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Episode 79 - April 23, 2021
Converting the Air Canada Buddy Pass to Aeroplan Points & Plaza Premium Lounge set to leave Priority Pass & LoungeKey

In this episode we bring you the latest news surrounding the unadvertised option to convert Air Canada Buddy Passes received from several Aeroplan co-brand credit cards to Aeroplan points (it's good news!). Then we move into the not so good news of one of the largest third party airport lounge operators, Plaza Premium, deciding to leave the Priority Pass and LoungeKey lounge access programs

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Links relating to this week's topics:

Virtual Meetup #47: Aeroplan Take-2, with Mark and Scott Points Miles & Bling
Air Canada Buddy Pass conversion based on application date not posting date The Air Canada Buddy Pass explained and evaluated
Now's the time to grab an Air Canada Aeroplan credit card - get up to 50,000 points at no cost other than card spending! You can now convert Air Canada Buddy Passes into 30,000 Aeroplan points!
The New Aeroplan Credit Cards compared Major News: Priority Pass and LoungeKey losing access to most Plaza Premium lounges worldwide
A look at the Canadian airport lounges that may be left for Priority Pass and LoungeKey come July The Platinum Card from American Express just became more valuable for your future travels
Aeroplan co-brand credit cards offering the buddy pass:
TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card
American Express® Aeroplan®* Card
CIBC Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card
TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite Privilege* Card


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Past Episodes

Episode 78 - March 23, 2021 A look at some of the exciting new hotels opening in Canada this year!

In this episode we look at some of the exciting new hotels that are set to open in Canada this year. In a year where most Canadians will be staying in Canada for their travels staying at a new local hotel can make for an awesome staycation. We highlight a handful of hotels from the 29 properties that are set to open from Hilton, Hyatt, IHG and Marriott that should be on your list if you do want to check out some place new! Scroll down for links to the topics in the episode.

Episode 77 - February 27, 2021 BMO, What are you doing?

In this episode we discuss all the changes BMO Bank of Montreal is making to more than a half dozen cards they issue. One change is the bright light shining through an opening in an otherwise overcast sky. We discuss all the changes the good, the bad and the ugly. We delve into how their new eclipse Visa cards are being devalued less than six months after being introduced and how all the other BMO cards are affected. We quickly jump into what it means for our market and now promise to have future podcasts with a happier news!

Episode 76 - January 29, 2021 Canada's Top Travel Rewards Credit Cards for 2021

It's that time of year again! Time for our annual travel rewards credit card rankings. In this 13th edition of the rankings we take a look at using your cards to rack up the best points and miles for travel down the road. We delve into the top overall cards, the best travel points cards, no fee cards, as well as hybrid and airline cards. Plus we add a new category this year - Ultra Premium credit cards. Listen in to find to find out all the details behind Canada's most trusted rankings! View the full rankings here.

Episode 75 - January 8, 2021: 2021 Loyalty & travel outlook, predictions & trends with special guest Points, Miles & Bling's Anshul Singh

In this the first episode for 2021 Patrick is joined by special guest Anshul Singh of Points, Miles & Bling. Based in Ottawa Anshul is well known in the world of points and miles in Canada. He's famous for his weekly virtual meet ups with bloggers, experts and others from around the world. Anshul and Patrick discuss what travel may look like in 2021, what else we will see from the new Aeroplan program this year, Alaska Airlines joining oneworld and the effects it will have on the Mileage Plan program, what to expect in our credit card market and the loyalty programs to keep an eye out for this year!

Episode 74 - December 10, 2020 Discussing the new Aeroplan program with Air Canada's Mark Nasr & Derek Whitworth

Episode 73 - November 23, 2020 Maximizing Black Friday Cyber Monday Shopping Deals and more

Episode 72 - November 10, 2020 The New Air Canada Aeroplan Program

Episode 71 - September 25, 2020 The Fall Outlook Episode

Episode 70 - August 10, 2020 COVID-19 and the airline refund situation in Canada

Episode 69 - June 23, 2020 Huge Aeroplan promotion - Receive 50% of your miles back on award flights within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.

Episode 68 - June 16, 2020 Clash of the Credit Cards - The Ten Percenters

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