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Toronto Contest! Free Night At The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

January 14th, 2018|News|

Toronto Contest Details We recently completed our first giveaway at PointsWise with Andy Duncan winning a one-night stay at the JW Marriott PARQ Hotel in Vancouver! The response to this contest was so great that we decided to run a similar giveaway, but this time for our readers on the east coast! This Toronto contest is open from Monday, January [...]

Silvercar Rental – My New Favourite Car Rental Option

January 15th, 2018|News, Trip Reports|

Silvercar Rental Introduction I'll start this review by admitting that I really dislike renting cars. Unlike other aspects of travel, including airpot lounges, flights, and hotels, I find nothing about car rentals exciting or luxurious. Furthermore, I generally consider the whole process a bit tiring. The booking process is convoluted and it's often difficult for me to know if I'm [...]

American Express Centurion Lounge Seattle Airport Review

January 10th, 2018|Airport Lounges, Trip Reports, USA|

American Express Centurion Lounge Seattle Airport Brad and I decided to fly to Las Vegas from Seattle because paid fares were much cheaper, and we had a companion pass to use from our MBNA Alaska Airlines Mastercard (one of my current top credit card picks for Canadians). We checked out of the Four Points by Sheraton Seattle Airport Hotel around 6am and [...]

Four Points Sheraton Seattle Airport Hotel In 10 Pictures

January 9th, 2018|Four Points by Sheraton, Hotels, Trip Reports|

Four Points Sheraton Seattle Airport Hotel Introduction We were kicking off our trip to Arizona and Las Vegas with a quick one-night stay at The Four Points Sheraton Seattle Airport Hotel. We had booked our Alaska Airlines flight out of SeaTac in the morning, and rather than brave the unpredictable traffic, we decided to redeem some SPG points and have [...]

The Long Way To Paris – Booking A Complex Reward Flight

January 8th, 2018|News, Trip Reports|

Booking A Complex Reward Flight Introduction It all starts with an idea: 'It sure would be cool to visit Paris' or 'I wonder what Jakarta traffic is like at the end of January' or 'I have the holiday blues... I think I need to fly somewhere'. While most people would dismiss those ideas relatively quickly, a travel hacker will naturally [...]

EVA Air Boeing 777 Business Class, Taipei To Vancouver In 10 Pictures

January 5th, 2018|Airlines, EVA Air, Trip Reports|

EVA Air Boeing 777 Business Class - Taipei To Vancouver My EVA flight from Singapore landed just after 7pm, which meant I had a solid few hours to spend in the business class lounge before my flight home to Vancouver, which was scheduled to depart at 11:55pm. The EVA Air lounge in Taipei wasn't my favourite, and I chose not [...]

EVA Air Business Class, Singapore To Taipei In 10 Pictures

January 4th, 2018|Airlines, EVA Air, Trip Reports|

EVA Air Business Class In 10 Pictures Brad had the chance to fly EVA Air business class from Los Angeles to Taipei on his trip to Chongqing and had nothing but positive things to say about the experience. I've read multiple reviews from frequent travellers who claimed that EVA offered the best all-around business class experience, with many saying it [...]

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Class Lounge In 10 Pictures At Changi Airport

January 2nd, 2018|Airport Lounges, International, Trip Reports|

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Changi Introduction My flight to Taipei was scheduled to depart at 3pm, so I checked out of the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach Hotel and grabbed a taxi to the airport. Singapore Changi is one of my favourite airports in the world, and is consistently ranked the best amongst frequent travellers. The business class check-in line for [...]

JW Marriott Singapore South Beach In 10 Pictures

December 30th, 2017|Hotels, JW Marriott, Trip Reports|

JW Marriott Singapore South Beach Introduction My flight from Frankfurt on Lufthansa in first class arrived in Singapore in the early afternoon, and I decided to take a taxi to the hotel. While I sometimes prefer to arrange a car service after a long flight, Singapore is incredibly easy to get around by taxi, since they are strictly regulated, efficient [...]

Credit Card Travel Insurance In Canada – Am I Covered?

December 28th, 2017|News|

Credit Card Travel Insurance In Canada Introduction Credit card travel insurance in Canada. What a horrible, but necessary, conversation. My attitude on insurance is simple: I get it for things that matter, and really hope I never have to use it. It seems like every aspect of life comes with the chance to insure against every peril imaginable. I recently [...]

Happy Holidays From The PointsWise Team!

December 24th, 2017|News|

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays From The PointsWise Team! We wanted to take a chance to wish our readers a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the PointsWise team, and say thank-you for your continued support over the last year! We also want to offer some insight into what to expect in the coming days, along with a hint at [...]

The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Is Being Sued By Landlord

December 21st, 2017|Four Seasons, Hotels, News|

Well, this is interesting. It was brought to my attention by one of our readers that The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is being sued by Cadillac Fairview, the hotel's current landlord. As per the court documents filed on October 20th, 2017, Cadillac Fairview is claiming (in part) that The Four Seasons has breached the terms of their lease agreement by [...]

Lufthansa First Class Terminal In 10 Pictures

December 20th, 2017|Airport Lounges, International, Trip Reports|

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Introduction Visiting the Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt had been on my radar since I first got into collecting reward points. Widely considered one of the best airport lounge experiences in the world, I was finally going to experience it for myself before my first class flight to Singapore. Access to the terminal is quite [...]

Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel In 10 Pictures

December 19th, 2017|Hotels, Sheraton, Trip Reports|

Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel Introduction When booking this trip, I didn't put much effort into scoring the best hotels, as I was more focused in trying some really great flights and airport lounges. My flight from San Francisco was scheduled to arrive just before 10am (it ended up being a bit delayed), and with a next day flight on Lufthansa [...]

United Airlines Boeing 747 First Class In 10 Pictures

December 18th, 2017|Airlines, Trip Reports, United Airlines|

United Airlines Boeing 747 First Class In 10 Pictures Introduction This review of my United Airlines Boeing 747 First Class flight is going to be a bit different from previous flight reports. I've decided to try a new approach to publishing reviews on the website in an effort to get content out quicker for our readers, while providing shorter reviews [...]

More Bad News: American Express Cancels Fairmont Benefit Effective January 1, 2018

December 15th, 2017|American Express, Fairmont, Hotel Loyalty Programs, Hotels, News, Reward Programs|

American Express Cancels Fairmont Benefit Well I guess this comes as no surprise given the recent announcement that Le Club AccorHotels will be replacing the Fairmont President's Club as of July 2, 2018, but American Express has now sent official notice that the accelerated status benefit offered by The American Express Platinum Card and The American Express Business Platinum Card [...]

Bad News: Fairmont President’s Club Is Ending Next Year

December 13th, 2017|Hotel Loyalty Programs, Hotels, News, Reward Programs|

Le Club AccorHotels Program Replacing The Fairmont President's Club In 2018 Fairmont President's Club has long been one of my favourite hotel loyalty programs for Canadians, and unfortunately it's just been announced that Le Club AccorHotels will replace the Fairmont program as of July 2, 2018. I've had Platinum status with Fairmont for a number of years and have really [...]

Booked: First Class To Beijing Using Reward Points

December 7th, 2017|News, Trip Reports|

Introduction: First Class To Beijing Using Reward Points I've wanted to visit Beijing for a long time. To me, it's one of those 'bucket list' destinations with everything a global traveler expects: culture, history, shopping, food, nightlife, and of course, The Great Wall of China. Getting to Beijing using reward points is relatively easy from North America, with many carriers [...]

ANA Business Class Review, Boeing 787, Tokyo – Vancouver

December 5th, 2017|Airlines, ANA, Trip Reports|

Introduction: ANA Business Class, Tokyo - Vancouver When booking my trip to Shanghai, I intentionally decided to get home as efficiently as possible. While I usually prefer to take the longest, most convoluted route possible, and sometimes even travel for the sake of flying (see my 11-day trip around the world where I was in a new country almost everyday), [...]

Vancouver Contest! Free Night At The JW Marriott Parq Hotel

December 3rd, 2017|News|

Vancouver Contest Details The travel reward experts at PointsWise get to spend a lot of time in luxury hotels, and decided it was time to reward one of our supporters with a free night at one of Vancouver's premier luxury properties - the brand new JW Marriott Parq Hotel! This Vancouver contest is open from Sunday, December 3rd until Sunday December [...]

PointsWise Picks – The Best Travel Reward Cards In Canada

December 1st, 2017|Best Credit Cards, Reviews|

Best Travel Reward Cards In Canada Introduction Let me preface this post by saying a lot of what you'll read is subjective, and based on my personal experiences earning and redeeming travel reward points. So while note completely scientific, I have managed to earn and redeem millions of travel reward points, and think it's time I share a new list [...]

30% Transfer Bonus From RBC Rewards To British Airways Executive Club

November 26th, 2017|Hot Deals!, News|

From now until December 31, 2017, RBC Visa Avion cardmembers can earn a 30% bonus when transferring RBC Rewards To British Airways Executive Club. British Airways Avios are one of my favourite reward currencies for Canadians, with several program sweet spots providing exceptional value on certain award redemptions. RBC Rewards To British Airways Executive Club Promotion RBC Rewards [...]

Aeroplan Black Friday Promotion – Earn Up To 10x The Miles On eStore Purchases

November 24th, 2017|Hot Deals!, News|

Aeroplan Black Friday Promotion Act fast! The Aeroplan Black Friday promotion is back and offering up to 10x the miles on purchases made through the Aeroplan eStore! Bonus miles vary from retailer to retailer, with most offering between 4-10x the miles on all purchases. Also, these bonus miles are earned in addition to any Black Friday sales being offered by [...]

ANA 787 Business Class Review, Shanghai – Tokyo

November 23rd, 2017|Airlines, ANA, Reviews|

ANA 787 Business Class Review Introduction When I booked my trip to Shanghai I knew I wanted to try different business class products across the Pacific to see how they compared. I flew United Airlines on their brand new Boeing 777 featuring the new Polaris seating on my outbound flight and really enjoyed the new configuration. Unfortunately, the service was typical [...]

How To Churn Credit Cards In Canada And Earn Points Faster

November 22nd, 2017|News|

I recently published a post on manufactured spending in Canada after the CBC released an article outlining how a Canadian college student managed to fly first class for 'free' by purchasing face-value coins from the Canadian Mint on his travel reward credit cards and returning the coins to his bank for cash. While there was certainly some truth in this [...]

5 Stunning Dog Friendly Luxury Hotels In Vancouver

November 20th, 2017|Hotels, News, Reviews|

Does your hotel of choice just tolerate pets, or does it welcome them with open arms, locally sourced dog treats, and plush dog beds? These dog friendly luxury hotels do, and your dog can smell the difference a mile away. There are a number of dog friendly luxury hotels in Vancouver so you don’t have to sacrifice to bring your [...]

What Is Manufactured Spending In Canada?

November 17th, 2017|News|

Manufactured Spending In Canada Introduction Yesterday The CBC published an article about manufactured spending in Canada which featured a story from fellow Canadian blogger, Avery, from Don't Call The Airline. The article briefly talked about what it was, and highlighted a simplified version of leveraging the Canadian Mint to earn massive amounts of credit card points for 'free'. Sounds great, [...]

Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai, One-Bedroom Suite Review

November 16th, 2017|Fairmont, Hotels, Trip Reports|

Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai Introduction Fairmont is one of my favourite hotel chains in the world for their historical properties, world-class service and consistent loyalty recognition. When planning my trip to Shanghai, I had originally planned to stay at only Fine Hotel and Resort properties, though my plans changed when Fairmont emailed me a complimentary 3rd night free certificate as [...]

Alaska Airlines Premium Economy, Bellingham – Maui Review

November 14th, 2017|Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Trip Reports|

Alaska Airlines Premium Economy Introduction I'm not a huge fan of flying economy, but when British Airways offers roundtrip tickets to Hawaii from the west coast for only 25,000 Avios roundtrip, I'm willing to make a compromise. Furthermore, American Express Membership Rewards just offered a 25% transfer bonus on British Airways Executive Club transfers, meaning roundtrip tickets to Hawaii from [...]

Four Seasons Hotel Pudong Shanghai, Pearl View Junior Suite Review

November 13th, 2017|Four Seasons, Hotels, Trip Reports|

Four Seasons Hotel Pudong Introduction I knew in advance I would be staying three nights at the Fairmont Peace Hotel on The Bund, and thought it would be nice to stay on the Pudong side to get better access to all that Shanghai had to offer. I originally considered booking the Ritz Carlton or Mandarin Oriental, but decided on the [...]

American Express Business Gold Rewards Card Canada

November 9th, 2017|American Express, Credit Cards, Reviews|

I often get asked if American Express Cards are worth it for Canadians, to which I always respond YES!!!! Membership Rewards is one of my favourite reward currencies in Canada due to their flexible redemption options, including hotel and airline transfer partners. Furthermore, Amex offers some of the best welcome bonuses of any credit card provider in Canada, ranging from [...]

ANA All Nippon Airways Business Class Lounge Review, Tokyo Narita

November 8th, 2017|Airport Lounges, International, Trip Reports|

My flight from San Francisco landed well ahead of schedule at 1:30pm, and it was only a few minutes to get through transit security with no lineup whatsoever. I've transited Tokyo Narita several times and always enjoy the experience. I find the airport extremely efficient, with good signage and friendly staff! Best of all, I had access to the ANA [...]

Earn Marriott Reward Points For Online Shopping In Canada

November 7th, 2017|News|

Online shopping portals can be a great way to earn reward points on everyday spending, and an easy way to keep points balances from expiring! Unfortunately for Canadians, many programs such as Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and United MileagePlus only ship to the United States, which can be inconvenient and not worth the effort. Marriott recently launched their online shopping [...]

30% Transfer Bonus When You Convert Hotel Points Into Aeroplan Miles

November 6th, 2017|Hot Deals!, News|

Introduction Between now and December 11, 2017, you can earn a 30% bonus when transferring participating hotel points into Aeroplan! Earn 30% More Aeroplan Miles When Transferring From Participating Hotel Programs We see this offer a few times a year, with the most recent promotion offering a 35% bonus (expired at the end of summer). There are a number [...]

United Boeing 777 Polaris Business Class Review, San Francisco – Tokyo

November 3rd, 2017|Airlines, Trip Reports, United Airlines|

United Boeing 777 Polaris Business Class Review It had been a while since my last big trip, with the most recent being my Easter weekend in Hong Kong. I wasn't able to spend much time there, given the restraints with my work schedule, but now that I had become a full-time travel hacker, I didn't have to worry about my schedule [...]

Last Chance Canada: 25% Bonus When Transferring American Express Membership Rewards To British Airways Avios

November 2nd, 2017|Hot Deals!, News|

Act fast! American Express is currently offering a 25% transfer bonus when converting points to British Airways Executive Club! If you have some upcoming travel, this could be a great opportunity, but you'll need to hurry, as this offer ends on November 12th, 2017! Why should you care about British Airways Avios? British Airways has three great redemptions that I've [...]

How To Save Up To $125 Off Your First Night’s Vancouver Hotel Stay

November 2nd, 2017|Hot Deals!, News|

It's that time of year again for discounted rates at Vancouver hotels! In an effort to combat Vancouver's hotel off-season, beVancouver in partnership with American Express has brought back an exceptional deal. Receive between $50-$125 CAD off your first night stay at one of 37 hotels across Vancouver. Then receive $50 CAD off your stay for each additional night! You'll [...]

Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, Mandarin Studio Room Review

October 26th, 2017|Hotels, Mandarin Oriental, Trip Reports|

Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, Review Introduction Welcome to Zen City. The Mandarin Oriental is a true oasis in the midst of the Las Vegas strip. When you’ve had your fill of fighting crowds, dealing with lineups at every stop,and giving your donation to the casinos you’ll be delighted to return to the Mandarin Oasis, a 5-star resort. 5-Star Awards [...]

Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver, Deluxe Partial Harbour View Room Review

October 19th, 2017|Fairmont, Hotels, Trip Reports|

Introduction It had been a relatively crazy couple of months of travel for both Brad and I, with my trip to Hong Kong for easter and Brad spending 3-weeks in China as part of his Education training. His return aligned with our 1-year anniversary of being married, and I knew I wanted to spend it somewhere great, but wanted to stay [...]

How To Save 25% On Any Fairmont Stay In Canada!

October 16th, 2017|Hot Deals!, News|

This is an amazing opportunity to save 25% on any stay in Canada booked directly with Fairmont! Best of all, this promotion can be stacked with most promotional rates already offered by the hotel, such as: Early booking and prepaid discounted rates Non-refundable/flexible rates Special rates that include parking, resort credit, etc CAA/AAA discounted rates There is a bit of [...]

Travel Hacking Courses For Canada Available Now!

October 13th, 2017|News|

PointsWise Now Teaches Canadians How To Travel Hack PointsWise is happy to provide comprehensive travel hacking courses for Canadians, designed for beginners new to the hobby. Our courses are constructed in consultation with a professional educator and offer carefully curated content to help you learn the basics fast! And if you already have travel reward points you're looking to redeem, [...]

Award Booking Services For Canada Available Now!

October 12th, 2017|News|

PointsWise Now Offers Award Booking Services and Teaches Canadians How To Travel Hack We've been working hard on PointsWise over the past few months and are excited to share some of the new changes with our readers! PointsWise now offers two membership levels to help Canadian travelers reach their goals: Learn How To Travel Hack [...]

The Business Platinum Card From American Express Canada

October 4th, 2017|American Express, Credit Cards, Reviews|

American Express is my favourite credit card provider in Canada for many reasons. First off, I consider their Membership Rewards program to be the best overall for Canadians, offering flexible redemption options and unique transfer opportunities to frequent travel participants (Aeroplan, British Airways, and SPG to name a few). Furthermore, Amex Canada has a diverse selection of credit cards offering [...]

The Cobalt Credit Card – New From American Express Canada

September 26th, 2017|American Express, Credit Cards, Reviews|

I really love American Express in Canada! When I heard Amex was coming out with a new card exclusive to Canada, I was ecstatic to say the least. What's best, the rumour mill was reporting this would be a Membership Rewards card with some very generous earning potential. Well, the brand new Cobalt card from American Express launched today and all of [...]

Asiana Airlines First Class Lounge Review, Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN)

September 25th, 2017|Airport Lounges, International, Trip Reports|

Introduction: My business class flight on Asiana Airlines arrived in Seoul a little bit early, and I had about 3 hours before boarding my first class flight to Los Angeles on the Asiana Airbus A380! The airport felt really busy when I arrived, and the line for transit security was deep. I was a bit surprised there was no ground [...]

Asiana Airlines Airbus A321 Business Class Chongqing – Seoul

September 24th, 2017|Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Trip Reports|

Introduction: After three long weeks in Chongqing I was ready to come home, and excited to fly Asiana for the first time! Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the experience to teach abroad, especially with a couple weekends away from campus at the Marriott Hotel Chongqing and the JW Marriott Chongqing Hotel, but I was eager to get home! I [...]

JW Marriott Chongqing, Executive King Room Review

September 20th, 2017|Hotels, JW Marriott, Trip Reports|

Introduction: After a great stay at The Marriott Hotel Chongqing the week before, and another week of restless sleeps on my university dorm bed, I had Tyler book me a room for two nights at the JW Marriott Hotel Chongqing! The JW is a category 2 hotel, requiring 10,000 Marriott Reward points per night (or 3,334 SPG points per night), [...]

Marriott Hotel Chongqing, Review Of The Executive River View King Room

September 7th, 2017|Hotels, Marriott, Trip Reports|

Introduction: As part of my Bachelor of Education, I was invited to spend 3-weeks studying at Southwest University in Chongqing, China. Initially Tyler wanted to book me at one of the Marriott hotels in the city for the entire stay, but the school was located about 45-minutes from the city centre, which was really impractical. I opted instead to stay [...]

EVA Air Business Class Lounge Review (The Infinity and The Star), Taipei Airport

September 4th, 2017|Airport Lounges, International, Trip Reports|

Introduction: My business class flight on EVA from Los Angeles arrived just after 5:30am, and after a short wait at the transfer security counter and walk through the airport, I was at the EVA business class lounge entrance. All of the lounges are in the same area, and very easy to find with good signage throughout the terminal. I was [...]

EVA Air Boeing 777 Business Class (Royal Laurel) Review, Los Angeles to Taipei

September 1st, 2017|Airlines, EVA Air, Trip Reports|

Introduction: I had the opportunity to travel to Chongqing, China with my university's Community Field Experience program. It had been over eight months since I experienced  ANA First Class from San Fransisco to Tokyo and I was very excited to try out another world class airline. Prior to booking this flight I was looking into economy flights on Air China, which [...]

Air Canada Boeing 777 Business Class Review, Hong Kong to Vancouver

August 30th, 2017|Air Canada, Airlines, Trip Reports|

Introduction: It had been a couple of months since my 11-day trip around the world and I was starting to get the itch for a weekend trip. I was browsing Aeroplan one morning when I stumbled across a direct flight from Hong Kong to Vancouver on Air Canada in business class. While I've reviewed some of the best international business [...]

Marriott Hotel Nanshan, Shenzhen, China, Review Of The Executive Studio King Room

August 28th, 2017|Hotels, Marriott, Trip Reports|

Introduction: I knew I wouldn't be staying two nights in Hong Kong when I booked my last minute trip over the Easter long weekend for a few reasons: Hong Kong hotel prices are expensive (like, really expensive) Points redemptions aren't very aspirational I felt there was more bang for my buck (or points) just across the border in Mainland China [...]

Aeroplan Redemption – First Class Trip Around The World

August 8th, 2017|News|

I love to fly. So much so, that sometimes I travel just to fly. While I still consider the destination (I do end up staying a day or two after all), I'm more motivated by choosing the best combination of flights for a unique in-flight experience. While I will be staying a couple of nights abroad (one night in Germany [...]

Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong, Review Of The Club Deluxe Victoria Harbour Room

August 3rd, 2017|Hotels, Ritz Carlton, Trip Reports|

Introduction: I decided last minute to take a trip to Hong Kong over Easter weekend after finding some award availability on The Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 in business class from Vancouver. As an added bonus, I found a return ticket on Air Canada in business class on their Boeing 777, which is an airline I've yet to fly in a [...]

Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 Business Class Review, Vancouver to Hong Kong

July 31st, 2017|Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Trip Reports|

Introduction: Cathay Pacific continues to be one of my favourite airlines for their generous award availability, consistent premium class products, and fantastic route network to Asia from the west coast. I tried their first class product from Los Angeles to Hong Kong and business class from Hong Kong to Delhi on my crazy 11-day trip around the world earlier this [...]

Increased Sign-Up Bonus On The American Express SPG Card In Canada!

July 18th, 2017|Hot Deals!, News|

*Updated Oct 18, 2017 - The increased welcome bonus is no longer available. The Personal and Business Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards are currently offering 20,000 SPG points after spending $1,500 in the first three months of membership* For a limited time only, American Express in Canada is offering an increased sign-up bonus on their Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card [...]

Review: Four Seasons Resort And Residences Whistler Deluxe Executive Suite

July 17th, 2017|Four Seasons, Hotels, Trip Reports|

Introduction: Whistler is one of my favourite local destinations, and I try to make it up there at least a few times a year. Located just 90 minutes from Vancouver, this resort town offers something for everyone, from world class skiing in the winter to championship golf in the summer. While we normally stay in the Creekside area, just south [...]

Increased Sign-Up Bonus In Canada on The American Express Gold Rewards Card

June 6th, 2017|Hot Deals!, News|

Introduction: American Express in Canada is currently offering an increased sign-up bonus on The American Express Gold Rewards Card! I already consider it the overall best travel rewards card for Canadians, so this increased welcome bonus only sweetens the deal! Here are the details: 30,000 Membership Reward welcome bonus after spending $1,500 in the first 3 months of membership and adding [...]

Review: ANA All Nippon Airways Boeing 777 First Class San Francisco – Tokyo

June 5th, 2017|Airlines, ANA, Trip Reports|

Introduction: You always remember your first... This was our debut international first class flight, and second flight on a trip around the world that included stops in San Francisco, Kuala Lumpur, Bali, Singapore, Munich and Denver. I originally hadn't planned to write a review for any of this trip (we took it in summer, 2016) as a lot of the photos are [...]

Review: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Deluxe Room

May 29th, 2017|Fairmont, Hotels, Trip Reports|

Introduction: Staying at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has been on my travel bucket list for quite some time. Located in the heart of the city, this historic building is currently undergoing a renovation (complete July, 2017) that will see the magnificent castle brought up to modern standards while retaining all of it's unique charm and rich history. It took me a few [...]

Review: United Airlines Polaris First Class Boeing 767 Paris – Chicago

May 24th, 2017|Airlines, Trip Reports, United Airlines|

Introduction: I don't think United Polaris First class is on anybody's bucket list, including mine. Furthermore, United is in the process of eliminating first class on all long-haul flights, and the following information will be obsolete in the near future. Unfortunately when I booked my 11-day trip around the world, United was the only option crossing the Atlantic ocean without [...]

Booked: Easter Weekend In Hong Kong

April 10th, 2017|News|

Introduction: Two months had passed since I returned from my 11-day trip around the world and I was starting to itch for more travel. With Brad leaving for Mainland China in a couple of weeks, I had been spending a lot of time looking at flights to Asia and thought it might be nice to go back myself. Originally I was [...]

Review: Rosewood Hotel Georgia Vancouver Junior Suite

March 28th, 2017|Hotels, Rosewood, Trip Reports|

Introduction: For those who may not know, my partner Brad is currently finishing his Bachelor's of Education degree in Vancouver and has been buried in books for the past 6 months. Spring break was rapidly approaching, and I knew I wanted to spend some time reviewing some new properties, and getting reacquainted with the person I share my life with. [...]

Review: Singapore Airlines Business Class A330 Singapore – Bangkok

March 22nd, 2017|Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Trip Reports|

Introduction: My flight from Jakarta on Singapore Airlines in first class arrived just after 5:00pm, which gave me just over 90 minutes before my departure to Bangkok. An epic thunderstorm rolled in just after we touched down so I spent the first 15 minutes at Changi Airport gazing out the windows at the torrential downpour. I was excited to try two [...]

Review: Singapore Airlines First Class 777-300 Jakarta – Singapore

March 16th, 2017|Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Trip Reports|

Introduction: When I initially booked my add-on flights from New Delhi to Tokyo and Tokyo to Jakarta I was  planning to stay in Indonesia for a couple of days and take the quickest route home over the pacific for two reasons: I knew I would be exhausted after travelling an average of 5,000km per day for a week I was [...]

Review: Japan Airlines First Class 777-300ER Tokyo – Jakarta

March 8th, 2017|Airlines, Japan Airlines, Trip Reports|

Introduction: My flight from Tokyo to Jakarta was about the midpoint of a crazy 11-day trip around the world and I was seriously starting to question my sanity when booking this itinerary. What had started as a quick trip to Hong Kong to try out Cathay Pacific's fantastic first class product had turned into a whirlwind trip covering more than 50,000 [...]

Review: Japan Airlines Business Class 787-9 New Delhi – Tokyo

March 1st, 2017|Airlines, Japan Airlines, Trip Reports|

Introduction: The next stop on my 11-day trip around the world was Jakarta, so naturally, as an avgeek, I chose to route through Tokyo instead of flying direct in order to sample two of Japan Airlines premium products - The Skysuite business class on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from Delhi to Tokyo and the first class Skysuite on the Boeing [...]

Review: Marriott Rewards Program

February 21st, 2017|Hotel Loyalty Programs, Reviews|

Introduction: Late last year Marriott finalized the takeover of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and with that, became really relevant for Canadian travellers, as well as the largest hotel company in the world. As an individual program, I never found it all that enticing, as I don't find the Marriott brand 'aspirational' (with the exception of some Ritz Carlton properties), earning [...]

Review: The JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity

February 20th, 2017|Hotels, JW Marriott, Trip Reports|

Introduction: New Delhi wasn't originally on my list of places to visit, but after Japan Airlines became bookable with Alaska Air Mileage plan, I decided to jump on the opportunity to fly from New Delhi to Tokyo in business class and Tokyo to Jakarta in First class for 30,000 miles on Japan Airlines, which eventually transformed into an 11-day journey [...]

Review: Cathay Pacific Business Class A330 Hong Kong – New Delhi

February 20th, 2017|Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Trip Reports|

Introduction: I checked out of the Marriott SkyCity Hong Kong Hotel at 4:00pm and managed to catch the airport shuttle leaving on the hour (shuttle service runs every 30 minutes). As a Marriott Gold Elite, I was entitled to the same private car transfer as when I arrived in Hong Kong, but the shuttle was no less convenient. I personally prefer [...]

Review: Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel

February 16th, 2017|Hotels, Marriott, Trip Reports|

Introduction: Hong Kong was the second stop on my crazy 11 day trip around the world, and I was scheduled to be in town for just over 24 hours. Originally I had planned to stay at The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, with sweeping views of the harbour, but Hong Kong weather during during the winter can be foggy, so I thought [...]

Review: Cathay Pacific First Class 777-300ER Los Angeles – Hong Kong

February 14th, 2017|Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Trip Reports|

Introduction: This was my first time flying Cathay Pacific first class, and the anticipation was almost unbearable! I had read many trip reports and reviews and had a good idea of what to expect. Speaking of expectations; mine were high, as Cathay Pacific is largely considered one of the best first class products in the sky, with a great hard [...]

Review: Sheraton Gateway LAX Los Angeles Airport Hotel

February 9th, 2017|Hotels, Sheraton, Trip Reports|

Introduction: When I originally booked this trip it was just a quick weekend in Hong Kong over Chinese New Year, courtesy of some first class award availability being released in advance by Cathay Pacific, although things evolved drastically over the course of a couple months. My flight was scheduled to depart at 8:25 am, so I decided to spend the night in [...]

Review: The Four Seasons Vancouver Hotel

February 7th, 2017|Four Seasons, Hotels, Trip Reports|

Introduction: We decided to book a stay at The Four Seasons hotel in Vancouver the night before I started my journey around the world for a couple of reasons. First, I'm making an effort to review all of the American Express Fine Hotel and Resort properties in Vancouver this year, and second, because I had never stayed at a Four [...]

The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver: No Photographs Please

January 24th, 2017|News|

As I set to embark on my 11 day trip around the world, I thought I would share an interesting story from a recent communication with the Director of Public Relations at The Four Seasons Vancouver. I booked the property for a one night stay using American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts. The Four Seasons doesn't participate in any loyalty programs, however, [...]

The 5 Best Travel Reward Cards For Canadians

January 24th, 2017|Best Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Reviews|

*Updated as of 09/18/2017 Not all travel reward cards are created equally. Many banks tout their cards as the best, with either 'no blackout dates' or 'zero taxes and fees' on award redemptions. While some of this is true, most is just clever marketing. I've compiled a list of what I consider the best travel reward cards available to Canadians. [...]

Are American Express Cards Worth It For Canadians?

January 19th, 2017|American Express, Credit Cards, Reviews|

The Canadian credit card market consists of three main players: Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Many Canadians have mixed feelings about American Express Cards, and admittedly, I used to be one of them. Some common complaints I often hear are: Most places don't accept American Express they have high interest rates Annual fees are expensive However, most of that is misinformation, [...]

Review: American Express Canada Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card

January 16th, 2017|American Express, Credit Cards, Reviews|

Introduction In my opinion, Starwood Preferred Guest is the most valuable loyalty program out there. SPG points are undoubtedly the most flexible and valuable points currency available to Canadian travellers. Ironically, most Canadians aren't even familiar with SPG points, or how to earn them. Starwood Hotels and Resorts is an American hotel company with many different brands operated under the [...]

Review: Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver Signature Harbour Mountain View Room

January 13th, 2017|Fairmont, Hotels, Trip Reports|

Introduction The Fairmont Pacific Rim is my favourite hotel in Vancouver, and certainly in my top 5 worldwide. The building is stunning, with lively common areas, and rooms that feature all the comfort and technology one comes to expect in a luxury hotel. What really stands out, however, is the service. Fairmont never fails at making you feel special, and in [...]

Review: Fairmont President’s Club

January 12th, 2017|Hotel Loyalty Programs, Reviews|

Updated 2017-12-15: Important News Regarding The Fairmont President's Club There have been two recent and major announcements concerning the Fairmont President's Club. You can read more about them here: The Fairmont President's Club will come to an end, July 2, 2018 and be replaced by Le Club AccorHotels.. To make matters worse, American Express Platinum members will no longer receive [...]

Booked: Around The World In 11 Days

January 11th, 2017|News|

Introduction I just finished planning my upcoming trip and thought I would write a post on the planning and booking process in anticipation of my departure on January 26th, 2017. This trip has certainly evolved over the past 2 months, when I initially planned to visit Hong Kong for a few days after finding some first class award availability on [...]

Japan Airlines Now Bookable With Alaska Air Mileage Plan

January 9th, 2017|News|

Back in June 2016, Alaska Air announced a new partnership with Japan Airlines which included a codeshare agreement and reciprocal mileage earning opportunities. Alaska wasn’t clear on when partner redemptions would be available, however. I’m happy to report that as of December 6th Japan Airlines reward flights are now searchable and bookable using Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan! This new opportunity [...]

Four Seasons Jakarta Best Rate Guarantee Experience

January 9th, 2017|News|

Most hotel brands will offer special incentives to book directly; whether its complimentary internet, enhanced rooms, or special rates. It’s clear hotels are trying to shift consumers from using online travel agencies for reservations, which has become the norm for most leisure travellers. A lot of the big brands offer a best rate guarantee – if you find a lower [...]

American Express Gold Rewards Card (Canada) Review

January 7th, 2017|American Express, Credit Cards, Reviews|

I consider the American Express Gold Rewards Card the best travel rewards card for Canadians due to the generous welcome bonus, annual fee waiver for the first year, and high earning potential for everyday spend. Furthermore, American Express Membership Rewards points are a flexible points currency that can be transferred to a number of airline loyalty programs, including British Airways [...]

The St Regis (Fifth Avenue Suite), New York City, Hotel Review

September 30th, 2016|Hotels, St. Regis, Trip Reports|

Introduction I needed a room for my second night in New York after redeeming a free night certificate at The Plaza Hotel the night before. Hotel rates in New York are high, bordering on obscene, and I knew rooms would be very expensive given the short notice and the time of year. Manhattan has no shortage of luxury hotels and [...]

Review: The Plaza New York City Edwardian Suite, A Fairmont Hotel

September 29th, 2016|Fairmont, Hotels, Trip Reports|

Introduction There has always been something magical about The Plaza Hotel. With charming, old-world style, and an ideal location on 58th and 5th, The Plaza offers a lot of convenience and style. However, with prices nearing $1000 USD per night, staying there has been nothing more than a lofty dream, until recently. The Plaza New York Flexible Rate [...]

Cathay Pacific Lounge, Vancouver Airport (YVR) Review

September 28th, 2016|Airport Lounges, Canada, Trip Reports|

Introduction: I arrived at Vancouver Airport at 8:00pm for my 10:50pm departure to New York and was immediately helped by a friendly check-in agent. He explained to me the location of the lounge, and how to find security. This flight to New York is unique in that you don’t actually clear customs in Vancouver. There was no line-up for security [...]

Fairmont (Junior Penthouse Suite), Singapore, Hotel Review

August 12th, 2016|Fairmont, Hotels, Trip Reports|

Booking Singapore was the last major stop on our first ‘Mini Round-The-World’ trip using Aeroplan points. We had originally planned to spend a week at The St. Regis Istanbul but the political tension in that region forced us to make some last minute changes. Having never been to Singapore, I found choosing a hotel less than a week before our [...]

American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts Review

July 14th, 2016|Hotel Loyalty Programs, Reviews|

Updated 2017-12-15: Important News Regarding The Fairmont President's Club There have been two recent and major announcements concerning the Fairmont President's Club. You can read more about them here: The Fairmont President's Club will come to an end, July 2, 2018 and be replaced by Le Club AccorHotels.. To make matters worse, American Express Platinum members will no longer receive [...]

Fairmont Chateau Whistler (Deluxe Slopeside View Room), Hotel Review

June 29th, 2016|Fairmont, Hotels, Trip Reports|

This past weekend I spent a night in Whistler with some friends and decided to check out the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. I usually stay at The Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre or Evolution in Creekside but decided to try the Fairmont given my loyalty to their brand. Fairmont Chateau Whistler Booking I booked the Fairmont Chateau Whistler using my Platinum [...]