How many of you are AIR MILES Collectors?


How many of you are Oynx though?

This is achievable by earning 6,000 AIR MILES in one year! This to me seems impossibl

Onyx Benefits

  • Greater access to airline seats
  • Book select flights using up to 40% fewer reward miles
  • Preferential pricing on cruises and vacation packages
  • Merchandise for up to 50% fewer reward miles
  • Priority service at the Call Centre
  • team dedicated to finding and getting a variety of rewards outside of the online Catalogue
  • Get requested items using reward miles from your Dream balance
  • Unforgettable Events & Contests
  • 20% fewer reward miles on seasonal activities and dining
  • Invitations to Exclusive Onyx-inspired gatherings
  • Free movie passes to select films
  • Bonus offers into Meet & Greet Contests
  • Special monthly Giveaways

Are there any die-hard AIR MILES collectors out there?

I have avoided AIR MILES after I tried to book a flight on-line and had to put up with too many fuel surcharges – they are more useful for Shell gas cards than actual travelling unless you find a redemption without a lot of taxes.


  • Sherry
    Posted July 12, 2014 4:47 pm 0Likes

    Just got my Onyx card in the mail. I am looking forward to seeing the differences between this and Gold Air Miles.

    For me, collecting Air Miles is easy. I put most of my purchases on credit cards associated with Air Miles and usually participate in any bonus promotions. That being said, I am still surprised that I managed to collect 6000 but when I looked at my statements, the big one that stands out was a 1150 bonus from American Express.

    • szussino
      Posted July 12, 2014 4:53 pm 0Likes

      Sherry what are some of your collecting tricks?

    • Hyacinthe
      Posted July 12, 2014 9:41 pm 0Likes

      “I put most of my purchases on credit cards associated with Air Miles”

      What an horrible thing to do. Those purchases could be so much more rewarding if charged to another Credit Card. Say, the Scotia Gold AMEX, for instance. 4% back towards travels on groceries and gas. Try getting the same value out of your Air Miles.

      • SUE
        Posted July 14, 2014 9:16 pm 0Likes

        6000 is pretty easy for us too. I put a fair amount of our vendor purchases on MC and usually collecting 3000 air miles a month is standard. I also have the 1/$15 card too.

        Plus some of our smaller vendors also support the air miles program too.

        As for Hyacinthe’s idea that this is a “horrible” idea because gas and groceries could possibly pay back 4% on another card… that is assuming that most of our purchases are for those goods.. which they are not.

        If ONYX will give me 40% off on flights rather than the 25% that I currently get with MC then that will be a bonus.

        I don’t really see any other value with ONYX yet.. but I guess I’ll let them wow me.

      • Sherry
        Posted July 20, 2014 2:37 am 0Likes

        “Scotia Gold AMEX, for instance. 4% back towards travels on groceries and gas. Try getting the same value out of your Air Miles.”,,4657,00.html
        Is this the card you are referring to?
        Primary Card Holder Annual Fee: $99
        Additional Card Holder Annual Fee: $29

  • ginrog
    Posted July 13, 2014 4:44 pm 0Likes

    6000 is rather easy. We gathered over 12000 in the last 12 months and it was a low year for us. Also, if you have a BMO air miles gold card you save 25% on all air miles flights. That amounts to huge savings on redeeming air miles.

    Over the last few years 3 of us have flown to Orlando, New York twice, Detroit, Newfoundland a couple of times and Vegas more than once. The most we ever paid was 300 bux for taxes together. I also sent my mother to Halifax and only paid 150 for it.

  • Christina
    Posted July 14, 2014 1:04 am 0Likes

    My husband owns a small business and pays for all of his suppliers, and bills using our Airmiles MC. We average ~3000 Airmiles / month. Easier bookkeeping for him, having most things paid out of the same account, and definitely a bonus for us!!

    • szussino
      Posted July 14, 2014 1:57 am 0Likes

      Thanks for sharing! Have you looked at over programs though?

      • Christina
        Posted July 14, 2014 2:12 am 0Likes

        In all honesty, not really. I am sure there are other programs that are FAR more lucrative, but I like that we can use the Airmiles for the fun, unnecessary things that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford, or couldn’t justify spending the money on! We have had nothing but exceptional experiences with flights, hotels and other great redemptions 🙂

  • Robert
    Posted July 15, 2014 12:31 am 0Likes

    I just got notice my account is now Onyx. Then again I earned 18,000 Airmiles over that previous 12 months.

  • Anne Webster
    Posted July 15, 2014 6:01 pm 0Likes

    I also am getting points with both AMEX Platinum and BMO Gold. Also the BMO chequing account setup provided some of them. I shop at Airmiles shops – Irving Gas, Sobeys, and NSLC (Nova Scotia Liquor Commission) This provided me with Onyx, but I haven’t seen any benefits other than cheaper appliances and gift stuff (I only use my miles for travel)

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