How Many Accounts do You have?

in Points

I have many, many different accounts associated with my name. I have a few bank accounts (hopefully I know of all of those, hate to think I left money somewhere, and you should never do that), I have many, many points accounts for various institutions and systems and I also have other accounts for insurance, and also for my business too. I also have ID numbers for many other things, like my University of Waterloo alumni ID, which is my old student id, I am sure there are many other numbers associated with my name and my person.

The reason I mention this now, is that I accidentally re-enrolled in a loyalty program for Holiday Inn (Priority is the name of their reward system). When I enrolled a second time, I set my Holiday Inn account as a “feeder” to my Aeroplan account (points go there), so I collected more points for my Aeroplan account. I then saw that I already had a Holiday Inn account but in that account I simply accumulated points for later use.

Luckily I was able to clear up this mess and merge the two accounts, and hopefully I will not create any more dual accounts for any loyalty programs, but watch out for that.

Points to Points?

It used to be that Petropoints actually transferred directly to PC Financial Points, which in turn meant real money in groceries at Loblaws. This ability to transfer has since been cancelled unfortunately, but that actually gave me a lot more “bang for the points” when it was available. Always check your points programs and figure out whether you can consolidate points or such. Learn all the rules and all the loopholes in the systems that are set up.

PC Points

My two main loyalty programs are with PC Financial and Aeroplan. I have actually been with Aeroplan for almost 20 years, and have got free flights and such from this system, so I do enjoy it a great deal. PC Points I started using a few years back and I have accumulated thousands of dollars in free groceries using it (and I got free banking to boot).

I find that if someone wants to give you free money, you should take it.

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  • bigcajunman April 21, 2008, 11:29 AM

    OK that is officially insane. 181 credit cards?

    I think this guy needs a hobby, like rebuilding the WTC with popsicle sticks or something.

    YIKES!!! -c8j

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  • Michael James April 21, 2008, 11:13 AM

    You think you have a lot of accounts check this out:

    http://www.mydollarplan.com/how-do-i-organize-181-accounts/

    This is someone who does a credit card arbitrage flipping credit cards to keep getting no interest for an initial period. The author claims that this has worked without any surprise charges.

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  • Rachel @ Master Your Card April 21, 2008, 8:18 AM

    I do not have that many accounts.I used to work for a bank and used to get customers calling up to check how much money they had in various accounts. I remember finding tens of thousands of pounds that someone had completely forgotten they had. That would be nice wouldn’t it!

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