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Details You Must Know Before The Launch Of The New Aeroplan

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Air Canada provided us with all the information you need to know before the launch of the new Aeroplan program on November 8, 2020.

Details You Must Know Before The Launch Of The New Aeroplan

The new Aeroplan program will be launched on November 8, 2020. On this occasion, many updates will be made and there will be a changeover period.

If you would like to learn more about the Aeroplan program, I invite you to read our articles.

The main thing to know is that the Aeroplan website will be temporarily unavailable between the evening of November 6 and the afternoon of November 8, 2020. However, some features will be put on hold ahead of November 6 to simplify the transition.

So, if you want to book a flight reward (or cancel one), do it BEFORE November 6th.

On the evening of November 8, everything will be done from the Air Canada website and the mobile app. Both aeroplan.com and the Aeroplan mobile app will be decommissioned as the transformed program launches.

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Managing your Aeroplan account

Between the evening of November 6 and the afternoon of November 8, 2020, it will not be possible to enroll in the Aeroplan program, to make changes to an existing account, or to combine two Aeroplan accounts.

Beginning November 8, you’ll have to go to https://aircanada.com/aeroplan for everything related to Aeroplan:

  • Enrollment
  • Account management
  • Earning points
  • Redeeming points

Earning points with Aeroplan

With the relaunch of Aeroplan, your Aeroplanmiles will be honoured on a one-to-one basis as Aeroplan points.

Earning points with partners

For all transactions made with Aeroplan partners between October 30 and November 9, there will be a delay in Aeroplan points crediting to your Aeroplan account.

Beginning November 10, normal points crediting will resume, and all points earned in the days prior will be credited automatically.

Air Canada recommends keeping your boarding passes, ticket receipts and any other receipts in a safe place until all your points are credited.

Missing points requests for flight activities

Between October 17 and the afternoon of November 8, 2020, it will not be possible to request missing Aeroplan points for flight activities.

  • Until October 16, submit your missing points request by completing Aeroplan’s online form.
  • Beginning November 8, simply go to aircanada.com/aeroplan to request any missing points.

Remember to always keep your boarding pass, ticket receipts and other supporting documents in a safe place, as you will need them for your request.

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Aeronotes

Between October 30 and November 8, 2020, the Aeronote program will be unavailable.

  • Until October 29, you can continue to deposit your Aeronote certificate and receive Aeroplan points on the Aeroplan website.
  • Beginning November 8, you will find the option to deposit your Aeronote certificate and receive Aeroplan points at aircanada.com/aeroplan.

Points conversion programs

Between the evening of November 6 and the afternoon of November 8, 2020, the option to convert partner points to Aeroplan points will be unavailable.

  • Until November 6, you can go to the Aeroplan website to convert the points you earn with our eligible partners into Aeroplan points.
  • Beginning November 8, convert those partner points into Aeroplan points by going to aircanada.com/aeroplan.

Aeroplan Flight Rewards

Between the evening of November 6 and the afternoon of November 8, 2020, it will not be possible to book new Aeroplan flight rewards, or to change or cancel an existing flight reward.

If you need immediate support for changes to an existing flight reward for travel between November 6 and November 9, the Aeroplan Contact Centre will be ready to assist you at 1-800-361-5373.

Until November 6, you can book your flight reward or cancel an existing booking free of charge by logging in to your account at the Aeroplan website.

Beginning November 8:

  • Book your flight reward with us by selecting “Points” directly above the flight search fields on aircanada.com.
  • Retrieve your existing flight reward from the ‘My bookings’ tab on the aircanada.com homepage using your last name and booking reference.

Please note that you may continue to purchase Air Canada tickets in cash on aircanada.com or through Air Canada Reservations, without interruption.

Other Aeroplan rewards

Car and hotel rewards

Between November 1 and the afternoon of November 8, 2020, you will not be able to redeem Aeroplan points for car rentals and hotel stays.

  • Until October 31, you can still use your points for car rentals and hotel stays by going to the Aeroplan website, if travel is completed by October 31.
  • Beginning November 8, you can once again redeem your points for car rentals and hotel stays by going to aircanada.com/aeroplan.

Activities and merchandise rewards

Between November 6 and the afternoon of November 8, 2020, you will not be able to redeem Aeroplan points for merchandise, gift cards or activities.

  • Until November 5, redeem your points for top brand-name merchandise, gift cards and activities by logging in to your Aeroplan account
  • Beginning November 8, use your points for great deals on many of your favourite products and experiences by going to aircanada.com/aeroplan.

AC Bid Upgrades with points

Between the evening of November 6 and the afternoon of November 8, 2020, bids for upgrades to a higher cabin class with Aeroplan points will not be processed.

In the meantime, you can still place your bid . on eligible flights for a chance to enjoy the added comfort and luxury of a premium cabin. The service will resume fully on November 8.

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Star Alliance Upgrade Awards

Beginning November 1, 2020, Air Canada is suspending its participation in the Star Alliance Upgrade Awards, which means Aeroplan members will not be able to request upgrades on flights operated by Star Alliance partners.

  • Until October 31, if you have an eligible reservation with one of the Star Alliance member airlines, make sure to request your upgrade on the Aeroplan website.
  • Air Canada’s participation in the Star Alliance Upgrade Awards is scheduled to resume later in 2021. If you need to cancel a Star Alliance Upgrade Award booked prior to October 31, your Aeroplan points will be credited back to your Aeroplan account.

Let’s hope Air Canada brings this option back quickly to 2021. It’s a popular option for many Aeroplan members.

Air Canada Altitude Status

Choosing your 2020 Altitude Select Privileges

If you reached Air Canada Altitude status and have yet to choose your Select Privileges for 2020, please note that the final date to do so is October 31, 2020. As in previous years, after that date, it will not be possible to make a selection.

For more on Select Privileges, visit the Air Canada Altitude website.

Status Cards

Priority Rewards

As part of the new Aeroplan, we have simplified the pricing of flight rewards. With that, we have also simplified the Priority Rewards benefit.

  • Until November 6, you can continue to use your current Priority Rewards when booking a flight reward using your Aeroplan points through the Aeroplan website.
  • Beginning November 8, Aeroplan 35K Members and above will automatically receive Priority Reward vouchers, which they can use immediately to enjoy 50% off the base fare in Aeroplan points when booking an eligible flight reward.

Learn more about the new Priority Rewards.

2021 Elite Status Qualification

With the relaunch of Aeroplan, Air Canada Altitude is becoming Aeroplan Elite Status. If you reach a higher status after October 31, 2020, you can expect to see your new status reflected in your account by the week of November 15, 2020.

In light of the impact of COVID-19, whatever Altitude status you currently hold in 2020 will be automatically extended through the end of 2021 as Aeroplan Elite Status.

Aeroplan 35K members and above can expect to receive their new Elite Status membership kit before the end of this year. In January 2021, we will invite you to choose your 2021 Aeroplan Elite Status Select Benefits.

Million Mile Recognition

Members who reach Million Mile status after October 31, 2020 will see this new status reflected in their account by the week of November 15, 2020.

Threshold Gifts and Threshold eUpgrades

Members who reach a Status Qualifying Mile or Qualifying Segment threshold which is eligible for a Threshold Gift or Threshold eUpgrades after October 31, 2020 may experience a delay of up to 3 weeks before receiving their gift or eUpgrade credits.

Aeroplan credit cards

Beginning when the transformed Aeroplan launches on November 8, 2020, the new credit card benefits will automatically activate for existing Aeroplan credit cardholders. There is nothing you need to do, and you can keep using your card as you do today.

  • Until November 7, the current benefits on your card today remain the same.
  • Beginning November 8, ensure your Aeroplan number has been added to your reservation to take advantage of your new benefits. Your benefits apply regardless of whether you have paid for your flight in cash, or in Aeroplan points.

Conclusion

If you want to take advantage of Aeroplan’s current rewards chart, you have until the morning of November 6 to do so!

I also advise you to check the number of Aeroplan miles you have as of November 5, 2020, to make sure the transition is done correctly.

Afterwards, you can register for the new Family Sharing, which will allow you to use points with your family (or friends)!

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