Challenge) – August 2020 As part of the promotion, eligible members can get a status match for 90 days, and then must stay a reduced number of nights within 90 days to...

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New Aeroplan Vistara partnership is a welcome surprise for travellers to India

Starting today, Aeroplan members can accumulate and redeem Aeroplan Miles for travel with the Indian airline, Vistara, bringing the total number of Aeroplan airline partners to 37. This announcement should come as a welcome surprise for all Aeroplan members, especially given Air India’s uncertain future. Aeroplan Members can now book flight rewards with non-alliance partners Vistara, Etihad, Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, Azul, and GOL via aeroplan.com, and contact centres.  New Aeroplan Vistara Partnership – TLDR Members will be able to book Vistara flights online at aeroplan.com, as well as via Contact Centre Vistara flights can be combined with flights operated by...

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Earn $250 bonus with the new Tangerine and Toronto Raptors promotion

  Tangerine, is a subsidiary of Scotiabank, and a Canadian direct bank that offers no-fee banking services and products to Canadians. Tangerine and Toronto Raptors are collaborating to offer an interesting promotion, where new clients can earn up to $250 bonus when they sign up within 24 hours of a Raptors win. For those not following the NBA, Toronto Raptors are leading against the Brooklyn Nets, 2-0 in a play-off series. In fact, they lead 57-42 in Game 3 as I write this post. Tangerine and Toronto Raptors – New Promotion Direct Link to Promotion The 2.50% interest will be...

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Closer Look: New TD Aeroplan Credit Cards and Air Canada Benefits

The pre-launch of the New Aeroplan Program on August 11th came with announcement of new credit card portfolio comprising TD, CIBC, and AMEX cards. In addition to a power-packed portfolio, the new Aeroplan program is taking credit card integration to a whole new level, with exclusive card benefits catering to members at all levels and lifestyles. While banks are scheduled to start notifying existing customers of new card features the week of August 24th, new acquisition offers are expected to roll out with the soft launch of the new Aeroplan program on Nov 8, 2020. The refresh of new...

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The New Aeroplan Program – Bold, Radical, and Transformed!

It’s bold, it’s radical, and it does not hold back. Welcome to the transformed Aeroplan, coming November 8th, 2020. The new Aeroplan program leans heavy on increased value proposition, flexibility, and appeal to members of all travel styles. The program has hit that sweet spot between aspirational and relevant, and should appeal equally to frequent travellers, and those that travel with family, once or twice a year. To be honest, the program seems to have been designed by a team that understands the psyche of FlyerTalk chatter, and has the pulse of family travel. All that, and with a...

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5 Countries that offer Visa-on-Arrival for all nationalities

COVID vaccine aside, visas are still the key to entering most countries. As someone that travels on an Indian passport (Rank 48 on Global Mobility), obtaining a visa is ingrained in my travel planning. I obviously follow the changes in visa requirements for most countries with great interest, and it did not take long to start identifying a sub-group of countries that made border entry extremely easy, by offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival for all nationalities. Visa-on-Arrival for all Nationalities Over the years we have seen visa processing being simplified, to a large extent by countries that adopted the ‘e-visa’...

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Buy miles with Alaska 50% bonus promo now, to unlock 60% bonus later

  It’s no “Aeroplan offer”, but Alaska MileagePlan continues to offer impressive rates to purchase Alaska miles at a discounted rate. The last Alaska purchase miles promotion ended on June 28th, which was a mystery ‘up to 60% bonus’. Their latest promotion has an interesting tier based system, where members can purchase miles with up to 50% bonus. Members that purchase minimum 30k miles with 50% bonus, unlock access to a VIP 60% bonus promotion later in October. The current promotion of up to 50% bonus is applicable on minimum purchase of 30K miles, on transactions completed by August 26,...

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Introducing PMB:eLab, a small group workshop for niche topics

I have been having a grand time hosting my weekly Virtual meetups, thanks to the engaged audience that tunes in. I pick a relevant topic/loyalty program and navigate a conversation with our guest speakers, who share their knowledge and experience. Until recently, these sessions were truly live (only) since I din’t record or post them anywhere. With audience feedback, I have “upgraded” to a live broadcast on my facebook page, which also hosts a copy of the Zoom session for anyone that did not catch it live. Another key feedback over the past 3 months has been to demonstrate (screenshare)...

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