Best 2017 Aeroplan Cards

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Aeroplan is Canada’s most popular airline rewards program. Currently there are more than a dozen Canadian credit cards that offer Aeroplan rewards or rewards that can be converted to Aeroplan on a 1:1 basis.

But one size does not fit all when it comes to rewards cards. For example, the best card for you might be the card that earns the…

Or has the…

  • Best overall perks American Express The Platinum Card
  • Best Air Canada perks: TD Visa Infinite Privilege; American Express AeroplanPlus Reserve
  • No annual fee (at all or for the first year) ; TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card
  • Best insurance coverage: CIBC Aerogold Visa Infinite Privilege; TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite
  • No minimum income required to qualify: TD Aeroplan Visa Platinum Card

Figuring out which Aeroplan card option is the best for you can be an overwhelming task. Boomer Traveller’s advice to the average Canadian frequent flyer who does not want to manage dozens of cards and reward programs or fill out forms is to get cards that have a combination of the highest sign-up bonuses and best travel perks available.

Boomer Traveller has analyzed the key information and recommends these as the two best personal cards for 2017:

American Express Gold Rewards Card


Current Offer
• First year is free, annual fee $150 thereafter
• Earn 25,000 Membership Rewards points after you use your new Card to make $1500 in purchases in your first 3 months. Get an additional 5,000 Membership Rewards points when you add an authorized user for free at the time of application. [value: that’s enough for a short or long-haul economy round trip ticket anywhere Canada or the Continental USA]

Card Bonuses
• Earn 2 points for every $1 spent at eligible Canadian gas stations, grocery stores and drugstores in Canada and for eligible travel purchases. Earn one point for every $1 spent everywhere else.
• Wide array of travel and shopping insurance/protection coverage.
• Transfer your points to Aeroplan, Avios, Delta SkyMiles, Asia Miles, Etihad Guest, Starwood Preferred Guest and more.

Negatives
• Not all merchants take American Express.
• High annual interest rate. Do not, EVER, carry a balance.

Why Boomer Traveller Recommends This Card: The first year is free, the double spending bonus on fairly standard purchases is better than most other cards, and the insurance/protection coverage can be very useful (particularly if you are prone to spilling champagne on the fairly new laptop you bought on the card).

It is also fairly undemanding of your income: the minimum income is just $20K.

American Express The Platinum Card


Current Offer
• $699 annual fee.
• Earn 50,ooo Membership Rewards points (60,000 if you use this Boomer Traveller Link) after you spend $3,000 on your new Card in your first 3 months. [value: that’s enough for an economy round trip ticket to western Europe]

Card Bonuses
• $200 annual (calendar year) travel credit (so if you get your card mid-year, you can have two travel credits, one in each calendar year [value – $400]).
• Airport lounge access (Canadian Platinum Lounge Benefit, Prestige Priority Pass Program, which allows access to many airport lounges around the world, with a guest. The access is unlimited and free so there are no out of pocket expenses for you during your membership. Lounges offer more than just comfortable chairs, food and drinks, magazines, business centers and entertainment… when there are major flight delays, such as the two-day delay we once experienced in Frankfurt, lounge staff take care of rebooking flights so you don’t have to waste your time in long understaffed economy line-ups.
• Earn 1.25 points for every dollar spent.
• Transfer your points to Aeroplan, Avios, Delta SkyMiles, Asia Miles, Etihad Guest, Starwood Preferred Guest and more.
• Obtain hotel status (Hilton HHonors – Gold, SPG – Gold, Club Carlson – Gold, Fairmont – Platinum Status [terms and conditions apply]). The higher status may provide free room upgrades, late checkout, evening drinks, access to the club floor.
• Platinum Concierge services.
• Comprehensive travel insurance and buyers’ protection/coverage package.

Negatives
• Not all merchants take American Express.
• High annual interest rate. Do not, EVER, carry a balance.

Why Boomer Traveller Recommends This Card
• This is the card for frequent fliers. Overall it has the best perks and the highest sign up bonus at the lowest cost. If you are planning to take at least two trips (even economy ☺), you will use the $200 annual travel credit, and do not currently have elite status with airlines and hotels, then this card pays for itself. A moderate minimum income ($40K) is required for the wealth of perks provided – no other Canadian offering even comes close.

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