I love the Aeroplan distinction program as it is not just a frequent flyer program (I no longer travel frequently for work).
It gives you many nice bonuses like bonus Aeroplan Miles for stays, reduced miles for Market Fare Flight Rewards, bid miles on dExclusives, one-of-a-kind experiences and items offered through an exclusive online auction site.
I don’t fly as much (2 little ones and I have been busy this year).
I wanted to show Canadians that even if you do not fly a lot that you can still earn many frequent flyer miles!
Look at my statement below, shopping at Thriftys, pump my gas at Esso, and I bought a vanity with a promotion at Shop.ca. These are activities where I just purchased at my favourite merchants but I planned to stack to earn the bonus miles. The way I looked at this is that I earned a free flight!
As a result of my careful spending, I became a Distinction Silver member this month – without flying with Air Canada or any other Star Alliance members once all year!
Shop.ca gives you that bonus? Amazing? I didn’t know that! You must have bought something expensive? 🙂
The “First Purchase Bonus” used to be 15 aeroplan miles per dollar. It is now 800 miles on purchases of $99 and above. http://help.shop.ca/entries/23152173-Aeroplan-First-Purchase-Bonus-Miles-Terms-and-Conditions-
If Steven’s bonus qualifying purchase was made before the change, it must have been a purchase over $1200.
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