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Amex’s New Aeroplan Cards: Everything You Need to Know

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Last updated on June 9, 2022

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Aeroplan®* has been a hot topic in the travel and finance world lately. In August Aeroplan®*released a long-awaited program overhaul, and major changes to its various co-branded credit cards followed. We now finally have the details on the newly revamped American Express® Aeroplan®* Card and the American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve Card, and we’re breaking down these cards’ best attributes and some of their limitations in this article.

American Express® Aeroplan®* Card

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Who’s Eligible?
– Minimum Credit Score: Good/Excellent
– Minimum Personal/Household Income: N/A
– Age: You must be the age of majority in your home province
– Residency: Canadian

 

Offer Overview

The American Express® Aeroplan®* Card starts new cardmembers off with a very attractive welcome offer: New American Express® Aeroplan®* Cardmembers can earn up to 50,000 Aeroplan®* points:

  • Earn 20,000 Aeroplan points after spending $1,500 in net purchases on your Card within the first 3 months of Cardmembership.
  • Plus, earn 2,500 Aeroplan points for each monthly billing period in which you spend $500 in purchases on your Card for the first twelve months of Cardmembership. That could add up to 30,000 Aeroplan points.

Beyond the strong welcome offer for standard earn rates, cardmembers will earn 2x the points per $1 spent on eligible purchases made directly with Air Canada®* and Air Canada Vacations®*; 1.5x the points per $1 on restaurants, bars, cafes, and food delivery purchases in Canada; and 1x the points point per $1 on all other purchases (in Canada or abroad).

The American Express® Aeroplan®* Card is a Charge Card, which means there is no pre-set spending limit and cardmembers are required to pay their balance in full each month. One other small detail we love is that the card is made from 70% reclaimed plastic. It’s an innovative initiative to reduce our carbon footprint.

Key Features

  • Annual Fee: $120
  • Welcome Offer: Up to 50,000 Welcome Bonus Aeroplan®* points (conditions apply)
  • Rewards: 2x the points per $1 spent on Air Canada®* and Air Canada vacations®*; 1.5x the points per $1 on dining and food delivery in Canada; 1x the points per $1 on all other purchases
  • Travel Insurance: Coverage includes flight/baggage delay; lost/stolen baggage; hotel burglary; car rental; and travel accident. Does not include travel medical or trip cancellation/interruption.
  • Extra Features: Eligible Cardmembers get a free Uber Pass membership for 6 months ($59.94 value); 1,000 Status Qualifying Miles and 1 Status Qualifying Segment for every $10,000 in eligible purchases you make; free first checked bag on Air Canada flights for up to nine people on the same reservation (one per person)

Click here to apply or learn more by reading our complete American Express® Aeroplan®* Card review.

American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve Card

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Who’s Eligible?
– Minimum Credit Score: Good/Excellent
– Minimum Personal/Household Income: N/A
– Age: You must be the age of majority in your home province
– Residency: Canadian

 

Offer Overview

Made from precision cut and engraved 13 g metal, the American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve Card is a premium credit card with a premium price tag. It’s best suited to regular international travellers who fly frequently with Air Canada, and who plan to make at least $2,100 or so in purchases per month. Per our calculations, this level of spending will earn back enough in rewards and benefits to easily surpass the card’s $599 annual fee.

Cardmembers will earn 3X the points on eligible purchases made directly with Air Canada®* and Air Canada Vacations®*; 2x the points on eligible Dining and Food Delivery purchases in Canada, and 1.25x the points for everything else. Though those earn rates are decent, the card’s real pièce de résistance is its Annual Worldwide Companion Pass, which entitles the cardmember to a round-trip companion ticket on Air Canada with a base fare ranging from $99–$599. The Companion Pass is awarded once annually after you spend $25,000 with the card, and you’re only responsible for covering the ticket’s taxes and fees (the Pass covers its base fare).

The American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve Card’s welcome offer is also quite substantial, giving up to 85,000 Welcome Bonus Aeroplan®* points. Terms and conditions apply.

Key Features

  • Annual Fee: $599
  • Welcome Offer: New American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve Cardmembers can earn up to a total of 85,000 Welcome Bonus Aeroplan®* points (conditions apply)
  • Rewards: 3X the points on eligible purchases made directly with Air Canada®* and Air Canada Vacations®*, 2x the points on eligible Dining and Food Delivery purchases in Canada, and 1.25x the points for everything else.
  • Lounge Access: Complimentary Priority Pass membership and unlimited free entrances to Priority Pass lounges for the primary cardmember + access to select Air Canada Maple Leaf LoungesTM* and Air Canada CaféTM
  • Travel Insurance: Comprehensive coverage including out of province/country medical; trip cancellation/interruption; flight/baggage delay; lost or stolen baggage; hotel burglary; car rental; and travel accident.
  • Extra Features: Eligible Cardmembers get a free Uber Pass membership for 12 months ($119.88 value); priority services and exclusive benefits at Toronto Pearson International Airport; free first checked bag on Air Canada flights for up to nine people on the same reservation.

Click here to apply or learn more by reading our complete American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve Card review.

Final Thoughts on AMEX’s New Aeroplan Cards

Just as we were excited to hear the new Aeroplan program details, we’re also pretty excited to see how they will affect the Aeroplan cards currently on the market. We’ll continue to provide up-to-date analysis if and when Amex makes changes to these cards in the future.

FAQs

Not to worry! Existing cardholders will be transferred over on November 8th, 2020 when these new cards launch.
Air Canada has made many changes to Aeroplan in 2020, including the elimination of seat restrictions and blackout dates; a new option for family members to share points; and a new model for the number of points required to redeem for flights, among other major program adjustments.
The number of Aeroplan points required for redemptions now varies from one flight/redemption to the next, so unfortunately Aeroplan points can no longer be given a finite value with any accuracy.

American Express is not responsible for maintaining or monitoring the accuracy of information on this website. For full details and current product information click the Apply now link. Conditions apply.

Author Bio

Hannah Logan
Hannah Logan is a freelance finance and travel writer/blogger based in Ottawa. Her stories have appeared on Fodor’s Travel, Livestrong, World Nomads, Intrepid Travel, and more. You can keep up with her at Eatsleepbreathetravel.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram: hannahlogan21.

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