Looking to get yourself a free flight?
Each of them has a welcome bonus that will get you at least one short haul ticket in Canada, and many of them contain bonuses to get you anywhere in Canada and the Continental U.S.
Here, we’ve listed some of the top offers currently available.
|Credit Card||Welcome Bonus||Earn Rates||Annual Fee, Income Requirements||Apply Now|
|TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite||Up to 25,000 miles (terms), first year free||* 1.5 miles per $1 on gas, groceries, drugstores, and aircanada.com
* 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
|TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege||Up to 50,000 miles (terms)||* 1.5 miles per $1 on gas, groceries, drugstores, and aircanada.com
* 1.25 miles per $1 spent on all other purchases
|TD Aeroplan Platinum Visa||Up to 15,000 miles (terms), first year free||* 1 mile per $1 on gas, groceries, and drugstores
* 1 mile per $1.50 spent on all other purchases
|American Express Gold Rewards||25,000 points (terms)||* 2 points per $1 on gas, groceries, drugstores, and travel
* 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
|American Express Platinum||50,000 points (terms)||* 3 points per $1 on dining
* 2 points per $1 on travel
* 1 point per $1 on all other purchases
|American Express AeroplanPlus Platinum||40,000 miles, $150 Air Canada eGift Card (terms)||* 1.25 miles per $1 spent on the first 25K in annual spend
* 1.5 miles per $1 after 25K
|American Express AeroplanPlus Gold||15,000 miles (terms)||* 1 mile per $1 spent on the first 10K in annual spend
* 1.25 miles per $1 after 10K
TD Aeroplan Visa Cards
We’ll start with TD‘s Aeroplan branded cards. They offer 3 different cards, each of which has different income requirements.
TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite
One of the most popular Aeroplan credit cards is the
This card also has a sign-up bonus of up to 25,000 miles – 15,000 miles after your first purchase, and another 10,000 after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months.
That’s enough miles to fly you anywhere within Canada or to the Continental U.S.
Top up your bank with these earn rates as well:
- 1.5 miles per $1 on gas, groceries, drugstores, aircanada.com purchases (up to $80,000 annually on all categories), and
- 1 mile per $1 spent on everything else.
To top it off, get these Air Canada benefits when flying on rewards tickets to make your free flight even sweeter:
- free first checked bag,
- priority check in,
- priority boarding, and
- Maple Leaf lounge access (only once per year).
It’s not hard to see why it’s a popular card.
It also has income requirements of either $60,000 personal or $100,000 household and an annual fee of $120, which is currently waived for the first year.
TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege
For more miles and perks on every Air Canada flight, the
The welcome bonus is no different. You can earn up to 50,000 Aeroplan miles – 25,000 after your first purchase, and another 25,000 after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months. That gives you a business class seat or 2 economy class seats within Canada and the Continental U.S.
It’ll also give you more miles on your everyday shopping:
- 1.5 miles per $1 on gas, groceries, drugstores, aircanada.com purchases (up to $100,000 annually on all categories), and
- 1.25 miles per $1 spent on everything else.
If that didn’t get your attention, you’ll get great benefits on every flight operated by Air Canada:
- free first checked bag,
- priority check in,
- priority boarding, and
- Maple Leaf lounge access (only 4 times per year, on rewards flights only).
To top it off, it also has some great Visa Infinite Privilege benefits as well, like:
- benefits at Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal-Trudeau airports, including priority screening, and
- a priority pass membership with 6 free passes.
This card does have a household income requirement of $200,000, but provides a lot for its $399 annual fee.
TD Aeroplan Platinum Visa
For an Aeroplan card with a lower annual fee of $89 and no minimum income requirements, TD offers the
It’s got a lower sign-up bonus of up to 15,000 miles – 10,000 after your first purchase and another 5,000 after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months. But that’s still enough for a short haul flight within Canada or to the U.S.
This card also earns miles at these rates on your purchases:
- 1 miles per $1 on gas, groceries, and drugstores (up to $80,000 annually on all categories), and
- 1 mile per $1.50 spent on everything else.
And while there are no other benefits, it’s more accessible thanks to not having income requirements. The first year is also currently free as well, making it a good card to take out for a spin.
American Express Aeroplan Cards
American Express also offers Aeroplan credit cards. Though there are more Amex cards to choose from, we’ve pared down the list to the top 4 welcome bonus offers they currently have.
One nice thing about these Amex cards is the welcome bonuses rarely change. You won’t have to worry whether or not the deal will suddenly get better shortly after you get the card.
American Express Gold Rewards Card
Our top-rated Aeroplan card, the
First off, the welcome bonus. Earn 25,000 points after spending $1,500 in the first 3 months.
But what makes it our top Aeroplan card are the earn rates.
You’ll earn more miles on your purchases than any other card:
- 2 points per $1 on gas, groceries, drugstores, and eligible travel purchases, and
- 1 point per $1 on all other purchases.
Earning 2 points per $1 on 4 categories is something no other Aeroplan credit card provides, and the biggest reason it’s our #1 Aeroplan card.
While it doesn’t have any Air Canada benefits, if the Aeroplan redemptions don’t look good when it comes time to redeem your rewards, here are the other ways you can use your points for travel:
- transfer points to 5 other airlines,
- redeem for flights using the Fixed Points Travel Program,
- transfer points to Marriott Bonvoy at a 5:6 ratio and Hilton Honors at a 1:1 ratio, and
- book any travel you like, using your points to pay for the purchase.
With this card, there’s no shortage of ways to use your points.
The card does have a slightly higher annual fee of $150, but like all Amex cards, it has no minimum income requirements.
American Express Platinum Card
For the most lavish perks you can find, the
The welcome bonus is no slouch either. Earn 50,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months.
Here’s what you’ll earn on your everyday spending:
- 3 points per $1 on eligible dining purchases,
- 2 points per $1 on eligible travel, and
- 1 point per $1 spent on everything else.
But what really separates this card are the perks.
Enjoy the most perks of any credit card, some of which include:
- unlimited airport lounge visits for you and a guest at Priority Pass and Amex Centurion lounges,
- complimentary breakfast, upgrades, spa credits, and late checkout at 1,000+ hotels with Fine Hotels and Resorts,
- get a $100 USD hotel credit on amenities at over 600 participating hotels with The Hotel Collection,
- a $200 annual travel credit that can be redeemed for any travel, and
- upgraded status in 4 hotel programs, including Marriott Bonvoy.
So, while it does have an annual fee of $699, Amex will make it worth your while if you can take advantage of everything this card has to offer.
American Express AeroplanPlus Platinum
For Amex’s Aeroplan-branded cards, the
To start, this card will let you earn 40,000 miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. And, you can also earn a $150 Air Canada eGift Card after spending $6,000 in the first 6 months.
If you’re a heavy spender, this card will really have you flying free, and fast:
- 1.25 miles per $1 on the first $25,000 in annual spend, and
- 1.5 miles per $1 after that.
You’ll also be able to enjoy Air Canada benefits on every flight:
- priority check-in, and
- unlimited access to Maple Leaf Lounges.
The card also includes a priority pass membership with unlimited visits and comes with a 2 for 1 rewards flight. Book a short haul flight worth 15,000 miles, and you’ll only have to pay taxes and fees for the 2nd ticket.
It does have an annual fee of $499, but this card really has the ability to let you rack up miles and enjoy some comfort while travelling.
American Express AeroplanPlus Gold
Looking for an Amex Aeroplan-branded card that won’t break the bank on annual fees? The
This card will start you off with 15,000 Aeroplan miles after spending $1,500 in the first 3 months.
Amex has kept the earn rates simple for this card as well:
- 1 mile per $1 on the first $10,000 in annual spend, and
- 1.25 miles per $1 after that.
This card doesn’t have any Air Canada benefits, but for an Amex Aeroplan card to add to your point bank, this card will work out fine. It has an annual fee of $120.
And there you have it
7 cards you can use to help further along your Aeroplan miles bank.
Not every single Aeroplan offer was listed here. To see even more cards, check out our Best Aeroplan Cards Page.
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