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Loyalty Program Update and Tips

Air Miles has decided to cancel their plans to expire points that are five years old. And although that news is good, members may now need to keep an eye on the amounts they need to redeem for rewards.

Apparently the company that owns and operates Air Miles, LoyaltyOne, has stated in a document for stockholders (Form 8-K – Alliance Data dated December 1st, 2016) that they may adjust these amounts :

LoyaltyOne will adjust the value proposition to collectors to offset the lost economics resulting from a reduction in the breakage rate estimate and to maintain, as closely as possible, the economics of the AIR MILES reward program prior to cancellation of the expiry policy“.

I like Air Miles and will continue to collect them. But unfortunately I can’t use them to pay for music downloads anymore and have been using up my miles on groceries, theatre tickets and gas.

They do offer turntables, headphones, speakers and other electronics to members that collect Dream Rewards. But I chose the Cash Rewards program because it’s more convenient for me. And if ever I want a reward offered on the other program, I can simply take the money I would have spent on my groceries, theatre tickets, gas, etcetera and save it to purchase the reward elsewhere.

From time to time gift cards are discounted at grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations, so you could always buy those with your savings instead and save more.

With a bit of research you can find better deals, especially at this time of the year. And nothing stops you from using cash back rewards programs like eBates.ca and cash back credit cards to save more.

In regards to cash back credit cards and purchases made on credit cards via the rewards programs, it is always more advantageous to pay those amounts in full, before their high interest starts gobbling up your savings.

If you are able to pay these in full, you can always maximize your returns by using a cash back credit card on your eBates.ca purchases. And there are also bonus points offers out there.

For example, Air Miles collectors can purchase gift cards at participating Shell gas store locations can get up to 50 Miles by purchasing them in five separate visits this month (click here for details). These cards can then be used on purchases either for bonus Air Miles (via airmilesshops.ca) or a cash rebate from eBates.ca.

Unfortunately neither Netflix or iTunes is on eBates.ca but you may want to also take advantage of several offers on gift cards for those film and music download services this week.

Participating Rexall stores are giving 55 bonus Air Miles on $60 Netflix gift card purchases until December 8th, 2016 whilst participating Shoppers Drug Mart stores are giving 3000 bonus Optimum points on $50 iTunes gift card purchases until December 9th, 2016. Consult your local flyers for details.

In regards to other loyalty programs, note that Esso Extra reward point members can redeem 4,500 Points for $25 gift cards at Esso Gas locations (which includes card for Indigo and Cineplex) and Aeroplan members can redeem 3,500 Miles for a $25 iTunes gift Card or 13,000 miles for a $100 Indigo gift card or 68,500 miles for a $500 Best Buy gift card.

It should be noted that Aaroplan had decided to cancel their plans to cause their points to expire in 2013 and that Private Members Bill 47, the Protecting Rewards Point Act, is expected to pass in the Ontario Provincial Legislature next week.

Gift Card Offers

Select Real Canadian Superstores are offering 10% discounts on $30 iTunes gift card multi-packs until March 17th, 2016. Consult your local flyer for details.

While you’re at your local store look for specially marked Coca Cola products offering the Buy 1 Get 1 Free Movie Offer for Cineplex Cinemas. This offer starts on the 7th and ends on June 30th, 2016. Details can be found clicking here.

Free Shipping on Orders Over $25!

Gift Card Offers – Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaplus

Participating Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall Pharmaplus stores are offering discounts on iTunes gift cards until October 8th, 2015.

Shoppers Drug Mart’s 15% off on $50 and $100 iTunes gift card offer starts tomorrow and Rexall Pharmaplus’ 10% off $50 and $100 iTunes gift card offer starts today. Consult your local flyer for details.

Gift Card & Other Offers

Participating Sobeys and Real Canadian Superstore locations are offering 10% discounts on iTunes gift cards.

From November 7th to November 13th, 2014 select Sobeys stores will be offering 10% discounts on $50 and $100 gift cards. And from November 3rd to November 20th, select Real Canadian Superstore locations will be offering 10% discounts on $100 gift cards.

Amazon.ca, Amazon.com and EntertainmentEarth.com are currently also offering discounts on miscellaneous products on their Countdown To Black Friday sales whilst Chapters/Indigo is offering 15% Off One Regular Priced Item. (Use Promo Code: JOYFUL. Exclusions Apply).

Gift Card Discount

Participating Rexall Pharmaplus stores are offering 10% discounts on iTunes gift cards valued above $25 until October 30th, 2014. Please consult your local flyer for details.

Some Staples locations are also offering $100 iTunes cards for $85, a $15 discount. That offer ends on October 28th, 2014.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2013

The discounts have begun :

Abes of Maine

Black Friday Price Drops

Amazon Canada

Black Friday Week Deals @ Amazon.ca

Amazon U.K

Black Friday Week Deals @ Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Black Friday Week @ Amazon.com

Barnes & Noble

Save up to $120 on NOOK HD Tablets, our best price ever – Now extended!

Better World Books

Shop the Better World Books Black Friday Sale and save big on 5 or more used books, all with Free Shipping Worldwide!

Crayola Store

Crayola will be offering deals on Black Friday itself.

Chapters/Indigo

CYBER MONDAY: Save $5 When You Spend $100 & Save $10 When You Spend $150 Indigo.ca! Promo Code: CYBERMONDAY

Dino Direct

10% OFF any purchase with coupon code BLACKF02 from 11/14/2013 through 11/29/2013 at DinoDirect – SHOP NOW!

Entertainment Earth

EntertainmentEarth.com – FIVE days of special Black Friday Daily Deals! (Ends Dec 1st, 2013)

ESET

ESET Black Friday Deal- Buy 1 Year, Get 2nd Year Free! Expires 12/3.

Fox Shop

Black Friday Sale @ Fox Shop

Kobo Canada

Save 80% on over 1M titles (code: 80Nvbr) – Ends Nov 30th, 2013

Giant Microbes

Can’t wait until Black Friday? We can’t either, so use coupon code BF13 a day early and get $15 off a $50 order. Coupon expires 11/30/13.

Guitar Center

Check out our Black Friday Doorbusters Deals! Limited Quantities While Supplies Last. Valid until 12/2/13

Macmall

MacMall – Your #1 Apple Superstore – Various Items on Sale

Microsoft Canada

Get a sneak peek at our Black Friday deals at Microsoft Store. Set your alarm: Prices drop at midnight ET on November, 28th.

Miles Kimbal Company

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale – 15% Off + Free Shipping On All Orders! Use Code MKBFCMFS15

Music & Arts

Check out Early Bird Black Friday Specials at Music & Arts!
Check out Black Friday Deals at Music & Arts!

Musician’s Friend

We’re starting Black Friday Early! Check out these Doorbuster Deals and Save up to 80% off!

National Geographic Store

Up to 50% Off !

Nothing But Software

Save at NothingButSoftware (note that they sell more than software)

Novica

$15 off orders of $100 or more at NOVICA! Enter USAVE15 at checkout. Valid from 11-27-13 through 12-3-13 11:59 PM PT.

Newegg Canada

Click here to shop at Newegg.ca

Pinnacle

Black Friday Promotion – Save $10 Instantly on Pinnacle Studio 17 – Get yours today!

Sears

Sears.ca – Various items on sale.

Shop

Various items on sale

Stylin Online

Black Friday Week Sale

Tiger Direct Canada

COUPON DEALS! Pack extra savings on the best Electronics!

Time Life

Black Friday-Cyber Monday! Save 10% on orders of $50 or more OR 20% on orders of $200 or more + Free Shipping at TimeLife.com with code DEALDAYS! (Valid 12:01am EST November 27 until 11:59pm EST December 2)

WWE Shop

Black Friday Countdown! Save up to 80% on Select WWE Merchandise at WWEShop.com!

West Music

West Music – All Week Black Friday Sale Plus Free Shipping Use BLACKFRIDAY at Checkout.

Woodwind & Brasswind

Shop at Woodwind and Brasswind – 15% Off