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From now through October 12, 2012, Aeroplan and Accor Hotels are sponsoring the Up and Away contest with a grand prize of 300,000 Aeroplan miles and a four-night (up to $1,400 USD value) stay in any Accor hotel worldwide.

Other prizes include a second prize of 100,000 Aeroplan miles and a two-night stay  (up to $500 USD value) at any Novotel in Canada, and there will be a total of three prizes – awarded one each week of the contest – of 50,000 Aeroplan miles each.

To enter, you must be a resident of Canada and an adult, and must first “like” Aeroplan’s Facebook page. Then just fill out the form on the contest page with your name and Aeroplan number and you’re in. You can enter the contest only once and with only one Aeroplan account. Anyone found using multiple accounts or making multiple entries will be ineligible.

Although Aeroplan recently increased their award requirements, the program does still have some good-value redemptions like 90,000 miles for roundtrip business class from North America to Europe and 95,000 miles in business class from Norht America to Southern South America, as well as cheaper short-haul awards (15,000 coach, 25,000 business roundtrip) between cities in Canada and destinations both in Canada and the US on Air Canada and Air Canada Express. Plus, Aeroplan generally has lax routing requirements, so you can construct a round-the-world itinerary on the airline with a lot more ease than on many of its Star Alliance partners if you’re really looking to splurge with that 300,000 grand prize.

As for Accor, remember that in addition to core brands like Novotel, Mercure, Pullman, Ibis and Motel 6, it’s got some gorgeous Sofitel properties out there like the one in Fiji, the Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, and the distinctive new Sofitel So Bangkok.

So good luck to all you Canadian readers!

Hat tip: TPG contributor Ola.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.

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  • Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 a year for baggage fees and more at one airline. Terms Apply.
  • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations worldwide. Terms Apply.
  • Enroll to enjoy the benefits of complimentary Hilton HHonors™ Gold Status with your Platinum Card.®
  • No interest charges because you pay your balance in full each month.
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