Air Canada Aeroplan Complete Guide

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Air Canada Aeroplan is a highly unique frequent flyer program in many regards: they have more airline partners than any program in the world and they offer the ability to use your Aeroplan points to fly on airlines like United, Lufthansa, ANA, Etihad, Oman Air, and many others and piece together complex awards with no carrier-imposed surcharges.  And you don’t need to fly Air Canada to earn Air Canada Aeroplan points.  Points are transferable from Amex Membership Rewards, Capital One, and Marriott Bonvoy.

The following guide details what you need to know about the new Air Canada Aeroplan program.

What’s new? This guide has been updated significantly since the original launch of the “new” Aeroplan program in 2020. This complete guide now include updated award charts, airline partnerships, elite status info, credit card details, and a lot more.

Air Canada Aeroplan Overview

  • Aeroplan Points: Unlike some programs which continue to call their rewards “miles”, Aeroplan refers to their rewards as “points”.
  • Every seat, every flight awards: Every Air Canada seat that’s available to buy in cash, you can redeem for with points. No restrictions. No blackout periods. (this does not apply to awards on partner airlines).  Flights with higher cash prices will cost more points. This adds a great deal of flexibility, but it also means that itineraries including legs on Air Canada can sometimes cost significantly more than partner flights.
  • No cash surcharges (except $39 CAD for partner awards).  No fees for booking awards on Air Canada flights.  Partner flights no longer incur carrier imposed (fuel) surcharges.  Air Canada does charge a $39 CAD partner booking fee for awards that include partner flights, but apart from this fee you only pay taxes.
  • Revenue based earnings: Earn points based on the price you pay rather than the miles flown.
  • Hybrid zone/distance based award charts: Award pricing is mostly distance-based, but with different award pricing depending upon which zones you fly between or within.
  • Family sharing: Combine points across your family.

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Air Canada Aeroplan Pros and Cons

Pros

  • No carrier imposed fuel surcharges
  • Add a stop-over on a one-way award for 5,000 points
  • Flexible award routing rules
  • Family sharing makes it easy to share points
  • Points + Cash awards offer good value
  • Innovative elite perks such as status sharing (similar to Hyatt’s Guest of Honor awards) and 50%-off awards.
  • Awards booked on Air Canada flights often price lower than the award charts suggest (see this post for details).

Cons

  • Stopovers can be booked online, but the most complex itineraries still require a phone call.
  • $39 CAD award booking fee for partner flights.
  • Point earning on paid flights is very low (starts at only 2 points per dollar).
  • Distance based award charts sometimes lead to overpriced awards compared to competing programs.

Earn points

Flights

Currently, points are earned based on the number of miles flown. Air Canada Aeroplan will eventually move to a revenue-based program that awards points based on the amount paid for your ticket, but for the time being points are awarded as a percentage of the distance flown based on fare class (whether on Air Canada flights or partners).

Earnings with partner airlines may vary by partner but in general points are awarded as a percentage of distance flown based on fare class. See links to individual partner earning charts on this page.

When Air Canada introduced the new Aeroplan program in 2020, it was expected that point earning would become revenue-based (i.e. based on the amount paid for your ticket) in late 2021. However, that change has been delayed until 2023.  If and when that change is implemented, exact earnings will depend depend on fare class and elite status.  Assuming it is launched as was explained in 2021, basic economy flights would earn 2 points per dollar and all others earn 3 points per dollar.  Your status can increase your point earnings, as follows:

Elite Status Basic Economy
Points Per Dollar
Other Fares
Points Per Dollar
No Status 2 3
25K 3 4
35K 3 4
50K 4 5
75K 5 6
Super Elite 6 7

Compared to other North American airline programs (such as AA, Delta, and United), points earning through flights will be very weak with Air Canada. That said, we don’t know when revenue-based earning will launch. For the time being, you can still earn points based on distance flown (albeit a small percentage of distance flown on the cheapest fares).

Partner Flights

When booking paid flights with Star Alliance airlines or non-alliance partner airlines, it’s usually possible to assign your Air Canada Aeroplan number to the reservation in order to earn Aeroplan miles and status.

I recommend using Where to Credit to see if Air Canada is a reasonable option for the flight you are purchasing.

Transfer from other points programs

You can transfer points from transferable points programs as follows:

Non-flight options for earning points

Air Canada lists these non-flight options for earning points:

  • Hotels: Many hotel chains offer the option to earn Air Canada miles for your stay. Note that it is usually more rewarding to earn the hotel program’s own points instead.
  • Car Rentals: Several car rental companies offer the option to earn Air Canada Aeroplan miles.
  • Airport Parking
  • Aeroplan eStore shopping portal.  Earn bonus miles when shopping online or at select merchants in-store. Earnings are usually relatively meager, but they sometimes run good promotions. See more here.
  • Link your account to earn with Starbucks and Uber / Uber Eats. More on these partnerships here.

Spend points

Award Partners

These are just the Star Alliance partners. See below for a full list.

Aeroplan points can be used to book flights on Air Canada, any Star Alliance carrier, and select Air Canada Aeroplan partners. Aeroplan has close to 50 airline partners in total, far more than any other airline frequent flyer program. Unlike many other programs, there is no problem mixing and matching partners on a single award.  For example, a single award can include flights from both Star Alliance and non-alliance partners. Up to six segments are allowed on a one-way award.

The following partners are bookable with Aeroplan points (note that most can be booked online):

  • Aegean Airlines
  • Aeromar
  • Air China
  • Air Creebec
  • Air Dolomiti
  • Air India
  • Air Mauritius
  • Air New Zealand
  • Air Serbia
  • ANA
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Azul Brazilian Airlines
  • Bamboo Airways
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Calm Air
  • Canadian North
  • Cathay Pacific*, but only for select flights connecting beyond Hong Kong: Chiang Mai, Thailand, Phuket, Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand, Cebu, Philippines, Manila, Philippines, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam,Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Copa Airlines
  • Croatia Airlines
  • Egyptair
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • Eurowings
  • Eurowings Discover
  • EVA
  • GOL
  • Gulf Air
  • Juneyao Airlines
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Olympic Air
  • Oman Air
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Shenzhen Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • SunExpress
  • SWISS
  • Tap Air Portugal
  • THAI
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United
  • Virgin Australia
  • Vistara

Award charts

Air Canada Aeroplan offers different distance based award charts depending upon which zone you are traveling within or which zones you are traveling from and to.  The image above shows the four zones: North America (red), Atlantic (blue), Pacific (purple), South America (tan).

The complete set of award charts can be found here.  Award charts specific to flying from or to North America are also shown below.  The following award charts show one-way award prices.  Prices are based on the actual distance flown on all segments (not just the distance from the origin to the destination).

Flights on Air Canada itself show a range of prices because all seats are available for awards.  Surprisingly, awards booked on Air Canada sometimes price lower than the award charts suggest (see this post for details).

Partner flights are available only when that partner makes seats available as partner awards. With most programs these are known as saver-level awards.  For example, when United shows a saver-level award available on one of its flights, you should be able to book it with Air Canada Aeroplan.

The image above shows a search result from United.com. When results show the words “Saver Award,” it should be possible to book the same flight with Air Canada Aeroplan miles.

Within North America

Between North America and Atlantic Zone

Between North America and Pacific Zone

Between North America and South America

Stopovers

Air Canada allows adding a single stopover to a one-way award.  They charge 5,000 points to add a stopover.  Stopovers are not available in Canada or the United States, regardless of itinerary, origin, or destination.

It is possible to book a stopover online, but you are limited to 4 segments when booking an award with a stopover online. If you would like a stopover on an award with 5 or 6 segments, you will need to call Air Canada to book. Phone agents are often able to help to piece together more complex awards than those which can be booked online.

A great deal of the fun in Aeroplan awards is the flexibility to mix and match partners and create interesting stopovers. For some examples / inspiration, see these posts:

Points + Cash Awards

After finding an award online, Aeroplan offers the option to pay with a combination of cash and points. The first option is to pay for the entire award, including taxes and fees, with points. This is the only option I don’t recommend because you’ll only get 1 cent CAD per point value for the points used to cover taxes and fees.  The next option is the standard award options.  The next two are options to pay fewer points in exchange for more cash.  These two options are like buying points for 1.8 cents CAD (1.4 cents USD) per point. That’s pretty good!

Points + Cash Example

Here’s an example where the award costs 23,800 points plus $11.83 CAD:

Options:

  • Pay for taxes & fees: Pay for the taxes & fees with points (24,983 points all-in).  The extra 1,183 points gives you only 1 cent CAD per mile value over paying 23,800 points + $11.83 CAD.  This is a poor value option.
  • Standard award: Pay 23,800 points + $11.83 CAD
  • Points + Cash option 1: Pay 19,100 points + $96.43 CAD.  This option saves 4,700 points in exchange for an extra $84.60 CAD.  It’s like buying points for 1.8 cents CAD (1.4 cents USD per point).  That’s a good value!
  • Points + Cash option 2: Pay 14,300 points + $182.83 CAD.  This option saves 9,500 points in exchange for an extra $171 CAD.  It’s like buying points for 1.8 cents CAD (1.4 cents USD per point).  That’s a good value!

Waitlisting

Waitlisting awards is not permitted.

Infants (Lap Children)

For international awards, Air Canada Aeroplan charges only $25 CAD or 2,500 points per direction of travel for a lap infant.  That’s far cheaper than most competing programs!

The following is quoted directly from Air Canada’s new flight rewards policy (found here):

Infants under the age of 2 and not occupying a seat may accompany an adult
travelling on a Flight Reward and will require a separate ticket for travel, subject
to the below:

  • For travel wholly within Canada, no fare will apply and the infant requires a ticket.
  • For travel between Canada and the United States, no fare will apply and the infant requires a ticket.
  • For all other itineraries, a discounted fare of CAD25 or 2,500 Points will apply per direction of travel and the infant requires a ticket.

Where applicable, taxes, fees and charges will be assessed and must be paid in
cash.

Only one infant under the age of 2 not occupying a seat is permitted per adult
travelling. Children over the age of 2 will require their own seat and Flight Reward ticket.

Award Change Fees

  • Cancel within 24 hours for no fee
  • Up until two hours before you fly, you can cancel or change any flight reward. While a fee does apply, in the case of a cancellation, you’ll get a refund of all of your points back into your account, along with any eligible third-party taxes, fees and surcharges associated with the unused value of your travel.
  • Fees for changes and cancellations as per the image above:
    • Change fee: $100 per direction per ticket
    • Cancellation / refund fee
      • aircanada.com (self-service): $150 per ticket for standard awards, $75 for Flex economy, no fee for latitude economy or flexible premium cabin awards
      • Contact Centre: $175 per ticket for standard awards, $125 for economy flex, no fee for latitude economy or flexible premium cabin awards
  • The above fees are waived for 100K “Super Elite” members.

In-flight spending points options

Bid on upgrades

Air Canada previously allowed bidding cash for upgrades, but now they allow bidding Aeroplan points as well.  When you purchase an Economy or Premium Economy Class ticket on an eligible flight operated by Air Canada or Air Canada Rouge, or under the Air Canada Express banner, you can make an offer for an opportunity to be upgraded to a higher cabin class.

At any time up until 56 hours before your flight, you can:

Around 48 hours before your flight, Air Canada will send you an email to let you know whether your offer was accepted.

  • If it is accepted, your credit card or Aeroplan account will be charged for the amount you bid. Your upgrade will appear on your boarding pass.
  • If your offer is not accepted, you won’t be charged and you’ll keep the seat you have.

Pay for in-flight wifi

Expected December 2020.  We will update this section with more information once it is known.

Non-flight spending points options

These options usually do not offer good value for your points:

  • Hotels
  • Car rentals
  • Air Canada Vacations
  • Aeroplan eStore (merchandise, activities, gift cards)

Aeroplan Elite Status

Air Canada calls its elite program “Aeroplan Elite Status”.  As with most programs, higher levels of status offer more and more benefits.  Here’s a summary:

Elite status requirements

Air Canada Aeroplan offers five elite status levels.  To achieve each level of status you must earn a set number of status qualifying miles (SQMs) or status qualifying segments (SQSs) and status qualifying dollars (SQDs).

Elite qualifications are based on calendar years.  In other words, you must earn at least 25,000 SQMs or 25 SQSs plus $3,000 in SQDs within a calendar year in order to earn 25K status for the rest of that year and all of the next.

If you earn more Status Qualifying Miles than are needed for the level of status you’ve achieved, Air Canada will rollover those SQMs to the next year provided that you have an Air Canada credit card that provides that benefit.  Same is true for unused eUpgrade credits.

Once you earn a level of elite status, you’ll have that status for the rest of the current calendar year and all of the next.

Elite Earning on Flights

The above qualifying currency earn criteria on Air Canada flights are effective beginning January 1, 2021

Elite Status Benefits

The following are the top benefits available at each status level.

Note that as of June 1, 2023, Aeroplan 35K members will no longer have complimentary access to Maple Leaf Lounges™ as part of their Aeroplan 35K benefits. Aeroplan 35K members will continue to receive the two Maple Leaf Lounge guest passes that also come with this status.

Starting January 1, 2023, Aeroplan 35K members will get the following benefits:

  • Additional eUpgrade credits: Aeroplan 35K members will be able to choose 15 eUpgrade certificates as a Select Benefit (up from 10)
  • Priority baggage handling
  • Expanded Priority Rewards: Priority Rewards earned as an Aeroplan 35K member in 2023 will be expanded to include flight reward redemptions to all North America and Sun destinations, in the Economy or Premium Economy cabin.

New Virgin Australia lounge access for Aeroplan 50K and above

Members with Aeroplan 50K, 75K and Super Elite Status, and one guest, can now enjoy access to Virgin Australia lounges when departing on a Virgin Australia or Air Canada® flight from that airport.

Select Benefits

As you achieve each status level, Air Canada makes available “Select Benefits”.  In other words, you get to pick which benefits you want. The following chart shows the available bundles:

Priority Awards

Aeroplan Elite Status makes it possible to earn vouchers for 50% off flight awards (including partner awards).  Unfortunately, you have to have “Super Elite” status to earn a voucher that works on business class international awards.  Vouchers are earned each time you reach a SQD threshold and the type of the voucher you get depends on your status at that time. The good news is that Priority Rewards earned as an Aeroplan 35K member in 2023 will be expanded to include flight reward redemptions to all North America and Sun destinations, in the Economy or Premium Economy cabin.

Status Pass (share status)

Those with 50K Status and above will be able to choose Status Passes as Select Benefits.  Here’s how it works:

  1. Give a status pass to anyone you want – a friend, a family member, or even a colleague. They can use a status pass when they’re traveling without you.
  2. Travelers with a status pass enjoy premium travel services when on flights operated by Air Canada.
  3. They can even share the love – the premium travel services they get with a status pass extend to up to 9 people on their reservation.

Status Pass benefits include:

  • Priority Check-In
  • 3 complementary checked bags with priority baggage handling
  • Priority security clearance
  • Maple Leaf Lounge access
  • Priority airport standby
  • Priority boarding

Shortcuts to elite status

Earn 25K status with 100K points

Earn bottom tier elite status (25K status) when you earn 100,000 Aeroplan points within a calendar year through everyday transactions such as spending on Aeroplan credit cards, flying with Air Canada and partner airlines, and with any other travel and retail partners.

Point transfers from other programs (such as Amex Membership Rewards) will NOT count towards this total.  Here is the official list of exclusions:

Certain Aeroplan points are ineligible for Everyday Status Qualification, including:

  • Points accumulated through sign-up or welcome bonuses associated with Aeroplan credit cards
  • Points accumulated through conversion from other programs
  • Points accumulated as a benefit of Aeroplan Elite Status, including but not limited to the Aeroplan Elite Status bonus with partner airlines, or bonuses earned through the Aeroplan eStore for holding Aeroplan Elite Status
  • Points accumulated as part of a flight activity not operated by Air Canada or the Star Alliance member airlines
  • Points purchased, or received as a gift
  • Points transferred between member accounts
  • Points reinstated following account inactivity
  • Points redeemed as part of a Points + Cash reservation
  • Points accumulated as part of contest prizes, or for participating in Aeroplan research

Earn or boost status through credit card spend

It is possible to earn or boost elite status through credit card spend. See this section of the guide for more details.

Manage points

Aeroplan Family Sharing

Aeroplan lets you share points with others through their Family Sharing option:

  • Up to 8 family members can group together.
  • All points earned by members are added into a shared balance, including their existing points balances.
  • Redeem for rewards using points from your shared balance.
  • If you have an Elite Status Member or a primary Aeroplan Credit Cardholder in your group, everyone gets to benefit from their preferred pricing (meaning that you can often redeem for Air Canada flights at reduced award prices).

How to keep points alive

  • Points expire after 18 months of inactivity.
  • Reset clock by earning or burning points. (transferring points from another program like Amex or Capital One should work)

The Aeroplan Credit card (US version)

Card Offer and Details
The Aeroplan® Card
70K points
70K after $3K spend in the first 3 months.

$95 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: Great card for regular or frequent Air Canada flyers


Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

Base
Dine
Grocery
Brand

Earning rate: 3X Air Canada ⚬ 3X grocery stores ⚬ 3X dining ⚬ 500 bonus points with each $2K calendar month spend, up to $6K spend per month

Big spend bonus: Renew 25K status w/ $15K spend ⚬ Status Boost w/ $50K spend ⚬ Priority Reward w/ $100K, $250K, $500K, or $750K spend ⚬ Free award companion for rest of calendar year and all of next with $1Million spend

Noteworthy perks: Discounted award pricing ⚬ Free checked bag ⚬ $100 credit for NEXUS, Global Entry or TSA PreCheck every 4 years ⚬ Carbon offsets on Air Canada awards ⚬ Pay Yourself Back for travel at 1.25 cents per point, up to 50K points per year (coming soon)

Overview

On its surface, the new Air Canada Aeroplan Card appears similar to other airline cards on the market.  For $95 per year, you get a free checked bag for up to 9 passengers; automatic travel protections; $100 credit toward NEXUS, Global Entry or TSA PreCheck every 4 years; and no foreign transaction fees.

Point Earnings

The Aeroplan Card’s point earnings are similar to other airline cards too, but with one exception…  With this card you get 3x rewards for spend on Air Canada, and at restaurants and grocery stores.  Unfortunately, you only get 1x everywhere else.

The Aeroplan Card also offers 500 bonus points for every $2K spend in a calendar month, up to 1,500 points per month.  If you spend exactly $2K, $4K, or $6K per month, this feature adds an additional 0.25x to your point earnings.  In other words, with this level of spend, you will earn the equivalent of 3.25x in bonus categories and 1.25x everywhere else.  While this is a nice feature, I don’t find it too exciting.

I find the 3x grocery store bonus interesting because many of us spend a lot at grocery stores.  The only other commonly available uncapped 3x grocery cards are the Citi Premier Card and Capital One’s Savor and SavorOne cards.  The Citi Premier card has the huge advantage of offering transferable points, but if you’re interested in the Aeroplan Card’s perks for big spend, this could be a better choice.  I also find this interesting because Chase hasn’t previously offered uncapped grocery bonuses.  Hopefully this is an indication of more to come!  I’d love to see a card that earns Ultimate Rewards points with uncapped 3x grocery earnings.

Elite Status from credit card spend

25K Status Upon Signing Up

Upon signing up for the Aeroplan Card, you’ll automatically receive Aeroplan’s lowest tier 25K Status for the rest of the current calendar year and all of the next calendar year.

Renew Status w/ $15K Spend

Each calendar year after the first, you can earn or renew 25K status with $15K calendar year spend on your card.

Status Boost w/ $50K Spend

Earn a one-level status boost after spending $50,000 in a calendar year.  Here’s how it works: At the end of the calendar year in which you spend $50K or more, Aeroplan will look at the level of status you’ve achieved for the next year and will bump you up one level.

At a minimum, $50K spend will get you to 35K status (since the first $15K spend got you to 25K Status).  However, if you achieved a higher level of status that is valid for the next year, you’ll get bumped up one level to 50K, 75K, or even to Super Elite status.

In some circumstances it should be possible to boost a status match.  For example, if you are granted a status match to 50K status and you meet the challenge requirements so as to extend the status for the rest of the following year, then spending $50K in the current year should boost you to 75K status.

When your status is boosted, you’ll earn all of the same elite perks and Select Benefits of your boosted status as if you had earned that status through flying.

You cannot stack boosts.  For example, if you spend $50K in year 1 to get to 35K status, then spending $50K in year 2 won’t get you to 50K status.  It will merely keep you at 35K status for another year.

Big Spend Perks

Money give hand dollars

In addition to earning elite status through spend, as described above, the Aeroplan Card offers additional perks for really big spend…

Priority Reward w/ $100K, $250K, $500K, $750K Spend

Priority Rewards are vouchers for 50% off flight awards (including partner awards). Vouchers are normally earned each time you reach a SQD (Status Qualifying Dollars) threshold, and the type of the voucher you get depends on the status you hold at that time.

As confirmed with Aeroplan, the type of voucher you get with big (very big!) spend, depends on the status level you hold at the time that you surpass a spend threshold ($100K, $250K, $500K, or $750K):

  • 25K or 35K) Canada / US – Economy vouchers: Use for travel wholly within Canada and the United States (including Hawaii) in Economy Class.
  • 50K) North America – Premium Economy vouchers: Use for travel wholly within North America (including Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and Hawaii) in Economy or Premium Economy classes.
  • 75K) Worldwide – Premium Economy vouchers: Use for travel worldwide, in Economy or Premium Economy classes.
  • Super Elite) Worldwide – Business vouchers: Use for travel worldwide, in Economy, Premium Economy or Business classes.

Personally, I can’t see spending that much for any but the Super Elite vouchers that work for worldwide travel in business class.  Even at that level, you would have to use the vouchers for very, very expensive awards for it to make sense.  I think they should make these vouchers work worldwide and in first class, regardless of the cardholder’s elite status at the time they hit each big spend threshold.

Ultimate Companion Pass w/ $1M Spend

Travel Companion Tickets

When you hit one million dollars of spend within a calendar year (yes, you read that right), you unlock the ability to get 100% of points back on all redemptions in all cabins for a designated companion.  You can think of it as getting a free companion for a year on all award flights, including partner flights (Etihad, Oman Air, Star Alliance Partners, etc.).  You might argue that it’s not really a free companion because you have to have enough points to book them in the first place.  That’s true, but after spending a million dollars on the card, I’m confident that you’ll have more points than you know what to do with.

I’ve confirmed with Aeroplan that this “companion pass” kicks in once you complete $1 million in spend in a calendar year and will last for the rest of that calendar year and all of the next year.  Unfortunately, unlike Southwest’s Companion Pass, Aeroplan won’t let you change your designated companion.

FAQ

How long does elite status last?

Once you achieve a level of elite status, that status will be in effect for the rest of the current calendar year and all of the next.

Other Questions?

Please comment below.  We’ll use those questions to help flesh out this FAQ section.

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Rhea

Im looking to book 1 way biz flight fr SFO to Tokyo for family of 4 using aeroplan points fr my credit cards. For Nov 2023. When i look for 1 person i see 75k points non stop ANA. But when i try to book for 3adults/1kid the needed point per person is 150k points per px. Why is that? If i call air canada can they give me the cheaper option?

Kent

Greg, the “non-flight options for earning points” needs some clarification:

  • Earning Aeroplan miles with Uber seems to only apply to Canadian Uber accounts. I can’t link to my US Uber account (only Marriott), and the terms specify spending in Canadian dollars. Perhaps it’s possible to get around this by creating a Canadian Uber account, but using it in the US you’d only earn Aeroplan miles on Uber trips (rewards for Uber Eats is for within Canada only).
  • Same appears true for Starbucks (Canada only)
tim

Great article, but you’re leaving out the biggest “con” of them all – Aeroplan has the very worst customer service of any airline in the world. Have you tried calling them anytime in the last 6 months? After inputting much of your personal info, they tell you they can’t process your call. And there’s no other ways to contact them- no chat, no email, no twitter, only 1-800-361-5373, which is never answered. Just Google “Aeroplan” to see what others are saying about the program

Denbigh Patton

Another blog giving Aeroplan 2.0 (The Deval Edition) more puff. THE “con” is that the program freezes out third-party premium bookings. Redemption prices for Business Class are insanely high in most cases. The exceptions (pure partner bookings with no segments operated by AC) are rare in search results. Aeroplan is designed to keep everyone but elite members out of the front cabin. Aeroplan 1.0 didn’t do this. Business Class bookings I attempt to make now, have prices (in points) 5x and sometimes 10x what they cost pre-deval. Bloggers haven’t thought this issue through, perhaps because it doesn’t bite them on the butt as often as it does for their readers. You can love Aeroplan, but you won’t be using it to bring your Auntie to visit in Business Class.

Dick Bupkiss

Agree completely. Aeroplan sucks for many reasons. If you live on the Atlantic coast, some of the redemptions may be OK, but if you live elsewhere (god help you on the west coast) then award redemption costs are crazy high. Business class? Fuggedaboudit.

Aeroplan must be stuffing fistfuls of dollars in bloggers’ pockets, otherwise, the fawning, gushing praise for Aeroplan among credit-card shills makes no sense at all.

Aeroplan: Crap, crap and more crap. Feh.

Denbigh Patton

Can’t really join you in the accusation of payola. I think they honestly believe all their puff. Not sure that’s any better.

Dick Bupkiss

Oh, it’s not direct pay for advertisements masquerading as blog posts. It’s simply (and greatly) exaggerating the benefits of programs, while overlooking the significant shortcomings and limitations of them, then gushing about how awesome the programs and the cards are, with a link to sign-up for said cards. It’s just as corrupt as paid advertisements, but it’s what the bloggers live on, so nothing unusual here (except perhaps for the degree of gushy praise, for Aeroplan it seems over the top). They probably do believe their own hype.

Dan C

One of the cons should be the cancellation fee. It is high, or at least seems high considering you don’t pay taxes and fees.

Josh

Once you reach a particular level (e.g. Elite 50K), how long does it last?

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Glenn

When searching for flights between say SFO and Hawaii on either Aeroplan or AirCanada I get the same error that you can’t search between two destinations in the US. How are you supposed to book these?

Klanfa

Can we earn SQD on partner flights? E.g. intra-Europe LH Group flights.

Leo

However this would only be if u purchased on AC ticket as codeshare. We are not seeing any way to earn SQD on anything other than AC marketed flights. This is limiting for anyone in the US or other areas outside of Canada unless u are transiting through Canada (I.e. no SQD on a domestic United ticket). This is a real limitation to this program for earning status.

Klanfa

Thanks Leo and Greg.
Indeed, it’s a really big limitation and that makes Aeroplan useless for status purposes if you weren’t flying on AC ticket stock. A shame really, since even the lowest booking classes in LH Group earn miles, and segments can be accumulated reasonably quickly in Europe.

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Blue

Pretty significant difference in the value proposition if you live on the East coast at an international gateway compared to living in the middle of the country and require a connection.

[…] by flying) and get 2500 bonus miles. The reason this is worth your attention is that Air Canada announced yesterday that they will be introducing family mileage pooling, meaning that you will eventually be able to […]

Mike

Did they fix the Aeroplan site yet? I still can’t get ANY search results. It gives me a 400 500 error. What good are points if you can’t use them?

Mike

It’s been broken for months. I just tried it again. Search from DTW to YYZ one way on any random day in the future. I’ve tried Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Safari gives me err-7 (ERR_LDR).

Mike

Weird. I tried it again and this time allowed the website to get my location and used the same date as you and it worked. Thanks for checking. I was ready to let 50k miles expire.

Adam

So did they improve their infant in lap award booking pricing? A flat fee of $25 would be amazing, but there is a little grey out there with this comment: “Where applicable, taxes, fees and charges will be assessed and must be paid in cash.” It isn’t very clear what “where applicable” means. I’m wondering if this will be a fee of $25 plus taxes, fees, and charges.