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Top 5 Ways to Earn Air Miles

Air Miles is definitely one of the more popular programs in Canada, especially considering that it has been around since 1992. So today, I will list some of the top ways to earn Air Miles. Keep in mind that some of the stores listed above are only located in certain provinces. Furthermore, only certain provinces accept your Air Miles card, so I have put in brackets which provinces accept your Air Miles collector card.

1) Credit Card Sign up Bonuses

It’s not secret that spending on a credit card and getting sign up bonuses are a quick and easy way to earn points. There is no shortage of Air Miles co-branded credit cards to choose from:

  • American Express AIR MILES Credit Card
  • American Express AIR MILES Platinum Credit Card
  • American Express AIR MILES Reserve Credit Card
  • American Express AIR MILES Business Card
  • American Express AIR MILES Gold Business Card
  • Bank of Montreal AIR MILES MasterCard
  • Bank of Montreal AIR MILES World MasterCard
  • Bank of Montreal AIR MILES World Elite MasterCard
  • Bank of Montreal SPC AIR MILES MasterCard
  • Bank of Montreal AIR MILES Business Card
  • Bank of Montreal Gold AIR MILES Business Card

2) Shell Gas Stations

Gas is probably one of the more common bills for everyone, this is definitely an easy way to accumulate Air Miles. Also watch for frequent bonus promotions to take advantage of.

3) Grocery Stores

Groceries is definitely another top monthly expense, so it is always nice to have locations that help us earn points, including:

  • Edgemont Market (British Columbia)
  • Foodland (Ontario)
  • Foodland Atlantic (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island)
  • IGA (Quebec)
  • IGA Express (Quebec)
  • IGA Mini (Quebec)
  • IGA West (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan)
  • Les Marchés Tradition (Quebec)
  • Metro (Ontario)
  • Safeway Grocery (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan)
  • Sobeys (Ontario)
  • Sobyes Atlantic (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island)
  • Sobeys Urban Fresh (Ontario)
  • Sobeys West (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan)
  • Thrifty Foods (British Columbia)

4) Drug Stores

Drug store purchases are another common expense. Air Miles partners up with several drug stores including:

  • Jean Coutu (New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec)
  • Lawtons Drugs (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island)
  • Rexall Drug Store West (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Saskatchewan)
  • Rexall Pharma Plus Ontario (Ontario)
  • Rexall Pharma Plus West (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Saskatchewan)
  • Safeway Pharmacy (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan)
  • Sobeys West Pharmacy (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan)

5) Alcohol / Liquor Stores

Alcohol is definitely another frequent expense, even if you are just buying wine as a gift. This is an easy way to earn more Air Miles at stores such as:

  • LCBO (Ontario)
  • Manitoba Liquor Marts (Manitoba)
  • NLC Liquor Stores (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • NSLC (Nova Scotia)
  • Preferred Alberta Liquor Stores (Alberta)
  • Safeway Liquor Store (Alberta)
  • Sobeys West Liquor (Alberta, Saskatchewan)
  • Thrifty Foods Pharmacy (British Columbia)

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