The Best Way to Earn Amex Membership Rewards Points

Here are a few of the best strategies to rack up the most points with the american express gold rewards card: This assumes that you are using the amex points to convert into aeroplan points at a ration of 1:1 (which is absolutely the best thing to do with them)

  • Buy gift cards at shoppers drugmart
    • works especially well if you buy giftcards for places that don’t take amex
    • works well for any place that doesn’t give you double points (as shoppers does give you double points)
    • you also get to collect shoppers optimum points
  • Swipe your aeroplan card before pumping gas at esso
    • get 2 amex points for ever $1 spent, plus 1 aeroplan for every $3 spent
  • Buy Gift Cards at Canadian Tire (only good if you buy a lot of stuff at canadian tire..)
    • Cash back in Canadian tire money, plus 1 amex point per $1 spent
    • One Option: Buy Canadian Tire Gas Station gift cards

Check out our list of retailers that take american express for more ideas

Best Canadian Points Credit Card as of April 2011

As of April 14th 2011 the best points credit card in canada (in our opinion) is the American Express Gold Rewards Card (check it out here)

Basically it allows you to earn points faster than almost any other card and all the points can be converted to Aeroplan points at a rate of 1 to 1 (so long as you convert a multiple of 1000 points)

Until the release of this card, the CIBC Aerogold card was number 1. The Amex gold rewards card offers you all the same points earning potential of the Aerogold, and far more. For example, Aerogold lets you earn 1.5 points for each dollar spent at grocery stores, drug stores and on gas (as well as 1 point for every dollar spent elsewhere. The Amex on the other hand lets you earn 2 points for every dollar spent at grocery stores, drug stores and on gas! Additionally, the amex gives you 2 points for every dollar spent on travel – this includes hotels, flights, rental cars and even all inclusive vacation packages (I recently booked one on redtag.ca and received double the points.)

The Amex is $150 per year, instead of $120 with the Aerogold BUT Amex waives the fee for the first year. Also, both cards normally charge you $50 per year for a supplementary card (usually for your spouse) but amex gives you one supplementary card for free (not just one year free, but free forever)

Check out our list of the best places to earn amex points and best strategy for earning amex and aeroplan points

Which Stores Take Amex – List of Stores that take American Express

Here is an on going list of the best stores that take American Express in Canada. This list was last update April 14 2011. This list points out the merchants where you can earn more american express and aeroplan points. If you are looking to earn aeroplan points you should take a look at our best canadian points credit card article (it’s an amex)

Please list other stores in the comments section and they will be added to the list.

  • Costco
  • Wal-mart
  • Shoppers Drugmart (double points with Amex Gold Card) (also collect Shoppers Optimum points)
  • Sobeys (can convert Club Sobeys points to amex points)
  • Metro
  • Canadian Tire (also collect canadian tire money)
  • 407 ETR
  • CinePlex
  • NCIX.com
  • The Keg
  • TTC (metro pass)
  • Go Transit (passes)
  • Amazon
  • Chapters & Chapters.ca (also take aeroplan on chapters.ca)
  • Starbucks
  • McDonalds (only certain locations)
  • Canadian Government/Passport Offices
  • eBay (also takes aeropan)
  • The Bay
  • Sears

Here are a few stores that do not take Amex

  1. Loblaws
  2. Great Canadian Super store
  3. No Frills