Air Miles Cash – Deal or No Deal?

Air Miles Card - Image Courtesy of www.airmiles.ca

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First up, I got notice the other day in the mail about a change to the Air Miles program. As of March 5th, 2012, Air Miles is splitting their system up into two programs – ‘miles for cash’ and ‘miles for dreams’ (because I constantly dream about all the amazing things I’ll be able to do with my Air Miles rewards – its what gets me through the day). By default, all users will continue to earn ‘miles for dreams’, which is equivalent to the old system where you can exchange miles for everything from gift cards to flights. And all current miles can only be used for ‘dreams’ rewards. They are not allowing users to transfer existing miles into the ‘miles for cash’ program.

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This blog is about two things that are near and dear to my heart – personal finance, and living a low-impact, sustainable, green lifestyle. Wow, that was a lot of buzz words! Seriously though, what really excites me even more is writing about how to combine the two. This blog is my journey towards financial security while minimizing my impact on the world we live in. And no, I don’t believe those two concepts are mutually exclusive. To get you excited, here are a few topics I’m planning to be cover in the near future:

  • Is Budgeting Necessary or is Awareness Enough? How tracking my finances allows me to live without a budget (a multi-part series).
  • Ethical Investing – What practices does your money support?
  • How to Save Your Money and the Environment at the Same Time – a multi-part series exploring things like taking advantages of common resources, eating real food without breaking the bank, DIY ways to lower your impact, and more.
  • What’s In My Food? Did you know that microwave popcorn is carcinogenic? And that for a fraction of the cost, you can make healthier popcorn in the same amount of time? This will be an ongoing series.

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