U.S. residents who are airline elite frequent flyers can get free Air Canada Aeroplan elite status for the rest of 2021, and keep that status for the 2022 program with by booking and flying just one roundtrip on Air Canada (or Air Canada Express or Rouge) by January 15, 2022.
How The Status Match Program Works
Elites with American, Delta, Alaska, Southwest, JetBlue and Hawaiian are eligible for a match. Naturally Air Canada won’t poach elite members of partner airline United’s Mileage plus program.
This grid will tell you what your current status level will get you with Air Canada. Interestingly,
- Southwest’s Companion Pass is treated as a higher level than A-List Preferred (I have the former from credit card spend, but not the latter).
- They will match Southwest and Hawaiian status – but not Spirit or Frontier status.
- Air Canada will match to their top tier – though only for American Airlines Concierge Key member and Delta 360s.
While temporary status lasts through the end of 2021, you have until January 15 to complete the requirements to keep status. That means you may lose status temporarily – if you qualify for a match, but don’t fly your required trip until the last day possible, you’ll be without status for the first half of January.
This is not a once in a lifetime offer, but if you successfully obtain a status match through this offer you will not be able to request another one for two years. There’s no defined end date for the match, but they hint at a cap on number of matches they’ll offer, so the opportunity could end at any time.
Expect a response to your status match request within 3 days, which would be a great experience for a status match prgoam. Status will be reflected in your account within 5 busines days of approval.
A Status Match To Encourage Travel To Canada
The program is being managed by status match concierge service StatusMatch.com. They ran a status match program last year for Frontier Airlines, which included a fee however here there’s no processing fee. The effort is funded by tourism organization Destination Canada which aims to encourage U.S. travel to Canada with this offer.
Canada has re-opened to vaccinated U.S. travelers. Of course this offer doesn’t require visiting Canada. It may be worth a mileage run, or considering Air Canada for a Europe trip – for American’s living in non-hub cities they’re often the same one-stop service as connecting on a U.S. airline. Unfortunately Air Canada award travel doesn’t count for keeping this status.
Air Canada Aeroplan Is A Useful Program For Americans
Air Canada Aeroplan elite members get significant discounts on award redemption through “Priority Rewards so this program is going to be useful for those with big balances with Chase, American Express or Capital One since Aeroplan is a transfer partner of those. And we’re about to see the launch of a new Aeroplan credit card in the U.S. from Chase.
And Aeroplan award redemption is very useful with no fuel surcharges and access to both Star Alliance airline awards and award travel across an extensive network of partners (even Etihad). Moreover when redeeming for business class awrds on Air Canada generally a 10,000 to 12,000 point premium gets a business flex award and that comes with access to probably the best business class lounges in North America, the original Signature Suite in Toronto and the one in Vancouver.
Air Canada Signature Suite Toronto
While some might eye this as a convenient and quick path to Star Alliance Gold status, for lounge access in the U.S. on domestic United Airlines itineraries without buying a club membership, it’s worth remembering that Air Canada is the largest foreign carrier in the U.S. serving 60 U.S. cities pre-pandemic. Not only are they convenient for travel to Canada but for one-stop service across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
If I were a Concierge Key or 360 member I’d be all over this for Air Canada Super Elite status, arguably the best standard top tier status level in North America and really unique for its concierge agent program.
As a mere Executive Platinum with American and Southwest Airlines Companion Pass holder I’ll look at this as Star Gold and cheaper Aeroplan redemptions for my Chase and Aemx points.