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Burned by Air Miles… Again!

Published September 16, 2014 - 2 Comments

220px-Air_Miles_Program_LogoI’ve been with Air Miles since the beginning.  Although I’ve never had any illusions of travelling the world on their dime, I’ve cashed out a few times for some nice gifts.  The Sobeys gift cards came in extremely handy when money was tight.  The iTunes gift cards were an incredible way of topping up my music and apps.  Air Miles has always treated me well.

I remember a little while ago when they introduced their Cash program.  Instead of accumulating points to put toward a trip or luxury gift, you could use them as a cash discount right at the time of purchase.  Sounded interesting, but I didn’t pay too much attention.  I was happy with how my current Dream Rewards worked.

Imagine my sudden irritation today when I popped into my Air Miles account to check and see how close I was to get another iTunes gift card and discovered that the gift card section was completely gone – replaced by Air Miles Cash.  For 95 Air Miles Cash, I can now get an instant $10 off my iTunes purchases.  That’s fine and dandy, but I don’t have any Air Miles Cash points, I have 223 Dream Rewards points.  Well there must be a way to convert them? Nope.  (I believe that when the program was first announced, Air Miles did provide a way to convert Dream Rewards to Cash… but that seems to have been a limited time offer)

I changed my account so I will now accumulate Air Miles Cash, but that doesn’t help me with the 223 Dream Rewards that I have.  Do you know what you can get with 223 Dream Rewards? Squat! No gift cards, no magazine subscriptions, nothing!  I DID discover that the Movie Night for Two is still available for 200 Dream Rewards, but they made such a big promotion of it also being part of the Cash program, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s gone from the Dream Rewards catalog soon.  Better get it while you can!

I am now the proud owner of 23 useless Dream Reward Miles that now expire in 5 years.

Thanks Air Miles.