Travelling can be expensive, no matter where in the world you may want to zip off to. But there is a way that you can get discounts and upgrades, and sometimes even completely free tickets; by collecting points. There are many ways to collect travel points to use towards your travels, including travel reward credit cards, airline points and hotel loyalty points. Here are a few ways that you can maximize your travels with points.
Many Canadian banks offer travel reward credit cards that will give you points each and every time that you charge anything to it. Every dollar that you spend will earn you points towards your travels, with most also having extras like insurance for lost luggage, travel cancellations or even travel insurance. All of these things are important when you book a vacation, as you never know when something unexpected can happen. For a comparison on different travel reward credit cards, have a look at this guide.
Nowadays, pretty much every airline offers points per miles travelled and is part of some sort of alliance with other airlines. This means that even if you travel with another airline in the alliance you will earn points. Aeroplan is Air Canada’s points program, which is part of Star Alliance. Any flight that you travel on with Air Canada or any of its affiliated airlines will earn you points that you can redeem towards car rentals, hotels and flights. Plus, if you earn enough points, you will get special privileges, like access to airport lounges, extra checked baggage and seat upgrades. Check out Upgraded Points to find the best ways to get travel deals and earn points with airlines. They also have some great tips on how to earn extra points, which means that you can plan and book your next vacation that much earlier.
Known international chains like the Hyatt, Hilton, and Starwood offer loyalty points. You earn points for every dollar spent at any of their hotels or partners all over the world, which you can then use towards hotel stays, dining or spa treatments. Some hotel chains also have exchange programs with airlines, so you can transfer your points over to combine them with your airline points, earning yourself more points. The faster you earn points, the faster you can redeem them for great rewards.
Air Miles points can be collected when you shop in stores and online. Every time you shop for groceries at Metro, Sobey’s, IGA or Safeway you will earn points. When you shop at the Bay, La Senza, Saks Fifth Avenue or Atmosphere you will add to these points. The same is true for a plethora of other stores, as well as when you shop online at Amazon, Apple Store Canada, eBay and Indigo. You will even earn points when you fill your gas tank at Shell or get an oil change at Jiffy Lube. The possibilities are endless, and in the end you will be able to use all of these points towards flights, hotels, cruises and package vacations.
Collecting points is a great way to maximize your travels and save you money. Even if you don’t travel, your points can be used towards other great things, like shows, merchandise and discounts at shops. Start today and be on your way to saving on all of your future travel plans.