Aeroplan deal: Calgary to Hong Kong | 56,300 miles + $77 in taxes roundtrip
Most of the time, trying to find a great deal through Aeroplan is a frustrating experience. Even when you *do* manage to find availability, *and* it's not a flight with an incredibly inefficient route, the high 'taxes and fees' included at the end usually mean you would have been better off just purchasing the flight without using points.
However, at the moment there are flights from Calgary to Hong Kong, flying with Air Canada (not Rouge), with 1 stop in Vancouver each way, for around 56,300 miles roundtrip and just $77 in taxes and fees.
When looking at flights on Aeroplan, and comparing it to just outright purchasing the flight without using points, I tend to value the Aeroplan miles at 0.008 cents per mile. That's less than 1 cent per mile. This is the typical value of the Aeroplan points if you were to redeem them for gift cards, which is the closest you can get to redeeming them for cash.
So for our roundtrip flight to Hong Kong, we are essentially 'paying'...
56,300 miles x $0.008/mile
...which is worth $450
+ $77 in taxes and fees
for a total of $527 roundtrip including taxes.
The number of miles required will vary with the dates used. I've mainly been seeing these flights to Hong Kong in the range of 56,000 to 65,000 miles.
Availability for travel
September 2016 to April 2017
How to find and book these flights
1. Try starting with a Google Flights search like this one:
Open up the calendar view, and look for the cheapest dates. Currently the cheapest flights with Air Canada are $815 CAD roundtrip.
2. Go to the Aeroplan website
3. Search for a flight from Calgary to Hong Kong. Use the same dates you found on Google Flights.
screenshot from Aeroplan.com
Aeroplan is currently promoting other 'Great Deals' from Calgary at the following link:
Don't be fooled though, they are not all great deals. Let's take a look at what they're offering...
Calgary to London, England for 21,000 miles. Sounds like an amazing deal, right? Not after you add in the $588 in taxes and fees.
Here's what I've seen when searching today:
Calgary to London, England - 27,000 miles + $588 in taxes/fees. Equivalent of paying $804 roundtrip. Slightly cheaper than paying without points.
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