AEROPLAN.CA is the website
for Air Canada's Aeroplan. | AIRMILES | AIRLINE TICKETS
(TSX: AER.UN) is the Montreal, Quebec based loyalty marketing arm of ACE
Aviation Holdings, the parent company of
It started out
solely as Air Canada's
reward system, allowing travelers to collect points from flight purchases
that can be used to obtain
for future flights.
In recent years,
Aeroplan has evolved into a loyalty marketing company that serves Bell
Canada, Costco, Esso, and others. Aeroplan is also used by Air Creebec,
Canadian North and First Air.
In June 2005, ACE Aviation Holdings sold
12.5% of Aeroplan for $250 million through an initial public offering. ACE
Aviation Holdings remains the controlling shareholder with 87.5% of shares.
Air Miles is Aeroplan's main competitor as a Canadian-based travel
rewards loyalty program, however it is not an airline frequent flyer
program per se. HBC Rewards is also a competing non-airline rewards loyalty
Aeroplan credit cards were originally allocated to CIBC and Diners Club/enRoute,
but it was later offered to AMEX Bank of Canada, while Diners Club withdrew
from the program.
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As of January 1, 2007, points will expire seven years after they are earned.
There are 4 levels of membership in Aeroplan: Basic, Prestige, Elite, and
Super Elite. The Prestige, Elite, and Super Elite levels provide travel
benefits such as upgrades and lounge access to customers, but require
customers to fly a certain number of miles per year. Prestige members have
Star Alliance Silver status while Elite and Super Elite members have Star
Alliance Gold status with other Star Alliance Airlines. As of January 16,
2006, there were approximately 4.9 million Basic members, 57000 Prestige
members, 68000 Elite members, and 9000 Super Elite members.
Fully Integrated Airline Partners
Air Canada Jazz
Star Alliance Partner Airlines
Air New Zealand
All Nippon Airways (ANA)
Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)
South African Airways
Swiss International Air Lines
Thai Airways International
Star Alliance Regional Partners