Beginner’s Guide to Quickly Boost Your Aeroplan Miles

Every so often, people ask me, how do you accumulate so many miles to fly around the world? How much do you have to fly to get all the miles?


The answer is, majority of my miles portfolio is made up from sign up bonuses from credit cards, and out of those, a huge chunk is from American Express cards. The rest of the miles come from casual flying, credit card spending, promotional events… etc. But they barely add up to 50,000 per year. In comparison, I redeemed 500,000 miles in the past year: a mini-around-the-world trip for 2 in business class(150K miles x 2), a trip to China and HK for a bachelor party with my best buddy (150k miles), and a roundtrip from Toronto to Vancouver in business class on the new 787-9 Dreamliner (50k miles).

This game is not for everyone. First, you need a decent annual salary, since most credit cards require 40-50k annual income. Secondly, you need a solid credit history, that means, you have not defaulted credit or declared bankruptcy in the past few years.  Lastly, and most importantly, you need to understand how credit score works, and how applying credit cards can affect your credit score. I have previously posted a guide on this, please check it out here.

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Trip Report – Taipei to Hongkong on the Hello Kitty Plane

This was part of a trip I took last year, where I used 150,000 Aeroplan points for a business class trip from Toronto to Asia, visiting Chicago, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Hongkong, Bangkok, Beijing, and Vancouver along the way. This report will cover the entire flight experience going from Taipei Taoyuan airport to Hongkong airport.

Typically from Taipei to Hongkong roundtrip in business class will only cost you 30,000 Aeroplan miles, the easiest way to obtain miles is getting the free 25,000 signup bonus from American Express card.

Taoyuan airport is about 40km north east of the city center. You can take either a taxi or bus to the airport, both options are very convenient. We opted to take the taxi, and it should be around 1000 NTD, which converts to about 30 CAD.

At the airport, there is a dedicated section for checking in to the Hello Kitty flights, inside this pink room.

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