I’ve been bitten by the wanderlust bug. In the past few months, I have travelled more than I ever have in my entire life! Once you begin to travel frequently, you’ll never want to stop.

When I’m not travelling, I’m dreaming of the next destination. Where to go next? There are too many places to discover, cultures to experience and foods to savour.

Now that my kids are older and they’re remembering experiences, I want to travel as much as I can with them. Before they eventually fly away from the nest, making memories with my family is more important now than ever.

That’s why Aeroplan is a fantastic way to collect Aeroplan miles for travel. Aeroplan is free to join and enables you to collect Aeroplan miles. How can you earn Aeroplan miles? If you’re unfamiliar with how Aeroplan works, here’s a quick and easy guide to Aeroplan.

How Aeroplan Works

What is Aeroplan?

Aeroplan is the most popular airline rewards loyalty program in Canada. With 5 million members, its growing network has over 75 world-class partners, representing more than 150 brands in the financial, retail, and travel sectors.

Owned by Aimia Inc., a global leader in loyalty management, 2.7 million rewards were issued to members last year including 1.9 million flights on Air Canada and Star Alliance carriers.

How do you earn Aeroplan Miles?

You can earn Aeroplan miles on eligible Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air Canada rouge or other Star Alliance member airline flights; as well as accommodations and car rentals through their partners including Avis, Starwood, Fairmont and Best Western. So the more you travel, the more Aeroplan miles you can earn to use on your next trip – win win.

Yet another way to earn more miles is with one of Aeroplan’s credit card partners – TD, CIBC and American Express allows members to earn miles twice if they pay with one of their Aeroplan affiliated financial cards. So you can earn miles even faster… and be even closer to your next family vacation.

But you can also earn Aeroplan miles with its portfolio of retail and service providers including Direct Energy, Esso, Home Hardware, Costco, SHOP.CA, and more. Think how many times you fill up your gas tank, or how much you spend at Costco online… knowing that you’re receiving an extra benefit by earning miles for your next family vacation, is a wonderful incentive.

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How do you use Aeroplan Miles?

You can redeem your Aeroplan Miles with Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air Canada rouge or other Star Alliance airline partners. The points required to redeem an air ticket depends on the category, and class of fare. A round trip economy class ticket on Classic Flight within North America cost 15,000 for short haul flights and 25,000 for long-haul.

If your main purpose of collecting and redeeming Aeroplan miles is for travel, you’ll be able to redeem for flights, hotel awards such as accommodation, car rentals, and a wide range of merchandise and activities.

In addition to flights and vacation packages, members also have access to over 1,000 exciting specialty, merchandise, hotel, car rental and experiential rewards. As you’re already spending on the inevitable expenses, it’s nice to know that you’re also gaining something back that you can use later – great bonus for the entire family.

But Aeroplan is not just for travel – you can also redeem your Aeroplan miles on a bunch of family-friendly products and activities including parks and attractions, such as City Passes and Disney Park admissions, and thrills and adventures such as indoor skydiving and rock climbing. Rather than an adventure, you’ll also find electronics such as iPads and cell phones (not until my kids are 13!), toys, gift cards, and more.

For more information on Aeroplan, visit Aeroplan.com or here for a quick reference sheet.  Stay tuned on more Aeroplan updates in the coming months!

How would you spend your Aeroplan miles?

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Author

Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

17 Comments

  1. I’m just like you in that I’m ALWAYS thinking about where to go next. I’m also a big fan of accumulating miles to fund travels and using credit card points to cover hotel costs and such. Good tips!

  2. I haven’t paid for a ticket in over a decade thanks to Aeroplan. I recommend it to everyone. I find it quite flexible even though they have blackout dates. Every two years we manage a family trip to Europe thanks to these points!

  3. You caught my attention at dreaming! I daydream all the time about taking my family of six on a plane. One day we will travel the world and I will be happy I had my Aeroplan working for me!

  4. I totally agree, once I started traveling I became hooked. I’m always trying to plan another trip. I’ll have to look into this. Thanks.

  5. I do not live in Canada but this Aeroplan rewards systems seems like a great incentive for those of us who love to fly. I will most definitely check it out.

  6. This sounds like such a great idea, wish they had something similar to this in America. I have been bitten by and wanderlust bug as well and can’t wait to take a trip soon! Be sure to check out my article about how to take great vacation photos.

  7. wow, wish there was a program like this in The US. Some credit cards partner with an Airline like American but this seems a little more flexible. Air Canada is probably better than AA and you have its partners as well.

  8. Areplan never heard of this sound like a great idea then I read it is not in America as yet was extremely disappointed such a wonderful incentive.

  9. This program sounds amazing and I wish it was available in the U.S. I would love to be awarded for traveling!!

  10. I’ve never heard about the Aeroplan but it sounds good. i really want to travel with my kids that were still young

  11. Thanks for introducing me to Aeroplan. I’ve never heard of it prior to today. I’m always looking for ways to maximize my travels. You’re right, once you’ve begun traveling, the wanderlust doesn’t stop. I’m off to sign up today.

  12. I’ve been an Aeroplan member since 1993, when I first flew off to grad school 🙂 I’ve redeemed for many flights over the years and just recently realised I could also use my points for Esso cards! I earn points on my CIBC Visa & mortgage, and on my Esso Speedpass purchases, as well as my flights. Over 30,000 there currently, with two trips coming up next month to add more. Woo hoo!

  13. honestly, I would use the Areoplan miles to make my life easier. Passes to things for the kids or holiday gifts I don’t have to go to a store and buy.

  14. Elizabeth O. Reply

    This sounds like a great reward program. Who wouldn’t want to travel for free?

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