The Aeroplan® Credit Card debuted in late 2021 as Air Canada’s foray back into the U.S. credit card market. Issued by Chase, this card boasts quite a few unique perks and a loyalty program that can be very valuable for points and miles travelers.
Previously, the card offered a welcome offer in the form of Flight Rewards Certificates that were one-time use, but now offers a standard welcome bonus in the form of Aeroplan points that should offer more flexibility to new card members.
Let’s take a look at the details.
The latest Aeroplan card welcome bonus allows you to earn 70,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months. We value Aeroplan points at 1.5 cents apiece, making this bonus worth $1,050 based on that valuation.
Further, the Aeroplan card comes with a set of unique perks, many of which may be tempting for potential cardholders. This includes the ability to redeem Aeroplan points to Pay Yourself Back, as well as elite status for over a year when you first open the card.
Is It Worth It?
Aeroplan points can unlock some very valuable redemptions through the Canadian airline or one of its Star Alliance partners. For instance, 70,000 points are enough to book a one-way business class ticket from Istanbul to New York City in Turkish Airlines’ top-notch business class cabin and you’d be able to visit the Turkish Airlines business class lounge in Istanbul, which is widely regarded as one of the best of its kind in the world.
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Looking to see multiple cities in a single trip? The Air Canada Aeroplan program allows you to add a stopover to an award itinerary for just 5,000 points, giving you the opportunity to get significantly more value and see multiple destinations, all on a single award ticket.
You can also redeem your points through the Pay Yourself Back feature at a rate of 1.25 cents apiece, making those 70,000 points worth at least $875 when redeemed in this way.
While some might feel that there isn’t quite as much upside as the older welcome bonus on the Aeroplan card, there’s no denying that receiving points over Flight Certificates provides significantly more flexibility for most — especially if you don’t often make expensive point redemptions. At the end of the day, the Aeroplan card is an excellent travel rewards card and makes a great addition to the wallet of points travelers.
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