To accelerate the speed at which you earn Air Miles, you’ll want to take advantage of all the promotions to receive bonus miles, such as Mega Miles or Shop the Block promotions, credit card welcome bonuses, or shopping portal bonuses.
If you purely stick to swiping your card at participating retailers or using an Air Miles co-branded credit card for your daily spending, it will take you years to earn a few hundred miles.
Instead, focus on Air Miles bonus offers, like Mega Miles or Shop the Block, which come around a few times a year and run for a few weeks at a time, as these will greatly accelerate the rate at which you earn miles.
These promotions will involve a few different “activities” that you must complete (for example, spend $60+ on groceries or buy 25L+ of gas to earn a certain amount of bonus Air Miles), so you’ll want to carefully plan your way through each promotion to maximize your earnings.
In addition, the welcome bonuses on the Air Miles co-branded credit cards, such as the BMO Air Miles World Elite MasterCard and the American Express Air Miles Platinum Card, are great ways to boost your balance. Signing up for these cards will instantly add a few thousand miles to your balance; as a bonus, the miles count towards Air Miles status as well
Finally, if you’re simply looking to top-up your account by a few miles to have enough for a big redemption, it can be a good idea to take advantage of shopping portal bonuses. Making a purchase of a moderate amount through one of the participating retailers can be a quick way to receive a few hundred or thousand Air Miles, especially if there’s a 5x, 10x, or 20x multiplier going on at the moment.
Last updated 19 May 2019. Any questions? Contact me.