Air Canada Announces Credit Card Spend To Keep Elite Status

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2022 is a weird year. Travel is booming, but only in certain places and only certain kinds of travel. What’s more, the Omicron surge meant the year started off slow for many members. So while we’ll see plenty of frequent flyers earning elite status, there are many still on the sidelines.

Aeroplan is out with a way for members to keep their status through 2023: earn 30,000 points with an Aeroplan co-brand credit card between January 1, 2022 and November 30, 2022. This is on top of elite status accelerators announced in February.

  • No registration is required, all existing Aeroplan elites are eligible, and the look-back period starts January 1, 2022
  • It’s points earned, not money spent, so accelerator earning counts (but earning as part of an initial bonus offer does not, and points transferred to Aeroplan doesn’t count)
  • A primary cardholder’s earning can be through a combination of cards. Secondary cardholder spending counts towards the primary cardholder’s total. New cardmembers are eligible.

Aeroplan flags that they will begin extending status in June, that it can take up to 8 weeks for status to be extended, and so someone hitting required spend in November might see a brief lapse in status at the start of 2023.

This is a huge opportunity for those of you who took advantage of Aeroplan’s generous status match offer last fall and will keep status through 2022. This gives you a path to keep that status.

In the U.S. this offer makes the Aeroplan® Credit Card from Chase even more attractive. That’s on top of the card’s opportunity to earn a Welcome Flight Reward worth up to 50,000 points after you spend $3,000 in your first 3 months from account opening + up to 51,000 points through 10x total points on travel and dining in your first 6 months.

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  1. So if I get the AC card. Spend 3k on travel to gain 30k points. Does that count to the 30k goal to extend status ?

  2. 1. OPM not fully back in Canada
    2. Air Canada is a garbage airline, people moving elsewhere
    3. Air Canada 50% on time at best, messing OPM trips = no good

    = desperate

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