Can’t say I am surprised – award chart devaluations are not new in the loyalty world, and Air Canada held steady for 2 years since the launch of new program in August 2020.  This one is a mild-to-moderate range of devaluation to the Aeroplan flight reward chart. For the most part, this round of Aeroplan devaluation is geared towards partner awards in Business and First cabins. And we will also see a couple of new distance bands for better measure, which offer lower redemption rates in some travel zones – short haul redemptions become more lucrative with this new structure.

The good news here is that the changes take effect on September 1, 2022. Aeroplan members have a month and couple of days to jam in their bookings at current rates, but avialability will continue to be a challenge, especially on partner airlines, and long-haul routes.

Air Canada’s official stance is “(changes) are designed to better align our reward pricing to our costs“. Right, lets get to it then;

Aeroplan devaluation

Aeroplan Flight Rewards – Travel Zones

Between North America and Atlantic

  • 6,001 – 8,000 mile distance band
    • Business (Partner): Increases from 85,000 to 90,000
    • First (Partner): Increases from 120,000 to 130,000
  • 8,001+ mile distance band
    • Business (Partner): Increases from 100,000 to 110,000
    • First (Partner): Increases from 130,000 to 140,000

Between North America and Pacific

  • 7,501 – 11,000 mile distance band
    • Business (Partner): Increases from 85,000 to 87,500 pts
  • 11,001+ mile distance mile band
    • Business (Partner): Increases from 105,000 to 115,000 pts
    • First (Partner): Increases from 140,000 to 150,000 pts

Between North America and South America

  • 0 – 2,500 mile distance band (new band with reduced pricing)
    • Economy (Air Canada): 20,000-45,000 pts
    • Economy (Partner):  20,000 pts
    • Premium Economy (Air Canada): 35,000-100,000 pts
    • Business (Air Canada): 40,000-150,000 pts
    • Business (Partner): 40,000 pts
    • First (Air Canada): 60,000-175,000 pts
    • First (Partner): 60,000 pts
  • 2,501-4,500 mile distance band (prices follow the original 0-4,500 distance band)
    • Economy (Air Canada): 30,000-60,000 pts
    • Economy (Partner):  30,000 pts
    • Premium Economy (Air Canada): 45,000-125,000 pts
    • Business (Air Canada): 50,000-175,000 pts
    • Business (Partner): 50,000 pts
    • First (Air Canada): 80,000-200,000 pts
    • First (Partner): 80,000 pts

Between Atlantic and Pacific

  • 0-2,500 mile distance band (new band with reduced pricing)
    • Economy (Air Canada): 25,000-50,000 pts
    • Economy (Partner):  25,000 pts
    • Premium Economy (Air Canada): 30,000-65,000 pts
    • Business (Air Canada): 40,000-75,000 pts
    • Business (Partner): 40,000 pts
    • First (Air Canada): 50,000-100,000 pts
    • First (Partner): 50,000 pts
  • 2,501-5,000 mile distance band (updated from 0-5,000 miles)
    • Premium Economy (Air Canada): 50,000-75,000 (new)
  • 5,001-7,000 mile distance band
    • Premium Economy (Air Canada): 65,000-80,000 (new)
  • 7,001+ mile distance band
    • Economy (Partner): Increases from 60,000 to 65,000 pts
    • Premium Economy (Air Canada): 80,000-110,000 pts (new)
    • Business (Partner): Increases from 100,000 to 110,000 pts
    • First (Partner): Increases from 130,000 to 140,000 pts

Within South America

  • 0-1,600 mile distance band (new band with reduced pricing)
    • Economy (Partner):  10,000 pts
    • Business (Partner): 20,000 pts
    • First (Partner): 30,000 pts
  • 1,601+ mile distance band (updated band with increases in partner pricing)
    • Economy (Partner): Increases from 15,000 to 20,000 pts
    • Business (Partner): Increases from 30,000 to 35,000 pts
    • First (Partner): 50,000 pts (no change)

Take Away

As mentioned before, these are mild (decreases) to moderate (increases) changes to the award chat, that will impact members who redeem for premium cabins on long-haul partners the most. I expect the competition to grab Aeroplan award seats on partner airlines will go up two-folds in August, and good for you if you are able to lock in some trips at the lower rates.