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Travel question. I have 370,000 Aeroplan points. I wanted

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I have 370,000 Aeroplan points. I wanted to go to India but now the points seats are all taken. Any ideas about that? If not, then what do you think of using points for vacation packages; looks like they give about $1,400.00 for 170,000 points. Is this a good use of points?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: General
Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.

Hello, Susan and welcome back to Just Answer!

My name is XXXXX XXXXX it will be my pleasure to assist you.

If all the points seats are taken on a particular flight or flights you are considering to India, can you change your dates and find a flight with available points seats? That would be my first recommendation. If that doesn't work out, I think using your points for vacation packages is an excellent idea! If you're looking to take a vacation, go to their website to find out what flights and/or vacation packages are available to all the places of interest you would consider visiting, then book your vacation.
https://www1.aeroplan.com/use_your_miles/travel/vacation_packages.do

You can also redeem your points for merchandise and gift cards:
https://www1.aeroplan.com/UseYourMiles.do

I hope you enjoy whatever you decide to spend your points on!

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Cher

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Yes, those solutions are obvious. No other dates are available for India within the window we have. The question about the vacation packages, is it a worthwhile use of the points? Cost effective compared to straight air travel?

Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.
Hi again, and thanks for your reply. Also, thanks for your patience, as I was offline when you posted back.

It would be helpful if I knew which dates you wanted to travel and/or have set aside for your vacation, and where you might consider going besides India, and then I will be able to research this more in depth for you.

Do you prefer to use the points for travel? Would you consider merchandise or gift cards?

Thanks,
Cher
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

We really only want to go to India. We have Dec 20- Jan 9 off. My husband is 6'5" tall and large, so he needs business class seats.


 


Alternative vacations would involve scuba diving in the Caribbean and staying in a quiet, smaller place.

Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.
Hello again, and thanks for your additional and helpful information.

Please allow me some time to research this for you and I will let you know what I can find that will benefit you most.

Best regards,
Cher
Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.
Hi again,

I see why you had a problem getting the points seats to India, because you're traveling during Holiday time. Airfare and hotel prices are usually elevated during Holiday travel times, so you might encounter a problem of availability for other destinations, especially the 'warmer' ones like the Caribbean.

Since I don't know where you'll be departing from (I'm assuming somewhere in Canada, since Aeroplan is a Canadian travel points program?), take a look at these sites, fill in your travel dates and choose the vacation packages you like best, XXXXX XXXXX if they offer better prices than the Aeroplan vacation package prices:
http://www.cheapcaribbean.com/

http://www.expedia.com/daily/vacations/caribbean/default.asp


http://www.travelocity.com/caribbean-vacations

I do think the $1,400 for 370,000 points is worth it, if you want to use it for vacation, but right now, you'll have to decide on your destination and make your reservations as soon as possible. Traveling right after Christmas and coming home right before or after New Year's, you can usually find good prices on vacation packages. You didn't mention how long you want to be away for, so I can't plug in the dates for you on these sites. If you'd like to let me know what dates you will be departing and returning, and what airport you will be departing from, I can do more specific research for you.

If you have any additional questions, please click 'Reply to Expert' before rating, direct your reply to me, "Cher", and I will be glad to continue our conversation.

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Best regards,
Cher

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Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.
Hi Susan,

Just following up with you to see how everything is going. I hope you found my advice helpful. How did you decide to spend your points?

Please let me know if I can be of any additional assistance. Thanks!

Best regards,
Cher
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Hi, Cher. I didn't find your advice particularly useful, since I had already thought of those points and can find cheap vacation websites myself. Also you made an error in your reply regarding:$1,400.00 for 170,000 points. This did not impress me with your accuracy. Perhaps it was the fault of my question, which, in retrospect seems silly.

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