Aeroplan Member Spotlight: Kardinal Offishall

Toronto native and Aeroplan Member Kardinal Offishall is no stranger to travel.  As a rapper, producer and song writer, he’s been around the world and has even been named “Mr. International.”  From working on various projects including working on a documentary, which discusses the contribution and history of the Caribbean people within the hip hop and R&B industry, to launching a rum punch “Rated Z,” Kardinal Offishall is certainly a business man and entrepreneur who is always on the go.

We caught up with Kardinal Offishall in Toronto

Aeroplan: How long have you been an Aeroplan Member for?
Kardinal Offishall: I’ve been a member for, gosh I don’t even remember, at least 10 years. And I’ve been a Super Elite for the past five maybe. This is the first year I have to work harder to maintain Super Elite because I didn’t travel as much as I would have liked to. If all my flights were with Air Canada and I’d be earning Aeroplan Miles that would be the greatest, but sometimes when you travel the world and go to isolated places or people are booking your flights for you (and they put you on these suspects airlines) it doesn’t always happen.  Air Canada is still my airline of choice.

Aeroplan is a great loyalty program, especially when you start to get in the upper echelon of the program.   The program perks are really good and you know what you’re going to get. 

Aeroplan: How often do you travel in a year?
Kardianl Offishall: I’ve never actually counted, with me it’s always go go go.  This year I’ve already traveled to LA, Atlanta and London. I really don’t know how often I travel and it really depends. I definitely travel a lot though.  That’s how I got dubbed as Mr. International.

Aeroplan: What kind of places are you traveling too? 
Kardinal Offishall: Everywhere – I’ve been to India, Beirut, Dubai, Europe and all over the planet.   It really just depends where the work demands and where we have shows. From a working perspective and for the studio, I travel a lot to Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Aeroplan: What do you do with all your accumulated Aeroplan Miles
Kardinal Offishall: For the most part, I use my miles on my family.  I fly people in, or we all go on holidays. Actually my family celebrates both thanksgivings, Canadian and American. I was celebrating Thanksgiving in the US in Chicago and waiting to get my Indian Visa one year and didn’t know when I would be able to leave.  Once I got my visa, I was able to book a ticket quickly with my miles even if it was so last minute.  That’s what’s so great about the program, you can book the flight the day of or the day before and you know the price of the flight will be a set amount of miles (at the Classic Level), unlike paying for a last minute ticket which would be really expensive. It’s an amazing convenience and you can go where you need to go.
I find that with other loyalty programs, there are certain limitations and you have to book two weeks in advance or the mileage levels change.  Aeroplan allows you to use your miles how you see fit. 

Aeroplan: I have to ask, as someone who has traveled as much as you have, what is your favourite city in the world? Why?
Kardinal Offishall: It’s a toss-up. For vacationing, my favourite place would be the Maldives just because it’s probably the most picturesque and beautiful place I’ve ever been too. Work wise, it would have to be the South of France and that’s just because everything is different. The state of mind is different, the partying is different there and the type of people is all different. A lot of my clothes I have custom made, but I buy a lot from the South of France as I know no one back home will wear the same thing.

Aeroplan: Can you share any memorable travel stories with us?
Kardinal Offishall: There was a time when we were in Paris, and then we had to fly to London for a show with Akon, and then we flew to NY, then we flew to Mexico to perform a spring break show for MTV in Cancun, and then flew back to Paris within 60 hours – that was insane. In terms of traveling for a two or three day period, it’s a lot of fun and a little bit crazy. I remember sitting in NY and saying “weren’t we just in London” and your body clock is all messed up.  I remember that it was then that I realized that we were really internationally recognized.  It also opened my eye to travel and that seeing the world is dope.  I get a lot of enjoyment out of traveling, it’s also better for me creatively and I get a chance to see how people from around the world live.


Aeroplan: Do you have any travel tips to share?
Kardinal Offishall: When traveling on a flight longer than 7 hours, try and do it at night.  It helps ease the jetlag and you’ll wakeup in a city refreshed, that is if you’re able to tire yourself out and sleep the entire flight.

Aeroplan:  If you had one million Aeroplan Miles, what would you do?
Kardinal Offishall:  Well, first I’d use the miles to help cut down the costs of my documentary. That would be the most responsible thing to do. Once that’s taken care of, I’d travel to places I’ve never been to before.  There are some islands in the Caribbean I’ve never been to, and I’ve never been to Italy so I’d go there and to South Africa.

Aeroplan:  We’ve asked our members on Facebook and Twitter the following travel question, and we’d love to hear your input, “Would you rather fly first class, but have lots of stops or economy direct?”
Kardinal Offishall: First class with lots of stops. I’m almost 6’4” so flying economy is not a lot of fun for me. The service is the same, but in terms of comfort and having the space, I would prefer first class for sure. 

Thanks to Kardinal Offishall for taking the time to share his travel experience with us!


3 Responses to “Aeroplan Member Spotlight: Kardinal Offishall”

  1. Shariff Chandran March 22, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    That’s great to get Kardinal’s perspective instead of the usual suit and tie businessman.

    • farhana March 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

      i love Kardi 🙂
      i think he is an awesome representative of our country Canada 🙂
      very down to earth guy 🙂

      much love

  2. Bhupinder D March 22, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    Great pictures! Way to go Kardi!!!