It’s been a long, winding road with Air Canada acquiring Aeroplan.
Back in January, the takeover was finally approved, and since then we’ve seen some positive announcements, such as Amex continuing to be a partner after the changeover date, and a new hotel and car rental booking tool.
Now, we have our first major deal, and with it a sign that everything may be alright after all.
Market Fare Flights: More specials with fewer miles
Last week, Air Canada announced changes to Market Fare flights happening now – no need to wait ’til July 2020 for these benefits.
If you’re already an Aeroplan member, you probably got this email from Air Canada:
The big announcement is for Market Fare flights, where there’ll be more Market Fare promotions. You’ll require 15% less miles for a redemption on average with more great deal fares as well (a great deal is defined as requiring fewer miles than a Fixed Mileage flight).
On the whole, this is great news. In our Aeroplan guide, we looked at Market Fare redemptions, and for North American flights had an average of 1.48 cents (including the rest of the world, the value was 1.30 cents).
And while that’s the lowest average value amongst North American flights, Market Fares offer better flexibility and schedules, as you can use your miles to book any available Air Canada seat. They also have lower taxes and fees, as they waive fuel surcharges for flights within Canada and the Continental United States.
So these changes will only increase the value you could get for your miles.
You’ll also need fewer miles to redeem for Air Canada gift certificates.
Example of deals
So, what are some Market Fare deals currently available? Here are a few deals we looked at, to give you an idea of what’s out there.
Toronto to Fort Lauderdale – 21,000 miles
Here’s a good deal from Toronto to Fort Lauderdale. Save 3,900 miles over the Fixed Mileage equivalent, and only pay $71 in taxes and fees as well, over the usual $199.
These flights cost $415, giving this redemption a value of 1.63 cents per mile, better than our average market fare redemption.
Vancouver to Miami – 24,900 miles
While it doesn’t have the mileage savings our previous flight had, this one still offers great value for your miles.
You’ll only save 100 miles over a Fixed Mileage redemption, but flights to Miami on these dates cost $722. With the low taxes and fees charged, this gave a great value of 2.6 cents per mile, a little better than our overall Aeroplan mile valuation of 2.5 cents each.
Aeroplan credit cards
So, if you like what you see, here are 2 great credit card options for collecting even more Aeroplan miles on all of your purchases.
You’ll be able to save up for that dream vacation you want to take, and pay a fraction of the price for it.
|TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite||Amex Gold Rewards Card|
|Welcome Bonus||Up to 25,000 miles (terms)||25,000 points (terms)|
|Earn Rate||Up to 1.5 miles per $1||Up to 2 points per $1|
|Stand-out Feature||Air Canada perks on Aeroplan rewards flights||Transfer points to multiple airline and hotel programs|
|Annual Fee||$120, first year free||$150|
|Apply Now||Apply Now|
TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite
If you want a big head start on collecting miles, the
Earn up to 25,000 Aeroplan miles for signing up – 15,000 after your first purchase and another 10,000 after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months.
Then, earn Aeroplan miles on every purchase you make:
- 1.5 miles per $1 spent on gas, groceries, drugstores, and aircanada.com purchases (up to $80,000 annually) and
- 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases.
But it doesn’t end there. When you go to redeem your miles for flights, this card will get you some great perks on Air Canada operated flights:
- free first checked bag,
- priority check-in,
- priority boarding, and
- Maple Leaf lounge access (only once per year).
Add it all up, and you’ve got yourself a great card to for earning Aeroplan miles. Plus, its annual fee of $120 is currently waived for the first year.
However, be sure to act fast – this sign-up bonus and first year free offer is set to end on June 2nd, 2019.
Get the full details here:
American Express Gold Rewards card
For more flexible rewards and to earn even more points on your day to day purchases, the
While it earns Amex Membership Rewards points, you can transfer your points 1:1 to Aeroplan.
It does have a slightly higher annual fee of $150, but also has no income requirements. And, you’ll earn more points on all of your daily purchases:
- 2 points per $1 spent on gas, groceries, drugstores and any travel purchase, and
- 1 point per $1 spent everywhere else.
This card will also let you earn a welcome bonus of 25,000 points after spending $1,500 in the first 3 months.
And while it doesn’t have any Air Canada benefits, you have much more flexibility to use your points. In addition to Aeroplan, you can transfer your points 1:1 to British Airways, use the Fixed Points Travel Program for great values on flights, transfer to Marriott Bonvoy at a 5:6 ratio, or use your points to redeem for any travel charged to the card. The choice is yours.
This way, when it comes time to redeem your points, if Aeroplan doesn’t have any suitable offers, you’ll still be able to get good value for all the points you earned.
Get the full details here: