Although cross-border travel is currently in limbo, the ability for aspiring beach bums and backpackers to earn travel rewards has not waivered. Joining the right program and earning loyalty points or miles on everyday purchases can help members get one step closer to their next trip when restrictions ease.

Of the many travel rewards programs available in Canada, Aeroplan is a popular choice for vacationers and frequent flyers. Members can redeem their rewards for flights, vacation packages, car rentals, hotels, experiences and merchandise. To earn miles, members simply have to shop with Aeroplan retailers or travel partners.

Here are five easy ways to start earning more Aeroplan Miles (soon to be points) and boost your rewards balance.

1. Double-dip on rewards

Shoppers can earn more when using an Aeroplan-affiliated credit card in conjunction with an Aeroplan membership card.

Cardholders can earn Aeroplan Miles on everyday purchases with their Aeroplan credit card and double-dip on rewards at Aeroplan Partners.

Not only that, but prospective cardholders may also earn more with an excellent welcome bonus or promotional offer and benefit from exclusive credit card perks. Many Aeroplan credit cards feature travel benefits through Air Canada, like lounge access or priority boarding.

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2. Shop online through the eStore

Aeroplan members can earn more miles when they shop online through the Aeroplan eStore at over 170 brands.

Some popular retailers include:

  • Apple
  • Disney+
  • Amazon.ca
  • Sephora
  • Etsy

Search for the retailer you wish to shop with and earn at least one mile for every $1 you spend. Aeroplan Partners vary; however, members can earn miles on technology, clothing, sports equipment and gear, music and streaming services, home furnishings, and more.

Related read: Air Canada is Making Changes to the Aeroplan Program

Taking the extra step to search the eStore can help you earn miles with your favourite brands for purchases you already plan to buy. Read the offer details to see which products are eligible for Aeroplan Miles. Some exclusions do apply.

3. Take advantage of promotions

Often, Aeroplan will feature additional promotions via its website. Recently, members could earn 100 Aeroplan Miles for every $5 donated to the Canadian Red Cross; however, this promotion expired at the end of September.

Check for promotions regularly to ensure you never miss a bonus offer.

4. Convert points from other loyalty programs

Many travel rewards programs offer point conversions, which can be an excellent way for travellers to merge their points and build a larger balance for one particular program.

Some programs offer a one-to-one point conversion; however, each partner will have unique conversion increments and requirements.

Here are some top travel program conversion rates:

  • American Express Membership Rewards: 1,000 points to 1,000 miles
  • Best Western Rewards: five points to one mile
  • Marriott Bonvoy: three points to one mile

Plus, some programs offer bonus miles when you convert a specific amount of rewards. For example, members can get an extra 5,000 miles for every 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points they convert.

5. Pool your points

The revamped Aeroplan program is coming this November, and with it comes Aeroplan Family Sharing. Combine Aeroplan points with up to eight family members and earn rewards as a group. Pool existing points and share the balance.

Not only will you earn points faster, but if one member of your family makes Elite Status, the entire group gets to enjoy preferred pricing.

Redeeming rewards

Aeroplan Miles are great for more than just flights. Enjoy hotels and other little luxuries now or start to build your rewards balance and save for your dream vacation.

Hayley Vesh

Hayley Vesh is a creative, resourceful, and knowledgeable content producer who is passionate about financial literacy, storytelling, and generating ideas. She writes about credit cards, savings, debt management, and personal finance. In her spare time, Hayley can be found wandering in the woods, hunting for second-hand treasures, or curled up with a steeped tea and a good podcast.

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