• Aditya Bagaria

Air Canada Aeroplan, born again!

The refreshed Aeroplan loyalty program changes the game of frequent-flier redemption. In this post, I’ll walk you through the new rules and benefits the program has to offer!

Before we begin, we must understand the travel zones. Air Canada defines the world in four regions.


1. North America

2. Atlantic (Europe, Africa)

3. Pacific (Asia, Oceania)

4. South America



Aeroplan now has a distance-award chart within regions as well as traveling between regions. See the new award charts below!











No more fuel surcharges:

While the award chart has changed, there are more important changes. One of the biggest changes are no cash surcharges. This makes it a lot easier to book flights such as Lufthansa between the United States and Europe as you escape the devious YQ fuel surcharge. As we know, this surcharge can reach even higher than $500 on a one-way ticket using points.


Stopovers:

For an extra 5,000 miles, you are able to add a stopover to your one-way award. This can be an amazing strategy. Let me give you an example. You are traveling from Vancouver to Hong Kong via Taipei. For an extra 5,000 points, you can add a stopover in Taipei – an excellent way to see another city at a low cost!


New Cancellation Fees:

Before, this was 100CAD for a change and 125CAD for a ticket cancellation regardless of ticket class. Now, premium cabin award changes cost between 75-100CAD and cancellations cost 150-175CAD. IF you can’t cancel online, ask the call center nicely and you should be able to get the online cancellation rate!


Website:

With Air Canada’s integration complete, it is much easier to redeem points as the Air Canada website is amazing! It’s extremely easy to use and figure out cost, taxes, and redemption!


Family Sharing:

You can now pool points with family members at no cost. However, there are a few rules to this.

1. Up to 8 family members

2. Status is NOT shared. Only miles can be used, but elite preferred pricing can be shared.

3. There is a 3-month minimum before leaving a pool. You must wait 6 months to start a new family sharing pool.


Points + Cash:

This is similar to many programs. You can pay with a combination of points & cash!


Why does this matter?

Aeroplan’s ease of use will be a massive competitor to Avianca’s LifeMiles program. For instance, LifeMiles charges 63,000 from the States to Europe in Lufthansa Business Class. IF you are traveling from New York to Frankfurt, it may be better to use Aeroplan due to the ease of redemption AND cheaper award rate. We will detail amazing redemptions in a future post!


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