Details: Aeroplan Tweaking Some Award Costs

Some mild changes are coming to Air Canada Aeroplan’s award pricing as of September 2022. Don’t panic, as the tweaks are a mixed bag, and are fairly minor.

Aeroplan award chart changes September 2022

In late 2020, the new Aeroplan program launched. Aeroplan completely changed the way it goes about pricing awards, and introduced a new award chart that’s both distance and zone based. For the first time since the program launched, we’re seeing some changes to award pricing.

These changes kick in for bookings as of September 1, 2022 (tickets reissued as of then would also be subject to the new pricing). Let’s go over the details of the changes.

Between North America and Atlantic

We’re seeing mild changes to awards between the North America and Atlantic regions:

  • Awards covering a distance of 6,001-8,000 miles are increasing from 85,000 to 90,000 points in business class, and from 120,000 to 130,000 points in first class
  • Awards covering a distance of 8,001+ miles are increasing from 100,000 to 110,000 points in business class, and from 130,000 to 140,000 points in first class

Between North America and Pacific

We’re seeing mild changes to awards between the North America and Pacific regions:

  • Awards covering a distance of 7,501-11,000 miles are increasing from 85,000 to 87,500 points in business class
  • Awards covering a distance of 11,001+ miles are increasing from 105,000 to 115,000 points in business class, and from 140,000 to 150,000 points in first class

Between North America and South America

We’re seeing the introduction of a new distance band for flights between the North America and South America regions. There will be a new 0-2,500 mile distance band with reduced pricing, while previously all travel of 0-4,500 miles had the same pricing. Economy awards will cost 20,000 points, business class awards will cost 40,000 points, and first class awards will cost 60,000 points.

Between Atlantic and Pacific

We’re seeing the introduction of a new distance band for flights between the Atlantic and Pacific regions. There will be a new 0-2,500 mile distance band with reduced pricing, while previously all travel of 0-4,500 miles had the same pricing. Economy awards will cost 25,000 points, business class awards will cost 40,000 points, and first class awards will cost 50,000 points.

For awards between these regions of 7,001+ miles, economy is increasing from 60,000 to 65,000 points, business class is increasing from 100,000 to 110,000 points, and first class is increasing from 130,000 to 140,000 points.

Within South America

We’re seeing the introduction of a new distance band for flights within the South America region. There will be a new 0-1,600 mile distance band with reduced pricing, while previously all awards within South America had the same pricing. In this band economy awards will cost 10,000 points, business class awards will cost 20,000 points, and first class awards will cost 30,000 points.

For awards within South America of 1,601+ miles, economy is increasing from 15,000 to 20,000 points, and business class is increasing from 30,000 to 35,000 points.

Aeroplan is adjusting some award costs

My take on Aeroplan’s award chart changes

I tend to think that Air Canada Aeroplan is one of the most useful frequent flyer programs nowadays, thanks to its variety of airline partners, award stopover policy, and more. What’s my take on these changes?

  • They’re obviously a mixed bag, with some price increases, and some regions getting lower priced awards
  • I don’t consider these increases to be a big deal at all; the are mild, and presumably reflects the increased redemption patterns Aeroplan has seen since launch
  • I am grateful that Aeroplan even publishes an award chart (unlike so many other programs), and also provides advance notice of award pricing changes

So yeah, if this is the worst we have to deal with nearly two years into the new Aeroplan program, I’ll take it!

I appreciate how many airline partners Aeroplan has

Bottom line

Aeroplan is adjusting some award costs as of September 1, 2022. We’re seeing some awards go up in price, while others go down in price. In the grand scheme of things we’re seeing fairly few changes, and those regions with new pricing are seeing minor adjustments.

What do you make of these Aeroplan award chart changes?

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