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Loyalty programs best bang for buck- gift cards?

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Loyalty programs best bang for buck- gift cards?

Travel is probably the best bank for buck.
But is it generally a better deal to redeem loyalty points for gift cards and then buy the item in a retail store?


I've found this the case with Aéroplan and bestbuy gift cards, but haven't really compared much with other stores.

Of course there will be exceptions, but Wondering if there was a general rule of thumb.
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Not sure what you're asking.

"But is it generally a better deal to redeem loyalty points for gift cards and then buy the item in a retail store? " Better deal than what? With aeroplan (or any travel points loyalty program) the best rate of return is with travel. Gift cards will be much less. But you already said that so i'm not sure what else you're trying to compare with.

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