Read more: How to Book an Aeroplan Mini-RTW You can also add unlimited layovers connections of less than 24 hours to your itinerary, meaning that you could visit five, eight, or even ten places all for the price of one. In my opinion, the only standout benefit to Aeroplan Status is the Contact Centre Priority that comes with Diamond status. If you have Diamond status, you get placed into a priority sequence and can typically get someone on the line in one or two minutes. Diamond status also comes with lower fees for changing and cancelling award tickets , which can certainly be valuable as well. These represent poor value most of the time but can occasionally be cheaper than the fixed reward chart. Want a one-way award ticket to Cairo, but reluctant to pay the 82, miles required for North America to North Africa?
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For example, some programs might only allow you to book the most direct routing possible from Point A to Point B, while other programs might let you fly to an intermediate Point C first, stay there for a few days, and then continue your journey.
By leveraging these policies, you can visit two destinations for the price of one, piece together your itinerary using a mix of Star Alliance airlines, and enjoy a good handful of hour layovers in other places along the way. You are charged the highest number of miles among any of your three stops of more than 24 hours. On intercontinental round-trip itineraries, you are allowed either one stopovers or one open-jaw.
In practice, you are allowed unlimited layovers. However, due to the technical limitations, your overall ticket can only have up to 16 flight segments, which limits the amount of layovers you can have. You can route through the same city twice only if the two visits are on either "side" of the destination i. Your itinerary must fall under the "maximum permitted mileage" MPM between your origin and destination, in both directions.
Thus, our traveller would be charged based on the mileage cost between North America and Asia 2. In our example of North America to Asia 2, our traveller would pay 90, miles in economy class, , miles in premium economy, , miles in business class, or , miles in First Class.
Note that you are charged the mileage amount for the highest class of service within your overall trip. One-way redemptions of any kind are not eligible for this perk. You can arrange your stopover either before or after your destination. We should also talk about open-jaws, which is a term that refers to a break in your itinerary that allows you to travel between two cities on your own.
You are allowed to substitute your stopover for an open-jaw, which must occur between your destination and one other city. The ability to add either a stopover or an open-jaw to your trip is what makes the Aeroplan Mini-RTW an incredible redemption opportunity that stands head-and-shoulders above its peers.
Want to visit Europe on your way to Australia? You can do it. Want to hop down to Colombia before spending a few weeks backpacking through South East Asia?
Very few other frequent flyer programs will allow you to build trips like these. Beyond your destination, stopover s , and possibly an open-jaw, you can also build additional layovers into your trip, which are stops of 24 hours or less in duration. Yes, there is: a single electronic airline ticket can only handle up to 16 flight segments. Rule 4: Routing Through the Same City Twice This rule relates to whether or not you can fly through the same city more than once on the same trip, whether that city is a stopover, long layover, or just a short connection point between two flights.
One of the visits must take place on your way from the origin to the destination, while the other must take place on the way back. Rule 5: Maximum Permitted Mileage The purpose of the maximum permitted mileage MPM rule is to limit the total mileage you can fly between origin and destination. The rule itself is quite simple: there is a certain MPM figure for each Origin—Destination pair, and the routing you choose between the origin and destination in each direction is not allowed to exceed this value in distance.
Why does the MPM rule matter? Well, we know that the Mini-RTW lets you visit three cities for the price of one, but because of the MPM rule, not all combinations of origins, stopovers, and destinations may be possible. This is because the MPM between your origin and the farthest-away of your two desired cities i. However, a trip from Vancouver to Paris and Tokyo is not valid. Plot it out on GCMap and see for yourself!
From Toronto or Montreal, Perth is the natural choice. And so on and so forth. Booking a trip like this can seem like an insanely complex undertaking from the outset. But then again, nothing worthwhile comes easy in life, does it? For example, from Vancouver to Paris, you could take: a direct flight with Air Canada, YVR—CDG a one-stop routing with United Airlines via Newark or Chicago a two-stop routing in which you fly Air Canada to Montreal, then Swiss to Zurich, and finally another flight on Swiss to Paris There are numerous possibilities for every journey you make from Point A to Point B, and the best way to get better at building Star Alliance itineraries is to try it yourself and spend time gaining familiarity with the process.
One important factor to consider when crafting your routing is the fuel surcharges that many airlines levy on Aeroplan awards.
Several countries around the world have also imposed regulations on fuel surcharges , which can lower your out-of-pocket expense when travelling to or from these countries. If the exact flight shows up as an available direct flight, this means it has available seats and can therefore be included on your Aeroplan Mini-RTW. You can also use alternative search engines like United. However, you should always double-check on the Aeroplan website as well, since the availability between these websites will match most of the time, but not always.
Airlines do tend to release award space on a last-minute basis as well about 1—2 weeks in advance , but not everyone has the flexibility to plan a trip on short notice like that. Economy class will also be much easier to find than business class or First Class, especially if travelling as a group of more than two people.
The entire process of planning out a route and then searching for availability might seem intimidating at first. This should be followed by a back-and-forth in which you feed the flights to the agent one-by-one, after which the agent will attempt to validate the itinerary in the system.
If all goes well, you should end the call with a fully booked and confirmed itinerary landing in your inbox! As of September 1, , the rules changed from allowing two stopovers to only allowing one stopover. I had taken many two-stopover Aeroplan Mini-RTW trips in the past, which I had previously showcased here, but the reality is that only one stopover is allowed going forward.
Aeroplan Basics – The Award Chart
Today, Aeroplan operates with a fixed flight rewards chart based on the destination. The Aeroplan tariff schedule This is what we find through fixed mileage flight rewards. Fixed mileage flight rewards But there are also market fare flight rewards that only apply to Air Canada-operated flights. These Market fare flight rewards may require more miles than fixed flight rewards, or fewer miles depending on the time of year. Montreal - Nice at the market rate on Aeroplan Air Canada is now expected to operate a hybrid system with its new program in
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For example, some programs might only allow you to book the most direct routing possible from Point A to Point B, while other programs might let you fly to an intermediate Point C first, stay there for a few days, and then continue your journey. By leveraging these policies, you can visit two destinations for the price of one, piece together your itinerary using a mix of Star Alliance airlines, and enjoy a good handful of hour layovers in other places along the way. You are charged the highest number of miles among any of your three stops of more than 24 hours. On intercontinental round-trip itineraries, you are allowed either one stopovers or one open-jaw. In practice, you are allowed unlimited layovers. However, due to the technical limitations, your overall ticket can only have up to 16 flight segments, which limits the amount of layovers you can have. You can route through the same city twice only if the two visits are on either "side" of the destination i.
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