Using Points and Miles to Learn About Points and Miles

This coming weekend, I am attending The Travel Summit in Toronto, Canada. After our Ireland trip was canceled, I found out about this convention from a friend and decided I would try and attend if I could find reasonable award tickets.

For my outbound flight, I found a SkyMiles award ticket for 13,500 miles from Atlanta to Toronto with a connection at LaGuardia. I couldn’t have imagined taking a voluntary connection at LaGuardia a few years ago, but the new Delta terminal and SkyClub there are beautiful and worth saving the miles over the nonstop ATL-YYZ flight.

In Toronto, I was able to use two expiring Category 1-4 free night certificates at the Hyatt Regency. I had planned to use these in Ireland and they expire early in 2023. I had no other trips planned where we could use them.

For my return on Sunday evening, I found a nonstop business class award on Air Canada for 19,000 Aeroplan points plus $70 in taxes. Compared to a nonstop economy fare of $200+ on either Air Canada or Delta, I felt like this was a decent deal. Air Canada uses a CRJ900, which ordinarily isn’t great, but Business class is configured 1-2 so I grabbed a solo seat. Air Canada actually also serves a hot meal on this flight up front unlike Delta. I had about 5,000 Aeroplan points sitting in my account already so I transferred the rest over from Capital One.

Even as someone who knows a lot about points and miles, I realize there are significant gaps in my knowledge. I look forward to filling those gaps with the information at the Travel Summit. I hope to be able to share some of this newly gained knowledge here over the coming weeks.

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