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Airline promotions and sales are frequent (and often not very good) for tickets purchased with cash. But for tickets purchased with rewards, it’s very rare. The Aeroplan program has just launched its best since 2020! It can be interesting.

Here are all the details.

 

Basics of Aeroplan

You can skip this section if you’re one of our many readers who have earned 2 million dollars in free travel with our travel rewards deals and did so with Aeroplan deals and know the basics.

Aeroplan is by far the best airline program for Canadian travelers. These are points of the more valuable type, with literally unlimited value.

Our revamped, improved, and clarified ultimate guide to the Aeroplan program (in text AND video format) is coming soon.

In the meantime, here are the 2 most important things to understand, the basics of Aeroplan.

First, there are 2 options that are very different for redeeming reward flights with Aeroplan:

  • On 45+ partner airlines
    • Guaranteed fixed prices not linked to the price in cash
    • So more valuable (potential value is unlimited)
    • Necessarily, available seats are limited
    • This is the option for more value
  • On Air Canada
    • Dynamic variable prices linked to the price in cash
    • So less valuable (outsized value impossible)
    • But all seats are available
    • This is the option for more simplicity

Secondly, like all rewards, it’s obviously with credit cards that you’ll earn so many points so easily! For example, the new TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card offer will give you 61,250 points, and the 1st year is free!

Best credit cards for
Aeroplan points
TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $7.5k in 12 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
( VALUATION)
ends March 4th
Rewards: ≈ $630
Annual fee: $0 $139
Aeroplan points: 51,250 pts
+ free bag on AC
$5k spend option also available
American Express® Aeroplan®* Card American Express Aeroplan Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $1k/mo for 10 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
( VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $630
Card fee: $120
Aeroplan points: 50,000 pts
+ a free bag
on Air Canada
American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve Card American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $2k/mo for 6 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
( VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $900
Card fee: $599
Aeroplan points: 60,000 pts
+ unlimited AC lounges
& other AC benefits
TD® Aeroplan® Visa* Infinite Privilege* Card TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $15k in 12 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
( VALUATION)
ends March 4th
Rewards: ≈ $835
Annual fee: $599
Aeroplan points: 105,625 pts
+ unlimited AC lounges
6 DP lounges & AC benefits
American Express Cobalt® Card American Express Cobalt Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $750/mo for 12 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
( VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $900
Card fee: $156
Aeroplan points: 60,000 pts
+ 5X the points
best card in Canada
American Express® Gold Rewards Card American Express Gold Rewards Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $1k/mo for 12 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
( VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $1180
Card fee: $250
Aeroplan points: 72,000 pts
+ 4 lounges
and $100 travel credit
Platinum Card® from American Express Platinum Card from American Express
Card:
Bonus: spend $10k in 3 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
( VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $1600
Card fee: $799
Aeroplan points: 80,000 pts
+ unlimited PP lounges
and $200 travel credit
TD® Aeroplan® Visa* Platinum Card TD Aeroplan Visa Platinum Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $1k in 3 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
( VALUATION)
ends March 4th
Rewards: ≈ $315
Annual fee: $0 $89
Aeroplan points: 21,000 pts
+ low min. spend
& lower fee
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Best credit cards for
Aeroplan points
WELCOME BONUS
( VALUATION)
Aeroplan
points
TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $7.5k in 12 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $630
Annual fee: $0 $139
51,250 pts
+ free bag on AC
$5k spend option also available
ends March 4th
American Express Aeroplan Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $1k/mo for 10 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $630
Card fee: $120
50,000 pts
+ a free bag
on Air Canada
American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $2k/mo for 6 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $900
Card fee: $599
60,000 pts
+ unlimited AC lounges
& other AC benefits
TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $15k in 12 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $835
Annual fee: $599
105,625 pts
+ unlimited AC lounges
6 DP lounges & AC benefits
ends March 4th
American Express Cobalt Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $750/mo for 12 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $900
Card fee: $156
60,000 pts
+ 5X the points
best card in Canada
American Express Gold Rewards Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $1k/mo for 12 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $1180
Card fee: $250
72,000 pts
+ 4 lounges
and $100 travel credit
Platinum Card from American Express
Card:
Bonus: spend $10k in 3 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $1600
Card fee: $799
80,000 pts
+ unlimited PP lounges
and $200 travel credit
TD Aeroplan Visa Platinum Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $1k in 3 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $315
Annual fee: $0 $89
21,000 pts
+ low min. spend
& lower fee
ends March 4th
Terms and conditions apply. Flytrippers editorial opinion only. Financial institutions are not responsible for maintaining the content on this site. Please click "See More" to see most up-to-date information.

 

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Overview of Aeroplan flight promotion

Here are the details of the promotion:

  • Up to 25% off
    • Could be less
    • Could be 0%
  • Discount is automatically applied
    • On all seat classes
  • Air Canada flights only
    • Including AC Express and AC Rouge
    • Not partner flights
  • Flights to certain destinations only
    • Canada
    • United States
    • Mexico
    • Caribbean
    • Central America

Here are the promotion deadlines:

  • Reservations must be made by September 29
  • Flight must take place by March 31, 2024
Promotion banner (image credit: Air Canada)

 

Flytrippers analysis of the sale

It’s obviously difficult to see the real discount because of the dynamic and variable flight pricing system for reward flights on Air Canada, but the promotion still looks interesting!

As with all airline sales (which aren’t as good as the 50% deals we spot), it’s probably not good enough to book an extra trip just because of the sale… but it’s very good if you had trips to book!

You’ll have to manually look at prices to see how good the deal really is. To compare, you can refer to the Aeroplan award charts to see the fixed prices on partners (and the approximate brackets for Air Canada flights).

Aeroplan award chart for North America (image credit: Air Canada)

 

If you go to the Aeroplan flight promotion’s site, you can see examples of prices (including from your airport if you input it at the top), but there are more too obviously.

Price examples (image credit: Air Canada)

 

So like any ticket booked with cash (because Aeroplan rewards flights on Air Canada have variable dynamic prices linked to the cash price), you have to search around and find the lowest prices. Of course, prices vary for each date!

Aeroplan has shared a list of routes that are more likely to have a discount close to 25%.

Domestic: 

  • New Brunswick (YSJ/YFC/YQM) to Canada 
  • London (YXU) to Canada 
  • Windsor (YQG) to Canada 
  • Edmonton (YEG) to Canada (in particular YVR) 
  • Winnipeg (YWG) to Canada (in particular YVR/YYZ/YUL) 
  • Regina (YQR) to Canada (in particular YYZ)
  • Saskatoon (YXE) to Canada (in particular YYZ)
  • Deer Lake (YDF) to Montreal (YUL) & Halifax (YHZ) 
  • Kelowna (YLW) to Toronto (YYZ) 
  • Calgary (YYC) to Vancouver (YVR)  

US: 

  • Denver (DEN) to Vancouver (YVR) 
  • Newark (EWR) to Vancouver (YVR) 
  • Orlando (MCO) to Toronto (YYZ) 
  • Phoenix (PHX) to Canada (in particular YVR) 
  • Portland (PDX) to Vancouver (YVR)  

Others: 

  • St-Vincent (SVD) to Canada 
  • Grenada (GND) to Canada 
  • Martinique (FDF) to Canada 
  • Monterrey, MX (MTY) to Canada 
  • Los Cabos, MX (SDJ) to Canada 
  • Puerto Vallarta, MX (PVR) to Canada
  • Liberia, CR (LIR) to Canada 

For the macroeconomic-level analysis of the promo, after long months of record demand in the aviation sector, all indicators point to the beginning of a loosening of cash prices for flights worldwide. So that’s probably why Air Canada is taking the opportunity to offer this promotion.

Aeroplan cards, especially the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card, have also been giving out record numbers of points recently. So Air Canada surely wants to encourage more redemptions to reduce that liability on their balance sheet (and keep planes as full as they’ve been since the end of the pandemic).

TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card


min. income: $60k (or $100k household)
Flytrippers Valuation
of Welcome bonus (net value)
≈ $
Rewards: ≈ $630*
Card fee: $0 $139
ends March 4th

spend $7,500

in 12 months

Interest rates:

Purchases: 20.99%

Cash advances: 22.99%

Cash advances (QC): 20.99%

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How to search and book flights

We realize that many travelers don’t know the basics of booking flights, even with cash. So I’m going to make lots of new content to help you if it’s your case!

To sum up very briefly, the first thing to understand is that researching and booking are 2 completely distinct and different steps. It’s important.

 

Searching for flights

To search for airline tickets, it’s the same 3 tips as for anything else in travel:

  • Be flexible on everything
  • Compare and calculate
  • Invest some time

You can read our guide with 31 tips for finding cheaper flights and simply try them out one by one. I’ll be doing more detailed articles and videos on each soon.

As I said, for Aeroplan reward flights for ON AIR CANADA, it’s the same principle as for flights paid in cash (because the prices on Air Canada are dynamic and variable and linked to the price in cash).

But you can only search on the Air Canada site (so there are no handy comparison sites, like Skyscanner for flights paid with cash). You have to click on “Book with points”, that’s it.

Button to book with Aeroplan points (image credit: Air Canada)

 

So be flexible on everything (NOT just on dates, on everything), compare/calculate, and invest some time.

More content coming soon.

 

Booking flights

I’m going to make an Aeroplan reservation right now (I should have done it a long time ago because it’s a flight for a September but my procrastination will have saved me some points thanks to this promo 😉 ).

I’ll take screenshots of all the steps and put them in a detailed article, come back here Monday.

But it’s really not that complicated.

And if you’ve ever booked any plane ticket in your life, it’s exactly the same with points, you just have to go to the Air Canada website and click on “Book with points Aeroplan” and pay the taxes with your credit card, that’s all.

(Ideally with an Aeroplan credit card to get free insurance — or with the rare cards that cover all reward flights no matter the program, like the National Bank World Elite Mastercard!)

 

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Summary

The Aeroplan flight promotion is a very rare discount on reward flights. It’s offered because Aeroplan’s reward flight pricing system is dynamic and variable, but only if you want to book flights on Air Canada (and not partner airlines, which often offer better value).

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Andrew D'Amours

Andrew is the co-founder of Flytrippers. He is passionate about traveling the world but also, as a former management consultant, about the travel industry itself. He shares his experiences to help you save money on travel. As a very cost-conscious traveler, he loves finding deals and getting free travel thanks to travel rewards points... to help him visit every country in the world (current count: 71/193 Countries, 47/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

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