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Comparison of American Express cards to earn Aeroplan miles

To the point Now that the new Carte de Platineᴹᴰ from American Express is out, with new accumulation rates, let's take a look at different strategies for optimizing point and mile accumulation on the American Express side, based on business categories. In this first article, let's take a look at the best cards for earning Aeroplan Miles.

Earn Aeroplan Miles with American Express Cards

American Express is probably the credit/payment card issuer with the largest selection of accumulation options. Indeed, you can accumulate:

All American Express Canada cards can be found on this page.

In short, you are spoiled for choice. So much so that you end up asking yourself – just read the comments in the facebook group: which card is the best for MY daily life and for my goals?

Because we all have different life rhythms and goals in seeking to accumulate either:

  • Marriott Bonvoy points
  • Aeroplan Miles, Avios, Skymiles…
  • AIR MILES Reward miles
  • points for travel purchases
  • cashback

In this first article in our series on earning points & miles with American Express cards, let’s take a look at Aeroplan Miles!

 

American Express Cards to earn Aeroplan Miles

There are 4 ways to earn Aeroplan Miles with American Express cards:

  • Aeroplan-affiliated American Express cards:earn milesdirectly into your Aeroplan account
  • American Express Membership Rewards cards: convert Membership Rewards points directly into Aeroplan Miles
  • American Express Membership Rewards select card: allows you to indirectly convert Membership Rewards select points into Aeroplan miles through Marriott Bonvoy
  • American Express Marriott Bonvoy cards:earn Marriott Bonvoy points that can be converted to Aeroplan Miles

All American Express Canada cards can be found on this page.

For each of the credit and charge cards offered by American Express, we have converted what the accumulation gives in Aeroplan Miles / $ of purchases (when converted via Marriott Bonvoy).

As a reminder:

  • 1 privilege/select point = 1.2 Marriott point
  • 3 Marriott points = 1 Aeroplan Mile
    • and if converted per 60,000 Marriott points = 25,000 Aeroplan miles then 3 Marriott points = 1.25 Aeroplan miles

To see all the details on a map, click on it!

Travel Grocery Gas station Dining Drugstores Air Canada Marriott Other
gold rewards card chip 467x293 1 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 1
american express mr platinum 1 2 1 1 3 1 2 2 1
american express aeroplanplus platinum
After $25,000
1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5
american express aeroplanplus platinum 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.25
american express aeroplanplus gold 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.25
Business Platinum Card<sup>®</sup> from American Express 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.25
american express aeroplanplus gold 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
or entreprise 1 1 2
Petro-Canada
1 1 1 1 1
american express bonvoy business 1 1 0.8 1 1 0.8 1 1.67 0.8
american express mr cobalt 0.8 2 0.8 2 0.4 0.8 0.8 0.4
bonvoy ae 1 1.2 0.8 1.2 1.2 0.8 0.8 1.67 0.8
American Express Business Edge™ Card 0.8 0.8 1.2 1.2 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8
american express bonvoy 1 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 1.67 0.8

The best American Express card for earning Aeroplan Miles

When looking at pure accumulation toward Aeroplan miles, the Carte Or avec primes American ExpressMD Card takes most of the top spots in the various categories:

gold rewards card chip 467x293 1
Category Rank
Travel (plane, hotel…) 1
Grocery store (Metro / Super C) 2
Stations Services 1
Dining
Drugstores 1
Air Canada 1
Marriott Hotels 1
Other

 

And remember: grocery stores, gas stations and drug stores are great places to find gift cards! Enough to earn 2 Membership Rewards points / Aeroplan Miles for many other places like SAQ, Amazon…!

The only categories in which it is not optimal: local transportation, restaurants… and others!

If you want to earn Aeroplan Miles exclusively, the perfect combo would be

aeroplanplus platinum card
Category Rank
Travel (plane, hotel…) 3
Grocery store (Metro / Super C) 3
Stations Services 2
Dining 3
Drugstores 2
Air Canada
Marriott Hotels
Other 1

Bottom line

13 American Express cards allow you to earn Aeroplan Miles… it’s up to you to choose the one that suits your spending habits!

In our next articles, we will deal with:

  • accumulation of avios, skymiles, Etihad Guest miles with American Express cards
  • Collecting AIR MILES miles with American Express cards
  • Marriott Bonvoy point accumulation with American Express cards
  • travel points accumulation with American Express cards
  • cash back accumulation with American Express cards

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