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Old 04-21-2013, 05:35 PM   #1
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Using Aeroplan for Hoppers

Still trying to find 6 seats to Orlando next January using Aeroplan. The only available flight leaves Winnipeg at 5 am with an 11-hour lay-over in Chicago, and arriving at MCO at 11:43pm. Hmmm...with a 2-year old...no thank-you!

So I think we are just going to book with Westjet or Airtransat and offset the cost of those direct flights by using the aeroplan points to get some Hopper passes. I will have enough points to get 3 7-day hoppers, or 4 4-day hoppers. I'm thinking I should go with the 4-day tickets, and upgrade them once we are there. The difference is about $30 per ticket, so additional cost would be a total of $120, vs. selecting the 3 7-day hoppers and having to buy the 4th hopper at about $360.

Is my thinking straight?! sometimes I miss something obvious... Just want to check I suppose that the tickets would be upgradable
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I looked at these too but we would never hop so wondering if it is worth the points. we were given free one day park hoppers and used them this year for just magic kingdom and I felt bad we didnt hop but it was a 13 hr day as is.

do you know if they ever have just single park tickets??
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:31 PM   #3
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I looked at these too but we would never hop so wondering if it is worth the points. we were given free one day park hoppers and used them this year for just magic kingdom and I felt bad we didnt hop but it was a 13 hr day as is.

do you know if they ever have just single park tickets??
I didn't see any one day tix - they have 4, 5 and 7 day hoppers.
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:20 AM   #4
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Still trying to find 6 seats to Orlando next January using Aeroplan. The only available flight leaves Winnipeg at 5 am with an 11-hour lay-over in Chicago, and arriving at MCO at 11:43pm. Hmmm...with a 2-year old...no thank-you!

So I think we are just going to book with Westjet or Airtransat and offset the cost of those direct flights by using the aeroplan points to get some Hopper passes. I will have enough points to get 3 7-day hoppers, or 4 4-day hoppers. I'm thinking I should go with the 4-day tickets, and upgrade them once we are there. The difference is about $30 per ticket, so additional cost would be a total of $120, vs. selecting the 3 7-day hoppers and having to buy the 4th hopper at about $360.

Is my thinking straight?! sometimes I miss something obvious... Just want to check I suppose that the tickets would be upgradable

Honestly, go for it. Aeroplan is *THE WORST* customer fidelity plan. Don't get me wrong, I still collect because well it's free and a point is a point. But for the last few trips, I've gotten nowhere near being able to get flights with them. The way their flight inventory operates is frustrating and nonsensical ( unless you're not going somewhere highly in demand I guess ). We have a VISA Aventura card, book whatever you want whenever you want and they take the points on the value of the flight. ****SO**** much better and makes so much more sense. If Star Alliance actually valued their customers, they would do the same for Aeroplan.

That being said, I say definitely go for it for the park hoppers!
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:00 PM   #5
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Using any airline points for anything other than flights is usually wasteful.

In fact using airline points for anything other than Business or First class travel is wasteful, and I never use them unless it's an occasional short haul flight on an obscure route that makes it worth the point per dollar value.

You say you have enough for 4 4 day hopper passes?
Thats ~170K Aeroplan points.

That's 2 tickets in business/first class to Hawaii.
120K is first class to the Caribbean for 2.

If you use them for business or first class flights they are great value.
Do the research there's tons on sites like FlyerTalk.

I only use my points for first class travel, and if you ever see people in first/business class and wonder why anyone would pay 2-4x the ticket prices, thats why.

Also trying to find 6 seats is crazy on points you're not going to find that on popular legs, if you were a frequent flyer you would know that.
Orlando is not a slow route, you might find some to Nunavut, but there's no Disney World there.

My 2 cents.
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