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A most rewarding reward scheme
Member Name: ultras67
Date: 29/09/01, updated on 29/09/01 (1044 review reads)
Advantages: widely available, large range of redemption levels
Disadvantages: soem flights will take a long time saving
How would you like free flights to anywhere in the world or free cinema tickets, free entry to amusements parks ? Well, if you buy food, petrol, flowers, books, computers, take cross channel ferries, buy car tyres or even buy anything in plastic you can earn Air Miles.
Me too ! I have been in this scheme now for well over 5 years and have received many rewards back. Air Miles in its simplest definition is a reward/loyalty scheme. One of the beauties about Air Miles is that it can be collected in so many ways at so many places.
To collect, just shop in the following places. Supermarkets – Sainsburys where Air Miles are awarded by swapping 500 Reward Points ( their loyalty scheme ) to 20 Air Miles, Fast car repairs outfits – National Tyres, 1 mile / £20, Nat West Credit Cards 1 miles / £20, Shell Visa and Shell petrol which again involves swapping Plus Points 1 mile / 15 points ( their loyalty scheme ) for Air Miles, Air Miles Mastercard 1 mile / £20, buying books at BOL online, again 1 mile / £20, shopping with Yahoo online, 1 mile / £10, electricity and gas with Scottish & Southern Energy ( rates vary depending on the tariff chosen ), Homebase DIY 1 mile / £20, Lonely Planet travel guides, Global tickets ticket agency, the RAC, P & O ferries and so on.
By double dipping you can get the miles you want in half the time ie if you use an Air Miles Mastercard at Sainsburys, you get rewarded by both companies ! Also by wisely using the introductory offers from the various companies, your total miles will quickly mount – ie Nat West Visa will give you 200 free miles when joining,
Redemption is a doddle as you don’t need to save for 50 years before getting something back. For as little as 80 miles you can get free ten pin bowling at a Megabowl complex. You can also get free or reduced entry to UCI cinemas, zoos, Theme parks, Red Letter Days, Alton Towers, Madame Tussauds and so on.
flights you have three options,
1 ) pay in cash and get 1 mile / £5. They promise competitive rates compared to your local travel agent.
2) exchange some miles and pay part cash. The amount of miles will depend on the destination
3) pay all miles. The only thing you will have to pay is the government air taxes. Again the amount of miles will depend on your destination.
The flights are redeemed against scheduled flights for British Airways, Air Lingus, British Midland, Go, American Airlines, British European and Manx Airlines.
The mileage required is published in the guide and on line on their web site. There are regular promotions that reduce the amount required so you may get there sooner than you think.
As well as flights, you can also get discounts of up to 12% on holidays from British Airways, Airtours, Cresta, Unijet and Cosmos for only 80 miles as well. Spend more – 450miles and you could get up to 29% off.
Drawbacks ? Like any scheme there are some. If you don’t pay off the balance on your credit cards each month, the interest rates are not that good around 18%, so you could be paying more out in interest than receiving in reward. The mileage required for free flights is based on the true average from London. So if you want a free UK – Australia trip you will either need to save for years or be a big spender. Based on the cash price of flights, the most economic and rewarding seems to be to go for the short haul European flights ie if London – Madrid is 600 miles and London – Sydney is 12000 miles a mile ratio 1 / 20, the equivalent cash ratio is probably only 1/3. ( hope that makes sense )
But apart from that, it all seems to be an excellent scheme. Join today !
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