Aeroplan turns 30 years old – tell us about your favourite redemption for a chance to win 30,000 Aeroplan Miles!

This is a copy of a post on our Canadian site Rewards Canada, as we have some Canadian readers who only read FFB and not RC we thought it fitting to post this here on the FFB blog as well!

This
coming Saturday, a program we cover frequently here on Rewards Canada
turns 30! That’s right Aeroplan, one of Canada’s first loyalty programs
will be 30 years old and to celebrate we have joined forces with
Aeroplan to giveaway 30,000 Aeroplan Miles to one of our Twitter
followers!

Here are some Aeroplan highlights from the past 30 years

  • 2014: Aeroplan launches its Distinction program, a new tiered
    recognition program that rewards top accumulating members, based on
    total Aeroplan Miles earned across all coalition partners, with
    preferential mileage levels for redemption, bonus mile offers and
    exclusive privileges
  • 2006: Launched the Beyond Miles Program that enables Aeroplan Members to donate miles to ten charitable organizations
  • 2005: Completed Initial Public Offering for world’s first publicly traded loyalty program, Aeroplan Income Fund
  • 2002: Aeroplan was spun off as a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Canada
  • 2001: Completed the integration of Canadian Plus members into Aeroplan
  • 1985: More than 100,000 frequent flyers enrolled in the program
  • 1984: Aeroplan began as a promotional tool for Air Canada’s business travellers

Personally I have been a member of Aeroplan since 1988 and my
favourite redemption over the years was for a trip for my family of four
to San Diego from Calgary. It may not seem like much nor was an amazing
business class redemption giving the best return on the miles but it is
a good example of how redemptions don’t have to be about achieving the
best value out of a reward. The trip took place in 2008 and was only the
second time my kids set foot on a plane. What made this trip memorable
may not be something people find joy in but it was the issues that
surrounded our flights on United. The first leg of Calgary to Denver
went without a hitch however the second leg between Denver and San Diego
saw the San Diego airport close down due to weather (a rarity in its
own right) and as we circled above Palm Springs waiting for the airport
the reopen the plane ran low on fuel and had to divert to Las Vegas. On
the ground in LAS for over an hour we received word that San Diego had
reopened and we needed to get off the ground fast as the storm that
closed SAN was approaching Las Vegas. The take off was rough in high
winds and the turbulence on climb out was the worst I had ever
encountered, many people were white knuckled on the flight but my
youngest daughter slept through it while my older one was squealing
“Weeee, it’s like a roller coaster!” Suffice the say the flight made it
to San Diego a few hours late but we were safe and sound. After an
amazing vacation in the San Diego area we made our return to YYC via San
Francisco. The SAN-SFO flight was normal but once on the plane taking
us to YYC we were delayed again because a valve on the APU would not
operate properly and they had to replace it causing another delayed
flight with us on board for nearly an hour before it was fixed. Once
again another adventure for us but we weren’t complaining as we were in
Economy Plus on the CRJ taking us to YYC so we had lots of leg room and
were able to enjoy the flight once it got off the ground. Was it a dream
redemption? No but it is one of my favourites because to this day we
still talk about our adventure of the not so normal flights getting to
and from San Diego.

That is the long version of my
favourite redemption and we want to hear from you what your favourite
redemption has been over the past 30 years! Since it is on Twitter we
don’t expect a long story like ours but fit in what you can, from where
to where, what year and perhaps what class of service! Whatever you like
as long as you include @RewardsCanada AND @Aeroplan along with the hashtag #AeroplanTurns30 in your tweet. One lucky person will win 30,000 Aeroplan Miles for telling us their favourite redemption!

Contest Details:
Follow @RewardsCanada AND @Aeroplan
on Twitter and tweet to both us what you favourite Aeroplan redemption
has been from the past 30 years.  You must also include the hashtag
#AeroplanTurns30 in your tweet.

To make it easier you can copy,
paste and complete the following into twitter:

@RewardsCanada My favourite @Aeroplan redemption is [INSERT FAVOURITE REDEMPTION HERE] #AeroplanTurns30

The contest closes on Saturday July 12th, 2014 at 12:00om NOON MST! Limit 1 entry per person
Winner will be
determined by random draw from all eligible entries received. Open to
Canadian residents over the age of majority
. Void where prohibited.  No
purchase necessary.  Winner will be required to answer a skill testing
question. 

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