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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Fly From Buffalo From $34USD One Way, Taxes In!

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Frontier is having another sale.  They have one crazy one today (sorry I didn't report it) if you're last name is Green/Greene, you fly free, but this one is still decent, prices quoted are one-way in USD starting from:
Buffalo to Orlando from $34
Buffalo to Raleigh/Durham from $44
Buffalo to Denver from $59

Buy by August 14th and fly between August 16th and October 10th.

As a charter airline, it does not include anything more in luggage than a personal item that you take with you on board.  It's cheaper to book luggage online, and checked in bags are cheaper rather carry-on ones, surprisingly.  Back in 2009, it looked like they might be absorbed by Southwest, but they managed to get out of bankruptcy protection, and it's been ten years since then, so they seem to not be going away anytime soon.

Their Buffalo to Miami route was unfortunately cancelled, and personally I wouldn't fly them for anything other than a direct flight, as their stopovers can be notoriously long.

I've flown to Orlando on Frontier, and other than them cancelling our flight 10 days before and "rescheduling" us after moving our flight time over drastically, months earlier, the $100 vouchers they give for inconveniences make up for it.  If you can't use these vouchers over the next 90 days to book another flight, ask for a supervisor who may be able to offer it to you for bookings in a YEAR into the future.  You can also use the vouchers towards added luggage allowances, including carry-on, with which you get a seat closer to the front if you choose to add a carry-on.

Air Canada Worldwide Seat Sale 15% off Economy, 10% off Premium/Biz

Air Canada is having a one day seat sale, 15% off worldwide on economy seats, 10% off on premium economy and business class seats.  Act today!
https://www.aircanada.com/en-ca/worldwide-seat-sale?acid=em%257c24371703%257c158222500

The AMEX Marriott Bonvoy is STILL Worth Getting


While Marriott WAS giving 3x the points for SPG points earned in any way (credit card transactions with the old SPG card or for paid stays at SPG properties), until August of last year, now they're only offering double the points under the newer "Bonvoy" banner.  Be it that it's the only way to directly earn Bonvoy (previously known as SPG/Marriott points, whether it's for business or personal needs, it still comes with a 51K welcome points bonus after spending $3K in 3 months. In Canada, this is the only way to get welcome bonus miles that are worth several free nights as Chase is long gone from Canada. 

While the card may not be worth for your everyday spending (I'd put it in my "sock drawer" after hitting the spending threshold) and holding onto it until you get the annual fee hit the next year, check to be sure you have the free night certificate posted to your Marriott account before you ask for a prorated refund as you will likely have to wait and pay for the annual fee the next year before cancelling. 

ANOTHER CHOICE: If you first get the business card and then the personal card, referring yourself to the personal card from your online account with AMEX to score yourself another 10K Bonvoy points, feel free to cancel the biz card after you've hit the spending threshold and the referral bonus both post, and get a prorated refund on the $150 annual fee after hitting the spending threshold.  Then, hold onto the personal card (only $120 annual fee) until the annual fee hits the next year and the free annual night certificate posts and then get the prorated refund on the annual fee.  Before that though, you may want to reapply for the biz version using a referral from your personal card, for another 10K Bonvoy points.  This means 51K + 10K + 51K for the business bonus, then the referral to the personal, then the personal bonus--that's 112K points plus the spending needed to achieve the spending thresholds--124K Marriott points!  If you have a partner, that's 224K Bonvoy points!

The good news is that tons of properties have gone down in category numbers for using points to stay there, while the number of points for a category have gone a little bit.  For example, the Residence Inn Amherst (NY) and the Residence Inn New Rochelle (just outside NYC) both used to be a category 5 (25K points per night) and are now a category 3 (which used to mean 15K, but now is 17.5K, still 7.5 points less per night!). I've found MANY hotels in southern Florida that used to be higher categories and have moved down as well.  With an AMEX Platinum Business card, you get Gold status that makes you eligible for upgrades, including to a 2 bedroom suite with 2 bathrooms, based on availability.

It comes every year with a free certificate for one night at any Marriott property, up to a 35K (around category 5).  That's a phenomenal certificate, and better than it used to be when the Chase Marriott Canada card would offer it.
While it does charge a forex fee when using it outside Canada, it does, in a sense, give you more points than even the US version of the card.  The US version gives 2 Bonvoy point per US dollar spent, while our card gives you the same for each CDN dollar spent, about 35% better.  This is noticeable if you use the card outside Canada.
If you need ideas on how to spend $3K on an AMEX card in 3 months, see below.
  • hardware stores
  • pharmacies
  • Metro & Sobeys
  • online purchases, that include Masterpass (A mastercard pay system that accepts AMEX)
  • car rentals
  • any type of travel expense
  • groceries through (click here) Yesodei Hatorah (to credit the Lindo family towards how mich they need to spend on grocery card would be nice but YOU get them.  Either you can pick them up from the school or I've heard that for a minimum purchase, they deliver it to your home for free).


Flights out of Hamilton from $118 taxes in!

Click here to get to the Flyswoop website.
Fly Swoop, the Westjet owned discount airline that flies out of Hamilton airport has a sale on, with flights to different destinations on sale.  Sale fares begin, taxes in, from:
Hamilton to Halifax for $118 (two flights a day!)
Hamilton to Abbotsford (45 minutes from Vancouver) for $184
Hamilton To Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for $247
Hamilton to Edmonton for $147
Hamilton to Las Vegas return for $214, though it's an overnight flight on the return.
Hamilton to Fort Lauderdale for $205, though the return is quite limited to Friday late afternoons
Hamilton to Montego Bay for $292
Hamilton to Orlando for September travel ONLY for $205

Most of these sale destinations are for October to early December travel.

They did end up cancelling around 30 flights in July due to maintenance issues, but since then, I haven't heard of any problems.

See below to know what their baggage fee charges are, as only a personal item bag (NOT a carry-on) is free.
What are Swoop’s (WO) carry-on baggage fees?
  • Online: $36.75-$40.25 CAD
  • Airport Counter: $52.50-$57.50 CAD
  • At the Gate: $89.25-$97.75 CAD
NOTE: Bulkhead seats do not have under seat storage, therefore, all carry-on baggage must be stowed in the overhead bin during take-off and landing.
What is Swoop’s (WO) checked baggage / hold luggage policy?
Swoop’s (WO) standard checked baggage / hold luggage policy details follow:
  • 2 bags standard, up to 4 bags maximum
  • Maximum dimensions: 62 inches or 157 centimeters (length + width + height)
  • Maximum weight: 50 pounds or 23 kilograms
What are Swoop’s (WO) carry-on baggage fees?
Travel within North America
Online:
  • Bag 1: $31.50-$34.50 CAD
  • Bag 2: $42.00-$46.00 CAD
  • Bag 3: $105.00-$115.00 CAD
  • Bag 4: $105.00-$115.00 CAD
Airport Counter:
  • Bag 1: $42.00-$46.00 CAD
  • Bag 2: $52.50-$57.50 CAD
  • Bag 3: $120.75-$132.25 CAD
  • Bag 4: $120.75-$132.25 CAD
At the Gate:
  • Bag 1: $73.50-$80.50 CAD
  • Bag 2: NA
  • Bag 3: NA
  • Bag 4: NA
Travel for international destinations outside of North America
Online:
  • Bag 1: $31.50-$34.50 CAD
  • Bag 2: $42.00-$46.00 CAD
  • Bag 3: $210.00-$230.00 CAD
  • Bag 4: $210.00-$230.00 CAD
Airport Counter:
  • Bag 1: $42.00-$46.00 CAD
  • Bag 2: $52.50-$57.50 CAD
  • Bag 3: $236.25-$258.75 CAD
  • Bag 4: $236.25-$258.75 CAD
At the Gate:
  • Bag 1: $73.50-$80.50 CAD
  • Bag 2: NA
  • Bag 3: NA
  • Bag 4: NA
What is Swoop’s (WO) fee for overweight baggage?
Swoop (WO) will charge the following for bags that are greater than the standard 50 pounds or 23 kilograms:
  • 51 to 100 pounds or 24 to 45 kilograms: $105.00-$115.00 CAD extra per bag
  • Bags exceeding 100 pounds or 45 kilograms will not be accepted as checked baggage / hold luggage
What is Swoop’s (WO) fee for oversize baggage?
Swoop (WO) will charge $105.00-$115.00 CAD extra for bags that are from 63 to 80 linear inches or from 158 to 203 centimeters. Bags greater than 80 linear inches or 203 centimeters will not be accepted as checked baggage / hold luggage.
Are there fees for sports equipment on Swoop (WO)?
Yes. Sports equipment such as skis, golf bags, fishing equipment, hockey, and lacrosse equipment will be accepted up to Swoop’s (WO) size and weight limits and will count as one checked bag/hold bag. Applicable fees will apply. All others will be considered as oversize baggage and associated fees will be added.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Dead deal. TD Aeroplan Points Glitch--35K FREE POINTS!!

If you already got approved for the TD Aeroplan Infinite Visa for 30K points, stay tuned and read the rest of this article to get another 5K Aeroplan points!
For months, TD Canada Trust has been offering the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite card with a 30K Aeroplan bonus--15K upon approval and 15K upon spending $1K in 3 months, but for some reason, they are currently offering 35K--15K upon approval and 20K upon spending $1K in 3 months, instead of 15K.
The card offers other great benefits which are unusual, probably because Aeroplan is getting swallowed up by Air Canada again next year, because of the uncertainty and many people being frustrated with the lack of Aeroplan availability for flights without paying massive fuel surcharges or ridiculous taxes flying out of Pearson.
Anyway, if you haven't yet applied, apply through this link or the one embedded into the Visa pic at the top (I'm not getting anything for it).  It may be gone by tomorrow!
If you HAVE applied call TD Easyline and speak to their credit services dept.  If you get someone like I got tonight, he'll go speak to a supervisor (the second supervisor approved the extra 5K to post to my account in a few days).
The offer is the same--trip cancellation, yadda yadda, but this Infinite Visa includes a free checked piece of luggage on all Aeroplan bookings!!  It also includes priority check in!  This is highly unusual for a card with a $120 annual fee (only being charged next year as it's waived the first year).
If you have a TD business account, and haven't yet applied for the TD Aeroplan business card, offering 45K with the annual fee waived, you have until tonight to apply!  Click here. BUT they may offer a sweeter deal tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Last Chance To Get Your Money's Worth With The MBNA 2% World Elite

If you have the MBNA 2% World Elite card, you may know that starting tomorrow, you will earn about 1.75% with a higher annual fee than before, but what you may not know is that any points you've earned is cut in value tomorrow, meaning if you want a statement credit or a cheque in lieu of your points, DO IT TONIGHT before you lose 0.25% of your points!