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From first-class seats to multi-destination itineraries and last-minute flight bookings, I’ve truly done it all when it comes to making the most of my Aeroplan membership over the years. The program has saved my bacon (read: bank account) many times, like when I decided to fly to New York City two days before the start of a conference (total cost: 25K miles and about $100). Or when there was a family emergency on the east coast and I literally booked our flights through the app en route to the airport (for just 12,500 miles and $17 each way); it was such a relief, especially during a stressful time. And how about that time I redeemed a bunch of miles to visit my bestie all the way in Australia? After taxes/surcharges the return flight cost just $250!
As you can see, I’m a pretty big Aeroplan fan, mostly because there are some fab deals to be had, (particularly if you can find a flight with a Star Alliance partner such as United Airlines, which doesn’t charge additional taxes) and it’s ridiculously easy to earn miles since there are so many partners and credit card companies affiliated with the program. You’ve probably heard by now that some updates are on the way starting in 2020, and while Aeroplan hasn’t released specifics yet they are sharing their six brand commitments, which gives us members some hints about what’s coming down the pipe. Here are three things you’re sure to love about the new Aeroplan program.
1: More choice
‘Blackout dates’ and ‘Availability’ are pretty much the worst words in the English language when it comes to redeeming points with a flight rewards program, no matter which one you belong to. It’s great to hear that starting in July 2020, Aeroplan flights won’t be limited to seat inventory from just one airline or network, and members can choose from more airlines serving even more destinations than the program offers today. Better start packing for that trip to Fiji’s sun-kissed beaches!
2: Flexible payment options
#TheStruggleIsReal when you finally find a flight with the dates and availability you want, click ‘Book’, then get a pop-up error message that says, “Sorry, you do not have enough points to complete this transaction.” ARGGHHHH. (For the record it wasn’t Aeroplan that did that to me, which is why I still love them.) Anyway, Aeroplan’s program updates will include flexible payment options when booking, and the ability to earn Aeroplan miles through more than 150 partner brands, or retailers like Amazon. This means you’ll get the miles you need for that romantic trip to Italy even sooner, and less time screaming at your computer screen like a crazy person.
3: New travel products
In case you didn’t notice, Aeroplan redemption offers include more than flights: their portal also has car rentals, hotels, insurance, gift cards, travel accessories, and you can even donate your miles to worthy causes like Doctors Without Borders and Special Olympics Canada. Starting in 2020, an intuitive planning and booking engine will offer members access to more travel products, including a greater selection of accommodations, activities and vacation packages. Cheers to one-stop shopping!
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