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When there is no Star Alliance option
Living in Canada, I am loyal to Aeroplan, and thus, travel mostly on Star Alliance partners. I currently do not collect points in any other program.
For the first time I am trying to plan a trip to a destination that no Star Alliance carrier flies to. In this case, IPC – Easter Island, Chile.
I had wanted to use my points, but the only carrier that flies there, Lan, is a member of oneworld.
What is the best way for a Canadian to earn some sort of points in one of the oneworld member loyalty programs so that I could buy a roundtrip reward ticket SCL-IPC-SCL? Normally credit cards do the trick, but not sure where to start.
Alternatively, I suppose I could just buy a ticket, but at nearly $1,000 roundtrip, it seems rather expensive for a domestic flight.
@ YYC Paul — Well, your best bet is the RBC Avion or SPG cards, as either would allow you to transfer points efficiently to a oneworld partner (either British Airways or American).
That being said, LAN is super stingy with award space on that route, so availability will be a real challenge. A cash-back card might not be a horrible option in this case.