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Aeroplan loyalty program

aeroplan program

Aeroplan is Air Canada’s loyalty program. With this program, you can get some free rewards tickets on Star Alliance airlines (Air Canada, United, Swiss, Turkish, etc), hotel nights, car rentals, products or even gift cards.

Points issued by the Aeroplan loyalty program are called “Aeroplan Points.”

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Aeroplan Flight Rewards Rules

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Airline surcharges removal

Aeroplan members were often disappointed when redeeming their miles that they had to pay a carrier surcharge (formerly known as fuel surcharge) to travel on several airlines, including Air Canada.

You had to be a knowledgeable member – as are milesopedia’s readers – to learn how to avoid these surcharge (and especially the airlines charging them).

From now on, there will be no carrier surcharge when you use your Aeroplan points! It opens up new opportunities – not only to travel on Air Canada to Europe or Asia – but also to regularly use partner airlines like All Nippon Airways, Austrian or Lufthansa.

And why not afford the luxury of Lufthansa First Class with Aeroplan points?

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Un vol en Première Classe sur Lufthansa

Aeroplan Partner Booking Fee

The carrier surcharge disappears but is replaced by a flat Partner Booking Fee of $39.

Air Canada now wants to encourage Aeroplan members to book flights on its own metal by introducing this Aeroplan Partner Booking Fee.

This fee is flat:

  • $39 per one-way ticket
  • $39 for a round trip

On the one hand, Air Canada removes hundreds of dollars of Carrier surcharges; on the other hand, the airline adds a new Partner Booking Fee of $39. Frequent users of no surcharge airlines (Swiss, Turkish Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United, etc.) are the most aggrieved here.

You will have to pay $39 to book a flight reward including a flight on Singapore Airlines, for example:

Aeroplan Partner Flights Pricing

While Air Canada has adopted variable pricing for its flights, the airline has maintained a fixed chart for flight rewards on partner airlines.

For example, even if the airline has added a $39 Aeroplan Partner Booking Fee, point pricing will still be the floor of Air Canada’s pricing (when available). If Air Canada’s pricing can soar based on market prices, this will not be the case for partners (subject to availability, of course).

For example, a one-way economy flight between Montreal and Frankfurt will cost:

  • Between 35,000 and 60,000 Aeroplan points with Air Canada
  • 35,000 Aeroplan points + $39 Partner Booking Fee with Lufthansa

Aeroplan Stopover and Layover Rules

Several Aeroplan changes to the rules of layovers (less than 24 hours) and stopovers (more than 24 hours):

  • You can now add a stopover on a one-way flight! So, if you book just a one-way itinerary with your Aeroplan points, you can stop for more than 24 hours en route (Montreal – Frankfurt – Singapore). It is especially convenient for those who use different types of points, or who pay part of their itinerary in cash.
  • The rules do not change for the number of layovers allowed. With a well-thought itinerary, you can make several layovers of less than 24 hours(which we did last year for our one-week round-the-world trip)!
  • Generous routing:it will be possible to be creative with routing as you’ll be allowed to get up to 100% above the direct distance. For example Vancouver – Sydney – Bangkok (69% above the direct distance between Vancouver and Bangkok).
  • It is no longer possible to make a stopover on a Flight Reward in North America. Gone is the possibility of making two trips in one within North America (Montreal – Vancouver – Las Vegas – Montreal)
  • A Stopover costs 5,000 Aeroplan points. Air Canada told us that this was an advantage: for us, it is still an additional cost, whereas, in the past, we could stop at no charge. Of course, now it is possible to stop on a one-way flight…
New opportunities

The ability to add a stopover on a one-way flight is an exciting new feature, even if it costs 5,000 points. This opens up new opportunities, especially for short-haul flights in the Atlantic or Pacific travel zones.

For example, you’ll be able to fly from London to Geneva to Prague for only 12,500 points and to return from Prague to Vienna to Paris for only 12,500 points. That’s 25,000 points to discover 5 European capitals!

Aeroplan's travel zones and distances

Aeroplan has divided the world into four travel zones:

  1. North America
  2. South America
  3. Atlantic
  4. Pacific

Then, Aeroplan subdivided each travel zone with a distance criterion in miles: the more you fly, the more you pay.

Distance thresholds in miles are different depending on:

  • each travel zone (Atlantic, Pacific, etc.)
  • travel between each zone (Atlantic to Pacific, North America to South America, etc.)

And the cost in points will be different depending on a flight with Air Canada or one of its partners.

It will, therefore, be interesting to book direct flights rather than connecting flights. In some cases, the addition of a connection may result in a higher fare threshold.

For example, a Montreal to Zurich flight has a distance of 3,736 miles. This trip falls into the 0 – 4,000 miles threshold for travel between North America and Atlantic zones. The cost is 35,000 points in economy class.

If you add a connecting flight to Nice, a Montreal to Zurich to Nice trip has a distance of 4,006 miles. This trip falls into the 4,001 – 6,000 threshold for travel between North America and Atlantic zones. The cost is 40,000 points in economy class. That’s 5,000 more points.

While choosing to connect via Brussels to reach Nice, we remain into the 0 – 4,000 miles threshold for travel between North America and Atlantic areas. The cost is 35,000 points in economy class.

Flight Rewards

Read our detailed post on the new Aeroplan Flight Rewards Chart.

Points Predictor Tool

To quickly see how many points you’ll likely need to redeem for a flight reward, a tool will be available to members on the Air Canada website: the Point Predictor Tool.

Aeroplan Points + Cash

It will now be possible to use a new feature: Aeroplan Cash + Points.

If you don’t have the number of Aeroplan points required for a flight reward, Aeroplan will offer you several options.

Here’s an example for a flight with a cost of 12,500 points + $38.98 in airport taxes:

Points Cash Value per point
16 400 $0 $0.001
12 500 $38.98
10 000 $91.48 $0.021
7 500 $143.98 $0.021

So if you want to pay airport taxes with your points (in the example above 3,900 points save you $38.98), you will get a value of1 cent per point.

On the other hand, if you don’t have enough points – or want to keep them – the cash option is to “virtually buy” points, paying 2.1 cents per point.

In the example above, to save 2,500 points, you will have to pay about $52.5 (or 2.1 cents per point).

Aeroplan's fees

Aeroplan Flight Rewards Change or cancellation fees

Aeroplan lets you:

  • Cancel your flight reward, at no charge, within 24 hours of making your booking
  • cancel or change any flight reward up to two hours before you fly

The change fee is as follows:

Period Change fees
60 days prior to travel date $0 to $75
Within 60 days of travel date $0 to $100

Cancellation fees are $0 to $175 depending on the rate paid and the cancellation method.

Check out the chart below for full details:

Aeroplan Infant Flight Rewards

Aeroplan was already known to be a particularly advantageous program for infant flight rewards (children under 2). We have taken advantage of this on many occasions.

It’s now even more advantageous:

Itinerary Cost
Canada $0
Canada – United States Taxes only
Around the world $25 or 2,500 points per direction

And this, regardless of the cabin (Economy, Premium Economy, Business, First)!

Simplified booking experience

Similar to buying a revenue ticket

In the past, Aeroplan members had to book their flight rewards on a dedicated website.

From now on, the process of booking a flight reward will be similar to the experience of booking a paid flight on Air Canada.

Booking a flight reward will only take a few minutes, whether from Air Canada’s website or mobile app.

Also, for flights operated by Air Canada, it will be possible to choose – as for paid tickets – between three fares:

  • Standard
  • Flex
  • Latitude

Each of these fares will include benefits (reduced change or cancellation fees, seat selection, baggage included, etc.). And one thing unique: the ability to access the Air Canada Signature Suite (something that was previously impossible with a flight reward).

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Air Canada Suite Signature
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Every Air Canada seat that’s available to buy in cash can be booked with points. This is good news, especially for families, knowing that in the past, only a few seats were available and often sold out almost a year in advance.

Opportunity to build your custom itinerary

In the past, Aeroplan’s website displayed only a limited number of flight rewards.

From now on, all available flight rewards will be displayed in Air Canada’s website Search Engine. You will create the exact itinerary you want, and combine flights with Air Canada, Star Alliance airlines and even partner airlines like Air Creebec or Etihad Airways!

Also, since all Air Canada flights will be available as flight rewards, Aeroplan members living outside the major hubs of Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver will no longer be penalized.

Indeed, members were often penalized by the lack of availability on the first flight when the rest of their itinerary was available!

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Etihad - First Class

All rewards are eUpgrade-eligible

All Air Canada flight rewards will be eligible for eUpgrades available with your Frequent Flyer Aeroplan Elite Status.

A dedicated chart will be displayed directly at the time of purchase of your flight reward.

New Aeroplan Flight Rewards Chart

In revamping the Aeroplan program, Air Canada thus appears to have retained the existing right side (a fixed chart and many partners) while removing the mistakes of the past (carrier surcharge on Air Canada flights and the booking process complexity)

The new Aeroplan program is, therefore, based on two main aspects:

  • A simplified chart
  • A booking experience similar to paid tickets

Here is the part of my video on this topic:

Aeroplan's travel zones and distances

Aeroplan has divided the world into four travel zones:

  1. North America
  2. South America
  3. Atlantic
  4. Pacific

Then, Aeroplan subdivided each travel zone with a distance criterion in miles: the more you fly, the more you pay.

Distance thresholds in miles are different depending on:

  • each travel zone (Atlantic, Pacific, etc.)
  • travel between each zone (Atlantic to Pacific, North America to South America, etc.)

And the cost in points will be different depending on a flight with Air Canada or one of its partners.

Detailed analysis of chart by travel zone

North America

The “North America” travel zone extends from Alaska to Panama (included).

This includes Canada and the United States, but also all of Central America, the Caribbean, or Hawaii.

Here is Aeroplan’s chart for travel within North America Zone:

This new Aeroplan pricing opens the door to many opportunities. For example, flights to the Caribbean or Central America (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Bahamas, Cuba, Costa Rica, etc.) cost between 12,500 and 17,500 Aeroplan points one-way.

For example, see the main areas to/from the Montreal hub (0-500 – 501-1,500 – 1,501-2,750 and 2,751):

Distance North America Yul Cities
500 / 1500 / 2750 - Montreal
Destination Distance (miles) Coach
Toronto (YYZ) 316 6 – 10K
New York (LGA) 325 6 – 10K
Washington (DCA) 489 6 – 10K
Chicago (ORD) 750 10 – 15K
Orlando (MCO) 1 254 10 – 15K
Miami (MIA) 1 414 10 – 15K
Nassau (NAS) 1 434 10 – 15K
Varadero (VRA) 1 618 12.5 – 17.5K
Calgary (YYC) 1 877 12.5 – 17.5K
Pointe a Pitre (PTP) 2 150 12.5 – 17.5K
Las Vegas (LAS) 2 246 12.5 – 17.5K
Vancouver (YVR) 2 300 12.5 – 17.5K
Mexico City (MEX) 2 319 12.5 – 17.5K
Liberia (LIR) 2 522 12.5 – 17.5K
San Francisco (SFO) 2 546 12.5 – 17.5K

Also, note that Air Canada’s longest direct flight in North America between Toronto and Honolulu is available at a cost ranging from 17,500 to 25,000 Aeroplan points only!

For the rest, pricing is generally up from the old program, but nothing prohibitive. Knowing that in return:

  • there is no longer any Carrier surcharges on Air Canada flights
  • all Air Canada seats are available as flight rewards

South America

The “South America” travel zone stretches from Colombia to Ushuaia.

This includes all of the South American countries.

Here is Aeroplan’s chart for travel within South America:

This is the most straightforward zone of Aeroplan with a fixed chart for all flights: between 15,000 and 50,000 points depending on the cabin.

It will be possible to look for routes on partner airlines such as:

  • Azul
  • Avianca
  • even Ethiopian Airlines or Turkish Airlines operating flights between Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires

Atlantic

The “Atlantic” travel zone extends from Greenland to India (included).

This includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East and part of Russia.

Here is Aeroplan’s chart for travel within the Atlantic Zone:

The Atlantic Zone – including Europe, the Middle East and North Africa – is becoming a real “playground” thanks to Aeroplan’s new chart.

All this, coupled with:

  • major hubs such as Frankfurt, Istanbul, Zurich, Vienna, Abu Dhabi
  • carrier surcharge removal
  • Fixed chart for airline partners
  • the ability to add a stopover on a one-way flight (at a 5,000 points cost)

A short-haul flight will cost as little as 7,500 points and will reach almost all European capitals from a hub like Frankfurt with Lufthansa.

Under the old chart, the same flight cost between 12,500 and 15,000 Aeroplan miles!

For example, see the main thresholds to/from the Frankfurt hub (0-1,000 – 1,001-2,000 – 2,001-4,000):

Distance Atlantic Fra Cities
1,000 / 2,000 / 4,000 - Frankfurt
Destination Distance (miles) Coach
Paris (CDG) 280 7.5K
London (LHR) 408 7.5K
Rome (FCO) 595 7.5K
Oslo (OSL) 710 7.5K
Madrid (MAD) 883 7.5K
Tunis (TUN) 914 7.5K
Algiers (ALG) 959 7.5K
St Petersburg (LED) 1 088 12.5K
Istanbul (STI) 1 144 12.5K
Lisbon (LIS) 1 166 12.5K
Moscow (DME) 1 276 12.5K
Casablanca (CMN) 1 415 12.5K
Reykjavik (KEF) 1 496 12.5K
Cairo (CAI) 1 816 12.5K
Tel Aviv (TLV) 1 836 12.5K
Amman (AMM) 1 893 12.5K
Dubai (DXB) 3 012 25K
Abu Dhabi (AUH) 3 024 25K

And the main thresholds to/from the Hub of Istanbul (Turkish Airlines) (0-1,000 – 1,001-2,000 – 2,001-4,000):

Distance Atlantic Ist Cities
1,000 / 2,000 / 4,000 - Istanbul

Pacific

The “Pacific” travel zone extends from eastern Russia to New Zealand (included).

This includes Asia, Australia and the Pacific countries.

Here is Aeroplan’s chart for travel within the Pacific zone:

The Pacific zone is also a large area of the new Aeroplan program. It is also an area where there is a lot of competition between airlines, with many low-cost airlines like Air Asia.

Thus, Aeroplan divided this area into five according to the distance travelled. A short-haul flight will cost as little as 8,000 points. There are many sweet spots in this area, especially in Japan.

Note that under the old chart, a one-way short-haul flight cost 20,000 Aeroplan miles!

For example, see the main thresholds to/from the hub of Tokyo (0-1,000 – 1,001-2,000 – 2,001-5,000):

Destination Distance (miles) Coach
Fukuoka (FUK) 585 8K
Seoul (ICN) 783 8K
Shanghai (PVG) 1 118 12.5K
Beijing (PEK) 1 329 12.5K
Taipei (TPE) 1 356 12.5K
Hong Kong (HKG) 1 842 12.5K
Manila (MNL) 1 893 12.5K
Hanoi (HAN) 2 313 25K
Ho Chi Minh (SGN) 2 722 25K
Bangkok (BKK) 2 889 25K
Singapore (SIN) 3 324 25K
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 3 357 25K

And the main thresholds to/from the Singapore hub (0-1,000 – 1,001-2,000 – 2,001-5,000):

Destination Distance (miles) Coach
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 184 8K
Ho Chi Minh (SGN) 675 8K
Bangkok (BKK) 875 8K
Denpasar (DPS) 1 037 12.5K
Hanoi (HAN) 1 371 12.5K
Manila (MNL) 1 474 12.5K
Hong Kong (HKG) 1 587 12.5K
Taipei (TPE) 1 996 12.5K
Darwin (DRW) 2 075 25K
Shanghai (PVG) 2 357 25K
Perth (PER) 2 421 25K
Beijing (PEK) 2 780 25K
Fukuoka (FUK) 2 802 25K
Seoul (ICN) 2 867 25K
Tokyo (NRT) 3 324 25K
Melbourne (MEL) 3 744 25K
Sydney (SYD) 3 908 25K
Auckland (AKL) 5 225 37.5K
Sweet Spots

Don’t forget you can add a stopover on a one-way flight for 5,000 points. This opens the door to many possibilities, whether for flights in Economy, but also in Business or First Class.

For example, you can score a one-way business class flight from Singapore to Sydney on Singapore Airlines for only 45,000 points. Whereas with the old chart, it cost 67,500 miles!

In economy class, this same flight will cost 25,000 points (compared to 35,000 miles previously).

North America - Atlantic

Here is Aeroplan’s chart for travel between North America and Atlantic Zones:

From Montreal, Western Europe is reachable with a direct flight, with the first threshold. However, as soon as you add a connection, there is a good chance of exceeding the distance of 4,000 miles.

You can score direct one-way economy flights between Montreal and Paris, London, Frankfurt, Lisbon and Casablanca from 35,000 points. And you can score direct one-way economy flights between Montreal and Istanbul or Tel Aviv from 40,000 points.

More choices

Air Canada flights all start at the level of points required for airline partners.

The great novelty is that you’ll be able to travel without paying carrier surcharges on Air Canada flights and other partner airlines such as Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines.

North America - Pacific

Here is Aeroplan’s chart for travel between North America and Pacific Zones:

From Montreal or Toronto, no country is reachable within the first threshold (unlike Vancouver).

You can score one-way economy direct flights between Montreal and Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai from 50,000 points. For other destinations such as Singapore, Sydney, or Auckland, you can get a one-way economy flight from 60,000 points.

Atlantic - Pacific

Here is Aeroplan’s chart for travel between Atlantic and Pacific Zones:

Below, the possibilities offered to/from the Frankfurt hub (Lufthansa):

Destination Distance (miles) Coach Business First
Hong Kong (YYZ) 5 697 50K 80K 100K
Tokyo (NRT) 5 834 50K 80K 100K
Singapore (SIN) 6 389 50K 80K 100K
Sydney (SYD) 10 248 60K 100K 130K
Auckland (AKL) 11 303 60K 100K 130K

Here are, for example, the possibilities offered to/from the Singapore Airlines hub:

Destination Distance (miles) Coach Business First
Malé (MLE) 2 113 40K 60K 80K
Delhi (LED) 2 579 40K 60K 80K
Dubai (DXB) 3 633 40K 60K 80K
Johannesburg (JNB) 5 382 50K 80K 100K
Istanbul (STI) 5393 50K 80K 100K
Frankfurt (FRA) 6 389 50K 80K 100K
Paris (CDG) 6 666 50K 80K 100K
Lisbon (LIS) 7 394 60K 100K 130K
Star Alliance and Partners

Between these two zones, the pricing is fixed. Aeroplan members will be able to book not only with Star Alliance airlines (Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, Turkish Airlines, etc.) but also partner airlines such as Etihad Airways.

A one-way first-class flight on Etihad Airways between Singapore and Abu Dhabi will only cost 80,000 points for example.

Atlantic - South America

Here is Aeroplan’s chart for travel between Atlantic and South America Zones:

Some Star Alliance airlines connect the Atlantic Zone and the South America Zone, such as Lufthansa or TAP Air Portugal.

Here are, for example, destinations to/from Frankfurt: Bogota, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, accessible within the first threshold.

Only Buenos Aires will require more points.

Pacific - South America

Here is Aeroplan’s chart for travel between Pacific and South America Zones:

However, to our knowledge, no airline is currently flying between these two zones.

North America - South America

Here is Aeroplan’s chart for travel between North America and South America Zones:

From Montreal or Toronto, many destinations will be accessible within the first threshold. It will cost from 30,000 points one-way.

Aeroplan Non-Air Rewards

With the new Aeroplan program, Air Canada has refined ways to use Aeroplan points, apart from flight rewards.

Here is the part of my video on this topic:

The Aeroplan eStore is not only a place to earn Aeroplan points (thanks to its affiliated partners). But it will also be the place where you can find:

  • gift cards
  • products

Gift cards will now be digital, and there will be a deeper product and service inventory.

You’ll be able to pay with points or cash (while earning points)!

Finally, there will be up to 5 times more results for non-air travel rewards:

  • Hotels
  • Car rentals
  • Vacation packages (Air Canada Vacations)

You will be able to pay with Aeroplan points or cash (while earning Aeroplan points).

Earn Aeroplan Points

There are two ways to earn Aeroplan points:

Here is the part of my video on this topic:

Earn Aeroplan Points with Travel

Flight Earn

From 2021, Aeroplan points earning will no longer be indexed to the distance travelled but based on customer’s spend.

Thus, Aeroplan will add some multipliers on customer’s spend (including base fare and carrier surcharges, excluding taxes, in Canadian dollars ) based on:

  • the fare
Fare Multiplier
Basic 2X
Standard 3X
Flex 3X
Comfort 3X
Latitude 3X
Premium Economy 3X
Business 3X
  • Another multiplier depending on your Aeroplan Elite Status (as a selectable benefit):
Aeroplan status Multiplier
25K + 1X
35K + 1X
50K + 2X
75K + 3X
SE 100K + 4X

This new structure will be introduced around February-March 2021.

Earning Aeroplan Points

As a result, all Aeroplan members will earn Aeroplan points for all their flights, without exception. Air Canada believes that this new structure should allow members to earn between 10 and 40% more Aeroplan points.

Basic fare

Please note: beginning 2021, all Basic fares are ineligible for Aeroplan Elite status qualification.

Earn points with other types of travel

You can earn Aeroplan points with travel partners:

  • Hotels
  • Car rentals
  • Airline partners
  • Airport parking
  • And more!

Earn Aeroplan points every day

Air Canada has wholly revised ways to earn Aeroplan points around three postulates:

  • Simplicity: the entire online shopping experience – Aeroplan eStore – has been reviewed with a single identification across Air Canada digital ecosystem
  • Relevance: the shopping experience will be personalized depending on members (with targeted offers)
  • Utility: more ways to earn and use miles and a deeper inventory

As a result, the Aeroplan eStore hosts more affiliated partners.

But the part that will undoubtedly be the most appreciated by members: you will be able to track the number of Aeroplan points earned accurately for each purchase (with granular tracking: pending transaction, credited/cancelled points, etc.).

Aeroplan eStore will also be the place where you will find:

  • gift cards
  • products

Gift cards will now be digital, and there will be a deeper product and service inventory.

You’ll be able to pay with points or cash (while earning points)!

Finally, there will be up to 5 times more results for non-air travel rewards:

  • Hotels
  • Car rentals
  • Vacation packages (Air Canada Vacations)

You will be able to pay with Aeroplan points or cash (while earning Aeroplan points).

Aeroplan Family Sharing

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Earn and redeem Aeroplan points as a family

The concept of Aeroplan Family Sharing is simple: members earn and redeem Aeroplan points together. While each Aeroplan member keeps their Aeroplan points in their account, the goal is to be able to use them as a group.

Thus, redemptions will be deducted from all members’ accounts proportionally.

Take this example of a Family Account with a balance of 250,000 Aeroplan Points. Within this Family Account, four people want to book a flight for 25,000 Aeroplan points per person, or 100,000 Aeroplan points for Family Sharing members.

The total cost of the trip (100,000 points) represents 40% of the total number of Aeroplan points in the Family Sharing account (250,000 points).

Each member will, therefore, see his/her Aeroplan points balance be reduced by 40% for this booking:

Family Sharing Member Individual balance Proportion Points deducted
Member 1 150 000 40 % 60 000
Member 2 75 000 40 % 30 000
Member 3 15 000 40 % 6 000
Member 4 10 000 40 % 4 000
Family Sharing 250 000 40 % 100 000
Milesopedia’s take on this

Think of it as a joint chequing account: it is about a trust relationship between all Aeroplan Family Sharing members.

In the past, each member had an individual account, and it was costly to transfer points between members’ accounts. Often, there was a member who earned a lot (whether through business trips or expenses), and other members (usually children) who earned fewer points. In any case, not enough to use those points for a reward.

Aeroplan Family Sharing solves that problem with a shared balance of points.

On the other hand, each time a member will book a flight reward, whether he is travelling alone or with all the members of the Family Sharing Account, Aeroplan points will be deducted proportionately of each Aeroplan account.

Enjoy Aeroplan Benefits as a Family

Air Canada also brings another benefit to being part of an Aeroplan Family Sharing account: all Family Sharing members will benefit from preferred pricing.

Indeed, if a Family Sharing member has an Aeroplan Elite status or an Aeroplan credit card, all Family Sharing members will benefit from preferred pricing.

Future Aeroplan Family Sharing members:

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Aeroplan Family Sharing Terms and conditions

Different terms and conditions to note with Aeroplan Family Sharing:

  • 8 Aeroplan members can participate in Aeroplan Family Sharing
  • For a minimum of 3 months
  • In the event of withdrawal from an Aeroplan Family Sharing account, the member must wait 6 months to join another group
  • One member of the Family Sharing Account has administrative powers (inviting members, authorizing them to use or not the points of the Family Account)
  • Redemptions will be deducted from all members accounts proportionally
  • This will reset the inactivity date for all individual Aeroplan accounts.
Milesopedia’s take on this

As you can see, there is no need to share the same address or name unlike other programs. Air Canada insists that this is not a household account, but a Family Account: based on a trust relationship between members.

Air Canada Buddy Pass

The main new feature accompanying some welcome offers is the Air Canada Buddy Pass. You book a flight and pay the fare, then enjoy a $0 fare for a companion – only paying the taxes and third-party charges on the second ticket.

The one-time Buddy Pass will be deposited into your Aeroplan dashboard (aircanada.com/myaeroplan). Once deposited, the pass will be available for one year before it expires, though travel can be booked for a date beyond that year.

Example Companion Pass

The Air Canada Buddy Pass valid for Economy Class bookings anywhere Air Canada flies in North America, including Mexico and Hawaii. The Buddy Pass is valid for travel any time for any economy fare, including fares on sale.

It is even possible to get an upgrade, depending on status level, and if the fare purchased allows for it.

We estimate that this Air Canada Buddy Pass is worth between $200 and $1,000 depending on the flight’s price. So it’s an exciting advantage if you’re looking to travel on Air Canada in North America.

Entry Aeroplan Credit Cards

Entry-Level Aeroplan credit cards are offered by two issuers:

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Cibc Visa Platinum Aeroplan New Td Visa Platinum Aeroplan New
Name CIBC Aeroplan® Visa* Card TD® Aeroplan® Visa Platinum* Card
Welcome offer
10,000 Aeroplan points
(1st purchase)
10,000 Aeroplan points
(1st purchase)
First-Year Annual fee rebate
(see conditions)
Annual fee $0 $89
Additional Card (with privileges) $0 $39
Additional Card (without privileges)
Income required (indiv./household)
Normal Cibc Visa Platinum Aeroplan New Td Visa Platinum Aeroplan New
Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations 1 point 1 point
Gas 1 point 1 point
Groceries 1 point 1 point
Other 1 point / $1.50 1 point / $1.50
Benefits
Preferred pricing
No expiry of Aeroplan points
Insurance Cibc Visa Platinum Aeroplan New Td Visa Platinum Aeroplan New
Emergency medical
Trip Cancellation Insurance
Trip Interruption Insurance
Flight/trip delay $500 – 4 hours
Delayed baggage $1,000/pers.
Lost/stolen baggage $1,000/pers.
Common carrier accident $100,000 $500,000
Hotel/motel burglary $2,500
Auto rental collision/loss damage waiver $65,000 – 48 days $65,000 – 48 days
Mobile device $1,000
Purchases 90 days 90 days
Extended warranty 1 additional year 1 additional year

With the CIBC Aeroplan® Visa* Card, CIBC has decided to issue an Aeroplan credit card with no annual fee. It is the only Aeroplan credit card with no annual fee on the market.

The earning rate is the same for the two cards. The difference is mainly on the insurance side: unlike CIBC, the TD Credit Card includes insurance for flight or baggage delays, lost luggage, hotel burglary or mobile insurance.

CIBC Aeroplan® Visa* Card

Cibc Visa Platinum Aeroplan New

Welcome offer

Here is the welcome offer for this new Aeroplan credit card:

  • Earn a welcome bonus of 10,000 Aeroplan points when you make your first purchase with your new card.

TD® Aeroplan® Visa Platinum* Card

Td Visa Platinum Aeroplan New

Welcome offer

Here is the welcome offer for this new Aeroplan credit card:

  • Earn a welcome bonus of 10,000 Aeroplan points when you make your first purchase with your new card.
  • Plus, get an annual fee rebate for the primary and first additional cardholder for the first year.

To receive the first-year annual fee rebate, you must activate your Card and make your first Purchase on the Account within the first 3 months after Account opening.

Our opinion on entry-level credit card offers

The welcome bonus is equivalent to both cards: 10,000 Aeroplan points after the first purchase.

With the CIBC Aeroplan® Visa* Card, CIBC has decided to issue an Aeroplan credit card with no annual fee. It is the only Aeroplan credit card with no annual fee on the market.

The earning rate is the same for the two cards. The difference is mainly on the insurance side: unlike CIBC, the TD Credit Card includes insurance for flight or baggage delays, lost luggage, hotel burglary or mobile insurance. However, once the first year is over, the TD® Aeroplan® Visa Platinum* Card will have an annual fee.

If you don’t need insurance, CIBC’s card will be a better choice.

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Core Aeroplan Credit Cards

Core Aeroplan credit cards are the most popular cards. Here are the names of the credit cards offered by the three issuers:

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Amex Aeroplan New Cibc Visa Infinite Aeroplan New Td Visa Infinite Aeroplan New
Name American Express® Aeroplan®* Card CIBC Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card
Welcome offer
Up to 15,000 Aeroplan points
(see conditions)
10,000 Aeroplan points
(1st purchase)
10,000 Aeroplan points
(1st purchase)
+ Air Canada Buddy Pass
(see conditions)
Air Canada Buddy Pass
(see conditions)
+ Air Canada Buddy Pass
(see conditions)
First-Year Annual Fee Rebate
(see conditions)
First-Year Annual Fee Rebate
(see conditions)
Annual fee $120 $139 $139
Additional Card (with privileges) $50 $50 $75
Additional Card (without privileges) $0
Income required (indiv./household) $0 $60,000 – $100,000 $60,000 – $100,000
Normal Amex Aeroplan New Cibc Visa Infinite Aeroplan New Td Visa Infinite Aeroplan New
Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations 2 points 1.5 points 1.5 points
Gas 1 point 1.5 points 1.5 points
Groceries 1 point 1.5 points 1.5 points
Dining and Food Delivery 1.5 points 1 point 1 point
Other 1 point 1 point 1 point
Benefits Amex Aeroplan New Cibc Visa Infinite Aeroplan New Td Visa Infinite Aeroplan New
Preferred pricing
No expiry of Aeroplan points
Free first checked bag
Shared benefits with additional cards
1,000 SQM et 1 SQS (per $10,000 eligible annual spend)
$100 Nexus Credit
Insurance Amex Aeroplan New Cibc Visa Infinite Aeroplan New Td Visa Infinite Aeroplan New
Emergency medical $5,000,000
Age 0-64: 15 days
Age 65+: 3 days
$1,000,000
Age 0-64: 21 days
Age 65+: 4 days
Trip Cancellation Insurance $1,500/pers.
$5,000 total
$1,500/pers.
$5,000 total
Trip Interruption Insurance $2,000/pers.
$5,000/pers.
$25,000 total
Flight/trip delay $500 – 4 hours $500 – 4 hours $500 – 4 hours
Delayed baggage $500/pers.
$1,000 total
$1,000/pers.
Lost/stolen baggage $500 $500/pers.
$1,000 total
$1,000/pers.
Common carrier accident $500,000 $500,000 $500,000
Hotel/motel burglary $500 $2,500 $2,500
Auto rental collision/loss damage waiver $85,000 – 48 days $65,000 – 48 days $65,000 – 48 days
Mobile device $1,000 $1,000
Purchases 90 days – $1,000 90 days 90 days
Extended warranty 1 additional year 1 additional year 1 additional year

Of the three Core Aeroplan credit cards, American Express and TD offer the best value.

Indeed, on the side of American Express, the AeroplanMD * American ExpressMD Card stands out by being less expensive and by offering the possibility of adding additional cards free of charge (These cards will not offer privileges like other cards , but they will allow you to earn points). Besides, 2 points per dollar with Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations is exciting.

For its part, the TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card stands out with a $100 Nexus credit, something that American Express and CIBC don’t offer.

American Express® Aeroplan®* Card

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Welcome offer

Here is the welcome offer for this new Aeroplan credit card:

  • Earn up to 15,000 Aeroplan points
    • 9,000 Aeroplan points Welcome Bonus ($1,500 spend in first 3 months)
    • 1,000 Aeroplan points per month with $500 spend, per month for first 6 months
  • Air Canada Buddy Pass ($1,500 spend in first 3 months)

For people who signed up prior to Nov 8th, they will get the waitlist offer with an additional 5,000 Aeroplan points for a total of up to 20,000 points.

CIBC Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card

Cibc Visa Infinite Aeroplan New

Welcome offer

Here is the welcome offer for this new Aeroplan credit card:

  • Earn a welcome bonus of 10,000 Aeroplan points when you make your first purchase with your new card.
  • Air Canada Buddy Pass ($3,000 spend in first 4 months)
  • Annual fee rebate for Primary/Rewards Officer and up to 3 Authorized Users

TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card

Td Visa Infinite Aeroplan New

Welcome offer

Here is the welcome offer for this new Aeroplan credit card:

For Quebec residents only:

  • Earn a welcome bonus of 10,000 Aeroplan points when you make your first purchase with your new card.
  • Bring along a friend! As a new Cardholder, your Air Canada Buddy Pass can score you a second ticket when you book an economy ticket. On the second ticket, you only pay the taxes and third-party charges. You’ll receive the one-time use pass when you keep your Account open, active and in good standing for 90 days after Account opening, and you have a whole year to use it.
  • Plus, get an annual fee rebate for the primary and first additional cardholder for the first year.

For Residents outside of Quebec

  • Earn a welcome bonus of 10,000 Aeroplan points when you make your first purchase with your new card.
  • Bring along a friend! As a new Cardholder, your Air Canada Buddy Pass can score you a second ticket when you book an economy ticket. On the second ticket, you only pay the taxes and third-party charges. You’ll receive the one-time use pass when you spend $1,000 within 90 days of Account opening, and you have a whole year to use it.
  • Plus, get an annual fee rebate for the primary and first additional cardholder for the first year.

Our opinion on Core Aeroplan Credit Cards offers

The three issuers have chosen different options for these cards, which are expected to be the most popular.

American Express chose to maintain the first-year annual fee and add spending requirements for the first six months. To get the full welcome bonus of 15,000 Aeroplan points and the Air Canada Buddy Pass, you will need to spend a total of $3,000 in 6 months.

CIBC has chosen to offer an Annual fee rebate for Primary and up to 3 Authorized Users. If the 10,000 Aeroplan Welcome Bonus Points are available on the first purchase, you’ll need to spend $3,000 in 4 months to get the Air Canada Buddy Pass.

According to us, TD seems to have the best offer of the three, especially for Quebec (no minimum spend required). Like CIBC, a welcome bonus of 10,000 Aeroplan points is available, as well as an Air Canada Buddy Pass. The TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card stands out with a $100 NEXUS credit, something American Express and CIBC don’t offer.

So, if you are two users, we recommend the offer from TD. On the other hand, if you think you need more cards, CIBC’s offer will be more attractive! As things stand, American Express’s offer does not seem interesting to us: actually, American Express seems to be interested in frequent flyers, as you will see later.

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Premium Aeroplan Credit Cards

Premium Aeroplan credit cards are designed for Air Canada’s frequent flyers. Here are the names of the credit cards offered by the three issuers:

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Amex Aeroplan Reserve New Cibc Visa Infinite Priviege Aeroplan New Td Visa Infinite Priviege Aeroplan New
Name American Express®* Aeroplan® Reserve Card CIBC Aeroplan® Visa Infinite Privilege* Card TD®Aeroplan® Visa Infinite Privilege* Card
Welcome offer
Up to 65,000 Aeroplan points
(see conditions)
20,000 Aeroplan points
(1st purchase)
20,000 Aeroplan points
(1st purchase)
+ $100 Statement Credit
(see conditions)
+ 30,000 Aeroplan points
(see conditions)
+ Air Canada Buddy Pass
(see conditions)
+ Air Canada Buddy Pass
(see conditions)
Annual fee $599 $599 $599
Additional Card (with privileges) $199 $149 $199
Additional Card (without privileges) $0
Income required (household) $0 $200,000 $200,000
Normal Amex Aeroplan Reserve New Cibc Visa Infinite Priviege Aeroplan New Td Visa Infinite Priviege Aeroplan New
Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations 3 points 2 points 2 points
Gas 1 point 1.5 points 1.5 points
Groceries 1 point 1.5 points 1.5 points
Travel 1 point 1.5 points 1.5 points
Dining and Food Delivery 2 points 1.5 points 1.5 points
Other 1 point 1.25 points 1.25 points
Benefits Amex Aeroplan Reserve New Cibc Visa Infinite Priviege Aeroplan New Td Visa Infinite Priviege Aeroplan New
Preferred pricing
No expiry of Aeroplan points
Free first checked bag
Shared benefits with additional cards
1,000 SQM et 1 SQS (per $5,000 eligible annual spend)
$100 Nexus Credit
Travel benefits Amex Aeroplan Reserve New Cibc Visa Infinite Priviege Aeroplan New Td Visa Infinite Priviege Aeroplan New
Access to the Maple Leaf Lounge
6 Annual Visits to Priority Pass lounges
Airport Priority services
Airport Priority Standby
Annual companion pass
ROLLOVER SQM
ROLLOVER eUPGRADE CREDITS
Insurance Amex Aeroplan Reserve New Cibc Visa Infinite Priviege Aeroplan New Td Visa Infinite Priviege Aeroplan New
Emergency medical $5,000,000
Age 0-65: 15 days
$5,000,000
Age 0-64: 31 days
Age 65+: 10 days
$5,000,000
Age 0-64: 31 days
Age 65+: 4 days
Trip Cancellation Insurance $1,500/pers.
$3,000/pers.
$2,500/pers.
$10,000 total
$2,500/pers.
$5,000 total
Trip Interruption Insurance $1,500/pers.
$6,000 total
$5,000/pers.
$25,000 total
$5,000/pers.
$25,000 total
Flight/trip delay $1,000 – 4 hours $500 – 4 hours $1,000 – 4 hours
Delayed baggage $500/pers.
$1,000 total
$1,000/pers.
Lost/stolen baggage $1,000 $1,000/pers.
$2,500 total
$2,500/pers.
Common carrier accident $500,000 $500,000 $500,000
Hotel/motel burglary $1,000 $2,500 $2,500
Auto rental collision/loss damage waiver $85,000 – 48 days $85,000 – 48 days $85,000 – 48 days
Mobile device $1,500 $1,500
Purchases 90 days – $1,000 180 days 120 days
Extended warranty 1 additional year 2 additional years 2 additional years

Of the three premium Aeroplan credit cards, they all offer the same earning rates (1.25 points anywhere). On the other hand, the fees are different for CIBC ($149 instead of $199 for the additional TD card). But $50 instead of $100 for the Nexus credit.

On the American Express side, the American Express®* Aeroplan® Reserve Card stands out for its high earning rate for purchases with Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations: 3 points per dollar. However, it doesn’t offer the 6 visits to Priority Pass lounges, nor the Nexus Credit.

However, unlike CIBC and TD, requiring a $200,000 household income, the American Express®* Aeroplan® Reserve Card does not require a minimum income.

American Express®* Aeroplan® Reserve Card

Amex Aeroplan Reserve New

Welcome offer

Here is the welcome offer for this new Aeroplan credit card:

  • Earn up to 65,000 Aeroplan points:
    • 35,000 Aeroplan points Welcome Bonus ($3,000 spend in first 3 months)
    • 5,000 Aeroplan points per month with $1,000 spend, per month for first 6 months
  • $100 Statement credit ($3,000 spend in first 3 months)

For people who signed up prior to Nov 8th, they will get the waitlist offer with an additional 10,000 Aeroplan points for a total of up to 75,000 points.

CIBC® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite Privilege* Card

Cibc Visa Infinite Priviege Aeroplan New

Welcome offer

Here is the welcome offer for this new Aeroplan credit card:

  • 20,000 Aeroplan points Welcome Bonus (1st purchase)
  • Air Canada Buddy Pass ($3,000 spend in first 4 months)

TD®Aeroplan® Visa Infinite Privilege* Card

Td Visa Infinite Priviege Aeroplan New

Welcome offer

Here is the welcome offer for this new Aeroplan credit card:

For Quebec residents only:

  • Up to 50,000 Aeroplan points Welcome Bonus:
    • 20,000 Aeroplan points Welcome Bonus (1st purchase)
    • 30,000 Aeroplan Points when you keep your Account open, active and in good standing for 90 days after Account opening
  • Bring along a friend! As a new Cardholder, your Air Canada Buddy Pass can score you a second ticket when you book an economy ticket. On the second ticket, you only pay the taxes and third-party charges. You’ll receive the one-time use pass when you keep your Account open, active and in good standing for 90 days after Account opening, and you have a whole year to use it.

For Residents outside of Quebec

  • Up to 50,000 Aeroplan points Welcome Bonus:
    • 20,000 Aeroplan points Welcome Bonus (1st purchase)
    • 30,000 Aeroplan points when you spend $1,000 in first 3 months
  • Bring along a friend! As a new Cardholder, your Air Canada Buddy Pass can score you a second ticket when you book an economy ticket. On the second ticket, you only pay the taxes and third-party charges. You’ll receive the one-time use pass when you spend $1,000 within 90 days of Account opening, and you have a whole year to use it.

Our opinion on Premium Aeroplan Credit Card Offers

Among the three Premium Aeroplan Credit Card Offers, American Express has the best welcome bonus: up to 65,000 points (or even 75,000 points if you’ve signed up on the waitlist in recent months) and a $100 Statement credit.

To get the full welcome offer, you will need to spend a total of $6,000 in the first six months. This remains accessible, given the target audience.

The second best offer is on TD’sside, especially for Quebec (no minimum spend required). You can get 50,000 Aeroplan points and an Air Canada Buddy Pass.

Finally, CIBC only offers 20,000 Aeroplan points and an Air Canada Buddy Pass.

Note: you need a $200,000 household income to apply for CIBC or TD cards. There is no minimum income required on the American Express side with the American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve Card.

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Small Business Aeroplan Credit Cards

Small Business Aeroplan credit cards are for Air Canada’s frequent flyers. Here are the names of the credit cards offered by the three issuers:

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Amex Prestige Enterprise Cibc Visa Aeroplan Business New Td Visa Business Aeroplan New
Name American Express® Aeroplan®* Business Reserve Card CIBC Aeroplan® Visa* Business Card TD Aeroplan® Visa Business Card
Welcome offer
Up to 65,000 Aeroplan points
(see conditions)
10,000 Aeroplan points
(1st purchase)
10,000 Aeroplan points
(1st purchase)
+ $100 Statement Credit
(see conditions)
Air Canada Buddy Pass
(see conditions)
Air Canada Buddy Pass
(see conditions)
First-Year Annual Fee Rebate
(see conditions)
First-Year Annual Fee Rebate
(see conditions)
Annual fee $599 $180 $149
Additional Card (with privileges) $199 $50 $49
Additional Card (without privileges) $0
Normal Amex Prestige Enterprise Cibc Visa Aeroplan Business New Td Visa Business Aeroplan New
Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations 3 points 2 points 2 points
Travel 1 point 1 point 1.5 points
Accommodation and car rental 2 points 1 point 1.5 points
Dining and Food Delivery 2 points 1.5 points 1.5 points
Shipping, Internet, Cable, Telephone Services 1 point 1.5 points 1.5 points
Other 1 point 1 point 1.25 points
Benefits Amex Prestige Enterprise Cibc Visa Aeroplan Business New Td Visa Business Aeroplan New
Preferred pricing
No expiry of Aeroplan points
Free first checked bag
Shared benefits with additional cards
1,000 SQM et 1 SQS (per $5,000 eligible annual spend)
$100 Nexus Credit
1 Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Guest Pass for every $10,000 you spend, up to 4 passes per year
Travel benefits Amex Aeroplan Reserve New Cibc Visa Aeroplan Business New Td Visa Infinite Priviege Aeroplan New
Access to the Maple Leaf Lounge
Airport Priority services
Airport Priority Standby
Annual companion pass
ROLLOVER SQM
ROLLOVER eUPGRADE CREDITS
Insurance Amex Aeroplan Reserve New Cibc Visa Aeroplan Business New Td Visa Infinite Priviege Aeroplan New
Emergency medical $5,000,000
Age 0-65: 15 days
$2,000,000
Age 0-64: 15 days
Age 65+: 4 days
Trip Cancellation Insurance $1,500/pers.
$3,000/pers.
$1,000/pers.
$5,000 total
$1,500/pers.
$5,000 total
Trip Interruption Insurance $1,500/pers.
$6,000 total
$2,000/pers.
$5,000/pers.
$25,000 total
Flight/trip delay $1,000 – 4 hours $500 – 4 hours $500 – 4 hours
Delayed baggage $500/pers.
$1,000 total
$1,000/pers.
Lost/stolen baggage $1,000 $500/pers.
$1,000 total
$1,000/pers.
Common carrier accident $500,000 $500,000 $500,000
Hotel/motel burglary $1,000 $2,500
Auto rental collision/loss damage waiver $85,000 – 48 days $65,000 – 48 days $65,000 – 48 days
Mobile device $1,000
Purchases 90 days – $1,000 90 days 90 days
Extended warranty 1 additional year 1 additional year 1 additional year

Not all three small business Aeroplan credit cards play in the same yard.

Indeed, the American Express® Aeroplan®* Business Reserve Card stands out for its high earning rate for Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations purchases: 3 points per dollar and many benefits: Maple Leaf Lounge access, airport priority services, annual companion pass, etc.

Besides, its welcome bonus is exceptional for a small business Aeroplan credit card!

American Express® Aeroplan®* Business Reserve Card

Amex Aeroplan Business Reserve New

Welcome offer

Here is the welcome offer for this new Aeroplan credit card:

  • Earn up to 65,000 Aeroplan points:
    • 35,000 Aeroplan points Welcome Bonus ($5,000 spend in first 3 months)
    • 5,000 Aeroplan points per month with $2,000 spend, per month for first 6 months
  • $100 Statement credit ($5,000 spend in first 3 months)

For people who signed up prior to Nov 8th, they will get the waitlist offer with an additional 10,000 Aeroplan points for a total of up to 75,000 points.

CIBC Aeroplan® Visa* Business Card

Cibc Visa Aeroplan Business New

Welcome offer

Here is the welcome offer for this new Aeroplan credit card:

  • Earn a welcome bonus of 10,000 Aeroplan points when you make your first purchase with your new card.
  • Air Canada Buddy Pass ($3,000 spend in first 4 months)
  • Annual fee rebate for Primary/Rewards Officer and up to 3 Authorized Users

TD Aeroplan® Visa Business Card

Td Visa Business Aeroplan New

Welcome offer

Here is the welcome offer for this new Aeroplan credit card:

  • Earn a welcome bonus of 10,000 Aeroplan points when you make your first purchase with your new card.
  • Air Canada Buddy Pass ($1,000 spend in first 3 months)
  • Annual fee rebate for Primary and 2 Additional Cardholders

Our opinion on small business Aeroplan Credit Card offers

Not all three small business Aeroplan credit cards play in the same yard.

Indeed, on the American Expressside, the American Express® Aeroplan®* Business Reserve Card stands out for its outstanding 65,000 Aeroplan points Welcome Bonus and many benefits (Maple Leaf lounge access, airport priority services, annual companion pass, etc.).

If you’re looking for a more accessible small business card, CIBC and TD credit cards both offer an Annual fee rebate for the first-year. The most interesting, in our opinion, is the card from TD: it has a lower annual fee and it comes with a $100 Nexus credit.

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Earning Points

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Benefits

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Starbucks Offer for TD cardholders

Unique to TD cardholders, Aeroplan members will earn 50% more Aeroplan points on Starbucks purchases charged to their TD Aeroplan credit card for one year effective November 8th.

All purchases made through the Starbucks app or in-store at participating Starbucks locations will be eligible for the exclusive credit card accelerator and, together with base earn, will receive:

Card Name Aeroplan Point per dollar (Starbucks)
Td Visa Platinum Aeroplan New TD® Aeroplan® Visa Platinum* Card 1 point per dollar
Td Visa Infinite Aeroplan New TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card 1.5 points per dollar
Td Visa Infinite Priviege Aeroplan New TD®Aeroplan® Visa Infinite Privilege* Card 2.25 points per dollar
Td Visa Business Aeroplan New TD Aeroplan® Visa Business Card 2.25 points per dollar

Aeroplan Credit Card Benefits

Air Canada has listed in this table the benefits offered to Aeroplan credit cardholders ( find out more about TD Aeroplan Credit Cards at the end of this post ):

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Higher earn rate for Air Canada purchases

Aeroplan credit cardholders will receive a higher earn rate for Air Canada purchases.

For some cards, this will apply not only to Air Canada flights, but also Air Canada Vacations packages or onboard purchases.

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Preferred pricing

Aeroplan credit cardholders will receive preferred pricing on Aeroplan flight rewards for flights operated by Air Canada.

With a flexible chart on its flights, Air Canada has greater control regarding fares so that it can offer this preferred pricing to Aeroplan credit cardholders.

Air Canada even told us that some preferred fares could go below the minimum chart fare!

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No expiry of Aeroplan points

Usually, Aeroplan points expire after 18 months. And there are different ways to keep an active account.

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However, Aeroplan credit cardholders don’t have to worry about their Aeroplan points expiring.

Free first checked bag

Some Aeroplan credit cardholders will get a free first checked bag for Air Canada flights (flight rewards or paid tickets)!

This benefit is valid for:

  • Primary Cardholder
  • Additional Cardholders
  • And up to eight travel companions on the same reservation

Also, if an additional card travels without the primary cardholder, it can also be accompanied by 8 travel companions who will benefit from the free first checked bag. The only condition: everyone has to be on the same reservation.

Something to delight groups of friends or sports teams travelling on Air Canada! Or just… families:

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Shared benefits with Secondary Cardholders

While in the past, only the primary cardholder enjoyed some benefits with Air Canada, now, additional cardholders too!

However, they must ensure that their Aeroplan number must be linked to a valid credit card. Linking can be done by visiting this page.

Maple Leaf Lounge Access

Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Cardholders and American Express Aeroplan Reserve Cardmembers will receive complimentary access:

Also, Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Cardholders will receive six annual visits to Priority Pass airport lounges.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge

Small business credit cardholders can also get up to 4 annual passes to Maple Leaf Lounges.

You will get one access after every $10,000 in Card purchases (up to 4 annual passes).

Priority Airport Services

Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Cardholders and American Express Aeroplan Reserve Cardmembers will get airport benefits:

  • Priority airport services
  • Priority Airport Standby
  • Priority Airport Upgrades
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Annual Worldwide Companion Pass

Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Cardholders and American Express Aeroplan Reserve Cardmembers will be eligible for an annual worldwide companion pass.

To earn it, you need to charge $25,000 to your Card (maximum of one pass per year).

Once earned, you can use your Annual Companion Pass to get a companion flight at a fixed price ($99 in North America, and between $199 and $599 elsewhere around the world ).

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Elite Status (1,000 SQM and 1 SQS)

Here’s a new benefit that will be of particular interest to Aeroplan Elite members. Some credit cardholders will be able to get Elite Status qualification boosts.

You can earn 1,000 Status Qualifying Miles (SQM) and 1 Status Qualifying Segment (SQS) per $10,000 eligible annual spend ($5,000 for some premium and business cards).

And there is no limit to the number of SQM and SQS you can earn!

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Rollover SQM and eUpgrades

Aeroplan will roll over unused Status Qualifying Miles (SQM) or unused eUpgrade credits for Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Cardholders and American Express Aeroplan Reserve Cardmembers

This will be a great benefit for some Aeroplan Elite members!

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Aeroplan Elite Status

When redesigning Aeroplan Elite Status, Air Canada wanted to:

  • make it simpler
  • with increased value
  • offering new ways to get or re-qualify for a status

Here is the part of my video on this topic:

Status qualification unchanged

You’ll earn an Aeroplan Elite Status based on:

  • distance travelled OR the number of flights
  • AND dollars spent for your trips

This includes both flights on Air Canada, but also with all Star Alliance partners. However, for the spending criteria, the ticket must have been issued on Air Canada stock (ticket numbers beginning with 014).

Thus, to earn Aeroplan Elite Status from Air Canada, it is necessary to understand the three qualification criteria :

Criteria Definition
Status Qualifying Miles ( SQM ) Distance flown
Status Qualification Segments ( SQS ) Number of flights performed
Status Qualifying Dollars ( SQD ) Dollars spent
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Status Qualifying Miles (SQM)

The Status Qualifying Miles (SQM) correspond to the distance travelled on Air Canada or Star Alliance member airlines.

However, this criterion will be weighted by two other elements:

  • the fare
  • the area you are travelling to

With a flight booked at the standard rate, you will earn 25% of the distance travelled, while with a flight in Business class, you will receive 150% of the distance travelled.

You’ll find all Air Canada fare options on this page.

Status Qualification Segments (SQS)

The Status Qualification Segments (SQS) correspond to the number of flights you take on Air Canada or Star Alliance member airlines.

If you need some SQS to reach a higher status, it might be wise to book connecting flights rather than a direct flight.

  • Montreal – Vancouver = 1 SQS
  • Montreal – Toronto – Vancouver = 2 SQS

Status Qualifying Dollars (SQD)

Status Qualification Dollars (DQS) correspond to dollars spent for your Air Canada flights or Star Alliance member airlines (ticketed from Air Canada 014 stock).

Even if you have reached the level of Status Qualifying Miles or Status Qualifying Segments, you must have spent a certain number of Status Qualifying Dollars to earn your status.

Aeroplan Elite Status Levels

There are five Aeroplan Elite Status levels :

  • 25K
  • 35K
  • 50K
  • 75K
  • Super Elite 100K

For each of these levels, there are:

  • core privileges
  • select privileges: additional benefits that you choose

You have to choose the select privileges before October 31, each year. You’ll find more about these privileges on this Air Canada webpage .

Simplification

Previously, each level of Altitude status included a name (Prestige, Elite, Super Elite). From now on, only the numbers are kept (25K, 35K, 50K, 75K).

However, for the highest status, Air Canada has decided to keep the Super Elite designation, a real “Holy Grail” among frequent travellers.

Aeroplan Elite status qualification timeframe

You have one calendar year, from January 1 to December 31, to earn an Aeroplan Elite status.

Once earned, the Aeroplan status is valid:

  • For the remainder of the current year
  • For the whole following year
Calendar year

Previously, the Altitude status was valid until the end of February of the following year. Now Air Canada has simplified this by granting status until December 31.

Program digitization

Previously, the Air Canada program issued paper coupons for Maple Leaf lounge access.

From now on, all benefits will be digital and immediately recognized by Air Canada staff.

New features

Priority Rewards

Air Canada introduces Priority Rewards into the Aeroplan program.

These Priority Rewards will provide a 50% discount coupon for certain geographic areas or cabins depending on your status level. Every time you achieve a Status Qualifying Dollars (SQD) milestone, you will get an additional voucher, up to 11 vouchers per year.

You can use a voucher for a flight reward for one passenger. The voucher validity is one year from the date of issuance (but can be used for a later travel date).

Here are the geographical areas and cabins according to your Aeroplan Elite status:

Aeroplan status Geographical area Cabin
25K Canada / United States Economy
35K Canada / United States Economy
50K North America Premium Economy
75K Worlwide Premium Economy
SE 100K Worlwide Signature / Business Class
Introductory offer

At launch, all 35K members and above will get one voucher available in their Aeroplan account.

Status Pass

Air Canada introduces Aeroplan Status Pass.

Aeroplan 50K members and above can give a 50K status pass to anyone (this will be a selectable benefit available from March 2021).

Travellers with a status pass enjoy the following benefits while travelling on flights operated by Air Canada (even when travelling without the person who offered this status):

  • Priority check-in
  • 3 Complimentary Checked Bags
  • Priority Baggage Handling
  • Priority security clearance
  • Complimentary Maple Leaf Lounge Access
  • Airport Priority Standby
  • Priority Boarding

These benefits are not available for travel on Star Alliance airlines.

Introductory offer

At launch, 50K members and above will get multiple Status Passes in their Aeroplan account:

  • 2 for 50K members
  • 3 for 75K members
  • 4 for SE 100K members

Preferred Pricing for Air Canada flight rewards

Air Canada introduces Preferred Pricing for Air Canada Flight Rewards for Aeroplan Elite members.

Aeroplan credit cards with status benefits

New Aeroplan credit cards introduced by American Express, CIBC and TD offer benefits for qualifying or renewing Aeroplan Elite status.

With some Aeroplan credit cards, for every $10,000 in Card purchases ($5,000 for some Premium and Business cards), you’ll earn:

  • 1,000 Status Qualifying Miles (SQM)
  • 1 Status Qualification Segment (SQS)

Besides, Aeroplan Credit cardholders get Preferred Pricing for Air Canada Flight Rewards.

Aeroplan credit cards

To learn more about the benefits of the new Aeroplan credit cards, read this post.

25K Status more easily reachable

Air Canada introduces the ability to qualify more easily for Aeroplan 25K status.

Thus, members who earn 100 000 Aeroplan points from any eligible source will receive Aeroplan 25K Status.

Eligible sources are all base and bonus points earned directly with:

  • Air Canada flights
  • Aeroplan credit cards spending
  • partners (airlines, hotels, eStore , etc.)

Non-eligible sources are all base and bonus points earned with:

  • Credit cards welcome bonuses
  • Points conversions
  • Aeroplan Points purchases
  • Gifts or Transfers
“Gamification”

Air Canada told us it could eventually run promotional offers when non-eligible sources could become eligible (in particular regarding points transfer).