Okay I admit it… it seems I have not been paying attention, because I just found a personalized dashboard on Air Canada’s Aeroplan page that seems really helpful. I wish I would have known about it sooner, because it really does appear quite useful! In fact, I have used it today to prove that fact!
I woke up in the middle of the night tonight because the drugs I am taking to fight my cold/chest infection are screwing with my wake/sleep schedule. After doing everything else I had to do, I started chatting with my friend Jessica who is points-obsessed. That is to say, she and her husband have found every way imaginable to get Aeroplan points from contests, challenges, and even flying. I started wondering what status I would have for next year, seeing as I do travel quite a bit.
I went to the Aeroplan page (which I am quite familiar with) and saw where I was… and then started doing math in my head… I was trying to figure out how many more miles I would be flying this year… and although I know that I am a shoe-in for Altitude 75K, I started to wonder if I had a chance of hitting the elusive Altitude 100K…
…and then I saw a button that said ‘check your dashboard.’ I don’t remember having seen it before,so I clicked on it. Behold, the page that opened has some really helpful information on it – not just on what you have, but on what you need in order to achieve the next level, including threshold gifts.
I started doing the math… I am flying home from Tokyo next month – my dashboard clearly showed (I had to scroll down) that my flight from Toronto to Tokyo (via Vancouver) was 6,742 miles… but because I flew Executive First Class I got a 50% bonus of Status Miles… rounding it off to 10,115. Logically my flight back in November will give me the same number of miles, seeing as I am taking the same flights in reverse. That is another 10,115 miles.
Of course, the following week I am turning around and flying right back to Japan. Assuming the same flight path, and a return flight at the end of December, that is another 20,230 miles. Assuming my math is right, that brings me to 79,559 Altitude Qualifying Miles (AQM) for the year. Right there, I am at Altitude 75K… the next level up.
But wait… I have one more trip in December… flying from Tokyo to Sydney, Australia for ten days. Flying direct is 4,757 miles… which means 9,514 miles, plus another 4,757 bonus for flying First Class. However if I fly either through Wellington, NZ or through Singapore then it bumps to 7,100 miles (plus or minus) each way, which means 10,650 miles each way, which would give me a little over 100,800 miles for the year, and the Altitude 100K (formerly Super Elite) status that I am hoping for.
(I have to admit it, one of the main reasons I would rather fly through Singapore is that I would get to fly on the Airbus A380, which I have not been on yet!)
(For those of you wondering what the benefits are, check out the site.)
Don’t get me wrong. I have told many people before that they should not be jealous of the status of frequent fliers because it means that we have to be away from home as often as we are. I stand by that. However if you are going to be away from home that often, it is nice to get the benefits that go alone with it… and yes, among frequent fliers there are certain bragging rights that go with it.
One of my favorite benefits, by the way, is being able to bypass the long lines for checking in, security, and boarding. A friend of mine on Facebook (whose name I will not mention, but if he is reading this is welcome to chime in) once told me that this is elitist, and I should not be so proud that I skip the lines. It is not a question of elitist (although I think I replied at the time that his thinking was not a little socialist), but the truth is those lines may be an hour long. For an occasional traveler that is an annoyance, even an inconvenience. If I had to wait in each of those lines for an hour every time I flied this year it would not be an inconvenience, it would be well in excess of a work week. So call me elitist if you will, I do appreciate bypassing the lines.
I did notice by the by that one of the benefits of Altitude 100K is that you can award Altitude 50K (the status I currently hold) for a friend. That might be huge, and if you are interested I am absolutely willing to consider bribes 🙂
I know the slogan came from another brand, but membership has its privileges. I have held Elite Status with Aeroplan (Air Canada) since 2007, and it has made my life as a road warrior an easier and more comfortable one. The Dashboard is probably available to anyone, but it will come in much handier for people who fly a lot.
…and sorry Jessica, most of those benefits rely on AQM, not simply miles accumulated 🙂