Flying from the ground up: more miles made easy

The best loyalty programs offer multiple ways to rack up rewards

Once upon a time, it might have seemed like flight rewards were only for business travellers, but that’s certainly not the case anymore. Today, millions of Canadians are redeeming for flights thanks to savvy spending.

Experienced members can tell you that earning miles every day is easy—simply change how you shop and pay. That’s how they get on the fast track to achieving their travel goals.

They earn rewards by using program-affiliated financial cards to pay for everyday expenses, such as grocery, gas or drugstore purchases. For example, Aeroplan members earn miles twice when they fill up at Esso stations—once when they pay using their Aeroplan-affiliated financial card, and then again when they scan or swipe their membership card. Daily purchases, multiplier offers (e.g. 4X the miles), and bonus mile offers can help you rack up miles quickly, putting those hard-earned dollars to work.

Aeroplan-affiliated financial cards can also be used to earn miles on less frequent but higher-value purchases like furniture, appliances, electronics and more. A new laptop, car or purchased flight ticket could mean a move to Business class. Double score!

Home improvements are often significant investments in both time and money, but Aeroplan members have a distinct advantage in that regard. They earn 1 mile for every $2 spent at Home Hardware, which means that giving your house a fresh coat of paint or upgrading the garden can add much more than just curb appeal. Smart program members can earn more miles with every reno while building equity in their home.

Getting those miles on the ground might just be the quickest path to your next travel reward.