THIRSTY TRAVELER AND AEROPLAN MEMBER KEVIN BRAUCH HAS TIPS ON MAKING BUSINESS TRAVEL TASTIERMar. 24, 2010
HOW HE FLIES“I used to bring a lot of work with me on long-haul flights. I would get to the airport in plenty of time so I could use the lounge and get a couple of things done. I always tried to do advanced seat selection and sit where I liked. As Air Canada and others started to upgrade their in-flight services, I started working less and making that time more for me. You’ve really got to embrace the services. I get the magazines from the lounge and bring them on. I try and relax. I don’t do a lot of talking on the plane, but I’m very friendly and sociable with the crew and people around me. If you have a healthy attitude on the plane, your whole trip will go better and be fun.”
HOW HE EARNS MILES — APART FROM FLYING“I have the CIBC Aerogold Visa Card, and I’ll hit one of the restaurants where I know I can triple up on the miles. I also do Esso. I have been known every once in a while to save my Quaker cereal boxes and Tropicana orange juice cartons and collect the miles.”
HIS RECENT REDEMPTIONS“To Heathrow, Quebec City — and my wife to New York. We used her points for that one, not mine. “New Yorkers are so friendly and laid-back that you can go out any night of the week and the city is up to something…. I always stay in the Meatpacking District; that’s where the Food Network studios are, the Chelsea Market. They keep me close. For my money there isn’t a better area of the city. You can walk through the West Village, to Greenwich, to Chelsea, Hudson River Park, which is just gorgeous, and the Meatpacking District — that’s what everyone knows and where everyone films these days.”
HOW HE REDEEMS“I will normally spend miles on the big trips I make with Air Canada, the trips to Europe and Asia. That’s normally my philosophy, the routine pattern for me. “I won’t redeem them for me, though, I will redeem them for my kids or my wife. I’m an Air Canada Top Tier member, so I’d rather keep on earning status miles and buy my own ticket…. I want to maintain the miles and stay in the upper tier. If I redeem for a free ticket, that’s 9,000 miles that could go toward Super Elite. See, I’m crafty!”
- Browse through Aeroplan Promotions and discover special offers that fit your lifestyle. These offers let you optimize the number of miles you earn.
- Use an Aeroplan-affiliated financial card to earn miles more than once on the same purchase.
- Work towards Air Canada Top Tier membership. The more Status Miles you earn — on short-haul status segments or long-haul flights — the closer you get to Top Tier Status, and all the advantages that accompany it.
- Arrive early to enjoy the airport lounge. Redeem your miles for Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge passes or if you’re already a Top Tier member, simply show your card and your boarding pass.