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When I signed up for the ChoicePlus card from American Express last month, what I was looking forward to the most was choosing my five retailers where I could earn double points.  With five categories and over 100 retailers to choose from, it was tough to narrow it down to just five places.

I want to maximize the rewards I’ll get from my everyday spending.  I’m a creature of habit and so I like to shop at the same stores, get my coffee at the same shop and fill up at the same gas station every month.

But I stayed away from selecting any grocery or gas retailers and instead chose to focus on other categories like recurring bill payments, retail shopping and travel.  I ended up choosing Bell, Telus, Canadian Tire, Toys R Us and Air Canada.

We have our Internet and my wife’s cell phone contract with Telus, and Bell is our satellite TV provider.  I also chose Canadian Tire because we bought a new house last year and we still need to do some work on the yard, so we’ll be spending some money on tools and landscaping.

We have two young kids at home and a lot of our friends and relatives have young children too.  Needless to say we’ll be frequent shoppers at Toys R Us for Christmas and birthday presents.  We also have our eyes on an outdoor playground set for the backyard.

The retailer where we’ll probably spend the most with is Air Canada.

I’ll likely have one or two work related trips this year, and we’ll hopefully get to book a family vacation as well.  Air Canada is the only carrier that flies out of Lethbridge, so they might earn our business by default unless I can find a cheaper flight out of Great Falls with Allegiant Air.

You can make changes to your five places one time per calendar year.  Since I set my five places in December, I’ll be able to make a change at some point this year.

I’ve already started earning double points at my five places with the Choice Plus card from American Express. Which five places would you choose to earn double points?

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