converting discount codes to AP miles?

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  1. Jasper2009
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    I was just wondering, is it possible to convert discount codes (received as compensation from AC customer service, usually 5%/10%/15%) into miles?

    I know that some other airlines give you a choice of let´s say 10% off / $150 off or 10k miles as compensation, but I don´t think AC has a set procedure for this, does it?

    If not, has anyone been successful in calling AC and ask for the code to be converted?
     
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    It's never even crossed my mind that one could ask for miles instead of x% off. Guess I need to get out of my box a little more often eh? :)

    Obviously this is speculation but I think from AC's perspective they would rather give out the 5% off codes since 5% off base fare typically amounts to not very much.
     
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    What is the value of one Aeroplan mile?
     
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    3 dollars of gas at Esso?
     
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    I need to compare 5% off and x number of Aeroplan miles to see which is the better compensation deal.
     
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    Exactly. That's why I think AC would rather give away 5% off codes. On a $1000 base fare you'd only save $50. How many points could you get with $50?

    Anyway to answer the question directly - what is the value of 1 AP mile - I think the answer is "it depends".
     
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    I personally find the 5% off codes an insult as the discount codes only apply to the base fare and therefore effectively mean you get 2%-3% discount.

    However, the advantage of these discount codes is that they usually have few restrictions (can be used on any roundtrip with no black-out dates) and are often valid for up to 4 passengers on the same itinerary. Therefore it shouldn´t be too hard to get $50-$100 of value out of a 5% off cert.

    In my opinion it would be fair to be have the opportunity to exchange a 5% off cert for 5k miles, a 10% off cert for 10k miles etc.
     
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    I personally value AP miles at about 1.5-1.7 cpm, and I guess most FFs would agree with a valuation in the 1.2-2.0 cpm range.

    I´d consider a 5% = 5k miles exchange rate a fair deal...
     

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