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Air Canada Aeroplan - 2013 Top Tier Changes

Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:43 am

Got an email from Air Canada today announcing changes taking effect in 2013 to Aeroplan top tiers. The main difference to me is that whereas 35,000 miles per annum have historically given you Star Alliance Gold, it will now give you Silver. If you want Gold, you gotta hit 50,000 miles - same as on United. This historically has been the reason I banked my *A mileage in Aeroplan (even if I never did make it to Gold); now that reason is toodles.

I haven't pored through the rest of the email so I don't know if 25K is still the threshold for Silver and the 35K-gets-you-gold privilege has simply been removed; or if they moved the Silver threshhold up to 35K. I don't care. But for those of you who do; here's the rest of the email:


As a valued Air Canada customer, we'd like to share changes planned for the 2013 Air Canada Top Tier Program. As the program includes the introduction of new tier levels and the realignment of some benefits, we are announcing the key benefit changes a year in advance.

Note that these changes apply to the 2013 Top Tier benefit year beginning March 1, 2013, and therefore do not affect the 2012 Air Canada Top Tier Program.

The 2013 Top Tier Program, which will feature two new tier levels, has been redesigned to better recognize and reward our customers. It also aligns our program with industry leaders and ensures that the Air Canada Top Tier Program remains highly competitive internationally.

Here are some of the highlights of the 2013 Air Canada Top Tier Program for each of the five tier levels:

Members earning 25,000 Status Miles or 25 Status Flight Segments will enjoy 2013 Top Tier benefits similar to those offered with the 2012 Top Tier Program

Members earning 35,000 Status Miles or 35 Status Flight Segments will notice changes to their 2013 Top Tier benefit program as compared to the 2012 Top Tier Program:

Star Alliance™ Gold recognition will be replaced by Star Alliance Silver. Members, however, will be able to choose Star Alliance Lounge access as a Select Privilege

Upgrades with eUpgrade Credits will apply on Tango Plus and Latitude fares for travel in North America, and Latitude fares for travel to international destinations

Members will continue to enjoy many Air Canada Priority Airport and Reservation services, complimentary access to Maple Leaf™ Lounges, three complimentary checked bags on Air Canada flights, Bonus Aeroplan® Miles for eligible flights as a Select Privilege, and more

Members will be able to achieve new levels of recognition with the introduction of two additional tiers:

Members earning 50,000 Status Miles or 50 Status Flight Segments will enjoy the 2013 Top Tier benefits earned at 35,000 Status Miles, as well as:

A higher upgrade priority
Upgrades with eUpgrade Credits which apply on Tango Plus and Latitude fares system-wide
Additional eUpgrade Credits
Star Alliance Gold recognition

Members earning 75,000 Status Miles or 75 Status Flight Segments will enjoy the 2013 Top Tier benefits earned at 50,000 Status Miles, along with:
A higher upgrade priority
An accelerated earning of Bonus Aeroplan Miles for eligible flights as a Select Privilege
Additional eUpgrade Credits
An exclusive Threshold Program

Members earning 100,000 Status Miles or 95 Status Flight Segments will enjoy 2013 Top Tier benefits similar to those offered with the 2012 Top Tier Program

To view more details with the qualification levels and associated benefits for the 2013 Air Canada Top Tier Program, click ici.
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RE: Air Canada Aeroplan - 2013 Top Tier Changes

Fri Dec 23, 2011 4:52 am

Perhaps you should switch to Aegean Airlines' program which can get you Star Gold with only 20,000 miles.
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RE: Air Canada Aeroplan - 2013 Top Tier Changes

Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:13 am

I wasn't sure how to feel when I got the email - I do >50k per year now with AC (+ CO/UA), so will be happy that the lounges will be a little less busy, less competition for upgrades and for reward travel, and my for my favorite perk - shorter lineups in the Priority Lanes for security.
But - I foresee that I'll be back to the 35k range in travel in a couple of years, and will miss the * Gold for sure then.
Anyway, since I almost always pick the flights by itinerary or by aircraft type, and not by airline - within reason anyway  , it won't change things too much...maybe I'll have to do some end of year mileage runs if I am close but not there yet. Or, I could start selecting those connecting flights to add anywhere up to 1,000 miles of flying per trip especially since they are often less $ than the direct flights anyway!
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