Air Creebec Aeroplan Redemptions

Continuing my round-the-clock coverage of everything beautiful about Aeroplan, let’s move on to one of the eastern partners, Air Creebec. As their name (sort of) suggests, they are Aeroplan’s resident Quebecois carrier (at least if you want to go anywhere north of Sept-Iles). Fun fact: they are entirely owned by the Cree, one of the largest native First Nations groups in Canada… that’s got to be a little cool, at least.

Air Creebec Aeroplan Redemptions

Air Creebec Aeroplan Redemption Routes

Air Creebec operates to 16 destinations within Quebec and Ontario, mostly smaller communities along the Hudson Bay corridor.

Air Creebec Route Map

Air Creebec Route Map

There are four main “routes” operated by Air Creebec:

  • Timmins – Moosonee – Fort Albany – Kashechewan – Attawapiskat – Peawanuck
  • Montreal – Val-d’Or – Waskaganish – Chisasibi – Whapmagoostui
  • Montreal – Val-d’Or – Waskaganish – Eastmain – Wemindji – Chisasibi – Whapmagoostui
  • Montreal – Chibougamau – Nemaska – Eastmain – Wemindji – Chisasibi

As a reminder again, each flight operates under a single flight number.

Aircraft and Service

Sadly nothing fancy here in terms of aircraft, Air Creebec uses the same Dash 8 aircraft that you see doing the runs between Cleveland and Newark each day. Air Creebec also flies the Hawker-Siddeley HS-748 (along with Calm Air) but that’s for cargo only, so unless you fancy stuffing yourself in a FedEx box, sadly it’s just out of reach (worth it for true avgeeks though, right… surely? ūüėČ )

Palmjet¬†has written a great trip report on Air Creebec’s service from Montreal to Chisasibi to Montreal which is surely worth a read. The service as reported wasn’t perfect (but as always – and doubly so on such smaller airlines – YMMV) but for the most part (other than accessing these smaller cities) the second-best thing about short outback milk runs is the scenery on offer – from the trees, to the rivers, lakes and snow-capped peaks… it is, as they would say in Germany, erstaunlich.

Booking Air Creebec Award Travel

While revenue prices on Air Creebec might not be as high as their Nunavumiut counterparts, prices often go in excess of $1000 one way, which again makes it prime target for Aeroplan redemptions.

Aeroplan’s 7,500-mile one-way short haul awards are particularly useful here, which apply if you are traveling out of:

  • Ontario to/from within Ontario,¬†Manitoba, Quebec, Nunavut,¬†Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington DC and Wisconsin
  • Quebec to/from within Quebec,¬†New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, PEI, Nunavut,¬†Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington DC, Wisconsin.

So let’s take a look at what a sample award routing looks like:

Quebec City to Chisasibi via Montreal, Val-d’Or and Waskaganish for 7,500 Aeroplan miles

Meanwhile, the corresponding paid fare for a one way is $1,191:

Paid fare from Quebec City to Chisasibi flying Air Creebec

Paid fare from Quebec City to Chisasibi flying Air Creebec

At over 15 cents per mile, definitely a great value redemption to be had.

To construct an itinerary, you will first need to position yourself to one of the Air Creebec gateways РMontreal for Chibougamau, Nemaska, Waskaganish, Eastmain, Chisasibi, Wemindji and Whapmagoostui or Timmins for Moosonee, Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Attawapiskat and Peawanuck. Air Creebec awards are combinable with Air Canada, so you have a range of routes available into Montreal Рthough options are more limited into Timmins, where you would need to catch an Air Canada Express flight from Toronto first.

Being such a small localised airline, there is no way to search Air Creebec award space online – you must first call the Aeroplan Service Centre who will manually request the seat from Air Creebec. Old-school, but definitely worth it.

Acquiring Aeroplan Miles

Aeroplan miles are transferrable at a 1:1 ratio from American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest. Credit card offers useful for Air Creebec award redemptions include:

Both of these cards offer a waived annual fee for the first year and the AeroPlus Gold Card, for example offers a sign-up bonus sufficient for two round-trip short-haul redemptions on Air Creebec – valued at almost $5,000.

Alternative cards include the American Express Platinum Card (Canada) which comes with a 60,000 point signup bonus, as well as the Starwood Preferred Guest Card (Canada) which comes with a 10,000 point signup bonus.


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Comments

  1. Aside from Cree, do you know if it’s possible to contact the aeroplan centre by phone to request a seat on a partner airline on routes that are well-covered by aircanada? I have been trying really hard to search for EVA air flights leaving from YYZ and they simply are not listed. Any experience with this by any chance?

      • Wow that’s totally news to me. I didn’t know you can redeem AP points for flights you see on united.com but not on aeroplan site. I guess the aeroplan website hides the flights they don’t want you to redeem? Since I was able to find the EVA flight I wanted on united.com and not the other way around.

        I guess the downside of this is that I have to shell out the $29 for booking over the phone?

        I say this calls for a dedicated post since that is a very useful tip!

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