Amex Aeroplan Credit Cards: Up to 25% Points Back on Redemptions!

American Express and Air Canada have teamed up to offer an exciting promotion for co-branded cardholders, mirroring the TD 20% points back promotion we saw late last year. 

From now through 3am Eastern Time on July 5, 2022, American Express Aeroplan cardholders can earn up to 25% Aeroplan points back on Air Canada flight rewards, Air Canada Vacations packages, hotels, and car rentals, as long as travel takes place before December 31, 2022.

Register for the Offer

All three American Express Aeroplan co-branded cards are eligible for this promotion:

American Express Aeroplan Credit Cards
Credit Card Best Offer Value
Up to 95,000 Aeroplan points $1,147 Apply Now
85,000 Aeroplan points $858 Apply Now
50,000 Aeroplan points $573 Apply Now

Registration is required at this link, and cardholders should receive emails letting them know to register.

Although you need to be an American Express Aeroplan cardholder to participate, there is no requirement to pay for any portion of the flight redemptions or other rewards using your Amex Aeroplan credit card. 

20–25% Points Back on Flight Redemptions

Upon registration, cardholders will be able to earn 20–25% Aeroplan points back on all flight rewards, depending on which Amex Aeroplan credit card they hold. Points will be redeposited back into the Aeroplan account after travel takes place.

The key deadlines to be aware of are as follows:

  • Book by 3am Eastern Time on July 5, 2022.
  • Travel must be completed by 3am Eastern Time on December 31, 2022.

Effectively, it’s a discount of up to 25% on all the prices you see on the Flight Reward Chart, resulting in awesome deals across the board:

  • ~3,600 points for a one-way transcontinental flight on Air Canada economy class
  • ~17,500–30,000 points for a one-way transcontinental flight on Air Canada business class (at the low end of dynamic pricing)
  • 41,250 points for a one-way flight on Air Canada or ANA business class from Vancouver or Calgary to Tokyo
  • 45,000–52,500 points for a one-way flight from North America to Europe in business class
  • 56,250 points for a one-way flight from North America to Asia in business class
  • 63,750 points for a one-way flight from North America to “Asia 3” in business class of up to 11,000 miles in distance flown 
  • 67,500 points for a one-way flight on Lufthansa First Class from the US East Coast to Germany
  • 82,500 points for a one-way flight on ANA First Class from North America to Tokyo
  • 90,000 points for a one-way flight on Etihad Airways 787 First Class from Washington to Abu Dhabi

Needless to say, this is an incredible opportunity to lock in some trips for the second half of 2022.

Fly ANA First Class for only 82,500 Aeroplan points!

The promotion is combinable with all of the usual Aeroplan redemption strategies that we’re already familiar with:

  • Aeroplan Elite Status members or co-branded credit card holders already enjoy lower redemption levels on Air Canada flights as part of the preferred pricing benefit; this promotion offers further savings on top of that.
  • Adding a stopover on a one-way bound typically costs 5,000 Aeroplan points, which would be reduced to 3,750 Aeroplan points with this promotion.
  • Applying a Priority Reward to an eligible redemption results in a 50% discount on the Aeroplan points needed to book; the remaining 50% of points would then be subject to a further 25% rebate, resulting in a satisfying 62.5% discount overall.

Interestingly, the terms of the offer do state:

The Offer only applies to new redemptions; previous redemptions that are cancelled and then rebooked during the Offer Period are not eligible for this Offer.

However, I do find it unlikely that this would be enforced, as a previous redemption that gets cancelled and rebooked is virtually indistinguishable from a brand-new booking.

(Indeed, data points from the previous TD 20% points back promotion indicate that there was little to no enforcement of these terms.)

If you’ve already booked trips that take place during the promotion period, I would recommend taking advantage of Aeroplan’s flexible change & cancellation policy and rebooking them before July 5 anyway.

Furthermore, the terms also state:

If the travel dates of the original Eligible Redemption are changed, the Offer will still be awarded to the Participating Cardmember’s Account so long as travel is still completed by December 31, 2022 at 03:00 a.m. EST, respecting the Travel Period of the Offer, and will be awarded based on the updated number of points redeemed.

Since flight bookings made before June 30, 2022 (as things currently stand) enjoy a one-time free change, this means that you could lock in a few new bookings on a somewhat speculative basis before June 30, and then change them to firm up your travel plans anytime through December 31 – and still earn those 25% Aeroplan points back! 

20–25% Points Back on Hotels, Car Rentals, and Vacations

The most exciting part of this promotion is certainly the possibility of getting 25% Aeroplan points back when booking flights. 

However, the same rebate also applies to hotels, car rentals, and Air Canada Vacations packages if you wish to redeem your Aeroplan points here. 

Since the value is almost certainly going to be lower than redeeming points for flights, I certainly wouldn’t recommend pursuing these other redemptions even if you get an effective 25% discount – save your Aeroplan points for flight redemptions at a sweet discount instead! 

Fly Etihad Airways First Class for only 90,000 Aeroplan points!

Conclusion

American Express and Aeroplan are putting on a spectacular 25% points back promotion in advance of the summer travel season, which will no doubt whip the travel community into a frenzy as we plan out our remaining trips for 2022.

Depending on whether you have a core or premium card, you’ll receive 20–25% of all points redeposited into their account after travel takes place.

To be eligible, you must book through July 4, 2022 and travel through December 30, 2022 (these are the effective deadlines given the 3am Eastern Time cutoff on the following calendar day).

It’s time to start locking in your travel plans for the remainder of 2022, and make sure to secure some bookings before July 5! 

31 Comments
  1. David

    Ok so I did this in part successfully. Booked Montreal-Barcelona return back on July 4 before the new change policy was implemented.  I think it was 155K points for two people economy return – not too bad.  Would expect 38K points back. However, the week before our trip one signature class ticket came up for 57K one way to Barcelona – only about 20K more than the economy one way.  To take advantage of this Aeroplan call center had to split my ticket into two separate bookings.  And then on the way back we changed our economy to business class Swiss Air for 35K points per person more.  So I think all  in we spent 245K points for two people return, with three of those segments in business class – one of which was signature class – probably a bit pricey but not too bad.  I would have expected approx 62K points back at 25% but the rebate points just posted today (today is Oct 13 – travel was completed Oct 4, 2022) but only got 31K back because I split the ticket which generated two separate booking numbers – the original booking number remained for one ticket which is where I got the points back – and I got the points – despite multiple changes to that ticket.  I think I am still ok with everything 214K points for business return for 3 of the 4 segments to Europe is not too bad.  If I had got the full points I would have got a screaming deal. I used Amex Aeroplan Reserve Card to book and deal with any fees (there were not really any except seat selection on one of the legs but I made sure to use that card).

  2. Joyce

    Can you recall when the points are supposed to be posted?

  3. Sergi

    Wondered if anybody received points credit at that point?

  4. Award Maven

    Would the bonus apply to reservations using the Chase Aeroplan 50K vouchers?

  5. Omar YYZ

    Not working on google chrome. Worked on Microsoft Edge browser.

  6. J Wong

    Hi Ricky and others, what happens if my points are shared with my family but I want to book a flight with “my” points (since I’m the only one with the Amex Aeroplan reserve card). Would the 25% points back be applicable to the whole family pot of points or will it only be for the prorated portion of the points that my account used?

    1. J Wong

      As a follow up point, I ask this because when I book anything. Prorated amounts get taken off each member of the family so not sure how this promo applies here..

      1. Todd

        very good question.

        1. Hanson

          Would like an answer to this too

  7. Cecil Liu YYZ

    Quick question, anyone know that if I cancel booking on ANA/AC metals, will be space being added back to Aeroplan inventory instantly so I can re-book, or it’s a huge YMMV? thank you!

  8. Mark C

    Hello. Thanks for that info, as always : ) 5 days ago I booked one ticket using 146,000 aeroplan points. Vanc-Dubai-Cairo-Paris-Toronto-Vancouver. I have an amex aeroplan card, which I paid the taxes with. 1) I understand to get this 20% aeroplan miles back I must cancel this trip and rebook it, correct? And 2) They all occur b4 Dec 30 except the last leg from TO to Vanc. Thus, would I get 20% of points for all travel except last leg? And as its one ticket, does that complicate/invalid the offer because a small end leg occurs after Dec 30th? Thanks.

  9. Matt

    Where do u find details on TD cardholder version?

    1. susan

      Matt, the TD version was back before Christmas.

    1. Ricky YVR

      You book flights with Aeroplan points directly on aircanada.com.

      1. Jay

        Thanks

  10. Mendy Igel

    When do I get the 25% back?

  11. Mendy Igel

    Will I get the 25% even if I cancel my card in the next two months?

    1. Omar YYZ

      No, card must remain active. Its in the fine print.

    2. Omar YYZ

      NO. card must remain valid until points are awarded. It’s stipulated in the fine print

      1. Mendy Igel

        Thanks

  12. Nancy

    Does this work in conjunction with “latitude attitude”?

    1. Ricky YVR

      Yes!

  13. DM

    The button is working now.

    1. Tim

      What browser did you use? Button still not working for me.

  14. Pola

    Same. The button is not pressable

  15. Traveler K

    If I apply for the American express aeroplan card today, and register for this promotion, would I be eligible as well, or do I need to already be a card holder?

  16. Reverend

    same

  17. iv

    @DM same here. Tried different browsers, same issue.

  18. DM

    The button on the registration link is frozen. It doesn’t do anything. Is anyone else facing the same problem?

    1. JW

      same

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