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Nearly 11 million Canadians have an Air Miles card, however a lot of them might not be conscious of how these miles are collected.

“Sobeys states on their receipts: one reward mile for every $20. However, this is not true,” Dartmouth, N.S., resident Keith Kerr wrote in an e mail to CBC.

Kerr was upset as a result of he’d bought groceries totalling $80.68 earlier than tax. On its web site, Sobeys says collectors earn one Air Mile per $20 spent. 

He acquired solely three Air Miles however felt he was entitled to 4.

The Sobeys web site prominently options the promise that clients get one Air Mile per $20 spent. The asterisk results in effective print with an inventory of excluded merchandise. (CBC)

“My question: what does one reward mile for $20 mean?” he requested. He stated he isn’t involved in regards to the single Air Mile, however fairly the precept.

When Kerr complained, he was advised he did not get the fourth Air Mile as a result of he bought milk, which price $3.39.

A Sobeys consultant advised him “regulations in regards to promoting” sure objects meant milk did not rely towards his Air Miles. 

Other such merchandise embody taxes, lottery, tobacco, bottle deposit, fluid dairy, pharmacy, buy of present playing cards and some other non-discountable merchandise. That rule is famous within the effective print of the Sobeys Air Miles web site.

It additionally notes that collectors earn one Air Mile for each $20 spent cumulatively in a Sunday-to-Saturday week, which means Kerr would get the fourth Air Mile if he spends the required sum of money throughout one other cease.  

Different firm, totally different reward

How Air Miles are rewarded varies from enterprise to enterprise. At Irving, collectors get one Air Mile for each 20 litres of fuel purchased. In an Irving retailer, they get one Air Mile for each $20 in purchases, with lots of the similar exclusions as Sobeys.

However, not like Sobeys, Irving counts milk purchases and taxes towards Air Miles.

Sobeys would not award Air Miles for sure purchases, together with milk. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

The solely means for collectors to know the way their factors are awarded at a specific retailer is to go to that retailer’s web site and browse the effective print on its Air Miles coverage.

Air Miles says greater than 220 firms supply Air Mile rewards. While many supply one mile for $20, others don’t. Best Western and Booking.com and Expedia supply one for $35, whereas some inns like Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn have the perfect supply at one Air Mile for each $5 spent.

At the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission, consumers earn an Air Mile for each $30 accrued month-to-month. It additionally lists exclusions, together with taxes, bottle deposits and present playing cards. Staples affords one Air Mile for each $40 spent.

A spokesperson for LoyaltyOne, the corporate that owns and operates Air Miles, advised CBC every partnership they attain is totally different. “However, we work closely with our partners to determine the best earn rate for their business, ensuring collectors are able to get the best possible experience out of the program.”

Booking a flight? Prepare for additional prices

Those who acquire so-called Dream Miles for journey must also learn the effective print, which says restrictions apply and portions could also be restricted.

It says collectors should pay taxes, gas surcharges and different relevant prices and costs on air, resort and automotive rental rewards, including journey rewards could also be topic to a minimal advance reserving and availability from taking part suppliers.

It additionally says Air Miles phrases and situations apply. The three pages of very effective print embody a line that claims, “We may change … any aspect of the program … without notice and even though the changes may affect the value of miles already accumulated.”

In the Sobeys effective print, it says all rewards supplied are topic to the phrases and situations of the Air Miles program and “are subject to change and may be withdrawn without notice.”

The Sobeys effective print may be very effective certainly. (CBC)

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