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Redeem Aeroplan miles for Digital media and gadgets
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Redeem Aeroplan miles for Digital media and gadgets

Stuck with small amounts of Aeroplan miles you aren’t likely to use? Well as of this week you can redeem those miles in Aeroplan’s new Media Store.

All you do is create an account at the Aeroplan Media store and trade your miles for credits you can use to buy music, e-books, audiobooks, mobile apps and games, even Facebook credits. The digital credits are only valid within Canada and the PIN codes are good for one year. Credits are offered in bundles of 25, 50, or 100: 25 credits costs 3000 miles; 50 credits, 5500 miles; and 100 credits for 11,000 miles.

So what kind of a deal do you get? Figuring on the basis of the lowest price, one credit is equal to 11oo miles and based on the number of miles needed to redeem gift cards on the Aeroplan site each point is worth $0.85.

So let’s look at music first..Whitney The Greatest Hits sells for 16 credits or the equivalent of $13.60 vs $14.99 on the iTunes store a pretty good deal.

 

 

Books on the other hand seem to be not such a good deal..Canadian Best Seller The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje requires 32 credits or the equivalent of $27.20. It sells for $9.99 on Kobo.

The value for audiobooks depends..The Wrecker by Clive Cussler is 22 credits or $18.70 versus $31.93 on Audible.com..a good deal for a casual purchase but not that great for an Audible.com member who would normally pay as low as $14.95 for the same book…new members could pay as low as $7.49.

Overall the Aeroplan Media Store is a good deal for music..not so hot for much else and so far, the selection is not that great. However, if you are unlikely to use that small block of miles then why not buy something you want with those miles in which case the comparative price would be less important.

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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