The Complete Guide to the New Aeroplan + MORE Sep 12th

The “Big Five” Canadian banks offer credit cards and include Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto Dominion Bank (TD Canada Trust), Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). Did you know that there are many other options?
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The Complete Guide to the New Aeroplan

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The Complete Guide to the New AeroplanThis fall, Air Canada will unveil a new and improved Aeroplan loyalty program. Canada’s largest airline has been promising big changes for a while now, and with the COVID-19 pandemic posing a serious threat to the entire travel industry in 2020, an upgraded loyalty program couldn’t come at a better time.
According to Air Canada, the goal of the transformed Aeroplan is to “get you to a flight reward, more easily, with more value.” We’ll find out if that’s indeed the case, but for now the proposed changes sound promising. In this article I’ll let you know what you can expect from the new Aeroplan program so that you’re prepared for it’s launch in a couple of months.
New Aeroplan Rewards Launch Date
The new Aeroplan program comes into effect on November 8, 2020, with a new Aeroplan logo which will be more closely linked to the Air Canada brand. As of this date, current members will see their existing miles converted 1:1 to Aeroplan points, and the new features will take effect…

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Credit cards have become ubiquitous, used to pay for everything from gas to travel to home delivery. Managed properly, they’re also essential financial tools, allowing cardholders to build credit, earn cash back or travel points, and gain valuable perks, like insurance or purchase protection. Carrying a balance, however, changes everything. “Credit card debt is very high-interest debt, typically in the neighbourhood of 20% or more,” says Scott Hannah, president and CEO of Credit Counselling Society. At that rate, even a modest balance can spiral quickly out of control. 
If you’re holding a balance on your credit card, paying it off is task number one, so you can once again enjoy its benefits. Here are 10 solid tips to help you get to a $0 balance, faster.
1. Examine your spending habits 
It might seem obvious, but you can’t improve on something if you don’t understand it.  “Typically, when someone comes to us looking for help, our first goal is to look at their expenditures and balance their budget,” says Hannah…

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New Aeroplan Members Can Get 2,500 Bonus Miles This Month
For a limited time, new Aeroplan members can get 2,500 bonus miles (soon to be Aeroplan points) when they join and earn their first mile before the end of September 2020.
Members can earn miles through in-store and online purchases at partner brands by scanning their Aeroplan card or using their Aeroplan credit card. Cardmembers who carry both an Aeroplan credit card and membership card can double-dip on points, earning rewards faster.
In-store partners currently include Home Hardware and The UPS Store. However, there are over 170 retailers available through the Aeroplan eStore. Members can earn at least one mile for every $1 they spend at stores like Indigo, Bose, the Apple Store, Uber Eats and Amazon.ca.
Online shopping through the eStore is easy. Simply type in your membership number and last name to log in, select the partner you wish to shop with and click “Yes, shop now” to launch the affiliated site. These few extra steps in your online shopping ritual won’t cost you any additional money, and you’ll earn miles…

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