If you have an Aeroplan credit card issued by American Express, there’s an exceptional offer giving you a great discount on flights for the rest of 2022. It’s one of the best Aeroplan offers ever, actually.
This is a very interesting discount for those who have an Aeroplan card issued by Amex:
- American Express Aeroplan Card
- American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card
- American Express Aeroplan Business Reserve Card
Thousands of you happened to have taken advantage of last summer’s incredible offers on these very cards:
- If you didn’t take advantage of them, don’t miss the new ones that may come this summer
- If you took advantage of them, don’t miss our guide on what to do before renewing your card if you forgot our tips!
Aeroplan and Amex offer
First, here is a summary of the offer:
- You must have an Aeroplan credit card issued by American Express
- You must book flights with your Aeroplan points
- Flights must take place before December 31 (3 AM, Eastern Time)
- Booking must be done by July 5 (3 AM, Eastern Time)
- You can (maybe) save on your existing reservations too
- You’ll earn 25% or 20% of your Aeroplan points back after the flights
Yes, you’ll get 25% or 20% back on all your flights booked with your Aeroplan points, until July 5 (at 3 AM, Eastern time, so basically July 4)!
Wow! That gives you 25% or 20% more free travel! Like I said, this is one of the best Aeroplan deals ever! Deals for flights paid with points are quite rare, unlike deals for flights paid with cash.
For example, if you want to go to the Art Basel festival (as I do almost every December), the Montréal-Miami flights are only 16,000 Aeroplan points roundtrip right now.
I’ll get 4,000 points back, so the net cost will only be 12,00 points roundtrip! Really cheap! (And still cheap even at 12,800 points too, if you get 20% instead of 25%!)
When you look at how many Aeroplan points you can easily get right now just with welcome bonuses alone, it makes for some crazy good deals! Like 5 roundtrips to Miami with just one welcome bonus!!!
|Best credit cards for Aeroplan points|
|American Express® Aeroplan®* Card|
|Bonus: spend $3k in 6 mos.|
|Rewards: ≈ $1065|
|Card Fee: $120|
|American Express® Gold Rewards Card|
|Bonus: spend $3k in 3 mos.|
|Rewards: ≈ $1165|
|Card Fee: $250|
|Platinum Card® from American Express|
|Bonus: spend $6k in 3 mos.|
|Rewards: ≈ $1910|
|Card Fee: $699|
|American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve Card|
|Bonus: spend $6k in 6 mos.|
|Rewards: ≈ $1725|
|Card Fee: $599|
|American Express Cobalt® Card|
|Bonus: spend $500/mo for 12 mos.|
|Rewards: ≈ $900|
|Card Fee: $156|
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Another very different example, for those who want to travel in business class. Instead of paying thousands of dollars in cash, you can go to Europe in business class for 60,000 Aeroplan points one-way, and it will be only 45,000 or 48,000 points with the offer!
We always encourage you to use your points to travel more instead of for traveling in luxury. But if you go for luxury travel, at least please don’t pay for business class flights with cash, it just makes no sense at all!
And with the free change policy (and free cancellation/refund indirectly with our pro tip), which also ends on July 5, it means you can (and should) book as many flights as possible for the rest of 2022 without risk!
You can check out the best uses of Aeroplan points to see specific examples while you await our new ultimate guide to the Aeroplan program coming this weekend!
Which flights are eligible
The offer applies to all flights through December 31 (again at 3 AM, Eastern time).
The 25% or 20% discount works for both Air Canada-operated flights and those operated by ≈ 40 partner airlines (which are often a better deal with Aeroplan points, especially on longer distances).
The offer would also apply if you used your Aeroplan points to book packages, hotels, or car rentals, but those are terrible uses of Aeroplan points if you want to maximize their value, so we can’t recommend that.
You don’t need to pay taxes with your Aeroplan card issued by American Express to participate in the offer: you really just need to be a cardholder at the time of booking (and to register for the offer, of course).
How to take advantage of the offer
So, you have to register for the offer using this registration link or in the email you received from Aeroplan on June 21 if you don’t want to have to enter your Aeroplan number manually. (but if you’re a savvy travel rewards enthusiast, you use LastPass like we do or 1Password if you prefer).
For those of you who are wondering why almost every good offer requires registration, it’s very simple! They don’t want to give discounts for no reason to people who just happen to do the required action or purchase without even knowing there’s an offer! They want to encourage more bookings in this case, not give 25% back to all those who book and don’t even know about the offer.
As always, we recommend that you register whether you’re thinking of using the offer or not. It takes 1 click and that way, if something unexpected happens and you need to book a flight quickly, you won’t miss out on the 25% discount because you didn’t want to make 1 extra click.
The 25% or 20% back will be credited to your account only after the trip, however, and not right away. This is really the only flaw of this offer.
That said, we can live with it to get 25% off! And there’s really no reason to run out of Aeroplan points with all the crazy offers right now frankly (see news item #9 in this update).
If you already have reservations for the rest of 2022
You may already have flights booked with Aeroplan, even if you have fewer trips planned for the rest of 2022 than I do (I have 8; I’m all-in on revenge travel even though I’ve already been on 9 pandemic trips 😂).
Officially, the offer says that the 25% or 20% discount will not apply to reservations already made.
In practice, if you cancel a reservation and make a new one, it’s very hard for Aeroplan to know that it’s a reservation that already existed.
This means that before July 5, it’s worthwhile to get refunded for your existing reservations for flights between now and December 31 and to rebook them to potentially get 25% or 20% off.
(Provided that the price is still the same if it’s on Air Canada or that there’s still availability if it’s on partner airlines, of course!)
Maybe they will actually find a way not to apply the discount. But if that’s the case, the worst thing that could happen is that you’re back to where you are today! And at best, you’ll get 25% or 20% off if they do apply it (the most plausible outcome).
In the world of travel rewards, it pays to push the envelope a bit like that! Of course, Air Canada doesn’t want you to rebook your existing reservations (for the same reason as the offer registration; they want to encourage new reservations), but it doesn’t cost you anything to try anyway…
Actually, it costs a little bit of time, because the free cancelations currently offered have to be done indirectly as well (another good example of how to maximize the “loopholes” in the rules to your advantage).
If you have travel already booked with cash or other rewards programs, depending on their own change policy, it may be worth considering paying with Aeroplan points instead.
Maybe it wasn’t a good use of Aeroplan points when you did the calculations at full price, but with 25% or 20% off, it can be.
Same thing if you have trips planned but not yet booked that you didn’t think you would book with Aeroplan points: with this offer, you can make your calculations again. Knowing how to do the math is one of the most important things in the world of travel rewards, at least if you want to maximize your free travel as we do!
Reminder about Amex “business” cards and cards that earn Amex points
You saw that the Amex Aeroplan Business Reserve Card is included in the offer.
So it’s worth repeating that anyone can get Amex “business” cards, you don’t have to own a business (only true for Amex; not other banks). We’ll have an article on this very soon with the great offers currently available on the American Express Business Gold Rewards Card and the Business Platinum Card from American Express.
Finally, to be clear, I’ll explain again that the cards that earn Amex points (Cobalt Card, Gold Card, Platinum Card, Green Card, and their “business” versions) also allow you to earn Aeroplan points by transferring your points. And that’s almost always the best use of Amex points too!
However, this offer for 25%-20% back is really just for Aeroplan cobranded cards directly, those that literally say Aeroplan on the card.
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One of Aeroplan’s best-ever offers is currently running through July 5: American Express Aeroplan cardholders can earn 25% or 20% back in Aeroplan points when they book a flight that’ll take place from now until December 31 with their points.
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