Chase Partnership: Air Canada 2021 Points Transfer & Credit Card
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In early November of this past year, Air Canada alluded to some major changes it would be implementing. They completely revamped their Aeroplan loyalty program, with changes including elimination of fuel surcharges, revamped award chart, and a slick family points pooling program.
Now, Air Canada has announced the second part of these changes with its new partnership with Chase. Starting in late 2021, Air Canada’s Aeroplan will become a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner, AND Chase will be Air Canada’s exclusive US credit card issuer.
Chase Ultimate Rewards
Currently, Chase Ultimate Rewards is an incredibly versatile and valuable rewards program. It has partners with 10 frequent flyer programs—including United, British Airways, and Iberia—and 3 hotel loyalty programs—including Marriott and Hyatt.
Now that Air Canada will become a transfer partner, this gives both Air Canada loyalists and non Air Canada flyers significant benefits. Card users will see increased destination and points redemption opportunities, and even if travelers don’t typically fly with Air Canada, their points can still be redeemed for award flights with one of the 26 Star Alliance partners—including United, Germany’s Lufthansa, and Singapore Airlines. For more information on Alliances see here.
For Chase users: those with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, Sapphire Reserve, and the Ink Business Preferred will benefit especially due to the cards’ streamlined points transfer and redemption abilities.
It’s important to note that Aeroplan is already a transfer partner with:
American Express Membership Rewards — 1:1
Marriott Bonvoy — 3:1 with a 5,000 mile bonus for every 60,000 points transferred
and Capital One — 2:1.5
Chase Ultimate Rewards now are a brand new avenue to boost your Aeroplan transferable points for an award flight.
Aeroplan Chase Credit Card
The Chase Aeroplan credit card also presents new opportunities, with Mastercard used as the payment network. This will boost Chase’s current selection of airline credit cards with Southwest Airlines, United, Iberia, and more.
We’ll find out more details about specific card perks, bonus spending, and more in the coming months. For now, travelers can look forward to an increased network of transferable points, miles, and bonuses in the future!