There are an awful lot of bonus mile opportunities this weekend it seems, both for Aeroplan and Air Miles collectors in Canada.

The latest one is for 10X the base Aeroplan Miles on a minimum $50 purchase of most items from Friday December 6th, through Sunday December 8th, 2013 at Rexall Pharmaprix.

Unfortunately the terms and conditions for this promo are on the back page of their flyer, and the flyer can't be zoomed in far enough to read, but exclusions are likely tobacco, gift cards, prescriptions etc... as this is usually the case for Rexall promotions.

As you typically earn 1 Aeroplan Mile at Rexall for each dollar spent, this weekend you will be earning 10 Miles per dollar when you spend over $50 before taxes... so a minimum of 500 miles! Couple this with bonus mile promotions they always have in store, such as 400 miles for purchasing $40 in Jamieson vitamin C, vitamin C sachets and Flu Shield this week, and it could be a lucrative Aeroplan Mile earning weekend for you!

This Saturday, December 7th, with a purchase of $75 or more at Staples stores in Canada, you can earn a bonus of 25 Air Miles in addition to the regular Air Miles you would earn on this transaction.

If you have any purchases to make for the office, or perhaps a Christmas present or two, this is a great way to get you a little closer to that Winter vacation you have been saving your Air Miles for! Seeing as purchases at Staples generally earn only 1 Air Mile for every $40 spent, this is a fantastic opportunity beyond what is normally on offer.

The fine print...

Aeroplan ran a promotion on November 30th 2013, where many purchases made using a CIBC Aeroplan Credit Card would earn double miles on some purchases made on Saturday, November 30th, 2013, during the Aeroplan Tangerine Saturday Promotion. Well They have just announced that that the next two Saturdays, December 7th and 14th will be Tangerine Saturdays, and the 2X Aeroplan mile promotion is back!

Again, there is fine print related to when charges must post etc, but all promotions have fine print nowadays!

December 7 Promotion:
*Purchases made with a CIBC Aerogold Visa, CIBC Aerogold Visa Infinite, CIBC Aerogold Visa for Business, and CIBC Aero Classic Visa AND time-stamped with a transaction date of December 7, 2013, (i.e. Tangerine Saturday) and posted by December 11, 2013, by eligible merchants are eligible for the bonus.

December 14 Promotion:
*Purchases made with a CIBC Aerogold Visa, CIBC Aerogold Visa Infinite, CIBC Aerogold Visa for Business, and CIBC Aero Classic Visa AND time-stamped with a transaction date of December 14, 2013, (i.e. Tangerine Saturday) and posted by December 18, 2013, by eligible merchants are eligible for the bonus.

Last Year, SPG expanded the benefits to Platinum members of their Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program, to incent guests to stay beyond the minimum number of stays or nights to earn their top their status. With Platinum status earned at 25 stays or 50 nights, other than earning the points associated with those stays, and enjoying the benefits of the program, a lot of frequent travellers would diversify their stays to other hotel brands in order to earn status in multiple programs.

One of the benefits SPG introduced was the Suite Night Awards for guests with 50 nights in a year (there are also benefits for 75 and 100 nights as well). At 50 nights, you receive ten suite night upgrade credits, confirmable up to 5 days in advance on the SPG website depending on availability. This past year, I have only redeemed one award, as I found that when I wanted the upgrade, there were none available, or I was saving them for a later date where I might put them to good use, and I just never ended up using them.

Well, I think there are a lot of other people in this same boat, as SPG has announced that they are extending the Suite Night Awards that were to expire December 31, 2013 to April 30th, 2014.