19 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Air Canada Aeroplan Miles

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With 200 destinations across 6 continents, Air Canada is the largest airline in Canada. In 2015, the airline carried more than 41 million passengers.

Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, which includes Lufthansa, Asiana Airlines, United Airlines and 24 other carriers.

Its 4 hubs are Toronto Pearson Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Calgary International Airport, and Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

Aeroplan Miles is the airline loyalty program of Air Canada. Members earn Aeroplan Miles that can be redeemed for Aeroplan travel rewards, gift cards, and merchandise.

Of course, the more Aeroplan Miles you earn, the more valuable the redemptions. This post will show you to build up your Aeroplan Miles quickly so you can qualify for the best redemptions!

In June 2020, Air Canda and Aeroplan will split. Air Canada will launch a new program while Aeroplan will become an independent program. See updates from Air Canada and Aeroplan.

Air Canada Aeroplan Loyalty Program

Air Canada Aeroplan Progran
Sign up for Air Canada Aeroplan and earn miles you can redeem for travel rewards!

1. Join Air Canada Aeroplan

You can’t begin earning Aeroplan Miles until you enroll in Aeroplan, so that’s the first step. Then you’ll be able to access your Aeroplan Dashboard where you can see transactions, current status, and manage your rewards.

If you need to request Missing Mileage Credit, you can do that from your dashboard too.

2. Fly Air Canada

Accrue miles in no time by flying Air Canada, Air Canada Express, and Air Canada Rouge. All you need is your Aeroplan Number, which you’ll receive during enrollment.

Book flights online to earn the most miles. However, you will also earn miles when booking through Air Canada Reservations or a travel agent.

The table below shows the miles you can earn for Air Canada flights within Canada, as well as between Canada and the U.S. Find charts for other destinations here.

Booking ClassesFlights Within CanadaBetween Canada and U.S.
Business150150
Premium Economy125N/A
Latitude125125
Flex100100
Tango2550

Hot Tip: If you prefer to fly in the front of the plane, check out our guide to upgrading to business and first class on Air Canada.

3. Book With Star Alliance Carriers

Air Canada Aeroplan Star Alliance
Earn Aeroplan Miles when you fly with the 27 airline partners in the Star Alliance.

Another way to earn Aeroplan Miles is by booking travel with one of the 27 Star Alliance carriers.

Depending on the airline and the fare purchased, you can earn up to 200% of miles flown with Star Alliance members as well as smaller regional carriers that partner with Air Canada. To learn more, check out this post about where to credit your miles for maximum value.

4. Qualify for Elite Status

You have between January 1-December 31 each calendar year to accumulate Aeroplan Status Miles with Air Canada or program partners and qualify for elite status.

The 3 tiers in the Aeroplan program are Silver (25,000 miles), Black (50,000 miles), and Diamond (100,000 miles).

With elite status, you’ll need fewer miles for market fare flight awards. In addition, you’ll earn up to 3,000 bonus miles per trip with Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge to more than 80 destinations.

Just register for the Air Canada Getaway Bonus one time for the year.

Air Canada Aeroplan Status
Get up to 3,000 bonus miles when you reach Silver, Black, or Diamond status in Air Canada Aeroplan.

Elite status also gives you up to 3x miles when shopping at the Aeroplan eStore.

Of course, some miles are not eligible for Aeroplan status, like miles transferred from other loyalty programs and miles transferred between member accounts.

5. Air Canada Altitude Program

While the Air Canada Altitude program is similar to Aeroplan status, it actually gives you more perks for earning miles.

Achieve Prestige, Elite, and Super Elite status in Air Canada Altitude by accumulating Altitude Qualifying Miles (AQM), Altitude Qualifying Segments (AQS), and Altitude Qualifying Dollars (AQD).

Requirements for earning Air Canada Altitude elite status.
Requirements for earning Air Canada Altitude elite status.

*AQD requirements outside of Canada are 50% less than in the above table.

Earn AQMs, AQS, and AQDs by flying Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air Canada Rouge, or eligible codeshare flights marketed by Air Canada and operated by other Star Alliance member airlines.

This table shows what you can earn for flights within Canada. Other status mile charts are on the Aeroplan website.

Booking ClassesAltitude Qualifying Miles (AQM)Altitude Qualifying Segments (AQS)
Business1501
Premium Economy1251
Latitude1251
Flex1001
Tango251

Altitude Privileges include seat discounts, priority upgrades, lounge access, and so much more.

With Altitude status, you also earn a minimum of 250 miles for eligible fares on flights operated by Air Canada, its regional carriers, and Star Alliance member airlines, no matter how far you travel!

Plus you get Star Alliance Recognition!

Just a note, because this can get a little confusing: Air Canada Altitude is completely separate from Aeroplan Status. As long as you qualify for Aeroplan Status, you will receive those benefits, even if you also qualify for Air Canada Altitude.

Check your Altitude Qualifying Dollars from the tracker located on your Aeroplan Dashboard.

Earn Aeroplan Miles With Credit Cards

Air Canada Aeroplan Credit Cards
Accrue Aeroplan Miles by using a variety of credit cards.

6. Co-Branded Aeroplan Credit Cards

Several co-branded Aeroplan credit cards are available to Canadian citizens only.

In the U.S., you can earn Aeroplan Miles with the TD Aeroplan™ Visa Signature® Credit Card. This card comes with a sign-up bonus and earns 2x Aeroplan Miles on Air Canada purchases (1x on everything else).

The annual fee of $95 is waived for the first year.

7. American Express Membership Rewards Credit Cards

Convert your American Express Membership Rewards points to Aeroplan Miles in increments of 1,000 online or by phone. The transfer ratio is 1:1, and it usually takes 24 hours or less for transactions to be completed.

Best of all, you can earn Membership Rewards points with the following credit cards and then transfer them over to Aeroplan Miles.

Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)

The Platinum Card® from American Express - There's currently a welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in your first 3 months. This is our favorite card for getting into 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide (including Priority Pass) and we get about $1,500+ in value from the card every year.

Plus, get up to $200 in Uber credits annually ($15 per month and a $20 bonus in December) — and up to $200 in annual credit for airline incidental charges (e.g. baggage fees). For rates and fees of the Platinum Card, click here.
American Express® Gold Card - We love using this card as it earns 4x points at restaurants worldwide and 4x points at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x).

With a welcome bonus of 35,000 points after you spend $2,000 in your first 3 months and a $100 airfare credit per year, for many this is an easy addition to your wallet. For rates and fees of the Gold Card, click here.

Recommended Amex Cards (Business)

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express - Even though this card carries a hefty annual fee, we get ~$1,250+ in value per year by leveraging as many of the benefits/perks card.

Get access to 1,200+ airport lounges worldwide, $200 in airline fee credits for incidentals (e.g. baggage fees) and a lot more. Also, earn a welcome bonus of up to 75,000 points (terms apply). For rates and fees of the Business Platinum, click here.
American Express® Business Gold Card - probably our favorite Amex business card because we earn 4x points across the top 2 select categories that we spend the most money in each month. The 4x points applies to the first $150,000 in combined purchases from these 2 categories each calendar year. This means you'll max out at a (whopping) 600,000 points per year. After that, you earn 1x. For rates and fees of the Business Gold Card, click here.
The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express - This is a real simple card that earns you 2x points on business purchases up to $50,000 annually (then 1x). There's no annual fee. For rates and fees of The Blue Business Plus, click here.

8. Capital One Miles

Capital One miles now transfer to Aeroplan at a 2:1.5 ratio. Instead of redeeming your Capital One miles in the Capital One Travel Portal for cash tickets, you now have the option to transfer them to your Aeroplan account.

Using Aeroplan miles can potentially save a ton of miles when looking to book first or business class tickets by using the Aeroplan award chart compared to 1 cent per point of the cash ticket price using the Capital One Travel Portal.

Make sure you have a Capital One card that has the transferable miles feature. Here are our picks:

Recommended Capital One Cards That Earn Miles (Personal)

Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card - This is an excellent card for those looking to earn 10x miles per $1 across thousands of hotels. With a 20,000 mile sign up bonus (worth $200) after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months and no annual fee, it's a strong choice.
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card - A card for the more serious traveler. Earn a 50,000 mile sign up bonus (worth $500) once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening — and 10X miles per $1 spent across thousands of hotels. The annual fee is $0 intro for the first year, then $95 after that.

Recommended Capital One Cards That Earn Miles (Business)

Capital One® Spark Miles Select For Business - This no annual fee card has a 20,000 mile sign up bonus after meeting the minimum spend of $3,000 within the first 3 months. Save on interest with 0% intro APR on purchases for 9 months; 15.24% - 23.24% variable APR after that.
Capital One® Spark Miles For Business - Earn 50,000 miles once you spend $4,500 on purchases within 3 months from account opening. Annual fee: $0 intro for first year; $95 after that.

9. Transfer From Hotel Loyalty Programs

Air Canada Aeroplan Transfer Points
Convert points from several hotel loyalty programs to Air Canada Aeroplan Miles.

If you’re a member of one or more of the big hotel loyalty programs like Hilton Honors or Marriott Bonvoy, don’t miss this opportunity to increase your Aeroplan Miles balance.

You can transfer points from all 3 of these programs to Aeroplan Miles:

  • 10,000 Honors points = 1,000 Aeroplan Miles
  • 10,000 Marriott Bonvoy points = 2,000 Aeroplan Miles

Transfer more points when you earn them with the hotel credit cards in the table below:

Loyalty ProgramCredit Card Review
Hilton Honors Loyalty ProgramHilton Honors American Express Card
Hilton Honors™ Ascend® Card from American Express
Marriott Bonvoy Loyalty ProgramMarriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Card
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card

Earn With Travel Partners

10. Aeroplan Car Rental Partners

Air Canada Aeroplan Car Rental Partners
Avis and Hertz are Air Canada partners. Book a rental with Avis or Hertz to earn more Aeroplan Miles!

Earn 1 Aeroplan Mile per $1 spent on rental cars at Avis, and 500 miles per rental at Hertz.

Because Hertz is also a transfer partner, you can convert Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points to Aeroplan Miles at a rate of 600 points for 500 miles.

11. Aeroplan Partner Hotels

There are more than 80 Aeroplan hotel partners offering miles per $1 spent or miles per stay.

For instance, earn 2 Aeroplan Miles per $1 at Marriott Bonvoy hotels including Delta Hotels.

12. Join Points.com

Air Canada Aeroplan Points.com
As a Points.com member, you can transfer points from other loyalty programs into your Air Canada Aeroplan account.

By joining Points.com, you can even convert Asia Miles and Icelandair Miles to Aeroplan Miles! Just sign up for free and enter the account numbers for your airline loyalty program memberships to get started.

Aeroplan Transfer Partners

13. Diners Club – Club Rewards

Convert Club Rewards from your Diners Club account to Aeroplan Miles at clubrewardsus.com or by phone at 1-800-234-4034.

There’s a minimum of 1,000 points per redemption, which must also be made in increments of 1,000 points.

14. Hotel Transfer Points

Air Canada Aeroplan Transfer Hotel Points
When it comes to transferring loyalty points to Aeroplan Miles, you have tons of hotel options!

We already discussed how to transfer points from Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy. You can also transfer points from the following hotel loyalty programs:

Hotel Loyalty ProgramHotel PointsAeroplan Miles
Wyndham Rewards5 points1 mile
Best Western Rewards5 points1 mile
Choice Privileges5 points1 mile
Coast Rewards1 point1 mile
Club Carlson10k points1k miles
Le Club AccorHotels2 points1 mile
Gold Circle Award1 point1 mile

15. Air Canada Vacations

Planning a trip? Book through Air Canada Vacations and earn Aeroplan Miles on flight-inclusive packages when travel is on a flight operated by Air Canada. You can also earn status miles.

Provide your Aeroplan number when you book your trip at aircanadavacations.com

Other Ways To Earn Miles

16. Air Canada Aeroplan Promotions

Find temporary promotions for extra Aeroplan Miles by checking the Air Canada Aeroplan website on a regular basis.

Currently, Avis is offering 4,000 Aeroplan Miles for rentals through February 28, 2017, and IHG Rewards Club is offering 3x Aeroplan Miles for eligible stays through April 15, 2017.

17. Air Canada Cafe

Air Canada Cafe
Purchase food on flights with an Air Canada Cafe and earn Aeoplan Miles.

Get a bite to eat on your flight at the Air Canada Cafe and earn Aeroplan Miles at the same time. Earn 25 Aeroplan Miles on purchases of $10-$19.99 before tax, and 50 Aeroplan Miles when you spend $20+!

18. Air Canada Aeroplan Shopping Partners & e-Store

Air Canada Aeroplan members in Canada have loads of opportunities to earn miles from local partners like Home Hardware, Costco.ca Toyota Canada, and online retailers. Sadly, the partnership with Esso gas stations ended May 31, 2018.

But if you live in North America, you’re not out of luck!

Find participating Aeroplan partners near you no matter where you live by using the handy Partner Locator!

Additionally, you can shop through Air Canada’s Aeroplan e-Store and earn bonus points on online purchases you’re likely already making anyway!

19. Buy or Transfer Miles

If you don’t have quite enough Aeroplan Miles for an award, don’t worry.

You can buy them or transfer miles from one Aeroplan account to another online instantly. There is a fee of $0.02 cents per mile, so this should only be a solution when you find yourself in a bind.

There are some limits on these processes: you are limited to 5 transactions transferring miles either from or to your account per year.

The minimum amount is 1,000 Aeroplan Miles, and the maximum amount is 999,999 Aeroplan Miles in a single transaction.

Conclusion

Wow! There are so many terrific ways to earn Air Canada Aeroplan Miles! Hopefully, we’ve prepared you to get out there and start earning so you can reap the benefits.

Remember, one of the best ways to earn Aeroplan Miles is by using credit cards associated with Air Canada transfer partners such as American Express Membership Rewards, Hilton Honors, and Marriott Bonvoy!

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Best Ways to Earn Air Canada Miles

FAQ

What are Air Canada Aeroplan Miles?

Aeroplan is the airline loyalty program of Air Canada. The miles you earn in Aeroplan can be redeemed through Air Canada and its redemption partners.

Can I transfer my Air Canada Aeroplan Miles to other members?

Yes, Air Canada Aeroplan Miles can be transferred to another account member for a fee of $0.02 per mile. The transfer will occur instantly.

You can transfer miles or receive a mile transfer up to 5 times per year.

Are Air Canada Aeroplan Miles refundable?

Yes, Air Canada makes it easy to cancel and refund unexpired, unused flight rewards up to 22 days before departure.

Go to “Your Aeroplan – Manage Your Reward” at aeroplan.com to handle it all online. There is a refund fee of $90 per ticket.

Which credit cards earn Air Canada Aeroplan miles?

In addition to the co-branded Air Canada Aeroplan card, you can earn miles by using credit cards associated with loyalty transfer partners such as American Express Membership Rewards, Marriott Bonvoy, Hilton Honors, and more.

Who are Air Canada Aeroplan partners?

Air Canada is a member of the Star Alliance, meaning it partners with the 27 Star Alliance carriers including Lufthansa, United Airlines, and EVA Airlines.

When do Air Canada Aeroplan Miles expire?

Miles will expire if you have no qualifying activity for the previous 12 months. To prevent miles from expiring, earn or redeem at least 1 mile in a 12-month period.

Are Air Canada Aeroplan Status and Air Canada Altitude separate programs?

Yes, Aeroplan Status and Air Canada Altitude are 2 separate programs.

Earn Aeroplan Status by collecting Premium Points for flights and qualifying for Silver, Black, or Diamond status. Then, earn perks including up to 3,000 bonus miles per eligible flight through 2017.

Earn Prestige, Elite, and Super Elite status in Air Canada Altitude by accruing Altitude Qualifying Miles (AQM), Altitude Qualifying Segments (AQS), and Altitude Qualifying Dollars (AQD) while flying Air Canada, regional partners, and eligible codeshare flights marketed by Air Canada.

Then, enjoy perks like a minimum of 250 miles for eligible fares, seat discounts, lounge access, and a lot more.

You can participate in both Aeroplan Status and Air Canada Altitude at the same time.

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5 comments

  1. Uptowngirl · June 20, 2019 · Reply

    Your article is about Aeroplan so I assume you are speaking to a Canadian audience but the details of the Amex Plat/Gold cards you listed are for US customers not Canadian customers…

    • Hi Uptowngirl! We’re actually a U.S. based website and as such, publish content with suggestions for a U.S. audience. As you can see from many of the other articles on our site, just because we’re U.S. based that doesn’t limit us to reviewing only U.S. airlines and loyalty programs. We post earning/redeeming/booking guides for most of the popular international airlines as well as general travel-related content.

      We hope one day to be able to branch out to credit card suggestions for those living outside of the U.S. but while we’re still small, the U.S. is where our focus will lie for the time being! Thanks for writing in!

    • Hi Uptowngirl,

      While our website is based out of the US, the audience for this article is anyone that can benefit from the use of Aeroplan miles. Air Canada services customers in over 50 countries worldwide. Additionally, Aeroplan miles can also be used to purchase award flights with a large number of their airline partners around the world.

  2. david friedman · July 15, 2019 · Reply

    We opened two accounts at Air Canada on that date and asked to add the miles of those flights to our accounts. Now we are flying again and thought to use them but found out that we do not have any miles in our accounts, but we do not know why.
    Can you add those miles into our accounts and explain us how to use them? Thank you.

    • Hi David,

      Please be advised that we are not, and have no affiliation with, Air Canada. We are Upgraded Points, a website that provides educational resources to help people travel with points and miles.

      In order to receive assistance with your Aeroplan account, you’ll need to contact the Air Canada customer service line at 1-(800) 361-5373. I hope you’re able to get the matter resolved!

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