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).
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.
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.
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.