Air Canada has 5 levels of status for frequent flyers ranging from 25K to the most coveted level, Aeroplan Super Elite status.
To achieve one of Air Canada’s statuses, you need to make a number of flights and spend a lot of money. If you don’t travel enough during the year, you can still earn 25K status with your everyday expenses on an Aeroplan credit card.
Aeroplan Super Elite status is the most difficult and costly to obtain because it requires significant flight activity and a very high spending threshold, but it offers a lot of exclusive benefits that are very attractive to frequent travelers.
In February 2022, Air Canada announced its promotionGet closer to your status by travelling with Air Canada which offered many opportunities to gain status through daily shopping as well as travel. So, I decided to take full advantage of this promotion to obtain this famous Aeroplan Super Elite status.
As a reminder, the promotion allowed all Aeroplan members to earn 100% of the value of the SQM, SQS and SQD bonus on all flights booked in cash at the standard fare or higher as well as a bonus of 5,000 SQM, 5 SQS and 500 SQD for existing status members subject to various actions.
Super Elite Aeroplan - How does status qualification work?
Qualification for any status, including Aeroplan Super Elite status, is determined by a combination of 3 criteria:
- Status Qualifying Miles (SQM): These are calculated based on the distance traveled and the fare class purchased.
For example, if you book a flight from Montreal to Paris at the flex fare, you will get 100% of the Qualifying Miles at one Status, i.e. 3442 miles. If you pay for the Premium Economy fare (lowest fare), you will get 4302 Qualifying Miles, i.e. 125% of the distance flown.
- Status Qualifying Segments (SQS):SQS are the number of segments in your reservation.
For example, if you go to Vancouver with a direct flight you will have 1 SQS but if you stop over in Toronto you will earn 2 SQS.
- Status Qualifying Dollars (SQD ): SQDs are only awarded upon completion of travel and not at the time of ticket purchase.
You earn SQD for the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges. SQD can be earned on Star Alliance member carrier flights issued from Air Canada ticket inventory (tickets beginning with 014). Finally, flight passes and eUpgrades supplements are used to earn SQD.
Here’s what you get for SQM, SQS and SQD depending on the fare you purchased. It is important to note that a ticket purchased in Economy Basic does not qualify for SQM, SQS and SQD. As well as reservations made with Aeroplan points.
To obtain a status, you must have reached the SQM or SQS threshold, and the spend threshold (SQD) during the calendar year.
Thus, to obtain the Aeroplan Super Elite status, you must during the year
- have completed 100 segments (SQS) or accumulated 100,000 status qualifying miles (SQM)
- in addition to having reached the $20,000 (SQD) spending level.
Aeroplan Super Elite - Tips for achieving status
Premium cards also allow you to carry over your eUpgrade credits to the following year, up to a limit of 50 eUpgrades. The same is true for SQM: SQM in excess of those needed for a status are carried over to the following year.
For example, if you earn 120,000 SQM and reach Aeroplan Super Elite status, 20,000 SQM will be carried over to January of the following year, giving you a head start.
Aeroplan Super Elite - Benefits of Super Elite status
Aeroplan Super Elite status offers a host of exclusive benefits that not only enhance your experience, but also allow you to make significant savings:
- Free preferential seating
- Access to the London Heathrow arrivals lounge for you and a guest
- Free cancellation and changes to all Aeroplan reservations
- Receive a complimentary beverage (including alcohol) and snack when travelling in Economy class on Air Canada flights
- Access to a concierge service
- Assign a person who can use your eUpgrade credits without you being in the booking
- Elimination of additional fees when using eUpgrades on lower fares such as Flex, Comfort and Premium Economy (Lowest Fare)
Each year (usually during the month of January), Super Elites may also choose 2 benefits from the 6 options below:
- 100% Aeroplan Bonus Points on Air Canada flights and selected partners
- 50 eUpgrade credits
- Reduced re-qualification level (95 000 SQM or 95 SQS)
- Offer 50K status to a friend
- 12-month WiFi plan on board Air Canada flights
- 4 Status Passes
Aeroplan Super Elite - Priority Rewards and gifts
Finally, one of the biggest benefits for Aeroplan Super Elites is the rewards and giftsrelated to thresholds :
- Threshold eUpgrades: You earn additional eUpgrade credits when you meet certain SQM or SQS thresholds.
For example, if you are an Aeroplan Super Elite with 100,000 SQM or 100 SQS or more, you will earn 20 eUpgrades and then an additional 20 for every 40,000 SQM or SQS. By becoming Super Elite, you will have already earned 40 eUpgrade credits through the threshold gifts awarded at the 60,000 SQM or 60 SQS level and the 80,000 SQM or 80 SQS level.
|eUpgrades related to thresholds||–||–||10**||10***||10****|
* During the early recognition period, members only receive 10 eUpgrade credits if they select this benefit.
** After reaching 60,000 SQM or 60 SQS
***After reaching 80,000 SQM or 80 SQS
****After reaching 100,000 SQM or 100 SQS
ThePriority Rewards allow you toget 50% off your Aeroplan flight reward.
A Priority Reward is awarded at 4000, 7000, 10,000, 15,000 SQD and then every 5000 dollars of qualification.
Only Super Elites can apply their Priority Rewards to business class reservations anywhere in the world. By achieving Aeroplan Super Elite status you will have earned 5 Priority Rewards.
- SQM and SQS-based threshold gifts:
- Reaching 150,000 SQM or 150 SQS earns you a gift of 20,000 Aeroplan points;
- At 200,000 SQM or 200 SQS, you earn an additional 35,000 Aeroplan points;
- At 250,000 SQM or 250 SQS, that’s one Aeroplan Super Elite status you’re banking for a year in which you won’t reach it;
- At 300,000 SQM or 300 SQS, you will have the choice of a 150,000 point bonus or a $2,000 Air Canada gift card;
- At 350,000 SQM or 350 SQS, you would have to make a choice between 300,000 Aeroplan points or a $4,000 Air Canada gift card.
Aeroplan Super Elite status can be difficult to achieve when you don’t travel for business or frequently, but taking advantage of an offer can go a long way toward achieving it.
This offer allowed me to earn status for 50% of the required expenses and over 47,500 Aeroplan points through threshold gifts and the selected benefit of 100% bonus points on Air Canada and Star Alliance partner flights.
Is it worth the investment? It all depends on your travel pace and plans. I hope that Air Canada will make this type of offer again this year.