I have figured out what air miles are good for. They are very good for inspiring creative expletives.
Years ago I realized I would never buy enough groceries to make my air miles worth anything of value. Nevertheless, they keep slowly adding up to the point where I think maybe, just maybe, I might actually be able to use them to go somewhere.
Yesterday a group of friends and I were discussing the possibility of taking a trip to Montreal. I love Montreal; at least what I remember of it. I went there over thirty years ago, and have very fond memories of the architecture, the food, and the people. So, yes, I would love to go again. Trouble is, though, that air fares in Canada are a bit steep.
This morning I thought I would check to see if my Airmiles or my Air Canada Aeroplan miles are worth anything. It turns out I have the glorious total of 9 Airmiles. They wouldn’t get me to the end of the street! My Aeroplan miles, however, look a little more promising; I have about 18,000 of those. I saw that number and started to get a little bit excited. Maybe Montreal is in my future.
Well, maybe not. At least, not with 18,000 Aeroplan miles, anyway. Not only do I not have anything like enough miles, I cannot use any number of miles to book a flight on the chosen dates. Those dates are apparently off-limits to miles redeemers.
But, I don’t give up easily. Perhaps I could use the miles to buy some merchandise. I’ve been thinking about getting a Keurig coffee maker because I love the one I used this winter in California. 18,000 miles sounds like it ought to be enough, don’t you think? Well, no. I would need 22,000 miles and I can’t top up my miles with cash unless I’m buying a flight which I can’t do because they won’t let me use the miles to fly on a date when I want to go.
This Catch 22 is not news to me, but it just reminded me again how annoyed I was the last time I checked my air miles. It also reminded me that air miles bear absolutely no resemblance to or connection with actual miles. It’s just the name of the con.
Yeah, I’ve totally given up on the whole concept of using air miles. Totally.
I know. I keep hoping they’ll amount to something! Duh.
I find the same with coupons. You have to buy way more than you need to get something for less.
Ha ha! So true, Bea.