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Aeroplan: Changes Coming In 2024 For Aeroplan Elite Status (Air Canada Café Access, Flight Passes & More)

To the point Air Canada has unveiled several changes to Aeroplan Elite status benefits planned for 2024.

Aeroplan Elite Status Changes - Air Canada Café Access

The conditions of access to Air Canada Café remain the same for Aeroplan 50K Elite members and above, but there is greater flexibility for guests.

From now on, an eligible Aeroplan Member may be accompanied not only by a guest, but also by his or her spouse and up to five dependent children.

This policy is now aligned with Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounges.

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As a reminder, you can access Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounges or Air Canada Cafés in different ways:

Aeroplan Elite Status Changes - Flight Passes

As of January 1, 2024, as an Aeroplan Member, you can earn both eUpgrades and Status Qualifying Miles (SQMs) by performing an eligible activity with Flight Passes. Previously, you had to choose between one OR the other.

Depending on the Aeroplan Elite status held at the time of the eligible activity, the number of eUpgrade credits and SQM varies:

Aeroplan Elite status Credits eUpgrades MQS
Aeroplan 25K 4 750
Aeroplan 35K 6 1 000
Aeroplan 50K 8 1 250
Aeroplan 75K 10 1 500
Aeroplan Super Elite 12 2 500
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Aeroplan Elite Status Changes - Seat Selection

All Aeroplan Elite members and their travel companions can enjoy the comfort of Preferred seating at no charge on:

  • all flights operated by Air Canada
  • at the standard economy fares or higher

As of October 2, 2023, your Aeroplan Elite status and destination determine when you can select your complimentary Preferred seat:

Aeroplan Elite status Period Destination
Aeroplan 25K Checking in All destinations
Aeroplan 35K Checking in All destinations
Aeroplan 50K Anytime Canada/United States (including Hawaii)
Checking in Other destinations
Aeroplan 75K Anytime All destinations
Aeroplan Super Elite Anytime All destinations, including Basic fares
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Aeroplan Elite Status Changes - Lower Requalification Select Benefit

As of January 1, 2024, rather than reducing the thresholds of SQMs and Status Qualifying Segments (SQSs) required for requalification, Aeroplan Elite members will receive a one-time bonus of 5,000 SQMs and 5 SQSs. So, if you select this new benefit, you’ll immediately get the bonus, which will count towards gifts and eUpgrades linked to thresholds.

This change brings greater flexibility, although some may prefer the old system.

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Reminder: 2024 Elite Status Rollover Benefits

Aeroplan reminds you that you can benefit from an automatic roll over of your eligible SQMs and eUpgrades credits to 2024 by holding an eligible Aeroplan premium credit card such as:

For example, you can roll over to 2024 up to 50 eUpgrades credits unused in 2023.

If you are not yet an Aeroplan Premium credit cardholder, you must become one NO LATER than December 15, 2023. Take advantage of one of these welcome offers:

Bottom Line

These changes to Aeroplan Elite Status for 2024 follow other announcements made in recent months by both Aeroplan and Air Canada. In its announcement, Aeroplan also states that new benefits are planned for the program’s 40th anniversary celebrations in 2024.

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Jean-Maximilien
Jean-Maximilien is an expert in Canada and France about Loyalty programs, Credit cards and Travel. He is the Founding President of Milesopedia.

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