For a super premium Aeroplan experience, the & offer quite a bit for their annual fees of $499 & $899.

From high base earn rates, access to Maple Leaf and Priority Pass lounges, and companion tickets on Aeroplan rewards flights – both of these cards offer a lot for the Air Canada traveller.

Not to mention their large welcome bonuses – 40,000 miles for the Platinum version and 50,000 miles for the Reserve card.

If that sounded tempting, here’s good news for you:

American Express has made the welcome bonuses even better.

Amex AeroplanPlus Platinum & Reserve cards offering an Air Canada eGift Card

On top of the Aeroplan miles you can earn, you can now receive an Air Canada eGift Card, too.

For the , you can earn a $150 Air Canada eGift Card after spending $6,000 in the first 6 months.

For the you can earn a $200 Air Canada eGift Card after spending $6,000 in the first 6 months.

With a typical Aeroplan mile worth 2.5 cents each, you’re looking at a welcome bonus worth over $1,000 for both cards – more than making the annual fee worth it in the first year.

You can give one of these cards a try and see if it’s worth paying the large annual fees every year.

Amex AeroplanPlus Platinum and Reserve card details

Want to know more about these cards?

Here’s a brief overview of what each card offers.

For an annual fee of $499, the offers 40,000 welcome bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months, the $150 Air Canada eGift Card, and these earn rates on your spending:

  • 1.25 miles per $1 spent on the first 25,000 in spending, and
  • 1.5 miles per $1 after that.

To make the annual fee worth it, here’s the list of perks that come with this card:

To top it off, it also comes with a companion voucher. Book an Aeroplan short haul flight Fixed Mileage ticket worth 15,000 miles, and get a 2nd ticket for just the taxes and fees.

For even more benefits, the increases the perks for it’s annual fee of $899.

First off, the welcome bonus is increased to 50,000 miles, and the eGift Card is worth $200 for the same spend levels.

The earn rates are a little different:

  • 1.25 miles per $1 on all purchases, and
  • 2 miles per $1 on Air Canada purchases.

It includes all the benefits the Platinum version offers, plus these ones:

  • First free checked bag, up to 5 bags annually, and
  • A $200 annual travel credit

The companion ticket is also better. With this card, you can redeem for an Aeroplan long haul flight worth 25,000 miles, and get the 2nd ticket for just the taxes and fees.

Plus up to 4% cash back.
Ends December 18, 2019.

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