Aeroplan is offering 2500 miles for new members after first activity in the account. That doesn’t seem like a lot, but because of a quirk in Aeroplan’s program that can be leveraged into 20,000 miles worth of travel.
The new Air Canada Aeroplan program has family pooling. So you can leverage this 8 x 2500 = 20,000 miles.
Aeroplan will allow up to 8 people to share their miles at no cost. Air Canada won’t limit redemptions to members in the pool. You can join family pooling and still redeem your miles for anyone you wish.
To limit abuse once you join a family pool you have to stay in it for at least three months. And when you leave you cannot join another one for six months.
So find 8 friends or family members who aren’t current Aeroplan members. They need to sign up. And then they need a mile. Points transfer from American Express, Capital One, Marriott and others. Or buy soemthing with through the Aeroplan eStore with each account, you can even earn Aeroplan miles via UberEats. Any purchase you’d be making anyway works.
And all of the miles can be pooled for an award ticket. In the new Aeroplan program starting November 8 there will be no fuel surcharges. So you can travel as far as 20,000 miles will take you for just the cost of taxes.