Aeroplan’s Credit Card Status Extension Offer

Aeroplan’s Credit Card Status Extension Offer

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For the past couple of years airlines around the globe have either extended elite status, or have made it really easy to extend elite status. It’ll be interesting to see what happens this year — in many parts of the world leisure travel has entirely recovered, while business travel continues to remain down.

Air Canada’s Aeroplan program has just unveiled an interesting new promotion to extend status this year.

Earn 30,000 points with Aeroplan credit cards, maintain status

Air Canada Aeroplan has a new way for members to secure elite status for 2023 (this follows Aeroplan outright extending status for the past two years). Specifically, members who earn 30,000 points through Aeroplan co-branded credit cards will have their status extended through December 31, 2023.

As you’d expect, there are some terms to be aware of:

  • No registration is required
  • This is valid for points earned between January 1 and November 30, 2022
  • This applies to existing Aeroplan elite members who are also the primary cardmember on an eligible co-branded credit card; if you’re not yet a cardmember you can open an account and still qualify for this offer
  • Eligible points earnings opportunities include base and category accelerator earn of Aeroplan points on an eligible card
  • Welcome and acquisition bonuses, as well as points converted from other programs, are excluded from this offer
  • Status extensions will begin in June 2022, though it can take up to eight weeks for the status extension to be processed after requirements are met

For example, the Aeroplan® Credit Card (review) has some fantastic bonus categories, as the card offers 3x Aeroplan points on dining purchases, grocery store purchases, and flight purchases. In other words, spending just $10,000 on those purchases would earn you 30,000 eligible points, enough to have your status extended.

Will other airlines offer similar promotions?

Air Canada Aeroplan is the first major frequent flyer program in North America to make it really easy to requalify for status in 2022 (for the 2023 program year). Should we expect other airlines in North America to follow?

  • Canada has definitely seen a slower recovery in travel demand than the United States, especially when it comes to leisure travel
  • On top of that, Canada is a much more seasonal domestic tourist market, which doesn’t work in its favor (vs. the United States, where airlines simply shift a lot of capacity to places like Florida)
  • While business travel is coming back more slowly than leisure travel, it’s increasingly clear that business travel is changing permanently on some level (even if it’s just the type of business travel people do)

While I doubt any major US airline will have an offer as generous as what we’re seeing from Aeroplan, I do think we’ll see some offers from US airlines. Specifically, I think airlines will offer members more pathways to earning status, given that there are many ways that people can engage with an airline and show loyalty.

American AAdvantage’s new Loyalty Points system addresses this in many ways, as members can earn elite status for all kinds of activities, ranging from flying, to staying in hotels, to credit card spending. I think we’ll increasingly see airlines shift to a model like that, especially in a post-pandemic world.

Bottom line

Air Canada Aeroplan has launched a new promotion that makes it easy to requalify for status in 2022. Specifically, earning 30,000 eligible points on a co-branded Aeroplan credit card will have your status extended through the end of 2023. This is pretty generous so early in the year, and I’m curious to see what other airlines offer, if anything.

What do you make of Aeroplan’s status extension promotion?

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  1. Justin Wagner Guest

    Do points earned through the aeroplan shopping portal count?

  2. Rafa Guest

    Hard to qualify for Star Gold just through cc spend unless you fly a lot on AC. So any status you get through cc spend is not worth much on SA. There are some nice redemptions on Aeroplan but not on AC.

  3. The Reverend Guest

    Any idea if pooled (family) points count?

  4. Jules Guest

    Am I correct that if you have no status (or have 25k status) this promo isn't that exciting since you can automatically get 25k status as a benefit of getting approved for the Chase Aeroplan Visa?

    1. Justin Wagner Guest

      It will perhaps help people keep higher statuses longer. But yeah, I have the chase card too, and I’m not planning to go beyond 25k, so unless this promotion runs in 2024, there no benefit to chase cardholders who wish to stay at 25k status

  5. Surekiss Guest

    Great news. I achieved super elite a few years ago and have been extended due to pandemic for two years. While I was probably going to make it again this year - the promotion certainly guarantees it.

    I enjoy the status and the benefits, as well as the stress-free travelling and excellent service and quality Air Canada provides.

    1. JimB Guest

      “Excellent Service”? This person clearly works for Air Canada. I fly 60 segments a year across NA and I’ve never been treated worse than Air Canada.

  6. Andrew B Guest

    I’m curious if status from promotions can be extended. (ie. the Destination Canada Status Match last year)

  7. Lin Guest

    I thought it we applied and received the Chase Aeroplan Card, the status was already good for this year and 2023 (exp December of 2023)...

  8. Hal Guest

    It looks like any spend you've already achieved this year counts. Is that right?

  9. DenB Diamond

    Status is more important in Aeroplan than in other loyalty programs, so it's not surprising Aeroplan is looking for ways to keep people "in status". Without status you're not travelling in a premium cabin on AC on points. That problem isn't so pronounced on DL, BA, AA, UA, KL, QR, EK, EY, AF... So I doubt the "keep your status" offers will be as generous from the others, since their members haven't been thrown under...

    Status is more important in Aeroplan than in other loyalty programs, so it's not surprising Aeroplan is looking for ways to keep people "in status". Without status you're not travelling in a premium cabin on AC on points. That problem isn't so pronounced on DL, BA, AA, UA, KL, QR, EK, EY, AF... So I doubt the "keep your status" offers will be as generous from the others, since their members haven't been thrown under the bus the way Aeroplan members were, with last year's epic multi-pronged devaluation.

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JimB Guest

“Excellent Service”? This person clearly works for Air Canada. I fly 60 segments a year across NA and I’ve never been treated worse than Air Canada.

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Justin Wagner Guest

It will perhaps help people keep higher statuses longer. But yeah, I have the chase card too, and I’m not planning to go beyond 25k, so unless this promotion runs in 2024, there no benefit to chase cardholders who wish to stay at 25k status

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Justin Wagner Guest

Do points earned through the aeroplan shopping portal count?

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