Example: Trip for two people - Summer 2022 - Western Canada
Let’s take the example of two people who want to visit Western Canada for the summer of 2022.
The idea is to leave Montreal, land in Calgary, rent a car and make a road trip to Vancouver.
We will need to make two bookings:
- One way from Montreal to Calgary
- One way from Vancouver to Montreal
Air Canada Website: How to book with Aeroplan points
First, to learn all about the Aeroplan program, please browse the Aeroplan Ultimate Guide on our site.
First, you must go to the Air Canada website to make a reservation. Then, log in to your account by clicking on “Sign in” at the top right.
Enter your member number and password. If you are not a member, registration is free.
Then, drag the royal blue slider to the right to choose “Points.”
Select your dates and your dream destination. To launch the search, click on “Find.”
The search results give several possibilities, with different times and different fare classes.
A green banner even tells you which flight costs the least in Aeroplan points that day. The top bar shows you the other available dates and the lowest cost in points if you are flexible. Feel free to browse it.
The award (8.8K or 8,800 Aeroplan points) is the cost in points for a one-way trip per person at the lowest fare class. The $49 is the cost in taxes that you will have to pay for this flight.
A menu will open by clicking on the 8.8K square of the 07:00 flight in Economy Class.
Choose the flight
So, let’s choose the 07:00 flight from Montreal at the standard fare.
The cost will be 17,600 Aeroplan points and just under $97 in taxes for two people.
By way of comparison, two tickets to the same destination at the same time cost $474. This is an excellent use of points!
To choose if it is better to buy a ticket in cash or points, check out my colleague Frederic’s article.
After reviewing whether your flight date and time are satisfactory, click “Continue” to fill in the passenger information.
Afterwards, you can choose (or not) your seats and make the payment.
Within seconds, you will receive a reservation confirmation in your email box.
Let’s repeat the same sequence of searching for flights in points for our return flight on August 04, from Vancouver to Montreal.
A payment of 12,600 points and approximately $67 in taxes is required. Such tickets for the same flight would have cost $515.
So, our trip will cost in points :
- 30,200 Aeroplan points
- $164 in taxes
In dollars, we would have spent a total of $989 on these tickets.
You can easily earn these 30,000 Aeroplan points with the TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card.
With the current offer, you can earn 25,000 Aeroplan points and an Air Canada Buddy Pass. In addition, the annual fee of $139 is waived for the first year. And as a credit cardholder, each of the passengers on the same booking will be able to check in their first baggage for free!
So, those 30,000 Aeroplan points we need to be next to the Gastown Steam Clock next summer are earned as follows:
- 10,000 Aeroplan points on first purchase with this card
- 15,000 additional Aeroplan points and an Air Canada Buddy Pass when you keep your account open, active and in good standing for 90 days after opening it
All you have to do is make regular purchases to earn the missing 5,000 Aeroplan Points (between $3,333 and $5,000 depending on your purchases). This will be an excellent start for your next vacation!
Note that if there are two of you, you could also each apply for the TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card: you’ll each get 25,000 welcome bonus points and a Buddy Pass. You can then combine the points through Aeroplan Family Sharing. And enjoy a Buddy Pass during two trips!
By being flexible and browsing the different dates and destinations, you can get the most out of your Aeroplan points.
Combined with the current TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card welcome offer, you can already smell the fresh mountain air of the Rockies.
Have a good trip!