Redeem on 25+ Star Alliance airlines
As of November 8, 2020, this card will be rebranded and relaunched with all-new benefits to coincide with the new Aeroplan loyalty program.
The standard offer on the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite has historically been 15,000 Aeroplan miles with a $120 annual fee.
However, from now until November 7, 2020, you’ll also earn an extra 10,000 Aeroplan miles upon spending $1,500 in the first three months, and the annual fee of $120 is waived for the first year.
The signup bonus of 25,000 miles is one of the better offers we’ve seen on this card, so now would be a good time to apply. However, it’s widely regarded that the offers in November as of the new Aeroplan program‘s launch are likely to be very strong as well.
If you consult the Aeroplan Reward Chart, you’ll see that 25,000 Aeroplan miles is enough for a round-trip long-haul flight within North America in economy class or a one-way long-haul flight within North America in business class.
You can also use the 25,000 Aeroplan miles towards a larger redemption, such as an Aeroplan Mini-RTW starting at 75,000 miles in economy class or 150,000 miles in business class.
Under this offer, the annual fee of $120 is charged on the first statement and then rebated within the next two statements. It’s worth noting that when there isn’t a first-year fee waiver on this card, you could also get the $120 annual fee waived by opening a TD All-Inclusive Banking Plan.
Supplementary cards can be added to your account as well. The first authorized user is free, while remaining cards will be charged at $50 per card.
The TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite offers you 1.5 Aeroplan miles per dollar spent on gas, groceries, and drugstore purchases, as well as purchases made on aircanada.com. Meanwhile, you’ll earn 1 Aeroplan mile per dollar spent on all other purchases.
The earning rates on this card are good, but not great. The 1.5x category is outstripped by the American Express Gold Rewards Card, which offers 2 Amex MR points per dollar spent on the same purchases. Since Amex MR points can be transferred to Aeroplan at a 1:1 ratio, the 1.5x multiplier on the TD Aeroplan card is pretty inferior and you’d be better off using the Gold Rewards Card instead.
However, there’s something to be said for keeping the TD Aeroplan card as a backup Visa option in your wallet, since some of the establishments where you shop might not accept American Express. In that case, earning 1.5 Aeroplan miles per dollar spent on the bonus categories and 1 Aeroplan mile per dollar spent on other purchases is a decent return.
As a cardholder, you also get a few perks when travelling on Air Canada on an Aeroplan reward ticket only. These benefits do not apply when you book a revenue ticket with Air Canada. The benefits include a complimentary first checked bag, priority check-in, priority boarding, and a complimentary visit to an Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge once per calendar year.
Since these are only usable on Air Canada flights redeemed with Aeroplan, you’ll probably only find them useful when redeeming miles for travel within North America (as redeeming miles for long-haul Air Canada flights is usually terrible value thanks to the hefty fuel surcharges you incur).
As a premium travel credit card, the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite comes with an impressive suite of insurance benefits, including:
Emergency medical insurance of up to $1,000,000 on the first 21 days of a trip (4 days for cardholders aged 65 and up)
Trip cancellation and trip interruption insurance of up to $1,500/$5,000 per insured person, which protects against unforeseen factors affecting your trip
Delayed and lost baggage insurance of up to $1,000 per person towards the purchase of essential items if your baggage is delayed by more than six hours or lost
Flight delay insurance of up to $500 if your flight is delayed by more than four hours
$500,000 Common Carrier Accident insurance, which protects you in case of a travel-related accident
Auto rental damage & loss insurance, which can help you save on the insurance fees that car rental companies would otherwise charge
One outstanding feature of the card is that the insurance applies to Aeroplan award tickets when you charge the full taxes and fees of the redemption ticket on your TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite.
There aren’t many cards out there with insurance benefits for award travel, so being able to insure your Aeroplan award ticket is a very valuable perk that the TD Aeroplan card offers, especially if you book a complex trip like an Aeroplan Mini-RTW.
This perk alone means that the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite is an excellent card to keep around after you obtain its signup bonus, because the insurance coverage will come in very handy if you travel frequently on Aeroplan awards.
As a Visa Infinite product, the card requires a minimum annual personal income of $60,000 or a minimum annual household income of $100,000 to be eligible. TD also does not grant the welcome bonus if you’ve received it already in the past six months, so if it’s been more than six months since your last bonus on this card, then you should be good to get it again.
You can find more information about the card and submit an application at the below link (not an affiliate link).