I wanted to share my experience with you on using my Aeroplan points. The bulk of my points are collected using the CIBC Aeroplan card which I have held since 1994.
I have booked many trips in the past using the Aeroplan points collected using the credit card flying with the airline.
I have been attempting to book at trip online to Florida for the past weeks using my points to get my family there for a vacation. The dates we get are not that important.
Traditionally you need to claim 15000 miles for short haul flights and 25000 miles for flights anywhere in North America. What Aeroplan has now stared doing is rewarding with connecting flights for these point levels. No one wants a connecting flight when a direct one is available. Thus for me to get on the direct flight from Toronto to Ft Lauderdale I need to use up to 55000 miles for what you should get using 25000 miles.
The Aeroplan program has dwindled in value over the past years to the point that is it basically a fraud. For them to simply choose the number of miles required for the reward is on the verge of fraud. The points required for a flight have in the past been and should be fixed.
I would recommended that everyone stop collecting aeroplan points and focus your efforts elsewhere. I will be switching to the Capital One Cash Back credit card now that simply rewards cash to you.