Over the past two years, airlines around the world have either extended elite status or made it easier to extend elite status. It will be interesting to see what happens this year – in many parts of the world, leisure travel has fully recovered, while business travel continues to decline.
Air Canada’s Aeroplan program has just unveiled an exciting new promotion to extend its status this year.
Earn 30,000 points with Aeroplan credit cards, maintain your status
Air Canada Aeroplan is offering members a new way to earn elite status for 2023 (this follows Aeroplan’s outright status extension over the past two years). Specifically, members who accumulate 30,000 points through Aeroplan co-branded credit cards will have their status extended until December 31, 2023.
As you might expect, there are some terms to be aware of:
- No registration is required
- This is valid for points earned between January 1 and November 30, 2022
- This applies to existing Aeroplan Elite Members who are also primary cardholders of an eligible co-branded credit card; if you are not yet a cardholder, you can open an account and take advantage of this offer
- Eligible point earning opportunities include accelerated earning of base and tier Aeroplan points on an eligible card
- Welcome and acquisition bonuses, as well as points converted from other programs, are excluded from this offer
- Status extensions will begin in June 2022, although it may take up to eight weeks for the status extension to be processed once the requirements are met
For example, the Aeroplan® (review) credit card has fantastic bonus categories, as the card offers 3x Aeroplan points on restaurant purchases, grocery store purchases, and flight purchases. In other words, spending just $10,000 on these purchases would earn you 30,000 qualifying points, enough to extend your status.
Will other airlines offer similar promotions?
Air Canada Aeroplan is the first major loyalty program in North America to facilitate status requalification in 2022 (for the 2023 program year). Should other airlines in North America be expected to follow?
- Canada has certainly seen a slower recovery in travel demand than the United States, especially when it comes to leisure travel
- On top of that, Canada is a much more seasonal domestic tourism market, which doesn’t work in its favor (compared to the US, where airlines just move a lot of capacity to places like Florida)
- While business travel is returning more slowly than leisure travel, it’s increasingly clear that business travel is permanently changing at some level (even if it’s just the kind number of business trips people take)
While I doubt any major US airline will make an offer as generous as what Aeroplan is giving us, I think we will see offers from US airlines. Specifically, I think airlines will provide more avenues for members to earn status, since there are so many ways people can engage with an airline and show their loyalty.
American AAdvantage’s new loyalty points system solves this problem in several ways, as members can earn elite status for all sorts of activities, from flying to hotel stays to spending credit card. I think we’ll see more and more airlines adopt a model like that, especially in a post-pandemic world.
At the end of the line
Air Canada Aeroplan has launched a new promotion that makes it easier to requalify for status in 2022. Specifically, if you earn 30,000 qualifying points on an Aeroplan co-branded credit card, your status will be extended through the end of 2023. is quite generous this early in the year, and I’m curious to see what other airlines offer, if any.
What do you think of Aeroplan’s Status Extension promotion?