NATIONAL PULSE – Will Air Canada deal on Aeroplan bring friendly skies?

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One-quarter say Air Canada purchase of Aeroplan will result in better overall value for members


More than a year of uncertainty for Canada’s more than five million Aeroplan members has many considering whether they should hold onto or their points or let them fly before an impending integration with Air Canada’s new reward system in 2020.

A new study from the Angus Reid Institute, conducted after Air Canada announced it would purchase Aeroplan and merge members of that program into a new, in house rewards system, finds that six-in-ten members are concerned that they will lose value from the points they have saved under the current loyalty program. Half also say they fear that some of their points will be lost outright because of this sale.

Despite this anxiety, however, few Aeroplan members are seeking to liquidate their points balance before the programs are merged. Three-quarters (75%) say that they will not change their plans at all when it comes to their accrued rewards.

Overall, members appear to trust Air Canada to handle the transition smoothly. Indeed, more than half (57%) say that they expect there will be little to no change after the new program is up and running, while one-quarter say ultimately they will receive better value than they were getting with Aeroplan.

More Key Findings:

  • Half of Aeroplan members say they are dissatisfied with how the program operates overall. Similar numbers say they are upset with how easy is to both accumulate and spend their rewards
  • Among those who say they will change their approach when it comes to the Aeroplan miles, members are twice as likely to say they will spend down their balance faster than they normally would (17%) rather than save more than usual (8%)

Link to the poll here:


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