Air Canada

500 Free Aeroplan Miles with Fairmont Email Sign-up

September 21, 2011

If you don’t currently have an Air Canada Aeroplan account, you should get one right now (link). They are a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards and after Continental leaves the program starting October 1, 2011, they will most likely become the premier partner when redeeming Star Alliance awards. They are also transfer partners […]

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My Star Mega Do 3 Adventure Begins

September 5, 2011

This should be an interesting week for me. I’m going on the third annual Star Mega Do, which is an event planned by frequent flyers, for frequent flyers. The event is co-organized by certain Star Alliance member airlines, as well as Hyatt. There are two portions (full schedule here), and I booked business class tickets […]

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Air Canada 10% Off Promotion Code and First Class Fare Sale

July 6, 2011

Until July 7, 2011, Air Canada is offering 10% off one-way and roundtrip flights when you use coupon code SKYTRAX2011. They are also running an Executive Class (First Class) fare sale for travel until August 31, 2011, so play around with both offers. You can originate in either the US or Canada for the sale. Coach […]

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100 Free Aeroplan Miles for Free Sign-up

June 17, 2011

You can get 100 free Aeroplan miles for simply signing up for free account. You need to enter a Canadian zip code, so thanks to TPG reader JD for providing R3L 1B7. One bonus per Aeroplan member. This is a great way to keep your Aeroplan account active since points expire after a relatively short period […]

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Consolidated List of Airline Award Charts and Partner Airline Lists

June 14, 2011

I thought it would be convenient to have a page that TPG readers can bookmark with links to the award charts for the major frequent flyer programs. This is by no means a final list, as I’ll continuously be updating the page (feel free to comment below with the links to any other program or […]

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Maximizing Amex Post 7: Star Alliance Transfer Partners

May 9, 2011

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. This is another installment in my Maximizing Amex series where I examine the benefits of American Express cards and Amex’s Membership Rewards Program. The articles include; Post 1: Understanding the Card Offering. Post 2: Understanding Membership Rewards. Post 3: Understanding Transfer Bonuses. Post […]

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Canadian American Express Aeroplan Platinum 50,000 Mile Bonus is Back

April 20, 2011

I get emails all the time from my friendly northern neighbors about how much they wish they could get in on the super-lucrative US credit card bonuses. I would feel the same way!  Lately the 50,000 and 100,000 bonuses have been mind-blowing and it must be such a tease to be so close, yet so […]

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Air Canada Aeroplan Increases Most Award Levels

April 19, 2011

In February I wrote a post about my twenty favorite airline awards and Air Canada Aeroplan showed up on that list four times. I’ve always liked most awards on their Star Alliance Award chart, but unfortunately all of them are going up in price on July 15, 2011. The four I had highlighted were: 1) 100,000 miles […]

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Up to 5,000 Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for Hotel Transfers

March 21, 2011

Air Canada Aeroplan is running a promotion which entices people to transfer their hotel points to Aeroplan. Aeroplan does this because the hotel companies actually pay Aeroplan for the miles if you decide to transfer your hard earned hotel points for airline miles. Register here. Details: Transfer by April 30, 2011. 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles for […]

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$500+ Roundtrip Canada to Buenos Aires on Air Canada

February 23, 2011

Argentina and Canada are two of my favorite countries, so I love this fare deal: Most major Canadian cities (Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver) to Buenos Aires for as low as $511CAD roundtrip. Fares are bookable on Update: SCL (Santiago, Chile also seems to work!) YUL-EZE March 9-14 is $521CAD total RT. And there’s lots of […]

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Free Facebook on Gogo In-flight WiFi All February

February 5, 2011

Gogo and Facebook are teaming up to provide free access to Facebook on all Gogo equipped flights during the month of February. I actually noticed that Facebook was working before I logged into my Gogo account on a flight last Friday, January 28th. I shrugged it off as a glitch, but now realize it was […]

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How to Use Same Day Flight Changes to Your Advantage

January 31, 2011

One of the perks I enjoy most about my Diamond elite status, is the ability to Same Day Confirm for free to other flights when traveling domestically. Knowing how to use Same Day Flight changes with your airline is critical to traveling “smarter,” even if you aren’t a frequent flyer. I have personally used SDC to increase […]

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American Express Platinum Card 50,000 Point Sign Up Bonus

January 12, 2011

UPDATE: This bonus is no longer available. I’ve written about this card before, but I’ll write about it again since I think it’s so great: 50,000 American Express Membership Rewards points: for opening up a $450 annual fee Amex Platinum – incredible deal in my opinion. I conservatively estimate the value of  50,000 Amex points at […]

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Flying in Extreme Comfort Article in The Globe and Mail

January 12, 2011

Check out this piece I helped with about flying in premium cabins. It’s a three part series, so keep your eyes peeled 8) If you are a reporter and would like to use me as an expert for an upcoming piece, email me at [email protected]

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Air Canada Aeroplan: ‘Round the World’ in Business Class For 100,000 Miles and 120,000 in First

January 11, 2011

Update: Aeroplan increased their award charts July 15, 2011 Air Canada is known for having a pretty flexible frequent flyer program, Aeroplan (which is actually a separately operating company). Some of the things I love about Aeroplan are: 1) 80,000 mile business class awards from North America to most of Western Europe 2) 100,000 mile […]

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20,000 Aeroplan Miles for AeroplanPlus Gold Card

January 7, 2011

The $120 annual fee Gold Card normally has a 15,000 point sign up, but until March 31, 2011, it’s 20,000. (Thanks to TPG reader Martin for the tip). To get your 20,000 points, apply here.  You get 15,000 points after first use of the card and an addition 5,000 when you spent $1,000 in three months. […]

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Q1 Top Car Rental Mileage Promotions

January 2, 2011

Many people don’t realize how quickly you can rack up miles with car rentals- especially if you are traveling for 3+ days a week. If you are a consultant and only one person in your group rents a car, try to become that person! Yea, its more annoying with expenses, but you can walk away […]

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10 New Years Resolutions for Miles and Points Addicts

December 31, 2010

UPDATE: Few airlines continue to offer debit cards, severely limiting choices. We can all (myself included) do more to become better points masters. Here are 10 quick tips to maximize your points in the new year. 1) Open up a points-earning checking account/ debit card. Most major airlines have them, like Continental, United, US Airways, […]

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Air Canada 20% Off Asia Flights

December 27, 2010

Air Canada is offering 20% off certain flights to Asia. Book by December 28th at midnight and depart by March 31, 2011. To get your exclusive discount, simply enter this promotion code when booking right here at Promotion code 4QNKF9D1 Conditions Book by December 28, 2010 midnight, from your city of departure. Valid for […]

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American Express Aeroplan Plus Platinum Card 50,000 Sign-up Bonus

December 8, 2010

Air Canada’s frequent flyer program, Aeroplan (which is actually a separate company from the airline), has some good awards, especially the 80,000 point business class from North America to most parts of central/Western Europe. They also have a competitive card sign-up bonus going on right now for their co-branded American Express Aeroplan Plus Platinum card: […]

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Air Canada Now Participating in Star Alliance Upgrade Program

December 8, 2010

Good news for Star Alliance members who want to upgrade on Air Canada- they can now redeem miles for upgrades through the Star Alliance upgrade program.  This is somewhat of a surprise, because they are one of the hardest airlines to upgrade on. They don’t hand out free upgrades to top tier elites, like the legacy […]

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