Monday, May 31, 2021

20,000 Aeroplan points, first year annual fee rebate & a Buddy Pass that you can convert to 30,000 points - TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card offer extended


I admit it, I was wrong.  I had predicted that we'd see the welcome bonus offer on the TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card change as of today to naturally expire the opportunity to convert Buddy Passes to Aeroplan points for new applicants. Well I am happy to say my prediction did not come true. TD is holding fast on all their Aeroplan co-brand card offers including the very enticing offer for their mainstay card and the primary card of the entire Aeroplan program, the TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card.

 Now extended to August 16, you can earn 20,000 Aeroplan Points and a Buddy Pass with the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card along with having the first year annual fee rebated - that's right you can get the points and the buddy pass at no cost to you outside of actual spend on the card.

Recommended reading: How to earn over 147,000 Aeroplan points for free*

When you apply for and are approved for the card anytime between now and August 16, 2021 you can receive the bonus outlined above. You'll get 10,000 points right off the bat when you make your first purchase on the card then once you spend $1,000 on the card in the first 90 days of having it you'll receive an additional 10,000 point plus the Buddy Pass (more on the pass below!) On top of that you'll receive an annual fee rebate on the primary card ($139 per year) plus a rebate for up to 3 additional cards ($75 each). All told the points and the buddy pass are worth no less than $540 but for most people the value should be much higher than that. We come to that valuation with a minimum value of 1.2 cents per Aeroplan point but most people will redeem at a higher value than that and putting the Buddy Pass value at $300 again however that is our minimum valuation whereby most people should get more value than that.

You may recall back in November we explained and evaluated the Air Canada Buddy Pass so I won't go into as much detail about it in this post but in that post we provided examples of how the Buddy Pass could save a pair of people traveling anywhere from $400 to well over $2,000. Plus if you are a family of four or more you and your partner could each grab your own card (not primary + additional rather two primary accounts) so that you would have two Buddy Passes to use meaning an immediate doubling of your savings.   The Buddy Pass is good for travel in Canada, the U.S., Hawaii and Mexico and must be redeemed within one year of it being issued but that travel can take place right to the end of Air Canada's flight schedule which means you actually have close to two years to set foot on the plane utilizing your buddy pass.

It doesn't end there though - you can also choose to convert the Buddy Pass to Aeroplan points. 30,000 points to be exact. This makes the card extremely valuable for solo travellers or even those who aren't sure if they'll use the pass. Aeroplan recently announced they have removed the expiry on being able to convert the passes which means for the time being you can get yourself the card and then decide in the future what you want to do with the Buddy Pass. Even if Aeroplan does put an end date on the Buddy Pass conversion option they have explicitly noted that the date is based on your card application date not when you receive the pass. You can be sure that Rewards Canada will let you know if and when Aeroplan institutes an end date to Buddy Pass conversion.

Recommended reading: Confirmed! Air Canada removes the April 30th end date for the Buddy Pass to Aeroplan Points conversion option (no set expiry for now)

There's one more limited time offer that comes with the card right now and that's a bonus earn rate for Starbucks purchases. You will earn 50% Bonus Aeroplan points for each $1.00 in Purchases charged to the Account at participating Starbucks® locations (the "Starbucks Bonus Aeroplan Point"). All reloads on the Starbucks mobile app and in-store purchases at corporate-owned stores are eligible. In-store purchases at licensed stores are excluded from this offer. This offer runs until November 7, 2021.

Now that we've covered the welcome offer let's look at what the card offers as it's standard earn rates and benefits:

The card itself earns 1.5 Aeroplan points per dollar spent with Air Canada (any Air Canada purchase, prior to this it was only for Aircanada.com purchases) It also earns 1.5 Aeroplan points for grocery and gas station purchases and all other purchases earn 1 Aeroplan point per dollar spent on the card. 

Recommended reading: Which credit card earns the most Aeroplan Points?

What following benefits:

  • Preferred Pricing - Holders of these cards will receive discounts when redeeming miles for Aeroplan reward flights
  • First Checked Bag Free - Cardholders will receive their first checked bag free for themselves and up to 8 other travellers on the same reservation. This benefit works on both paid and award flights on Air Canada.
  • Elite Status Earning - These cards earn 1,000 SQM (Status Qualifying Miles) and 1 SQS (Status Qualifying Segment) for every $10,000 spent on the card(s)
  • Each Cardholder on the Account will receive a rebate of up to $100 CAD for a NEXUS™ application and/or renewal fee. 
  • Hotel/Motel Burglary Insurance coverage up to $2,500 per occurrence for each Cardholder on the Account and eligible family members travelling with the Cardholder. 
  • Mobile Device Insurance coverage up to $1,000 for eligible mobile devices in the event of loss, theft, accidental damage, or mechanical breakdown.

The card also has Purchase Security/Extended Warranty, Flight Delay, Trip Cancellation/Interruption and Lost/Delayed Baggage. 

Recommended reading: TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card Review

What also should be noted is that benefits are shared with secondary (aka supplementary/additional) cardholders. That means those who have cards under the primary cardholder will also benefit from items like the first checked bag free and the NEXUS benefit.


Learn more about and apply for the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card here.

 

TD has also extended the offers on their other Air Canada Aeroplan co-brand cards as well as their proprietary travel and cash back cards. You can see those offers here.

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