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Old 01-25-2013, 01:13 PM   #1
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Location: An island, off the Left Coast of Canada
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Head spinning over Airmiles!

I'm in the middle of planning and pricing out our trip to DLR at the end of April and this is the first time I've been able to use Airmiles...and my head is just spinning looking at all the combinations. You'd think as a high level finance officer, that this would not flummox me but here we are.

Any advice or input would be really welcome, especially from anyone who has crunched the numbers. Also, if someone can check my numbers and let me know if I have made a calculation error, that would be awesome!

I have the option of buying either: One 5 day kids parkhopper OR one 5 day Adult parkhopper OR one of our return flights from Victoria to Anaheim.

Kids PH cost: 2120 AM OR $247.00
Adult PH cost: 2260 AM or $265.00
Flight cost through AM, using miles: 1600 AM + $120.36
Flight cost through AM, no miles: $549.39
Flight cost through Expedia: $532.59 (+ I will earn 1 AM/$35 spent)

So, if my numbers are right, the best bang for our buck is the following combination:

Use 1600 AM, pay $120.36 for the taxes on that flight, get the other two flights through Expedia and pay OOP for the 3 parkhoppers. Not only is this the least expensive combination, but if I book it through Expedia via Airmiles.ca, I will earn 1 airmile/ $35.

Cost that way:
Airmiles flight: 1600 AM + $120.36
Expedia flights: $1065.18
3 parkhoppers: $777.00

Total $1962.54

The other combinations are as follows:

3 flights through Expedia, 1 AM adult PH, pay OOP for 1 adult and 1 kid PH.
Expedia flights: $1597.77
1 AM PH: 2260 AM
1 adult, 1 kid PH: $512.00
Total: $2109.77

Use 1600 AM, pay taxes on that flight, get other 2 flights through AM and pay OOP for the 3 parkhoppers.
3 flights through AM: 1600 AM + $1219.14
3 parkhoppers: $777.00
Total: $1996.14

So, not sure if any of this made any sense at all, but for anyone who is in the know with Airmiles, do my numbers make sense?

Thanks in advance for any input!
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