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Aeroplan announced today that they will be modifying their current mileage expiration policy, effective today.

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Courtesy: Air Canada

Aeroplan Miles Now Expire After 18 Months

Previously, Aeroplan miles expired after 12 months without any activity. From today, you will only need to have account activity (earning or spending miles) once every 18 months to extend the expiration date for all of your Aeroplan miles by another 18 months.

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You could transfer in 1,000 miles from American Express Membership Rewards or Capital One miles or even donate 1,000 miles.

 

No Expiration for Air Canada Aeroplan Credit Card Holders

If you hold any Aeroplan affiliated credit card, your miles will never expire as long as you have the card.

Note: The announcement references Air Canada Altitude members as being exempt from mileage expiration. However, there’s no current reference to that on the information page about expiring miles. This would be a nice perk for those that qualified for Altitude status during the transfer promo if it applies to all elite members.

 

New Option for Reinstating Miles

  • Reinstate all of your expired Aeroplan Miles as long as it’s within 6 months of your account becoming inactive by:
    • Taking a flight with Air Canada
    • Getting an Aeroplan credit card

(You can still buy them back, but at 1 cent per miles + $30, it’s probably never worthwhile to do so.)

 

Summary

It’s always nice to see program enhancements and an extra 6 months to earn or burn plus a way to get them back within another 6 months with just one flight is pretty nice.

 

What are your thoughts on this Aeroplan program change?

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