Sometimes, I am very thankful to other bloggers for reminders and introductions. Tenille from Feisty, Frugal & Fabulous posted today about something many of us had forgotten. I know I had. Airmiles start to expire at the end of this year. That’s right if you are a long time collector like me you may want to check your account.
Here are the facts straight from AIRMILES.ca:
Beginning December 31, 2016, Reward Miles older than 5 years will begin to expire on a quarterly basis. Miles posted to your Accounts are date stamped and, if not used, are removed from your Account 5 years later, on the last day of that quarter.
AIR MILES quarters end on
- March 31
- June 30
- September 30
- December 31
This means that, for example, a Mile you got in January 2014 would expire, if unused, on March 30, 2019.”
If you are like me, and as I read the post was thinking of all those points I had been saving forever disappearing, don’t panic. If you are like me, and have left your points as reward points I have some suggestions
Have more than 1,200 points you can still take a short getaway. Just book it now before you forget.
One of the best and easiest way to redeem rewards this week?
Get an eVoucher
95 points = $10
Want to do some good with your points you can even have that $10 go to your favourite registered charity.
Want to hit a movie?
95 points gets you $10 an eVoucher for Cineplex
95 points gets you a $10 Metro or Sobeys eVoucher
Want a coffee?
95 points gets you a $10 Starbucks eVoucher
and for me I just redeemed my reward points for an eVoucher for ViaRail. I am headed to Ottawa for a conference this spring and this makes an upgrade to buisness class travel easy to do.
So if you are like me and had no idea how many points you have because you have been collecting for years simply log into your AIRMILES account (have your card and pin ready) and request an Expiry statement and if you have some expiring redeem them I would say by early fall. You will receive your expiry request quite quick, normally within 24 hours. Remember you can not get expired points back EVER, so redeem while there is still lots of time!