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Recently, major retailers including Staples and Sobeys have announced the end of their rewards program partnership with Air Miles.

The news has sparked a lot of discussion and also raised concerns about whether Air Miles can continue to survive with the recent major partnership losses.

Many RFD forum members have been hastily redeeming their miles just in case Air Miles makes changes to how you can redeem your miles, or even worse, the company is forced to fold.

If you’re looking to redeem your miles, here are some of the best things you can use your Air Miles on right now.

Dream Miles:

Electronics:

Home:

Entertainment:

Cash Miles:

While what the future has in store for the Air Miles program is uncertain, your ability to redeem your current miles remains unchanged. If you've got a lot of miles burning a hole in your digital pocket, now might not be a bad time to use some of them up!

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    • PLACE HOLDER # 1 — FOR ANY BREAKING NEWS
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    • PLACE HOLDER # 2


      🎉 HAPPY NEW YEAR 🍾🥂🎈


      We open the annual thread as we do each year with a check in on how everyone feels they did last year ... how many miles you earned, what status you obtained, as well as what were the highlights for you ... and what are your goals for 2022.

      Feel free to take a moment to reflect & share, as I have done below in Reply # 11

      Cheers!

      Points Hubby
      😎
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    • PLACE HOLDER # 3

      LOYALTY PROGRAM HOUSEKEEPING

      The end of a Year / Start of another is a good time to review your Loyalty Programs to see where you stand, and make notes on what you have achieved as well as what you still plan to do in any calendar year.

      Printing off or screen shooting transactions by month can be helpful for evaluating progress / past history / success.

      For the AirMiles Program :

      To see past history... LOG INTO your AirMiles Account.
      Click on YOUR PROFILE, and then VIEW TRANSACTIONS. After that you can click on LAST 12 MONTHS to see all your past Transactions … or go month by month for 2021.

      Also now is the time to review your OUTSTANDING / PENDING AIrMiles from 2021 Transactions.

      It’s helpful to maintain notes, or a spreadsheet alongside your relative receipts & screen shots of transactions.

      This is particularly so if you are partaking in any AirMiles BIG BONUS Event (like Bonus Boom Boost 2021) where base & bonus miles can be POSTED over a stretch of 150+ Days.

      Useful Columns for a Spreadsheet or Notes = TRANSACTION DATE - AMs Partner - Retailer / Store / OnLine - Details of Purchase - Promotion - Base Miles Due - Bonus Miles Due - MILES POSTED - MILES STILL OUTSTANDING - ACTION TAKEN - RESULTS

      ** If you are a serious Points Hound, it’s probably best to take a brief look at your standing within Loyalty Programs at least Quarterly, so you can fully comprehend what transactions have been made so far in the year ... as well as making notes of not only what is PENDING ... but also if you have any points or status in your Loyalty Programs that are about to Expire or Change your standing / status. It’s also a good way to keep track of your past successes / progress, alongside any goals you might have, and thereby ensure a greater chance of achieving them.

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    • PLACE HOLDER # 4

      ANNUAL STATUS INFO

      0 - 999 AirMiles = Blue
      1000+ AirMiles = Gold
      6000+ AirMiles = Onyx

      Collectors begin each year with the Status that they earned in the Previous Year **

      And then work January 1st to December 31st to accumulate miles towards status for the following year

      Status is however awarded as soon as it is achieved, and no longer must one wait until January 1st of the following year to access benefits

      Example,
      Earn 1000 AirMiles by February 2, 2019, and you are Gold from then until December 31, 2020
      Earn 6000 AirMiles by October 10, 2019 and you are Onyx from then until December 31, 2020

      * NOTE - Onyx Status comes with a NEW set of Black AirMiles Cards, which are mailed out by snail mail and therefore full benefits are not really realized until the plastic cards arrive (as some Retailers do offer perks upon presentation of an Onyx Card)

      This change in protocol took effect in the years 2017 & 2018
      For more info see:

      https://www.airmiles.ca/arrow/Splash?sp ... cale=en_CA

      2018 Gold & Onyx Qualifying Changes (RFD Discussion) = airmiles-announcement-changes-gold-onyx ... g-2150278/

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      STATUS EXTENSION FOR 2020, 2021, & 2022

      Due to Covid, everyone’s Status earned in 2019 for 2020 is EXTENDED FOR AN ADDITIONAL YEAR until December 31, 2021

      So if you earned 1000+ AirMiles in 2019
      Or 6000+ AirMiles in 2019
      Then you enjoy Gold or Onyx Status for BOTH 2020 & 2021

      Likewise, if you achieved Gold or Onyx status in 2020 for 2021, then status is EXTENDED FOR AN ADDITIONAL YEAR until December 31, 2022
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    • PLACE HOLDER # 5

      NEWS

      🚧🚧 UNDER CONSTRUCTION 🚧🚧

      NEW … CARDLINK … MasterCard Partnership

      NEW … AIRMILES FLIGHTS REWARDS
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    • PLACE HOLDER # 6

      EVENTS - CURRENT & ONGOING


      2021 BONUS BOOM BOOST & MILLION MILES CONTEST ** = November 18th thru December 27th, 2021

      Info available during the event on the Airmiles website www.airmiles.ca under the OFFERS tab … BONUS BOOM BOOST

      And here on RFD in the AIRMILES - BONUS BOOM BOOST 2021 - SUB FORUM = 2021-air-miles-bonus-boom-boost-f216/

      This AIrMiles BIG BONUS Event has now ended.

      Look for outstanding Base Miles & Bonus Miles to POST in the weeks to come
      FULL Partners & Retailers have various timeframes in which to Report / POST AirMiles
      It varies from 30 Days from the Transaction OR End of the Promotion (December 27, 2021)

      Through to 60 Days, 75 Days, 90 Days and even 120 Days

      So MISSING MILE MARKERS for BBB 2021 will be:
      30 Days = January 27th
      60 Days = February 25th
      75 Days = March 11th
      90 Days = March 26th
      120 Days = April 26th

      Refer to the AirMiles & AirMiles Shops.ca websites for more info on filing Missing Miles Reports

      BUT REMEMBER to always begin your Missing Miles Inquiries with the FULL AMs PARTNERS that you bought from first
      (Ie AirMiles Shops.ca, Shell, Sobey’s etc) as often this will resolve the issue correctly the first time, and on a faster timeline than waiting out the full time lag required before filing a MISSING MILES Inquiry with AirMiles

      Especially important too... if the MILES MISSING correspond to an AirMiles BIG BONUS Event where you are counting up completed Offers or Partners

      NOTE - BIG BONUS Events in recent times have been POSTING THE BIG BONUSES around the 7 week mark
      For BBB 2021 that would be:

      * 400 BB BAMs for 4 OFFER COUNTS
      * 600 BB BAMs for 6 OFFER COUNTS
      * 800 BB BAMs for 8 OFFER COUNTS

      IF the timeline holds true for BBB 2021 … as it did for STB 2020
      We could see those BIG BONUS BAMs POST around mid February …
      A nice Mid Winter Bonus !!!

      ** MILLION MILES CONTEST **

      Everyone seems to have forgotten about this aspect of the recent 2021 BIG BONUS BOOM event.

      Website = https://www.airmiles.ca/en/promotions/b ... rules.html

      You earn entries into the Contest every time you do a BBB Event Offer.

      The number of entries you earn, is dependent upon your AirMiles Membership Status

      * 1 Entry per Offer completed
      * GOLD Collectors receive 2x the Entries per Offer completed
      * ONYX Collectors receive 3x the Entries per Offer completed
      * AMEX AMs CC holders receive 5x the Entries per Offer completed
      * BMO AMs CC holders receive 5x the Entries per Offer completed

      So if you are a Gold Collector with a BMO AMs CC you will receive 7 Entries (2x + 5x) = 7x Entered per Offer Completed

      If you are an Onyx Member with both an AMEX AMs CC and a BMO AMs CC you will receive 13 Entries (3x + 5x + 5x) = 13x Entered per Offer Completed

      Contest Prizes are
      * 1 GRAND PRIZE of a Million AirMiles
      * 4 REGIONAL PRIZES of 250,000 AirMiles each

      Draw happens February 10, 2022
      Here’s hoping some of the RFDers here win something

      For full disclosure on contest including rules & prizes see the website link above

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    • PLACE HOLDER # 7

      PAST BIG BONUS EVENTS

      Airmiles Shop The Block 2020 (November 19, 2020 - December 28, 2020)


      2020 Shop The Block (RFD SUB FORUM) = 2020-air-miles-shop-the-block-f202/

      RFD Members reporting STB 2020 BIG BONUS Miles POSTING as of February 17, 2021

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      AirMiles MegaMiles 2020 (August 13, 2020 - September 10, 2020)

      2020 MegaMiles (RFD SUB FORUM) = 2020-air-miles-mega-miles-f213/

      RFD Members reporting MegaMiles 2020 BIG BONUS Miles POSTING as of October 27, 2020

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      AirMiles Shop The Block 2019 (November 14, 2019 - November 27, 2019)

      2019 Shop The Block (RFD SUB FORUM) = 2019-shop-the-block-f210/

      RFD Members reporting STB 2019 BIG BONUS Miles POSTING as of February 12, 2020

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      AirMiles Shops.ca Christmas In July (July 3, 2019 - July 28, 2019)

      RFD Discussion:

      http://forums.redflagdeals.com/airmiles ... 9-2295888/

      RFD Members reporting Christmas In July 2019 Bonuses POSTING as of November 21, 2019

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      AirMiles MegaMiles 2019 (March 21, 2019 - April 25, 2019)

      2019 MegaMiles (RFD SUB FORUM) = air-miles-archive-f205/

      RFD Members reporting MegaMiles 2019 BIG BONUS Miles POSTING as of June 18, 2019

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      AirMiles Shop The Block 2018 (November 15, 2018 - December 27, 2018)

      RFD Discussion:

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      RFD Members reporting STB 2018 BIG BONUS Miles POSTING as of February 14, 2019

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      Airmiles 2018 Pack to School Promotion & Contest (August 9, 2018 - September 9, 2018)

      https://packtoschool.airmiles.ca/en/home

      RFD Discussions:

      HOT DEALS FORUM = AirMiles / AirMiles Shops.ca Get 100 / 300 / 1000 AMs Shopping At 2 / 3 / 5 Stores
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      CONTEST FORUM = 2018-09-09-loyalty-one-air-miles-pack-s ... l-2214435/

      RFD Members reporting Pack To School 2018 Bonuses POSTING as of October 19, 2018

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      AirMiles 2018 MegaMiles (March 8, 2018 - April 12. 2018)

      RFD Discussion:
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      RFD Members reporting MegaMiles 2018 BIG BONUS Miles POSTING as of May 30, 2018

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      AirMiles 2017 Shop The Block (November 14, 2017 - December 14, 2017)

      RFD Discussion:
      air-miles-shop-block-back-nationwide-no ... 7-2141077/

      RFD Members Reporting Shop The Block 2017 BIG BONUS Miles POSTING as of February 2, 2018

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    • PLACE HOLDER # 8

      TIPS & TRICKS
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    • PLACE HOLDER # 9

      MISCELLANEOUS
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    • I’ll start …

      LAST YEAR (2021) IN REVIEW

      And Covid continues …
      Once again having an impact on all our AirMiles earning (and redeeming our Dream Miles for travel)

      I began 2021 as an Onyx Member
      I ended 2021 as an Onyx Member
      And begin 2022 as an Onyx Member

      Cuz despite everything … we did get to 6000+ AMs earned in 2021

      Thanks in part to getting some Canadian travel in over the Summer months, and AirMiles accelerating the number of their Bonus Boom Events in 2021.

      Which meant we hit the magic 6000 mile marker in August … which was a lot better than hanging on a thread til Q4 like we did in 2020.

      By the end of 2021, we were back within fighting distance of the 10,000 Club which we have been part of in non Covid years.

      We did feel that AirMiles truly stepped up their game in 2021. And there were many more opportunities to earn miles & bonus miles vs 2020. Despite the fact that there were again some losses of major AirMiles Partners (like the LCBO in Ontario).

      It did again seem tho in most of 2021, that there were emails from AirMiles arriving almost everyday. And a great lot of them contained news of offers, or targeted opportunities. Many in our case from BMO or Shell … and many of them were STACKABLE with other offers.

      Likewise, when AirMiles rolled out their It’s All Gravy marketing campaign in October … there were a lot of perks for Gold & Onyx Members … including lots of Bonus Miles when buying from FULL PARTNERS. Like 3x Bonus Miles on all purchases with AirMiles Shops.ca and complimentary Shell Go+ Perks until the end of 2021.

      That was awesome.

      And of course, ... as we don’t believe in chasing miles for miles sake ... we see them just as an added perk for purchases we would have made anyway. So all the extra offers were greatly appreciated.

      2021, was sadly another year with Covid … so we didn’t fly anywhere this year. Our travel was limited to Canada. But in anticipation of perhaps the world getting back to normal sooner than later, we finally got our AMEX AirMiles Reserve CC. And have been racking up the miles with it. A great many of them by shopping online with AirMiles Shops.ca ... and were happy to see that website’s growing list of AMs Associated Retailers (in addition to the AMs FULL Partners).

      We also tried out the new MasterCard CARDLINK program that was introduced in November.
      One more great opportunity to earn miles with new chains … be they stores or restaurants.
      And some familiar ASSOCIATED PARTNERS where there are STACKING opportunities to be had.

      All in a half decent year for collecting … even in spite of Covid.

      As always, RFD is about sharing info. I could not do this Annual MegaThread without everyone else in this community.

      So THANKS to everyone for your help & encouragement, and a shout out to the regulars on this thread who never fail to post an offer so everyone else can benefit.

      We really appreciate it.
      And look forward to another great year here on RFD

      HAPPY COLLECTING EVERYONE

      Points Hubby

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    • Happy New Year everyone!

      Per Phubby, copying over my post from the old 2021 thread to kick start this one.

      Didn’t get the monthly Shell Go+ email yesterday but saw this gas offer for Jan in my app.

      Same as Dec’s offer but still hoping for the elusive 100 BAMs/30L (max 5 transactions) offer that @mzmoney and others got.

      Still not bad at a $0.117/L kickback.

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    • Hi @kiiaal

      Happy New Year !

      I also got my Shell January offer yesterday (January 1st)

      ** Get Up To 75 BAMs this month until January 31st WU OPT IN :
      25 BAMs WU Fill 1 Time with 30+ Litres of any grade fuel
      And
      50 BAMs WU Fill a 2nd Time with 30+ Litres of any grade fuel **

      Not a bad offer … considering we aren’t frequent Shell Customers
      And aren’t GO+ … as we didn’t qualify in 2021.

      I’ve OPTED IN. And will see how prices are this month whenever I am getting low on fuel … and where I am in my travels, as Shell Stations aren’t as visible here as my usual go to … PetroCanada.
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    • Not a bad offer … considering we aren’t frequent Shell Customers
      And aren’t GO+ … as we didn’t qualify in 2021.
      You should be Go+ automatically if you're Onyx and I believe your targeted Jan offer is a Shell Go+ offer.
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    • You should be Go+ automatically if you're Onyx and I believe your targeted Jan offer is a Shell Go+ offer.
      I had to look this up …
      As we are now in a new year … and things have changed … but again

      In 2021 …
      Shell GO+ Membership was Automatic for Onyx Members
      But that was part of the It’s All Gravy Campaign
      And that benefit was one of many from that Campaign to end on December 31st

      GO+ isn’t tied to being Onyx
      That I knew

      What I didn’t know … is it’s tied to having a BMO AMs World Elite MC
      If you have that
      Then indeed membership is Automatic

      Which I have …
      Yippee !

      Otherwise you have to qualify in the year previous by earning 80 Base Miles

      At 1 Base Mile per 20 Litres of Shell Bronze, Silver, or Diesel Fuels (1 / 20 x 80 = 1600 Litres)
      Or 1 Base Mile per 10 Litres of Shell V-Power (1 / 10 x 80 = 800 Litres )

      It’s a lot of fuel to buy to get to Go+ if you don’t have the BMO AMs World Elite CC

      https://shellgoplus.ca/en/home
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    • I had to look this up …
      As we are now in a new year … and things have changed … but again

      In 2021 …
      Shell GO+ Membership was Automatic for Onyx Members
      But that was part of the It’s All Gravy Campaign
      And that benefit was one of many from that Campaign to end on December 31st

      GO+ isn’t tied to being Onyx
      That I knew


      What I didn’t know … is it’s tied to having a BMO AMs World Elite MC
      If you have that
      Then indeed membership is Automatic

      Which I have …
      Yippee !

      Otherwise you have to qualify in the year previous by earning 80 Base Miles

      At 1 Base Mile per 20 Litres of Shell Bronze, Silver, or Diesel Fuels (1 / 20 x 80 = 1600 Litres)
      Or 1 Base Mile per 10 Litres of Shell V-Power (1 / 10 x 80 = 800 Litres )

      It’s a lot of fuel to buy to get to Go+ if you don’t have the BMO AMs World Elite CC

      https://shellgoplus.ca/en/home
      I think it is though, again for this year.

      I don't have the BMO WE and I only got like 40 Base Miles from Shell in 2021. But I am AirMiles ONYX.

      My Shell app says I'm a GO+ member "until the end of 2022".
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    • Happy new year and happy collecting.
      I am short of 700AM to become Onyx again. I am still an Onyx member with the extension to the end of this year.
      Let's hope the BB this year continue to be as easy as last year with Sobeys group of companies and Shell. I am no longer on Shell GO+. I used Shell because of the BBB.

      Update: After reading the above posts, I checked my Shell app. I am also on GO+. Nice surprise...
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    • I had to look this up …
      As we are now in a new year … and things have changed … but again

      In 2021 …
      Shell GO+ Membership was Automatic for Onyx Members
      But that was part of the It’s All Gravy Campaign
      And that benefit was one of many from that Campaign to end on December 31st

      GO+ isn’t tied to being Onyx
      That I knew

      What I didn’t know … is it’s tied to having a BMO AMs World Elite MC
      If you have that
      Then indeed membership is Automatic

      Which I have …
      Yippee !

      Otherwise you have to qualify in the year previous by earning 80 Base Miles

      At 1 Base Mile per 20 Litres of Shell Bronze, Silver, or Diesel Fuels (1 / 20 x 80 = 1600 Litres)

      Or 1 Base Mile per 10 Litres of Shell V-Power (1 / 10 x 80 = 800 Litres )

      It’s a lot of fuel to buy to get to Go+ if you don’t have the BMO AMs World Elite CC

      https://shellgoplus.ca/en/home
      I think it is though, again for this year.

      I don't have the BMO WE and I only got like 40 Base Miles from Shell in 2021. But I am AirMiles ONYX.

      My Shell app says I'm a GO+ member "until the end of 2022".
      Email from Oct 7, 2021 states I’m Shell Go+ until Dec 31, 2022 for being Onyx.

      I also don’t have a BMO WE MC nor am I even close to earning 80 base AM (1600L) in a year with Shell. I only fill up 1300L/year and I fill at Esso as well.

      The "Surprise Bonus Offers" noted on the email must be these excellent monthly gas offers we're getting. I'm not getting any gas offers on my 2nd AM account (not Onyx).

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    • Email from Oct 7, 2021 states I’m Shell Go+ until Dec 31, 2022 for being Onyx.

      I also don’t have a BMO WE MC nor am I even close to earning 80 base AM (1600L) in a year with Shell. I only fill up 1300L/year and I fill at Esso as well.


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      BINGO !!!

      Exactly what I was digging thru emails to find dates on.

      Thanks @kiiaal

      So if we are Onyx, then we can enjoy another year of Bonus Miles from Shell
      Awesome!
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    • Shell is competing for our gas dollars.
      I am a member of AMA, which is CCA in Alberta. Shell is giving AMA members 3 cents/L as AMA rewards.
      Shell has to try harder than 2x + 5x BMO offer. With stacking shell offers and this thread, I am looking forward to getting more value for my gas dollars.
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