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What are some of your favourite or essential rewards programs?

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Jun 5, 2010
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What are some of your favourite or essential rewards programs?

I know this topic comes up every once in awhile, but instead of bringing back an old thread, I figured I'd try to make an update.

I'd love to hear of either anyone's personal favourite, essential or just whatever you consider to be the best rewards programs. They pretty much all have their pros and cons, but I'm open to joining a few more based on the suggestions of other members.

My personal favourite:
Cineplex Scene points
-I see a lot of free movies thanks to this point system. And since 1000 points can get you either a free regular movie, free 3D movie, free imax movie, or free VIP movie, it's been pretty flexible when treating myself. I have a Scene Visa card that I use for odds and ends, and the points from regular movies build up pretty fast. It's the one rewards program that I redeem on a regular basis.

Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points
-RFD sees a lot of discussion on 20x the points days, and when will the next Mega Redemption day be around. It's a good value. For me though, I don't redeem enough to feel like I get enough out of it. I bought my PSP though on points which was nice. Currently sitting on 144k of points, not sure what to blow it on.

Air Miles
-I know there's debate about if it's actually good or useless. For me, I find it's a nice "general" points program. You can collect at a good number of places, and a decent enough places do bonus multipliers. I hardly ever redeem though. Sitting on 9k of points. Might start getting some rewards though, ever since they did that split of the "dream" and "cash" rewards...

RBC Rewards Points: My wife uses this to get gift cards. I also collect them, but barely have any points.
Petro Points: I this often, but find it takes forever to get points.
Aeroplan: I started this awhile ago, but opted for Air Miles as my main program.
Capital One MC points: I heard this was a good travel card to get. I've got some points on this card, but have never redeemed. So don't know how good it is.
Esso: I mainly use Shell and Petro, so my Esso points are minimal.
Best Buy points: I've redeemed a few $20 certs, but since it's only based on purchases at BB (unless you had the credit card), I felt it was just a tiny perk for BB over FS (doesn't matter now).
Grocery Store Points: I'm hoping someone else can get into the details of these (PC points, Club Sobeys, Longo's...)
Clothing Store Points: Again, I'm hoping someone else give some pointers on some of the places that it's actually worth being a member.

Anyways, that's it for now. I hope to hear some great places that I missed. Thanks!
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Jan 26, 2012
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I would check with Airmiles to see if/when your pts expire, Skilas.

The ones I use most often are:

Shoppers Optimum
Petro Points & 5 Cent/L Gas Card

Good value:

CAA (They have some underrated discounts for CAA members. Check their site out..5-15% off a lot of hotels, 10% off at East Side Mario's, discounts on sporting events and amusement parks)
Fallsview Casino Players Card (I am set up for their e-mail newsletters and get free parking each month from that. Comes in handy if you go to Niagara often)
The Works - Burger chain. You need to use the card once first, then you get a $15.00 credit on your birthday.

Email subscriptions:

Wacky Wings - New coupon every month, usually free app/half off app/dessert with minimum purchase. Free app when you first sign up, free dessert on your bday, and 1 lb of wings on your 1 year anniversay from signup.
Crabby Joes - Coupons for Crabby Joes, Coffee Culture, and Union Burger when you sign up. I got a free dessert from Coffee Culture, free burger at Crabby's and Union Burger.
Montana's - Have gotten 15-20% off lunch coupons from time to time
May 28, 2012
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Sobey's has switched to the Airmiles program. I have Airmiles but don't go out of my way to collect them since it's hard to redeem for flights and they have an expiry date.

I use Shopper's Optimum and PC Plus most frequently; these are good programs. I also have an RBC Avion Visa for travel rewards.
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moss27 wrote: I would check with Airmiles to see if/when your pts expire, Skilas.
You're right. I forgot that Air Miles started implementing that their points would expire. This was the original reason I went with Air Miles, because they didn't expire.

Luckily, this is the timeline for Air Miles Expiry.

"Effective December 31, 2011, all AIR MILES reward miles earned from that day forward will expire five years later. All reward miles earned on or before December 31, 2011 will expire on December 31, 2016.

Reward miles earned on or after January 1, 2012 will expire five years after the date they were earned.

This tool is designed to help you manage your reward miles and will provide 12 months’ notice for any reward miles set to expire."
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Nov 20, 2011
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American Express Membership Rewards (MR) on their Gold and Platinum charge cards

- For Gold, Earn rate is 1 MR for all purchases and 2 MR for grocery, gas, drugstore and travel
- Can be redeemed for 1ct each against any travel charged to the card
- Can be converted 1:1 to Aeroplan, Avios and other airline mileage programs. Occasionally bonuses come up.

Best of all, 25,000 MR for sign up and spending $500. First year free ($150 annual fee thereafter).
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Jan 8, 2013
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Love Shoppersdrugmart. If you do most of your shopping on the 20x the points days and then redeem points on a "spend your points" promotion day you can score big.
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mainly Esso/Petro, and the Visa for points.
Pretty much everything is on CC for points.