Thursday, February 23, 2017

February 23 Update: Aeroplan Match Weeks return for mileage donations, new Emirates onboard lounges & more

News, Tips & Tricks
's Match Weeks are returning for 2017! Match Weeks is where Aeroplan will match all mileage donations made to 10 of their charitable partners. The Match Weeks will kick of next week the The Stephen Lewis Foundation. If you were planning to donate to one or more of these foundations, of course it is good to donate at anytime but even better if you can do so during a Match Week! (Source Aeroplan)
The Stephen Lewis Foundation (February 27 ‒ March 5) ‒ The Stephen Lewis Foundation works with community-level organizations which are turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, orphans, grandmothers and people living with HIV and AIDS.
David Suzuki Foundation (March 27 ‒ April 2) ‒ The David Suzuki Foundation’s mission is to protect the diversity of nature and our quality of life, now and for the future.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) (April 3 ‒ 9) ‒  MSF provides medical care to people caught in many kinds of catastrophes around the world, including armed conflicts, natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes, epidemics of disease and malnutrition crises.
Enactus (May 15 – 21) – Enactus is Canada’s largest student leadership development organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve people’s livelihoods through entrepreneurial action.
We June 12 ‒ 18) – WE (formerly known as Free The Children) is a local and global charity that partners with communities to help lift themselves out of poverty using a holistic, sustainable five-pillar development model and empowers youth to change the world.
War Child Canada (July 17 ‒ 23) ‒ War Child helps rebuild war-affected communities to provide the support necessary for children to experience a stable childhood.
Engineers Without Borders (September 18 ‒ 24) ‒ Engineers Without Borders Canada invests in people who can create a thriving and sustainable world, where everyone’s basic needs are met and where everyone can grow to their full potential.
Veterinarians Without Borders (October 2 ‒ 8) ‒ Veterinarians without Borders - Canada works with those in need to foster the health of animals, people and the environments in which they interact.
MusiCounts (November 20 ‒ 26) ‒ MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that children in Canada have access to music programs in their schools and communities, and the organization focuses on putting musical instruments into the hands of children who need them most.
Air Canada Foundation (December 4 ‒ 10) ‒ Through its Hospital Transportation program, the Air Canada Foundation helps sick children reach medical treatment not available in their community allowing them to receive the best medical care possible.

Emirates i
s updating the onboard lounges found on their Airbus A380 aircraft.It will start rolling out on their planes this July so you could expect to eventually see it on the YYZ route! Remember that it may relatively hard to earn Skywards miles here in Canada but you do have options with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and Japan Airlines Mileage Bank (think Starwood Preferred Guest with them as well) to redeem for business class flights. Here is the video introducing the new onboard lounge:

While we were on vacation WestJet announced an decent sized expansion out of Montreal. Three new routes to Halifax, Quebec City and Boston will start in March, June and October respectively. Additional flights are also being added to Calgary and Vancouver. (Source WestJet)

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Travel Deals
CAA members can choose from a savings of up to 15%, daily breakfast for two or resort credits up to $100 at Starwood Hotels in the U.S., Canada, French Polynesia, Mexico and the Caribbean. Good for stays until Dec 31, 17. Find out more here.

Canadian Bonus Offers
Air Canada / Aeroplan
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Other Bonus Offers
Air France KLM Flying Blue
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American AAdvantage
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Le Club accorhotels
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Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
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