Fuel Surcharges Refunded on Emirates Award and the Unraveling of Aeroplan

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  1. Aimia – as per the official press release, selling Nectar involves a net cash LOSS of $175m. That is because they are handing over the value of the unredeemed points.

  2. Aeroplan’s Starnet access has been on/off for weeks now. They’ll regularly go 8-10 hours without ability to book partner awards. I wonder if they’re trying to avoid incuring costs and doing it on purpose…

  3. Interesting Fact: If you are able to book any award travel (including Emirates) commencing in Hong Kong, you will avoid fuel charges completely, due to their government prohibiting the charge. I’m guessing you could stretch this wonderful benefit to a return, open-jaw booking too, although I have not tried that one yet.

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