I’m Going to Legoland!

Posted by - March 7, 2012 | Category: Escapes, North America, United States

Aeroplan Welcome Aboard Event

Legoland Man and Woman

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!

Legoland Florida logo

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.

Aeroplan Welcome Aboard Event - logo

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.

Legoland Florida

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!)

The Westin Imagine Orlando—Outdoor Pool

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.

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64 comments - add one
  1. Sweet, that sounds like a whole bunch of fun!!

    We have a boat load of Aeroplan miles that we need to use up. I forgot they had merch. I’m hoping they have some camera lenses 🙂

    1. Aeroplan is great for “double-dipping” — like paying for a flight on a Star Alliance airline with an Aeroplan rewards credit card. You get points from the airline and points from the credit card. Cha-ching! 🙂

  2. So… this might sound ignorant of me, but isn’t Legoland a kid’s place? Not that there’s anything wrong with adults being kids every now and then! Am I missing some hidden secret about the wonders of Legoland?

    1. Legoland is suitable for ages 2 to 200. 🙂

      There are tons of rides which is what appeals to me, and there is a Water Park at Legoland Florida which opens in May of 2012. Sad I will miss this though… 🙁

  3. Congratulations on your upcoming trip, Raymond! I bet the inner kid in you will unleash once more once you step in Legoland! 😀

  4. That’s awesome – I’d love to be going to Legoland, a favourite childhood toy. I really enjoyed going to Orlando when I lived in and closer to Florida. Have so much fun there! =)

  5. Raymond, Legoland will be fun. I think no matter what age we are days like that bring a smile. 🙂 BTW I am getting duplicates of your posts to my email, can you fix that? Thanks!

  6. Congrats man! I’m hoping to hop on the press trip train some time this year (*crosses fingers*) and it would be so awesome to do something this cool.

  7. It sounds great! You’re going to have a crazy experience! I’ve heard about legoland but haven’t had the chance to go yet! Experiencing the Aeroplan would be worthing as well! Hope to make it some day!

    1. Aeroplan put on a stellar promotion — they even had customized menus for Executive class and nice touches like Aeroplan chocolate and Aeroplan chewing gum for all passengers. 🙂

  8. So fun!! I went to Legoland in Denmark waaaaay back when I was only 17 and on my first REAL adventure in the world. 🙂 Hope you have a great time. 🙂

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