Hey from London!
I’ve launched into one final whirlwind journey to wrap up my travels in 2022, which is able to take me throughout Europe and South East Asia for a mixture of catching up with mates, attending some enterprise conferences, and reviewing some brand-new Aeroplan redemption potentialities which have been just lately launched.
On this article, I’ll stroll you thru the thought course of behind reserving my flights for this end-of-year journey, and the actual Aeroplan candy spot that I’ll be benefiting from – not as soon as, however twice.
To complete up what has been a really busy journey 12 months, I’ll be making an attempt out a handful of merchandise that I haven’t had the chance to fly earlier than.
On the outbound journey, I flew from Newark to London in United Polaris 767 enterprise class. This might be my first time flying long-haul enterprise class with the airline, and I used to be curious to see if the onboard product matched the excessive customary the United Polaris lounges have set.
I’m at the moment spending a number of days within the UK on a weekend stopover, touching base with mates and revisiting my previous stomping grounds at College School London.
When it comes time to go away, I’ll make my means from London Gatwick to Singapore by way of Hanoi with Bamboo Airways 787 enterprise class.
The Vietnam-based airline is one in all Aeroplan’s latest companions, and their 1-2-1 product certainly seems fairly enticing – just like Air Canada’s 787 enterprise class, however hopefully with extra scrumptious Vietnamese delicacies served onboard.
My outbound flights priced out at 92,500 Aeroplan factors – which incorporates the 5,000 factors required for a stopover in London.
This “Asia 3” candy spot represents one of the crucial enticing value factors inside the Aeroplan reward chart as an entire, as you’ll be able to fly as much as 11,000 miles in distance between North America and the Pacific zone.
After spending a while in South East Asia, I’ll make my means again to North America by flying with Aeroplan’s latest associate airline: Emirates.
I’ve loved many flights in Emirates First Class through the years, however this time I gained’t have the ability to have a bathe within the sky, as I’ll be flying in enterprise class.
On my flight from Bangkok to Dubai, I’ll make a triumphant return to the Airbus A380 to see how Emirates enterprise class compares to the ostentatious First Class – and naturally, take a sip of Champagne from the onboard bar.
After a layover within the Emirates enterprise class lounge, I’ll proceed again to Seattle on Emirates 777 enterprise class, earlier than making the final hop again to Vancouver.
My return flights price a complete of 87,500 Aeroplan factors, as soon as once more clocking in beneath 11,000 miles in distance and falling properly within the “Asia 3” candy spot on the Aeroplan Flight Reward Chart.
In each instances, I modified an current placeholder reserving I’d made throughout the Amex 25% again promotion from earlier this 12 months. This successfully reduces the price of my flights to 65,625 and 69,375 Aeroplan factors, respectively, which is a paltry sum to pay for 4 long-haul enterprise class flights.
Opposite to my latest journeys to Japan and the Center East, the place I launched into a mad sprint to overview as many luxurious resorts as potential, my lodgings on this keep can be barely extra modest.I’ll be staying with mates a good bit alongside the best way, taking a break from the “suite life” in the meanwhile.
Nevertheless, I couldn’t assist however e book a number of nights on the Andaz London Liverpool Road, in a late bid to re-qualify for Hyatt Globalist standing, for 20,000 World of Hyatt factors per night time.
That is the unique Andaz property that opened again in 2007, and I’ve heard many nice issues about it from fellow travellers through the years.
Since I’ve lengthy since re-quailfied for Marriott Titanium standing and I get Hilton Diamond standing via my Hilton Honors American Categorical Aspire Card, Hyatt Globalist can be the final (and essentially the most labour-intensive) lodge top-tier standing to safe for 2023.
I’ve completely loved my stays at Hyatt resorts since attaining Globalist standing, and this 12 months, I’ve deemed it to be price a bit of additional effort to keep up via one other cycle.
After a lot quieter journey years in 2020 and 2021, I’m fairly happy with the quantity of journey I’ve squeezed into this 12 months, however couldn’t resist the chance to take to the skies yet another time earlier than the time runs out on 2022.
Whereas my flights on United, Bamboo Airways, and Emirates gained’t fairly take care of among the most luxurious First Class merchandise that I’ve flown this 12 months, I’m nonetheless very intrigued to see what Aeroplan’s latest airline partnerships deliver to the desk.
Look out for the critiques and movies to come back on Prince of Journey as we head in direction of the brand new 12 months.