Aeroplan has officially added Etihad as a partner. You can now earn and redeem Aeroplan miles by flying on Etihad.
I say “officially” because you may recall Aeroplan accidentally announced this partnership in April…of 2019. We didn’t hear anything about it for over a year, but today the partnership has been finalized.
Earn Aeroplan Miles On Etihad
Aeroplan members can earn Aeroplan miles and Altitude (elite) miles according the following table:
Redeem Aeroplan Miles On Etihad
Etihad flights are subject to the same award chart as other partners, can be mixed with other partners, and can be booked online. Best of all, there are no fuel surcharges.
- Etihad flights will be subject to our Fixed Mileage Flight Reward chart, available here
- Members will be able to book Etihad flights online at aeroplan.com, or via the Contact Centre
- Etihad flights can be combined with flights operated by Air Canada and other international partners
- Fuel surcharges will not apply on Etihad operated flights
I’ll review the comparative value of American Airlines versus Aeroplan Etihad redemptions in a follow-up post. In short, the key will be routing rules. Will you be able to route from North America to Africa via Abu Dhabi as a single award? How about back to Europe? Award space is currently limited (Etihad releases award space in gluts…it’s often feast or famine), but I am exploring options and consulting with Air Canada.
You Can Also Earn + Redeem Etihad Guest Points On Air Canada
Although not as lucrative in almost all cases, you can also earn and redeem Etihad Guest points on Air Canada.
This is great news for Aeroplan members and makes Aeroplan an even more lucrative program. And there might be more good news ahead. Aeroplan hinted at additional partners:
“As part of the relaunch of Aeroplan, we’re hard at work on introducing additional airline partners. To that end, we expect to have more news to share with you in the coming weeks.”
Will you be redeeming Aeroplan miles for travel on Etihad?