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I don’t spend the majority of my days online searching for award tickets. Instead I spend them doing exotic things like laundry, attending PTA meetings, and scrubbing the floor. However, today my mom and aunt announced they were going to go to Europe together to celebrate both of their retirements from teaching. I am so very excited for them, and now am fully vested in helping them do it largely using miles and points.
I’ll save the rest of the back story and planning for that trip for another post, but as a result of their newly announced trip I ended up doing some searches on Air Canada’s Aeroplan site since Membership Rewards (transferred to Aeroplan) will likely be the best currency they have to get to Europe. I hadn’t visited Aeroplan in a while, but one of my previous gripes about it was that the taxes/fees were not displayed if you didn’t have enough miles in your account to book the trip.
Since they do charge fuel surcharges on many flights (though not on partners United and US Airways), this left you having to do some extra work and/or guessing to come up with what you would owe for the award ticket. However, I noticed today that the taxes and fees displayed even though I currently have exactly 0 Aeroplan miles in my account. This improvement is “new”, but not brand new, and I am probably the last to know. As you can see in the mock itinerary I built below, flying a mix of US Airways and United business class from Houston to Frankfurt and returning to Houston from Dublin, the taxes and fess came out to around $100. Not bad at all, and very helpful to have the actual number displayed For those curious, that prices out to $100 + 90,000 miles, which is actually fewer miles required than you would spend with United or US Airways if you booked directly with them.
In case you want to use the Aeroplan tool to look for Star Alliance award availability, it is pretty good. If you are like me and searching before transferring miles in from somewhere like Membership Rewards it is now even better than it used to be since you can see the full price.
Even though I am probably the last to know about this improvement, I wanted to share the news in case I am actually the second to last person to know. 🙂