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Different airlines have different hub cities, and flight pricing can vary a lot. For some people, myself included, MR points only transfer to the airlines that often have higher-priced flights on the routes I travel.
If you make 20 different round-trip flights in a year, then you can probably make great use of MR points since you'll get some great bargain flights. If you make 2 or 3, it can be cheaper (and a lot simpler) to just find a ticket at a convenient time with a low cash price and use a general-purpose travel card like CSP or Arrival.
Adjusting for inflation, the price of domestic plane tickets has actually gone down somewhat in recent years. Edit: That's for the US, I don't know about Canadian ticket prices.
Factor in taxes, limited seating for points users, and the need to monitor several different FF programs, and a lot of people just find it a hassle compared to using Expedia/Travelocity/Priceline.
Edit: The rules about transfer partners change, the point prices change, airlines merge and programs close. Unless you fly frequently, or are planning a major trip, it isn't worth spending hours upon hours learning the new rules and looking at a dozen different flight options just to save $30 on each round-trip flight. Maybe it's just a function of my travel, though, that I can usually find something cheap. If I had to pay $700 round-trip for a short flight, then I would see more value in points. But if I can take a short domestic flight for $250 round trip, I'm happy to not bother with points.
MR points are very easy to use, but they are also easy to waste, and it can be tricky for an infrequent flyer who mainly uses a certain airport to use them well. Getting 5% cash back on a purchase next month is usually better than getting an uncertain amount between 0.5% and 10% a year or two from now.
I will look at the BA and Air Canada programs more, though, as trans-Atlantic flights are not likely to be cheap and MR points could be useful there soon.
Very useful: SchwabPlat, CSP, IHG, Costco (was AA Plat), Freedom, SPG
Somewhat useful: Discover, ED (was EDP), BCE, Hyatt, Arrival
May close or PC: Prestige, BrooksBros
Might add: Proper business card, CSR, Ritz, Delta Gold, First Tech