Note: this post refers to accruing miles using schemes associated with groceries, credit cards, and such; not to be confused with frequent flyer programs for airlines.
I recently came across an article about how great air mile schemes in the States were, and I can honestly say, I thought a lot of the options back in Canada were great back in 2013 before I left. That said, all these air mile collection schemes come with a caveat or ten. And, excuse me for being so blunt, the schemes they have in Australia are plain awful! (Flybuys, for example, is an absolute waste of money).
Anyway, now that I’m (sort of) done with the whinging, here are some good sources to check out whether or not your air mile collection scheme is worth the effort, and what you can do about them if they’re not (just don’t sign up for them if they’re not, OK? ‘Kay.):
The Air Miles Game and How to Play It, Jonathan Hirsch from hirschworks.com
A Beginner’s Guide to Airline Miles, Thorin Klosowski, from lifehacker.com
How to Get the Maximum Value from Air Canada’s Aeroplane, Grace McClure, from flightfox.com (somewhat outdated, but good for understanding the theory, anyway)
Bottom line— do your homework before committing to some dementor-worthy ‘rewards’ scheme (I’m looking at you, Flybuys!), there’s nothing worse than realising your air mile scheme is getting you less than a mile a month.