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Aeroplan Announces Future as Independent Loyalty Program

July 20, 2018
Loyalty Programs, Travel
Aeroplan Announces Changes as Independent Program
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Starting in 2020, Aeroplan will allow members to book tickets with almost any airline in the world, the Canadian program announced July 20.

Targeted at Canadian travelers, Aeroplan is popular in U.S. border cities as well as an alternative rewards program. Some also prefer the frequent flyer program for the award chart when flying to and from Canada. American Express cardholders can also transfer Membership Rewards to Aeroplan.

When Aeroplan separates from Air Canada, the competitive awards across North America will remain. They will also expand ways for travelers from both sides of the border to earn more miles.

Round-trip flights beginning at 15,000 miles

Aeroplan’s award chart won’t change, but redemption options will, starting in July 2020. Starting that month, Aeroplan miles will be usable on any airline accredited by the International Air Transport Association. Round-trip economy award tickets will be available for:

  • North America short-haul: 15,000 miles
  • North America long-haul: 25,000 miles
  • Mexico and the Caribbean: 40,000 miles
  • Europe: 60,000 miles
  • Asia: 75,000 miles

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For those who book through their favorite programs, Aeroplan miles will be convertible as well. According to the company, members will be able to transfer points to “nearly 20 frequent flyer programs,” along with many hotel programs. They did not specify how many brands will be available in 2020, nor the actual conversion rates.

Flights and hotel rooms won’t be the only available rewards with miles. Aeroplan also promises to make miles available for “concerts, spas, private jets and more.”

More ways to earn Aeroplan miles

Aeroplan also wants to make earning miles easier by starting their own booking engine. Starting in September 2018, over 250,000 hotels will become available through the Aeroplan website. Members can also reserve rental cars through the website, with both hotel and rental car bookings earning award miles.

They will also support their Aeroplan eStore, which allows members to earn bonus points for shopping at select retailers. On the downside, some partners (like Amazon) are only available to Canadian shoppers.

The announcement comes over a year after Air Canada announced it would separate from Aeroplan. The carrier will roll out its own loyalty program by 2020, which will be exclusive to the airline and its Star Alliance partners.

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