Effective January 1, 2014, Aeroplan’s Distinction program can into effect that rewards top points-earning members. There was a previous post on the Distinction program in general. This post will go into more details about the benefits of elite status. It is important to note that this is different from the Air Canada Altitude program. (UPDATE– You can now read our post about the dBlack and dDiamond statuses)
This post will breakdown the dSilver elite status with Aeroplan. To qualify for dSilver, you will need to earn 25,000 points during the calendar year. The points earned need to be from spending, so credit card points and AskingCanadians surveys will not count. However, the new sign up bonus on the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Card will count.
The benefits of dSilver include:
Reduced mileage levels on Market Fare Flight Rewards – Earn up to 20% off the number of points required to redeem for Market Fare Flight Rewards. Market Fare Flights Rewards are exclusive options beyond the ClassicFlight Rewards that only elite members have access to.
Distinction Flights – dSilver members will receive an invitation for flights leaving from major Canadian cities for peak period travel to popular destinations. 100% of the seats will be reserved exclusively for Distinction members and offered at the ClassicFlight Rewards mileage level.
Air Canada Getaway Bonus on eligible roundtrips – Earn 500 Distinction points for every eligible roundtrip that includes a Saturday night stay when you fly with Air Canada to more than 25 popular destinations (including Florida, New York, California, London and Paris).
Distinction bonus on redemption stays with Starwood Hotels & Resorts – Members receive 500 Distinction bonus points for redeeming points for a stay at Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Bonus with Aeroplan eStore – Get 2X the points per $1 spent at Aeroplan eStore retailers.
Preferential treatment at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts – Distinction members receive special treatment (such as room upgrades and complimentary daily breakfast) when they book a stay directly with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts using their exclusive Fairmont Distinction Promotional Code.
dExclusives – Only Distinction members will have the opportunity to redeem miles for incredible once-in-a-lifetime experiences accessible exclusively to them.
Limited-time offers – Enjoy exclusive partner offers and unique redemption opportunities exclusive to Distinction members.
There are so many perks to be had. I really want to commend Aeroplan on this new program and I hope that they will continue to improve this program in the future.