Air Canada Aeroplan and Chase launch partnership with the United States


Air Canada’s Aeroplan program was recently updated, and it has some fantastic sweet spots. I love the ability to trade on Star Alliance airlines at no fuel surcharge and have a stopover on a one-way award for just 5,000 extra miles.

For those of us in the United States, there are some exciting updates on how easily we can earn Aeroplan Miles, thanks to a new partnership with Chase coming in 2021.

Aeroplan Joins Chase Ultimate Rewards

As of the end of 2021, Air Canada’s Aeroplan program will become a Hunt the ultimate rewards transfer partner. Points will be transferred in a 1: 1 ratio so this will be a fantastic addition to the program.

For a certain context:

Air Canada will become a Chase Ultimate Rewards partner

It’s a nice addition to the value of the ultimate rewards. While I love Ultimate Rewards points, I would say their value has gone down since Korean Air SkyPass was lost as a partner a few years ago.

Chase’s only unique transfer partners (compared to other programs) are United MileagePlus and World of Hyatt. There are few instances where you’ll find the value through United MileagePlus to be competitive, while I love World of Hyatt as a transfer partner, and that’s where most of my Chase Points go.

World of Hyatt is my favorite Chase transfer partner

Aeroplan, Chase and Mastercard launch the American credit card

At the end of 2021, Air Canada Aeroplan will launch a US credit card, in partnership with Chase and Mastercard. We’ll have to stay tuned for details on the map, however. Chase has several other co-branded airline cards, so I think we have a general idea of ​​what kind of benefits we can expect.

Aeroplan’s leadership is brilliant and good at engaging members, so hopefully we see some creativity in terms of cardholder benefits.

From Chase’s perspective, I think these cards can follow a similar framework in terms of benefits to other cards issued for foreign carriers, like Aer Lingus, British Airways, and Iberia.

I think there are certain kinds of travel benefits when you fly with Air Canada that are obvious. Personally, what I would like to see the most is the ability to win Priority Reward vouchers. These offer 50% reduction on an award ticket for one passenger (including on partner airlines).

If you could earn one by spending a certain amount, it could potentially be a good deal, as it could get you an Air Canada or Star Alliance Partner award at a discount.

Could the Aeroplan credit card offer the possibility of earning Priority Reward vouchers?

At the end of the line

Air Canada Aeroplan and Chase will launch a partnership at the end of 2021, with which we will see Aeroplan become an Ultimate Rewards transfer partner, and we will also see Aeroplan launch a US credit card. I can’t wait to learn more details.

Do you see yourself transferring Ultimate Rewards points to Air Canada, and what do you expect from a co-branded credit card in the United States?

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