Air Canada's new Aeroplan Program is a must for all travellers. Here's what you need to know about Aeroplan Elite Status.
In the past, Air Canada and Aeroplan were two separate entities. Each of these entities had its status:
- Air Canada Altitude Status
- Aeroplan Status
So members of both programs were confused.
From now on, only Aeroplan Elite Status exists (and therefore replaces Altitude).
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
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 :
|Status Qualifying Miles ( SQM )||Distance travelled|
|Status Qualification Segments ( SQS )||Number of flights performed|
|Status Qualifying Dollars ( SQD )||Dollars spent|
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 :
- 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 .
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
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.
Air Canada is changing the way Priority Rewards work in the Aeroplan program.
With Priority Rewards, you’ll save 50% off flight rewards for some travel zones 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|
|SE 100K||Worlwide||Signature / Business Class|
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.
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
- Priority Airport Standby
- Priority Boarding
These benefits are not available for travel on Star Alliance airlines.
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
Air Canada has thoroughly reviewed the benefits of Aeroplan Elite Status and qualifying methods.
The most significant innovations being:
- Status Pass
- The Link between Aeroplan Credit cards and Status
- Priority Rewards
It’s great to see an airline introducing a gamification process, with prizes to win, in its loyalty program!