There’s a new app in town, and it makes easier than ever to book that trip you’ve always dreamed of.
Aeroplan recently unveiled a new (and free) app that makes it dead simple to book flight rewards using your Aeroplan miles.
Customers with iOS, Android and Blackberry mobile phones (still lots of folks using Blackberry) may now download the app from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and the Blackberry App World.
“We know it’s increasingly important for our members to have useful travel tools when they’re on the go, and making our app available for flight reward bookings is another step in our efforts to bring more value to members,” said John Boynton, Chief Marketing Officer, Aeroplan.
“Our goal is to bring our members’ journey to life, to help members get the flights they want, to where they want to go, faster. Whether on a bus or in an airport, all our members need to book a flight reward is a smartphone, and now they can also do that on Android, iOS and Blackberry.”
Aeroplan is Canada’s premier loyalty coalition program with a growing network of over 75 world-class partners, representing more than 150 brands in the financial, retail and travel sectors. That includes, of course, Air Canada, as well as Avis, Marriott Hotels, Toyota, Bose and more.
I’ve personally used a lot of apps for a lot of products, and I’m finding the Aeroplan app works very well for me in terms of tracking my flight segments and keeping track of my miles and bookings. I don’t always have access to my laptop, but I usually can tap into my smartphone. And now I have one more travel tool at my disposal for booking trips to great spots in Canada and sun destinations, as well as far-flung spots like New Zealand and other places in this wonderful world of ours.
Here’s how it works:
Under the ‘Use Your Miles’ section, select ‘Book a Flight.’ A Flight Rewards search form will appear. Select your desired City/Airport location and select date field. Click ‘Done’. A list of potential itineraries will populate showcasing both of Aeroplan’s travel options: Fixed Mileage Flight Rewards (limited number of seats exclusively offered to members on Air Canada and Star Alliance) and Market Fare Flight Rewards (access to any seat, at any time, on all Air Canada flights based on market fares at time of booking).
After you select a flight, a Trip Summary Page will appear. The member is then prompted to enter passenger details, contact information and payment entry information. That’s it. You’re booked!
Flight Reward bookings can be made for both roundtrip and one-way flight rewards.
In addition to booking flights, the app also includes the following functionalities:
Goal-setting functionality – This feature is designed to help members set their goals in the program and help them reach their dream goal faster (whether it be a travel goal or a merchandise goal). We all respond well when we have a specific goal in mind, so this is a great feature.
Account management – Members can view their account history, transactions, Aeroplan status etc. That’s always important to me, as I like to use my Aeroplan points to visit my Dad on the west coast as much as possible. My wife uses our points to visit family in Vancouver, as well, and we just used some to get to Barbados for a fantastic Caribbean cruise.
The app also provides partners and promotions listings, pinpointing where you can earn miles based on your exact location. Maybe there’s a hotel bonus or a gas station bonus to be had just steps from where you happen tobe. If so, you’ll find out.
You’ll also have a digital Aeroplan card that can be scanned to collect miles at Aeroplan partners (Partners with retail point of sale capability only), meaning you won’t have to fumble for the card that’s tucked inside that wallet of yours that’s rapidly expanding and barely fits in your pocket or purse.
In addition, the contact section includes Air Canada Altitude status priority contacts in case you have questions you need answered right away.
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