Tips and tricks to redeeming your travel points this holiday season

Dec 19 2017, 9:06 pm

It’s the holiday season, and for many that means holiday travels. As we go on the feverish hunt for the right gift, the credit card will be the weapon of choice for most consumers, and some of us are fortunate enough to accumulate travel points as we make theses purchases. These travel points can mean huge discounts on airfare when one plans their winter travels.

To say that the winter travel season is busy would be an understatement, it’s downright chaotic at times. Whether you are looking to escape the cold and damp temperatures for sun and warmth or travelling back home to visit family and friends for the holidays, you’ll need a plan of attack.

Winter travel can be made easy and affordable when redeeming travel rewards points, such as those earned with your TD Aeroplan Visa cards. To find out more about rewards travel with TD Aeroplan credit cards, visit

Don’t wait to book your plans, the winter season is just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about your travel plans. It’s key to get ahead of the travel-booking rush to ensure you have your choice of flight, especially if you are using travel points.

A recent TD survey found that over 80 per cent of Canadians (and same percentage for British Columbians) are members of at least one travel rewards program, and many may be thinking about booking their winter travel through points. In British Columbia the survey also found:

  • Over 40 per cent of British Columbians share their travel points with family and friends
  • Over 75 per cent of British Columbians say that earning travel points is one of the best ways to make trips more accessible and affordable (nationally the percentage is 70 per cent)

TD offers the following tips to consider when booking your winter travel through points:

  • Take advantage of additional benefits that your travel rewards credit card may offer, such as travel insurance coverage, concierge services and airline perks.
  • Consider giving the gift of travel this holiday season by using points to book a flight for a family member or close friend to visit. This way you’ve crossed someone of your long list and saved money while doing so.
  • Beyond flights, consider using points to book a hotel stay or activities while on vacation. This is often overlooked aspect of travel points.
  • Plan ahead to save you time and money. Seventy per cent of Canadians say that earning travel points is one of the best ways to make trips more accessible and affordable.

“Consumers can truly maximize the value of their everyday purchases to help alleviate the financial crunch that comes at the end of the year,” said Gary Aulakh, Branch Manager at TD in Langley/Willowbrook. “For example, when using their travel rewards credit card throughout the year for groceries, gas, and even their daily coffee-break, consumers can in turn redeem those points earned all year-long to book their winter vacation: be it an escape from the cold, getting you home for the holidays, or a cozy ski getaway without straining the budget.”

With those handy tips, make sure you start planning for your winter travels now.

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