Confessions Of An AIR MILES Enthusiast

There are things we admit to people and there are some things that we keep inside (like that time you decided that you really did like that new One Direction song), but some things you just need to be said. When it comes to the way I experience the AIR MILES program, there’s nothing I like more than educating my friends and family on the benefits of the program.

You see, I am what you call obsessive compulsive. When my daughter said she loved Beanie Boos, I bought every last one I could find. The same story can be told with my son and his short lived Pokémon addiction. Luckily, Toys “R” Us gives AIR MILES so I at least got something in return for the $$$ I dropped on those toys. When I get my head stuck on something I can’t stop until I have satisfied my craving for it. That is how I feel about my AIR MILES reward miles and that is why I am okay with admitting the following two points of excitement I find when using my AIR MILES Collector Card alongside my American Express AIR MILES Credit Card.

1. When I find out about new AIR MILES sponsors

There is a Sobeys just down the street from my house and although I would sometimes venture farther to different grocery stores, it was often more convenient to walk up to the Sobeys with the kids. Well, on one of our trips last month we received a pamphlet in our grocery bag informing us that Sobeys would be converting their point system to AIR MILES.

I excitedly turned to the people in line behind me hoping that they would share in the joy I was feeling and possibly partake in the age old tradition of the slapping of the fives. They didn’t show it and there were no fives slapped but I just assumed that my excitement had intimidated them. I may have also literally jumped for joy when I realized that I had not used a single Sobeys point in the 4 years I had been shopping there, which meant that I was due a sizable chunk of AIR MILES from the points conversion.

Side Note: I may or may not have also caught myself fist-pumping when I saw the 5X AIR MILES bonus reward miles at the Shell station the other day… I wish I was making this stuff up for dramatic effect.

2. When I got my new AIR MILES Onyx member Card

With the help of my American Express AIR MILES Credit Card, I joined an elite level of the AIR MILES Collectors program this past year when I reached Onyx status. With that membership came a lot of special perks, including amazing discounts on Dream Rewards, but all the perks paled in comparison to my shiny new black Onyx AIR MILES Card.

Honestly, I was so excited to test it out that I drove to the nearest AIR MILES partner (LCBO) grabbed a bottle of my favourite wine and excitedly handed over my Onyx Card to the cashier. As they held the Card in their hands I waited with anticipation for them to compliment me on my sleek new card, but they simply scanned it and passed it back without looking up. Assuming it was some kind of mistake; I drove to the next closest shop and proudly passed them my Onyx Card. Same result.

You’d think this would be enough to deter me but I am extremely stubborn. I now find myself trying new tactics with the store clerks as I pass my Onyx Card to them including, but not limited to, uncomfortable smiles, accidentally dropping it so they have to look at it, explaining its origins without being asked and giving them the wink and double finger guns as they scan it. None of these tactics have been successful so far but I am maintaining hope that the day will come where someone will compliment my new card.

Why am I so obsessive when it comes to AIR MILES, you ask? The answer is simple. Last year I earned enough AIR MILES to purchase almost all of my Christmas presents PLUS a flight to Washington for the Dad 2.0 Summit. The estimated retail value of my redemptions was almost $1100, for only one year’s worth of reward miles!

Achieving this goal was relatively easy. When you combine your AIR MILES Collector Card with the American Express AIR MILES Credit Card you can earn twice on all purchases from AIR MILES Sponsor stores. Aside from that, every time you use your Amex AIR MILES Credit Card, regardless of the store, you still earn AIR MILES on your purchases. Combine that with smart store selection and the points will start piling up in no time.

I should also point out that I pay the annual fee for a higher level Credit Card and the miles easily outweigh the cost of the fee. You use a Credit Card anyway, right? Why would you only collect half the miles you could be getting by only using the AIR MILES Collector Card? That would be like eating a sundae without a spoon or driving without a steering wheel. Go, check out the American Express AIR MILES Credit Card and thank me when you are flying somewhere exotic from all the points you earned!

This post was sponsored by Amex Bank of Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.

Air Miles Dream Rewards

The AIR MILES Dream Rewards Have Never Been Better

Last week I showed you Four Easy Ways to Earn More AIR MILES, with the fastest way being the combining of your AIR MILES Collector Card with your American Express AIR MILES Credit Card. This week I am going to talk about my favourite part of being an AIR MILES Collector. Redeeming for rewards!

Here is a fun fact. For the past three years, we have used AIR MILES to pay for most of our Christmas shopping. I don’t even consider myself to be a big shopper but when you combine your AIR MILES Collector Card with something like the American Express AIR MILES Credit Card on things such as groceries and gas, the miles pile up very fast.

This year we decided that instead of using our miles for presents, we would treat ourselves to a few items and I am so excited with the order I just placed! Here is what we decided on:

1. Beats by Dr Dre StudioTM 2.0 Over-Ear Headphone

Beats By Dre










Something a lot of people know about me by now is that I have an obsession with headphones. I listen to a lot of music, podcasts and videos, and have gone through a ton of different brands. Some good, some not so good, but I have always wanted a pair of Beats by Dre and now, thanks to AIR MILES, my wish has come true!

2. Gordon Ramsay Maze 10-Piece Cookware Set with Glass Lids

Gordon Ramsay Maze 10-Piece Cookware Set









My wife and I had a bit of a panic moment a few weeks ago when we had our favourite pot and pan set bite the dust in the span of two weeks. I’m not sure when the last time you shopped for cookware was but it is not a cheap purchase. While browsing the AIR MILES Dream Rewards catalogue, I was excited to see over 10 different cookware sets available for redemption. With my family being avid MasterChef Junior watchers, the decision to go with the Gordon Ramsey set was easy! We’ll be back up and cooking in no time!

3. Fotopro MS-7 Kit for iPhone 5/5S

Fotopro MS7 Kit for iPhone 5 5S











I’m not going to lie, I was probably most excited about this reward. I have been planning on shooting more video for my blog but always felt like I didn’t have the proper tools for it. With this kit I get a few different lenses for my iPhone, a mini tripod, which is the major selling point for me, and a monopod, aka – the selfie stick. Yes, I understand that people who use the selfie stick can look kind of silly, but I have bigger plans that just taking a couple pictures. For that, you will have to keep checking in!

From event tickets to signed sports memorabilia, there were so many more Dream Rewards I wanted to claim but I am really excited about what we have coming in. Plus it saves my wife and I from having to buy each other Christmas presents, which means more for family and friends! Because I am now an AIR MILES Gold Collector, we’ve even got enough points left over to claim a flight for my wife to visit her family in Florida later this year.

As you can see, I have been able to claim a lot of really cool rewards and most of my miles were collected because I was aware of the different ways to earn them. I can’t say it enough, when you combine your AIR MILES Collector Card with something like the American Express AIR MILES Credit Card, the miles you collect will skyrocket and you’ll be amazed at how much you can claim!

From now until December 28th you can win AIR MILES in the American Express #MoreAIRMILES contest! All you need to do is answer the question, “what would you do with more AIRMILES?”, for your chance to win the weekly prize! Additionally, for every friend who enters the contest you get an additional bonus entry. Visit to enter!

This post was sponsored by Amex Bank of Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.