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Especially for Canuks, a cheap way to get lots of airmiles..

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1. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

Apologies if this has already been listde on site, but i thought it a great idea:

Any of our Canadian or North American bods fancy taking up the challenge of doing the same or trying to beat this guy??

Katie? Tina? Aspen? Anyone?

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

No idea why the URL didn`t work before

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I'm not up to the challenge. I just got off an Air Canada over-night flight, and while as comfortable as an economy seat can be, I imagine I would be near dead with sleep deprevation about about a week and a half of taking red-eyes every night. <- that's me sleep deprived!

Besides, I barely get to use the 350,000 air miles I have already accumulated with Air Canada due to black-outs, lack of one-way or open jaw flights or flying to destinations that Air Canada doesn't fly to. I can't imagine what I would do with another 1,000,000 points.

Now, if they would promise me Air Canada Super Elite status for life for raking up the points, I'd think about it.

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Hmm. Unless you pay for flights with an Air Miles credit card, the only frequent flyer miles you can earn on Air Canada are Aeroplan Miles. But I guess that was just an oversight on the part of the journalist.

I used to work for one of Aeroplan's marketing agencies, and Greg is right. The people who rack up a ton of miles usually end up not using them. They're either too tired from travelling or else can't book the reward flight they want (Hawaii had something like a 4-year backlog). However, you can log on to Aeroplan and find out about other gifts you can claim with your miles (anything from golf trips to TVs to restaurant vouchers). Plus top-tier members get to choose from threshold gifts as they reach different milestones.

I'm surprised, though. Aeroplan is usually pretty tight about how they give out miles - I'd have thought they would have taken that into consideration (although I can't find the offer online anymore for the life of me). I'm surprised they didn't limit the number of miles you can earn to the overall price you pay for the ticket... But if not, kudos to the guy for his innovative approach! It's ingenious! If I wasn't working, I might have given it a try. Althogh, if I wasn't working I probably wouldn't have the money...

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Found it! The sale is over, but you can still view the offer. Looks like you earn Aeroplan Miles for flying PLUS for every $3 you spend on your ticket. Wow!

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Looks like he made it after all. Here's an update.

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

He's been keeping a blog on the whole thing too. The Great Canadian Milage Run 2005. It's a vaguely interesting read.

He also notes in his blog that he's not the only one doing this - there are a few others out there. Wow!


8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Wait a minute... that picture looks an awful lot like... GregW....

9. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

It's not me, swear to god!