Spending Money for Travel – Part Deux

Spending Money

A few weeks ago I wrote a post on how I could trade my Delta SkyMiles for Air Canada Aeroplan miles, but that it would cost me over US$200 to do so. I waffled on whether to do it, but in the end I decided to post the trade request. Since the trade would expire a month after I posted it, I figured I had nothing to lose, so I posted the trade. 20,000 Delta SkyMiles for 20,000 Aeroplan miles.

Wouldn’t you know it, this week the trade went through! Good thing it was this week to, as the Canadian dollar is almost at par with the US one, so the US$220 fee ended up costing me CDN$227 and change. Yeah!I’m excited about this trade because it means that I’m more than halfway to a ticket to Europe, which is cool since I’m hoping to go there next year. OR, I’ve got a ticket to the West Coast, which is another option, although since I was just there in February I’ll probably hold on to them to use for Europe. Woo!And as far as finding the $227 to pay for the trade, I’ve got $100 saved up in my Toonie fund, and I’ll take $100 from my income tax refund to finance the other portion. The rest will come from my next paycheque (this Friday), so it’s all covered.

Sure, I won’t use the Aeroplan points for a while, so some of you might be thinking why didn’t I wait, but in the end with something like a trade, I couldn’t be sure if anyone would accept the trade when I needed them. If it was a matter of relying on the airline to let me trade them, then sure, I would have waited. But since I had to find someone to trade with me, I thought it was better to do it as soon as I could, that way I’d have the points when I needed them.

Spending Money for Travel – Part Deux

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