With spring just around the corner, many Canadians are dreaming of warmer weather and making plans for the summer. Whether you’re planning a trip back home to see your family, or need a rental car to get to that out-of-town wedding in cottage country, there are a few things you can do to ensure you travel smarter this year, limit the time you spend planning details, and ensure you’re focusing on the trip ahead.

Travel loyalty programs are a great, cost-effective way to budget and plan for travel and vacations. For instance, AIR MILES allows you to get Dream Miles you can use for travel while making purchases on everyday items like groceries and gas, just by swiping your AIR MILES Card. In addition to travel reward options, this year, in celebration of 25 years of rewards, AIR MILES is offering Collectors a chance to get the ultimate experience: a cabin aboard the AIR MILES All Aboard Cruise and flights for two!

The AIR MILES All Aboard Giveaway gives Collectors the chance to win 1 of 1,300 staterooms aboard a Princess cruise ship and flights for two. Throughout the contest, from March 16 to April 6, every Base or Bonus Mile collected at participating Partner locations will provide one entry into the AIR MILES All Aboard Cruise Giveaway (exclusions apply). In addition, Collectors can automatically receive five entries if they have a select valid AIR MILES Credit Card on March 16, 2017, and can also receive five entries if they visit www.learnapplyearn.com to learn more about AIR MILES Credit Cards from March 16 to April 6, 2017 (applying for an AIR MILES Credit Card is not required).
Whether you’re travelling abroad this summer or preparing for your first cruise, we’ve got a few tips that can help you get ready, stay safe, and travel smarter — so you can focus on the fun ahead.

To make the vacation stress free, you may also want to think about booking a rental car in advance — particularly if you’re travelling with children and need additional accessories like a car seat or added storage. Booking your rental car through AIR MILES Partners like Budget, National, and Alamo allows you to book ahead of time and gets you Miles! Thinking about what you’ll need when you arrive at your destination saves time, and booking ahead eliminates any surprises when you land.

Make sure you’re covered by getting travel insurance — it’s an important step in your travel planning process to ensure you have a safe and fun vacation.

Travelling can be stressful, but planning ahead is key to having a great vacation. Thinking ahead, making sure you’ve planned transportation, travel, accommodations, and protecting yourself with insurance are a few simple ways you can maximize the value of your trip or vacation this year.

Don’t forget to keep getting Miles on your everyday purchases; you can use them for your next trip!

For more information on the AIR MILES Reward Program, visit www.airmiles.ca, and to enter the AIR MILES All Aboard Giveaway, visit www.airmilescruise.ca.

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