So, have been doing lots of investigating to see the cheapest way to get to Orlando from Nova Scotia. (We used an accumulation of Aeroplan points from my Aerogold Visa for our May/June trip, but AC is just more trouble than it's worth.) When we moved back east last year we started collecting airmiles, mostly at Sobey's but also one startling foray to Lawton's (200 pts in one trip, spending about $100 on stuff we needed anyway.) And after threatening to discontinue the Aerogold for years, dh finally got an Airmiles Mosaik Mastercard in February. In my general research, I found out we could get to MCO from YHZ for about $1500 for 4 in December. (We're looking at Dec or Feb.) Pretty good, but still thinking a good "Ding" from NH would save us 50% of that. Checked our Airmiles account tonight, and we are dangerously close to having two free flights! With the Mosaik MC we only need 1400 low-season pts per ticket. Less than a year of collecting and we're that close. I'm figuring by the fall (if I watch all those bonus miles offers in the flyers) we'll have what we need to book two free tickets, then buy the other two, hopefully for less than $800. Flying from Halifax in the winter is much preferable to driving to the closest US airport even if it did save us big bucks. AND I don't have to deal with smarmy AC service, we get to have fun on Westjet. I am so proud of dh for doing the research and finding this good deal for us! I had all this inertia built up for the collection through my Visa, even though it was costing us a couple-hundred bucks a year to do it. What a clever dh. Now, if anyone has any caveats to offer about using airmiles, I'm listening. I know it's really frustrating and often difficult to use AP points--hoping AMs are easier to deal with.