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How to start 2023 with rewards programs

To the point Here are five things to look for to get your points and rewards programs off to a great start in 2023.

A new year provides an opportunity to monitor whether the target is being met and to redefine the objectives, if necessary.

The pursuit of a status

Generally, an airline or hotel program status ends on December 31 of each year (except Marriott Bonvoy, which extends it to the end of February). If a certain level has been reached or exceeded in one year, the status is extended to the next year. Otherwise, it is lost.

Everything starts over in 2023. What will your status be for 2023? What value do you place on it?

Do you want to stick to one hotel group ? Or do you want to be free to choose any accommodation, anywhere ?

The question is whether paying several hundred or thousands of dollars is worth it to get free upgrades, a free seat selection or free breakfasts.

As a reminder, here are some examples of how to achieve status otherwise:

  Status How to get it
Aeroplan 25K Earn 100,000 Aeroplan points with an Aeroplan credit card
WestJet Teal and up $ 500 in eligible expenses for every $15,000 spent on the WestJet RBC World Elite Mastercard
Marriott Bonvoy Silver and up 15 Elite nights per year with the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card or Marriott Bonvoy Corporate American Express Card

Hilton Honors

Marriott Bonvoy

Gold

Have an American Express Platinum Cardholder

American Express Business Platinum Cardholder (for Gold Marriott Bonvoy status only)

IHG Rewards InterContinental Ambassador and IHG Rewards Platinum status Buy it for $200 USD or redeem 40,000 IHG points
Accor Hotels Group Gold Through two ways: Buy shares or subscribe to the IBIS Business card
Several car rental companies Various Several ways detailed in this article
Avis Avis Preferred Plus With a premium Aeroplan credit card and Aeroplan status
Hotels.com Silver or Gold With an equivalent status with an Avis Preferred Plus status

Summary of accumulated points vs. goal

Check your point balance against your goal. Are you heading in the right direction for 2023?

Tools are available to organize and calculate your rewards.

In addition, the Milesopedia credit card comparison tool is here to help you find the best credit card.

Spend some time at the beginning of the year to plan and optimize your future spending. This is the time to find out if everything is going well or if you need to revise your strategy.

Transferring points to other programs

Transfer your points only when you need them.

You never know when there will be a great promotion to transfer points between programs to get even more out of it!

For example, in 2022, there were promotions such as:

These promotions can also be used for orphan points, which are about to expire or which you do not intend to use in the original program.

Reminder of the changes to come for 2023

In 2023, some changes will take place in the loyalty program and credit card environment.

In Quebec, there is the famous transition at IGA from the AIR MILES program to the Scene+ program in early 2023. The date has yet to be confirmed.

In addition, in the spring of 2023, Jean Coutu will leave the AIR MILES program to join the new MOI program of the METRO group.

Check to see if this changes your strategy and if you should switch to another credit card like the Scotiabank Gold American Express card, which gives 6 points per dollar at IGA.

On the credit card side, there are changes for :

New Year's Resolution: Use online shopping portals

Don’t forget the shopping portals! Take advantage of these easily earned points to increase your point balance or cash back.

All you have to do is to go through one of these shopping portals and use their link BEFORE making the purchase on your favorite store’s website.

Plus, you can double dip when there are promotions with even better multipliers on long weekends, Black Friday, and during certain holidays or vacations.

Come to discuss that topic in our Facebook Group!

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