I wrote about this in Chap 1 of the blog, but I thought that it was time to remind people (and inform new readers) of this wonderful little toolbar from Airmiles.
Airmiles teamed up with Yahoo to create a toolbar that works with Internet Explorer and Firefox. I’m not sure about Chrome, Opera, or Safari since I don’t use any of those. You need to enter your Airmiles card number when you attemt to download the software. After that, it installs with your information already loaded.
The main advantage of this toolbar is that, for every 50 searches you do through Yahoo’s search engine, you will be awarded 5 airmiles, to a maximum of 40 per month. It’s incredibly easy to accumulate airmiles, even if you’re not sitting there trying to artificially create searches. Rather than type cnn.com into my address bar, now I type cnn into the Yahoo search box first, then click on cnn.com which will come up as the first choice. It’s an extra step, but it’s not hard. Sure, many people are so used to using Google, that the thought of another search engine is foreign to them. But some of us remember a time before Google was a verb, and Yahoo is still a very competent search engine. And it’s not like you can’t go to Google.com if you can’t find what you’re looking for. Pretty unlikely.
I’ve been using the toolbar faithfully for a few months, and I have yet to max out to 40 airmiles. I think that the most that I’ve gotten to is 30, and I did a little creative searching on the last day of the month to get me to the next 50 search cutoff. And hey, I figure that 30 airmiles from something as simple as using a search engine… well, that’s more than I get from shopping at Sobeys and buying my gas from Shell.