Air Canada announces new updates to Aeroplan Elite Status and eUpgrades
With travel slowly picking up, Air Canada today announced new measures for Aeroplan members. An email will be sent to members during the day.
This will cover:
- eUpgrades Validity
- 2022 Membership Kit
- Priority Rewards Extension
- Status Qualifying Dollars for members outside of Canada
As a reminder, Air Canada announced earlier in 2021 that the status will be extended. In fact, whatever your current Aeroplan Elite status is in 2021, it is automatically extended to the end of 2022.
If you achieve a higher level of status before the end of the year, it will take effect as soon as you are eligible. Then, you will keep it for the whole year 2022.
Regarding eUpgrades, the validity date of these credits will be extended by 2 weeks. Instead of ending on December 31, 2021, the deadline will be January 15, 2022.
As such, Air Canada will allow members to use them while travelling during the holiday season. To do so, you must have a flight on January 15, 2022 at the latest.
2022 Membership Package
Usually, Aeroplan Elite members receive a membership kit (with a luggage tag, membership card, etc.).
This year, members will only receive one if they achieve a higher status than they currently hold in 2021.
Otherwise, they can continue to use their 2021 baggage tags and access their membership card via the Air Canada mobile app.
A priority bonus is earned based on SQD and Elite status. Every time you reach a new SQD step, you get a coupon.
Each voucher gives a 50% discount on the fare in points, for one passenger.
These priority rewards earned in 2021 will be extended to December 31, 2022. This is a further extension, as the 2020s had already been extended to 31 December 2022.
Status Qualification Dollars for residents outside Canada
This change will only affect members whose principal residence is outside Canada. So a very small fraction of people are affected.
They will no longer be eligible for status with 50% less status eligibility dollars.
Thus, this means that from January 2022 and beyond, all members will have to meet the published dollar requirement for status eligibility to qualify.
Benefits for members who also hold certain Aeroplan credit cards
Aeroplan points expiry reminder
As a reminder, earlier this year, Air Canada extended the suspension of Aeroplan point expiration to January 31, 2022. This means that between now and January 30, 2022, any points which would have expired will not.
Effective January 31, 2022, the normal expiration policy will once again apply, meaning that points will expire if an eligible transaction has not been completed prior to this date. This will be reflected in member accounts beginning later this month.
Remember, the easiest way to keep points from expiring is to make recurring transactions (such as purchases through the Aeroplan eBoutique or with an Aeroplan credit card like the American Express® Aeroplan®* Card).