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As CIBC’s entry-level Aeroplan co-branded credit card, the CIBC Aeroplan Visa Card currently offers 10,000 Aeroplan points as a signup bonus upon making your first purchase on the card. The card has no annual fee.
10,000 Aeroplan points is actually one of the higher welcome bonuses we’ve seen on this card in the past – so if you’re looking to a no-fee “keeper card” to boost your credit history in the long run, this may be an attractive offer.
Supplementary cards are free.
In terms of the returns on everyday spending, the CIBC Aeroplan Visa Card offers cardholders 1 Aeroplan point per dollar spent on Air Canada, and Air Canada Vacations, gas, and groceries. Otherwise, the card offers 1 Aeroplan point for every $1.5 spent on all other purchases.
As you can probably tell, this earning rate isn’t very competitive at all, which is to be expected for an entry-level card like this. Indeed, it’s pretty shocking that the earning rate is actually lower than 1 point per dollar spent, which is widely considered a “baseline” for the minimum points-earning rate that a good credit card should offer.
The CIBC Aeroplan Visa Card is best-suited for those who are interested in collecting Aeroplan points while building up a relatively new credit file or restricting themselves to lower annual fees and credit limits. I wouldn’t recommend putting your daily spending on this card, compared to the numerous stronger cards out there (such as the CIBC Aeroplan Visa Infinite, to name just one).
As an entry-level Aeroplan co-branded offering, the CIBC Aeroplan Visa Card offers a limited set of Aeroplan-related benefits, including:
The CIBC Aeroplan Visa Card could be a good choice to hold onto as a no-annual-fee card due to the “preferred pricing” benefit. Even if you aren’t holding any other Aeroplan cards, simply having the no-fee CIBC Aeroplan Visa Card could still fetch you a meaningful discount on the number of Aeroplan points required for Air Canada flights.
As a basic card, the CIBC Aeroplan Visa Card’s insurance proposition is also quite weak. One of its provisions is auto rental collision/loss damage insurance, which includes coverage on cars with a MSRP of up to $65,000 for up to 48 consecutive days; this can help you save on the insurance fees that the car rental company would otherwise charge.
However, the card does not offer emergency medical insurance, trip cancellation & trip interruption insurance, or flight & baggage delay insurance, all of which are significant benefits that you’ll find on many of the higher-end products out there.
Additionally, the card also offers Purchase Security and Extended Warranty Protection, covering most eligible items you’ve purchased with your card should they be stolen or damaged within 90 days of purchase, as well as a doubled warranty period compared to the manufacturer’s warranty.