Air Canada and Chase have launched a terrific new partnership this year for those in the United States. In August, Air Canada Aeroplan became a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner. In early December, Air Canada Aeroplan is expected to launch a co-branded credit card in the United States.
In the past day, an official credit card page accidentally revealed card details. An Aeroplan spokesperson contacted about this, so I wanted to share the rumors and what we officially know so far.
New Air Canada Aeroplan Credit Card Rumors
Doctor of Credit reported on rumors about Air Canada Aeroplan’s new credit card, issued by Chase. According to this rumor, the card will offer:
- A welcome bonus of up to 100,000 points, in the form of two Airline Reward Certificates worth up to 50,000 Aeroplan Points each, after spending $ 4,000 in the first three months
- A reward structure of 3x points on grocery, restaurant and Air Canada purchases, and 1x points on all other purchases
- 500 bonus points for every $ 2,000 spent in a month, up to 1,500 bonus points per month
- Aeroplan 25K status for the first and subsequent years when you spend $ 15,000 on the card
- Free first piece of checked baggage for the cardholder and up to eight companions on the same Air Canada reservation
Let me stress again that these are just rumors, so there is no guarantee that this is what we will actually see when the map launches. Also, there was no indication of what the annual fee will be.
What Air Canada has confirmed
A spokesperson for Air Canada Aeroplan has contacted regarding the details that were leaked:
- Full details on the new map are expected to be shared in the coming weeks, although I’m told “we haven’t seen half of it yet”
- It has been confirmed that for the welcome bonus, the two 50K certificates that make up the “up to 100K points” bonus can be applied to an Aeroplan redemption for a single passenger in any cabin and for any amount of money. ‘exchange ; in other words, you can book a ticket that costs 65,000 points by using a certificate and then redeeming an additional 15,000 points, so I consider that to be great news
I’m excited this card looks promising
The Air Canada Aeroplan team is savvy and innovative, and on top of that, Chase has some great people working on travel rewards cards. I have high hopes for this map, and based on the rumors, I’m excited, especially since there is apparently more on the map:
- The bonus categories for grocery shopping and dining are quite lucrative, especially considering that there may be an additional bonus depending on how much you spend each month.
- The welcome bonus looks great to me, especially with such a reasonable spending requirement; I would consider two 50,000 point certificates that can be applied to redemptions almost as good as having the points directly, at least for premium international redemptions
- This is purely speculative on my part, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more opportunities to gain status beyond level 25K.
So yeah, the only thing we’ve officially confirmed is the welcome bonus, and I can’t wait to hear all the details in the near future.
At the end of the line
The new Air Canada Aeroplan credit card in the United States is expected to launch in early December, in collaboration with Chase. Some details leaked overnight, and a spokesperson at least confirmed the welcome bonus, which looks fine to me.
I can’t wait to learn all the details of the map, especially since there is apparently a lot more to it.
What are your first thoughts on the Chase Aeroplan credit card?