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Aeroplan donates one million Aeroplan Miles to new partner

MONTREAL Aeroplan is pleased to welcome the David Suzuki Foundation as its newest charitable partner in its Beyond Miles program, launching the partnership with a donation of one million Aeroplan Miles. Developed with member passions in mind, Beyond Miles is a program that enables Aeroplan Members to donate Aeroplan Miles to outstanding Canadian charities that are committed to improving lives and enriching communities across Canada and abroad.

The David Suzuki Foundation will use the miles to support its innovative work across the country to connect Canadians with nature and safeguard our right to clean water, fresh air and healthy food. Aeroplan Members can donate miles to the David Suzuki Foundation online at www.aeroplan.com/donate.

"The David Suzuki Foundation is an incredible Canadian organization dedicated to protecting nature and inspiring Canadians to act with nature in mind to improve our quality of life, now and for the future," said Kevin O'Brien, Chief Business Development Officer, Canada, Aimia. "We are excited to add the David Suzuki Foundation to the Beyond Miles program, to give members an option to donate miles to an organization that is truly an innovator and leader in conservation and the environment."

As part of the partnership, Aeroplan will fully offset all carbon emissions from David Suzuki Foundation flights taken using donated miles.

"Participating in the Beyond Miles program will allow our organization to offset travel costs for some of our most important work across the country, from protecting wild northern spaces to building the capacity of remote communities to protect their health and the environment." said Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Peter Robinson.

Community Investment at Aeroplan
Since the program was launched in 2006, members have donated more than 420 million Aeroplan Miles. Beyond Miles partners use Aeroplan Miles to offset costs related to travel by air as well as hotel accommodations and car rentals. Aeroplan offsets 100 per cent of all carbon emissions from flights taken by Beyond Miles partners using donated miles. In 2015, Aeroplan has already donated one million miles to each of its partner organizations. Aeroplan Members can also automatically donate two per cent of all miles accumulated to any Beyond Miles partner of the member's choice. Members interested in donating two per cent of their Aeroplan Miles simply visit their profile page on aeroplan.com, select the donation opt-in and the Beyond Miles partner they would like their miles to go to. In addition, Aeroplan has a Charitable Pooling program that allows members to use miles to support local grass roots charities in need. More information is available at www.aeroplan.com/donate.

Aeroplan's Beyond Miles program and other community investment initiatives can be found on Twitter. Follow us at: @BeyondMiles.

About Aeroplan
Aeroplan, Canada's premier coalition loyalty program, is owned by Aimia Inc., a global leader in loyalty management.

Aeroplan's millions of members earn Aeroplan Miles with its growing network of over 75 world-class partners, representing more than 150 brands in the financial, retail, and travel sectors.

In 2014, approximately 2.7 million rewards were issued to members including 1.9 million flights on Air Canada and Star Alliance carriers which offer travel to more than 1,300 destinations worldwide. In addition to flights, members also have access to over 1,000 exciting specialty, merchandise, hotel, car rental and experiential rewards.

For more information about Aeroplan, please visit www.aeroplan.com or www.aimia.com.

SOURCE: Aeroplan

For further information: Christa Poole, Aeroplan, 416-352-3745, christa.poole@aimia.com; Jode Roberts, David Suzuki Foundation, 647-456-9752, jroberts@davidsuzuki.org, @joderoberts

January 28, 2015
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/media/news/2015/01/the-david-suzuki-foundation-joins-aeroplans-beyond-miles-program/