Aeroplan Improves Its Mileage Expiration Policy

Filed Under: Air Canada

Aeroplan has just announced a significant improvement to its mileage expiration policy. This developments comes ahead of the new Aeroplan loyalty program launching in the fourth quarter of this year.

Aeroplan miles expire after 18 months of inactivity

Effective immediately, Aeroplan miles expire after 18 months of inactivity. Prior to this, Aeroplan miles expired after 12 months of inactivity, so this means that Aeroplan miles will be valid for six months longer than before.

Keep in mind that almost any sort of mileage activity will extend the expiration of your miles. This doesn’t just include crediting a flight to Aeroplan, but even booking an award ticket, purchasing miles, donating miles to charity, using Aeroplan’s shopping portal, transferring points from a partner (like American Express or Capital One), etc., would qualify.

Back in the day, Aeroplan miles would expire after seven years, regardless of any activity. Both the 12 and 18 month policies are significantly better, since your miles never expire as long as there’s at least some qualifying activity.

Aeroplan miles now expire after 18 months of inactivity

Aeroplan adds more ways to reactivate miles

Aeroplan allows you to reinstate your miles within six months of them expiring by paying a fee. Going forward, Aeroplan will let you reinstate your miles at no cost if you fly on an eligible Air Canada ticket, or get any Aeroplan credit card. All your miles will then be reactivated at no fee.

Furthermore, due to coronavirus, Aeroplan will reinstate miles for anyone who purchased a ticket for travel anytime since January 2020, who was forced to cancel.

I love redeeming Aeroplan miles on Star Alliance partners

Bottom line

Most significantly, Aeroplan miles now expire after 18 months of inactivity, rather than after 12 months of inactivity. That’s a fantastic development. The reality is that no one who cares should have miles expire.

At an absolute minimum you can just donate 1,000 miles to charity to avoid them expiring, or there are all kinds of other efficient ways to prevent expiration.

Comments
  1. “absolute minimum” actually is to visit a home hardware store and buy a $3 novelty at the cashier. One Aeroplan mile!

  2. These insignificant “improvements” are designed to soften the blow of the major devaluation coming later this year.
    Anyone with any corporate strategy brain should see that.

  3. @Bob @Omar

    Yep. “Mileage expiry” is a nothingburger. The people concerned with this issue have never redeemed miles for travel and don’t use credit cards.

  4. It isn’t quite correct that “Back in the day, Aeroplan miles would expire after seven years, regardless of any activity.” In 2006 they announced such a policy, to start with miles earned in 2007. In 2013, with the first 7 year milestone approaching, they faced so much backlash that they eliminated the policy before it actually started to expire any miles.

    At the same time as the 2006 announcement, they changed their inactivity expiry from 36 months to 12 months, so the current change to 18 months is only half as good as it was “back in the day”.

  5. Air Canada not giving money tickets bought
    Before covid 19 not even assuring same price ticket in future just using our money and we pay intrest
    I bought 10 tickets for family sons marriage
    Going to India Air Canada not giving me satisfied answer ?????

  6. It is not fair to set up the expiration of the Aeroplan mileages as the travellers have been earning the miles on accumulation and it is belonged to them. I suggest you should not set up the expiration for members.

  7. Like what some minor repositioning in Star Alliance airlines programs,

    Aeroplan is the name of the loyalty

    Altitude will be elite member

    Aeroplan private label credit cards
    AC MAPLE LEAF FL15
    AC ♥ HOCKEY FL25
    AC & MORE FL35
    AC GLOBAL FIRST FL70

    Yup.

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