The airline industry in Canada has been facing plenty of changes this year. Among those is a major overhaul to Air Canada's Aeroplan rewards program. It will look different and offer some new features, but the best part is that all of your existing miles will still be there.

In an August 11 news release, the company announced that the Aeroplan program will see a relaunch on November 8, and that current accounts will all be transferred over.

A small cosmetic change is that miles will now be called "points" instead.

Despite the alteration, if you're a member who has racked up a good amount of miles, they will all be moved on a one-to-one basis, so you don't lose anything you've collected.

How you earn points will also be totally different. Rather than being rewarded based on how far your fly, your ticket price will determine how many points you earn (which is why the term "miles" is being phased out).

What will likely interest travellers the most is the promise of zero restrictions. Air Canada claims that if a seat is available for sale with cash, then it is available for purchase using points no blackout dates.

The new Aeroplan also features some other big improvements over the previous rewards program.

There will be no more surcharges on any seats bought with points. That means you won't be paying for things like fuel if you book a flight through the rewards program.

You'll still have to pay taxes, as well as any third-party fees. However, the latter can be covered by points if you prefer.


If you want to save some money, you can also use the option to split your ticket price between some of your Aeroplan earnings and cash, basically giving yourself a discount.

Points can now also be used for a number of upgrades to your flight.

If seats are available, you can exchange your points for a move into Premium Economy or Business class. In addition, they can be redeemed for in-flight perks like wi-fi.

There are a number of other new features to the new Aeroplan program, which can be found on the Air Canada website.

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