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AirMiles (2018 General Discussion)

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AirMiles (2018 General Discussion)

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to a New Year!

This is the 2018 thread to discuss everything AirMiles www.airmiles.ca here on RFD

Thought the start of 2018 might be a good time to kick off a new General Discussion AirMiles thread as the last one from 2016 is getting rather dated.

air-miles-dream-miles-soon-expire-after ... g-1923685/

Fresh Year = Fresh Start

2018 should be an exciting year for AirMiles Collectors, now that the Expiry Fiasco is long gone, and AirMiles have announced some changes to benefit those who are the more dedicated Gold & Onyx Collectors.

As of January 1st the parameters for earning & maintaining Gold or Onyx status changes in a significant way... particularly great for anyone ramping up to obtain either ranking in the near future (see links below)

As well, I have heard from AirMiles that 2 important changes will be happening in 2018

First they will be reinstating an In-house Travel Team, something that disappeared about a year ago. IMO, It will be nice to be able to book direct again vs utilizing one of AMs partners as a 3rd Party (as it was a hassle to redeem AMs for EVouchers and then wait for them to be credited to your booking with the AM Partner Travel Agency)

Have also heard, with the continued success of their Special Promotions & Contests etc... there will be more in 2018

This is good news for the serious Collector who enjoys the Offers / Coupons and Challenges that come with the already successful MegaMiles and Shop The Block Promotions.

Having more things like this is both fun & rewarding

This 2018 thread will serve as “Home Base” and whenever other relevant posts pop up here on RFD, I will work hard to reference & link them here on the front page

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HELPFUL LINKS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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EVENTS - CURRENT / ONGOING


2018 SHOP THE BLOCK = November 15th thru December 27th, 2018

www.shoptheblock.ca

And the RFD Discussion thread = https://forums.redflagdeals.com/air-mil ... n-2234901/

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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
https://forums.redflagdeals.com/air-mil ... s-2213165/

CONTEST FORUM = https://forums.redflagdeals.com/2018-09 ... l-2214435/

And of course in this topic as well ... look for posts starting on Page 36

RFD Members reporting MegaMiles Bonuses POSTING as of October 19th

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2018 MegaMiles (RFD Discussion) = air-miles-airmiles-megamiles-back-march ... s-2175258/

RFD Members reporting MegaMiles Bonuses POSTING as of May 30th

2017 Shop The Block (RFD Discussion) = air-miles-shop-block-back-nationwide-no ... 7-2141077/

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EVENTS - UPCOMING

YEAR END

ARe you on track ?

GOLD Qualifying = 1000 AMs Earned in 2018
ONYX Qualifying = 6000 AMs Earned in 2018

Smiling Face With Sunglasses HAPPY COLLECTING
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Party Popper HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE Bottle With Popping Cork🥂

So let’s kick off this topic, with a reminder for everyone to check their AirMiles Account BEFORE January 1st to see how you finished out 2017 in regards to Points / Status Earned...

Need to do it BEFORE the clock ticks midnight, cause then your AM Account will reset for 2018, and you won’t be able to go back in and check.

If you want to keep track of that info, you can then go ahead & share your results here in this topic... cause I am hoping we can all be supportive of one another, as well as share earning & redeeming tips over the course of 2018.
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I’ll start...

LAST YEAR (2017) IN REVIEW

I began 2017 as an Onyx Member
I end 2017 as an Onyx Member
And have earned back my Onyx Status* for 2018 by accumulating over 7000 AMs in 2017

This is a record for our AM Account
And I attribute much of that success to finding & joining RFD in February
It is thru this Forum Community that we have been aware of more promotions and earning opportunities
Before RFD I was not aware of Bonus Events such as MegaMiles or Shop The Block

2017’s Earned AMs are in our Dream Mikes Account... and ear-marked for a Post Retirement Trip to Europe in either 2018 or 2019

* EDIT / ADD = To Earn or Maintain Onyx Status one needs to accumulate 6000 AMs per Calendar year
For Onyx Status in 2018, one had to earn 6000 or more AMs by Dec 31, 2017... and will maintain Onyx Status until March 31, 2019 (grandfathered in under the old Gold & Onyx Status System)
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Great thread! I accumulated only 2517, and I redeemed 2485 in 2017. All thanks to RFD, expecting to hit Onyx soon with many Air miles coming from STB promotion and new BMO AM card.
Deal Addict
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Almost 14000 earned in 2017 for me, and spent most of them. On travel, and deals on merchandise rewards (some of which I flipped to get close to $1/Mile in return).

Have the Amex Air Miles Reserve card, so not need to qualify for ONYX (It's included).. but I don't think I's have a problem doing so otherwise.

Ron.
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I’ve been a collector since 93 and in the last 25 years only managed to collect just under 5000 miles.

When I heard about the miles expiring, I gave up and haven’t collected since.
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so i need to collect 6500 ams this year, thats the goal...man thats gonna cost me some serious $$$ i think ...2100 of that will be from the shoptheblock..then hopefully some more amex promos where u spend like 400$ and get 800 bonus...then i gotta shop for bonus items at sobeys or foodland/metro ...then the 20x days from airmilesshops promo, hopefully some mega airmiles promo and more shell costa coffees for 50 each! , either way getting 6k ams a year will cost one at least 2-3k in cash i think (thats if u don't get the 2100 ams from last years STB promo) so 4000 ams in 2018 should be attainable by me..im estimating its gonna cost me like 2$ grand to get the rest of the 4k points

btw lowes is fast in posting AMs to account...i bought that lyric t5 on 31st dec and it already posted today!

edit: its only 6k for onyx per year!
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I have a question about gift card redemptions. I have my eye on the Staples card, but they've been shown as "temporarily unavailable" for a couple of weeks. Does anyone have any experience with how long cards remain unavailable? I'm wondering if it's perhaps a seasonal thing (e.g., Staples not wanting a wave of people using cards during boxing week sales for some reason).
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loonie wrote:
Dec 31st, 2017 9:13 pm
Great thread! I accumulated only 2517, and I redeemed 2485 in 2017. All thanks to RFD, expecting to hit Onyx soon with many Air miles coming from STB promotion and new BMO AM card.
Glad you like the thread... hope you’ll check in over the course of the year.
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newfbc wrote:
Jan 1st, 2018 2:16 am
Almost 14000 earned in 2017 for me, and spent most of them. On travel, and deals on merchandise rewards (some of which I flipped to get close to $1/Mile in return).

Have the Amex Air Miles Reserve card, so not need to qualify for ONYX (It's included).. but I don't think I's have a problem doing so otherwise.

Ron.
Awesome earnings in 2017.

Lol, flipping AM Merchandise... first time i’ve heard that one.
Very creative way to maximize your Mileage value.
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jackrabbit000 wrote:
Jan 1st, 2018 11:01 am
I redeemed 62,000 in Nov/Dec 2016. Earned 18 in 2017.
I get you are one of the many who opted out in 2016.

Thank you for being respectful of the topic (that’s appreciated)
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Gee wrote:
Jan 1st, 2018 12:55 pm
I’ve been a collector since 93 and in the last 25 years only managed to collect just under 5000 miles.

When I heard about the miles expiring, I gave up and haven’t collected since.
Another one who opted out... (see my Reply # 12 above to Jackrabbit000)

Also, thank you too for dropping by the topic, and leaving such a civil post
It’s a class act
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mikka2017 wrote:
Jan 1st, 2018 2:28 pm
so i need to collect 6500 ams this year, thats the goal...man thats gonna cost me some serious $$$ i think ...2100 of that will be from the shoptheblock..then hopefully some more amex promos where u spend like 400$ and get 800 bonus...then i gotta shop for bonus items at sobeys or foodland/metro ...then the 20x days from airmilesshops promo, hopefully some mega airmiles promo and more shell costa coffees for 50 each! , either way getting 6k ams a year will cost one at least 2-3k in cash i think (thats if u don't get the 2100 ams from last years STB promo) so 4000 ams in 2018 should be attainable by me..im estimating its gonna cost me like 2$ grand to get the rest of the 4k points

btw lowes is fast in posting AMs to account...i bought that lyric t5 on 31st dec and it already posted today!

edit: its only 6k for onyx per year!
I like to think it isn’t so much about spending... as it is about spending extra / unnecessarily
That is what you want to try & avoid

If you have an AMs CC, it’s just more a case of restructuring how you pay for stuff... using CC more than Debit or Cash can make a HUGE difference
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benhamil wrote:
Jan 1st, 2018 4:45 pm
I have a question about gift card redemptions. I have my eye on the Staples card, but they've been shown as "temporarily unavailable" for a couple of weeks. Does anyone have any experience with how long cards remain unavailable? I'm wondering if it's perhaps a seasonal thing (e.g., Staples not wanting a wave of people using cards during boxing week sales for some reason).
Someone else recently commented on this...

Here’s the link to that post
https://forums.redflagdeals.com/airmile ... n-2145102/

I think it possible that either
(A) Staples limited them cause of the Holiday Season
(B) Staples has run out of them (if that’s even possible) ... or are discontinuing them
(C) OR Staples is restructuring how they’ll participate in AMs
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I earned over 10,000 miles in 2017 - was really trying to maximize my miles to do some travelling. Miles covered 4 nights in a hotel in New Jersey back in Oct, and I have a 5 night stay at a Westin in Vancouver booked for March that would have been about $1,000 without miles, but is only costing me $200 in the fees/taxes that miles couldn't cover,

Also briefly switched to cash miles and used about 1,000 towards Christmas shopping, now I've set to 90% dream and 10% cash so I have cash miles available for offers like the redeem 95, get 95 at Sobeys from last week.

Still have 4,300 miles pending from Shop the Block (opened a second AM account just to get the 2,000 bonus twice, secondary account will be exclusively cash miles so I can redeem at Shell and Metro and for Starbucks gift cards online) and the 300 miles for adding my Amex to Apple Pay and using it 3 times in Dec. Earned a ton of miles with Amex's Soar into More in 2017, sad that it's done! Hope they'll do more promos in 2018. Eyeing a possible trip to California in Nov as well, want to cover flight + hotel + maybe a rental car with miles.

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