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Thursday, November 14, 2019

AIR MILES Shop the Block is back - earn up to 1,200 Bonus Reward Miles when earning from multiple partners


The annual AIR MILES Shop the Block event launched today and presents a really nice bonus mile earning opportunity for AIR MILES collectors. If you meet the requirement of using Shop the Block coupons at 3 or more sponsors you'll be awarded with up to 1,200 Rewards Miles over and above the base miles and coupon bonus miles awarded.  The maximum 1,200 miles is a whopping 800 miles less than we saw for the top tier bonus of 2,000 miles in 2017 and 2018. Looks like Ebeneezer Scrooge may have paid AIR MILES a visit this year! ;-) All kidding aside the Shop the Block event is one of the easiest ways to earn extra AIR MILES Reward Miles on your holiday shopping and typically offers up some great value

This year the bonuses are as follows:



Use 3 different offers Get 300 Bonus Miles (Same as 2018)
Use 5 different offers Get 800 Bonus Miles (200 less than 2018)
Use 7 different offers Get 1,200 Bonus Miles  (800 less than 2018)

Depending on where you live, what you have already linked your AIR MILES account to (ie Hudson Bay and Samsung) and where you need to shop, the bonuses can come to you at not much cost this year. It all depends on what your shopping habits will be for the next month and a half or so! Also if you can, you could move some shopping you had planned from one retailer to another that is an AIR MILES Sponsor than you can earn those bonus miles for your everyday regular spending.

Here are the basic rules around this promotion:

The cheapest way we found to earn the highest bonus simply by looking at all the details on the coupons page (Alberta region) would be as follows:

  1. Register to convert Hudson Bay Rewards points to AIR MILES (30 bonus Miles coupon)
  2. Link your AIR MILES account to your Samsung Pay account for the first time (100 Bonus Miles Coupon)
  3. Spend $10 in-store at Shell (5 Bonus Miles coupon)
  4. Spend $25 on parts or service at Davis Chevrolet (3x Miles Coupon)
  5. Spend about $8 to buy a tube of Lepage PL Premium Construction Adhesive at Lowes or Rona (20 bonus Miles coupon)
  6. Spend $20 online at Canadian Fighting (5x miles coupon)
  7. Join Rewarding Your Opinions and complete 3 surveys (15 bonus Miles coupon)

If you can complete the list just at it shows above you'll only have to spend about $63 earn the full 1,200 Bonus Shop the Block Miles! That's the lowest spend I've seen in the three years this promotion has been around. You also have to add in your base amount miles and the coupon bonuses for an additional ~180 miles or so for 1,380 bonus miles in total. We value AIR MILES Rewards Miles at an average of 13 cents each for travel, so you are getting back about $180 in value on only $63 in spending. That's pretty awesome!

If you strictly earn cash rewards, then you are looking at a return of about $145 still pretty decent for spending as little as $63. For some of you it may take more spending but as we mentioned before if this is shopping you are already planning on doing then jump on the Shop Block event right away so that you can earn this bonus as some of the offers are only available for the next week or so while others run the entire promotional period. And yes, going back to my Scrooge comment at the start of this post - I can see now see why the higher tier bonuses are lower this year as in previous years it would take over $200 to get the top level bonus!

Find out more and print all your coupons here!



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