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Comparison: Earn Aeroplan Points with American Express Cards

To the point Here is our comparison of the best American Express credit cards for earning Aeroplan points.

Aeroplan Credit Cards

American Express Membership Rewards credit cards

American Express Membership Rewards is a transfer partner with Aeroplan. This means you can convert your Membership Rewards points to Aeroplan points at a rate of 1:1. 10,000 Membership Rewards Points = 10,000 Aeroplan Points.

American Express Canada issues seven Membership Rewards credit cards.

You can convert your Membership Rewards points to Aeroplan points from any of these American Express Membership Rewards credit cards for consumers:

You can convert your Membership Rewards points to Aeroplan points from any of these American Express Membership Rewards Business credit cards:

With the current welcome bonuses offered by these cards, you could earn between 10,000 and 80,000 Aeroplan points.

Marriott Bonvoy credit cards

The Marriott Bonvoy program is a transfer partner with Aeroplan. You can convert your Marriott Bonvoy Points to Aeroplan Points at a rate of 3 to 1. 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points = 10,000 Aeroplan Points. And for every 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points you convert, you earn 5,000 Aeroplan Bonus Points.

This means that 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points = 25,000 Aeroplan points. And at specific times of the year, you may even get an additional bonus.

Here are the two American Express credit cards earning Marriott Bonvoy points in Canada:

With the current welcome bonuses offered by these cards, you could earn 16,666 Aeroplan points (or 25,000 Aeroplan points by converting 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points).

Aeroplan Family Sharing

Under Aeroplan’s new rules, you cannot transfer points to Aeroplan from an account that you do not own. For example, American Express Membership Rewards points or Marriott Bonvoy points may not be transferred from Ms.’s account to Mr.’s Aeroplan account.

However, it is of course still possible to use the Aeroplan Family Sharing feature. She will be able to transfer her American Express Membership Rewards points or Marriott Bonvoy points to her own Aeroplan account. And the whole family will be able to benefit from Ms. Aeroplan points under the Aeroplan Family Share rules.

Thus, all American Express Membership Rewards points or Marriott Bonvoy points earned by Mrs. via welcome bonuses or her spending on the cards will ultimately benefit the whole family.

Earn Aeroplan points with purchases made on your American Express cards

Now that you have an overview of all the American Express cards available to earn Aeroplan Points (and the welcome bonuses available), let’s look at earning Aeroplan Points with your purchases throughout the year.

And in particular with these purchasing categories:

  • Grocery
  • Gas
  • Dining and food delivery
  • Travel
  • Air Canada
  • Other purchases

The TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card being one of the most popular Aeroplan Visa credit cards is listed as a comparison in each table.

Grocery

Here are the top five American Express credit cards to earn the most Aeroplan points with grocery purchases :

Card Name Points per dollar
cobalt card American Express Cobalt® Card 5
american express gold rewards card American Express® Gold Rewards Card 2
Td Visa Infinite Aeroplan New TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card 1,5
Amex Aeroplan New American Express® Aeroplan®* Card 1,25
amex aeroplan reserve American Express®* Aeroplan® Reserve Card 1,25
New Platinum Card Platinum Card® 1
cobalt super c
5x points at Super C

The best credit card for earning Aeroplan points with grocery purchases is the American Express Cobalt® Card. With this credit card, you can earn 5 Aeroplan points for every dollar spent at the grocery store.

Many grocery stores accept American Express credit cards, such as Métro, Super C, IGA, Sobeys, Les Marchés Tradition, etc.

Gas

Here are the top five American Express credit cards to earn the most Aeroplan points with gas purchases:

Card Name Points per dollar
cobalt card American Express Cobalt® Card 2
american express gold rewards card American Express® Gold Rewards Card 2
Td Visa Infinite Aeroplan New TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card 1,5
Amex Aeroplan New American Express® Aeroplan®* Card 1,25
amex aeroplan reserve American Express®* Aeroplan® Reserve Card 1,25
New Platinum Card Platinum Card® 1
Aeroplan points gas

The best credit cards for earning Aeroplan points with gas purchases are the American Express Cobalt® Card and the American Express® Gold Rewards Card. With these credit cards, you can earn 2 Aeroplan points for every $1 in gas purchases.

However, be aware that you could earn 5 points per dollar by using your American Express Cobalt® Card to purchase a gas gift card at the grocery store! So you can also get 5 points per dollar for gas in another way.

Dining and food delivery

Here are the top five American Express credit cards to earn the most Aeroplan points for dining purchases and food deliveries:

Card Name Points per dollar
cobalt card American Express Cobalt® Card 5
New Platinum Card Platinum Card® 3
American Express Business Edge™ Card American Express Business Edge™ Card 3
amex aeroplan reserve American Express®* Aeroplan® Reserve Card 2
Amex Aeroplan New American Express® Aeroplan®* Card 1,5
Td Visa Infinite Aeroplan New TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card 1
amex platinum cobalt restaurants
Platine card Cobalt card at the restaurant

The best credit card for earning Aeroplan points with grocery purchases is the American Express Cobalt® Card.

With this credit card, you can earn 5 Aeroplan points for every dollar you spend on dining or food delivery purchases.

So this is a card to use if you subscribe to services like Good Food or can’t live without Uber Eats!

Travel

Here are the top five American Express credit cards for earning the most Aeroplan points with travel purchases (excluding Air Canada):

Card Name Points per dollar
cobalt card American Express Cobalt® Card 2
american express gold rewards card American Express® Gold Rewards Card 2
New Platinum Card Platinum Card® 2
amex aeroplan reserve American Express®* Aeroplan® Reserve Card 1,25
Td Visa Infinite Aeroplan New TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card 1
Amex Aeroplan New American Express® Aeroplan®* Card 1
Travel voyage delay aeroport

The best credit cards for earning Aeroplan points with travel purchases are the American Express Cobalt® Card, the American Express® Gold Rewards Card and the Platinum Card®. With these credit cards, you can earn 2 Aeroplan points for every $1 in travel purchases.

So, you have a lot to choose from if you have a lot of travel expenses during the year like:

  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Airbnb
  • Car rentals
  • Cruises
  • Train Tickets
  • Etc.

Air Canada

Here are the top five American Express credit cards to earn the most Aeroplan points with Air Canada or Air Canada Vacations purchases:

Card Name Points per dollar
amex aeroplan reserve American Express®* Aeroplan® Reserve Card 3
Amex Aeroplan New American Express® Aeroplan®* Card 2
cobalt card American Express Cobalt® Card 2
american express gold rewards card American Express® Gold Rewards Card 2
New Platinum Card Platinum Card® 2
Td Visa Infinite Aeroplan New TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card 1,5
Cdg Yul Air Canada Eco Covid 18
Air Canada - Economy

The best credit card for earning Aeroplan points with Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations purchases is the American Express®* Aeroplan® Reserve Card. With this credit card, you can earn 3 Aeroplan points for every dollar spent on Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations.

If you travel regularly with Air Canada, you’ll want to have an Aeroplan credit card that allows you to earn more points on your Air Canada purchases. But also to benefit from the advantages of travelling with the airline such as:

  • Complimentary first checked bag for the Cardholder and up to 8 travel companions (with Air Canada)
  • No Aeroplan points expiry while holding an Aeroplan credit card
  • Preferred pricing when booking Aeroplan flight rewards
  • Insurance when you travel with your Aeroplan points
  • Access to Maple Leaf Lounges in North America with the American Express®* Aeroplan® Reserve Card

Other purchases

Here are the top five American Express credit cards to earn the most Aeroplan points for all other purchases:

Card Name Points per dollar
amex aeroplan reserve American Express®* Aeroplan® Reserve Card 1,25
Amex Aeroplan New American Express® Aeroplan®* Card 1
cobalt card American Express Cobalt® Card 1
american express gold rewards card American Express® Gold Rewards Card 1
New Platinum Card Platinum Card® 1
Td Visa Infinite Aeroplan New TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card 1
5X The Points On Amazon.ca For Cobalt Cardmembers!
shopping online

The best credit card for earning Aeroplan points for all your other purchases is the American Express®* Aeroplan® Reserve Card. With this credit card, you can earn 1.25 Aeroplan points for every dollar in non-category purchases.

Bottom line

As you can see, for all your organic spending, there are many credit cards that can earn Aeroplan Points directly or indirectly.

If you had to choose just one, it could be the American Express Cobalt® Card. Actually, with the American Express Cobalt® Card, you can get:

Category Points per dollar Details
Grocery 5 Like Metro, Super C, IGA, Les Marchés Tradition, Couche Tard, etc.
Dining and food delivery 5 Like Uber Eats, Good Food, and all the restaurants
Retailers with gift cards 5 Like Amazon, Walmart, SAQ, Netflix, Home Depot, Rona, IKEA (with the gift card strategy)
Streaming subscriptions 3 Like Netflix, Spotify (5 points per dollar with the gift card strategy)
Gas and Transit 2 Like Shell, Esso, Ultramar (5 points per dollar with the gift card strategy)
Travel 2 Such as flights, hotels, Airbnb, cruises, car rentals, etc.
Air Canada 2 All purchases with Air Canada or Air Canada Vacations
Other purchases 1

You could combine the American Express Cobalt® Card with the TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card for the few businesses that would not accept your American Express card.

And to take advantage of the benefits offered by the TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card, such as:

  • Complimentary first checked bag for the Cardholder and up to 8 travel companions (with Air Canada)
  • No expiration of Aeroplan points while holding the TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card
  • Preferred pricing when booking Aeroplan flight rewards
  • Insurance when you travel with your Aeroplan points

And if you’re having trouble deciding between several credit cards that earn Aeroplan Points, check out our comparisons:

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