Is Canadian Air Miles Rewards a good travel program?

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  1. tombrady1212

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    Note this is for Canada. I'm looking for a new travel credit card. There are some big Air Miles rewards welcome bonuses in the market. I never here about Air Miles when people discuss travel cards in Canada (usually it's Aeroplan, Avion, Amex Gold, Aventura, TD First Class, etcc). Why is that? Bad earn rate, hard to redeem, poor redemption value? The premium card has a 3,000 air mile sign-up bonus, which is good enough for 2 free return flights. What gives?
     
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    First of all, depending on the Air Miles credit card a person chooses, the earn rate varies from 1 mile/$10 spent to 1 mile/$20. With my Aeroplan credit card(s), I can earn l to 1.5 miles per dollar spent. I do also collect Air Miles (but not through a credit card) so I can take advantage of both programs. With Air Miles, I have never seen anything but Economy tickets. With Aeroplan, I have the option of flying any class that I choose. Also note that, consistently, the fuel/fees/taxes are a lot higher with Air Miles than they are with Aeroplan. A flight of about 500 miles using Air Miles (in Y) cost me pennies short of $150.00. With AP, I flew from Alberta to HNL for $109.00 in fees in F.

    COMPARING AIR MILES CREDIT CARDS

    IMHO, Air Miles is not nearly as good a program as Aeroplan.
     
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    Good points. I have never used Air miles but a relative did and to fly from Winnipeg to Minneapolis on Air Miles they were forced to go via Vancouver!! They had no choice in routing. Cannot say if that is the norm.


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    Yes, convenient routing is definitely another problem with Air Miles. I use them only as a last resort ad mainly just for short hops from here to YYC or YEG.
     
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    Do they allow you to do that direct? Or via Saskatoon :)


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    Ahahaha!! :D No direct flight from here to YEG... always a stopover at YYC. :rolleyes:
     
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    Ah yes. The lawn dart


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    Exactly! :D But an upgrade to the Dash 8 from YYC to YEG. Woo, hoo!
     
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