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Aug. 11, 2020
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Tuesday morning, Air Canada unveiled significant changes to its Aeroplan program — some redemptions will require more points, but the airline has largely added value to the program, at a time when many others are taking it away.

The new Aeroplan will appeal to a broad range of travelers, too — you can easily take advantage of redemptions and new perks, like Family Sharing and earning Everyday Status without being a frequent Air Canada flyer.

That's because Aeroplan partners with a handful of transferrable-points programs, so there's a good chance you already have a way to easily earn Aeroplan points. Points from Amex's Membership Rewards program transfer instantly at a 1:1 ratio, for example, and you can also boost your balance via Marriott Bonvoy and Capital One.

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While we'd normally share program updates in a post or two, there's so much to cover here that we're breaking things up, in order to dive into certain elements with the level of detail you've come to expect from TPG. Be sure to bookmark this page, and check back for a closer look throughout the day and week.

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11 of the most innovative and exciting changes

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The new Air Canada Aeroplan is loaded with exciting new features that make it one of the best loyalty programs in the business. Read more.

19 things you need to know about redeeming

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Although the airline is maintaining the "Aeroplan" brand, there's a lot of change on the way. Read more.

How to earn Air Canada status without flying

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Benefits include priority check-in, security and boarding, two Maple Leaf Lounge passes, eUpgrade credits, Star Alliance Silver benefits and more. Read more.

Why the promise to keep award charts is a big deal

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Though the prices have changed, Aeroplan's committed to keeping award charts around — and being honest and upfront about pricing. Read more.

Pros and cons of the new loyalty program

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While the cost of some awards has increased, the removal of high fuel surcharges and the addition of flexible stopovers makes Aeroplan points more versatile than ever before.

How Family Sharing lets you rack up rewards faster

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A brand-new addition to Air Canada's loyalty program, Aeroplan Family Sharing allows members to more seamlessly earn and redeem points as a cohort.

Why the new stopover option adds more value to Amex cards

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You can easily add in a side trip on the way to your final destination, and on the way back as well.

Why Aeroplan’s higher rates may actually be a better deal

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On the surface, a price jump would spell bad news — fortunately, that’s not necessarily the case here.

How to earn miles with the new program

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From transferrable points to non-travel partners, there are a ton of different ways to earn Aeroplan miles on your everyday purchases.

4 things you should know about the new credit cards

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Buried amidst a transformed Aeroplan is the relaunch of the airline’s new co-branded credit cards, also launching in Nov. 2020.

Earn 2,500 bonus miles after signing up

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In order to earn the bonus, you have to register to become a member and earn one mile by Sept. 30.

The best ways to maximize the new Aeroplan program

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Worried that you’ll get less value from your rewards after the new program launches in November? There's still time to book before the changes kick in.

How Aeroplan compares to other Star Alliance programs

Asiana offers unbelievably cheap rate on Lufthansa first class awards (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

We help prepare you to snag new sweet spots (or look elsewhere) in order to make the most of your rewards.

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TPG Editor‘s Rating
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6X6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
4X4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
2X2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Intro Offer
    Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.

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    $125
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    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

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  • 6x points on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • 4x points at restaurants worldwide, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and U.S. shipping
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  • Earn a free-night award each card renewal month (up to 35,000 points)
  • Receive 15 elite night credits to jump-start status
  • Transfer Marriott points to 40+ airlines

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  • Airline points transfer ratios are poor
  • Must spend $60,000 in a year for second free-night award
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status with your Card.
  • Terms apply.
  • See Rates & Fees