Last year, with travel very much grounded, Aeroplan offered a couple of promotions to help members qualify for Elite Status without flying, through status extensions and an opportunity to spend your way to higher status.
Secure Your Elite Status by Earning 30,000 Aeroplan Points
The promotion is quite simple: earn 30,000 Aeroplan points from an Aeroplan co-branded credit card, and your 2022 Elite Status will be extended until the end of 2023.
Here are a few examples of how much you’d have to spend to extend your status:
- Spend $10,000 on Air Canada with the American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card (3x points)
- Spend $15,000 on dining with the American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card (2x points)
- Spend $20,000 on groceries and gas with the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card (1.5x points)
- Spend $24,000 on any purchases with any premium Aeroplan credit card (1.25x points)
- Spend $30,000 on any purchases with any core Aeroplan credit card (1x points)
- Spend $45,000 on any purchases with any entry-level Aeroplan credit card (0.66x points)
- Spend US$10,000 on groceries and dining with the Chase Aeroplan Card (3x points)
No enrolment is necessary. This promotion is available to new and existing Aeroplan cardholders.
All Aeroplan co-branded cards are eligible, including the US-issued Chase Aeroplan Card. Qualifying points will automatically be combined across all of your Aeroplan credit cards.
All credit card spending from January 1, 2022 until November 30, 2022 is eligible (presumably based on your statement date, not the transaction date). That means it’s quite possible that you’ve already met the requirements!
Status requalification is only available to primary cardholders, but all purchases on the credit card account (including those made by secondary cardholders) will contribute to the cumulative points total for the primary cardholder’s Aeroplan status.
What’s the Best Strategy to Requalify for Status?
At this point, there’s nothing you can do to optimize this promotion for higher status than what you currently have. Status achieved or received as a gift in 2022 will be valid until December 31, 2023 regardless.
Instead, this is a juicy opportunity for anyone who elevated their status in recent years, through non-flying means, to keep rolling it forward. All status levels are eligible for this promotion, from 25K to Super Elite, no matter how you earned that level of status.
For example, if you were gifted 50K status by a Super Elite friend in 2021, and bumped it up to 75K with last year’s promotion for credit card spending, you can now extend your 75K status, valid until the end of 2022, to the end of 2023.
Or, let’s say you qualified for Super Elite early in 2020 before your aviation lifestyle ground to a halt. Your status was naturally good through 2021, extended through 2022 no questions asked, and now you’ll be able to maintain Super Elite through the end of 2023 without any need to meet the lofty requirements for status qualification the old-fashioned way.
Or in my case, I held Aeroplan Silver status with the old program in 2020, got matched to 25K for 2021 when the new program launched, and levelled up to 35K. Now, as someone who rarely pays cash for flights, I’ll be able to easily extend my 35K status another year.
Aeroplan will begin processing these status extensions sometime in July, on a rolling basis. However, they’ve warned that extensions processed towards the end of the year may leave members in limbo for a few weeks in early 2023, as extensions may take up to eight weeks to process.
With last year’s status boost, some members didn’t receive the bump for several months into 2022, leaving them without access to their Elite Status benefits. Therefore, I’d recommend reaching the required threshold of 30,000 points as soon as possible, to ensure this doesn’t happen to you.
The terms of the promotion do say that you need to keep your Aeroplan cards open at the time the offer’s qualifying threshold is fulfilled, and Aeroplan reserves the right to revoke your status extension if you cancel the card. I’m not sure how this would be enforced in practice, since qualifying points can be accumulated across multiple cards and past spending.
For good measure, I’d try to focus my qualifying purchases on keeper cards. Also, I’d make sure my status extension is secured before cancelling any cards on which I made qualifying purchases.
Other Ways to Qualify for Elite Status
You can always achieve 25K status without flying through Everyday Status Qualification. Simply accumulate 100,000 Aeroplan points in a calendar year from eligible sources.
Aside from purchases made through the Aeroplan eStore and the occasional paid flight, the bulk of your qualifying points would come from credit card spending. With this year’s promotion, the requirement has basically been cut to a third of its usual level – assuming you currently hold status.
Moreover, it’s typically not possible to achieve Elite Status above 25K without flying. With this promotion, you can extend your existing status, even at higher levels.
However, outside of the Chase Aeroplan Card, you still can’t elevate your status without flying – that was a rare opportunity last year. If that’s your goal, you’ll have to rack up some Status Qualifying Dollars on paid fares to qualify for Elite Status with your flight activity.
I’m excited to extend my Aeroplan Elite Status into 2023. It’s reasonably convenient to meet the requirements of earning 30,000 qualifying points across all of my Aeroplan co-branded credit cards, without changing my spending habits significantly, or my travel habits at all.
Travel is roaring back in 2022, but it’s not at full steam quite yet. As things continue to slowly ramp up, I’m glad to see that Aeroplan has recognized these challenges. They’ve created yet another opportunity to maintain status in challenging times, without diluting higher tiers, which I’d say is a fair trade-off.
Regardless of your tier, there are many reasons to maintain your eUpgrades and other benefits. Considering the advantages of having Aeroplan Elite Status and how easy it is to fulfil the requirements of this promotion, this is an opportunity that every Aeroplan member with Elite Status should be pursuing.
Make sure you’ve earned 30,000 points from purchases made between January 1 and November 30, 2022, and watch the eUpgrades roll in for yet another year!