Autumn is my favourite time of the year – leaves changing colours, warm afternoons, apple pie and of course, the yummy harvest. Fall fashion shopping and taking long drives in the country are just a few of the many activities I love about this time of year, not to mention Halloween and Thanksgiving.
But it’s also a time when I’m spending more money it seems! So if I can maximize my spending by collecting AIR MILES reward miles with my American Express AIR MILES Credit Card, then I definitely will.
American Express AIR MILES Cards are the fastest way to earn reward miles because you can earn TWICE when shopping at participating AIR MILES Sponsors across Canada; first with your Amex Card and second, your AIR MILES Collector Card.
I don’t need to spend extra, I just have to use both cards when I shop; and there are so many retailers that I already shop at which accept AIR MILES and Amex. Those reward miles will just collect without even trying!
I have the no annual fee American Express AIR MILES Credit Card; with my card alone, I have, purchase protection, 24/7 customer service and access to some of the hottest concerts, shows and events before the public with Front Of The Line. I earn 1 reward mile for every $15 in Card purchases at AIR MILES Sponsors.
There are two other Amex AIR MILES Cards to choose from, the American Express AIR MILES Platinum Credit Card ($65 annual fee waived for the first year) and the American Express AIR MILES Reserve Credit Card ($299 a year) bringing premium travel experiences and extra perks for Cardmembers. With the Reserve Card, you can book additional airlines and destinations not within the AIR MILES Flight program, use your reward miles to cover taxes and fees, receive a complimentary companion ticket, have access to an AIR MILES concierge service, receive four passes to airport lounges worldwide every year, and more.
Here are five ways you can maximize your rewards this Thanksgiving with an American Express AIR MILES Credit Card:
If you’re travelling to see family for Thanksgiving, you can collect extra reward miles by using your Amex AIR MILES Credit Card for gas and hotels. From maintaining your vehicle at Goodyear to filling up at Shell to renting a car with Budget to booking accommodations at a variety of choice hotels such as Hilton Hotels and InterContinental Hotels Group, those bonus reward miles can add up quickly. I know come February, I’ll be itching to travel somewhere tropical!
Do your Thanksgiving feast shopping at Metro stores (Safeway out west, Sobeys in Atlantic Canada). The grocery list can be quite long when entertaining guests – turkey, stuffing, potatoes, carrots, pies… I’m getting hungry already! Metro, for example, has coupons every week on certain products; stock up on those items and collect bonus reward miles.
If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, you can also use your Amex AIR MILES Card to stock up on wine and spirits at the LCBO (also offered in various liquor stores in Alberta and the east coast). You know you can never have enough liquor in the house!
Hosting family for Thanksgiving takes some real preparation and organization! With the hectic scheduling in my household, I need all the help I can get – from storage bins to calendars, anything that can help keep the mess and our lives in somewhat of an order is welcomed. Use your American Express Card at popular retailers like Rona and Staples to name a few and earn AIR MILES reward miles just for making purchases you would normally would anyway.
I usually buy the kids a new outfit or shirt to wear on Thanksgiving Day; Old Navy is always on our list for shopping for clothing for the entire family. There are so many retailers where you can also collect reward miles such as the Children’s Place and Babys’R’Us to name a few. Use both your collector card and your Amex for double the points.
5. Fall Décor
A stop at Michaels for fall and Halloween crafts is a must this time of year. Even if I’m not a very crafty person, I’d like to think that I am (sometimes). What craft is on my never-ending to-do list this fall? I’d like to attempt making my own autumn wreath for the front door (wish me luck). At Michaels, you can collect 1 AIR MILES reward mile for every $25 you spend and 1 reward miles for every $20 you spend with the American Express AIR MILES Credit Card .
Here is a full list of merchants where you can earn AIR MILES faster.
I shop at Hudson’s Bay but often don’t use the points. You can convert your HBC Rewards points to reward miles at a rate of 2,000 points for 1 AIR MILES reward mile.
If you don’t have an American Express AIR MILES Credit Card, join and earn a welcome bonus of 150 reward miles the first time you use it.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, you could earn 100 Bonus AIR MILES reward miles when you enroll your Amex AIR MILES Card and charge at least 3 separate purchases to your Card from now until October 10th, 2013.
Happy shopping and Happy Thanksgiving!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Amex Bank of Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.