Celebrating 35 Years of Aeroplan

This post is sponsored by Aeroplan.

I’ve been a member of the Aeroplan program since 2009. Over the last 10 years I’ve redeemed my miles for numerous rewards trips and visited some of my bucket-list destinations with the program. It’s been a key tool in fueling my adventures and helping me achieve my travel dreams.

This year Aeroplan is turning 35 and there is no better time to enroll in the program than now. Air Canada, the proud owner of Aeroplan, recently announced changes to the program that are part of many planned improvements. Some of these changes include: full refund within 24 hours of booking, the option to refund your flight reward up to 2 hours before departure, a reduction in the aeroplan.com refund fee, and many more! 


To celebrate 35 years of loyalty, Air Canada is launching their biggest contest yet. From Aug 22 to Sept 25, Aeroplan is giving away a total of 38.5 million miles to 45 lucky winners!

There will be 10 grand prize winners who will receive 3.5 million miles each! This is enough to make any dream trip a reality. These grand prizes will be drawn on November 12 and announced later. Each transaction you make with an Aeroplan partner will count as an entry. So each time you earn miles, redeem miles, or donate miles, you’re entered to win one of the grand prizes.

In addition there will be 35 winners who will each win 100,000 miles. These winners will be drawn daily and announced each week. To enter for these prizes all you need to do is share on social with the hashtag #withaeroplan. Share your dream trip and tag the people you want to go with. The more you post, the better your chances of winning are.

Register to enter the contest by going to aeroplan.com/35 and submitting your Aeroplan number. 



Already dreaming about what you would do with 3.5 million miles or 100,000 miles? Here are some of my favourite reward trips that I’ve taken with Aeroplan to give you some ideas. 

2015: Turkey, Thailand, Italy  

Miles redeemed: 75k

This was my first major reward trip with Aeroplan. We spent 4 weeks exploring Turkey, Thailand, and Italy, with additional layovers in Egypt, Singapore, and Switzerland. After this trip I truly saw all the benefits of earning and using miles with Aeroplan, and I was hooked. 

For a more detailed itinerary of this trip click here.

2016: Greece, Maldives, Bali 

Miles redeemed: 100k 

I took this trip with my husband for our honeymoon and it remains one of my favourite trips of all time. We spent one week each in Greece, the Maldives, and Bali. The Maldives was a dream destination for me and one of those places I wasn’t sure I would ever make it to. It’s a remote island chain in the Indian Ocean and flights from North America are always expensive. Since we didn’t have to pay for flights, we were able to splurge a little on our accommodation and stay in an over-water villa, a dream come true.   

For a more detailed itinerary of this trip click here

2018: Banff

Miles redeemed: 25k 

I’ve also taken many flights with Aeroplan to destinations within North America. These redemptions are especially good value during peak season when market fares are at their highest. When I was planning my trip to Banff last summer, I was shocked to find that flights from Toronto were going for over $700. That’s the same price as flights to Europe! Thankfully I was able to find a fixed-mileage reward flight on Aeroplan for 25k miles. 

2020: Japan, New Zealand  

Miles redeemed: 160k 

I just booked this reward trip for next Spring and I couldn’t be more excited. My husband and I will be flying in business class for the first time! We will be spending a week in Japan and two weeks in New Zealand. Both countries have been at the top of my list for years and I can’t wait to finally visit them. We’re going to be in Japan during cherry blossom season which is definitely a bucket-list experience for me!

Aeroplan is truly a loyalty program that can make your travel dreams come true. It’s continuously improving and there is no better time to join than now. Register for the 35th anniversary contest and you’ll have the chance to win enough miles for an epic trip of a lifetime!

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