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Air Canada Frequent Flyer Program

(Updated: 15-03-2018)

The Frequent Flyer Program of Air Canada is called Aeroplan. It is different from Air Canada Altitude, which is a membership tier program that defines the different levels of membership and their various benefits and privileges. It is the Aeroplan program which defines how points are to be earned and redeemed. 

Aeroplan Enrolment

Enrolment for Aeroplan can be done online at: https://www.aeroplan.com/enroll.do

Aeroplan status levels

Aeroplan allows you to earn Aeroplan Miles on its partners, including itself, as given below. Further, as Miles get accumulated and reach a certain level, Aeroplan defines the status levels. These Aeroplan status levels are different from Altitude ones, so these shall not be confused. Let us first know what are Aeroplan status levels and their threshold limits:

  • Aeroplan diamond—100,000 eligible miles accumulated during the calendar year
  • Aeroplan black—50,000 eligible miles accumulated during the calendar year
  • Aeroplan silver—25,000 eligible miles accumulated during the calendar year

In general, there are certain Miles which are not eligible to be counted in Aeroplan status

Earning the Aeroplan Miles

The calculation of Aeroplan Miles earned also depends on the fare class bought and sector of travel.

Till 28 February 2015, following was the minimum miles earned based on distance flown:

  • For a distance flown up to 249 miles on Air Canada or Air Canada Express, Aeroplan members earn 250 miles whereas Air Canada Altitude members earn 500 miles. Also, for the same distance flow on Rapidair flights and for flights between Toronto and Montreal, you earn 500 miles.
  • For flights of 250 miles or more, Aeroplan members earn as per actual miles flown. These minimum miles count towards Altitude membership as well.

Now, these minimum values also alter as per fare choices, as given below:

  • Tango in Canada: 25% of 250 miles
  • Tango between Canada and United States: 50% of 250 miles
  • Flex: 100% of 250 miles
  • Latitude: 125% of 250 miles
  • Premium Economy (lowest or flexible): 125% of 250 miles
  • Business Class (lowest or flexible): 150% of 250 miles

Altitude members also earn minimum of 250 miles on flights of Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, Air Canada Express in addition to miles earned as given above.

Flights of Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge, operating within Canada,

  • earn AeroMiles and AQMs of 150% on Business Class Premium Rouge (both J,C,D; Z,P fare classes),
  • 125% on Premium Economy (both O and E,N fare classes) and Latitude (Y,B classes)
  • 100% on Flex (M,U,H,Q,V,W,G fare classes) 
  • Tango (M,U,H,Q,V,W,G,S,T,L,A,K) can get 25% Aeroplan Miles and AQM.
  • The Altitude Qualifying Segments (AQSs) earned is 1 for each of these classes of fare.
  • Economy Basic (M,U,H,Q,V,W,G,S,T,L,A,K,F) fare options do not qualify for any such benefit.

For flights between Canada and USA

  • 150% of Aeroplan Miles and AQMs on Business Class Premium Rouge (both J,C and D; Z,P fare classes) 
  • 125% on Premium Economy (flexible) (O), Premium Economy (lowest) (E,N) and Latitude (Y,B classes)
  • 100% on Flex (M,U,H,Q,V,W,G) and
  • 50% on Tango (M,U,H,Q,V,W,G,S,T,L,A,K,F).
  • For all these fare classes, the AQSs earned is 1 on both Air Canada and rouge carriers.

For the flights between Canada and Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, also called the Sun destinations, the AeroMiles and  AQMs earned are-

  • 150% on Business Class Premium Rouge (both J,C and D,Z,P fare classes),
  • 125% on Premium Economy (flexible) (O), Premium Economy (lowest) (E,N) and Latitude (Y,B classes),
  • 100% on Flex (M,U,H,Q,V) and
  • 50% on Tango (W,G,S,T,L,F,A,K) classes.
  • AQSs earned are 1 for each category of flight fare class.

For the flights between Canada and other international destinations, there are no AeroMiles or AQMs to be earned for Business Class Premium Rouge (J and C,D,Z,P) on Rouge.

  • 150% are earned on Business Class (flexible) (J) and Business Class (lowest) (C,D,Z,P)
  • 125% are earned on Premium Economy (flexible) Premium Rouge (O), Premium Economy (lowest) Premium Rouge (E,N) and Latitude (Y,B) fare option .
  • 100% on Flex (M,U,H,Q,V) and
  • 50% on Tango (W,G,S,T,L,A,K)
  • AQSs earned are 1 for each category of flight fare class.

Air Canada Getaway Bonus

  • Aeroplan diamond: 3,000 Aeroplan miles per eligible roundtrip
  • Aeroplan black: 2,000 Aeroplan miles per eligible roundtrip
  • Aeroplan silver: 1,000 Aeroplan miles per eligible roundtrip

To aval these bonus miles, passengers are required to register on Air Canada Getaway Bonus every year at: https://www.aeroplan.com/status/acgetawaybonus?lang=en

Further, these are valid on eligible scheduled non-stop flights operated by Air Canada (including Air Canada Express) and by Air Canada rouge with a Saturday night stay.

Hotel Stay Bonus

250 Aeroplan status bonus miles are earned on per stay in any one of the partner hotels continously for up to 20 days, irrespective of number of check-ins or check-outs. This comes with another capping of earning 5000 Aeroplan status miles in calendar year. This is offered only for Black and Diamond Aeroplan members. 

Aeroplan eStore Bonus

2 Aeroplan status miles are earned for every single base mile earned while shopping on eStore. 

Earning With Partners

Travel Flights 40 airline partners includin Air Canada
  Car Rentals 4 partners
  Hotels 90 partner hotels
  Parking 5 partners
  Vacation Packages 2 partners
  Other Travel Products 2 partners
Banking and Financial Institutions Financial Cards 5 partners
Online Retailers   47 online retail partners
Retailers and others   Many partners across different categories

Redeeming the Aeroplan Miles

The AeroMiles can be redeemed in many ways. This is achieved by way of flight rewards, hotel bookings, car rental companies, charitable causes, carbon offsets, buying merchandise and transfer of miles. You also get benefits of at-airport services by redeeming these miles for comforts of lounges.

These ways of redemption are mentioned below:

Flight Rewards

When passengers opt for flight rewards, there is a reduction of the miles required for this purpose based on the Aeroplan status level of the passenger. The reduction level in percentage terms is given below. These are the maximum reductions and the actual reductions could be less than these.

  • Aeroplan diamond: Up to 35% reduction for Market Fare Flight Rewards 
  • Aeroplan black: Up to 25% reduction for Market Fare Flight Rewards 
  • Aeroplan silver: Up to 20% reduction for Market Fare Flight Rewards 

Non-flight rewards: You can also redeem your Miles by shopping online for a wide array of merchandise and buying lifestyle products and services such as dining, spa, events, theater, adventure and other recreational products.

Green It Up is the carbon offset program of Air Canada. It was launched in 2007 and aims to serve environment. AeroMiles can be redeemed for carbon offsets by the environmental conscious passengers.  

Charitable causes: You can also make redemption of miles by donating to the various charities. Air Canada has a well established way of allowing you to donate for a noble cause. This program of Air Canada is called- Beyond Miles. There are 10 partner organizations and about 400 participating charities, for which AeroMiles can be redeemed.

Using the Share Miles, you can transfer the AeroMiles which you have earned to another member account instantaneously online. Applicable rate is 2 cents per miles.

Distinction Program of Air Canada

  • dSilver members need 25000 eligible miles
  • dBlack members need 50000 eligible miles
  • dDiamond members need 100000 eligible miles

Status of a member in a particular year depends on the number of miles earned in the previous calendar year. An interesting feature of this program is that the carrier offers Distinction flights on which 100% of seats are reserved only for Distinction members so that they can redeem at ClassicFlightReward.

Bonuses

The members are also eligible for Bonus miles as per following rates for each eligible roundtrip. These are 500, 1000 and 1500 Bonus Miles for dSilver, dBlack and dDiamond members.

Bonus miles are also available to dDiamond and dBlack members for hotel stays at partner hotels (Marriott, Starwood and Fairmont). You can earn bonus of 250 miles per stay for up to 20 stays in these hotels in a calendar year. These are not the qualifying miles for the purpose of determining the Distinction status.

Bonus is also available when dDiamond, dBlack and dSilver members shop at Aeroplan eStore. The respectively get 2, 1 and 1 Distinction Bonus mile for every base mile earned. While shopping at shop.ca, the bonus is of 1 distinction bonus mile for all types of members.

Air Canada Altitude Membership

The status of Altitude membership is determined on the basis of Altitude Qualifying Miles (AQM) or Altitude Qualifying Segments (AQS) and Altitude Qualifying Dollars (AQDs). These are earned on flights operated by Air Canada and Star Alliance members. 

AQDs are earned on base fare of airline ticket and surcharges imposed by the carrier which you  pay for. Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Express are the airlines on which you can earn the AQDs. These are also earned on eligible flights of Star Alliance members that are ticketed under Air Canada, eligible Flight Pass purchases and eUpgrade add-on. 

For attaining higher Altitude status, a passenger shall earn both AQMs or AQSs and AQDs. 

  AQMs or AQSs AQDs
Prestige 25K 25000 AQM or 25 AQS $3,000
Elite 35K 35000 AQM or 35 AQS $4,000
Elite 50K 50000 AQM or 50 AQS $6,000
Elite 75K 75000 AQM or 75 AQS $9,000
Super Elite 100K 100000 AQM or 100 AQS $20,000

Benefits of Altitude Membership

Altitude membership comes with a range of benefits and exclusive privileges. Here is the list of some of these benefits.

 


Ask Your Questions Temporarily Disabled

Bruce Lacroix

Posted on 28-Sep-2018
As Aeroplan Diamond status, when booking Aeroplan reward flight, does this include 1 free bag? Cheers!

Admin Reply :

Aeroplan status offers a number of privileges and benefits but not on baggage allowances. However, an Altitude status does offer baggage related benefits. Please tell us your Altitude status. 

Kathi Egli

Posted on 20-Aug-2018
I have booked my daughter on an Aeroplan flight from Whitehorse to Halifax, business class. Will she get 2 free checked bags or will she have to pay for them?

Admin Reply :

yes, check in baggage allowance is 2 bags of 23 kg each per passenger.

Karen Roche

Posted on 03-Aug-2018
Do you receive any special offers for checked baggage with Diamond Status Aeroplan? If so, are there restrictions?

Admin Reply :

No special baggage allowances for Aeroplan members.

Earl Hotrum

Posted on 13-Aug-2017
As a Aeroplan Silver member, do I get free seat selection on Domestic flights

Admin Reply :

Seat Selection is not a chargeable service. It is a part of the check in process. 

deems oneal

Posted on 10-Aug-2017
i have just booked a flight to NFLD with points. do I get one free checked bag with my flights?

Admin Reply :

What is you Air Canada Altitude status and which cabin class are you travelling? Also, what is the point of origin of flight?

 

Peter Maher

Posted on 29-Jul-2017
When using Aeroplan miles for travel on Air Canada are members permitted one free checked piece of luggage?

Admin Reply :

Miles accumulated under the plan can not be used  towards buying more luggage allowance. 

Donna

Posted on 27-Jan-2017
As an aeroplan member do I get One free checked bag?

Admin Reply :

Aeroplan members can not redeem their points for free baggage allowances. 

Richard Rudyk

Posted on 22-Sep-2016
Recently booked a flight thu aeroplan that did not include a free checked bag, Why

Admin Reply :

Free check in bag is not a part of the Aeroplan priviledges. 

Lily Greif

Posted on 21-Sep-2016
We are returning to Toronto from Rome, economy class. I was not charged for my one Checked bag from Toronto to Rome. However, I am checking in 2 bags on my return from Rome to Toronto via Air Canada, and booked these flights through Aeroplan on my TD Visa card. Member #103939229. What is the fee for the 2nd bag? Pls. Help as we are leaving Italy in 2 days. Thank you in advance, for your prompt reply Lily Greif

Admin Reply :

CAD or USD 100 would be the charges for 2nd check in bag. 

PATRICIA O'SHAUGHNESSY

Posted on 03-Sep-2016
IF USING POINTS for travel within Canada, what is the baggage allowance. Points used 44,200. Toronto to Moncton. Thank you.

Admin Reply :

Mileage points can not be used towards free baggage allowance. 

Phyllis MacNeill

Posted on 29-Aug-2016
What are the baggage allowances/fees when using my miles?

Admin Reply :

Miles can not be used for baggage allowance.

Filip

Posted on 26-Aug-2016
For Aeroplan flights what is the checked in baggage allowance?

Admin Reply :

There is no free check in allowance. 

Alexander Owen

Posted on 26-Aug-2016
I am flying from Vancouver to Calgary in November. I have Silver status do I qualify for free baggage allowance? If so how do I claim this privalage when printing my boarding Pass. Alex Owen 105-080-238

Admin Reply :

Sorry for being a little late. Air Canada informs us that 1 bag of 23 kg is complementary for silver status members. Thus it is allowed free. 

Dial Singh

Posted on 21-Jun-2016
I am a dblack aeroplan member and I purchased two tickets YOW-Dulles-Geneva and then Heathrow-YOW return using my aeroplan points. I am trying to understand the luggage policy for these flights and am having issues finding the correct info. Is it true that I pay for all pieces of luggage each way? I looked at the AC site mentioned below also but wasn\'t sure if these rates applied because I am an aeroplan member with dblack status. Thanks, Dial

Admin Reply :

yes, you will have to pay for every pcs of luggage. No special allowances for Aeroplan members of any tier. 

Gwen Morhart

Posted on 12-Jun-2016
I booked my flight from Regina to Winnipeg with Aeroplan rewards. Is my first checked bag free or do I have to pay the $25 fee for it?

Admin Reply :

Charges have ot be paid since reward flight does not come with free allowance. 

Iqbal Nasser

Posted on 27-Jul-2015
I am flying to London, England from Toronto, Canada on Air Canada. The 1st bag check in is free. However, its $100 + tax for the 2nd bag. However, if I have the CIBC Black Aerogold Infinite Visa, I am given to understand that the fees will not apply. Correct?

Admin Reply :

As per our understanding of your case, you would be allowed First check in bag complimentary if you use your accumulated Aeroplan miles only on a reward flight. And, there is no mention of any waiver of fee on second baggage. 

John

Posted on 08-Jul-2015
I have Aeroplan dBlack Distinction. I am trying to find out if I can get a 2nd checked bag included flying on Air Canada from Frankfurt, Germany to Ottawa Canada on a flight that I had booked using my Aeroplan points... Any idea?

Admin Reply :

You can check it on this link: https://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/airport/baggage/checked.html. We hope that this shall help. 

naruemol

Posted on 16-May-2015
I want to know the objective of aeroplan program of air canada. Thank you for your answer in advance

Admin Reply :

Objective of the Aeroplan program is to reward those passengers who fly frequently on Air Canada or make use of the services of its various alliance partners. There are specific ways in which the Aeroplan Miles can be earned as well as redeemed.




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