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Air Canada is launching Altitude Students, a program designed to offer special travel offers and exclusive perks exclusively to students in Canada. It’s totally free to join as long as you have a student ID at any Canadian post-secondary institution and an Aeroplan number. And if you sign up by November 6, you’re eligible to win travel-related prizes.

You’ll be an Altitude Students member from the time your registration is confirmed up until the end of the school year (until July 31). If you want to continue taking advantage of Altitude Students perks in the following school year, and are still a registered student, simply come back to register as of August 1.

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So, what does the Altitude Students program offer?

  • A special rate of CAD $1,249 ($950) on an all-inclusive Air Canada Vacations Spring Break package at the Tesoro Ixtapa from February 14 to February 21.
  • A free one-hour in-flight Gogo Wi-Fi session valid through December 31, 2016.
  • Convert Aeroplan miles in CAD $250 ($190) increments to help pay for tuition, meal plans and/or residence fees in Canada (with a pretty terrible exchange rate of just 0.54 US cents per mile, unfortunately).
  • A Student Pass to go home three times during the school year for as little as CAD $118 ($89) per one-way flight credit. (Must sign up before October 31, 2015; for travel through June 30, 2016.)

Seeing as how it’s free to sign up, it’s an automatic win for students in Canada. Air Canada is building brand loyalty the right way. Do you agree?

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