Monday, November 14, 2011

What Would You Do With A Million Points?

Would you watch the sunset in Costa Rica?

A sponsored hip + urban girl post.

Where have I been this past year?

Well, I sold my house less than a year ago and committed to spending the year travelling as much as I could without touching my savings. I reduced my expenses, paid off my car and leased a cute little condo in St. Lawrence Market to finance this big dream. I was able to squeeze out 12 weeks spread out over one year and ended up in places like Italy, Munich, London, Costa Rica, California, Punta Cana, Miami, Key West and Madrid.

  Eat Chocolate + Churros in Spain
So seriously. How did we do it? If you love to travel and you don’t have a decent credit card that allows you to redeem points for flights, hotels and car rentals – then you need to get one. I cashed in every single mile I had this year and the American Express Gold Card lets you convert their Membership Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio towards your Aeroplan account.

So what would you do with a million points? Well we didn’t have that many points but we were able to extend my recent trip to Spain when I saw Coldplay: Unstaged in the bullring.

I charged the whole trip on my American Express Gold Card and used my points to pay for the trip. TripFlex TM rewards are so genius; I almost thought it was a scam. TripFlex allowed my control-freak self to book my own travel and lets me cash in my Membership Rewards® points as a credit statement towards qualified travel purchases on my card.

Don’t have enough points? You have up to 12 months from the date of the trip to earn more points to pay down the balance. So I buy what I usually buy and pay off my card in full every month. I love going away – but I hate coming home to a huge bill. I’ll be using the rest of my points to pay off my trip to Spain.
If I had a million points, I would always splurge on first class seats

If your vacay days are looking a little slim this year, Membership Rewards points can be redeemed for a swanky night out at The Keg or a wardrobe make over at Holt Renfrew. These points can even be converted into Starwood Starpoints and used to bid on exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experiences like a meet and greet with your favourite artist or athlete.

More Perks – Redeem your Membership Rewards points for concert tickets on or use your American Express card to go to the Front Of The Line when purchasing tickets first for participating events.

Boutique hotel living in South Beach, Miami

Now it’s your turn.

What would you do with a million points?

Enter Now! American Express Canada is giving away a MILLION Membership Rewards points to one lucky Cardmember - which could mean flying executive class for free for the next five years. It’s the third week of the contest and you can re-enter every week to qualify for the weekly prize. Want to win the $100 gift card to Sporting Life that Amex is giving away this week?

Go to the Points tab on the American Express Canada Facebook page and enter now!

Photo credit: Singapore Airlines

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