How to Upgrade Your Travel Experience

As an Air Canada Altitude Member, you’re accustomed to reaching your destination in comfort. But getting there is just the beginning: With these luxury travel tips, you can elevate your entire journey. Here’s how to maximize your experience the whole way through.

1. Arrive in style

At many destinations, you can find your next ride before you’ve even left the airport. Whether you prefer a sleek crossover, an eco-cool hybrid or an all-weather SUV, you can rent your premium car of choice through Avis. Located at all major airports, Avis has a young fleet, which includes a variety of makes and models from manufacturers including Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai and many others. Plus, the Avis Select Series offers plenty of luxury options, including BMW and Audi. You can also add products and services, such as GPS navigation and child safety seats, to enhance your rental experience.

2. Befriend those in the know

After you’ve checked in, make a beeline for the hotel concierge, whose raison d’être is ensuring your travel requests are deftly handled. Whether you’re interested in bar hopping, scoping out the shopping scene, or discovering the most scenic road trip within driving distance, he or she knows all. Also, you don’t have to wait until check-in to tap into their expert connections. Contacting the desk in advance of your trip to share your preferences will give them ample time to tailor their recommendations accordingly.

3. Remember, timing is everything

If you realize, only after you’ve settled into your suite, that you neglected to make reservations for a local hot spot, it’s not too late. While it’s true that wrangling dinner at the world’s most coveted culinary destinations can sometimes involve being wait-listed for months (or even up to a year), scoring an impromptu table at the bustling, three-Michelin-starred restaurant in town isn’t mission impossible – if you book for lunch. A midday visit won’t require such extreme patience, but you’ll still enjoy the kitchen’s gastronomic prowess, and sometimes even an identical menu.

4. Get some personal attention

Once you’ve indulged in haute cuisine, you might be inspired to hit the hotel gym. To upgrade your workout and make use of all that high-tech equipment, you can now find apps that enable you to book a personal trainer (or yogi) on demand. Handstand, for instance, has a network of vetted trainers in cities like New York, Los Angeles and Boston, and the pro will come right to you for a one-on-one sweat session.

5. Shop like a pro

Before you depart, make the most of your boutique browsing time by enlisting the help of a luxury personal shopper. They’re more than salespeople; they’re supremely chic stylists who can curate your wardrobe and open doors (sometimes literally, after hours, for a more private experience). Beyond upscale department stores, you can find personal shoppers at airports and hotels, too. For instance, Heathrow Airport’s complimentary personal shopper will meet you after security, prepared with a custom “shopping plan” (just book 48 hours pre-flight). Meanwhile, London’s five-star Hotel Café Royal recently teamed up with the designer retailer MatchesFashion.com to launch “Fashion Now,” a complimentary private shopping service for suite guests.

 

As an Air Canada Altitude member, rent with Avis® and enjoy special discounts and bonus Aeroplan Miles, until February 28, 2019. In addition, you can earn one Aeroplan mile for every $1 spent on your vehicle booked via aircanada.com and you can earn Aeroplan Miles from Avis, when you rent from a participating location. Simply add your Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number to your car rental booking to enjoy these additional benefits. Your AWD can be found in the Partner Offers section of the Altitude website.