AIR MILES Canada Rewards Program
The AIR MILES Canada Rewards Program is the largest coalition loyalty program in Canada. AIR MILES can be earned using co-branded credit cards, spending with their 120+ sponsors, and shopping through their airmilesshop.ca portal. You can also purchase AIR MILES as well if you're a few short of a redemption. This page will briefly cover earning and redeeming AIR MILES. You will also be able to calculate how many AIR MILES you can earn with AIR MILES credit cards based on your spend and compare the results side by side against other top cards.
This program is for residents of Canada. You must (at least) have a Canadian address to sign up for the program.
Redeem AIR MILES
AIR Miles are split up into two different types when it comes to redeeming them: AIR MILES Cash Rewards and AIR MILES Dream Rewards. Both methods can get you some solid value out of your AIR MILES. By default, rewards will be put towards your Dream balance, but you can opt to earn 100% towards AIR MILES Cash or set a specific percentage from 0 to 100% on how you want it split up.
You can enter any amount of Canada AIR MILES Reward Miles in the calculator below to calculate the average cash value based on redemption.
Canada AIR MILES Reward Miles Calculator
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AIR MILES Cash Rewards
AIR MILES Cash Rewards can be redeemed instantly in store with your AIR MILES balance or they can be redeemed for eVouchers that you can use when shopping at partners. Most redemptions will cost 95 AIR MILES Reward Miles for a $10 reward giving AIR MILES a value of 10.5 cents each in value. Do note that Depending on which providence you're in, the sponsors will be different. Some of the AIR MILES Sponsors include:
- Shell Gas
- VIA Rail Canada
- Lawton Drugs
AIR MILES Dream Rewards
AIR MILES Dream Rewards is the standard way of earning AIR MILES Reward Miles. Redemptions for Dream Rewards consist of merchandise, entertainment, and travel. The cash value of these AIR MILES Reward Mile redemptions will have a wide range. You can use the Points and Miles Cash Value Calculator to plug in the cost in cash and the cost in AIR MILES Reward Miles to see the exact value of your redemption to make sure you're getting the most out of your miles.
AIR MILES can be redeemed for merchandise ranging across many categories such as electronics, fashion & beauty, sports & fitness, kitchen & dining, and much more. Redeeming AIR MILES for merchandise will generally give you a wide range of 8 cents to 13+ cents. It all really depends on the average value of the item you're redeeming your points for. Certain items will be better than others when it comes to redemption cost.
Events and Attractions
AIR MILES can be redeemed for events and attractions through the Dream Rewards portal. This includes admission to parks, theatre, golf, spa, movies, and stage passes. The value of AIR MILES will vary when used in this manner depending on the redemption. I was able to find redemptions valuing between 9 cents and 15 cents per AIR MILES for various entertainment purchases.
While AIR MILES Reward Miles can be put towards many different redemptions, using them for travel will usually get you the best value. The AIR MILES travel section includes flights, hotels, car rentals, and package vacations/cruises. The value of AIR MILES will usually vary, but you can get at least 10 to 15 cents per AIR MILES Reward Mile. Be sure to look at other prices from other sites such as Expedia or Orbitz to get an idea of how much the flight would cost in cash. Sometimes the AIR MILES site tends to show higher prices than most would be willing to pay when there's better deals to be found elsewhere.
The good thing is since AIR MILES redemptions on travel is pretty static, they can be great for last minute bookings in which the cash price may have risen significantly or they can be great for short-haul flights within the Canada Providences.
Earning AIR MILES
There is no shortage on ways that you can earn AIR MILES. Below are some of the ways you can build your AIR MILES using their partners.
In-Store and Online Sponsors
The AIR MILES Canada Rewards program has over 100 sponsors ranging from travel and electronics to fashion and grocery. The full list of sponsors can be found using their Sponsor Directory. This directory will give you the details on how you can earn AIR MILES with the sponsor, how many AIR MILES Reward Miles you will earn spending with that sponsor, and what region(s) it's valid in. Do note that sponsors do change from time to time, so it's best to check the list occasionally. They do feature a great deal of travel partners, so do
- Alamo Rent A Car
- Best Western
- Holiday Inn
- National Car Rental
- Shell Gas
- United Van Lines
- Old Navy
BMO AIR MILES Credit Card Calculators
Bank of Montreal (BMO) has two AIR MILES earning credit cards which consists of an annual fee and no fee version. The BMO credit card with the fee earns more points per $10 spent, whereas the no fee version earns at half the rate. You can click on either of the two BMO AIR MILES credit cards below to calculate the cash value and how many AIR MILES Reward Miles you can earn per dollar spent. You can also compare the results side by side against the AMEX AIR MILES cards or any other rewards cards available on the site.
The BMO AIR MILES World Elite earns 1 AIR MILES Reward Mile per $10 spent on all purchases. Cardholders receive 1 bonus Reward Miles spending with Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental, a 15% discount on flight redemptions, and complimentary Mastercard Airport Experiences lounge access by LoungeKey. The World Elite version also comes with out of country/providence emergency medical coverage.
The BMO AIR MILES Mastercard is the no annual fee version that earns 2 Reward Miles per $20 spent on AIR MILES Partners and 1 Reward Mile per $20 on everything else. Cardholders will also receive rental car discounts with both National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car.
AMEX Canada AIR MILES Credit Card Calculators
American Express Canada has five AIR MILES earning credit cards which all earns AIR MILES at a different rate and provides various benefits and coverage when traveling. You can click on any of the AMEX AIR MILES credit cards below to calculate how many AIR MILES Reward Miles you can earned and the cash value of both cards based on your spend. You can compare them side by side against each other, the BMO AIR MILES credit cards, or any other rewards card featured on the site.
Personal AMEX Canada AIR MILES Cards
The AMEX AIR MILES Reserve Card is the highest tier AIR MILES card that American Express offers. It earns 1 AIR MILES Reward Mile for every $10 spent at AIR MILES Sponsors, grocery stores, gas stations, and drugstores in Canada. It's also loaded with travel benefits such as an annual companion benefit, priority pass, waived fees, and more.
The AMEX AIR MILES Platinum Card is the middle tier AIR MILES card that American Express offers. It earns 1 AIR MILES Reward Mile for every $10 spent at AIR MILES Sponsors, grocery stores, gas stations, and drugstore in Canada just like the Reserve Card, but lacks all the additional bells and whistles like the companion benefit, lounge access, and more.
The AMEX AIR MILES (Gold) Card is the lowest tier AIR MILES card that American Express offers. It earns 1 AIR MILES Reward Mile for every $15 spent with AIR MILES Sponsors and 1 AIR MILES Reward Mile for every $20 spent on all other purchases.
Business AMEX Canada AIR MILES Cards
The American Express AIR MILES Gold Business Card is a no annual fee AIR MILES card. It earns 1 AIR MILES Reward Mile for every $15 spent with AIR MILES Sponsors and 1 AIR MILES Reward Mile for every $20 spent everywhere else.
The American Express AIR MILES for Business Card earns 1 AIR MILES Reward Mile for every $10 spent with Sponsors and 1 AIR MILES Reward Mile for every $15 spent everywhere else. Cardholders will also receive a 25% discount on business rewards from the Business Rewards catalogue.
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