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From now on can use Aeroplan Miles to cover Taxes, Fees and Surcharges

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From now on can use Aeroplan Miles to cover Taxes, Fees and Surcharges

Just received an email from TD advising :

Your Aeroplan Miles are more flexible than ever before!
Now you can use your miles to cover Taxes, Fees and Surcharges too.

XXXX, now when you redeem your Aeroplan Miles1 for a flight reward, you have the flexibility to use them to cover the Taxes, Fees and Surcharges associated to your flight reward. It’s easy – book your flight and you’ll be given the option to cover the entire amount using either your miles or a charge to your TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card. The choice is yours!

Links to: https://www4.aeroplan.com/FlightRewardF ... ookie=true

Finally.

Now, let's all pay a visit to our friend Jerry's list of ongoing deals :)
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Sometimes, it's not worth it.

Example: 15,000 for a round trip to Winnipeg from Toronto. Taxes are $170. To pay the $170, you must cough up 18,000 points. For a total of 33,000 points. That works out to 0.015 cents per mile. Without paying the taxes using miles, the trip costs 0.022 cents per mile.
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I got a rate of 24,000pts to cover $400 fees
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Nice!

Anyone have any idea how well this will work in practice? I've never booked with Aeroplan before.

Also, who the hell is Jerry? lol
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24k points for $400, that's hot...

Anything over 1cent per mile is a good deal tbh
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badsha wrote: 24k points for $400, that's hot...

Anything over 1cent per mile is a good deal tbh
CapitolOne yields 2 cents for every dollar you spend, so you'd be better off paying your fees taxes etc. with your CapitolOne points I think.
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dracolnyte wrote: I got a rate of 24,000pts to cover $400 fees
Aeroplan point have some of the worst taxes ever on flights. 400 seems inflated. 240 is probably the real fees.
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Hmmm good to know, but I think I'll just save my points and use them when traveling internationally on carriers which don't have exuberant taxes and fees.
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Last week, I booked a multi-city trip from Vancouver > Montreal > Toronto >Vancouver with points. Cost 25000 points, with $181 in taxes.
Was given the option of paying the taxes with 21311 points. I declined because 0.85 cents per point didn't seem like a good deal...
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Is this only with the TD Aeroplan Infinite? I'm getting mine in the mail soon but just wondering.
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It's good to have the option. For people who are points-rich but cash-poor, having the ability to pay off an entire flight with points is nice.
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SkinnyMilk wrote: It's good to have the option. For people who are points-rich but cash-poor, having the ability to pay off an entire flight with points is nice.
If you're points-rich you're either cash-rich or its comped by work.

This is RFD so you're looking to get the most mileage for your dollar. Either way, you'll likely get more value per mile by paying out of pocket for the taxes.
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RWCantel wrote: Nice!

Anyone have any idea how well this will work in practice? I've never booked with Aeroplan before.

Also, who the hell is Jerry? lol
lol I've paged him, he will be paying this thread a visit soon :)
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TorontoEh wrote: lol I've paged him, he will be paying this thread a visit soon :)
Interested in what Jerry has to say. I have a bunch of Aeroplan points to use up!
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Generally not worth it, except in special circumstances.
Seems the "value" of a point from using it to pay the fees is on the order of 1c/mile or so (there are some exceptions above). If you play the game carefully, you can still usually get more than 1.2-1.5c/mile, sometimes more than 2c/mil,e for redeeming for "base fare only" (the old way) in economy. And substantially more in business or first.

The exceptions when I would consider it:
  1. As in one of the examples above, the fees part values the additional points at over 1.5c/mile
  2. You accumulate miles slowly, but now have enough to redeem for the fees, and don't expect to accumulate more terribly quickly. So the extra pts will be half-orphaned and this provides you a way of using them.
  3. You have oodles of miles, and are worried inflation will erode their value before you get around to using them
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Good to know. Now if they bring back the Aeroplan Star Challenge...... that would be hot.

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