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For some exciting award travel news, Aeroplan is the newest Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner. Chase is also expanding its relationship with Aeroplan’s parent airline, Air Canada, in 2021.

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Aeroplan is becoming a Chase transfer partner in 2021. Air Canada’s Boeing 777-200LR. Credit: Air Canada

1:1 Point Transfers Start in Late 2021

The Aeroplan and Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer capability starts in late 2021. This long waiting period gives Aeroplan time to finish its ongoing loyalty program changes. While you wait, Air Canada fans can start putting tentative flights on the schedule for award travel in 2022.

It will be possible to transfer Ultimate Rewards at a 1:1 ratio in 1,000-point increments with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve®, and Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card.

Currently, you can transfer American Express Membership Reward, Capital One miles and Marriott Bonvoy points to Aeroplan. These relationships won’t be disappearing at this time.

Until it’s possible to transfer Ultimate Rewards to Aeroplan, it’s possible to book Air Canada flights through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal. Depending on which card you use, the points can be worth 25% more or 50% more.

It’s also possible to book Star Alliance partner flights on Air Canada through Avianca and United Airlines. These two airlines are current Ultimate Rewards transfer partners.

The Chase Ultimate Rewards credit cards that don’t have an annual fee (like the Chase Freedom cards) cannot transfer points to Aeroplan. But you can transfer your points to a Sapphire card or Ink Business Preferred to maximize the point redemption bonus.

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Aeroplan Loyalty Program Changes

Aeroplan is also revamping its loyalty programs in 2020. The first changes rolled out on November 8, 2020, including:

  • Converting Aeroplan miles to Aeroplan points at a 1:1 ratio
  • No fuel surcharges
  • No award redemption surcharges for Air Canada and partner flights
  • Stopovers on award tickets for 5,000 points each
  • Share points for free between family members
  • Automatic Everyday Status after earning 100,000 Aeroplan points

Some of the other upcoming changes include the ability to share elite status. This perk starts in March 2021 and is for 50k status tiers and above.

It can also be easier to book complex award routes online instead of calling by phone. Of course, this means you may need to find the best offers sooner as there is more competition online.

Another positive note is that Aeroplan pledges to continue offering a published award chart. Many airlines and Star Alliance partners shift to variable award flight prices.

New Chase Aeroplan Credit Card

Few details are available but Chase is launching a co-brand Aeroplan credit card in 2021. Mastercard is going to issue the card for US residents. There currently isn’t a co-brand Air Canada credit card available to US residents as TD Bank no longer offers the original option.

The new credit card launch and directly transferring Ultimate Rewards to one of the highest-rated airline loyalty programs bring optimism to award travel fans that are staying at home.

Summary of Aeroplan Becoming a Chase Transfer Partner

While the newest Ultimate Rewards transfer partnership doesn’t become active until late 2021, there are plenty of ways to redeem Ultimate Rewards for award travel and local purchases. Chase Ultimate Rewards are one of the most valuable credit card points and this new partnership will add more value for international travelers and those who visit Canada regularly.

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