By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We're planning to visit Normandy in June 2004 for the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings and have a wealth of Aeroplan points. Seeing that seats available per flight for AEROPLAN redemptions are few, I would like to book asap. I am assuming that AEROPLAN points can be redeemed with Lufthansa, a partner with Air Canada in the Star Alliance. And if so, would the only flight pattern then be Toronto-Frankfurt-Paris? Would this cost more points than the Toronto-Paris direct run? Many thanks for your trouble. Yours truly, L. King

A: To assist in this response, I contacted a spokesperson for Aeroplan. Michèle Meier, Manager of Corporate Communications says that Air Canada continues to provide customers with safe, high quality service. "Customers can continue to book their travel with confidence. All operations continue as normal," says Meier and adds,"It is business as usual at Air Canada and Aeroplan, which by the way is not included in the filing." According to Meier, Aeroplan members can redeem their Aeroplan Miles for reward travel to over 700 destinations in 128 countries served by Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz, Tango by Air Canada, ZIP, and the Star Alliance network of 15 world-class airlines, as well as other Aeroplan partner airlines.

Since you're planning a trip to France (Paris) on Aeroplan reward tickets, Meier provides a variety of options and emphasizes that all the choices presented would cost 60,000 Aeroplan Miles per ticket in Hospitality Service, no matter what itinerary is chosen.

Here's a quick itinerary list: Toronto-Paris (Air Canada), Toronto-Frankfurt-Paris (Lufthansa), Toronto-Munich-Paris (Air Canada and Lufthansa),Toronto-Chicago-Paris (United Airlines),Toronto-Washington-Paris (Air Canada and United Airlines), Toronto-London-Paris (Air Canada and British Midland), In order to get reward seats for specific dates next year, you should call Aeroplan as soon as possible.


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