TD Aeroplan Visa with 25,000 Bonus

TD is back with 25,000 signup bonus along with first year annual fee waived!

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To be precise, you will get 15,000 Aeroplan miles with your first purchase, then another 10,000 will be deposited to your account after spending $1000 within the first 90 days. You will see the annual fee charged on your first statement, not to worry, the credit will come after the second statement. As usual, these Aeroplan miles will count towards your Distinction status as well.

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Are You Missing Out on Mileage Earning Opportunities?

Would you like 10,000 miles with that new computer?

Do you ever shop online? Are you taking advantage of all the mile earning opportunities out there? In this post, I’d like to show you how to get free miles from your online purchases.

A few days ago I was helping a friend shopping for some shoes and a new computer for the school term. We spent an hour at the mall browsing and picking, decided on everything he wanted, but guess what? We left the mall empty-handed, while gaining over 10,000 Aeroplan miles!

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$100 Statement Credit From TD Aeroplan Visa

This is a new promotion from TD where you can get a $100 statement credit when you use your TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card to make a minimum $100 Air Canada purchase. Essentially this is a free $100 cash!

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Offer period is from Jan 8 to April 30, and there are no restrictions on the purchase type. If you do not have any travel plans coming up with Air Canada, you can simply purchase a $100 gift card from the link below.

https://www.giftcard.aircanada.com/Default.aspx

Also remember you earn 1.5 Aeroplan miles per dollar spent with Air Canada, therefore at a minimum, you will get 150 miles plus $100 statement credit for buying a $100 gift card. You do not need to signup for this promotion, though you do need to be the primary holder of the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite card to be eligible, and you must use this card to make the payment. Click here for the original offer page on Aeroplan.

Myths and Facts about Aeroplan

Despite what most people say about Aeroplan, in my opinion, it’s still a fairly decent program that is worthwhile to invest in. It has advantages and disadvantages, and it’s certainly not a program for everyone. The purpose of this post is to take an unbiased view, or to the best of my ability, to look at what people are saying about Aeroplan, and clear up between the facts and myths.

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One can avoid fuel surcharge by avoiding Air Canada and choosing to fly with Star Alliance partner

Verdict: Myth. It’s actually not just Air Canada. There are a total of 27 airlines that make up the entire Star Alliance. Air Canada is certainly not the only airline that does imposes fuel surcharge on Aeroplan reward tickets. For a full list of airlines to avoid, please click here.

Aeroplan hides award availability for partner airlines

Verdict: Myth. Aeroplan does not hide award availability at all. It is the operating carrier that restricts Star Alliance partners from redeeming award tickets, this is to protect the award inventory for their own members. For example, Singapore Airlines only releases longhaul premium cabin (Business, First, Suites) to Krisflyers members. For routes such as SIN-JFK, SIN-LAX, SIN-LHR, business and first class seats can only be redeemed through Krisflyer points. Only economy is open to Star Alliance Partners. For other airlines, such as Lufthansa, first class seats are only released 14 days out (with exception of special circumstances). Therefore you will never see Lufthansa first class availability for dates that are further than 14 days out.

Calling the Aeroplan call center will give you access to ‘hidden award inventory’

Verdict: Myth. If anything, using online tools such as ANA Tool, Expertflyer, KVS tool will get you more results than what the call center agents can see. My favourite tool is the ANA search page, it is free and shows all the award inventory for Star Alliance flights. There is an excellent article on how to use the ANA search tool to find flights, please refer here. For shorthaul and domestic flights, there isn’t much point to use the tools, as the Aeroplan search engine will give you everything most of the times.

Best value use of Aeroplan are international business class tickets and round-the-world trips

Verdict: Fact. When buying with cash, international business class tickets are usually 4-5 times the cost compared to economy. But when redeeming with points, it’s only 1.5-2 times the economy cost. In addition, you are allowed to add 2 stopovers at no cost. This essentially gives you 3 destinations for the price of one, and this is something you cannot do with revenue tickets.

How To Fly Around Asia For Free

Let me start by telling you this, it takes an “Aeroplan PhD” to figure out how to best optimize and use the miles, due to it’s seat availability, high fuel surcharge, ridiculous routing… etc. But, redeeming for intra-Asia is one the easiest ways to get the most of your Aeroplan miles.

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You can usually get at least 2-3 cents per mile on a economy roundtrip, or up to 5-6 cents per mile on a economy open-jaw routing. Of course, business class tickets will get more value out of your miles.

Without further ado, let’s consider the following open-jaw itinerary: Beijing – Singapore – Tokyo

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