June 22 Update: Carrot Rewards shuts down, Alaska Airlines adds award redemptions on Aer Lingus & MBNA Amazon card temporarily unavailable Jun 23rd

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What is a Secured Credit Card and How Does It Work? + MORE Jun 29th

A good credit history is important for everyone. It’s a gateway to more borrowing options and the basis of a positive financial future. But what if you have no credit, or some unfortunate marks on your record make it hard to get a new card? That’s where a secured credit card may come in.... More »
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October 7 Update: Maximizing the elite status benefits from The Platinum Card from American Express and YYC's Chinook Lounge will close down when WestJet's lounge opens + MORE Oct 7th

Back in 2016 and again in 2018 we wrote some blog posts that highlight how you can use the elite status benefits from The Platinum American Express Card to get yourself even more status memberships. The posts are very popular but tend to get buried in quickly in the flurry of blog posts that we d.... More »

July 25 Update: Canada's Top Cash Back Credit Cards for 2019, join EIA Rewards for a chance to win a trip to Zagreb & more! + MORE Jul 25th

The big news for today is the release of our Top Cash Back Credit Card rankings for 2019! Check out what we picked as the top 5 cards here!Are you from the Edmonton area or fly from or via Edmonton's International Airport? Be sure to join their EIA Rewards program to receive discounts on shopping, .... More »

June 27 Update: AIR MILES system outage on Canada Day and World of Hyatt adds Alila Hotels to its portfolio + MORE Jun 28th

AIR MILES will be performing some system upgrades on Canada Day which means their website, the app, airmilessshops.ca and AIR MILES cash redemptions will be unavailable. The planned downtime is from 11pm ET on June 30 to 11pm ET on July 1. During this time you will still be able to earn miles wi.... More »
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Aeroplan Availability Alert: Lie flat business class seats between Toronto and Halifax for the Christmas season Oct 9th

For the Christmas season Air Canada is flying an internationally configured Boeing 777 once a day between Toronto and Halifax. If you have never flown international business class before then this is a good opportunity to do so. Sure it's only just 2 to 2.5 hours of flying but for 25,000 miles o.... More »
June 22 Update: Carrot Rewards shuts down, Alaska Airlines adds award redemptions on Aer Lingus & MBNA Amazon card temporarily unavailableCarrot Rewards, the app that rewarded your well being and trying to promote healthier lifestyles with SCENE points, RBC Rewards Points and until recently Aeroplan Miles, has shut down. The program lasted four years and reports are saying they couldn’t find a buyer for the program after government funding had run out. Alaska Airlines has announced that Mileage Plan award redemptions are now available on Irish carrier Aer Lingus. Mileage earning on the airlines has been available since 2018 and this marks a further expansion of the partnership between the two. You will now be able to redeem your Mileage Plan miles on all Aer Lingus flights starting at 8,000 miles one way for Intra-Europe flights and from 30,000 miles one way from North America to Europe. Aer Lingus currently only serves Toronto but is adding Montreal to their route network next year after delaying an initially announced launch date of this summer. The redemption rates for Canada to Europe are pretty standard (30,000 one way) for a program and actually may not be your best bet for flying on Aer Lingus…

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