Aeroplan is one of the programs with an strong expiration policy. If you have no activity in your account for just 1 year, you will lose the points in your account. That’s compared to two or three years for most other programs. However, with Carrot Rewards, you can easily avoid this.
Aeroplan Expiry – Credit Cards
If you’re a savvy Canadian traveller, it’s nearly impossible for this to happen. Nearly everyone I know carries the TD or CIBC co-branded cards, which circumvents the expiration rule. However, even if you don’t carry those cards, it’s pretty easy to get some points transferred over from American Express Membership Rewards. The minimum transfer amount from AMEX is 1,000 points and are instant, so that is probably the most convenient way to extend the expiration date of your aeroplan miles – quickly and easily online.
American Express currently has four charge cards earning Membership Rewards with improved bonuses – which are all historical highs.
- American Express Business Platinum Card: Get up to 75,000 Membership Rewards Points!
- American Express Business Gold Card: Get up to 40,000 Membership Rewards Points!
- American Express Platinum Card: Get up to 60,000 Membership Reward Points!
- American Express Gold Rewards Card: Get up to 30,000 Membership Rewards Points!
To track the expiration date of my Aeroplan and other accounts, I utilize AwardWallet. If you don’t already have AwardWallet, sign up here. It securely tracks all your points and miles in different programs in one place. To get the expiration of all your accounts, you’ll need to sign up for the premium version, which is well worth it. Otherwise, you’re limited to seeing that information for only one or two accounts in your profile.
Earn Miles with Carrot Rewards
You can always redeem a few miles on a cheap redemption or donation – but those are generally a poor value and every mile counts. The alternative is shopping through their eStore or their retail partners like Esso, but you still have to go to the store or buy something. My goal is to make things work while doing as little as possible.
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Carrot Rewards is an iPhone/Android health app, that allows you to earn rewards for being healthy. You earn rewards in two ways:
- Completing surveys on health and fitness.
- Meeting “step” challenges, if you connect a fitness band.
In addition to being able to earn Aeroplan, you can also earn SCENE, Petro-Points, and More Rewards. You can download the app on your device’s relevant app store. This is sponsored by the Ontario, NL, and BC governments – so I believe in order to be eligible you will need a postal code in one of those three provinces.
When first signing up, use code jeffreyk0909 to earn 75 bonus Aeroplan Miles. That and any future activity will give you 2-5 miles, which is negligible. What’s more important, though, is that each transactions resets the expiration counter on your miles.
To my knowledge, this is the easiest and cheapest way to prevent Aeroplan miles expiration, and is especially useful if you don’t have a credit card that allows you to earn or transfer Aeroplan points.