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Air Miles vs. Aeroplan: Compare Canada's Two Top Rewards Programs

Air Miles vs. Aeroplan: Compare Canada's Two Top Rewards Programs

If you've been following us for a while, you'll know we've published in-depth guides on getting the most out of both the Air Miles and Aeroplan reward programs.

But one question remains...which one is better?

Which will earn you more rewards per dollar spent, give you the best options for redemption, and provide the best credit cards to get you there?

It's better to put all your time and money into one program instead of splitting it between two…

So which should you choose? Keep reading » about Air Miles vs. Aeroplan: Compare Canada's Two Top Rewards Programs

Air Canada's Aeroplan Rewards: How To Earn Faster And Redeem Better

Last updated: February 15, 2019

Air Canada's Aeroplan Rewards: How To Earn Faster And Redeem Better

Aeroplan, for better or worse, is one of the most important and relevant airline reward programs for Canadians. The reasons for this are plentiful.

  • Air Canada is the largest Canadian airline, owning more than double as many planes as its closest rival, WestJet.
  • Due to Canadian laws, only Canadian airlines can operate flights that both start and end in Canada. All other airlines can only offer flights to or from Canada.
  • The number of partners and earning opportunities available through Aeroplan is only exceeded by Air Miles.

That being said, Aeroplan isn't without its problems. Many people are quick to complain about the program and often abandon it after a frustrating experience.

But getting a better understanding of Aeroplan, combined with a little planning, can make most of these frustrations go away.

Nobody wants to waste their time earning 10 miles here and 20 miles there while taking a lifetime to achieve any sort of reward. And after reading this guide, you won't have to anymore. Keep reading » about Air Canada's Aeroplan Rewards: How To Earn Faster And Redeem Better

PC Optimum Points – Your Ticket To Free Groceries

PC Optimum Points – Your Ticket To Free Groceries

Shoppers Optimum used to be the best rewards program, of any type, in Canada.

And even since its merge with PC Plus to create PC Optimum in 2018, it's still hanging on to that title thanks to its convenience and value.

I've never encountered another program where you can earn rewards so quickly, of such good value, in a very short period of time, with little effort...all without needing to use a credit card.

Sound too good to be true? Well right now, it isn’t. And hopefully it stays this good forever.

So let's get to know the PC Optimum program a little better. Keep reading » about PC Optimum Points – Your Ticket To Free Groceries

How To Earn And Redeem More Air Miles

Last updated: February 15, 2019

How To Earn And Redeem More Air Miles

The Air Miles rewards program is, in my opinion, one of the most overrated rewards programs in Canada.

But, due to its widespread use and popularity, it still deserves ample coverage on this site.

Even with its (many) pitfalls, I must admit that it does have the occasional silver lining and, because of that, I do participate in the program myself from time to time.

...It also must win the award for the rewards program with the most confusing name. I mean, seriously, who calls a retail rewards program 'Air Miles' anyway?

Silly name aside, it's indeed true that you can redeem your Air Miles for flights on one of several partner airlines, but this is far from the most common reward choice.

That's because the Air Miles program has one of the most comprehensive rewards catalogues of any program I've seen. Keep reading » about How To Earn And Redeem More Air Miles

5 Best Ways To Redeem Your Air Miles

5 Best Ways To Redeem Your Air Miles

If you’re an Air Miles collector, you know that the options for actually redeeming your rewards can get a bit complicated.

And sometimes, it’s just plain overwhelming.

You have options for flights, concerts, merchandise, cash...the list just goes on and on.

But which of these categories give you the best value per mile?

Don’t worry. In this article, I’ll show you the top 5 options for redeeming your Air Miles that get you the best CPM.

The 5 best ways to redeem Air Miles – convenient and downloadable. Get the printable PDF version of this guide and read it anytime, anywhere.

Here's a peek:

Keep reading » about 5 Best Ways To Redeem Your Air Miles>

Free Gift Card Offers (Up To $100 To Popular Stores)

Last updated:  February 5, 2019

Free Gift Card Offers (Up To $100 To Popular Stores)

I've been touting free gift card offers on the site for a long time now: see here, here, and here.

Most of them have been for a free $100 gift card for Amazon.ca or other popular Canadian stores. These gift cards are usually in return for being accepted for an awesome credit card, which will earn you even more free money in cash back or travel rewards.

These credit cards also usually come with no annual fee (at least for the first year) and some juicy sign-up bonus points to boot.

Then, after the first year, there's no obligation to continue with the card if you decide it isn't for you.

It's really a fantastic deal and one I've taken advantage of several times myself. Keep reading » about Free Gift Card Offers (Up To $100 To Popular Stores)

Marriott Bonvoy Program Review

Last updated:  February 26, 2019

Marriott Bonvoy Program Review

With all the drama Aeroplan has been going through these past few months…

Many consumers are starting to rethink their travel rewards program.

Marriott Bonvoy is an incredibly flexible travel rewards program that allows consumers to earn points to use on their next hotel stay or a plethora of other attractive rewards.

In fact, it’s my all-time favourite travel rewards program that I once used to fly Maria and I to Paris for 10 days with most of the airfare and hotel expenses paid just with Starpoints (from before the SPG Marriott merge).

Read on to find out why it’s so good. Keep reading » about Marriott Bonvoy Program Review

How To Maximize Starbucks Rewards

How to maximize Starbucks rewards

Starbucks seems like the last place you’d want to go to save money and I definitely wouldn’t suggest people take up a daily latte habit if they don’t want to drink all their money away!

However, the fact remains that Starbucks is an immensely popular spot and people flock there in droves – maybe not quite as much as Tim Hortons here in Canada, but Starbucks sure isn’t suffering either. Profit margins on coffee and beverages are INSANE, so it’s definitely a good business to be in.

It only gets really expensive once you start ordering the specialty drinks, which I do a few times a year as a nice treat... 

Sure, you can make them yourself if you want, but I like the convenience and experience of picking one up on the go. Keep reading » about How To Maximize Starbucks Rewards

My 5 Principles for Collecting 100 Air Miles Per Visit To Sobeys

My 5 Principles for Collecting 100 Air Miles Per Visit To Sobeys

Most people have a preferred loyalty program.

Whether it’s Aeroplan, Shoppers Optimum, Canadian Tire Money…the options are endless.

But the one loyalty program I’ve had the most success with is Air Miles.

I’m a teacher by trade, and one day, I was having a staff-room conversation about credit cards and loyalty points.

Air Miles came up and a fellow teacher said, "I never use Air Miles. I have the card, but I can’t get any miles to earn anything. You don’t get enough reward miles to make a difference."

I had to smile and tell her: "In the past three years, I have collected enough Air Miles to redeem a four-day trip to New York (flights and hotel included), an electric snowblower, a raised tomato planter, several nights at hotels in my local city, and a bunch of movie tickets."

The truth is: You can earn Air Miles quickly to get great dream and cash rewards. Keep reading » about My 5 Principles for Collecting 100 Air Miles Per Visit To Sobeys

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