Aeroplan’s Everyday Status Qualification Begins for 2022

Happy New Year! With 2022 now upon us, Aeroplan’s Everyday Status Qualification has now reset for another year, and it’s again time for those of us who prefer to earn status without flying to begin the grind towards 100,000 qualifying points.

Earn Aeroplan 25K Status Without Flying

Aeroplan members who earn 100,000 Aeroplan points in a calendar year from eligible transactions will automatically qualify for Aeroplan 25K Status.

Once you qualify, you’ll have status for the rest of the current calendar year, and through the end of the following year.

Thus, if you earn 100,000 points between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022, you’ll have Aeroplan 25K Status until the end of 2023.

Throughout the year, you’ll be able to track your progress towards Everyday Status Qualification on your Aeroplan dashboard. However, it’s only visible for members who don’t currently have status.

Hopefully this will change in the future, as current status members might also wish to secure at least Aeroplan 25K status the following year through this channel. 

Not every Aeroplan point you earn counts toward Everyday Status Qualification. The following transactions are eligible:

  • Flight activity: cash tickets on Air Canada, or on partner airlines with mileage credited to Aeroplan
  • Spending with Aeroplan co-branded credit cards
  • Earning points through the Starbucks, LCBO, and Uber partnerships
  • eStore base points, including limited-time bonuses of up to 10x points, specific to each retailer

And these activities are excluded:

  • Credit card welcome bonuses
  • Points converted from other programs, such as American Express Membership Rewards
  • Buying, gifting, or transferring points between members
  • eStore bonus points awarded on the basis of Aeroplan Elite Status
  • Points + Cash tickets
  • Contests and other promotional bonuses

Eligible transactions will be flagged with “EDQ” in your Aeroplan activity log:

If you plan on maintaining Aeroplan 25K Status through everyday spending, it would be better to use an Aeroplan credit card and earn everyday-qualifying points directly.

As your primary method to earn Aeroplan points, it would take $100,000 spent on a core Aeroplan card (Visa Infinite, or the American Express Aeroplan Card), $80,000 spent on a premium Aeroplan card (Visa Infinite Privilege or Amex Reserve), or less if you take advantage of bonuses on some spending categories.

(If you use an American Express MR-earning card instead, you wouldn’t earn everyday-qualifying activity when you transfer those rewards to Aeroplan.)

In particular, points earned as a result of accelerated bonus earning rates on the Aeroplan credit cards, such as the Summer 2021 10x points on eats & drinks offer on the American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card and Aeroplan Business Reserve Card, will count towards Everyday Status Qualification – which can make for a very powerful way to attain 100,000 qualifying points in a calendar year.

Benefits of Aeroplan 25K Status

Let’s be real – Aeroplan 25K Status is the lowest tier, and it’s not going to blow your mind.

You’ll be at the back of the priority line, always behind members at higher tiers (which can only be reached by accruing Status Qualifying Miles, Segments, and Dollars via paid flights).

However, I’d say it’s well worth it just for eUpgrades. With Aeroplan 25K Status, you’ll earn 20 credits each year (with the option of an additional five eUpgrade credits as a Select Benefit).

Aeroplan status is the only way to earn eUpgrades, and Everyday Status Qualification is a great way to get your foot in the door. eUpgrades can be extremely valuable with the “Latitude Attitude” – a way to book business class seats at reasonable rates when cash fares or dynamic points pricing are outrageously high.

Aeroplan 25K Status also offers some useful perks to elevate your travel experience. For one, it duplicates many of the benefits of holding a premium Aeroplan credit card, such as priority check-in, standby, and boarding, as well as some enhanced baggage handling options.

If you’d prefer to avoid paying a $599 annual fee every year, you can maintain these benefits through Everyday Status Qualification instead.

You’ll also get two Maple Leaf Lounge passes each year, free checked bags on Air Canada flights, and preferred pricing on dynamic award tickets.

Although, you can easily find those benefits on mid-tier credit cards, with much lower annual fees which are often waived for the first year. It’s an alternative worth considering if Everyday Status Qualification is out of reach.

Furthermore, all Aeroplan elites earn an extra 2 points per dollar spent on all eStore purchases.

Other Ways to Earn Aeroplan 25K Status

Overall, I’d say the benefits of maintaining Aeroplan status are worth the effort. But I imagine that many Aeroplan members already have 25K Status, and won’t need to use this method to qualify – at least not right now.

Over the past few years, there have been tons of other ways to achieve Aeroplan status for free, without flying.

Perhaps the biggest opportunity from 2021 was the “Spend Your Way to Elite Status” promotion on the Aeroplan premium credit cards.

Simply by spending $10,000 during the qualifying window, cardholders could earn themselves Aeroplan 25K Status if they started with no status, or even a one-tier status bump from their existing status level. 

Going further back, there was the Travel at Home promotion in Spring 2020, when the travel industry was at its lowest point with the COVID-19 pandemic at its worst. Members could earn the old Altitude Prestige 25K Status by earning 50,000 Aeroplan miles between mid-April and the end of May.

Notably, in a huge departure from their usual policy, credit card welcome bonuses and transferred MR points were eligible. I’d say this was the easiest way ever to earn airline status, one I can only hope we’ll see again!

Finally, taking a look south of the border, the US-issued Chase Aeroplan Card gives new cardholders an instant boost to Aeroplan 25K Status through the following year, along with the ability to retain 25K Status by spending US$15,000 in subsequent years. 

For Canadians who are able to apply for US credit cards, spending on the Chase Aeroplan Card could prove to be a much easier pathway towards Aeroplan 25K Status than through Everyday Status Qualification.

All Aeroplan elites have had their 2021 status extended through the end of 2022. For anyone who has already taken advantage of any one of these opportunities to earn 25K Status, there’s no rush to get started on Everyday Status Qualification this year, unless you want a head start on your status for 2023.

Conclusion

Aeroplan’s Everyday Status Qualification is a good entry point for newcomers who have just begun engaging with the Aeroplan program. It’s a useful way to maintain a base level of Air Canada benefits without having to earn status by buying cash fares or flying relentless mileage runs.

The tally has now been reset for 2022, giving members the opportunity to achieve or retain Aeroplan 25K status through 2023 by earning 100,000 Aeroplan points through eligible sources this calendar year.

I’m hopeful that we might see additional ways to earn status without flying in 2022, as a full rebound of the travel industry is still a long way off.

Fingers crossed for a Travel at Home redux, perhaps with credit card welcome bonuses and MR transfers eligible once again, or perhaps more opportunities to bump up to higher Aeroplan Elite Status tiers like we saw in 2021. 

23 Comments
  1. danjai

    Does spending on an additional cardholder count towards primary’s EDQ?

  2. Daniel Yu

    TD in path offer bonus 30K counts as EDQ, I just found that out today.

    1. Reda Shanghai

      sounds insane !!!! I’ll go for it
      on a different topic, do you know if Buying AC gifts cards from their website with a cobranded credit card counts towards EDQ ? I’m on the phone for 75 minutes with an AC agent for a transaction back in novemebr and he still can’t figure it out.

  3. Nick

    Hi Josh, happy new year!

    I have a quick question about the Everyday Status Qualification for someone who has already earned 25K through Everyday Status Qualification last year.

    In your article, it says that I can maintain 25K status every year by getting 100,000 EDQ points. However, last week I contacted Air Canada to ask about this and the representative said no.

    I’m pretty sure that Prince of Travel would have the right information over an Air Canada Rep, but I was hoping you would send me in the right direction as to where I can find this information in writing on Air Canada’s website.

    Thank you in advance!

    Regards,
    Nick

    1. Mayer

      Hi.

      I just had same story, I got my 25k status for 2022 through a different channel, and I also spent last month over 100k and earned over 100k EDQ. Aeroplan told me that I won’t be able To benefit off the EDQ since I earned them while being a 25k status member.

      May you please advise? Thanks

  4. Jacob L.

    Does this still work? Is there any status match to get Aeroplan 25k these days with another US airline?

  5. Delta Dude

    Or.. how about just forking a return trip in Premium Economy to Asia on AC, as long as it’s $3000 and 25K miles R/T to get Prestige 25K?

  6. Mary

    Josh,
    As a new TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege cardholder in 2021, I got 25K Aeroplan Elite Status this morning (2022 January 01) because I spent $10,000 by November 2021.
    Now there are 20 eUpgrade credits in my Aeroplan account, if I didn’t spend these 20 eUpgrade credits in 2022, would theses 20 eUpgrade credits rollover to 2023 December 31 expiry date. I didn’t earn the 25K Elite Status through the normal way.
    Happy New Year!

    1. Josh YVR

      Yes, as long as you have the VIP card when the calendar turns to 2023, your eUpgrade credits will roll over. You can roll over up to 50 credits each year, and you can’t roll over the same credits twice – so if your 2022 credits remain unused in 2023, you can’t carry them forward into 2024.

      1. Dmitri

        Hi Josh,

        I’ve seen multiple comments and references of people seeing their elite status as a result of the promotion of an increased status tier if you spent $10,000 by November on a premium Aeroplan card.

        Do we know if these have been pushed through for everyone or if they are being rolled out on a continuous basis? I haven’t seen the status upgrade come through and when I call Aeroplan they are cagey at best and tell me that I need to wait. It seems bizarre that some would see the reward and others would not?

        1. Josh YVR

          For what it’s worth, I haven’t received my bump yet. The terms of the promotion said we’d get it by January 31, so there’s no use being worried until after that date.

        2. Paulk YYZ

          Right on, Dmitri.

          I’ve got 25K and my wife had no status. We both spent $10k+ on our black Aeroplan cards. My wife got the upgrade to 25K a few days ago and I’m still waiting for the upgrade to 35K. I’m not wasting my time calling Aeroplan, figured I’d get no answer.

          Also noticed the e-ups and Maple Leaf lounge passes disappeared from the benefits page. Sort of crazy way to run things, agree with you Dmitri.

  7. Dave

    Does 100k spend reset on the new calendar year? Making all purchases now meaningless if I start now?

    1. jaskaran singh

      did you got to know anything about this. I have the same question

      1. Ricky YVR

        Yes, the 100K counter resets each calendar year.

  8. Omar YYZ

    Ricky,
    The gas and dining points form the AMX Business Reserve card are not posting to aeroplan as regular spending. They are being posted as ‘Bonus points: Gas and Dining’. As such , they are not being included in the 25K qualification spend amount as is the case for the AMX Aeroplan Reserve card which were being posted as ‘eats and drink offer’. Ive contacted aeroplan to see if it was an error and they are investigating.

    Your thought?

    1. John D

      Hi did anything happen with this?

      1. Omar YYZ

        Didnt hear a thing. Never got a response. I can only assume that they will not honor my request to include the bonus spend from the Bus Aeroplan Reserve card because of the way the points were posted. ( ‘Bonus points: Gas and Dining’.) as opposed to the personal Reserve card posting as ( ‘eats and drink offer’)
        A sneaky move on Amexs’ part (??), but possibly done on purpose at Aeroplan’s request to avoid having so many people reach 25K status all at once just by signing up to both Reserve cards at the same time.

        Just my thoughts anyway.

    2. Joe

      Hi Goomba,
      I’m having the same issue with my Amex Business Reserve card with the 10x points posting as ‘Bonus points: Gas and Dining’ and counting in the 25k qualification,
      Did Aeroplan get back to you and were you able to solve that? Thank you
      Joey

      1. Omar YYZ

        see my reply above Joe

  9. Ben

    Can you go from 25k to 35k status by earning 100k AP miles?

    1. Ricky YVR

      Nope.

  10. Leah

    You don’t get priority baggage and only zone 3 boarding with 25k. Premium cards give you Zone 2, which is more meaningful as it has the dedicated lane. And priority bag tagging.

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