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Aeroplan is giving away 1,000 bonus miles for the purchase of a $100 value Best Western travel card, and while this may not seem like a mind-blowing offer on the outset – it can be a good opportunity to triple-dip.
To earn the 1,000 bonus miles, you must be a Best Western Rewards member, select “Aeroplan” as your earning preference, and purchase a $100 Travel Card online now through December 31, 2013.
The Travel Card is basically just a gift card and can be used like cash at 4,000 Best Western hotels worldwide. If you’re not already a member of Best Western Rewards, you can sign up for an account here. There is no limit to the amount of cards you can buy, and with the holidays coming up now could be a good time to stock up on them as gifts for family and friends. The Best Western card can be used at over 4,000 hotels in over 100 countries worldwide. For full terms and conditions, click here.
Once your account has been created, go into your account preferences and select “Earning preference: Airline/Partner Rewards,” then enter your Aeroplan account number and choose Air Canada from the drop down box for airline. When you place your order for a $100 Travel Card, the 1,000 Aeroplan miles will be credited to your Aeroplan account in 4-6 weeks and you will also earn Aeroplan on Best Western stays.
Although there are obvious ways to double dip on the points and miles you earn on purchases, such as simply using an airline or hotel co-branded credit card to earn bonus points on purchases with a particular airline or hotel, or using the Chase Sapphire Preferred to earn 2.14X points per $1 on travel spending, and then earning points on your stay, this is only just scratching the surface of earning the most points per dollar, and there are several other factors to consider that will let you triple dip – or even more actually.
First, you should always check the airline and hotel online shopping portals for points bonuses. For instance, right now, the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal is offering 2 extra points per $1 spent at Best Western, meaning instead of 2.14X per $1, you’d earn 4.28X points per $1 with your Sapphire Preferred, or 4X points per $1 with either the Ink Bold or Ink Plus, both of which normally earn 2X points per $1 on hotel purchases (these cards count because you are purchasing directly from Best Western).
Then when it comes time to use your Travel Card, you can go back through the same shopping portal (or a different one depending on the bonuses available at the time) to click through to Best Western and earn even more bonus points when you use it, and then you’ll earn points/miles on your actual stay as well – turning one opportunity for earning points into five!
For more information on maximizing points on hotel bookings, check out my post on Choosing The Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Hotel Stays.
I wouldn’t just go purchasing Best Western Travel Cards speculatively just for the 1,000 miles, but if you do stay at Best Western and know you’ll put the Travel Card to use, and you can maximize the bonus points you earn through a shopping portal and with a credit card that earns bonus points on hotel stays or travel, you could really rack up the points on these.