When everyone thinks the same they don't think at all
Just redeemed my airmiles for a stack of $20 gas cards. Then it's MBNA cash back all the way. I just opened the account a few months ago, don't really spend that much, and already got a check for $50 last week.
My only regret with going with upwards of 600$ of Fuel gift cards is that I do not get the 3% cashback on those "saved" fuel dollars.
Oh well, gotta lose some...
One of the best values I was able to find on the Air Miles system was a 1 year subscription to Maclean's. In fact, most of the magazine subscriptions they offer are a pretty good value. The Cineplex movie tickets are usually good, and the entertainment rewards as well (such as basketball or hockey tickets). The new Air Miles Cash system has devalued Air Miles even further - I wrote a blog post to that effect last month if anyone is interested.
Air Miles Cash - Deal or No Deal - http://www.earthandmoney.ca/air-miles-cash-deal-or-no-deal/
I did really well with AirMiles for a long time, mostly just at the LCBO and Metro grocery stores, and Shell for a while, and I had a BMO Air Miles Mastercard. I paid for the first two months of groceries with Airmiles when I went back to school a few years ago. Now I don't drive so no Shell, the Metro near us closed so I am mostly shopping at Loblaws, and use a Capital One Cash Back MC. I am getting a lot fewer miles now, but if I am shopping at those places anyways its a free reward, on top of whatever reward I get on my credit card.
I started browsing through this thread then my eyes started glazing over.
Sheesh. Promotions, fly zones, blackout dates, bankruptcy, devaluations, fuel cards, expiries, no more movies, gas mulipliers, toys & puzzles, ...
I'm just shaking my head. Why do people bother with this crap?
I agree with the above comments, get a cashback card. I use MBNA. They reward me with money.
I've never signed up for one, but my credit card keeps accumulating large amounts of first home dollars, even though I have my first home...
Somehow from this thread I found out that Aeroplan miles die after 7 years ... and this change started in 2007 .... so in 2013 -a busy time buying gas cards ...:-)
see bottom part of above link... took me a while to see the link on the accounts page they mention ... still waiting for reply via e0mail only status on year of points ..but pretty sure I have some old ones ... as I just collect and never seem to do much - waiting ( not sure for what )