· Be flexible with your dates- and check all of the different combinations. In my particular case the option was to come back on monday which would have cost 40,000 miles, or tuesday which cost only 25,000 miles.
· Check alternative airports if there are other convenient ones you can get to- this could save you money on the taxes you have to pay.
· Make sure that the route is reasonably convenient- sometimes you may have to transfer several times to get to your destination.
· I used to think it was worth it to call air canada to redeem your points- but now that the website has improved I think it is better to redeem online- you have to pay an extra fee if you want to make your reservation by phone.
Remember- Aeroplan miles do expire after 7 years so it is important to use them before 7 years or face losing them. Aside from flights there are many other things you can exchange your Aeroplan miles for such as gift cards at various stores. Check out all the options at Aeroplan, or on my Getting the most our of Aeroplan page