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RayTravelsFree.com: New Posts – SPG Amex Increases Bonus; Avoid Overbooking Tips; Aeroplan Extra 35% Bonus Conversion; + More

Have you visited my new travel site yet? RayTravelsFree.com – learn how to travel for free like me!

I launched the site about 3 months ago and got great reviews and feedback. Lots of people have visited the site and joined my weekly newsletter. Make sure you join too for a chance to win 25,000 miles – that’s enough points for a round-trip flight to anywhere in North America!

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5. WestJet to launch new Ultra-Low-Cost Airline. Cheaper Flights in Canada!

Whenever I post a travel hacking post here, it’s consistently one of my most popular posts, so I thought I’d start a new website all about travel hacking.
In five short years, I’ve accumulated MILLIONS of frequent flyer points & miles. Needless to say, it’s changed my life. I can now travel the world for free or close to it.

I want to show you how to accumulate points & miles to get free flights, hotels, and unforgettable experiences so you can learn how to travel for free too!

Most popular posts on Ray Travels Free:

See how easy it is by reading Ray Travels Free, subscribe to get weekly updates, and ask me questions – I can’t wait to see where you go!

CONTEST: Sign-up and join Ray Travels Free weekly newsletter and you’ll be automatically entered into a draw to win 25,000 miles – that’s enough points for a round-trip flight to anywhere in North America!

Click here to visit RayTravelsFree.com.

REMINDER: SPG Credit Card from Amex – Increased Welcome Bonus – Now get 25,000 Bonus Starpoints = 6 Free Nights Hotel!

UPDATE – Increased Bonus: For a limited time, American Express has increased the Welcome Bonus from 20,000 points to 25,000 points! Offer ends Oct 18, 2017. If you haven’t already signed up for the card, now’s the time to do so. An awesome deal got even better.

If you’re a regular follower of my blog, you’ve likely started Travel Hacking after reading my all-time most popular postAmerican Express Gold Rewards Card – FREE 30,000 Points = FREE Flight to Anywhere in North America! The SPG Card from Amex is the 2nd step in your Travel Hacking journey. Travel Hacking is the art of collecting miles and points to get free flights, hotels, and more.

I’m always learning about travel hacking and wanted to share with you another amazing, even better offer American Express Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Credit Card! For a limited time, they’re offering an incredible 25,000 (20,000) Welcome Bonus Starpoints (normally 10,000)! That’s enough points for up to 6 Free Nights Hotel at a Category 2 property! Each SPG point is worth around 3.55 cents CAD so you’re getting tremendous value. I now use this card as my primary go to (daily use) card. I charge whatever I can to it because it gives me twice the value compared to my other credit cards.

Plus, the card has an awesome referral program – get 10,000 bonus Starpoints for each friend/family you refer to this card (earn up to 150,000 bonus points annually)! 

To get the 25,000 welcome Starpoints, all you have to do is sign-up for the card and charge $1,500 in purchases to the card within the first three months of card membership. The card has a $120 annual fee, but even with that, this is the absolute best card to have because of the generous welcome bonus (worth over $850 CAD). If you don’t like the card, you can cancel the card at any time without penalty and keep your points.

If you’re new to the Starwood Preferred Guest program, it’s one of the best loyalty programs in the world because it gives you access to nine exciting hotel brands with more than 1,000 hotels and resorts in nearly 100 countries.  Because of this, the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card is one of the best travel cards for earning travel rewards!

This is a special limited-time offer so don’t miss out! Sign-up now before the offer ends. The exclusive offer is valid for Canadians only.
I did a lot of research before I got this card due to the $120 fee, but I’m so glad I got it!  Here’s why:

  • Welcome Bonus: Earn 25,000 Welcome Bonus Starpoints, after you charge $1,500 in purchases to your Card in your first three months of card membership. That’s enough for up to 6 free nights (over $850 value).
  • Referral Bonus: Refer a friend or family, and get 10,000 bonus points for each successful referral!  This is the absolute best part of this card, as the SPG card sells itself!
  • Earnings: You can earn 2 Starpoints for every dollar of eligible purchases charged to the Card at participating SPG and Marriott Rewards hotels.  Earn 1 Starpoint for every $1 in all other purchases charged to the Card.   You are getting over 2.5 cents return per dollar, higher than almost every other card out there!
  • Free Travel Insurance: Get $500,000 Travel Accident Insurance, Flight Delay Insurance, Baggage Delay Insurance, Lost or Stolen Baggage Insurance, Hotel/Motel Burglary Insurance and more!  Travel with peace of mind!
  • Free Entertainment Access:  Get special Front of Line Advance Access to all the popular concerts that are always sold out.  Purchase tickets before everyone else!  With this perk, I’ve never had a problem purchasing any concert tickets that I’ve wanted to go to!
  • Free Shopping Coverage: Buyers Assurance Protection Plan doubles manufacturer’s warranty automatically up to 1 year longer, and Purchase Protection Plan automatically insures your products for physical damage and theft!

The exciting thing is what you can do with your SPG Points:

  • SPG Moments: Experience once-in-a-lifetime events with SPG Moments (biggest music, sports and cultural events in the world).
  • No Black Out Dates: Redeem Starpoints for Free Nights with no blackout dates at over 1,200 hotels and resorts in nearly 100 countries.  Here’s a list of hotels available.
    • 5th Night Free: Book 4 nights and get the 5th night free if you book Category 3 and above
  • Transfer to Marriott: With Starwood and Marriott’s partnership, you can instantly transfer to and from Marriott points at 1:3 ratio.  Get even more hotel choices!
  • Transfer to Frequent Flyer Miles:  Transfer Starpoints to frequent flyer miles with nearly 30 airlines, usually on a 1:1 basis.

I’ve already saved thousands of dollars thanks to SPG.  I started by signing up for the card and then referred my wife – just by doing that, we got 50,000 SPG points for $240 ($120 annual fee X 2 cards). We recently took a trip to New York City and stayed at the Element New York Times Square West for 5 nights. Because the 5th night was free, we only used 48,000 points with no additional fees or taxes!  For our dates, the price would have been about $1,850 all in, so we got almost 4 cents per point value!  Just by signing up these 2 cards, we managed to save over $1,600 and still have a couple thousand points to spare!

I won a SPG Moments auction and went to the 2017 NHL All-Star game!

Because the card sells itself, I’ve been able to easily refer friends and family to also sign-up for the card and accumulate lots of bonus points (10K bonus points for each referral). Earlier this year, I used SPG Starpoints and won a couple SPG Moments auctions and got to go to the NHL All-Star Game in LA as well as NHL Awards in Vegas! It was truly an once-in-a-lifetime experience and I was only able to go because of SPG.

If you consider all the points, this is a deal you can’t ignore! Worst case, you take the 25,000 Starpoints and cancel the card before the first year.

Click Here to start Travel Hacking and get your 25,000 SPG Welcome Points today!

Click here to visit my new site RayTravelsFree.com for more travel hacking tips and deals.

TRAVEL HACKING: SPG Credit Card from Amex – Increased Welcome Bonus – Now get 25,000 Bonus Starpoints = 6 Free Nights Hotel!

UPDATE – Increased Bonus: For a limited time, American Express has increased the Welcome Bonus from 20,000 points to 25,000 points! Offer ends Oct 18, 2017. If you haven’t already signed up for the card, now’s the time to do so. An awesome deal got even better.

If you’re a regular follower of my blog, you’ve likely started Travel Hacking after reading my all-time most popular postAmerican Express Gold Rewards Card – FREE 30,000 Points = FREE Flight to Anywhere in North America! The SPG Card from Amex is the 2nd step in your Travel Hacking journey. Travel Hacking is the art of collecting miles and points to get free flights, hotels, and more.

I’m always learning about travel hacking and wanted to share with you another amazing, even better offer American Express Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Credit Card! For a limited time, they’re offering an incredible 25,000 (20,000) Welcome Bonus Starpoints (normally 10,000)! That’s enough points for up to 6 Free Nights Hotel at a Category 2 property! Each SPG point is worth around 3.55 cents CAD so you’re getting tremendous value. I now use this card as my primary go to (daily use) card. I charge whatever I can to it because it gives me twice the value compared to my other credit cards.

Plus, the card has an awesome referral program – get 10,000 bonus Starpoints for each friend/family you refer to this card (earn up to 150,000 bonus points annually)! 

To get the 25,000 welcome Starpoints, all you have to do is sign-up for the card and charge $1,500 in purchases to the card within the first three months of card membership. The card has a $120 annual fee, but even with that, this is the absolute best card to have because of the generous welcome bonus (worth over $850 CAD). If you don’t like the card, you can cancel the card at any time without penalty and keep your points.

If you’re new to the Starwood Preferred Guest program, it’s one of the best loyalty programs in the world because it gives you access to nine exciting hotel brands with more than 1,000 hotels and resorts in nearly 100 countries.  Because of this, the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card is one of the best travel cards for earning travel rewards!

This is a special limited-time offer so don’t miss out! Sign-up now before the offer ends. The exclusive offer is valid for Canadians only.
I did a lot of research before I got this card due to the $120 fee, but I’m so glad I got it!  Here’s why:

  • Welcome Bonus: Earn 25,000 Welcome Bonus Starpoints, after you charge $1,500 in purchases to your Card in your first three months of card membership. That’s enough for up to 6 free nights (over $850 value).
  • Referral Bonus: Refer a friend or family, and get 10,000 bonus points for each successful referral!  This is the absolute best part of this card, as the SPG card sells itself!
  • Earnings: You can earn 2 Starpoints for every dollar of eligible purchases charged to the Card at participating SPG and Marriott Rewards hotels.  Earn 1 Starpoint for every $1 in all other purchases charged to the Card.   You are getting over 2.5 cents return per dollar, higher than almost every other card out there!
  • Free Travel Insurance: Get $500,000 Travel Accident Insurance, Flight Delay Insurance, Baggage Delay Insurance, Lost or Stolen Baggage Insurance, Hotel/Motel Burglary Insurance and more!  Travel with peace of mind!
  • Free Entertainment Access:  Get special Front of Line Advance Access to all the popular concerts that are always sold out.  Purchase tickets before everyone else!  With this perk, I’ve never had a problem purchasing any concert tickets that I’ve wanted to go to!
  • Free Shopping Coverage: Buyers Assurance Protection Plan doubles manufacturer’s warranty automatically up to 1 year longer, and Purchase Protection Plan automatically insures your products for physical damage and theft!

The exciting thing is what you can do with your SPG Points:

  • SPG Moments: Experience once-in-a-lifetime events with SPG Moments (biggest music, sports and cultural events in the world).
  • No Black Out Dates: Redeem Starpoints for Free Nights with no blackout dates at over 1,200 hotels and resorts in nearly 100 countries.  Here’s a list of hotels available.
    • 5th Night Free: Book 4 nights and get the 5th night free if you book Category 3 and above
  • Transfer to Marriott: With Starwood and Marriott’s partnership, you can instantly transfer to and from Marriott points at 1:3 ratio.  Get even more hotel choices!
  • Transfer to Frequent Flyer Miles:  Transfer Starpoints to frequent flyer miles with nearly 30 airlines, usually on a 1:1 basis.

I’ve already saved thousands of dollars thanks to SPG.  I started by signing up for the card and then referred my wife – just by doing that, we got 50,000 SPG points for $240 ($120 annual fee X 2 cards). We recently took a trip to New York City and stayed at the Element New York Times Square West for 5 nights. Because the 5th night was free, we only used 48,000 points with no additional fees or taxes!  For our dates, the price would have been about $1,850 all in, so we got almost 4 cents per point value!  Just by signing up these 2 cards, we managed to save over $1,600 and still have a couple thousand points to spare!

I won a SPG Moments auction and went to the 2017 NHL All-Star game!

Because the card sells itself, I’ve been able to easily refer friends and family to also sign-up for the card and accumulate lots of bonus points (10K bonus points for each referral). Earlier this year, I used SPG Starpoints and won a couple SPG Moments auctions and got to go to the NHL All-Star Game in LA as well as NHL Awards in Vegas! It was truly an once-in-a-lifetime experience and I was only able to go because of SPG.

If you consider all the points, this is a deal you can’t ignore! Worst case, you take the 25,000 Starpoints and cancel the card before the first year.

Click Here to start Travel Hacking and get your 25,000 SPG Welcome Points today!

Click here to visit my new site RayTravelsFree.com for more travel hacking tips and deals.

Aeroplan: Extra 35% Bonus Miles Conversion Promotion (July 17 – Aug 21)

Aeroplan is having a bonus miles conversion promotion!

Get an extra 35% more miles when you convert your hotel points to Aeroplan Miles.

This is Aeroplan’s richest conversion offer ever.

Qualifying hotel partners include:

  • Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)
  • Marriott Rewards
  • Hilton Honors
  • Club Carlson
  • Best Western Hotels & Resorts
  • Wyndham Rewards
  • Coast Hotels
  • Choice Hotels
  • Le Club Acccor Hotels
  • Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

If you have hotel points that you’re not using, it’s a good idea to convert them to Aeroplan Miles and get an extra 35% miles boost.

This is a good promotion and still worth doing even though Air Canada will server ties with Aeroplan in 2020. You still have 3 years to use the points. I’ll be taking advantage of this offer and will be converting a bunch of points.

Bonus offer valid only on conversions received from eligible hotel partner loyalty programs points into Aeroplan Miles made between July 17 and August 21, 2017 (11:59 EDT). Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be issued by Aeroplan as follows: once the total Aeroplan Miles are earned by exchanging points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion, the bonus miles deposited will represent 35% of the total miles earned from the exchange, BONUS MILE CREDITING: Bonus Aeroplan Miles may take up to 4‑6 weeks to be credited after the promotional offer end date of August 21, 2017.

While the conversion of Membership Rewards® points from American Express Card members accounts into Aeroplan Miles is still possible, it is not eligible for this bonus miles promotion.

Although eligible CIBC Aventura cardholders as of October 1, 2013, can convert their Aventura points into Aeroplan Miles, these conversions are not eligible for this bonus miles promotion.

Bonus Aeroplan Miles received from the exchange of hotel loyalty program points into Aeroplan Miles are not eligible for status in the Aeroplan program.

Click here to visit Aeroplan’s website for more details.

Click here to read my travel hacking site RayTravelsFree.com for more tips and news.

Click here to read my Travel Hacking post and learn how to easily get 30,000 FREE Aeroplan Miles, enough points for a free flight to anywhere in North America!

Click here to read my other Travel Hacking post and learn how to get 20,000 Starpoints, enough points to get up to 5 Free Nights Hotel!

REMINDER: Amex Gold Rewards Card – Get 30,000 Points = FREE Flight to Anywhere in North America!

UPDATE: For a limited time, American Express has increased the Welcome Bonus from 25,000 points to 30,000 points!

This is my all-time most popular post! Lot’s of people have taken advantage of this incredible offer so don’t miss out!

Travel Hacking is the art of collecting miles and points to get free flights, hotels, and more. Checkout my new travel site RayTravelsFree.com for more travel hacking tips and deals.

The American Express Gold Rewards Card is the #1 Best and Most Flexible Travel Rewards Credit Card available today.

I’ve been blogging deals for a long time and this one of the best freebies and travel offers that I’ve ever seen! This is only the second travel rewards card that enticed me to sign-up and share with my friends and family.

For a limited time, sign-up for the American Express Gold Rewards Card and get a phenomenal 30,000 Free Welcome Bonus Rewards Points!  That’s enough points for a round-trip flight to almost anywhere in North America, or 2 round-trip short haul flights!

American Express is also waiving the annual fee the first year ($150 value) which means there’s zero cost to you, making this an unbelievable freebie! All you have to do is charge $1,500 in purchases to your card within the first three months of card membership to get the 25,000 welcome bonus membership points. Plus, you’ll get an additional 5,000 rewards points when you add a Supplementary Card to your account at time of online application (fee waived the first year – $50 value) for a total of 30,000 rewards points. If you don’t like the card, you can cancel the card at any time without penalty and keep your points.

This is a special limited-time offer so don’t miss out! Sign-up now before the offer ends. The exclusive offer is valid for Canadians only.

AMEX Membership Rewards points are very flexible and can be transferred one-to-one to Aeroplan or a bunch of other loyalty programs. Here’s a full list of all the Loyalty Programs that you can transfer your points to.

Aeroplan FLIGHT REWARDS

Aeroplan Flight Reward Chart

I took some convincing before I signed-up for the card and I’m incredibly glad that I did. Here’s why this Card is awesome:

  • Get 30,000 free Welcome Membership Rewards Points! That’s enough points for a round-trip flight to almost anywhere in North America (up to $550 value)!  Or save up more points and travel to other destinations for free!  See where else you can fly with Flight Reward Chart.
  • The first year is absolutely free ($150 value), so if you decide the card is not for you, just cancel it and get keep the 30,000 free bonus points! You can cancel the card at any time without penalty and keep all your points.
  • Earn one point for every $1 in card purchases, and earn double points on eligible travel and everyday purchases (Ie. gas, grocery, drugstores, and all travel purchase).
  • Transfer your points to frequent flyer programs, or one-to-one to Aeroplan and Avios.

If you consider all the points, this is a deal you can’t ignore! Worst case, you take the 30,000 free points and cancel the card before the first year.

Click here to get your FREE 30,000 Membership Bonus Points and start Travel Hacking now!

Click here to visit my new site RayTravelsFree.com for more travel hacking tips and deals.

TRAVEL HACKING: American Express Gold Rewards Card – Get 30,000 Points = FREE Flight to Anywhere in North America!

UPDATE: For a limited time, American Express has increased the Welcome Bonus from 25,000 points to 30,000 points!

This is my all-time most popular post! Lot’s of people have taken advantage of this incredible offer so don’t miss out!

Travel Hacking is the art of collecting miles and points to get free flights, hotels, and more. Checkout my new travel site RayTravelsFree.com for more travel hacking tips and deals.

The American Express Gold Rewards Card is the #1 Best and Most Flexible Travel Rewards Credit Card available today.

I’ve been blogging deals for a long time and this one of the best freebies and travel offers that I’ve ever seen! This is only the second travel rewards card that enticed me to sign-up and share with my friends and family.

For a limited time, sign-up for the American Express Gold Rewards Card and get a phenomenal 30,000 Free Welcome Bonus Rewards Points!  That’s enough points for a round-trip flight to almost anywhere in North America, or 2 round-trip short haul flights!

American Express is also waiving the annual fee the first year ($150 value) which means there’s zero cost to you, making this an unbelievable freebie! All you have to do is charge $1,500 in purchases to your card within the first three months of card membership to get the 25,000 welcome bonus membership points. Plus, you’ll get an additional 5,000 rewards points when you add a Supplementary Card to your account at time of online application (fee waived the first year – $50 value) for a total of 30,000 rewards points. If you don’t like the card, you can cancel the card at any time without penalty and keep your points.

This is a special limited-time offer so don’t miss out! Sign-up now before the offer ends. The exclusive offer is valid for Canadians only.

AMEX Membership Rewards points are very flexible and can be transferred one-to-one to Aeroplan or a bunch of other loyalty programs. Here’s a full list of all the Loyalty Programs that you can transfer your points to.

Aeroplan FLIGHT REWARDS

Aeroplan Flight Reward Chart

I took some convincing before I signed-up for the card and I’m incredibly glad that I did. Here’s why this Card is awesome:

  • Get 30,000 free Welcome Membership Rewards Points! That’s enough points for a round-trip flight to almost anywhere in North America (up to $550 value)!  Or save up more points and travel to other destinations for free!  See where else you can fly with Flight Reward Chart.
  • The first year is absolutely free ($150 value), so if you decide the card is not for you, just cancel it and get keep the 30,000 free bonus points! You can cancel the card at any time without penalty and keep all your points.
  • Earn one point for every $1 in card purchases, and earn double points on eligible travel and everyday purchases (Ie. gas, grocery, drugstores, and all travel purchase).
  • Transfer your points to frequent flyer programs, or one-to-one to Aeroplan and Avios.

If you consider all the points, this is a deal you can’t ignore! Worst case, you take the 30,000 free points and cancel the card before the first year.

Click here to get your FREE 30,000 Membership Bonus Points and start Travel Hacking now!

Click here to visit my new site RayTravelsFree.com for more travel hacking tips and deals.

Air Canada: Summer Savings Seat Sale (Book by July 13)

Air Canada is having a Summer Savings Seat Sale.

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with great summer fares. Whether you want to visit your favourite spot or discover somewhere new, take advantage now if you book by Thursday, July 13, 2017.

Plus, earn Aeroplan Miles on every flight.

WestJet is having a similar seat sale. Check both sites to compare prices and flight selection.

Travel Tips:

Click here to visit AirCanada.com to book a flight now or for more details.

Click here to read my Travel Hacking post and learn how to easily get 30,000 FREE Aeroplan Miles, enough points for a free flight to anywhere in North America!

Click here to read my other Travel Hacking post and learn how to get 20,000 Starpoints, enough points to get up to 5 Free Nights Hotel!

WestJet: Sum-sum-summer Sale (Book by July 13)

WestJet is having a Sum-sum0summer Seat Sale.

Enjoy big summer savings in Canada and beyond. Keep Canada 150 going with the friendliest, most Canadian Canadian airline. Book by Thursday, July 13, 2017 (11:59 p.m. MT).

Book by: July 13, 2017 (11:59 p.m. MT)

Travel: July 25 – August 30, 2017

Blackout dates: No blackout dates apply.

Lowest fares can be found for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Fares on other days may be higher.

Featured sale fares: Total price one-way per guest. See terms and conditions.

Air Canada is having a similar seat sale. Check both sites to compare prices and flight selection.

Travel Tips:

Click here to visit WestJet’s website to book a flight now or for more details.

Click here to read my Travel Hacking post and learn how to easily get 30,000 FREE Aeroplan Miles, enough points for a free flight to anywhere in North America!

Click here to read my other Travel Hacking post and learn how to get 20,000 Starpoints, enough points to get up to 5 Free Nights Hotel!