Air Canada has announced several new extensions to benefits within its Aeroplan loyalty programme, to compensate for “interrupted travel plans” in the year ahead.

All members with Elite status for 2021 will see this extended through until the end of 2022, and the validity of all Priority Reward vouchers issued in 2020 will be extended for use until October 2022.

In addition any Aeroplan members who earn Elite status through flight activity in 2021, will see their Status Qualifying Miles, Segments, and Dollars earned in 2021 honoured the following year, “jumpstarting their status qualification in the years to come”.

The expiry of Aeroplan points has also been further paused until January 2022, and Aeroplan flight rewards booked by April 30, 2021 (for travel until April 2022) can be changed or cancelled free of charge, at any point.

Commenting on the news Mark Nasr, senior vice president, products, marketing and ecommerce at Air Canada, said:

“Loyalty is a two-way street, and we understand and appreciate why so many of your travel plans are interrupted this year. For that reason, we are automatically extending Aeroplan Elite Status for an additional year—through to the end of 2022.

“These changes are some of the many ways we’re recognising our members and demonstrating our commitment to welcoming them back onboard, whenever it’s the right time for them to travel again.”

Air Canada relaunched its Aeroplan scheme in November 2020, having effectively brought the programme back in-house by acquiring marketing and loyalty analytics company (and previous owners of the scheme) Aimia.

Air Canada unveils details of revamped Aeroplan loyalty programme