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 30,000 miles (terms), annual fee rebate for the first year||* 1.5 miles per $1 spent on eligible gas, groceries, drugstores, and aircanada.com
* 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
|American Express Gold Rewards||25,000 points (terms)||* 2 points per $1 spent on gas, groceries, drugstores, and travel
* 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
|American Express Platinum||25,000 points (terms)||* 3 points per $1 spent on dining
* 2 points per $1 spent on travel
* 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
|American Express AeroplanPlus Platinum||40,000 miles (terms)||* 1.25 miles per $1 spent on the first 25K in annual spend
* 1.5 miles per $1 spent 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 spent 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. We’ll review their top option.
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 30,000 miles – 15,000 miles after your first purchase, and another 5,000 every month you spend $1,000 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 spent on eligible 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 rebated for the first year.
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 spent on gas, groceries, drugstores, and eligible travel purchases, and
- 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
Earning 2 points per $1 spent 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 25,000 points after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months.
Here’s what you’ll earn on your everyday spending:
- 3 points per $1 spent on eligible dining purchases,
- 2 points per $1 spent 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.
If you’re a heavy spender, this card will really have you flying free, and fast:
- 1.25 miles per $1 spent on the first $25,000 in annual spend, and
- 1.5 miles per $1 spent 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 spent on the first $10,000 in annual spend, and
- 1.25 miles per $1 spent 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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