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What is the best way to use Aeroplan miles these days?

What is the best way to use Aeroplan miles these days?

Old Dec 31, 19, 3:29 pm
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Originally Posted by wjw View Post
Yeah my problem tends to be that my non-work flights are typically Kazakhstan, which requires 80k for a round trip Y. I can book that flight for as little as $1,200 round trip taxes in. So, yes, using 85k to get $1,000 means Iím a little behind the 8-ball, but once you factor in taxes and fees and the fact I can actually earn miles on the reward trip it kind of cancels out.

One thing is availability of J (or F) class award tickets.

Unless one is SE, it is very difficult to get such tickets on AC - esp inter-continental/trans-oceanic flights.

For non AC flights, business class used to be easy enough a few years ago in UA (even between mainland and Hawaii). Not anymore.
Thai seems to be good in terms of relatively long intra-Asia seat availability, even in business class

I was able to get relatively easy business class for 2 flights on AI next month for Delhi-Goa and Goa-Mumbai.
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Old Dec 31, 19, 3:40 pm
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Yeah the difficulty of finding J fares was a big component to me switching to just taking cash in form of gift card if I can get more than $0.01/mile. It used to be easy enough to get J even on European routes, but now not so much. As for UA to Hawaii, their higher class fares are basically crap anyway, but I suppose still better than Y : )
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Old Dec 31, 19, 3:41 pm
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I've found points can sometimes be good when you have to book short-hauls at the last minute, since these can be outrageously expensive even in Y. Earlier this year I used something like 25k points and about $100 to book a very last-minute YYZ-DLH-YYZ trip ... the same flights were priced at well over $1,200 cash.
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Old Dec 31, 19, 4:45 pm
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long haul to europe BUT...

Try to avoid AC, Lufthansa,
Austrian.
use your imagination and en extra stop will payoff.

example

SWISS
yul-zrh bos-zrh mia-zrh almost no tax

UNITED

ewr-europe
ord-europe
bos-europe low taxes

LOT

yyz-waw their business class outstanding low taxes

SAS

yyz-cph low tax great service
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Old Dec 31, 19, 8:39 pm
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Long haul travel on UA gets better by the day considering they are now a fully fledged dynamic operation.
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Old Dec 31, 19, 8:45 pm
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Originally Posted by mboca28 View Post
SAS

yyz-cph low tax great service
Since when does SAS service Canada??
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Old Jan 1, 20, 9:29 am
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I think he meant Chicago
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