Video: How to Use Aeroplan Properly

Aeroplan is Canada’s most popular frequent flyer program with over 5 million members, and yet most of its members like to complain about never being able to find their desired flights, and even when they do find flights, being hit with hundreds or thousands of dollars in surcharges.

If you put some effort into understanding how to use Aeroplan properly, however, it can bring you to any destination around the world in some of the world’s best business class and First Class airlines.

In today’s tutorial video I walk you through the step-by-step process of moving beyond what Aeroplan’s clunky search engine shows you and piecing together your own custom-built Aeroplan itinerary.

We draw upon a variety of tools, like FlightConnections for researching airline routes and ExpertFlyer for searching for awards efficiently, to help you weave together your dream trip around the world while avoiding those pesky fuel surcharges.

Combine this knowledge with the incredible ease of earning Aeroplan miles in Canada, and you’ll be on your way to taking some killer trips in premium cabins in no time.

Without further ado, you can watch the video here:


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  1. Kevin

    Great video, thanks Ricky.

    I find the voice clarity so so with you video, have you considered a small mic? That would be amazing! Thanks.

    1. Ricky YVR

      Thanks for the feedback, yeah I’ve been using a lav mic for my recent videos and I think it sounds a fair bit better, so I’ll keep using that one for future videos.

  2. Jim

    Hi Ricky,

    I am trying to book economy tickets (X fare, I believe) using the
    I find legs where there are only 2 X seats available – but I need 4.
    Is it possible that there are more than just 2 X seats on this flight – but the airline doesn’t show more than 2 at a time?
    If this is the case – I will be able to book two times (2 X seats in one booking and then again).
    In general – I didn’t find much info on how to book those Aeroplan stitched itineraries for families with kids (i.e. more than just 2 seats)..
    Thanks for your advise.

  3. allison

    How bad would the YQ be for the AC legs on these samples? Would it be the full ~$180 a RT YVR-YYZ would be?

  4. Aleks

    Liking the tutorial style, loved the screenshot copy paste idea and with the windows snippet tool its so easy, thanks for the tip!

    Random question, but what do you consider is the best card to use for everyday purchases (not food/drink)?

  5. Eric

    Hi Ricky
    Thanks for this tutorial. It seems to be compiling many of your previous blog posts. Since I read your blog religiously I didn’t get too much new but it’s nice to get a concise review like this.

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