Aeroplan Welcome Aboard Event
I’ve been sitting on some big news for a couple of weeks, and it’s time to spill the beans.
I’m going to Legoland Florida!
Okay so maybe not just Legoland. I’m also going to SeaWorld, and to Blue Man Group at the Universal Orlando Resort, and I’m staying at the Westin Imagine Orlando, and I’ll be driving a rental from Avis Rent A Car. Oh and I’ll be flying Executive Class on Air Canada from Toronto to Orlando too.
So just how am I doing all of this? While usually it’s through travel agencies, this time it’s compliments of the fine folks at Aeroplan.
So what exactly is Aeroplan?
Here’s what their own website has to say…
Aeroplan is Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program where members earn Aeroplan miles with its growing network of over 75 world-class partners, representing more than 150 brands in the financial, retail, and travel sectors. Aeroplan Members can accumulate miles with Air Canada and the Star Alliance network, as well as numerous hotel properties and through car rental agencies Avis and Hertz.
Aeroplan has teamed up with CIBC (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce) to offer its members who are CIBC Aero cardholders a special reward called the Welcome Aboard Event. Two flights to Orlando (one from Montreal, one from Toronto) are reserved exclusively for CIBC Aeroplan members. Passengers will be treated to dedicated check-in lines, extra free baggage allowance, free drinks and snacks, and – rumour has it – massages at the departure gate.
Aeroplan invited me to be on the flight from Toronto next week to cover the festivities.
Before I received the invitation, I had an idea that Aeroplan points could be redeemed for non-flight rewards, but I didn’t realize how many non-flight rewards were actually available. Like that Legoland pass. Or the SeaWorld Orlando entrance ticket. Or the Westin Imagine Orlando hotel room. Heck, you can even get yourself an iPad with Aeroplan reward miles. (Hopefully the iPad 3 will be in the online merchandise catalogue very soon!)
Last week when I got back to Calgary from Bangkok, I redeemed some of my Aeroplan miles to get a rental car from Avis for a couple of days. The money I saved went towards new tires for my own car. The joys of returning home in winter. Thankfully I won’t have to put up with it for too long, because…
I’m going to Legoland!
This is going to be a whole lot of fun.