Chase Bonus Aeroplan Card up to 100,000 points
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The recently launched Aeroplan® Credit Card is one of the most unique airline credit cards we’ve ever seen. From its ongoing perks to its sign-up bonus to the way it lets you redeem your points, every element displays a flair of novelty.
With this card, you will benefit from advantages such as:
- First checked bag free on Air Canada flights
- New cardholders automatically receive Aeroplan 25K status for the remainder of the calendar year, plus the following calendar year (and requalify for 25K status by spending more than $15,000 in a calendar year)
- Global Entry/TSA PreCheck/NEXUS application fee credit
- Redeem points for eligible travel purchases through Pay Yourself Back (1.25 cents per point)
Not bad for a card with only $95 annual fees.
On April 20, 2022, the card will end its current bonus of two Welcome Flight Reward certificates (each worth up to 50,000 points) after spending $4,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. We don’t yet know what the new offer will be, but bonuses rarely expire in better offers.
Chase Aeroplan Credit Card Bonus Ends
You only have one week left to claim the Aeroplan® credit card sign-up bonus of two welcome airline reward certificates (each worth up to 50,000 points) after spending $4,000 on purchases during the first three months following the opening of the account. Insider estimates that Aeroplan points are worth an average of 1.5 cents each, making this bonus potentially worth $1,500 in airline tickets.
However, it is important to understand that you will not actually receive “points”. You receive two certificates worth up to 50,000 points each. These certificates cannot be combined and if you redeem them for a flight costing less than 50,000 points, you will lose the remaining value of the certificate.
For example, if you use a 50,000 point certificate to book a one-way domestic flight to Hawaii that costs 22,500 Aeroplan points, you will lose the remaining value of the certificate of 27,500 points. A better value would be to use your certificate for a more expensive flight, such as a one-way business class seat to Mexico.
If you want to redeem a certificate for a flight costing more than 50,000 points, you can use it in tandem with Aeroplan points. You can easily earn Aeroplan points by instantly transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points (1:1), Amex Membership Rewards points (1:1), Capital One miles (1:1) or Marriott Bonvoy points (3:1 ).
Read more: Air Canada Aeroplan Credit Card Review
How to use Air Canada Aeroplan points
Here’s a handy tip when trying to decide if this card is right for you: even if you never plan to set foot on an Air Canada flight, you can still get over $1,500 worth with this card. Air Canada has 45 partner airlines, such as United Airlines, SWISS, ANA and many more
To understand how many points you will pay for a given flight, you will need to look Aeroplan Reward Charts. They base their prices on region/distance based pricing and dynamic pricing, based on availability. A quick indoor coach hop can cost just 6,000 points, while longer flights can cost 25,000 points.
Air Canada is one of the best rewards programs to get outsized value for your points. Here are some fun things you can do:
- Coach flights under 500 miles within North America (including Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean) cost between 6,000 and 10,000 points. Flight lengths of 501 to 1,500 miles cost 10,000 to 15,000 points.
- Flights from the West Coast to Hawaii cost 12,500 points in economy class and 25,000 points in business class.
- Coach flights to Europe cost between 35,000 and 40,000 points, business class costs between 60,000 and 70,000 points and first class costs between 90,000 and 100,000 points.
Read more: How to earn, redeem and maximize Air Canada Aeroplan points
You can also choose to redeem your points through Chase Pay Yourself Back. Cardholders can “clear” eligible purchases made within the last 90 days at a rate of 1.25 cents per point. You can offset expenses such as:
- Flight ticket (with any airline)
- Car rental
- Travel agency
- Discount Travel Sites
- The trains
- The buses
- Toll bridges/highways
- Car parks/garages
You can only redeem up to 50,000 points per year ($625 value). This is a good option if you don’t plan to travel and want to cover other travel expenses with rewards.
Learn more: Chase Pay Yourself Back gives you up to 50% more value when you redeem points for restaurants, internet, department stores, and more. – here’s how it works
Again, if this card doesn’t seem to suit your lifestyle, you can always earn Aeroplan points with cards that earn transferable points, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® card which includes 60,000 bonus points after you spent $4,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening the account. Or The Platinum Card® from American Express
which comes with 100,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $6,000 in your first 6 months of card membership.
But don’t forget that you have until April 20, 2022 before this current (very generous) Aeroplan® credit card bonus disappears.