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Air Canada: Elite Status Extension, Qualification Jumpstart, Pause to Expiration of Aeroplan points

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Air Canada announces new measures related to COVID-19 regarding Aeroplan Elite status and Aeroplan point expiration.

With travel still difficult at the moment, Air Canada has decided to announce new measures for Aeroplan members:

  • Automatic extension of 2021 Aeroplan Elite Status
  • Elite Status Qualification Jumpstart for 2022
  • Temporary pause to expiration of Aeroplan points

Automatic extension of 2021 Aeroplan Elite Status

Regardless of your current Aeroplan Elite status in 2021, Air Canada will automatically extend your status through the end of 2022.

If you achieve a higher level of status before the end of the year, that status will take effect as soon as you are eligible, and you will retain that status throughout 2022.

You will be able to choose your Select Benefits in early 2022:

  • Bonus Aeroplan points
  • Status Passes
  • eUpgrades credits (Air Canada indicates that since members will receive 20 eUpgrade credits in early 2022, along with the option to choose more as part of their Select Benefits, eUpgrade credits valid in 2021 will not be extended into 2022.)

In light of this change, Air Canada will allow members who chose Lower Requalification Level as one of their 2021 Select Benefits to make a one-time adjustment, if they prefer. Further details will be provided to Aeroplan members in the coming weeks.

Also, any unused Priority Reward vouchers earned in 2020 will also be extended for another year, and therefore valid for use through October 2022. These extensions will appear in your account later this year.

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Here are two examples provided by Air Canada of the consequences of automatically extending Aeroplan Elite status:

  • Example 1: If you hold Aeroplan Super Elite status for 2021, you’ll keep that status through the end of 2022. If you earned four Priority Reward vouchers in October 2020, any unused vouchers will be extended through October 2022.
  • Example 2: If you hold Aeroplan 35K status for 2021, you’ll keep that status through the end of 2022. Based on your 2021 flight activities, if you earn at least 50,000 Status Qualifying Miles (or 50 Status Qualifying Segments) and 6,000 Status Qualifying Dollars, you’ll enjoy Aeroplan 50K status for 2022. If you earned two Priority Reward vouchers in October 2020, any unused vouchers will be extended through October 2022.

Elite Status Qualification Jumpstart for 2022

This applies to Aeroplan members who must travel during the pandemic.

If you achieve any Aeroplan Elite Status based on the published qualification criteria through your 2021 flight activity with Air Canada, the Star Alliance member airlines, and other eligible airline partners, Air Canada will honour your 2021 Status Qualifying Miles (SQM), Segments (SQS), and Dollars (SQD) in 2022, jumpstarting your status qualification for 2022 and beyond. jumpstarting your status qualification for 2022 and beyond.

For certainty, over the course of 2021, members would need to earn at least 25,000 SQM or 25 SQS, and at least 3,000 SQD (1,500 SQD for non-Canadian residents), in order to be eligible for this jumpstart in 2022. (Additionally, this special grant will be incremental to Rollover Status Qualifying Miles for which Elite Status Members may be eligible when holding select Aeroplan credit cards.)

Example: If you hold Aeroplan 75K status for 2021, you’ll keep that status through the end of 2022.

  • Based on your 2021 flight activities, if you earn 26,000 SQM, 15 SQS, and 3,500 SQD, you’ll have met the qualification requirement for Aeroplan 25K, and therefore all 26,000 SQM, 15 SQS, and 3,500 SQD will be added to your qualification balance in 2022.
  • Similarly, based on your 2021 flight activities, if you earn 79,000 SQM, 35 SQS, and 12,500 SQD, you’ll have met the qualification requirement for Aeroplan 75K, and therefore all 79,000 SQM, 35 SQS, and 12,500 SQD will be added to your qualification balance in 2022.
  • However, based on your 2021 flight activities, if you earn 12,000 SQM, 4 SQS, and 2,800 SQD, you will not have met the qualification requirement for any Aeroplan Elite Status, and therefore your 2021 SQM, SQS, and SQD will not be honoured in 2022.
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Temporary pause to expiration of Aeroplan points

Finally, Air Canada has further paused expiry of Aeroplan points until 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).

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