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Aeroplan’s Black Friday Offers: Earn an Easy 5,000 Points! Ricky November 19, 2020

Aeroplan’s Black Friday Offers: Earn an Easy 5,000 Points!

Aeroplan has launched their new Black Friday offers from today until November 29, 2020, including the opportunity to earn a pretty effortless 5,000 Aeroplan points by completing a handful of offers in conjunction with each other.

Let’s talk about some of the most interesting individual offers in the order of how interesting they are, and then we’ll discuss some of the best strategies for stacking up those extra 5,000 Aeroplan points upon completing multiple offers.

Up to 10x Points on the Aeroplan eStore

As part of the new program’s arrival, the Aeroplan eStore has also relaunched with a brand-new look, and as in previous years, it should be your go-to shopping portal during Black Friday for all kinds of things you may or may not need.

Dyson, Lenovo, Sephora, and Indochino are the four retailers offering 10x points, with the remaining retailers varying between 1x and 7x elevated returns. Disappointingly, perennial favourite Apple is only at 1x this time around.

Plus, if you’re an Aeroplan Elite Status member with any status level starting from 25K, you’ll earn an additional 2x points on all eStore purchases (similar to how Aeroplan Status worked previously under the old program), so you could potentially unlock 12x Aeroplan points on a new vacuum, laptop, makeup haul, or three-piece suit.

There are also some discounts on redeeming Aeroplan points for merchandise through the eStore catalogue, although these do represent pretty poor value for your points, so it’s not a great idea.

Jessy and I recently experienced the misfortune of moving back in to our Toronto unit and finding an extra instant cooker pot in the cupboards, only for our tenant to ask for it back two weeks later; even then, I won’t be throwing 15,400 Aeroplan points at a replacement anytime soon.

5x Points on Air Canada Gift Cards

As part of the Black Friday event, you’ll earn up to 5x Aeroplan points if you purchase an Air Canada gift card for upcoming travel:

  • You’ll earn 2x Aeroplan points if you purchase up to $750 worth of gift cards
  • You’ll earn 5x Aeroplan points if you purchase $751+ worth of gift cards

For anyone planning to book upcoming paid travel with Air Canada, purchasing a gift card and then using it as your method of payment may be a good idea to earn additional Aeroplan points, keeping in mind the following:

  • Air Canada gift cards are processed and distributed by Buyatab Online Inc., so they don’t code as an airline or travel purchase on your credit card.
  • Using Air Canada gift cards to pay for your flight means that you won’t be able to benefit from any insurance protections that you would get if you had paid with a travel credit card instead.

Best of all, now that the new Aeroplan program has moved under one roof with Air Canada, you can use gift cards towards the taxes and fees on Aeroplan redemptions too, simply by choosing the “Use Gift Card” option on the payment page. 

Buy Aeroplan Points with a 50% Bonus

Aeroplan points are on sale with a 50% bonus over the next little while, bringing the standard purchase price of 3 cents per point (cpp) down to 2cpp. A minimum purchase of 2,000 Aeroplan points is required, which would net you 3,000 Aeroplan points after the bonus, at a total cost of $60 plus taxes.

(Remember, if you have a non-Canadian address listed in your Aeroplan profile, then you won’t be subject to sales tax on Aeroplan points purchases.)

Now, would I recommend anyone buy or gift Aeroplan points at 2cpp?

No, because savvy Aeroplan members know that the optimal way to purchase Aeroplan points is at an effective rate of 1.8cpp (equivalent to a superior 65% bonus) through one of the following ways:

  • Purchasing Air Canada tickets and converting them into Aeroplan points at a 65% bonus
    • This would even count as an Air Canada purchase on your credit card (allowing you to earn up to 3x Aeroplan points on the Amex Aeroplan Reserve or the Amex Aeroplan Business Reserve), as opposed to purchasing points directly, which is handled by Points.com and does not count as an Air Canada purchase.
  • Using the new Points + Cash feature to “buy back” up to 40% of your points at 1.8cpp during the process of making a redemption

Discounts on Flights, Vacation Packages, and More

Then, we have the usual discounts on Air Canada flights and vacation packages that we see around Black Friday:

  • Up to 20% off base fares on select Economy, Premium Economy, Business Class flights to all Air Canada destinations for travel through June 30, 2021
  • Up to 40% off Air Canada Vacations packages to Canada, USA, Europe, and Sun destinations.
  • 20% off all hotel and car redemptions – perhaps useful for an unorthodox hotel redemption or two
  • 1,500 bonus Aeroplan points on car rentals at Avis locations worldwide for travel through January 26, 2021

Apply for an Aeroplan Credit Card

If you haven’t applied for one of the new Aeroplan credit cards yet, then doing so will also count as fulfilling one of the Black Friday offers for the purposes of earning the bonus 5,000 Aeroplan points (which we’ll discuss below).

Indeed, for anyone contemplating upcoming trips over the winter or spring, the Black Friday promotions as a whole could represent a good time to do some careful planning.

For example, on a new TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege, you could meet the $1,000 minimum spending with a purchase of Air Canada gift cards, netting you 5x points on the purchase, while unlocking the signup bonus of 50,000 Aeroplan points plus an Air Canada Buddy Pass.

Then, you’d be able to use those gift cards to purchase a flight for the first passenger with 20% off the base fare, while redeeming your Air Canada Buddy Pass for the second passenger’s flight. How’s that for stacking the savings?

Earn an Easy 5,000 Aeroplan Points via Multiple Offers

Speaking of stacking, you’ll be able to earn up to 5,000 bonus Aeroplan points simply by taking advantage of multiple Black Friday offers.

  • By taking advantage of two offers, you’ll earn an additional 100 Aeroplan points
  • By taking advantage of three offers, you’ll earn an additional 1,000 Aeroplan points
  • By taking advantage of four offers, you’ll earn an additional 5,000 Aeroplan points

There are some nuances as to which offers can be used multiple times:

As you can see, there’s a myriad of ways in which you could fulfill four offers and earn the extra 5,000 Aeroplan points:

  • Book four separate Air Canada flights (either paid fares or Aeroplan redemptions)
  • Book three separate Air Canada flights and use your Aeroplan credit card to pay for one of them
  • Make three separate eStore purchases and apply for an Aeroplan credit card
  • Make three separate eStore purchases and buy a $25 Air Canada gift card which you’d be able to apply to a future flight

If you aren’t looking to make any big moves, then the last option is probably the easiest way to earn those 5,000 Aeroplan points pretty effortlessly.

Furthermore, as noted by my friend Jean-Max from Milesopedia, the new Family Sharing feature is an excellent way to scale up your earnings whenever there’s easy points on the table like this.

Your spouse, children, and members of your extended family can all have their own Aeroplan accounts and qualify for this offer individually, and hey, it’s quite common for the head of the household to manage everyone’s accounts on their behalf.

With a few strategic eStore purchases at the 5x or 10x level, it’s not hard to imagine each family member racking up a total of 7,000 Aeroplan points after completing their four bonus offers.

If you had the maximum of eight family members in your Family Sharing group, that’s going to be 56,000 Aeroplan points right there – already enough for a one-way flight in business class to Japan for one member of the household! 😉

Conclusion

Aeroplan and Air Canada’s Black Friday offers are here, and you can reward yourself with bonus points on your holiday shopping or significant savings on upcoming trips by taking advantage of these offers before November 29.

Truthfully, I would’ve loved to see even stronger Black Friday offers (perhaps on par something like 50% Miles Back) to celebrate the new program’s recent launch, but I suspect those will be coming sooner or later anyway.

For now, make sure to take some time over the next week or so to grab your easy 5,000 Aeroplan points simply by clicking a few buttons and making a few small purchases, potentially totalling up to 40,000 Aeroplan points across a Family Sharing pool.

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96 Comments
  1. Avatar
    Paul

    The whole e-store thing seems to be a scam. I put through a number of purchases through the aeroplan e-store starting Feb 27, and then through “bonus points” periods in early March and late March. 14 separate purchases mainly through Apple, probably about $15K in various purchases at 5X – that is a lot of points. Yes, made sure cookies were enabled and purchased immediately after going through the portal. So…going on six weeks for the longest purchase and a week for the shortest.

    Result – nada, zero, nothing. Absolutely no purchases registered in the last month. I called and got the usual spiel – wait 6-10 weeks. I am not confident anything will show up.

    Ricky, if you have an in with Air Canada – tell them their e-store and its operations are a disgrace and false advertising.

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    Lukas

    For your other readers in the same spot:
    I purchased 1x AC Gift Card and 3x eStore partners for the promotion but was only credited the 500 AP points.
    I called to follow up and they said although there is a known issue, they would investigate my account. They did, and determined that 2 of my eStore purchases were from retailers that didn’t qualify for the promotion. According to the supervisor, not all eStore merchants qualified for the Black Friday promotion. Might explain why some of us got short changed.

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    fast tracker

    Still waiting for this Black Friday offer debacle to be sorted out on my Aeroplan …nearly 4 months on…….sigh…..

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    Quinn O’Brien

    I did the 3 E-store purchases (Marks, Under Armor, Sail) and the AC gift card as part of the Black Friday promo. I received the Under Armor and AC gift card points but nothing for the other 2 purchases and was just awarded 500 bonus Black Friday points today. A far cry from the 5,000 I was expecting. I called and they said to complete a missing points request but haven’t heard anything in a week or so now.

    Reading others comments, it doesn’t sound like I’m the only one having problems…

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    Jason

    Ricky, you should do a follow up on this.

    It has been a failure. Purchases have not posted, posted late or remain pending… therefore no points awarded for the purchase or the promo. Big letdown for the new Aeroplan.

    Word is “try us back in 10 weeks” (!!!). Well 10 weeks is up on a Monday.

    I suspect (due to a cozy relationship) that we probably won’t see a hard hitting critical piece from you…. but maybe you can use your “influence” with them to make this right for all of us.

    Now that would be useful.

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      Thanks for the update Jason. I’ll do some following up.

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        amplified0ne

        Brutal, only got credited with 2 offers and there is no way of knowing which ones are the ones you got credited for, so you basically have to send them everything but you cant add all the attachments in a single request. The Activity date should be the date of the click/purchase instead of the date they credited points for. I did the credit card, gift card and made 4 estore purchases because I wasnt sure if Amazon would ship item prior to end of the promo. Crazy stuff.

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    Annie

    Has anyone get the 5,000 bonus points for 4 offers yet? Aeroplan seems realllllly slow posting points, even the points for buying gift card isn’t processed yet (which should be faster than estore I guess). If anyone got it, keep us posted 🙂

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      Zach

      Haven’t gotten most points since November. Been keeping a spreadsheet to keep up. Additionally, one 1x status bonus is posting (Altitude 25K, former Diamond) instead of the 2x status bonus.

      Black Friday bonus hasn’t posted because none of the transactions from that period have posted. Tried reaching out to them but was immediately told not to email until at least 10 weeks have passed….

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    Zach

    So I’ve been tracking all my purchases on a separate spreadsheet since November and it seems maybe 10% of them have shown up. If you try to contact Aeroplan, they tell you to get in touch 8 weeks after the purchase date – such a hassle.

    But on top of that, all the blogs reference “an additional 2x points” for those with Elite 25K or above status. So far, I’ve only been getting 1x additional…… I can’t seem to find any information about this on the Aeroplan website.

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    Guy

    Ricky, is the Aeroplan eStore broken? I made several purchases over the past few months, including during this promo, and no point have posted yet. Transactions used to post quite reliably in the past.

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      Dave

      I’ve also noticed this – the base points from only one of my four Black Friday purchases have posted thus far and no sign of the bonus (though it did have a January timeline).

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    Nick

    For e-store purchases, there is no minimum amount required to spend to qualify the offer right ?

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      No minimum spend.

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    Anderw

    So who found the 3 absolute *cheapest* e-store purcahses to make? Socks at the GAP? Whatcha got folks!

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      tyler

      $0.99 kobo ebook

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      Emil

      $2 gift card at Indigo

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    Den

    Could not complete a purchases of $25 AC giftcard. Tried several cards, several AP accounts and I keep getting it an Unable to Complete your Air Canada Online Gift-Card email.

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      Jared

      Been getting same thing it says I have to call. Reading the below reply doesn’t bode well.

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      K

      Yeah, they are only letting you purchase minimum $100 egift cards it is looking like. Called Aeroplan and she indicated the same. Any ways around this?

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        tyler

        I was able to purchase $25 today…

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          K

          Hi Tyler, how did you go about that? In the Categories section there is Air Canada Products and in going to that there are only $100, $200, and $500 eGift cards listed.
          Thanks

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            Tyler

            Are you looking at GCs in the estore? I believe you need to buy directly from AC, otherwise it’s just another estore transaction (which you can only count 3 of). Buying direct from AC and inputting your Aeroplan number should work, but someone can chime in if I’m mistaken.

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              K

              Ah! gotcha. Thanks Tyler. Yes hopefully that works

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                Tyler

                Should work…from the promo page if you click on the GC option it takes you to AC where you can enter $25. GL!

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    Jeff Hiemstra

    wait; you Threw out the tenants’ instant pot cooker?

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      No, we made some delicious chicken curry with it, and then had to give it back 🙂

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    steve

    It says this:
    You can use any of these offers multiple times:
    Air Canada flights purchased with points or cash.

    So I would think I could make three separate flights using points under my account (for three family members) and that would be 3 offers right there?

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      I would think so too.

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    Nick

    I am wondering if applying the CIBC AEROPLAN® VISA* CARD FOR STUDENTS will counts as one offer?

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      Yes, it should count as I believe it’s a variant of the regular no-fee CIBC Aeroplan Visa Card.

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    Gabriel

    For the 5,000 points offer, can I make a flight booking with an AC voucher? Can’t seem to find anything excluding this in the Terms and conditions.

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      Me neither, so I think that should be fine.

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    Tom

    Hi Ricky, for the 5000 bonus points, do you know if the book a hotel and then cancel trick will work?

    1. Ricky
      Ricky

      If you cancel one of the eligible transactions that earned you the 5,000 bonus points, then the bonus points may be clawed back as per the T&Cs.

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    Andre

    When you shop through eStore, you see often a following statement: “Please note the following items are not eligible for the accumulation of Aeroplan Miles: purchase or redemption of gift cards.” What happens if I pay only a part of my order with a gift card and another part with a credit? Does that mean that I will get points only for the amount paid by credit card or I will get no points at all?

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    Emil

    Hi Ricky, I think something does not match. It is possible that AC changed the offer. Now, you can use only once the option of buying an AC gift card for the offer. It seems that is one of the necessary four. Am I missing something?

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      Andre

      It was like that in the beginning. Nothing’s changed.

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