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Aeroplan's Best Kept Secret: award flights into Iqaluit

Aeroplan's Best Kept Secret: award flights into Iqaluit

Old Jul 24, 18, 5:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Speedbird84 View Post
I had to let out a sigh when I saw that.

Can't wait for:
  1. the 4 paragraph intro linking back to his discovery of this amazing deal on today's entry
  2. the review of him suffering in economy class for his followers
  3. the disappointment at the lack of amenities wherever he ends up going
  4. and last but definitely not least, the plethora of credit card links to build up your Aeroplan balances!
I can't wait for his review of the dining scene in Pond Inlet. Or when he finds out the only 'hotel' there isn't going to comp his $350/night (per-person, double occupancy) bill for 'exposure'.
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Old Jul 24, 18, 5:47 pm
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Originally Posted by pewpew View Post
Hasn't Canadian km or someone already written about this? I.e. it's not that concerning to see this on the blogs when you consider the number of people who would actually take this trip
Yeah KM wrote about it several years ago now. There's at least one other blogger (I can't recall offhand) who has written about it as well. This blog has a much larger readership. But, again, not sure how many in that crowd want to spend hours and hours on a 737 in economy to go to somewhere that is cold much of the year and, worse, has no 5 star hotels available for points redemption!
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Old Jul 24, 18, 7:07 pm
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That was my take as well. Uh huh, you can go to the Canadian Arctic for 15,000 AP miles. And you want to do that why now?
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Old Jul 24, 18, 7:15 pm
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Originally Posted by TheBOSman View Post
Yeah KM wrote about it several years ago now. There's at least one other blogger (I can't recall offhand) who has written about it as well. This blog has a much larger readership. But, again, not sure how many in that crowd want to spend hours and hours on a 737 in economy to go to somewhere that is cold much of the year and, worse, has no 5 star hotels available for points redemption!
There are ways to counteract the high costs of travelling North such as staying at an AirBnb (I found one for $100/night in Iqaluit) and stocking up on food and liquids at a grocery store or better airside at the Ottawa airport.

Originally Posted by YXUFlyboy View Post
That was my take as well. Uh huh, you can go to the Canadian Arctic for 15,000 AP miles. And you want to do that why now?
Given the current weather in Ontario, I wouldn't mind having a day with -20 Celsius temperatures with a 30 km/h wind...sure feels refreshing!

The main appeals to heading to the North are:
  • Winter Hiking (make sure you get a Sat Transponder and notify the RCMP before disembarking)
  • Experiencing Inuit culture and art such as Igloo building
  • Seeing the Northern Lights
  • Cuisine (Arctic Char & Caribou meat at Granite Room of Discovery Lodge hotel makes it worth the $50+/person you'll spend)
  • Bragging rights... how many Canadians can say they've ventured that far North
Safe. Travels,

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Old Jul 24, 18, 9:40 pm
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Originally Posted by j2simpso View Post
  • Cuisine (Arctic Char & Caribou meat at Granite Room of Discovery Lodge hotel makes it worth the $50+/person you'll spend)
More like $80, but yes - worth it considering the vegetarian spaghetti is $50
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Old Jul 25, 18, 5:52 am
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Originally Posted by eigenvector View Post
Or when he finds out the only 'hotel' there isn't going to comp his $350/night (per-person, double occupancy) bill for 'exposure'.
I've heard of this sort of thing on and off, but I'm kind of surprised Lucky is one of Those People.
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Old Jul 25, 18, 9:13 am
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Originally Posted by j2simpso View Post
As before, you could combine this reward with another flight within North America, allowing you to build a crazy itinerary like this: Toronto to Anchorage, Anchorage to San Francisco, San Francisco to Toronto for 25,000 points + taxes & fees.
Not sure this will work because of Aeroplan's MPM (Maximum Permitted Mileage) to Anchorage or to San Fransisco

see https://dcta.boardingarea.com/2017/1...lan-mpm-trick/

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Old Jul 25, 18, 9:41 am
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Originally Posted by emilio911 View Post
Not sure this will work because of Aeroplan's MPM (Maximum Permitted Mileage) to Anchorage or to San Fransisco

see https://dcta.boardingarea.com/2017/1...lan-mpm-trick/
Actually you can. MPM for YYZ-ANC is 5326, ANC-SFO-YYZ is 4277 miles.
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Old Jul 25, 18, 10:22 am
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Originally Posted by ChrisA330 View Post
Actually you can. MPM for YYZ-ANC is 5326, ANC-SFO-YYZ is 4277 miles.
Sorry. I didn't remember that the Earth was round.

But is there a direct YYZ-ANC flight?
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Old Jul 25, 18, 10:25 am
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Originally Posted by emilio911 View Post
Sorry. I didn't remember that the Earth was round.

But is there a direct YYZ-ANC flight?
No non-stop YYZ-ANC, but that's irrelevant.
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Old Jul 25, 18, 10:27 am
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Old Jul 25, 18, 10:30 am
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Originally Posted by emilio911 View Post
How come it's irrelevant?

Don't you think YYZ-XXX-ANC will go over the MPM?
No. MPM is 5277 each way. Given you can route ANC-SFO-YYZ, why would the reverse be any different?
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Old Jul 25, 18, 10:31 am
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Originally Posted by j2simpso View Post
Given the current weather in Ontario, I wouldn't mind having a day with -20 Celsius temperatures with a 30 km/h wind...sure feels refreshing!
Move to the Prairies - you'll get 6 months of freezing winter and you'll be fine
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Old Jul 25, 18, 10:32 am
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Originally Posted by ChrisA330 View Post
No. MPM is 5277 each way. Given you can route ANC-SFO-YYZ, why would the reverse be any different?
Yeah, I realized that after writing it
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Old Jul 25, 18, 2:28 pm
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Originally Posted by YXUFlyboy View Post
That was my take as well. Uh huh, you can go to the Canadian Arctic for 15,000 AP miles. And you want to do that why now?
Much less expensive access to Auyuittuq, Sirmilik, Ukkusiksalik, Torngat for starters.
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