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[Aeroplan] Air Canada gift cards 100 points = $1

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Air Canada gift cards 100 points = $1

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I noticed that Air Canada gift cards are discounted on the Aeroplan rewards page.

5000 points = $50 (regular 7000 points)
10000 points = $100 (regular 14000 points)
...and so on for the other denominations. Basically 100 points = $1 for all Air Canada gift cards. If you've got some points to burn, this might be a good option as it allows you to use your Aeroplan points for travel with no restrictions, and the gift cards can be used to cover the "taxes and fees" portion of the trip, which isn't the case with points.

Anyways, long time lurker, first time poster so hopefully I did everything ok!
Thread Summary
Some fine print thanks to commenters below.

1. IMPORTANT: For ticket purchases, you can use up to two (2) gift cards provided that the total cost of the ticket purchase is covered fully by the (2) two gift cards.

2. It is important to know that you cannot consolidate the value of multiple Gift Cards onto a single one.
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Deal Addict
Aug 20, 2011
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Only good if you want to cash out points.
Sr. Member
Mar 7, 2011
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Brampton
This is the typical $.01/point value... it was just badly valued with the before rates...
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Jul 14, 2008
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would this the best time to cash out?
Deal Fanatic
Feb 15, 2006
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If you don't think you'll be booking flights with your points, this is one good way to "cash out". OTOH, when paying for flights, I usually want to use premium credit cards because you get the travel/medical insurance. When using GCs, you won't get most of the CC insurance coverage.
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Feb 19, 2009
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What's the difference? If you use GCs issued from points you don't get the CC insurance. If you use the points themselves, you don't get the CC insurance. So you are no worse off from the CC insurance perspective if you redeem points to GCs. The real advantage is being able to select any flight you want. To get the Aeroplan point redemption rate of $.01/point value, you likely won't get a direct flight.
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May 12, 2004
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what about the ability to select partner airlines? usually those flights if on AC are more expensive, while on Aeroplan are still the same points value
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do you guys know if CCs will cover you if you partially pay with your credit card? Or the entire air fare needs to be paid?

I think you get more value out of GCs if you use them whenever there are good deals. Something you'll rarely see when using your aeroplan points
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Jonick wrote: do you guys know if CCs will cover you if you partially pay with your credit card? Or the entire air fare needs to be paid?

I think you get more value out of GCs if you use them whenever there are good deals. Something you'll rarely see when using your aeroplan points
i've only ever seen if the full balance is paid with it
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Jul 7, 2014
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and the fine print... "IMPORTANT: For ticket purchases, you can use up to two (2) gift cards provided that the total cost of the ticket purchase is covered fully by the (2) two gift cards."
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BlackXstar wrote: Only good if you want to cash out points.
Yup. That's why I said "if you've got some points to burn" Grinning Face
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Jonick wrote: do you guys know if CCs will cover you if you partially pay with your credit card? Or the entire air fare needs to be paid?
I believe you are covered if you pay for even part of the ticket, but I see here that others say differently. Probably the best bet is to call the credit card company.
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Also

"It is important to know that you cannot consolidate the value of multiple Gift Cards onto a single one."
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drofnats wrote: and the fine print... "IMPORTANT: For ticket purchases, you can use up to two (2) gift cards provided that the total cost of the ticket purchase is covered fully by the (2) two gift cards."
This is true. I usually just use one $250 gift card then pay for the rest with my credit card. I would never get a gift card bigger than that unless I had a specific/immediate use in mind for it. Pretty much any flight on Air Canada will be at least $250.
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I'm debating if I should cash out now, before Air Canada rolls out their new loyalty program, which might devalue aeroplan points further.
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Jonick wrote: I'm debating if I should cash out now, before Air Canada rolls out their new loyalty program, which might devalue aeroplan points further.
I did Grinning Face. What really sucks is that I'm only 50 points away from being able to get one more $50 GC!

Also, for what it's worth, I ordered one about ten days ago and it arrived day before yesterday.
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Personally at 1c/point its pretty average redemption but for some people who don't know how to get good value i can see the appeal.
Jonick wrote: do you guys know if CCs will cover you if you partially pay with your credit card? Or the entire air fare needs to be paid?

I think you get more value out of GCs if you use them whenever there are good deals. Something you'll rarely see when using your aeroplan points
Read the terms and conditions for your cards. Most (all my cards anyways) require you to pay the full cost of the airline ticket to get the insurance (cancellation, baggage, etc).
Jonick wrote: I'm debating if I should cash out now, before Air Canada rolls out their new loyalty program, which might devalue aeroplan points further.
I assume AC will devalue the points slightly (as seems to have every once in a while anyways), because why wouldn't they hah.

Personally i just used up the points i had left (~220,000) on 2 business class flights to Italy because i don't want to roll the dice. I've got a family member sitting on close to a million points i've been begging to use them (or to let me use them haha).
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YYZ-MSY-SFO-YYZ with 2-3 days stop overs and direct flights between them= 25k miles & 200$, i think is a good deal for a ticket that is over 1000$
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Jonick wrote: do you guys know if CCs will cover you if you partially pay with your credit card? Or the entire air fare needs to be paid?

I think you get more value out of GCs if you use them whenever there are good deals. Something you'll rarely see when using your aeroplan points
YMMV: I just checked the terms of my Gold Scotiabank Amex, so long as 75% of the trip costs are charged on the card, you have trip interruption, delay and accident insurance coverage.. no delayed baggage coverage without 100% of trip costs charged though!
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Bought $250 AC gift card. AC paid $400 million to buy back aroplan so they have to recover this money....I think it will be on backs of existing people with banked air miles. In terms of devaluing the program. Similar to what Marriott did.

Thanks OP

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