CIBC Aeroplan Visa Business Card

Last updated: November 1, 2022
  • 60,000 Aeroplan points
  • $660 First-year value
Signup bonus:
10,000 Aeroplan points upon first purchase
20,000 Aeroplan points upon spending $3,000 in the first four months
30,000 Aeroplan points on your anniversary date for spending $35,000 in the first year
Total of up to 60,000 Aeroplan points
Annual fee:
$0 for the first year, then $180
Earning rate:
2 Aeroplan points per dollar spent on Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations
1.5 Aeroplan points per dollar spent on shipping, internet, cable, phone, dining, and travel
1 Aeroplan point per dollar spent on all other purchases
Perks & benefits:
Free first checked bag on Air Canada flights
Preferred pricing on Air Canada flights

The CIBC Aeroplan Visa Business Card is a decent Aeroplan-earning credit card for businesses, as it incentivizes cardholders to continue spending throughout the first year to earn an equivalent sign-up bonus the second year.

Bonuses & Fees

You can earn a total of up to 60,000 Aeroplan points by applying for the CIBC Aeroplan Visa Business, awarded in three parts:

  • 10,000 Aeroplan points upon first purchase
  • Additional 20,000 Aeroplan points after spending $3,000 in the first four months
  • Additional 30,000 Aeroplan points upon spending $35,000 in the first year

However, the final batch of points is likely out of reach for many spenders, so you could treat this like an offer for 30,000 points upon spending $3,000.

The signup bonus of 30,000 points is a good offer compared to others we’ve seen on this card. If you’re primarily looking to earn Aeroplan points for high-value redemptions, now would be a good time to apply with the $180 annual fee waived for the first year.

Some travellers might also find value in the Air Canada Buddy Pass, which is essentially a buy-one-get-one voucher for paid Air Canada economy class flights within North America. If you travel as a couple or a family, that makes this good offer even more appealing.

Whether you use the Buddy Pass for flights or points, you’ll only earn one business Buddy Pass every 12 months between this card and the TD Aeroplan Visa Business. If you’re planning on applying for both cards, keep that in mind as it will limit your potential welcome bonuses.

Supplementary cards may be added for an annual fee of $50 apiece, although the first three supplementary cards enjoy a first-year annual fee waiver under the current promotion.

Earning Rewards

In terms of the return on everyday spending, the CIBC Aeroplan Visa Business offers:

  • 2 Aeroplan points per dollar spent on Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations
  • 1.5 Aeroplan points per dollar spent on shipping, internet, cable, phone, dining, and travel
  • 1 Aeroplan point per dollar spent on everything else

The earn rates are identical to the TD Aeroplan Visa Business, and are on par with the CIBC Aeroplan Visa Infinite geared towards consumers. While the return on bonus categories is decent, there are also arguably better choices on the market, too.

Having said that, if you’re a small business owner who spends a lot on shipping, internet, cable, and phone purchases, then this card might be the right fit, since there aren’t many other products offering bonus earn rates on these categories.

Redeeming Rewards

Aeroplan remains the program of choice for the vast majority of Canadians aiming to redeem their points for high-value international business and First Class redemptions.

Redeeming Aeroplan points follows the Aeroplan Flight Reward Chart, and can cost as little as 55,000 points one-way from Vancouver to Tokyo in business class.

From the East Coast, 60,000 Aeroplan points (or often fewer, thanks to Air Canada’s preferred pricing if you hold Elite Status or a credit card) would unlock a transatlantic flight to most parts of Western Europe.

Closer to home: short-haul flights within North America that are under 500 miles only cost 6,000 Aeroplan points one-way.

With the 30,000 points earned from this card, you can travel one-way in business class across the continent on routes such as Toronto – Vancouver or Montreal – Los Angeles and still have about 5,000 points left over.

As for the Buddy Pass, you can use that as a “Buy One, Get One” ticket for all Air Canada flights within Canada, the United States (including Hawaii), and Mexico.

Simply book for one passenger at regular price and have the second passenger pay a $0 base fare along with the taxes and fees associated with the ticket.

Perks & Benefits

As with the personal variant, the CIBC Aeroplan Visa Business delivers a strong set of Air Canada travel benefits. As a cardholder, you’ll receive:

  • Free first checked bag on Air Canada flights, for the primary and supplementary cardholders
  • Preferred pricing when redeeming Aeroplan points for Air Canada flights
  • The ability to earn 1,000 Status Qualifying Miles (SQM) and 1 Status Qualifying Segment (SQS) for every $5,000 you spend on the card
  • Your Aeroplan points won’t expire for as long as you’re a cardholder

Alas, CIBC’s focus as a bank these days seems to be on their Aventura program rather than on Aeroplan (it’s been this way ever since they lost the big Aeroplan contract to TD back in 2014), so unlike the TD version of this card, there’s no NEXUS credit to add to the Air Canada travel benefits.

Insurance Coverage

The insurance benefits on the CIBC Aeroplan Visa Business are decent, with quite a comprehensive suite of important insurances, such as:

  • Flight and baggage delay insurance of up to $500 per person for delays of at least 4 hours and for baggage delays, there is a combined total of $1000

  • Car rental theft and damage insurance, which can replace the insurance fees that car rental companies are infamous for charging

  • $500,000 Common Carrier Accident insurance, which protects you in case of a travel-related accident

  • Trip cancellation insurance of $1,000 per person or $5,000 combined

  • Trip interruption insurance of $2,000 per person

However, the card notably lacks emergency travel medical insurance, which falls short of the standard set by TD’s version of this card.

It’s worth noting that as far as I’m aware, the CIBC Aeroplan credit cards are among the few cards that will extend their travel insurance benefits to tickets redeemed with Aeroplan points.

Many credit cards in the marketplace consider award travel to be ineligible for travel insurance – you have to put the full revenue ticket cost on the card in order for it to count. The CIBC Aeroplan cards, to my knowledge, only require you to charge the taxes and fees of your Aeroplan booking to the credit card in order for the travel insurance to kick in.

If you prefer to cover your bases using travel insurance, yet also frequently travel on points, that makes this card worthwhile to keep around.

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This card is available for any business, whether you run a sole proprietorship or a corporation. You will need to show various types of business registration documents depending on the structure of your enterprise.

You can qualify with a minimum personal annual income of $35,000. Otherwise, you can be approved on the basis of your business financials if you apply for the CIBC Aeroplan Visa Business Plus Card.

You can follow the below link to the CIBC website to learn more about this card and submit an application.

  1. Clement

    Hi! Has the Buddy Pass been removed? It’s mentioned here in this review, but I don’t see anything about it on the CIBC website for the Aeroplan Business Visa. This is such a big perk that ti would be a shame if it’s gone. Thanks!

  2. John

    Does anyone know if you can downgrade this card and then upgrade it for the same bonus again and dodge the annual fee? Or do you have to cancel and reapply?

  3. JR

    I had the same issue with CIBC. Jumped by all the hoops, phoned 10 times, no one ever had the manners to call me back. Finally they said my application expired… on some Toronto desk. Terrible Bank, rude people.

  4. Grantie

    I found the CIBC Business Card the most difficult to get ( and I have a real business). On line application followed by 5 on site Bank visits plus multiple business statements required -including my articles of incorporation etc.

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