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How to end the year well with your Reward Points

To the point Here are the steps to take to ensure that everything is in order to finish the year with your rewards points and credit cards.

Marriott Bonvoy

Achievement of a higher status

First of all, look at your account. Do you have a few more nights to complete before youreach the next Marriott Bonvoy Elite status?

If so, you can book a stay at a Marriott Bonvoy hotel. Note that a check-in on December 31 counts as an elite night for the year 2022, even if your departure date is January 1, 2023.

If you pay in cash, don’t forget our tips and tricks for paying less.

Plus, you can also take advantage of the Quebec City promotion, where you get the second night’s stay at 50% off! So, with a two-night reservation at a Marriott Bonvoy hotel in Quebec City, you’ll get two elite nights while paying for one and a half. However, this promotion ends on December 15, 2022, so we have to be quick.

Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain

Points transfer

Each calendar year, you can transfer a maximum of 100,000 Reward Points from one account to another.

To transfer your points to another Marriott Bonvoy account, call 1-800-627-7468. The maximum date is next December 31, so that it counts for the year 2022.

Promotions tab

The “Promotions” tab in your Marriott Bonvoy account may reveal some surprise promotions. Sign up for the ones you’re interested in, if you happen to have any lying around.

In fact, Marriott Bonvoy has made a promotion to its members. It allows members to earn extra points. The deadline is December 15, 2022.

Promotion Marriott Points

Take the opportunity to look at your American Express promotional offers as well. You can combine your stays and spending to earn even more points or a $100 account credit.

We call it a double or even triple shot!

Marriott Bonvoy Promotions Amex

Choice of benefits

If you have achieved Platinum or Titanium status during the year, don’t forget to select your annual benefit.

The deadline is January 15th, 2022. However, if you don’t do this, the choice by default will be to receive “Five free upgrades in a row”.

Hilton Honors

Beginning September 6 and continuing through December 31, 2022, earn double points on all stays at Hilton hotels.

Plus, if the stay ends between Monday and Friday, get an extra 2,000 points.

Registration on the Hilton Honors website is mandatory for this promotion.

IHG - InterContinental and Ambassador status

InterContinental Ambassador status can be obtained simply by:

  • buying it for $200 USD
  • or by redeeming 40,000 IHG points

It allows to have:

  • one free weekend night
  • Platinum Elite status
  • guaranteed upgrades
  • $ 20 credit at the restaurant, late checkout…

With a promotion through December 31, 2022, purchase this status and take advantage of this promotion (with the free weekend night trick !). Plus, earn 20,000 bonus points if you stay two nights at an InterContinental, Kimpton or Regent hotel before January 31, 2023.

Aeroplan

Do you have any remaining Maple Leaf Lounge passes that will expire on December 31, 2022?

These passes can be shared with the person of your choice. Simply download your digital pass and send it to the traveller (PDF or screenshot of the code).

If you don’t think you will use them by December 31, fill out this form to donate them! Already, many have benefited from the generosity of our members.

Laissez Passer Feuille Erable

Travel Strategy

Take advantage of this quieter period to get your travel strategy in order. Or, have fun exploring the Aeroplan search tool to find your next destination.

Are you on the right track?

How many points do you need to reach your goal? Wouldn’t it be a good time to get an Aeroplan credit card?

Or if you’re just a few short, Aeroplan has a promotion to buy points up to 30% off.

Travel Strategy

Aeroplan Members with premium credit cards such as :

may have some of their benefits deferred until 2023.

Eligible Status Qualifying Miles (SQMs) and eUpgrades credits will roll over beginning the second week of February 2023. The requirement: be a holder of one of these premium credit cards BEFORE December 15, 2022.

So if you want to take advantage of this benefit, don’t delay in becoming a cardholder of one of these premium credit cards (the best offer right now is for the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege* Card).

Claiming travel points

If you are missing points from your transactions over the past few months, you can claim them here.

This also applies to AIR MILES.

American Express promotional offers

Several great American Express promotional offers end on December 31, 2022.

Merchant Spend Earn
Tim Hortons $10
American Airlines $600
Marriott Bonvoy $3,000
Marriott Bonvoy $500
Qantas Airways $1,500
Dollarama $ 30 or $ 35
Shopping.ca/Ivanhoe Cambridge $200
Tap to Pay $ 10 X 10 times
Tap to Pay 5 $
Columbia $ 125
Our Place Canada $200
Lululemon $50
Wendy’s $20
Burberry $600
Microsoft $800

CIBC Aventura

Until December 31, 2022, redeem 50% fewer Aventura points when you book any trip with your credit card.

With the Shopping with Points option for any travel purchase, use 8,000 Aventura points (instead of 16,000 points) for a $50 credit.

National Bank Annual Travel Credit

Have you used all of your annual travel credit from your National Bank’s World Elite Mastercard® ?

This is the time to claim your due until December 31, 2022 because if it is not used, it is lost. On January 1, 2023, everything starts over at $150.

Welcome bonuses soon to end for credit cards

Promotions for certain credit card welcome bonuses end in late December 2022 or early January 2023.

Then there are the TD Aeroplan cards that offer travel benefits such as :

Here is a selection of those best deals that are ending soon:

Guignolée des médias

Make a double dip for a good cause!

Donate to the Guignolée des médias until December 31, 2022, to feed those in need of food assistance.

Then, using your credit cards, see how you can donate non-perishable food items or cash.

Flying Blue

We also remind you of the excellent December promotion for Flying Blue.

It allows you to obtain a seat in the wonderful Air France Business Class for a flight from Montreal to Paris, with a 50% discount on its airfares. This is rare!

Review of the credit file

To make sure your credit report is in order, you can request afree, complete statementof the information on your credit report.

This can be done by mail or in person at Equifax and Transunion.

Here is the form for :

Also, you can call them. Customer service will ask you a series of financial and personal questions to confirm your identity.

  • Equifax: 1-800-465-7166
  • TransUnion Canada :
    • 1-877-713-3393 (Quebec residents)
    • 1-800-663-9980 (Rest of Canada)

You will then receive your statement in the mail approximately two weeks later.

Bottom line

Take advantage of the quieter holiday season to get your credit cards and rewards programs in order. Take the time to (re)-read our beginner’s guide at the same time!

This will allow you to be ready for the year 2023!

Come to discuss that topic in our Facebook Group!

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