Reviews

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]