Aeroplan welcomes Air China and Shanghai Airlines as travel partners
MONTREAL, Dec. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Aeroplan (TSX: AER.UN) today announced
the addition of two Star Alliance carriers, Air China and Shanghai Airlines,
to its roster of partners. Effective immediately, Aeroplan members may
accumulate and redeem Aeroplan Miles for travel with either carrier. The
addition of Air China and Shanghai Airlines increases Aeroplan's roster of
airline partners to 29.
    "Star Alliance's newest member airlines expand our current offering of
travel accumulation possibilities in one of the world's most attractive
markets," said Rob Shields, Vice President, Partnerships, Aeroplan. "We're
pleased we can offer members opportunities to earn and redeem Aeroplan Miles
around the globe."
    Shanghai Airlines' Crane members and Air China's Phoenix Miles members
will also be able to earn and redeem miles on Air Canada flights.

    About Star Alliance

    Star Alliance, the Way the Earth Connects, was established in 1997 as the
first truly global airline alliance to offer customers worldwide reach and a
smooth travel experience. Star Alliance was voted Best Airline Alliance by
Business Traveller Magazine in 2003, 2006 and 2007 and by Skytrax in 2003,
2005 and 2007. The members are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana
Airlines, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian
Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAP
Portugal, THAI, United and US Airways. Regional member carriers Adria Airways
(Slovenia), Blue1 (Finland) and Croatia Airlines enhance the global network.
Turkish Airlines has been accepted as a future member and is expected to join
Star Alliance soon. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than
16,000 daily flights to 855 destinations in 155 countries.

    About Aeroplan

    Aeroplan is Canada's premier loyalty marketing company, dedicated to
developing and executing programs designed to engage the loyalty of its
prestigious membership.
    Aeroplan's millions of members earn Aeroplan Miles with its network of
more than 70 world-class partners, representing more than 150 brands in the
financial, retail, and travel sectors. Miles earned may be redeemed for
Aeroplan's industry-leading ClassicFlight Rewards, innovative ClassicPlus
Flight Rewards, and global Star Alliance Flight Rewards, offering travel to
more than 850 destinations worldwide. In 2006 alone, more than 1.4 million
round-trip flight rewards were issued. Aeroplan's roster of non-flight rewards
includes more than 400 exciting specialty, merchandise, and experiential
rewards, as well as hotel and car rental rewards. Members are encouraged to
stay engaged with Aeroplan and avoid mileage expiration due to inactivity by
earning or redeeming Aeroplan Miles at least once in any consecutive
twelve-month period.
    For more information about Aeroplan, please visit
For further information: Gillian Hewitt, (416) 352-3706,