Thanks for the tip. Just signed up. DW signed up on her own account. We can use the 50K points.
25K points almost gets two of us from Calgary-Ft. McMurray. Those short hops are often the same price as going flying to Toronto.
Last edited by fraser; 2015-05-02 at 04:36 PM.
Another thumbs up for Costco with respect to car rentals.
Just curious as to why some of you are getting out of Aeroplan? I was considering signing up for the Amex Gold card to get the 25,000 point bonus. Is it a hassle to redeem Aeroplan points?
Here's a question: Is there a way to have a Amazon.com for example? I'm heading to portland and it would be nice to just have the stuff I wanted there when I arrive rather than running around trying to buy stuff.
We have two issues with Aeroplan. The first is that it is extremely difficult to get business class seats.
But the biggie is cost. 'Free' Aeroplan seats, 60,000 points, to let's say LHR actually cost $650. Not an Aeroplan issue, an AC issue. We used to select Lufthansa flights because they did not charge the extra $250-275 each way. That has been blocked. You can still book on United without paying this but I am told that AC is working to close this option. If we did a similar trip, on Delta or United points, we would pay under $100. Last fall we flew on points from Calgary-Vienna. By selecting United/Continental routing through Chicago vs AC through Toronto we saved $275. each in Aeroplan fees.
So, why would I use Aeroplan points to LHR if it costs $650. plus 60,000 Aeroplan points when I can buy a return ticket on Transat for just under $1000?
To put this in perspective, if you were booking the same travel to Hawaii on the Delta or United rewards program you would probably not pay more than $30. per person in fees-if that.
We have a friend in White Rock who only uses his Aeroplan or his Delta plan when he flies out of SeaTac. His last was a one way Fort Lauderdale to Seattle. The fee was $5.
I have no issue with the security and navcan fees but I resent the add on fees that AC adds.
Last edited by fraser; 2015-05-04 at 01:21 PM.
We use a combination of AirBnB and Couchsurfing.