Breaking Down the Air Miles Cash Rewards Option

If you haven't heard Air Miles has released two HUGE news announcements in 2012. The first was that air miles will now expire after 5 years and the second is that AirMiles is introducing an Airmiles Cash Reward option.

Obviously, having your air miles expire is horrible but there is little that we can do to change that. The 2nd option Cash Rewards is that something that everyone CAN and SHOULD AVOID!

Briefly, AirMiles has split what use to be just Air Miles into two systems: Cash Rewards and Dream Rewards. Dream Rewards are what everyone was and is collecting by default. Cash Rewards, the new system, are accumulated at the same rate as regular airmiles. The only differences is that once you have 95 air miles you can trade these in at participating merchants for $10.

This means that each "Air Mile" using the cash rewards option is now worth $9.50. However, if you use your Airmiles for a gift card you will spend your air miles at a rate of $8.25 (or less). This is a 20% mark-up by cashing your airmiles in directly at a merchant. This is a HORRIBLE way to use your airmiles.

What can I do to stop this?
Obviously, we recommend that you don't collect the Air Miles Cash Rewards. The 'regular' airmiles are collected by default so if you have done nothing you are good. If you've changed your account to start collecting 'Cash Rewards' revert back to only collect Dream Rewards asap.

How do I redeem my Air Miles Dream Rewards?
Simple. You can call Air Miles at (1-888-AIRMILES) or login at airmiles.ca. If you want to check your Air Miles balance see our article here. If you need to setup your online account see our article here.

UPDATE ---- February 2nd, 2012
Thanks to Martin who pointed out that they will be phasing out the gift cards from their dream rewards section. This is SAD news, however, I was only using the gift cards as an example. You can still redeem your Air Miles for a MUCH better rate than $10 for 95 Airmiles!

Weeks Best Air Miles Deals – Safeway Stores – Till February 2nd, 2012

Here are the weeks best airmiles deals at Safeway stores. Also, be sure to grab a flyer when entering the door as there are plenty of other specials happening this week... but since they don't have a price I can't tell if they are considered "the best deals". Be sure to use your Air Miles Credit Card when shopping at Safeway to really maximize your points.

If you spend $100 or more you'll get 100 Air Miles. Be sure to grab the coupon from the flyer stand as you enter the door.

Raw Large Prawns ($6.99) - Buy 2 get 20 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.70

Renee's Gourmet Meat and Seafood Sauces ($3.33) - Buy 3 get 20 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.50

Party Pack Chicken Wings ($9.99) - Buy 2 get 50 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.40

Purex Bath Tissue ($6.99) - Buy 2 get 30 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.47

Kashi Cereal - ($5.00) - Buy 3 get 50 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.30

Piazza Fire Baked Pizza ($4.99) - Buy 2 get 50 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.20

Old El Paso Tortillas ($3.00) - Buy 3 get 30 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.30

Yoplait Tubes ($2.50) - Buy 5 get 40 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.31

Lysol Multipurpose Cleaners ($2.99) - Buy 6 get 50 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.36

Check back later in the week for even more Air Miles specials and deals!

Weeks Best Air Miles Deals – Metro Stores – Till February 2nd, 2012

Here are the weeks best air miles deals at Metro Stores. These deals are good until February 2nd, 2012.

Del Monte Fruit Cups ($1.99) - Buy 2 get 2 air miles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $1.99

Minute Maid or Coca Cola Soft Drinks ($3.99) - Buy 2 get 5 air miles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $1.60

International Delight ($4.49) - Buy 1 get 2 Air Miles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $2.25

Coca Cola Soft Drinks, Powerade, Nestea Iced Tea ($4.50) - Buy 2 get 15 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.60

Earn 60 Bonus Air miles at Michael’s Stores – January 27, 28 and 29th

This weekend coming up you can receive 60 bonus Air Miles reward miles when you spend $60 or more at Michael's.

This is on top of the base airmiles that you receive shopping at Michael's which is 1 air miles for every $20 you spend.

Valid in BC and Atlantic Provinces only
Valid January 27, 28 & 29 2012

Heart and Stroke Donation – Earn up to 30 Air Miles!

Here is a great promotion that can help save lives while earning air miles! Earn up to 30 AIR MILES reward miles with your support for the Heart and Stroke Foundation! With this offer you'll collect air miles AND receipt a official tax receipt! ( Ready to File your Taxes? Save 10% on TurboTax Canada and Get Free Live Tax Advice 24/7!)

Visit this page to make your donation and get credit for the Air Miles

Offer valid from January 11th - February 29th, 2012

100 Free Air Miles Reward Miles

This is just a reminder for those who are new to the site and may not have taken advantage of this special yet. Get 100 completely FREE air miles reward miles when you sign up for the Safeway Email Direct newsletter.

To sign up visit the following http://cc.safeway.com/EmailDirect/signup.asp?type=

This is THE EASIEST and CHEAPEST 100 Air Miles Reward Miles you will ever receive and definitely worth doing! You can always unsubscribe from the newsletter afterwards!

You will need a Safeway Club Card number which can be obtained by completing the form on the Safeway website here. If you have a card but don't remember the number read our post about updating your Safeway Club Card information or losing your Safeway Club Card.

How To Sign Up For An Air Miles Account or Card

Most people who visit my site Best Air Miles Deals already have an Air Miles card. However, I thought it's worth posting on to actually sign up for an airmiles card.

1) Visit any air miles retailer and sign-up with their paper form.

2) Create an airmiles account online!
Visit the Air Miles website here
Select "I don't have a card"

Fill in the necessary information


Create a PIN and hint

You're done! Now you have an Air Miles account and you can start collecting. Be sure to check back weekly to find out the Weeks Best Air Miles Deals to find how to collect air miles faster!

Now to check your Air Miles Reward Miles you can use your PIN to login and view your balance, spend your Air Miles and/or see other air miles information. Read our post on how to Check Your Air Miles Balance.

Weeks Best AirMiles Deals – Safeway Stores – Till January 26th, 2012

Here are the weeks best airmiles deals at Safeway stores. The flyer says you can collect up to 515 air miles this week, which is low (typically it's around 700-800). This seems to me to be fairly typical while Safeway is running a promotion like Spin to Win.

Safeway Swedish Meatballs ($11.49) - Buy 2 get 30 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.77

Safeway SELECT Spring Rolls in a Bag ($7.99) - Buy 2 get 30 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.53

Oikos Yogourt ($3.50) - Buy 2 get 20 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.35

Children's Tylenol ($6.99) - Buy 2 get 15 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.93

Royale Facial Tissue ($6.99) - Buy 5 get 100 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.35

Dove Bar Soap ($1.67) - Buy 5 get 25 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.33

Pampers Value Pack Diapers ($29.99) - Buy 2 get 100 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.60

Extreme Air Miles Promotion is happening in the Red Deer Safeway Store - Thanks to Marie for this information!

Weeks Best Air Miles Deals – Metro Stores – Till January 27th, 2012

Here are the weeks best air miles deals at Metro stores in Ontario, not including Thunder Bay. Remember, you'll collect 1 airmile for every $20 spent at Metro Stores. To really increase this use your Air Miles Credit Card and you can collect even faster!

Irresistibles Muslix Cereal ($4.49) - Buy 1 get 3 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.

Irresistibles Probiotic Drink ($4.79) - Buy 1 get 3 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.

Peak Freans, Dad's Cookies, Kraft Peanut Butter, Del Monte Drinks, etc.. ($2.49) - Buy 3 get 10 airmiles, dollar-to-airmiles ratio $0.

How Many Air Miles Do I Have?

This is a very common question that I get. The answer is that we here at Best Air Miles Deals can't tell you how many you have. You need to contact airmiles directly. Here's how to go about finding how many air miles you have.

1) Call 1-888-AIRMILES (1-888-247-6453)

2) Login to Airmiles.ca. You will need your Air Miles Collector Number. Enter that in the box on the top of the airmiles screen. You MAY have to enter your PIN number, although this is not always necessary. If you've never used the online system or need a step-by-step guide on signing up then see our Airmiles.ca Account Creation Guide.

Your Air Miles Balance should now be seen right where the login box was just located.

You may end up having a page that looks like the one below, where you will DEFINITELY need your Air Miles number and PIN. Once logged in your balance will be on the top of the page.

Voila! Now you know how many air miles you have! View our Airmiles.ca Account Creation Guide here.