Like a Sir: Our Stay at Novotel Montreal Centre

Like a Sir

There was a lot riding on my stay at Novotel Montreal Centre this past weekend. More than anything else it was a test-drive of the Novotel brand itself; Thanks to a credit card perk I have a Platinum membership in Accor’s Le Club loyalty program, but after a less-than-ideal experience at an Ibis property in Hong Kong I wasn’t sure if Accor was for me.

I originally had a highly-rated boutique hotel in Old Montreal booked for this trip, which I ended up cancelling for a prepaid stay at Novotel instead. That decision turned out to be a good one.

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Capital One’s New MasterCard: “Better Because It’s Worse.”

The timing would suggest an April Fool’s Day joke, but apparently this blurb on the Rewards Canada Blog is legit. It’s about the Capital One® Aspire Travel™ World Elite MasterCard® (could that be any harder to type?)—specifically about how its rewards are about to get worse.

New sign-ups used to get a welcome gift of some 35,000 miles/points, and an additional 10,000 annually just for staying on. Now there’s only a one-time 10K bonus for signing up, with no annual bonus for new card holders.

A loyalty program getting worse is par for the course these days, but check out how Rewards Canada spins the news:

In my opinion though, this was a smart move by Capital One as it now puts them on a level playing field with their competition. Before they were above all their competitors with their sign up offering and to the unknowing consumer many were not aware of this.

Computer Man (blank)

Do you even English?

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