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Rated: October 2013- Aeroplan’s home page focuses on current promotions and highlights bonus offers and new partnerships. There is a main box with rotating images that will automatically scroll through six highlighted offers, which currently include Distinction, Aeroplan’s new recognition program, and an offer to earn up to 75,000 bonus miles with Volvo. You can click one of the numbers above the image to stop the rotation and view each offer individually.
Underneath the main box are links to current flight, hotel and vacation offers. Click on an offer to read more about the promotion and register. Aeroplan includes member earning tips on the promotion page, which adds a personal touch, although the tips are fairly general and aren’t likely to be things you don’t already know, such as earn miles whenever possible.
Aeroplan also has a scrolling ticker tape of members who are traveling on award tickets, which includes the member’s name, number of tickets and where they are flying to and from. Like the member tips, it’s not information you can use, but it may inspire you or give you ideas about where you might want to visit when you see that Thomas is flying this week from Alberta to Kilamanjaro. Or Margaret managed to use miles to get six tickets to Melbourne.
Underneath the promotions are links to the latest news. You’ll have to scroll down the page to find this information, but it’s a good place to look for the latest changes and developments at Aeroplan. The three most recent changes are listed with a link to more information underneath. The What’s New page has all of the latest changes divided into three categories: Air Travel, Inside Aeroplan and Partner Updates. Aeroplan is a large program with many partners and frequent changes so it’s helpful to have all the changes organized on one page.
At the top of the page is a member login box and a link to become a member. If you’ve browsed through all the current promotions or want to find specific information, you can use the menu near the top, which includes the usual categories: Your Account, Earn Miles, Use Your Miles, Promotions and Learn More. Shop Online & Earn Miles is highlighted in orange and will take you directly to Aeroplan’s eStore online shopping mall.
Each menu item has a dropdown menu with more specific options contained in that section. Under Learn More, you’ll find links to the elite program, the new Distinction program, the Aeroplan Blog, Tips to Earn Faster and more. The tips are useful to members who are still learning the nuts and bolts of the program and may not know that you can earn miles for online shopping and booking hotel stays, car rentals and vacation packages through the Destination Miles portal.
Aeroplan’s award booking engine will show availability on Aeroplan and many Star Alliance airlines and even if you don’t have enough miles in your account to book the ticket, the tool will now show you the taxes and fees (including any fuel surcharges) that will be required.