Travel Hacking

Researcher, traveler, early adopter, a wealth of information, these are just some of the things I’ve been called over the years, and I’m so okay with that. I’m that person that people call, email, and text for information. As such, I get a lot of the same questions, so I’ve created this page to help you find the sites and products I use as I earn and redeem travel rewards.

Everything I list here will not be generic; it is what I use and recommend. I’ve spent many hours researching and using what is mentioned. Some of the links may have a referral or affiliate links. I earn a small commission or credits if you use my links; it is no additional cost to you. It’s just one of the ways I save or earn an income to continue to provide you with the best information possible to help you on your travels and photographic journey.

This page is continuously being updated to give you current information so keep checking back. I’m happy to share information with you, if you have specific questions, please feel free to connect with me. Thank you for your support.

 

AEROPLAN

As a Canadian, Aeroplan is my primary airline reward program. I’ve been a member since 2007 and have been earning and redeeming Aeroplan miles since. I’ve learned some tips and tricks along the way. For the last five years, I’ve been redeeming my Aeroplan points to take me to incredible places around the world with the Star Alliance, mostly in business class.

I’ve often heard that people don’t know what to do with their points or that the fees/taxes/fuel surcharges are too high on Air Canada. Well, you’ve got some learning to do my friend. Just to give you an idea of what is possible, let me share a recent redemption.

REWARD REDEMPTION

In February 2017 I went on a trip to Cape Town, South Africa with a stop in Johannesburg for a trip to Kruger National Park and a stop in Tel Aviv for a few weeks in Jerusalem with a road trip to Eilat, Israel. My routing included an 11-hour layover in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and an 8-hour layover in Warsaw, Poland. That was more than enough time to get out and explore both cities to see if I’d like to return, I do! That entire flight(s) cost me 150,000 Aeroplan points and $349 CAD to fly in business class. I flew on Ethiopian airlines from Johannesburg to Tel Aviv via Addis Ababa. Did you know about the Ethiopian airlines stopover program? For those transiting through with an 8-24 layover, you get a visa, shuttle to/from the airport, a hotel, meals and wifi. In my case, they gave me the Hilton hotel and my stay cost more than my business class ticket. True story. Read about the stopover program.

Aside from travelling on Air Canada and the Star Alliance, there are numerous other ways to earn and redeem Aeroplan points such as hotel stays, online stores, gas fill-ups, car rentals, Costco purchases, apps, surveys and of course credit cards.

If you’re still reading this and are interested in learning about how to earn and redeem Aeroplan points, connect with me. The only reason I didn’t do this sooner than five years ago is that I thought it was far-fetched and not possible. It’s possible. Before you go any further, if you are not an Aeroplan member, join now and check out the information below.

 

ROCKETMILES

Earn 1,000 bonus miles when you book with Rocketmiles by signing up and booking with my referral link here. Limited-time offer: Earn 4000 bonus miles until Dec. 31, 2017, when you book through here. I don’t earn extra points from the limited-time offer, just doing my part to help you travel better.

 

CREDIT CARDS

One of the fastest ways to earn Aeroplan or other loyalty airline points is through credit card purchases and signup bonuses. If you’re not using a credit card that gives you points for your purchases, you are truly missing out. One of the best cards for this is the American Express series of cards. There is a lot to teach, so if you want to learn more, send me an email to connect. 

 

 

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