Whether we’re ordering online and opting for curbside pickup or making a thorough checklist before leaving the house for that once-a-week grocery run, Canadians have had to learn to adapt when it comes to essential shopping.
Between limiting trips and trying to stretch every dollar spent, purchasing everyday necessities in 2021 requires a little more planning than usual.
So how do we make sure we're really maximizing every essential shopping trip? By tapping into reward programs, like AIR MILES.
AIR MILES, the OG of reward programs, helps Canadians take full advantage of the trips out of their homes. With an AIR MILES Card, you can rack up Miles and get rewarded for even the simplest of purchases like toothpaste and dish soap.
Whether you’re a dedicated Collector or a newbie to the AIR MILES Reward Program, there are a few major ways to reap the benefits of your next essential shopping trip so you can save money, get rewarded and even earn free stuff.
Earn Miles Where It Matters Most
Shopping where you can get the most for your money (and your Miles) is key. AIR MILES has partnered with over 300 Canadian and global brands like Sobeys, Metro, BMO, Foodland Ontario, IGA, Shell, and more.
Plus, as an AIR MILES Collector, you can shop at home through airmilesshops.ca and get access to even more retailers like Amazon, Apple, HBC, Sephora, Walmart, and many, many more.
Know What Miles You Have & Use Them To Save On Groceries
With the AIR MILES Reward Program, there are two types of Miles you can get with your AIR MILES Card: Dream Miles and Cash Miles. While AIR MILES Dream Miles can be used towards experiences and merchandise (like Cineplex tickets or a Dyson hairdryer), Cash Miles are more like, well, cash.
You can instantly use Cash Miles towards your groceries. The more Miles you get by showing your AIR MILES Card when grocery shopping, the more Cash Miles you can use at checkout.
When your Cash Miles start adding up and you’re ready to use them (in increments of 95 Miles for $10 off), just let the cashier know at checkout.
Take Your Savings Online
If you prefer to have your groceries delivered or just like to take a night off from cooking once in a while, you can use Cash Miles online towards eVouchers instead of using them in stores.
You can use those Cash Miles online to get money off your next food order with participating Partners like Starbucks, The Ultimate Dining Card, UberEats, and DoorDash.
Get Rewarded With Things You Actually Want
If you've been saving for something big like a brand new TV or an espresso machine to up your at-home coffee game, you can use Dream Miles to help you make that purchase.
The catalogue of what's available is always changing, but rewards typically include big-ticket items like the popular Nintendo Switch Lite, top-of-the-line HP laptops and Chromebooks, and wellness must-haves like yoga mats and wireless earbuds.
But what makes this program especially cool is the choice and flexibility you have when it comes to rewards. If you decide you don't want to use your Miles on a gift for yourself, you can donate your Dream Miles to Kids Help Phone or Food Banks Canada instead.
Go Digital With The AIR MILES App
Signing up for a rewards program usually means needing to remember (and failing) to bring your loyalty card everywhere with you. By downloading the AIR MILES App through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, you bring your savings wherever you bring your phone.
The app also lets you browse the Merchandise Rewards Catalogue (hello free stuff!), view recent transactions, order eVouchers, access offers, and more.
Get Bonus Miles
Did you know you can earn Bonus Miles on everything from yogurt and coffee to shampoo? Check out the offers before you make your grocery list for the week so you can earn Bonus Miles on the products you want.
And if you have your eye on a certain Dream Miles item (or just want to rack up as many AIR MILES as possible to save on your groceries), you can also pair an AIR MILES Credit Card with your AIR MILES card for extra Miles.
Keep an eye out for occasional contests where you can earn fun rewards like a shopping spree worth up to 100,000 Miles too.
When it comes to reaping the rewards of your earned Miles, no other loyalty program in Canada offers the choice and flexibility for its members to get rewarded their way.
With nearly 11 million active Collectors Accounts — that's nearly two-thirds of all Canadian households — the AIR MILES Reward Program is Canada’s most recognized loyalty program.
So, when you have to leave the house, don’t forget your keys, your face mask, and your AIR MILES Reward Card. That way, you can get rewarded with things you actually want just by racking up Miles for buying the things you need.