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How to Take the Stress out of Holiday Shopping with airmilesshops.ca

apps, GEAR By November 29, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

airmilesshopsAhh.  The bustling crowds at the mall.  Are you getting excited? Think of it: in every city across Canada, hours have been extended and decorations hung in anticipation of the RUSH.  You know the one I mean: the parking lot scramble, forgetting where you put your car and carrying 15 heavy bags and ending up in tears (maybe that’s just me), lining up for the must-have toy of the season because you know it’ll make your little one cry tears of joy.

I have made a vow this year to do a lot of my shopping online.  Do I trust online shopping?  Absolutely.  Even credit card companies protect us these days.  Must I worry about store closing times, a perfectly coiffed friend seeing me in sweats or getting lost in a mall?  No.

As I write I’m distracted by the thought of a roaring fire and glass of eggnog. The dog is snuggled at my feet and I’m watching Casablanca in the background as I browse online for holiday gifts.  For others, of course.  Bliss.

Though I have been an AIR MILES Collector for 20 years, I didn’t discover airmilesshops.ca until this year.  Shocked, all of the stores I was planning to visit both North and South of the border are actually online – and I will earn reward miles for my shopping. As a bonus, many of the stores on airmilesshops.ca have offers to earn 2x, 3x even 10x the reward miles on your purchases. In fact, right now for Black Friday you can earn 10x the reward miles on your purchases with airmilesshops.ca until December 4th.

All stores on airmilesshops.ca ship to or within Canada and many offer a special Canadian checkout section where purchases are priced in Canadian dollars. Wow!  I get so frustrated when I go through the process on a website only to discover that the store ships only to the US.  Nobody should put baby in a corner.

Want to know the stores?  Let’s start with Anthropologie, shall we?  And then the Apple Store Canada.  Followed by a few of my favourites for each family member:

Son: Lego.com
Other Son: TOMS Canada
Mother: Hudson’s Bay Company
Me: Sephora
Husband: Bose Canada
Me from Husband: Victoria’s Secret or FTD
Dog: PetSmart
Father-in-Law: Snapfish
Cool Kid down the block: Roots
Girlfriends like me: Bloomingdales, Ann Taylor and Neiman Marcus.

My ‘work’ is done.

So as packages come in (or are wrapped and shipped directly to the recipient saving me a trip to the post office), you may hear a little squeal from me.  And each order I make is adding to my growing bank of AIR MILES reward miles and reducing my holiday to-do list.  With this lack of stress combined with my extra AIR MILES reward miles, I might just have to hop a plane to Hawaii for New Year’s.

<Only Half Joking>.

In terms of shipping, the individual stores do that. Visit airmilesshops.ca to start your own holiday shopping!

This post was sponsored by airmilesshops.ca.  Our opinions are our own.

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Maximize your Rewards this Hallowe’en

Uncategorized By October 24, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Maximize RewardsAhh.  October.  Just when you’ve eaten your fill of turkey, forked over a ton of cash for organic pumpkin pie ingredients and filled your house with harvest décor, you realize that Hallowe’en is only two weeks away.  Or maybe one.  (Your calendar is still covered in gravy splatter.)  The turkey coma is replaced by the end-of-October panic attack.  You create a list.  Lists are fun!  Until you realize that you have not one thing checked off yet.

–       Costumes for the kids
–       Candy for the door
–       Extra candy for when you run out at the door
–       Baking for the Hallowe’en party at school
–       Decorations to make your home the spookiest on the block
–       Rake, lawnmower, yard bags and Mums to tidy up the yard
–       A costume for yourself so you can look like a rockstar parent in front of all of the other parents who come to the door (they won’t know you haven’t cut the kids’ nails in a few weeks)
–       And along that line of thinking, cleaning supplies to make your front foyer sparkle  (The rest of the house doesn’t matter)

US Open Swing AnalysisAnd now I’m slightly stressed.  But I do like to multitask and thankfully, was approached to try out the American Express AIR MILES Reserve Credit Card.  I’ve held different Amex Cards for over 15 years and have used a ton of the American Express customer service extras and benefits (Front Of The Line for theatre tickets being one of my favourites) so I jumped at the chance.  The company has been great to deal with.  Over the years I have been phoned to check on irregular purchases, had cards replaced immediately when I’ve (ahem) lost them, and just last month, used the Amex Members lounge at the US Open to charge my phone and have my swing analyzed.  So I’m a huge fan.

Currently, there is a promotion that if you enroll and spend $50 or more on you Amex AIR MILES Card from October 24 – 31, 2013 you can earn 100 Bonus AIR MILES reward miles.

All of the purchases I would be making anyway from my Hallowe’en list will earn me reward miles, and quite certainly also Bonus reward miles.  (Because we all know about my family travel obsession.)  Any flight or hotel that doesn’t dwindle the bank account makes me smile again and again.  I know there are tons of travel reward cards out there as I’ve used many of them.   The American Express AIR MILES Reserve Credit Card p is quite different than most.

1. You can use your reward miles to cover taxes and fees on flight redemptions, and no blackout dates or zone limits means I can control my own travel decisions.
2.  There are choices in the Card I choose based on my needs (and which I think will look chic in my wallet.)  No need to stretch the budget or change existing spending habits (apologies to my poor husband).

I chose the new Reserve Card for myself and feel the $299 annual fee is well worth the benefits.

Amex AirMilesThe Reserve Card:

1.  I earn reward miles twice when shopping at participating AIR MILES Sponsors across Canada using my new Credit Card combined with my AIR MILES Collector Card.
2.  AIR MILES has introduced FlexFly Redemptions, meaning with this card I can access additional airlines and destinations, departure times and seats not within the AIR MILES Flight Program.
3. Complimentary companion ticket for a short-haul flight once annually
4. Access to an AIR MILES concierge service (loving the sound of that)
5.. Four passes to Priority Pass airport lounges worldwide every year.  If you’re wondering about the benefits of this while flying with kids, we did an article on it.  [link] Of course.
6. Emergency Medical Insurance (Out of province/country), $100,000 Travel Accident Insurance, Car Rental Theft and Damage insurance, Lost or Stolen Baggage Insurance, Flight Delay Insurance, Baggage Delay Insurance, Hotel/Motel Burglary Insurance.  Because I know all of you moms pay really close attention to insurance policies.  (This can eliminate the stress of not reading stuff unless it’s about fashion).

  • How you Earn reward miles:
    • Earn 1 reward mile for every $10 in Card purchases at AIR MILES Sponsors
    • Earn 1 reward mile for every $10 in Card purchases at other eligible grocery stores, gas stations, and drugstores in Canada
    • Earn 1 reward mile for every $15 in Card purchases everywhere else

The other Amex AIR MILES Card options:

The American Express AIR MILES Platinum Credit Card:

1.  $65 annual fee waived for the first year
2. Reward miles are earn at the same rate as with the Reserve Card
3.  Car Rental Theft and Damage Insurance and $100,000 Travel Accident Insurance 

The American Express AIR MILES Credit Card:

1.  No Annual Fee
2.  Earn 1 reward mile for every $15 in Card purchases at AIR MILES Sponsors and 1 reward mile for every $20 in purchases you charge to the Card everywhere else
3.  $100,000 Travel Accident Insurance

Is your stress dwindling too?  Or already dreaming of your dream destination?  Psst.  You can take the extra Hallowe’en candy with you.  Wink.

Disclosure:  This article was generally sponsored by Amex AIR MILES.  As always our opinions are our own.

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