With the price of gas expected to climb higher this summer, I’ve been thinking more and more: how on earth can I save money at the pumps?
One solution is to drive less. While this is good in principle this is not realistic. I need to get to work afterall.
Another way is theft. That doesn’t sound like a very good option either although an option nonetheless 😉
I think a better way is cashing-in my Air Miles which I did last month.
For many years, I’ve been a dedicated Air Miles collector. I shop at the LCBO, get gas at Shell and through my insurance company I receive one Air Mile for every $20 spent per month in premiums paid. (I don’t use
this insurance company just for the Air Miles perks but it’s nice all the same.)
If you’re like me, you use your blue Air Miles card just enough to earn points but not frequently enough to take advantage of any flight rewards. With gas prices consistently over $1.20/L here in Ottawa (sometimes $0.10 higher in major cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver) I thought it would be a good time to cash-in my Air Miles reward miles for Shell gas certificates.
After a few clicks of a mouse and two weeks later, I received five (5) $20 Shell gas certificates in my mailbox for redeeming 875 Air Miles online. This pretty much liquidated my Air Miles account but at least it was free gas last month for me.
While I sometimes feel it’s not worth the effort to flash that plastic blue Air Miles at participating businesses now and again, I certainly didn’t feel that way when I recently drove away from a Shell station with my full tank of free
Actually, it almost felt like stealing! 🙂
Do you cash-in your Air Miles for gas certificates?
If not, what are you saving your Air Miles for?
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