I have to say, Air Canada Aeroplan is impressing me more than just about all other airline loyalty programs combined nowadays. The amount of innovation and positive changes we’re seeing from Aeroplan is simply fantastic.
Last month Air Canada and Etihad Airways formed a new frequent flyer partnership, and today Air Canada has added another airline partner.
The new Air Canada & Azul partnership
A new partnership has been announced between Air Canada and Azul Brazilian Airlines, offering members of both airline loyalty programs reciprocal mileage earning and redemption opportunities as of today. With this development, Aeroplan is up to 36 airline partners.
This gives Aeroplan members greatly expanded access to Latin America, as Azul serves over 100 destinations.
What is Azul Brazilian Airlines?
For those of you not familiar with Azul, the Brazilian airline has a fleet of 145 aircraft, including ATR72 turboprops, Embraer 190s, Airbus A320 family aircraft, and Airbus A330s (including some new A330-900neos) for long haul flights.
The airline was founded by David Neeleman, the same person behind JetBlue, which should give you a sense of the vibe of the airline.
In terms of flights to North America, the airline flies A330s to gateways in Fort Lauderdale, New York, and Orlando. Long haul flights operate to Belo Horizonte, Campinas, and Recife.
Redeem Air Canada Aeroplan miles on Azul
You can redeem Air Canada Aeroplan miles on all Azul flights, at the Aeroplan Fixed Mileage Flight Reward Chart. Here are the rates:
When redeeming Aeroplan miles on Azul:
- You can book directly through Aeroplan’s website, or by phone if you prefer (how cool is it that they’re allowing online redemptions from day one?!)
- There will be no fuel surcharges
- You can combine Azul with Air Canada or other partner flights on a single ticket
- Note that the new Aeroplan program is launching later this year, so we may see an adjustment in award pricing
Just to give some examples of redemption rates:
- For one-way travel between the US and Brazil you can expect to pay 30,000 miles in economy or 55,000 miles in business class
- For one-way travel between Brazil and Europe you can expect to pay 40,000 miles in economy or 75,000 miles in business class
- For one-way travel within Southern South America you can expect to pay 15,000 miles in economy (there’s no business class on short haul flights)
Air Canada Aeroplan is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards and Capital One, so if you have transferrable points this is a great program to book through.
Earn Air Canada Aeroplan miles on Azul
With this new partnership, Aeroplan members can earn miles on all Azul flights. Here’s the rate at which miles are earned:
Air Canada and Azul have an exciting new frequent flyer partnership. It’s always great to see airlines add partners that don’t otherwise belong to one of the major alliances, since it opens up so many great redemption opportunities.
This is a huge win for Aeroplan — while United MileagePlus already had a partnership with Azul, best I could tell business award redemptions weren’t available (or at least were blocked most of the time). Now Aeroplan members, and those with transferrable points, have a great new way to redeem miles to & from Brazil.
Are you excited about the new Air Canada & Azul partnership?