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Air Canada Extends 2021 Status Through To The End Of 2022

Big new from Canada’s flag carrier Air Canada who made a bold move yesterday and extended all Air Canada Elite Status level benefits for one more year. Previously Air Canada extended status earned in 2019 for 2020 until the end of 2021, but on March 31st, they once again extended member’s status until December 31, 2022. We think this is a great move and a wonderful way to retain their top customers.

Along with the headlines, Air Canada also included some other smart perks such as being able to roll over miles and qualifying dollars from travel in 2021 to 2022 as long as they meet a minimum qualification threshold. Here are all the details.

Automatic extension of 2021 Aeroplan Elite Status

Whatever Aeroplan Elite Status you currently hold in 2021, we will automatically extend it through the end of 2022. Should you reach a higher status before the end of this year, you’ll enjoy it upon qualification and through 2022 as well.

  • Just like this year, you’ll also be able to choose your Select Benefits once again in early 2022, so that you can enjoy the benefits that you value the most – including eUpgrade credits, bonus Aeroplan points, and Status Passes. (Take note: since members will receive 20 eUpgrade credits in early 2022, along with the option to choose more as part of their Select Benefits, eUpgrade credits valid in 2021 will not be extended into 2022.)
  • In light of this change, we’ll allow members who chose Lower Requalification Level as one of their 2021 Select Benefits to make a one-time adjustment, if they prefer. More details on this will be shared in the weeks ahead.
  • Any unused Priority Reward vouchers earned in 2020 will also be extended for another year, and therefore valid for use through October 2022. These extensions will appear in your account beginning later this year.

Example 1: If you hold Aeroplan Super Elite status for 2021, you’ll keep that status through the end of 2022. If you earned four Priority Reward vouchers in October 2020, any unused vouchers will be extended through October 2022.

Example 2: If you hold Aeroplan 35K status for 2021, you’ll keep that status through the end of 2022. Based on your 2021 flight activities, if you earn at least 50,000 Status Qualifying Miles (or 50 Status Qualifying Segments) and 6,000 Status Qualifying Dollars, you’ll enjoy Aeroplan 50K status for 2022. If you earned two Priority Reward vouchers in October 2020, any unused vouchers will be extended through October 2022.

Air Canada also is offering incentives for fliers to get up in the air this year, when it’s safe and practical.

Elite Status qualification jumpstart for 2022 

Many of our members have needed to travel during the pandemic, often for essential reasons. If you achieve any Aeroplan Elite Status based on the published qualification criteria through your 2021 flight activity with Air Canada, the Star Alliance member airlines, and other eligible airline partners, we’ll honour your 2021 Status Qualifying Miles (SQM), Segments (SQS), and Dollars (SQD) in 2022, jumpstarting your status qualification for 2022 and beyond.

For certainty, over the course of 2021, members would need to earn at least 25,000 SQM or 25 SQS, and at least 3,000 SQD (1,500 SQD for non-Canadian residents), in order to be eligible for this jumpstart in 2022.

Example: If you hold Aeroplan 75K status for 2021, you’ll keep that status through the end of 2022.

  • Based on your 2021 flight activities, if you earn 26,000 SQM, 15 SQS, and 3,500 SQD, you’ll have met the qualification requirement for Aeroplan 25K, and therefore all 26,000 SQM, 15 SQS, and 3,500 SQD will be added to your qualification balance in 2022.
  • Similarly, based on your 2021 flight activities, if you earn 79,000 SQM, 35 SQS, and 12,500 SQD, you’ll have met the qualification requirement for Aeroplan 75K, and therefore all 79,000 SQM, 35 SQS, and 12,500 SQD will be added to your qualification balance in 2022.
  • However, based on your 2021 flight activities, if you earn 12,000 SQM, 4 SQS, and 2,800 SQD, you will not have met the qualification requirement for any Aeroplan Elite Status, and therefore your 2021 SQM, SQS, and SQD will not be honoured in 2022.

Learn more about Aeroplan Elite Status.

Flexible cancellation policy for Aeroplan flight rewards

Aeroplan flight rewards booked through April 30, 2021 can be changed or cancelled free of charge, at any time. If you’d like to cancel any flight reward, the fastest way to do so is right here at aircanada.com.

  • For changes, you’ll pay only the difference in points, or receive a partial refund if your new itinerary requires fewer points.
  • For cancellations, you’ll receive all of your Aeroplan points back in your account, plus a full refund of any associated taxes, fees and surcharges on the unused value of your travel. (Note that refunds will not apply for previously-charged fees, including contact centre booking fees and change fees, or for government taxes and fees which are non-refundable by law.)

Temporary pause to expiration of Aeroplan points, until January 31, 2022

In order to give you one less thing to think about, as a policy matter, we have paused expiry of points until January 31, 2022. This means that between now and January 30, 2022, any Aeroplan points which would have expired will not. Effective January 31, 2022, our normal expiration policy will once again apply, meaning that points will expire if an eligible transaction has not been completed prior to this date. Where applicable, this update will appear in your account beginning later this month.