enRoute How did Aeroplan help you take your recent sabbatical?
Matthew Huotari I’d been focused on my pizza shop for so long that my brain was bogged down. I needed something fresh, so I started looking to see if my partner and I could get away for a while. We knew we wanted to go to Portugal, so I started there and let Aeroplan points dictate when, where and how we travelled for the next six months.
ER Tell us how you booked around–the–world business class flights for $361.72.
MH I used points and eUpgrades credits to get Air Canada Signature Class flight rewards from Vancouver to Lisbon. While there, a good deal for a flight from Dublin to Vancouver popped up. So, we spent a week in Dublin and flew business class home before starting the next part of our trip. While in Ireland, I found a life–changing deal on business class seats from Vancouver to Auckland. From there, I booked a flight from Queenstown to Bali with an extended layover in Brisbane. The best option to fly home was from Tokyo. It was a fluke that we ended up in Japan, but it was one of our favourite stops of the trip.