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Introduction: A Whirlwind Aeroplan Journey

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Welcome to my subsequent journey report sequence, which is able to embody enterprise class opinions on Austrian Airways, Gulf Air, Singapore Airways, Bamboo Airways, and Air Canada, in addition to a number of airport lounge and lodge opinions.

Why I took this journey

This was a “pure” overview journey, which is to say that I took this journey solely to overview as many airways, airport lounges, and inns, as potential, all whereas minimizing my time away from house. I do know many OMAAT readers benefit from the opinions on the weblog, so as a brand new mum or dad I’m making an attempt to maintain that going whereas being away from house as little as potential.

Air Canada Aeroplan is my favourite frequent flyer program, and I significantly recognize what number of distinctive airline companions this system has. My objective with this journey was to maximise Aeroplan factors for a routing on as many attention-grabbing airways as potential.

I hadn’t been to Southeast Asia since earlier than the pandemic, so I sort of set Singapore as my “vacation spot,” and needed to see how creatively I may get there and again. The fantastic thing about Aeroplan is that you may route from the USA to Asia through Europe, so there actually are some nice award potentialities.

I plan on doing one other certainly one of these journeys once more quickly, overlaying most of the merchandise I didn’t handle to get to on this journey (together with the Etihad Airbus A350, Singapore Airways Boeing 737 MAX 8, LOT Polish Boeing 787, Lufthansa Boeing 787, and Vistara Boeing 787).

It was so good to be again in Southeast Asia!

The airways I flew on this journey

I booked this journey as two one-way Aeroplan awards, touring a complete distance of 23,557 miles.

The routing for my Aeroplan award journey

Particularly, I used Aeroplan’s award chart between North America and the Pacific, which is distance based mostly. Related to this journey:

  • A one-way enterprise class award overlaying a distance of seven,500-11,000 miles prices 87,500 factors
  • A one-way enterprise class award overlaying a distance of 11,000+ miles prices 115,000 factors
Aeroplan award chart between North America & Pacific

Let me remind everybody that incomes Air Canada Aeroplan factors is straightforward. Aeroplan is 1:1 switch companions with Amex Membership Rewards, Capital One, and Chase Final Rewards. On high of that, there’s the Aeroplan® Credit score Card (overview) in the USA, which provides an important bonus and a few distinctive perks.

My outbound journey coated a complete of 12,948 miles throughout six segments. I booked the next in enterprise class for 115,000 Air Canada Aeroplan factors plus $112.82 in taxes & charges:

1/05 OS66 Chicago to Vienna departing 4:20PM arriving 8:20AM (+1 day)
1/07 OS501 Vienna to Rome departing 7:55AM arriving 9:30AM
1/07 GF26 Rome to Bahrain departing 11:10AM arriving 6:35PM
1/07 GF165 Bahrain to Singapore departing 11:50PM arriving 12:25PM (+1 day)
1/08 SQ186 Singapore to Ho Chi Minh Metropolis departing 5:30PM arriving 6:40PM
1/08 QH256 Ho Chi Minh Metropolis to Hanoi departing 10:10PM arriving 12:20AM (+1 day)

Austrian Boeing 777 enterprise class
Gulf Air Airbus A321LR enterprise class
Gulf Air Boeing 787 enterprise class
Singapore Airways Boeing 787 enterprise class
Bamboo Airways Airbus A321neo enterprise class

My return journey coated a complete of 10,608 miles throughout three segments. I booked the next in enterprise class for 87,500 Aeroplan factors plus $150.11 in taxes & charges:

1/09 QH73 Hanoi to Frankfurt departing 9:40AM arriving 5:15PM
1/10 AC841 Frankfurt to Toronto departing 9:45AM arriving 12:30PM
1/10 AC1204 Toronto to Miami departing 6:30PM arriving 9:40PM

Bamboo Airways Boeing 787 enterprise class
Air Canada Boeing 787 enterprise class

Significantly, how superior is that this routing?! Many are most likely questioning the way you go about reserving one thing like this, so I’ll cowl that within the subsequent publish, since that’s a giant matter in and of itself.

Along with flight opinions, you may count on opinions of the next lounges (I’ve already reviewed the Amex Centurion Lounge Miami and American Admirals Membership Washington, which I visited throughout my positioning flights to Chicago):

  • The SAS Lounge Chicago Airport (ORD)
  • The SKY Lounge Vienna Airport (VIE)
  • The Austrian Senator Lounge Vienna Airport (VIE)
  • The Plaza Premium Lounge Rome Airport (FCO)
  • The Gulf Air Lounge Bahrain Airport (BAH)
  • The Bahrain Airport Lodge (BAH), which provides sleeping pods and massages to Precedence Move members
  • The Singapore Airways Enterprise Lounge Singapore (SIN)
  • Le Saigonnais Lounge Ho Chi Minh Metropolis Airport (SGN)
  • The Music Hong Enterprise Lounge Hanoi Airport (HAN)
  • The Lufthansa Enterprise Lounge Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
  • The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
  • The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto Airport Transborder (YYZ)
Singapore Airways Enterprise Lounge Changi Airport

The inns I stayed at on this journey

Whereas I traveled for almost per week, I solely spent one night time in an precise lodge. Particularly, I had an in a single day in Vienna, and I made a decision to take a look at the Andaz Vienna. Whereas the money price would have been round 200 Euro, I had a Class 1-4 free night time certificates expiring within the coming weeks, so I made a decision to redeem that. That labored out completely, as this can be a Class 4 World of Hyatt property.

Andaz Vienna foyer

Whereas not a correct lodge, throughout my in a single day at Hanoi Airport I made a decision to ebook the VATC Sleep Pod Hanoi Airport for the night time, because it appeared extra handy than trekking into the town. That was… an expertise.

VATC Sleep Pod Hanoi Airport

Backside line

I’m joyful to be getting 2023 off to begin in the case of overview journeys, with an incredible redemption no much less. I redeemed a complete of 202,500 Aeroplan factors for an unbelievable journey overlaying 23,000+ miles of flying, throughout all types of airways.

Keep tuned for opinions of enterprise class on Austrian Airways, Gulf Air, Singapore Airways, Bamboo Airways, and Air Canada, plus a lot of lounge opinions and a few lodge opinions. I’ll even be dedicating a publish to speaking about how precisely I went about reserving this itinerary, provided that it’s most likely a thriller to many.

Thanks for studying, and keep tuned!

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