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Amex Aeroplan: The New and Improved Loyalty Program

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Last updated on June 9, 2022 Comments: 4

* This article was published in March 2019 and may not be updated to reflect the current status of the Aeroplan program or American Express Aeroplan credit cards. If you are interested in those topics we encourage you to read the below articles instead:

When Air Canada announced that it was going to acquire Aeroplan Canadians had a lot of questions. What changes could we expect? Would the program be better or worse? What about Aeroplan credit cards? Air Canada announced that TD would be the primary credit card issuer for the new loyalty program, so did that mean that American Express would be dropped as a partner?

Well, it’s been a long wait for many of us but as of November 8th, 2020 the new Aeroplan is in place and we now know what to expect and, from our viewpoint, the majority of these changes are pretty positive.


AeroplanUnsurprisingly, this Canadian loyalty program has gotten a facelift as part of the rebranding. They have said goodbye to the old orange Aeroplan logo and instead focused on a new one that better aligns with Air Canada’s design and image.

Further rebranding includes a change in terminology. Instead of collecting Aeroplan miles, we will now be collecting Aeroplan ‘points. The term miles will now be retained only for those with elite status.

Speaking of status, the former Air Canada Altitude program has been rebranded to the Aeroplan Elite Status. There are five tiers: 25k, 35k, 50k, 75k, and Super-Elite. Each tier has its own specific qualifications and benefits including priority check-in, preferred pricing when redeeming Aeroplan points, free checked luggage, lounge access, and more.

Continued Points Relationship

One of the biggest concerns was how the takeover would affect American Express Membership Rewards cardholders and their ability to transfer points to Aeroplan.

Well, it’s good news. American Express Cardholders can transfer points at a 1:1 ratio which is the same as the original points structure. This is a huge relief to many as transferring Amex points to Aeroplan is typically lauded as being the most lucrative use of your points.

New American Express Aeroplan Cards

When Air Canada announced that TD would be the primary credit card issuer on the new program people wondered if that would be the end of the Aeroplan partnership with Amex. Well, as indicated above, that is not the case. In fact, Aeroplan and Amex are getting even closer with the release of brand new Amex Aeroplan credit cards.

Final Word

We waited for the changes to come and there you go, the red carpet has been rolled out and the ribbon has been cut. From a new look and lingo, to completely new cards, American Express has dished out some serious perks and rewards for Aeroplan cardholders. With a decent accelerated earning rate, travel perks, and annual bonuses, you’ll be sure to enjoy much more than just that on your next trip!

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Author Bio

Barry Choi
Barry Choi is a personal finance and travel expert at He has been quoted by media in Canada and the United States, including The Financial Post, The Toronto Star, Business Insider, The Globe and Mail, and has appeared on HuffPost Live. You can follow him on Twitter: @barrychoi

Article comments

Ismail says:

This offer is only available to new American Express® Gold Rewards Cardmembers. For current or former American Express® Gold Rewards Cardmembers. we may approve your application, but you will not be eligible for the welcome bonus….please let your readers know ! More so if the reader is in the habit of chunking credit card.

The GreedyRates Team says:

Hi Ismail!

Great comment, and thanks for the reminder. We outline this idea explicitly in our articles and reviews of this card, but it’s worth stating again: Existing and past American Express Gold Rewards cardholders will get approved for the card but will not be eligible for the awesome introductory bonus! It’s crucial to understand this before applying for the card, because Amex won’t warn you if they see you’ve already had one—they’ll simply approve the application and let you sort it out. Even worse would be if you successfully did apply for the card after having one before, only to realize that you’re suddenly stuck with a card you don’t need and no bonus! Read the fine print always. Thanks again.


Mindy says:

Just want to confirm….even if one hasn’t had an AMEX card for over a year I would NOT receive the welcome bonus if got one now?? This is a major surprise!!

The GreedyRates Team says:

Hey Mindy,

Thanks for the comment. We know it’s a surprise but can only confirm our previous comment. The amount of time that’s passed since you had your last American Express card doesn’t matter when applying for the Gold Rewards card. The fine print specifically says that the card’s introductory bonus is only available to new cardholders, and that Amex reserves the right to make final decisions about bonus eligibility even for those who haven’t had a Gold Rewards card before. Ultimately, you’re better off going for a card that’s new to you.

If you’re looking to earn Amex Membership Rewards points, then we’d suggest the Amex Cobalt card. This one comes highly recommended by many Canadians who have it, and it’s main purpose as a lifestyle tool will see you earn points from food and drinks (even takeout, delivery, bars, and restaurants), plus any kind of transit (rideshare apps included, plus taxis and public transportation). The card’s bonus is impressive as well, offering up to 30,000 Membership Rewards points. Check it out and let us know if you need a different alternative, or what you’re looking for specifically, and we’ll respond right away. Thanks again.

GreedyRates Staff