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No, this is not a paid promotion. American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card (Canada) was easily the winner of the welcome bonus offers, amongst recently announced enhanced suite of Aeroplan Credit Cards. Not only for the highest welcome bonus offer (Up to 75,000 Aeroplan Points), but also the options it offers to those that may have not signed up for the waitlist offers, or perhaps for those that prefer a Buddy Pass over few extra Aeroplan points. I was lucky enough to get my hands on the freakishly real looking welcome kit. Courtesy of Aeroplan, here is the unboxing of the personalized demo kit I received;

The welcome kit is an elegant Navy Blue box, with just enough weight, which made it feel special.

American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card

The precision cut and engraved 13g metal card is front and centre of the welcome kit. Perched up on a on a sleek black background, with the new Aeroplan and American Express brand logos. The pull open tab with ‘Don’t live life without it’ really hits home the niche perks this card comes with.

American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card

Pulling the tab open was like opening a mini treasure trove within, which included a welcome letter, and several postcards, emphasizing the perks and luxury the card promises for a cardmember.

American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card


American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card

The handheld feel of the metal card, and the ‘clang’ when placing it on a hard surface are unmatched. 13g of metal and the sleek design with new Aeroplan logo were a source of real joy to me. If only there was a real account attached to the card.

Hey Amex/Aeroplan, if you are reading this, please consider pre-loading some cash on my next demo kit, would love to write about ‘the feel’ when I pay for my travel with it 😉


American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card

American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card

Obviously, I love the aesthetics of the card and the welcome kit, here is a closer look at the intangible benefits of the card;

American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve CardApply Now

American Express® Aeroplan®* Cards


  • Card Type: Credit Card
  • Annual Fee: $599
  • Welcome Bonus Offers:
    • Waitlist Offer (for those who signed up before Nov 8th): Earn up to 75,000 Aeroplan points
      • 10,000 Aeroplan points upon approval
      • 35,000 Aeroplan points Welcome Bonus ($3,000 spend in first 3 months)
      • 5,000 Aeroplan points per month with $1,000 spend, per month for first 6 months
    • $100 Statement credit ($3,000 spend in first 3 months)OR;
    • Mass Offer (for those who did not sign up before Nov 8th): Earn up to 65,000 Aeroplan points
      • 35,000 Aeroplan points Welcome Bonus ($3,000 spend in first 3 months)
      • 5,000 Aeroplan points per month with $1,000 spend, per month for first 6 months
    • $100 Statement credit ($3,000 spend in first 3 months)


    • Prospects who prefer a welcome offer where they can earn a bonus Buddy Pass + up to 40,000 Welcome Bonus points + a $100 statement credit, can call 1-800-567-2639 to learn more or apply via phone.
  • Earn Rate:
    • 3x on eligible purchases made directly with Air Canada®* and Air Canada Vacations®*
    • 2x on eligible Dining and Food Delivery purchases in Canada
    • 1x the points on everything else
  • Form Factor: The Card is made from precision cut and engraved 13g metal
  • Exclusive Benefits at Toronto Pearson International Airport:
    • Expedited security lane
    • Complimentary valet
    • Save 15% on parking rates at the Express Park and Daily Park
    • Save 15% on car care services
  • Air Canada Priority Airport Service Benefits:
    • Air Canada Priority Check-in
    • Air Canada Priority Boarding
    • Air Canada Priority Baggage Handling
  • Lounge Access: Access to select Air Canada Maple Leaf LoungesTM* and Air Canada Cafes in North America, with a same day ticket on a departing Air Canada or Star Alliance flight
  • Additional Benefits:
    • Earn 1,000 Status Qualifying Miles and 1 Status Qualifying Segment for every $5,000 in eligible net purchases charged to the Card. Rollover unused Status Qualifying Miles to qualify for Air Canada status the following year
    • One Annual Worldwide Companion Pass when you spend $25,000 in net purchases prior to your Card anniversary date. Buy an accompanying Air Canada economy class ticket for a companion at a fixed base fare from $99 to a maximum of $599 CAD (plus taxes, fees, charges, and surcharges)
    • Free first checked bag, up to 23kg/50lb for up to 8 people travelling on the same reservation on Air Canada Flights
    • Earn Aeroplan Points faster with Additional Cards ($199 for each Additional Card to enjoy some of the Air Canada travel benefits that the Basic Cardmember receives, $0 for each Additional Aeroplan®* Reserve No Fee Card to earn points faster)
  • Access to Entertainment and more through American Express® Experiences:
    • Enjoy a variety of special offers and events in music, sports, entertainment, dining, retail, and more, created for Cardmembers
    • Front Of The Line®: access presale and reserved tickets to virtual buzzworthy concerts, drive-in events and other experiences

Details of the new Amex offers on Aeroplan Credit Cards, can be found here.