If you’re like most people who belong to a loyalty rewards program, you’re always on the lookout for ways to maximize the number of points you can collect in a short amount of time. Fortunately, there are several useful travel sites devoted to helping consumers make the most out of their programs, including Canadian Kilometers, whose founder Jeffrey Kwok pays particular attention to Aeroplan Miles.
Kwok makes it his business to know about miles, so it’s no surprise he has an opinion about the recent announcement that Air Canada is planning to start its own rewards program in mid-2020. After taking a bit of time to digest the news, he wrote a post entitled, “Will I still be collecting Aeroplan Miles?” to which his definitive answer is “Yes.”
Take the time to read Kwok’s post for yourself, but here are a few highlights:
- “Here’s the important point, though. Nothing is changing this very moment.”
Air Canada’s contract with Aimia, which operates the Aeroplan program, runs for another three years, and there is no impact on current flight rewards. Aeroplan members will continue to earn miles on Air Canada eligible flights and be able to redeem for flights on Air Canada and Star Alliance airlines until at least June 29, 2020. Members can also continue to earn miles using affiliated financial cards (including TD, CIBC, and American Express) and shopping through Aeroplan’s network of more than 75 world-class partners, representing more than 150 brands in the financial, retail and travel sectors.
- “Furthermore, for the consumer, you can still redeem like you did before the announcement.”
Again, he’s right.
Aeroplan’s five million active members can continue to redeem for flights on Air Canada and Star Alliance member airlines until at least June 29, 2020.
In addition to flights, Aeroplan miles can be redeemed for more than 1,000 exciting merchandise, hotel, car rental and experiential rewards. (Since 2004, nearly 150 billion miles have been redeemed for these non-flight rewards.)
- “…I would not be surprised if Aeroplan finds some other international alliance partner for which to redeem miles…”
Aimia executives have noted that the company is working hard to build a stronger Aeroplan for members and partners, including ensuring they are able to redeem for flight rewards long past 2020. Aeroplan is a strong brand and much more than a frequent flyer program. In fact, the majority of Aeroplan members earn miles not by flying but by using affiliated payment cards and shopping through the Aeroplan network for goods and services.
With its significant credit card portfolio and robust partner network, Aeroplan offers an attractive value for airlines. And it’s important to remember that unused Aeroplan Miles will not expire after June 29, 2020 and will still be there for members to redeem for a growing selection of exciting travel, merchandise and experiential rewards, including flight rewards on industry-leading airlines.
- “So to answer the question – Will I Still Be Collecting Aeroplan Miles? Yes.”
It’s hard to argue with that.