Get 30,000 Aeroplan or Avios Free!

American Express has the best cards in Canada because of their rewards and benefits. The American Express Gold Rewards Card is currently free for the first year! You can earn up to 30,000 Membership Rewards points, convertible to Aeroplan or Avios.

American Express Gold Rewards Card

American Express Gold Rewards Card

If you’re new to miles and points, or haven’t looked at what credit cards you use, this is the first card I recommend getting. You earn 25,000 points by spending $1500 within the first three months, and an additional 5,000 when adding a supplementary cardholder. You’re free to cancel that supplementary card after the bonus posts.

American Express has also made it easier for Canadians to get a card by changing their underwriting requirements. There’s no minimum income required, which is huge for a lot of my friends who are still students.

How to Use 30,000 Points

Membership Rewards are among the most valuable points out there. The 30,000 points you earn from the card is worth at the very least $300 CAD because you can convert your points to offset purchases. I personally value Aeroplan points at 1.6 US cents per mile, which makes the signup bonus potentially worth $630 CAD. That’s generally if you’re using the points for business or first class, where fares retail for thousands of dollars.

One of the greatest flying experiences out there is Lufthansa First Class, which only costs 70,000 Aeroplan points to/from Europe.

Transfer American Express MR to Aeroplan for Lufthansa First Class

Membership Rewards also converts 1:1 to BA Avios, which also provides great value. Shorter flights like Vancouver – Los Angeles and Toronto – New York only costs 7,500 points roundtrip. The 30,000 points you earn from the welcome bonus gets you two roundtrips for free.

Need More Points?

When you’re topping up for an award, Aeroplan charges you 3 cents each mile. That’s not a very good deal. Instead, if you’ve already gotten the Gold Rewards Card and are looking for more points, you can earn up to 180,000 AMEX points with these following cards:

Keep in mind that Business cards do not have wording where only one signup bonus is permitted, so it’s a fantastic deal to apply for those.

One Per Lifetime Bonus?

American Express has a policy where you can receive the bonus on a card only once. However, data points show that this is not being enforced, especially if it’s been a while since you last got the card. Even then, there are ways around that.

On the application page, AMEX states that this offer is subject to change anytime. The normal bonus before was only 25,000 points, so if the offer changes, the welcome bonus might go down. I also don’t know when the limitation policy will be enforced, so you should pick the card sooner rather than later.

Application Link: American Express Gold Rewards Card

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Comments

  1. Ok, so, I just canceled my first AMEX, about 45 days ago. To soon to reapply, and tips on “getting around” things ? Please and thank you !

    Susan

  2. BUT, I may do the spend and then find out I will not receive the points, is that a possibility ??

    One more question, we just canceled , 1 month ago, our 1st TD Aeroplan, AND our 2nd MBNA Alaska card , when is is “safe” to reapply for both again ???

    thanks Jeff !!

    Susan

  3. BTW Jeff, I just clicked on your Chase Marriott Link to apply, 50,000 bonus points shows up, even better than the 30,000 you show in headline !

    thanks again ,

    Susan

  4. But, maybe only for first time ?? according to there rules. So, should I just go in with the 30,000 offer ?

    “This one-time bonus offer is valid only for first-time Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Cardmembers. Previous and existing Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Cardmembers are not eligible ”

    advise greatly appreciated again,

    susan

  5. If you had the Amex Platinum and cancelled in May could you get a new one in say Sept./Oct. and get the $200 travel credit for this year(2017) and $200 for (2018)?
    Harry

  6. Hey,

    Totally new to all this stuff, and just graduated- only now going to be making a bit of an income which I know is a prerequisite for some cards. I didn’t see anything about the cards offered through TD on your site, would you recommend any of these? For instance, the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite plan? I’ve also heard good things about the RBC Visa Infinite Avion plan. I don’t see many differences in these two, on first glance at what they’re advertising.

    Thanks in advance for any advice! 🙂

  7. From where do you fly with Aeroplan that First Class to Europe is only 70k points? From the award chart i see that it is at 140k for Europe 1 from Canada.

    Thanks.

  8. To get the additional 5,000 points, do you need to add a supplementary card during application or after receiving the card?

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