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Last day to get the offer on the companion ticket!

This post is also available in: FR

It’s confirmed: the companion ticket will disappear from the offer of these 2 BMO credit cards as of tomorrow, April 1, 2019. So today is the last day, this March 31, 2019, to sign up for one of these cards and take advantage of the companion ticket thereafter for the next 12 months!

The two BMO AIR MILES card offers with companion ticket included

BMO is offering two credit cards with a companion ticket as part of the offer until Sunday, March 31, 2019:

If you get one of these cards before March 31, 2019, you can use the companion ticket within 12 months of opening your BMO credit card account.

Here are the details of the offers of these two cards.

The BMO® AIR MILES® World Elite®* Mastercard®* offer

Here are the main features:

  • Up to 3,000 AIR MILES welcome bonus
    • 1,000 AIR MILES miles after first purchase
    • 2,000 AIR MILES miles after $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months
  • Annual fee waived for the first year
  • 2 free airport lounge passes per year
  • 15% discount on AIR MILES reward tickets in North America
  • Discount on a companion ticket

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Up to 3,000 AIR MILES welcome bonus miles

If you are an AIR MILES collector, you know that you have 2 ways to collect miles: in your DREAM account or in your CASH account.

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The AIR MILES slider on 100% Dreams

In our opinion, the best option is to collect your 3,000 AIR MILES miles in your DREAM account for an airplane ticket reservation…including a short-haul airline ticketcombined with discount on a companion ticket (and the 15% discount on AIR MILES reward tickets in North America)!

For example, you would have enough AIR MILES miles to pay for 2 tickets on this flight from Montreal to Halifax… and be reimbursed for the cost in miles of the second ticket!

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But if you want to collect them in SILVER miles, you should know that these 3,000 AIR MILES miles represent a minimum value of $315 (redeeming them at 95 miles = $10).

Not bad for a credit card with an annual fee that is waived for the first year!

Annual fee waived for the first year

The annual fee for the BMO® AIR MILES® World Elite®* Mastercard®* is typically $120.

But as part of this promotion, this fee is waived the first year.

2 free airport lounge passes per year

The BMO® AIR MILES® World Elite®* Mastercard®* provides access to airport lounges on the LoungeKey network.

At Montreal-Trudeau airport, the National Bank lounge is a member of LoungeKey.

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You can therefore access it for free if you have an international flight (outside the United States).

15% discount on AIR MILES reward tickets in North America

All BMO® AIR MILES® World Elite®* Mastercard®* holders receivea 15% discount on AIR MILES reward tickets for flights within North America.

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Coupled with the companion ticket, this is a great benefit to use!

Discount on a companion ticket

The BMO® AIR MILES® World Elite®* Mastercard®* is offering a special discount on a companion ticket as part of this promotion.

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To take advantage of this discount on the companion ticket, you must:

  • have enough AIR MILES Dream Miles to book two flights
  • whatever they are (one way or round trip)…
  • …through airmiles.ca

These tickets must be reserved within 12 months of the account opening date. And this benefit is only available ONE time.

If all these conditions are met, The number of miles equivalent to one airline ticket will be credited to your Dreams account (excluding all applicable fees, taxes and surcharges) within 45 days of your flight reservationYou can choose to have your account allocated to the AIR MILES Cash Account or the AIR MILES Dream Account, regardless of your allocation preference at that time.

And there is absolutely no limit to the cost in AIR MILES miles of the airfare, as with this example of a 7,650 mile return!

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The BMO AIR MILES®† World Elite®* Business Mastercard®* offer

If you have a business (self-employed, small business, etc.), you may be able to take advantage of the BMO® AIR MILES® Mastercard®* for Business offer:

  • Up to 3,000 AIR MILES
    welcome bonus

    • 1,000 AIR MILES miles after first purchase
    • 2,000 AIR MILES miles after $5,000 in purchases in the first 3 months
  • Annual fee waived for the first year
  • Discount on a companion ticket

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This offer also includes, until March 31, 2019, the companion ticket.

If you want to buy both cards on the same day, it is possible as one is for individuals and the other is for companies. However, the companion ticket may only work on an AIR MILES account.

Tip: Collect AIR MILES miles on the same AIR MILES account

Please note that it is possible to indicate the AIR MILES account number you want when applying for a credit card.

For example, this allows a couple to accumulate AIR MILES miles in the same account, which is very convenient for the purpose of using the companion ticket (since it is necessary to advance the miles before getting the refund).

Many members of the facebook group “Travel for free (or almost…!) with your points & miles – milesopedia” use this tip successfully!

Both of these cards were part of our 2019 game plan to earn AIR MILES miles… and we were able to earn over 12,000 AIR MILES miles in our couple of months with them!

The deadline for obtaining the miles of the companion ticket

Many members of the facebook group “Travel for free (or almost…!) with your points & miles – milesopedia” have already taken advantage of this exceptional benefit and have reported their experience of the companion ticket refund!

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BMO announces a refund of AIR MILES miles used for the purchase of the companion ticket within 45 days of booking the flight.

In reality, we are talking about 7 to 14 days, which is very fast!

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Bottom Line

Only those who signed up during the promotional period (which ends Sunday, March 31, 2019), are eligible for the companion ticket discount.

Once the credit card is approved, you have 12 months to use your companion ticket for an airline reservation.

If you think you have a use for the companion ticket, now is the time to sign up:

…to take advantage of this exceptional benefit!

If you don’t think you have a use for the companion ticket, there’s no need to change your game plan. In fact, as of April 1, 2019, only the companion ticket will be removed: the rest of the welcome offer will remain the same.

This post is also available in: FR

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Jean-Maximilien
Jean-Maximilien is an expert in Canada and France about Loyalty programs, Credit cards and Travel. He is the Founding President of Milesopedia.

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