Aeroplan

Is paying tuition, student loan with Aeroplan points a good deal?

Is paying tuition, student loan with Aeroplan points a good deal?

When I read this week in the Toronto Star that you can now pay down an Ontario student loan (OSAP) using Aeroplan points, my first reaction was that no students I know can afford to travel frequently enough to rack up a slew of airline points. But after reading further, I discovered that grandparents, parents and other generous benefactors can also convert points into cash and direct the money to ... »

How I finally used my Aeroplan points

How I finally used my Aeroplan points

  We gave up our CIBC Aeroplan VISA over a year ago in favour of a Capital One MasterCard. As I discussed in Why using Aeroplan points didn’t add up, we were tired of planning trips and then finding out that it was virtually impossible to book convenient flights for a reasonable number of points. High additional fees that can’t be paid for using Aeroplan points were also a disincentive to sti... »

Blockbuster Blogs: Week of March 2nd

Blockbuster Blogs: Week of March 2nd

When you read this I’ll be packing my bags to trade sand for snow again, but even after liberal applications of SPF 45, I hope my tan won’t fade for at least few days. This week I am linking to some blockbuster blogs. These are blogs that took on a life of their own as they were re-posted and referred to on weekly round ups of other bloggers. I’m pretty new at this game, but Why using my Aeroplan ... »

Media scan: Week of December 8

Media scan: Week of December 8

This week on retirementredux.com I wrote Shopping app Flipp can help you save money and How my travel insurance measures up. My podcast interview Mark Seed is his own advisor was posted on savewithspp.com. Here are some of the interesting blogs and articles I read: Today’s TSX decline highlights value of disciplined investing by Tessa Wilmot on Brighter Life is for those of you who want to avoid t... »

Media Scan:Week of December 1

Media Scan:Week of December 1

This week I wrote Financial Literacy: The 23 step program and Fired older employee may have reduced duty to mitigate. BOOK REVIEW: 397 ways to save money was posted on savewith spp.com. Here are some of the interesting blogs and articles I read: Blonde on a Budget has posted her December 2014 Budget & Goals and she is ecstatic that as compared to last year her expenses are way down. On Retire ... »

Why using Aeroplan points didn’t add up

Why using Aeroplan points didn’t add up

My husband and I are planning a trip to Spain and Portugal in the fall of 2015 that includes a one week river cruise. We cancelled our Aeroplan Visa last March, but we decided to blow our account balance on either economy tickets with premium bulkhead seats or business class tickets. But in the end we got a better deal by using only the travel points accumulated since March on our new Capital One ... »