My favourite Aeroplan redemption is travelling within the Pacific region. For 25,000 points (40k in J and 55k in F) you can travel in economy anywhere in the region. What’s so special about these redemptions is that typically getting from island-to-island, or from Australia/New Zealand to some of these small (but beautiful) Pacific islands can be prohibitively expensive.
Let’s take the following example: Perth (PER) to Nuku’alofa (TBU). If I were to pay for this ticket, the cheapest fare I can get is for $1418:
Now if we go on Aeroplan, we can get the entire ticket for 25,000 points (+ $199 in taxes. NZ doesn’t have YQ, but there are a number of Australian taxes):
This is an excellent value. You can also route your flight to another region (i.e. through Asia) so long as it’s a published routing by the airline. You can build a 23 hour layover in Asia on this ticket.
Here are the places that qualify under Aeroplan’s Pacific region: