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Old 04-16-2013, 03:37 PM   #1
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airmiles for park tickets

I am trying to save our airmiles and earn more which is taking forever!!! I want to use them for park tickets....I am just wondering if air miles ever puts them on special and lowers the points needed for them?? I noticed that seaworld for example fluctuates a lot....thanks!
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:36 PM   #2
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Yes they do. Not sure when or how often though. I got our tickets when they were on special. I got 5 day base tickets for the price of 3. We added the park-hopper option at the park. Good luck!
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:10 AM   #3
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Are you a gold member with a gold BMO mastercard? That's the fastest way to collect. Some times things go on discount for gold members, and flights are always 25% off.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:27 AM   #4
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Watch for the bonus offers when you sign up for an American Express, or if you already have one, take advantage of their promos. Last fall they had one that if you spent X amount of money you got 1000 airmiles or something crazy.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:42 PM   #5
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Not sure where you are located, but Safeway has great airmiles deals. I average 400 airmiles a week by creating a shopping list and purchasing when Safeway offers the best deals (ie: two packs of toilet paper for 100 airmiles, and additional 250 airmiles when spending $200.00)

I dont buy toilet paper UNLESS there is a deal like this (happens almost every other week)... and will keep a running tally to $200 for my groceries for the wek and stop as close to $200 so I can save additional "un-necessary items" for the following week, to apply to THAT 250 points!
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:48 PM   #6
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i wish we had safeway!!
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:02 PM   #7
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Last year Airmiles ran a 50 bonus airmiles promotion for Disney World tickets for two weeks (May 1 - May 15 2012). You could cash in your points at the regular rate and receive 50 airmiles for each ticket. I cashed in for 3 7-day tickets and received 150 airmiles in October 2012 for the May purchase.

I do not believe there has been a Disney World ticket promo since then (I watch weekly). They used to have them regularly and better promos (buy adult for the price of a child, buy 5 day for the price of 3 day).

I am looking to cash in for tickets as well and have been holding out for a "sale". Last year Disney World raised their prices early June and the airmiles prices went up a couple of days later. The 7 day tickets I got in May were 2350 airmiles, in June the cost went up to 2485 airmiles. The rumour is that Disney is raising their prices as early as April this year, so I'm not sure I'm willing to hold out much longer for a "sale".

Note that I am referring to Disney World tickets only, not Disneyland. I believe there has been ongoing Disneyland promos, but I don't follow those.
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:42 PM   #8
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at the rate I am collecting it will take me years to get enough air miles. it takes forever to get any!! I was going to convert hbc into airmiles but with the new program it only gets me82 points. how do u earn your airmiles?
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:15 PM   #9
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I earn mine through my BMO MasterCard and Airmiles AMEX card. Most things we purchase goes on our CC's. You can also do what the posters above a suggested. Like shopping at Safeway when they have their deals.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:59 PM   #10
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We are in Ontario and I find it tough to accumulate airmiles quickly. I'm very envious of the Safeway shoppers out west.

We accumulated a fair number by putting every purchase we could think of on a BMO mastercard. We no longer do this as we focus credit card purchases on another credit card to pay for our flights. So now almost all of our points come from shopping the bonus promotions. I check every week for promotions on their website, airmilesshops and store flyers and if there isnt a promotion and I can wait it out, I hold out on buying things. Rexall, Metro, Shell, airmilesshops (amazon, chapters mostly) get my business when they can offer the same price as elsewhere during a bonus promotion. Whenever I buy something I'm often thinking about whether I can get this at an airmiles sponsor (at the same price when its on sale) and whether I can wait for a bonus promotion.

I find for us shopping to earn regular points isn't worth our time or gas.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:39 PM   #11
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We have used airmiles for both flights and parkhoppers for our trips. We get most of the airmiles from our BMO Mastercard and Safeway. Almost every week Safeway has spend $100, get 100 AM so i get at least 100 most weeks just for grocery shopping.
Look at the gift cards at the Airmiles Blue Tag lounge. If you eat out regularily at Boston Pizza or The Keg, I believe you can get the gift cards for $50 and get 50 airmiles, the Keg is $100 giving 100 AM. Good airmiles if it is money you would spend anyways.

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Old 04-20-2013, 10:53 PM   #12
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In the past I have gotten WDW tickets with Airmiles and they NEVER had expiry dates.

A few months ago I got DL tickets and they had and expiration date.

Can someone tell me if the WDW tickets now also have expiration dates
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I am in Mississauga and it seems like it is taking forever for me to collect enough for one adult 3 day pass.

I really wish Metro would do something like Safeway. I find Metros prices so high but if they would run the occasional promotion like at Safeway I'd be over to their store.
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Originally Posted by Blanche_Neige View Post
In the past I have gotten WDW tickets with Airmiles and they NEVER had expiry dates.

A few months ago I got DL tickets and they had and expiration date.

Can someone tell me if the WDW tickets now also have expiration dates

DL tickets have expiry dates no matter where you purchase them. Even if you purchase straight through the DL website right now, there is a December 31, 2013 expiry on them.

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Old 04-21-2013, 10:40 AM   #15
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Change focus of airmiles to something else?

If you don't have great deals and promotions for bonus airmiles where you live is there another points program that does? (I need a spreadsheet to track the fees I am paying and points/miles I accrue and when I have to cancel credit cards just before the one year mark. LOL.)

My advice is to take a look at what elements of a vacation can be paid for with points/miles, then determine the best value points/miles wise your everyday consumer spending will get you. (For me: flight; medical, car and cancel insurance; gift cards; tickets for attractions and shows, not just free but access to seats before regular buyers; car rental and hotel discounts; and promotions).

For example, Calgary is lucky because of yes, Safeway deals on airmiles, but also Sobey's has a points program that will link directly into aeroplan. To me saving $ on flights (yes, I admit less choices than park tickets) might be the same $ on tickets if I wouldn't have been able to earn the airmiles to get them to begin with.

Or the competing airline to the one that aeroplan is flown on (don't know the DIS rules about giving out specific company names, but Canadians should be able to figure it out) has a credit card that has one $99 companion flight with a regular fare purchased after the first use, then actual $ for future travel (flights and vacations through them) and this might have changed so please check first.

Or, maybe just go with a credit card cash back and car/travel insurance with the lowest fees as long as your spending at least covers the fees, and you are clear every month so as not paying high interest.

Sorry, I just realized this is getting to be a long post and probably more information than you wanted, so I will end now before I bore everyone.


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