Tried to order a Delta coupon for a stay that I had planned (2 weeks ahead of time) Was told that they don't have the voucher system any more (I get junk mail from Aeroplan every day - but never informed about this change)
Booked my stay and then tried to order the gift card on line - but the disclaimer said the card would take 4-6 weeks to arrive. Tried calling customer service and someone finally answered after holdig for 20 minutes? and the line dropped and went dead - called back and someone finally answered - I asked about ordering the gift card and was told I could only do so on line. I aksed about expiditing the delivery of the card and was told that was no longer something that aeroplan offered (AGIAN - I get junk mail from Aeroplan every day - but never informed about this change)
So my options were - order a card and reduce my points for a card that I may not get in time - that will expire in 12 months that I may not use before it expires (assuming I get the card at all) and in the end loose 12500 points and get absolutely no value at all. I opted to pay for my stay at the hotel with cash and save my points for flights. Hopefully the rules won't be so screwed up by the time I'm ready to book my next flight.