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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

You can now earn and burn Aeroplan Miles on Azul Brazilian Airlines


A major decline in travel due to the current global pandemic has not stopped Air Canada's Aeroplan from growing the program for future travel. It was only a few short weeks ago the program announced their partnership with Etihad Airways and as of today they have added another airline, Brazil's Azul Brazilian Airlines. This partnership is perfect as it was not too long Aeroplan lost Avianca Brazil as a partner, well not just Aeroplan, any airline that was partnered with them as Avianca Brazil folded. FYI Aeroplan does still have Brazil's Gol as a partner.

If you are unfamiliar with Azul, they are a Brazilian carrier based in São Paulo and operate a fleet of 145 aircraft including two-class Airbus A330s. The partnership that is already live sees the ability for Aeroplan members to earn and redeem miles on Azul flights in all cabins. Azul serves over 100 destinations across South America as well as select routes to Europe and the United States.

Azul's Network

 Here is the mileage earning chart for flights on Azul:


 On the redemption side here is what Aeroplan tells us:
  • Azul flights will be subject to Aeroplan’s Fixed Mileage Flight Reward chart, available here.
  • Members will be able to book Azul flights online at aeroplan.com, as well as via our Contact Centre.
  • Azul flights can be combined with flights operated by Air Canada and our other international partners.
  • Fuel surcharges will not apply on Azul operated flights.
Got to love that last line - no fuel surcharges is always nice! Also seeing that you can combine flights you can look using Air Canada to get to Brazil and connect to Azul's flights or choose to fly Air Canada to one of Azul's U.S. gateways (Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando) and then fly on their 2 class Airbus A330.  As the airline falls into Aeroplan's regular Fixed Mileage Flight Reward chart you would be looking at 60,000 miles round trip in Economy between Canada/U.S. and Brazil or 110,000 miles for Business Class. As always it is half that amount for one way flights.

Right now Brazil is being devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic which likely means there won't be many Aeroplan members rushing to redeem for flights on Azul but the announcement and launch of this partnership is great to have as knowledge in your back pocket for your future travel plans.

Title Image courtesy of Airbus



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