Aeroplan Elite Status: Choose Your 2022 Select Benefits Now!

Now that we’ve arrived at July 2022, if you’re an Aeroplan Elite Status member, you can now optimally choose your 2022 Select Benefits in the member portal upon logging into your Aeroplan account.

Since eUpgrade credits earned in July of any given year are valid through the following calendar year, you can now start hunting down eUpgrade space and applying the “Latitude Attitude” to upgrade into business class for Air Canada flights that take place in 2023. 

Choose Your 2022 Select Benefits

Aeroplan Elite Status benefits are divided into Core Benefits and Select Benefits.

All members receive the Core Benefits associated with their status levels automatically as of the turn of the year, and also have the option to choose from two separate bundles of Select Benefits, based on which enhancements to the travel experience might matter to them the most.

As an Aeroplan Elite Status member, you can choose your Select Benefits for 2022 via the “Choose benefits” option under the “Benefits” tab of your dashboard.

The Select Benefits bundles available to each Aeroplan Elite Status level are summarized as below:

(Bundle 1 of benefits is the more meaningful set for most travellers. Bundle 2 offers either eUpgrades or Status Qualifying Miles in exchange for purchasing flights using Air Canada Flight Passes, so it won’t be relevant if you don’t typically travel using a Flight Pass.)

Which Select Benefits Should You Choose?

Among the Select Benefit choices, I’d certainly recommend choosing the allotment of extra eUpgrade credits as one of your benefits (or your only benefit as an Aeroplan 35K member). 

It’s very valuable to collect more eUpgrades, since the “Latitude Attitude” strategy allows you to redeem Aeroplan points for an Economy Latitude ticket and upgrade instantly into business class.

With direct bookings in business class often pricing out at dynamically high levels, the Latitude Attitude can be an invaluable strategy. 

eUpgrades are very valuable for booking Air Canada business class while avoiding dynamically high prices.

Meanwhile, picking the second Select Benefit for Aeroplan 25K, 50K, 75K, and Super Elite members will depend on your own preferences as a traveller.

Someone who frequently takes paid flights might value the bonus Aeroplan points on Air Canada flights, someone who wants to share their benefits with their loved ones might like the Status Passes or the status gifts, etc. 

Earn eUpgrades Valid Through January 2024!

It’s been possible to choose your Select Benefits ever since January 1 of this year. So why is it more advantageous to do so right now, starting on July 1?

Well, the validity period of eUpgrades is determined as follows:

  • Any eUpgrades earned between January and June of a given year have a validity period within that year itself.
  • Any eUpgrades earned between July and December of a given year have a validity period through the following year.

What does this mean in practice? Well, choosing eUpgrades as your Select Benefits as of today, July 1, 2022, means that those eUpgrades would arrive into your account with an expiry date of January 16, 2024, rather than January 16, 2023!

And remember: travel must take place within eUpgrade credits’ validity period for those eUpgrades to be applied.

So if you’d like to use the Latitude Attitude to confirm upgrades into business class for any trips that take place in 2023, then you’d need those precious valid-through-2023 eUpgrades in order to do it. 

By picking eUpgrades as your Select Benefit now, you’ll get a head start on securing upgrades on 2023 flights.

Effectively, by delaying your Select Benefit decision until now in July 2022, you’ve gotten yourself a valuable head start on snagging the coveted “R” space and confirming your instant upgrades across Air Canada’s 2023 business class flights.

Upon locking in your choice of Select Benefits, the extra eUpgrade credits may take a few days to show up.

Once they do, you’ll be able to go forth and plan out your 2023 travels in Air Canada business class with the “Latitude Attitude” in mind. 

Conclusion

Now that it’s July 2022, Aeroplan Elite Status members can choose their Select Benefit bundles in an optimized fashion, securing an allotment of valuable eUpgrades that are valid through all of 2023 and into January 2024.

Personally, I’ve waited until now to pick my Select Benefits for this exact reason, so as to earn eUpgrade credits that are valid for instantly confirmed upgrades from Latitude Economy into business class throughout the next 18 months.

Remember: once the Select Benefit bundles are chosen, they cannot be changed, so it’s important to take some time to think through your decision before you lock it in. 

48 Comments
  1. Liz

    I’m confused about when to select benefits when you’re given early recognition. I started the year at 35k and was waiting to choose my benefits until July. But in June I made 50k so the 35k benefits were automatically selected and I then selected the 50k benefits. Now, in Sept., I’ve just made 75k. Am I best to wait until July 2024 to choose the 75k benefits?

    1. Liz

      Oops. I meant July 2023.

  2. Viktor

    I probably won’t be able to maintain status for next year. If I select the eupgrade benefits will I be able to use them next year without elite status?

  3. Wayne Johnstone

    I waited to select my 35k benefits on July 8 or so, on pack one there’s only 5 credits, why not 10? Is it because I waited till after July 1? These 5 credits expire 2024 and I have 29 expiring Jan 2023 which I should get to use. Also my 5/5/5 bonus hasn’t been posted yet, that will put me at 50k so I imagine all those credits go to 2024 by default. Hope it’s more than 5 lol.

  4. don

    I am not sure that this strategy is without risk in all cases. In my case I deferred my 50K elections only to find out that they were made for me in April of this year, and they weren’t what I would have picked. I expect this was done by Aeroplan when I achieved 75K status.

  5. Vincent

    I am SE and selected my benefits today (July 1st). My 50 eupgrades are only valid til January 2023! I should have waited….

    1. Ricky YVR

      Mine are in, and they expire January 2024. You sure you aren’t looking at old eUpgrades?

      1. Vincent

        This morning they are now good til 2024! I guess there was a glitch yesterday. Thanks.

  6. TK

    I have 35k from last year currently and just achieved the necessary SQM and SQD for 25k this year. However I can’t select my 25k benefits yet. What am I missing?

  7. JimF

    Ricky, two questions. I’m assuming that following this approach means that any flights in the first half of the year wouldn’t get the bonus miles (if that’s one of your select benefits)? Also, how far in advance can you book reward flights? Thanks.

    1. Ricky YVR

      The bonus miles would be retroactive, so you’d still get the bonus miles.

      You can book reward flights 355 days in advance.

      1. May

        Are the the bonus miles considered as SQM

  8. May

    I have attained 35k status but have not selected my benefits as I was waiting until July 1st. My selection choice included only 5 E-upgrades (not 10).

    I will likely hit 50k status in June.

    I was wondering if I should select the 5 E-upgrades now before I hit 50k status.
    Thinking the 50k selection may only be the difference of E-upgrades from 25k status and not the full 20. Thx

  9. BJ

    I got upgraded to 75k, if I gift 35k to someone today is that for 2022 and ’23 or only 2022?

    In Jan 2023 will I be prompted to select new 75k benefits for ’23?

  10. Nick

    Ricky, T.J.,

    Thanks for the great work. Q: if you go from 25K – 50K in a year, would you then select your 25K, 35K, and 50K select benefits after July 1st?

    Want to ensure the select benefits aren’t lost when upgrading. Thanks in advance!

    1. Ricky YVR

      The Select Benefits won’t be lost upon upgrading as long as you’ve already selected them for the old tier. If you haven’t yet selected, they’ll be replaced by the new tier’s Select Benefits.

      1. Nick

        Got it – thanks for the prompt response Ricky!

  11. Chun Wu

    For someone who has the 25K Status, I wouldn’t actually recommend getting the 2 Maple Leaf Guest Passes. I would assume that those that holds he status may have a card like the Amex Aeroplan Reserve which gives you and a guest free anyways.

    Thoughts?

  12. Mel

    Just attained 25K status and am stuck on select benefits. Will probably only fly 6 segments this summer and it would be nice to use eupgrade for DXB > YYZ > DXB flights. Status or eUpgrade? And if eUpgrade, when? Thx

  13. Rujiroj

    Seems no one talks about the value of the Wi-fi. From my calculations, an annual gogo pass would cost almost $800. That’s nothing to spit at.

  14. Dmitri

    Do you have any idea if Air Canada has paused the ability to use eUpgrades and the “latitude attitude” until they sort out all of the Aeroplan status updates? When I search on ExpertFlyer for “R” fares I get the following message : “ I and X award classes are currently unavailable via the Award & Upgrade tool at the request of Air Canada due to the new Aeroplan program. However, they may be available via the Flight Availability search.”

    1. Ricky YVR

      It’s not paused. ExpertFlyer can’t see I or X space, but they can see R space.

  15. Frank the tank

    Ricky
    In your opinion will they offer another status bump in 2022 if travel again is impacted by covid.

    Keep up the good work you do really informative👍🏻

  16. Amyranth

    Waiting for Status Boost myself – but if I book a flight at 25k status (current) while I wait for my 35k status to be issued, will any e-upgrades I use for that flight apply to the new window of 8 days when the boost is issued, or stay at 4?

  17. Ron

    According to Air Canada website, the cutoff date for eUpgrades posting to expire mid January 2024 is September 1 2022 (not July 1).

    1. Ricky YVR

      Thanks for pointing this out. We’ve followed up with Air Canada and confirmed that the cutoff is July 1, and the information will soon be corrected on the website.

  18. Dmitry

    I’ve got 75K on December 30.
    Wanted to gift 35K status to my friend that flies a lot. But now seems like I should wait until July 1st to choose, as I have too many eupgrades already. A bit annoying. I guess 35k status for half year for a friend is better than nothing…
    By the way, had 40 eupgrades that should be roll over to this year (have a premium CC), but they vanished. Hopefully will get them later this month. Got 20 eupgrades for 2021 and 20 for 2022 though, both expiring January 16, 2023.
    I hope I’ll keep these “extra” 20 eupgrades for 2021 too.

  19. Andre

    Hi, Ricky! Since I wasn’t going to keep my Reserve card for another year, I had to cancel it a few days ago to avoid paying an annual fee (couldn’t keep it open for any longer). Do you think I will still receive a status upgrade, given that the spending requirement of 10K was made?

  20. RMTL

    Hi,
    Not that I will complain, but a weird thing happened :
    – I had no status in 2021 and I’m now 25K as of 4th JAN
    – I received two times 20 e-upgrades, one on 31st DEC and one on 4th JAN.
    I have the Amex Aeroplan Reserve and I spent the 10K for the 25K. I was just short if I member for the spend your way (100K points).
    Did that happen to anyone else ?

    1. Ricky YVR

      Since you were lucky enough to earn the bump in 2021, that means you technically qualified for status and got your 20 core eUpgrades for 2021, and then another set in 2021.

      1. RMTL

        Oh nice ! That is a technicality I was not aware of 😉
        Thanks for the answer

        1. Chris W YCD

          this happened to me as well – I hit the 100k threshold in late October, got my 20 eupgrades plus the bonus select, and then got another 20 and was able to select again for my 2022 status year, plus I am leaving the 10K for the 35K benefits alone as smartly suggested in this article. Its a pile of eupgrades and I’m glad I have the black CC to roll them over

  21. scottb

    Unfortunately I selected my benefits prior to reading this article. I’d would have delayed my selection of elite benefits. As I understand once the benefits are selected, it cannot be undone. Do you think reach out to the elite line would be of any use?

  22. Dave

    Thanks for more great insights Ricky! The option to “wait to select” looks to be an exciting way to enhance the flexibility value of some e-upgrades.

    Waiting until after July 1 will mean that the second (albeit less valuable) select benefit for 25K, 50K, 75K, 100K won’t be available to use until then as well. For the bonus points on AC flights option – would bonus points be awarded retroactively on any paid flights taken in first half of the year?

    1. T.J. YQQ

      Yes, the bonus points option applies to all paid flights taken that year retroactively 🙂

  23. chris

    I believe the Status Pass option provided to the recipient is the same regardless of your tier. I am SE and when I give out a pass, I have been told that the benefits were the same as if I did so as 75K (ie. no SE line access, concierge, etc…). May want to reconsider this as SE’s receive 2 of these as a core benefit and often these can go unused. I would suggest the 100% bonus miles, especially if you plan on doing lots of flying in 2022.

    1. Ricky YVR

      Thanks for the correction here, that’s now been rephrased.

    2. Adam Carr

      I agree, he doesn’t seem to understand how Status Passes work. They just give the recipient lounge access, priority baggage/boarding/check-in, regardless of the status of the donor.

  24. Chris W YCD

    I’m not seeing my SQM rollover in my dashboard (I am a CIBC AP VIP holder) and also I’m showing 20 eupgrades from last year’s 25K qualification expiring at the end of this month, even though they should rollover. ai also haven’t seen my status bump to 35K yet, is this all just AP issues that I should be patient and let resolve, or should I be getting after them?

    1. Ricky YVR

      For the status bump, patience until January 31. Everything’s a little wonky right now and I don’t think “getting after them” would lead anywhere that waiting wouldn’t.

      1. Chris W YCD

        I meant “getting after them” in the kindest sense – Vancouver Island style 😀 The only reason I even considered it is I that have historically had trouble with the linkage between my CIBC AP VIP and my Aeroplan account, an agent at CIBC accidentally linked my card to the wrong AP account, it took many hours, phone calls and emails to get that sorted out. As per your instructions, patience has indeed paid off as my 35K status bump appeared this morning in my dashboard.

  25. Michael

    When you bump up a status level (say 25K to 35K during the year), do you get an additional 10 eupgrade credits for a total of 35?
    20 core
    5 @ 25K
    10 @ 35K

    1. Ricky YVR

      You would think you’d only earn the incremental amount, wouldn’t you? Based on my experiences with mid-year status bumps, I feel like you’d get the additional 10.

  26. Marc

    Another benefit of waiting for the holders of black cc, is that you will deplete your rolled over e-upgrades before your new batch. As you cannot roll over for two years in a row the same e upgrade, you want the rolled over e upgrades to be used first, but it seems that the new ones are depleted first, probably because the system seems to work by issuance date.

  27. Andrew

    Given I primarily travel with my wife, the status pass pass doesn’t have too much value (to me). Can you expand on how one would determine whether the lower requalification or 50% bonus would be better?

    1. Ricky YVR

      Think about how many paid flights with Air Canada and the select partners you’re likely to take this year, and how many Aeroplan points you’d earn from those paid flights as a result. Then apply the 50% bonus to those Aeroplan points.

      Then weigh this against how likely you are to benefit from the lower requalification threshold. Personally, this year in particular I’d choose the bonus points, since I think it’s fairly likely Air Canada will continue to make it easier to requalify for status for all members anyway.

  28. Sam

    Is it normal that I still have not gotten my core 20 eupgrades? I was able to select the other benefits though. I retained 25k status originally earned in 2020.

    1. Ricky YVR

      There’s been some strange stuff happening with the eUpgrades and benefits in recent days, including many reports of missing eUpgrades. I’d expect this to be resolved in the near future.

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