December 1, 2008
As the cold weather settles in, the islands may beckon you south, enticing you with their balmy weather, sunny beaches, and piña coladas. If you wanted to fly to the Bahamas for a long weekend, could you just pick up and go? Do you, your passengers, and your aircraft meet the requirements for international travel? Find out the specifics online in AOPA’s Web pages dedicated to providing you with information on what’s required to fly to the Caribbean. Most everyone knows that each person on board must have a current passport. But did you know that any minor children traveling with you, who are accompanied by only one parent, must have a notarized letter authorizing the trip from the absent parent? Aircraft documentation must include, among other things, an FCC radio station license, which you may not have since it is not required for domestic flights. And what about a 406-MHz ELT—do you need one, and what kind? Call us to find out at 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672).
If you have an AOPA WorldPoints credit card from Bank of America, you know you’re automatically earning points for every dollar you spend, and double points for most aviation purchases. But are you getting the most from your card?
Using your card for routine purchases can help maximize your rewards—think of all the money you spend on groceries, gasoline, and utility bills each month. Why not be rewarded for the money you spend anyway?
Be sure to put all your aviation purchases on your AOPA card because you’ll earn double points for purchases at more than 4,700 FBOs and select aviation retailers. Don’t forget to use your card when you renew your AOPA membership, buy tickets to AOPA Expo, or sign up for the AOPA Legal Services Plan—all transactions that will earn you double points.
With no limit on the points you can collect and rewards beginning at only 2,500 points, it won’t take long for you to earn the rewards you want, whether that means travel, adventures, event tickets, merchandise, or cash.
But points aren’t the only reward for carrying and using the AOPA WorldPoints card. You also get free MyConcierge service that provides you with customized VIP services, such as personal shopping or dining reservations.
And there’s another reward—the knowledge that every dollar you spend helps keep general aviation strong. That’s because a percentage of your spending comes back to AOPA at no cost to you. The revenue generated in this way has enabled AOPA to keep dues at $39 a year for the past 18 years. And it provides much of the money your association uses to fight for GA on Capitol Hill, in statehouses, and at individual airports nationwide.
To find out more about how you can reward yourself for the purchases you make every day and help keep general aviation strong, or to apply for a card, visit AOPA Online.
Join or renew your AOPA membership by December 31 for your chance to win a fully restored, glass-panel-equipped Piper Archer II as the grand prize in AOPA’s 2008 Get Your Glass Sweepstakes. And, if you enroll in our Automatic Renewal Program, you’ll get two additional entries just for signing up. To join or renew, call us at 800-USA-AOPA or go online.
TOLL-FREE PILOT INFORMATION CENTER Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org
NEW ADDRESS? Send your new address and AOPA membership number to AOPA, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, Maryland 21701-4798 Fax 301/695-2375 Click www.aopa.org/coa-form.html
AOPA AIR SAFETY FOUNDATION Call 800/638-3101 Click www.aopa.org/asf/
AOPA CREDIT CARD PROGRAM Call 800/523-7666 Click www.aopa.org/info/cc/
AOPA AIRCRAFT INSURANCE Call 800/622-AOPA (622-2672) Click www.aopa.org/aircraftinsurance.html
AOPA LEGAL SERVICES PLAN Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org/legalservices.html
AOPA ONLINE TRAVEL Click www.aopa.org/travel/
OTHER AOPA MEMBER PRODUCTS Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org/memberproducts/
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