After launching the ability to earn Aeroplan points on Uber Eats orders in 2020, Aeroplan and Uber Canada are now taking their partnership to the next level in 2021.
As of today, Aeroplan members who hold a co-branded credit card will be able to sign up for a free Uber Pass membership for a three-, six-, or 12-month period, depending on their card tier – with a full linked loyalty partnership coming later this year.
What Is Uber Pass?
Uber Pass is Uber’s membership program, which provides extra benefits to Uber’s most frequent riders and eaters. Benefits of Uber Pass include:
- Unlimited $0 delivery fees on Uber Eats orders of at least $15 and Cornershop grocery orders of at least $40
- 5% off Uber Eats orders of at least $15
- Rides Perks: Rotating monthly discounts and benefits when requesting rides with Uber
Here in Canada, Uber Pass is typically priced at $9.99/month, although Aeroplan credit card holders can now activate a one-time free Uber Pass membership with varying durations depending on their card tier.
Which Aeroplan Credit Cards Are Eligible?
All 11 Aeroplan co-branded credit cards issued in Canada are eligible for a free Uber Pass membership:
|Credit Card||Best Offer||Value|
|90,000 Aeroplan points + Buddy Pass||$2,551||Apply Now|
|90,000 Aeroplan points + Buddy Pass||$2,236||Apply Now|
|40,000 Aeroplan points + Buddy Pass||$1,476||Apply Now|
|30,000 Aeroplan points + Buddy Pass||$1,323||Apply Now|
|65,000 Aeroplan points + Buddy Pass||$1,292||Apply Now|
|30,000 Aeroplan points + Buddy Pass||$1,130||Apply Now|
|20,000 Aeroplan points + Buddy Pass||$1,071||Apply Now|
|25,000 Aeroplan points + Buddy Pass||$1,046||Apply Now|
|20,000 Aeroplan points||$441||Apply Now|
|Up to 75,000 Aeroplan points||$425||Apply Now|
|10,000 Aeroplan points||$210||Apply Now|
Your card tier will determine how many months of a free Uber Pass membership you’ll get to enjoy.
The entry-level Aeroplan credit cards will get three months of free Uber Pass membership:
The core and small business Aeroplan credit cards will get six months of free Uber Pass membership:
- TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card
- TD Aeroplan Visa Business Card
- CIBC Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card
- CIBC Aeroplan Visa Business Card
- American Express Aeroplan Card
The premium Aeroplan credit cards will get 12 months of free Uber Pass membership:
- TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Card
- CIBC Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Card
- American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card
- American Express Aeroplan Business Reserve Card
Activate Your Free Uber Pass Membership
To activate your free Uber Pass membership, you’ll need to follow these steps:
- Open your Uber or Uber Eats app (make sure you have the latest version downloaded).
- Add your Aeroplan co-branded credit card to your account.
- The offer will automatically pop up within 48 hours once your card is linked, and you’ll be able to activate your free Uber Pass membership.
If you already have an Aeroplan co-branded credit card linked to your Uber or Uber Eats account, you’ll also automatically be presented with the screen to activate a free Uber Eats membership within the next 48 hours.
And if you’re already an Uber Pass member, then you can still take advantage of the free membership offer that corresponds to your Aeroplan credit card tier – you simply won’t be billed for the next three, six, or 12 months depending on which card you hold.
After your free membership period ends, you’ll automatically be billed at the default Uber Pass pricing of $9.99/month, unless you cancel before that.
If you intend to cancel, make sure to set an alert to do so prior to the billing date following your three-, six-, or 12-month free period.
This is a one-time offer from Aeroplan and Uber Canada with a registration window of one year’s time.
Regardless of which credit card you hold, you must activate your free Uber Pass membership by September 8, 2022 in order to take advantage of this offer.
Meanwhile, the start date of the offer varies depending on the issuer of your card:
- The free Uber Pass membership on TD and CIBC’s Aeroplan credit cards launch as of today, September 8, 2021.
- The free Uber Pass membership on American Express’s Aeroplan credit cards will launch on November 1, 2021.
(To make up for the two-month period in which American Express cardholders cannot get in on the free Uber Pass action while TD and CIBC cardholders can, American Express will soon be putting out new Amex Offers for a monthly $10 statement credit on a $10 Uber Eats purchase for both September and October 2021.)
As long as the activation is completed by September 8, 2022, the three-, six-, or 12-month durations will apply to your Uber Eats membership going forward.
This also means that you can also apply for a new Aeroplan credit card if you don’t have one right now, and then use it to activate its corresponding Uber Pass offer.
Since the free Uber Pass membership is limited to one per Uber account (as we’ll discuss below), there’s no advantage to waiting to activate the offer, unless you plan on using Uber Pass benefits much more frequently in the distant future.
For most eligible Aeroplan members, it makes sense to go ahead and activate the membership as soon as possible: today if you’re a TD or CIBC cardholder, or on November 1 if you’re an American Express cardholder.
One-Time Offer Per Uber Account
Each Uber account is limited to activating one free Uber Pass membership, even if you hold multiple Aeroplan co-branded credit cards.
If you have multiple cards across different tiers, it would therefore make sense to activate the offer using the highest-tier Aeroplan credit card in order to earn the free Uber Pass membership for the longest duration (e.g., if you have core and premium Aeroplan credit cards, be sure to use the premium card to activate the 12-month offer).
Once you’ve activated your own membership, you have a few options for what to do with your remaining Aeroplan credit cards.
You could link them to a friend or family member’s Uber account and offer them a free Uber Pass membership – keeping in mind that you can still order food and rides for yourself using another individual’s Uber account.
For example, if you typically order delivery as a household, then you could do the following:
- Use a premium Aeroplan credit card to activate one 12-month free Uber Pass membership on your own Uber account as of today
- Then, use another premium Aeroplan credit card to activate a second 12-month free Uber Pass membership on your spouse’s Uber account in early September 2022
This would give you cheaper eats with $0 delivery fees as a household all the way through to September 2023.
Coming Soon: Full Aeroplan + Uber Partnership
A “full linked loyalty partnership” between Aeroplan and Uber Canada will launch later in 2021.
I’d expect that you’ll no longer need to click through the Aeroplan eStore before ordering Uber Eats. Instead, similar to the Starbucks partnership, Aeroplan members would be able to link their Uber accounts directly and automatically earn points on all their rides and eats.
Aeroplan has chosen to keep us in suspense on the full details around earning rates and bonus offers until closer to the next phase’s launch – but it won’t be long from now, since we know the next phase will arrive before the end of the year.
Until then, a free Uber Pass membership with $0 delivery fees and 5% discounts will combine with your 2x points when ordering Uber Eats via the eStore to keep you well-fed on Aeroplan points in the meantime.
Aeroplan and Uber Canada have launched the second phase of their multi-year partnership. As of today, holders of all 11 Canadian-issued Aeroplan credit cards will get access to a free Uber Pass membership of three, six, or 12 months in duration, depending on their card tier.
TD and CIBC cardholders can go ahead and activate their free Uber Pass now, while American Express cardholders will be able to do so as of November 1, 2021.
I’m very much looking forward to saying goodbye to Uber Eats delivery fees for the next few years while unlocking extra value from my Aeroplan credit cards, and I can’t wait to see what the next phase of Aeroplan and Uber’s partnership has in store for us.