Seven habits of highly effective collectors

We work hard for our money, so we want our money to work just as hard for us. We want it to take us anywhere we wish. And if we can’t go there, we’d like to be able to bring the world to us.

Have you ever wondered why some members are so good at earning miles that they frequently seem to be redeeming for something new? That’s because they know how to play the game and gain the best value to enjoy rewards quickly—and often.

Here are seven ways you can join the ranks of the awesome accumulators, those inspired collectors who consistently get the most from their rewards programs.

Combine your online and in-store shopping

There is no better way to earn miles and give your balance a boost than making sure every purchase gets you as many miles as possible.

Start by consolidating your shopping within the Aeroplan network whenever you can to avoid missing out on the chance to earn more miles. We have more than 75 world-class partners and 150+ partner brands in the financial, retail, and travel sectors, so there are great choices just for you.

When shopping online, be sure to do so through the Aeroplan eStore to access brands like Sephora, Gap and Indigo, to make the most of your earning potential. Thinking about buying an iPad? Shop the Apple Store via the Aeroplan eStore and pay with your Aeroplan-affiliated financial card to collect miles and rack up big-time miles with very little effort on something you wanted and would have bought anyway.

Boost your balance by paying the bills

One of the easiest ways to earn more miles is to pay your regular monthly bills with an Aeroplan-affiliated financial card. Just think about it—you could pay for your cell phone, Internet service, utilities, subscriptions, insurance, gym memberships, and even charitable donations—all while earning miles!

Make it your business to find the best bonus offers

Smart collectors do a bit of research to know where and when bonus offers kick in. Simply visit the Promotions section on the Aeroplan website to know which partners have bonus mile offers in effect at any given time. Staying in the know really pays off.

Think short and long haul

For many reward miles collectors, a great measure of the value of those miles is the dollar ratio. How many miles per dollar are you getting? Your long-term goal may be to take a bucket-list trip paid for only in miles, but sometimes you can get a lot more bang for your buck by booking a last-minute flight somewhere closer.

By stretching every mile, you get the things you want now, and are still left with miles in your account for when you’re ready to go even further.

The sum of your plans is greater than a single flight

Try taking that last tip to the next level—look for the best mile-per- dollar opportunities offered by partner brands, including hotel accommodations and car rental companies.

Consider your options, look for great value, and watch your redemption opportunities blossom.

Use your Aeroplan-affiliated financial card to pay fees and associated charges for flight redemptions

Who says you can’t book and build at the same time? Your strategy to earn lots of miles has paid off and you’re going to use them to jet off for a weekend getaway. Congratulations! But why stop there? You can earn miles by paying carrier fees and surcharges with your Aeroplan-affiliated financial card and start building up your balance again!

Save some miles for a rainy day

Life happens. Many people initially set up their loyalty rewards accounts with the vision of redeeming miles for travel to some exotic, faraway place. However the day may come when you need to travel, but neither you nor your budget can afford to do so. It might be a good idea to keep a balance of points safe and sound to cover unforeseen travel expenses to help manage your savings and stress levels.

Collecting miles is just like anything else in life: you get back what you put in. By researching the best strategies and looking for every opportunity to earn more miles, you’ll be able to build up your balance faster than you ever thought possible. With so many great rewards out there for you to claim, make sure you put yourself in the best possible position to grab ’em all!