One thing I’ve come to realize is that I’ve been here a long time. Not as long as a few others, but it’s been a while.
I remember the first ticket I booked was when Aeroplan had a “sale” where you could book First Class at business class prices and Business class at economy class prices. That lasted a few weeks, which would be absolutely be hilarious if something similar happened today.
That was sometime mid-2011, and I was 16 at that time. My, does time fly! I don’t feel old just yet, but there are quite a few things that have changed since I’ve started utilizing miles and points for my travels. Here are some of my thoughts.
Promotions Come and Go
I always had the mentality where I wanted to get in on everyone promotion (I still do), but if I missed something it was like the sky was falling. Back then, Whatsapp wasn’t as ubiquitous, and people still had Blackberrys. I remember telling people to call me if there was a mistake somewhere.
There have been just so many good deals that have happened. The best ones I’ll only tell in person, but there’s been mistake fares galore, elite status giveaways, and agents that didn’t know geography (Oh, US Airways).
Even though I look back and wistfully think about how I wish those were back, there are still plenty of fantastic deals available, in spite of this day and age. And back then, TD points could transfer to AA!
I would say that deals aren’t circulated as much online. All the chatter is underground now.
Credit Cards are King
Even though Canadian cards don’t provide as much value as American ones, we still have it pretty good. Back then, where there were 15,000 points bonuses, we regularly see 25,000, 30,000 and even a 75,000 signup bonus with the American Express Business Platinum Card.
Additional Reading: 75,000 Points with the Business Platinum Card!
So if y’all just want to do a one of a few trips, I think it’s easier than ever to do that a fraction of the retail cost.
I’m not sure, to be honest. But we’ll see!