The Rewards Canada Podcast

Updated on September 13, 2022

Episode 95 - September 13, 2022 

Air France KLM's Flying Blue is now the go to program for Transatlantic economy class rewards & we look at the fall hotel promos!

This is a deals, movers and shakers and tips & tricks episode. We cover the fall promotions from four major hotel chains, we talk about the awesome move from Air France KLM Flying Blue to lower, yes lower, their standard redemption rates for economy class tickets from Canada to Europe, Turkey & North Africa. We also discuss Aeroplan finally adding the option to book stopovers online and we end the episode with tip that everyone from beginners to experts need to follow.

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Scene+ Grocery

Episode 94 - August 26, 2022  A closer look at the new Scene+ Grocery program

In this episode we talk earning and redeeming points for groceries with the Scene+ program. On August 11 Sobeys and affiliated stores made the switch from AIR MILES to Scene+ and now we know Western Canada and Western Ontario will be doing so on September 22. So we thought it would only be fitting to discuss the new Scene+ Grocery program as it becomes a dominant player in the quest for rewards on your grocery shopping.

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Episode 93 - July 16, 2022  Amex's Shop Small returns, Staples leaves AIR MILES, Canada's getting an Air France KLM credit card and more

This time we have a deals, movers and shakers and tips & tricks episode. We cover the 2022 version of Amex's Shop Small promotion, a bonus AIR MILES offer for IHG hotel stays, discuss Staples leaving AIR MILES, look at the newest co-brand card that will come to Canada and talk more about bonus offers!

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Episode 92 - June 17, 2022 Sobeys and Safeway move away from AIR MILES to join the Scene+ program

In this episode we are going to discuss the news that rocked the Canadian loyalty space in June 2022. That news is Empire Company Limited, who are better known for their grocery and drug stores like Sobeys, Safeway, Thrifty Foods and others becoming co-owners of the Scene+ program. This of course means they will be dropping the AIR MILES program which is another big hit to one of Canada’s most popular programs.

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Episode 91 - June 8, 2022  The best ever bonus on the RBC Avion Cards, Best Western's free night award, the Star Alliance credit card and more!

In this episode we cover the best ever bonus seen on the RBC Avion cards, Air France's 3x miles on their new Quebec City route, Best Western's free night award offer, the introduction of one way rewards from RBC Rewards, the new Star Alliance credit card and our tip of the week looks at the American Express Cobalt Card confirmed multipliers page on Rewards Canada.

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Episode 90 - May 18, 2022 Loyalty Lesson: The first points and miles credit card you should get

If you are new to world of points, miles and/or rewards credit cards but want to get a head start at the game as you begin to immerse yourself in research to learn the ins and out of loyalty programs, there is one credit card you should get right away. Not only is this card a great card for beginners, it is in fact the number one card to have for even the most seasoned points and miles enthusiasts and we discuss why in this episode of the Rewards Canada podcast!

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Episode 89 - April 4, 2022 A look at some of the exciting new hotels opening in Canada for 2022

In this episode we look at some of the exciting new hotels that are set to open in Canada this year. Even though international travel is making a big come back many Canadians are still planning on staying closer to home for their vacations so what better way than to stay in a new hotel. We highlight a handful of hotels from the 37 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 and hotels featured in the episode.

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Episode 88 - February 21, 2022 BMO, What are you doing? Part II

Who would have thought that almost exactly a year after we had a podcast "BMO, What are doing?" we release this episode, BMO, What are you doing? Part II. Yes, BMO is at it again, changing their best travel rewards card and for the most part it is getting worse. The BMO World Elite Mastercard will become the BMO Ascend World Elite Mastercard on May 3, 2022 and will undergo changes in the points earning category that make this card drop down in the ranks of cards in the Canadian Market. Listen now to learn more and hear our thoughts on these changes.

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