American Express Business Platinum Card Increases Annual Fee

February 16th, 2018|American Express, Credit Cards, News, Reviews|

Increased Fee And Better Lounge Benefits On The American Express Business Platinum Card In Canada As of today, The American Express Business Platinum Card in Canada has a higher annual fee, increased from $399 to $499, with the addition of an enhanced Priority Pass Membership that will no longer require a $27USD fee for airport lounge visits. This comes just [...]

The Best Hotels In Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

February 8th, 2018|Fairmont, Four Seasons, Hotels, News, Trip Reports|

The Best Hotels In Whistler Introduction Whistler is one of my favourite weekend destinations given the close proximity to Vancouver. With world-class skiing, endless miles of hiking trails and walking paths, and plenty of dining options in the village, Whistler truly is a destination for all seasons. I have a bit of Olympic fever right now, so over the next [...]

Tips To Avoid Getting Sick During Air Travel

February 7th, 2018|News|

5 Tips To Avoid Getting Sick During Air Travel Air travel can be a dirty experience, even when flying in first and business class cabins. I always try to avoid getting sick during air travel by following some common sense practices (and some you may not have thought of). Despite my best efforts, it doesn't always work out, as was [...]

Exciting News! PointsWise Guide To Travel Hacking eBook Is Now Available!

February 3rd, 2018|Hot Deals!, News|

We're excited to share the launch of our 'PointsWise Guide To Travel Hacking', an eBook designed for Canadians who want to learn about reward programs in Canada, and how to leverage those rewards for incredible travel experiences around the world. Act Fast! The First 50 Customers Can Grab The eBook for 50% Off! As a special launch promotion, the first 50 [...]

Booked: Hawaii For Spring Break At The Marriott Wailea

January 23rd, 2018|Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Hotels, Marriott, News|

Hawaii For Spring Break Introduction I just booked Hawaii for spring break using reward points for the flights and hotel, and thought I would write a post sharing how. I often get asked about reward travel over peak periods to popular destinations, and I usually encourage people to book well in advance to secure the best flights and hotel rooms. [...]

Great News For Fairmont Platinum And Premier Members

January 22nd, 2018|Fairmont, Hotels, News|

Fairmont Platinum And Premier Members Announcement It's been a tough couple of months from Fairmont. First we found out Le Club AccorHotels would be replacing The Fairmont President's Club effective July 2, 2018. Then we learned from Amex that the accelerated Fairmont Platinum status would be discontinued immediately on the American Express Platinum and American Express Business Platinum Cards, with no [...]

Hotel Growing Pains – Why New Properties Are Often Not The Best Properties

January 17th, 2018|News|

Hotel Growing Pains - Why Service Is Often Compromised At The Newest Luxury Hotels For me, there's nothing more exciting than a new luxury hotel! The idea of a fresh and sparkling room, with state of the art technology, spotlessly clean common areas, and fresh decor often tempts me to book these places as soon as they open, but my [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]