Starwood has a new rate promotion for Four Points hotels. You can get a full American breakfast and $25 Southwest discount coupon for stays in the United States or 15% Air Canada Flex Fare discount for stays in Canada.
Aeroplan is again offering bonuses for converting points from partner programs. This offer is valid from April to May 13, 2013. There is no need to register for this offer that you can access here.
The number of bonus Aeroplan miles that you earn is dependent of the number of total converted miles. The bonus is from 20% to 27%.
Best Western has an offer for quadruple Aeroplan miles (250 base + 750 bonus) between April 1 and May 31, 2013. There is no limit how many times you can earn this bonus. You can access and register for this offer here.
This offer is valid for Best Western Rewards members that have their account address in the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean. The stays can be any Best Western location.
Hilton HHonors has an offer for triple miles at participating Las Vegas properties for stays between April 1 and June 30, 2013. You can access and register for this offer here.
The participating airline for this offer are Aeroplan, Alaska, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Virgin America.
Aeroplan is bringing back the Star Challenge for the second time. This year the qualification period is from March 11 to April 10, 2013. The registration is already open. You can access Aeroplan’s web page for this promotion here.
Last year, there were few easy ways to maximize the payout with very little work. This year, however, the terms and conditions have been updated to make getting the maximum payout of this promotion more difficult.
Air Canada is late to the premium economy game. There are quite a few companies that used to allow employees to fly on business class, but have reverted to economy only policy. By offering economy plus, Air Canada is able to capture part of this market. You can read more about this product on Air Canada’s website here.
Starting this coming July, the premium economy will be available on the Montreal to Paris route. The Air Canada’s leisure airline, the Rouge, will also introduce the premium economy seating under the Premium Rouge brand.
Fairmont is offering double airline miles (American Airlines, Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, United & Air China) for stays until April 30, 2013, that are booked using “Everyone’s an Original Winter” offer by January 31, 2013. You can access this offer here.
There are some blackout dates that are property specific. The base number of miles (500) is doubled. The doubling of miles doesn’t apply to the elite bonuses.
Air Canada has a bonus offer for maximum of 15K bonus Aeroplan miles for 20 flight segments that are flown between January 14 and March 24, 2013. You need to register for this promotion.
If you read the fine print, you will find that only expensive Flex and higher fares qualify for this bonus.
Air Canada Aeroplan seems to often have promotions that are tied to their travel partners. This time you can earn up to 2500 bonus Aeroplan miles after one flight activity (can be Air Canada or other Star Alliance carrier) and one or two other travel partner transactions.
This promotion is valid until April 13, 2013, and you need to register for it.
Fairmont has a new offer starting for Air Canada’s Aeroplan members. You can earn up to 6000 bonus Aeroplan miles for four stays between February 1 and April 14, 2013. You need to register for this offer here.
The base number of miles that you earn is 500 for Club members, 750 for Premier members, and 1000 miles for Platinum members. These bonus miles should be in addition to these base miles per the wording of this promotion.
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has a new promotions for Air Canada Aeroplan members that stay at Starwood hotels in Canada. You can earn 3000 bonus Aeroplan miles after five nights and another 3000 bonus nights after five more nights for total of 6000 bonus miles for stays between January 14 and April 14, 2013. You can access this promotion here.
Note that you do not have to change your SPG earning preference to miles. You can continue to earn Starpoints and take advantage of the current Power Up promotion. These Aeroplan miles are addition to Starpoints. All you need to do is to register your SPG account for this promotion and provide them with your Aeroplan number.
Accor has a new offer for Air Canada Aeroplan members. You can earn triple miles for all of your stays between January 1 and April 15, 2013, at all Accor hotels worldwide. You can access this offer here.
There is no need to register for this offer, but you have to choose Air Canada Aeroplan as your preferred loyalty program and the miles will be deposited automatically after each of your Accor stay to your Aeroplan account.
Air Canada is introducing fourth brand Rouge next year to complement the current Air Canada, Jazz, and Rapidair brands. This new carrier is flying so called sun routes and secondary destinations not served by the airline starting in July 2013.
The carrier has its own operational license and the flight attendants for the airline are working under different contract that those for Air Canada. According to the press release, the Rouge flights are flown by Air Canada cockpit crew, however.
Rouge also announced yesterday the first destinations that the airline will start flying in 2013 in leisure market configured airplanes without business or first class.
As the airline will start with only two Boeing 767 and two Airbus A319 airplanes, the frequency to destinations except Athens is about once or twice a week.
The number of miles that you can earn on Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is very limited.
Not sure if you can earn status or award miles on other Star Alliance member airline frequent flier plans if flying on Rouge. At least the rendered picture of the Rouge aircraft does have a Star Alliance logo that would imply that Rouge is part of the alliance.
Other airlines haven’t had much of a success with these airline within an airline brands. United’s Ted is long gone as is Delta’s Song. Singapore Airline and Cathay Pacific have both been successful with their Silk Air and Dragon Air regional airline brands.
Let’s just hope that this works for Air Canada. Their plan seems to be to dump the old Air Canada airplanes to Rouge once they get the brand new 787 deliveries in.
Aeroplan has a separate award chart for one ways at a higher cost than half of a return trip. Now, awards in North America, The Caribbean and Central America are pricing at half of a round trip price.
Aeroplan has not made any announcement about this change, so it could be permanent or a promotion. In either way, it is surprising that they haven’t made any announcements about this.
Here are few examples:
Toronto to San Jose (Costa Rica) priced at half of a RT price of 20K Aeroplan.
Montreal to Caracas priced at the One-way ClassicFlight rewards price of 34K Aeroplan (not half of RT).
Calgary to Santiago de Chile also priced at the One-way ClassicFlight rewards price of 40K Aeroplan (not half of RT).
Los Angeles to Newark on business class for 25K Aeroplan is half of a RT.
Anchorage to Bermuda prices at half of a RT price of 20K.
It would be nice to know if this is a promotion or has Aeroplan decided to offer some one-ways at half of the round trip price. The latter wouldn’t be surprising.
Personally, I really prefer flexibility and rarely, if ever, book traditional return round trips. One-ways gives you greater flexibility to combine paid air/car/train and visit multiple destinations more easily without having to pay a higher award price.
I hope that this award pricing is here to stay and would extend outside of North and Central America.