The phone line, which had been abuzz for the past 20 minutes, went totally silent. On the other end,
"Yes, seventy-one dollars each," I replied.
"You'd better send me this in an email," she said, "Otherwise my friend is never going to believe me."
And that's how
Three months later, after a full day of hiking in Germany,
"I can't believe I nearly bought my ticket for full price!
Why doesn't everyone do this??"
The answer: because not everyone knows how.
And of course, while I could tell you more of
But luckily for you, you don't have to. And in this post, I'm going to use a real trip request from
As you learned in our
Let's start the same way we did in that post - by opening up the
A quick search shows that our logic is spot on:
Or what if
Okay, so we know that we can easily meet
Just like flying to/from Asia, it's easy to get to/from Europe for next-to-nothing. But we've skipped over the most crucial part: how Sarah got her Aeroplan points in the first place. So here it is: the dead-simple two-step process that
Note: The principles in this post are universal, but these tools are for Canadians only. Sorry!
That same day,
And that's it.
The best part of these two simple steps? They're absolutely free.
Sounds too good to be true, right? I thought so too, until I helped dozens of people like
There are just two hiccups you'll come across when booking your flights to/from Europe, and they're both easily avoidable. The Germany Limitation comes as a result of the majority of Aeroplan flights in and out of Germany being operated by
Given how small European countries are and the ease of flying between them - starting from the major cities in Germany, you can fly internationally in multiple directions for under $20 - there's no real need to fly to Canada directly from Germany. Do yourself a favour and add on a day or two in a nearby city like
The second hiccup is the
There are a few sweet spots that only those of us really deep in our Aeroplan knowledge know about, and one of them is
When I run a search for
Let's open up another search tab and look back at one of our previous destinations:
You've probably put things together by now: The best way to get to
But we need to be very clear about something: this method of purchasing a multi-segment flight and skipping the end of it is not viewed positively in the airlines' eyes. Last year,
Something else to consider: you should not check luggage when skipping a flight segment. While it is sometimes possible to check your luggage to an intermediate destination, it's not a sure thing, and assuming you don't want your luggage to end up in
First, to give you the knowledge you need to make smart, informed decisions about flying to and from Europe. If you've been buying flights to Europe, or anywhere else, without this type of knowledge, you've probably been over-paying by a substantial amount. But that stops now.
And second, to show you that flying doesn't need to be expensive. With the right tools in place, you can cut your flight costs by 50% or more. In this case, all it takes is 5 minutes to read this post and 5 minutes to fill out these two online forms:
8 minutes of time to save
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If you have questions, feel free to
We actually recommend both of them! There are exceptional offers for both cards right now, and the differences are quite slight: the fee on the personal Platinum card is $200 higher than the Business Platinum card, though with it you can actually get $400 of travel credit ($200 in 2018 plus $200 more in 2019) within your first 12 months of having the card. For a full breakdown of the cards we recommend, take a look at the
There are two facts about the Platinum card that every cardholder needs to be aware of:
Your annual fee is always applied 12 months from when you apply for your card.
Your $200 annual travel credit always resets on January 1.
Let’s look at how this affects you.
If you were to apply today, you'd be able to use $200 of travel credit between now and December 31, 2018, and then $200 more between January 1, 2019 and today’s date in 2019.
This means that from a literal perspective, the best date to apply for the card is probably July 1, since that means you have a full 6 months in 2018 to use your first $200 plus a full 6 months in 2019 to use your second $200.
However, I don't recommend waiting until July 1 for one simple reason: this offer on the Platinum card is likely to be gone by then. The 60,000 points bonus you get with the card right now is truly a steal, so I'd be surprised if the offer is still around then.
Not at all. Just enter your first and last name on both the lines reading Legal Business Name (as registered) and the Business Name to Appear on Card on the card application. Anyone can own a sole proprietorship in their own name (and it doesn't need to be registered with any government agency), so it's totally fine to have your first and last name as your business name. American Express will never ask you to prove your business activities, such as revenues, taxes paid, etc.