Starting September 2022, some slight changes are coming to Air Canada Aeroplan award prices. Don’t panic because the improvements are mixed and quite small.
Aeroplan award ranking changes in September 2022
At the end of 2020, the new Aeroplan program was launched. Aeroplan has completely changed the way awards are made, introducing a new award chart that is based on both distance and zone. For the first time since the launch of the program, we are seeing some changes in pricing.
These changes apply to bookings from 1 September 2022 (tickets re-issued after that time will also be subject to the new prices). Let’s go through the details of the changes.
Between North America and the Atlantic
Between the North American and Atlantic regions, we see slight changes in valuations:
- Awards between 6,001 and 8,000 miles increase from 85,000 to 90,000 points in business class and from 120,000 to 130,000 points in first class
- Awards covering 8,001+ miles increase 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 the Pacific
We see slight changes in valuations between the North America and Pacific regions:
- Awards between 7,501 and 11,000 miles increase from 85,000 to 87,500 points in business class
- Awards covering 11,001+ miles increase 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 are witnessing the introduction of a new distance band for flights between the North American and South American regions. There will be a new 0-2,500 mile band with a reduced price, whereas previously all 0-4,500 mile journeys were the same price. An economy class award will cost 20,000 points, a business class award will cost 40,000 points and a first class award will cost 60,000 points.
Between the Atlantic and the Pacific
We are witnessing the introduction of a new distance band for flights between the Atlantic and Pacific regions. There will be a new 0-2,500 mile band with a reduced price, whereas previously all 0-4,500 mile journeys were the same price. An economy class award will cost 25,000 points, a business class award will cost 40,000 points and a first class award will cost 50,000 points.
For awards between these regions of 7,001+ miles, Economy increases from 60,000 to 65,000 points, Business Class increases from 100,000 to 110,000 points, and First Class increases from 130,000 to 140,000 points.
Within South America
We are witnessing the introduction of a new distance band for flights within the South American region. There will be a new 0-1,600 mile distance band with a reduced price, whereas previously all awards in South America were the same price. In this band, an economy award will cost 10,000 points, a business class award will cost 20,000 points and a first class award will cost 30,000 points.
For South American awards at 1,601+ miles, economy increases from 15,000 to 20,000 points and business class increases from 30,000 to 35,000 points.
My take on the Aeroplan award ranking changes
I tend to think that Air Canada Aeroplan is one of the most useful frequent flyer programs today due to the variety of airline partners, stopover policies and more. What are my thoughts on these changes?
- It’s obviously a mixed bag, with some price increases and some regions receiving lower price awards
- I don’t see these increases as a big deal at all; the increases are modest and likely reflect the repayment patterns Aeroplan has seen since launch
- I’m grateful that Aeroplan even publishes an award chart (unlike many other programs) and also gives advance notice of price changes
So yeah, if this is the worst thing we have to deal with almost two years after the new Aeroplan program, I’ll take it!
Aeroplan is adjusting some award costs starting September 1, 2022. We are seeing the price of some awards go up while others go down. In the grand scheme of things, we’re seeing relatively few changes, with the new price regions seeing minor tweaks.
What do you think of these changes to the Aeroplan award rankings?
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