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American Express Aeroplan Plus Platinum Card 50,000 Sign-up Bonus

by on December 8, 2010 · 7 comments

in Aeroplan, Air Canada, American Express, Credit Cards

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Air Canada’s frequent flyer program, Aeroplan (which is actually a separate company from the airline), has some good awards, especially the 80,000 point business class from North America to most parts of central/Western Europe. They also have a competitive card sign-up bonus going on right now for their co-branded American Express Aeroplan Plus Platinum card: 50,000 points (25,000 with first purchase and 25,000 after $1,000 spend in first three months). Simply sign-up through the link and use promo code 50100. While the card comes with a hefty $499 annual fee, you can cancel it after hitting your spend to get a prorated rebate on your annual fee. If you want to keep your card, the benefits may pay for themselves. If you already have an American Express Platinum card, some people have had luck convincing Amex to let them keep both cards for one $499 annual fee. This may depend on your history with Amex, but it can’t hurt to ask if you already have a Platinum card.

Key benefits:

1.25 miles per dollar spent on first $25,000 in spend
1 mile per dollar after $25,000 in spend
2 for 1 shorthaul 15,000 mile redemption
Access to the Maple Leaf Lounge
Priority check-in
Free Priority Pass Membership ($27 access to hundreds of international lounges)
Free Hertz Gold (one class upgrades)
Fairmont Platinum after 5 stays (link)

If you aren’t into the $499 annual fee, you can still getthe Aeroplan Plus Gold Card for $120/year.

Note: these are charge cards, so the balance must be paid off each month, or else you pay a steep 30% annual interest on your carried balance (which would easily negate the value of points received).

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  • Lantean

    Hi TPG, could you please elaborate more on “some people have had luck convincing Amex to let them keep both cards for one $499 annual fee”. I tried reading about it on FT but can’t find much… Thank you.

  • Lucky

    Is Amex usually pretty good about giving pro-rated refunds on the annual fee? If I cancel 6 months in will they refund the pro-rated remaining charge or do I have to sign-up for another Amex card? Anyone have any experience with this? I called Amex and inquired and I was told that it really depends on the circumstances.

  • The Points Guy

    I’ve never done it, but based on people’s experiences on Flyertalk, I think they will prorate the yearly fee if you are dissatisfied.

  • Martin

    This is a new Aeroplan Amex promo that I noticed today. 20,000 Aeroplan points (normally 15,000). Runs until 3-31-2011. Happy New Year.

    http://www1.aeroplan.com/promotions/promotion_details.do?promotion=promo_webup2122_gold_2010_12_29

  • The Points Guy

    Thanks Martin!

  • http://www.americanexpress.com/canada/en/aeroplan_dclp_dtw11_Apr50K_en.shtml?&PID=124&BUID=AERO&PSKU=D43&AFFID=APDTW&ITU_id=100000345&CRTV=promoplaten LGV

    It’s back. Sign up from now until June 15, 2011. RSVP code: 5050.

  • MJL

    Do you need to live in Canada to apply for these?

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