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View from the Wing flags the fact that Air Canada’s Aeroplan is offering a really interesting status match opportunity that will give the matching member status through the end of 2021 with the ability to keep that status for 2022 with one round trip on Air Canada, Air Canada Express, or Rouge by January 15, 2021. This could easily be mileage runnable for many people and marks an especially good opportunity for those with a Southwest Companion Pass.
- Air Canada Aeroplan is offering a status match for those who have elite status with American, Delta, Alaska, JetBlue, Southwest, or Hawaiian Airlines based on the following chart (note that this chart was updated on 9/30/21):
- The initial match is until December 31, 2021. To keep your Status beyond December 31, 2021, you must book and fly 1 return trip travelling with Air Canada before midnight on the January 15, 2022. You will then have your status extended until December 31, 2022. If you do not complete the return trip before December 31, 2021, you will lose the Elite status for the period between January 1-15 2022, but your status will be returned as soon as the flight is processed. Please allow for 5 business days post flight for change to be processed.
- Direct link to this promotion
- Matched status will last until December 31, 2021.
- To keep your Status beyond December 31, 2021, you must book and fly 1 return trip travelling with Air Canada before midnight on the January 15, 2022. You will then have your status extended until December 31, 2022. If you do not complete the return trip before December 31, 2021, you will lose the Elite status for the period between January 1-15 2022, but your status will be returned as soon as the flight is processed. Please allow for 5 business days post flight for change to be processed.
- This match is only offered to the listed airline status members (can’t match from other airlines)
- If your Status Match is successful, you will not be eligible to apply for a Status Match with Air Canada for at least 2 years.
- You must currently be a US resident and hold the relevant airline status to be eligible for the match.
- See this page for more FAQs
This is an awesome opportunity for those who can match since it would be very easy to keep status through the end of 2022. You’ll need a revenue (paid) flight on Air Canada — award tickets won’t count — but I see same-day turns for under $300 round trip (as low as $223 on some of the routes I checked) and I’m sure there may be even cheaper options to keep status through the end of 2022.
Particularly surprising here is that the Southwest Companion Pass will match to Aeroplan 75K status. Update: Companion Pass holders now only get 50K status (which is still Star Alliance Gold, but one notch down on the ladder). That’s terrific both because it gives those members Star Alliance Gold status (which I believe would get them United lounge access when flying United even domestically) and the next-to-highest tier of Aeroplan elite access (surprisingly, A-list Preferred members will end up two notches one notch lower in Aeroplan’s program and only get Star Silver). Delta has been offering a Platinum status match challenge to those with Aeroplan 75K status – if only this deal had been around sooner for me I may have worked out a path to a better match challenge during our Passing the GUC trip.
Obviously this could also be a good deal for those with other airline statuses who are looking to become invested in Aeroplan. Benefits at the 25K and 35K levels aren’t terribly exciting (you can see full program benefits here), but if you are expecting an increase in travel on Air Canada and/or want to be able to earn a bonus on United flights credited to Aeroplan, the match certainly may make sense. If you are interested in this promotion, I recommend taking advantage of it sooner rather than later as the FAQ page notes a limited number of spaces available.
H/T: View from the Wing