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And back in time for the holidays is Shop The Block. With the right strategy, you can get yourself up to 1,200 bonus miles this holiday season.
Shop The Block 2019 runs from November 14 to December 27, read the details below…
Shop The Block offer details
If you’re familiar with Shop The Block, it’s similar to last year’s promotion.
New to Shop The Block? Here’s how it works.
Most AIR MILES sponsors have a bonus offer you have to complete. To find out what the offers are, head to the Shop The Block page, select your region, and you’ll see the offers available in your region.
Here’s an example:
For each offer, there’s a few ways you may need to claim it. Some will require you to scan a barcode, others require you to opt-in and register your collector, and for others there’s nothing you have to do (besides scan your collector number at the register).
Keep in mind: Many sponsors will have more than 1 offer, and if you complete more than 1 offer at the same partner, only one of them counts towards the Shop The Block offers completed.
You’ll need to complete offers at different sponsors to get bonus miles.
1,200 bonus miles with 7 offers at 7 partners
To get the full 1,200 miles, you’ll need to complete 7 offers from 7 different partners.
And that’s all there is to it. And remember, this 1,200 miles is in addition to the bonus miles you earn with partner offers as well.
Plan your strategy
A tip on this? Plan ahead, and map out what offers you need to complete, and note the date they need to be completed by.
Shop The Block runs until December 27. But not all offers will run for the duration either. Also be sure to keep your receipts in case you do complete an offer but didn’t get the full Shop The Block bonus credited to you.
Also, all these bonus miles will help you achieve Onyx Status for 2021.
So what’s your strategy, you ask? Read all about it below.
AIR MILES credit cards
For BMO credit cards, your bonus offer depends on how much you spend at participating partners (you can find out who they are here).
How many bonus miles you earn depends on how much you spend with them:
- spend $350 and receive 50 bonus miles, or
- spend $700 and receive 100 bonus miles.
All (or most) of these partners have Shop The Block offers as well, so consider using your BMO AIR MILES Card as a way to kill 2 birds with one stone.
Overview of AIR MILES credit cards
Don’t have an AIR MILES credit card? Here are 2 BMO AIR MILES cards you can get to help you complete the required 7 offers.
(Also included are 2 top Amex cards to earn miles on everyday purchases or get more perks within the AIR MILES program.)
|Air Miles Credit Card||Welcome Bonus||Earn Rate||Card Details||Apply Now|
|BMO AIR MILES World Elite Mastercard||Up to 3,000 miles (terms)||* 1 mile per $10 all purchases||* $120 annual fee, first year free
* 80K personal/150K household income requirements
|BMO AIR MILES Mastercard||Up to 800 miles (terms)||* 1 mile per $20 spent on all purchases
* 2x the miles at select AIR MILES sponsors
|* No annual fee
* No income requirements
|Amex AIR MILES Platinum Credit Card||Up to 3,500 miles (terms)||* 1 mile per $5 on gas, groceries, restaurants and transit
* 1 mile per $10 on all other purchases
|* $120 annual fee
* No income requirements
|Amex AIR MILES Reserve Credit Card||Up to 3,800 miles (terms)||* 1 mile per $10 on gas, groceries, drugstores & AIR MILES sponsors
* 1 mile per $15 spent on all other purchases.
|* $299 annual fee
* No income requirements
On the BMO side, the is our #1 rated AIR MILES card.
Earn 1 mile per $10 spent, and get great insurance, lounge access and require 15% fewer miles on flight redemptions within Canada and to the U.S.
And, it comes with a sign-up bonus worth up to 3,000 miles and the first year free as well.
If you want a basic, no fee AIR MILES card, the is your best choice.
Earn 1 mile per $20 spent everywhere, and get double miles at select AIR MILES sponsors (you find who they are here).
The recently revamped is a great choice. Earn the most miles of any AIR MILES card with an earn rate of 1 mile per $5 spent on gas, groceries, restaurants and transit – the highest AIR MILES earn rate on essentials.
Plus earn 1 mile for every $10 spent. And, as part of the card’s relaunch, the welcome bonus has increased – earn up to 3,500 AIR MILES. This offer ends January 20, 2020.
For the most perks an AIR MILES card can offer, the offers a bevy of perks for it’s $299 annual fee.
It also has a limited welcome bonus as well – up to 3,800 miles when you apply by January 20, 2020.
My own 7-step strategy
Here’s my personal strategy to get the full 1,200 bonus AIR MILES. All of these offers run the full length of the promotion, save for a couple that don’t start until early December (but can be completed by December 27).
I’m definitely going to be completing these 5 offers:
- Spend $350 at participating sponsors with my ,
- Sobeys – spend $50,
- Irving – either redeem cash miles for a purchase or buy a $100 gift card,
- Needs – spend $25, and
- Shell – buy 25 L of fuel.
Then, I’ll also need to complete 2 of these 4 offers:
- Airmilesshops.ca – spend $100 in a single transaction,
- Kent – spend $40,
- Lawton’s – spend $40, or
- Staples – spend $100.
Finally, if there’s only a few days left in the promotion and I happen to be one offer short, I’ll complete my first survey with Rewarding Your Opinions (you can access via the Shop The Block offers page).
Are you participating in this year’s Shop The Block Promotion?
Have a strategy you wish to share?
Let us know in the comments below, so others can see it as well.