Is this a good deal? [Aeroplan]
What are the best deals for Aeroplan points other than first class?
Is it usually worth it to pay the fuel charges with cash or points?
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Apr 26th, 2016 11:18 pm
Awesome info, thanks!houska wrote: ↑Agree with the above.
As an (over)general rule of thumb, redeeming Aeroplan miles for more than 2c/mile is generally a good deal, and below 1c/mile is generally a bad deal. In between, depends on what your other options are, and how much you're into delayed gratification and optimizing stuff versus grab'n'go.
Generally speaking, 25k economy awards in North America are not worth it if your alternative would be to buy a rock-bottom discount fare far in ahead of time (e.g. Tango on Air Canada) or if you would otherwise fly a low-cost carrier (e.g. Southwest, Spirit inside the U.S.). They are more likely to be worth it if you're flying multiple stops (as you plan), cross-border, at premium times. Basically, I'd ballpark price out the itinerary you want to fly and if it would price out to more than $700 or so (25000 @ 0.02 + $160) would feel I'm getting good value.
On the other hand, the fees for 19k pts is less than 1c/point so not worth it. You could later redeem for a 15k short haul award (+ fees) and have an extra trip instead!
Also consider your Aeroplan earning plans going forward. If it's taken you a long time to accumulate just enough to pay for ticket and fees, and you don't expect to up your earnings rate going forward, it might make sense to pay for the fees with points rather than orphan them. If signing up for one of the credit card bonuses to get another 20,30,40k points in the coming year is possible, you might think about saving all the points instead, since you'd be within reach of a business class ticket to Europe or a sunny vacation next winter pretty quickly.
Apr 27th, 2016 11:42 am
Some people like holding back to redeem business class/first class for the "score/splurge" factor; you do get treated better (comfort, booze, food, priority boarding/lounge access), and there's a bit of a "living a dream" element to it too, like going to the prom in a limo.