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Weekend Reading: Aeroplan-Amazon and PC Optimum-Esso Rewards Edition

Aeroplan, one of Canada’s most popular rewards programs, announced that starting on April 24, 2018, members will now be able to earn miles on purchases made through Amazon.ca. This is good news for Aeroplan’s 5 million members as they can now earn more reward points for everyday shopping on Amazon.

Generally, members are able to earn at least one Aeroplan Mile for every dollar spent. Status members can earn more, with silver and black status members earning up to 2x the miles, and diamond status members, up to 3x the miles per transaction.

Members who make their purchases using Aeroplan-affiliated credit cards (e.g. TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite and American Express AeroplanPlus Gold cards) will also earn more miles.

To qualify for the rewards, you will need to visit Amazon.ca through the Aeroplan website (Aeroplan.com).

Here’s how the company describes it:

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Aeroplan – Other Changes

Starting on June 1, 2018, Aeroplan members will no longer be able to earn direct Aeroplan Miles at Esso stations. This is because the parent companies (Imperial Oil Ltd. and Aimia) are parting ways.

However, if you are paying for gas using Aeroplan-affiliated credit cards, you will still be able to earn 1.5 miles for every $1 spent at Esso.

As previously announced, the partnership between Air Canada and the Aeroplan rewards program will also end in June 2020.

In the meantime, you can continue to use and accumulate direct points when you shop at Air Canada, and over 75 partner brands including Costco.ca, Toyota, Avis, Home hardware, etc.

Earn PC Optimum Points at Esso

PC Optimum cardholders can now earn rewards points when they fuel up at over 1,800 Esso stations starting this summer. Points will be earned at the rate of 10 points per litre on gas, as well as 10 points per dollar spent on eligible convenience store purchases/car washes.

That is more points you can redeem for ‘free’ groceries, etc. 🙂

It is not yet clear if there will be any changes to points earned using the PC Financial Mastercard at Esso stations because of this new program. Currently, you get a bonus of 2 cents/litre when you pay for gas using the PC Financial World Mastercard and 3 cents/litre if you use the PC Financial World Elite Mastercard.

The PC Optimum loyalty program combines the PC Plus and Shoppers Optimum programs and has been in place since February 1, 2018.

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Enoch Omololu, MSc (Econ)

Enoch Omololu is a personal finance expert and a veterinarian. He has a master’s degree in Finance and Investment Management from the University of Aberdeen Business School (Scotland) and has completed several courses and certificates in finance, including the Canadian Securities Course. He also has an MSc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Ibadan. Enoch is passionate about helping others win with their finances and has been writing about money matters for over a decade. He has been featured or quoted in The Globe and Mail, Winnipeg Free Press, Wealthsimple, CBC News, Financial Post, Toronto Star, CTV News, Canadian Securities Exchange, Credit Canada, National Post, and many other personal finance publications. You can learn more about him on the About Page.

His top investment tools include Wealthsimple and Questrade. He earns cash back on purchases using KOHO, monitors his credit score for free using Borrowell, and earns interest on savings through EQ Bank.

6 thoughts on “Weekend Reading: Aeroplan-Amazon and PC Optimum-Esso Rewards Edition”

  1. Gravatar for GYM

    Thanks for the mention Enoch!

    Yeah, I saw that in the news recently, what a great 18th birthday! I was buying Scratch and Wins when I was 18/19 and only ever won $2 haha.

    Have a great long weekend!

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu

      @GYM: LOL – at least you won something. I find it difficult to justify lottery tickets in general when my finance brain thinks about the odd I’m going against. She is sure a lucky one!

      Cheers!

  2. Gravatar for Finsavvy panda

    Hi Enoch!

    I didn’t know about the pc optimum at esso. Thanks for mentioning it! That’s good to know. Man, I really need to keep up with this stuff. 🙂

    Also, thanks for the mention again!! I so appreciate your thought of me!

    I hope you enjoy your Good Friday long weekend!!!!

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu

      @Finsavvy panda: There’s only so much one can keep up with these days…so many changes going on in the loyalty rewards world.

      And, you are welcome. Cheers!

  3. Gravatar for caroline

    Read about the winning dilemma too, not sure if it is such a great gift at such a young age.
    Have a great long week-end. Happy Easter:)

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu

      @Caroline: Yeah, the Winner’s curse is for real. I think her financial advisor helped her out a bit with the $1,000/week option. At least, now she can’t go out and burn $1 million dollars all at once.

      Happy Easter 🙂

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