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(Posted: Jun 27, 2013)
Aeroplan is making quite a few changes to its program that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014, including the introduction of a new program that recognizes members who earn Aeroplan miles with Aeroplan and all partner transactions, a relaxed expiration policy, one-way awards for half the cost of roundtrip flights, Market Fare Fight Rewards replacing ClassicPlus Flight Rewards and increases on some flight awards.
The new recognition program will be named Distinction and will take into account all miles earned by members, including airline, travel, retail and financial partners. Distinction will operate as a separate, distinct program from Air Canada's Altitude.
Members who earn 25,000 miles in a calendar year will receive dSilver status, those earning 50,000 miles will receive dBlack status and members who earn 100,000 miles will receive dDiamond status.
Members who earn enough points to qualify for Distinction by Dec. 31, 2013 will receive benefits beginning on Jan. 1, 2014. After 2013, members will receive benefits as soon as they qualify for a Distinction tier and status will remain valid until the end of the following calendar year.
Benefits will include bonus mile offers, discounts of up to 50 percent on Market Fare Flight Rewards, preferential treatment, special partner and award offers and invitations to exclusive events. Distinction members will also have exclusive access to special flights to popular destinations from major Canadian cities during peak times where all of the seats will be offered as ClassicFlight awards.
The Aeoroplan expiration policy has been revised to remove the shelf life of miles. Miles will no longer expire in seven years, regardless of activity. Members who earn or redeem miles at least once every 12 months will be able to keep their miles indefinitely.
Another positive change is the change to one-way awards, which currently require 67 percent of the miles needed for a roundtrip. Starting Jan. 1, 2014, members will be able to redeem miles for a one-way award for 50 percent of the miles needed for roundtrip. Instead of spending 17,000 miles for a one-way flight in economy within North America, the cost will drop to 12,500 miles.
Visit http://www.aeroplan.com/distinction to learn more about the new program.
Market Fare Flight Rewards will be replacing ClassicPlus Flight Rewards. As with ClassicPlus awards, Market Fare Flight Rewards offer more availability than ClassicFlight awards and the number of miles required will fluctuate as with fare prices. Aeroplan says that the new Market Fare Flight Rewards will be up to 20 percent lower than ClassicPlus prices. Of course, the actual price may be more or less depending on your route and flight dates.
Lastly, award prices on many ClassicFlight awards will increase by 25,000 to 40,000 miles at the beginning of next year, including first and business class flights between the U.S. and Canada to Asia 1, Asia 2, Middle East/North Africa and Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific. All economy flights within these regions remain the same and business and first class flights to Europe aren't changing.
Visit https://www3.aeroplan.com/home.do for more information.
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