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Buying back expired Aeroplan points

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  • Feb 13th, 2019 11:21 pm
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Apr 30, 2018
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Buying back expired Aeroplan points

Hey RFDers, I had 50k aeroplan points that expired in January 2016. Aeroplan CR explained to me that I have 7 years since their expiration date during which I could buy them back. It'd cost me $30 + $0.01 per mile + HST. So if HST at 13%, it'd cost me about $600 to buy back 50k aeroplan points. Any thoughts on if it's worth it or not?
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Oct 25, 2009
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Moncton
Only if you make a lot of last minute short haul flights (7500 points) on routes Air Canada has a monopoly on. For example Montreal-Moncton (and you really don’t want to drive to catch Porter in Ottawa).

Because of sales tax, point purchases rarely make sense for international or US flights.
Toronto is a very small part of Canada
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50k Aeroplan points is like one round trip North American flight with a few thousand points to spare? $600 + fees and taxes on any award redemption flight would cost more than if you paid for the flight in cash at full price.
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May 7, 2008
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Toronto
I dunno if that's worth it but here's a way of looking at it:

I redeemed 8000 points for a flight that was worth $184 for EWR-YYZ that had taxes and fees for $7.30.

If my math is not messed up, then if I had to buy those 8000 points for around $125 ($80+$30 + tax) - I still saved around $52.

I guess it's based on use case and whether or not you can find flights with as cheap taxes and fees as I did.
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Tokyo
Only if you have travel plans coming up. My personal motto is “earn and burn”, as it depreciates over time.
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Mulder and Scully wrote:
Feb 8th, 2019 8:39 pm
50k Aeroplan points is like one round trip North American flight with a few thousand points to spare? $600 + fees and taxes on any award redemption flight would cost more than if you paid for the flight in cash at full price.
It's 25k pts for one round trip in economy. Surcharge/fees are around $200 for within NA
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Nov 28, 2017
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Worth noting that if you are close to a US airport, your aeroplan go up in value as taxes and fees are practically nil there (something like USD11 on a round trip). They will have fewer route options on those though, and no market fare rewards.
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Sep 19, 2007
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not worth it
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May 17, 2013
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Toronto/Montreal
Wouldn't it be a better option to get an Amex Platinum or Business Platinum, pay the annual, meet min spend for bonus(referral) and you would get either the same or more depending on the card and all the benefits...

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