Thursday, May 27, 2021

Time to hit the rails! Aeroplan members can now earn and redeem points for Rocky Mountaineer rail journeys

Air Canada announced an exciting new partnership today for its Aeroplan program. Members are now able to earn and redeem points plus receive premium benefits when booking scenic rail journeys with Rocky Mountaineer. The famous western Canadian luxury rail tour operator joins the ranks of new and exciting partners that Aeroplan has been adding since the program was revamped in November 2020.

With Rocky Mountaineer, Aeroplan members will be able to earn and redeem points and enjoy premium benefits when booking a scenic rail journey. Offering four routes through the Canadian and U.S. Rockies Rocky Mountaineer provides luxurious service through some of the most spectacular scenery and if you travel on one of the routes in 2021 you can earn up to 20,000 bonus Aeroplan points.

Rocky Mountaineer's rail journeys

Introductory Offer

For all journeys booked and traveled in 2021 there is a special introductory bonus points offer:

  • Earn 20,000 bonus Aeroplan points per customer for booking in Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf® Service
  • 10,000 bonus Aeroplan points per customer for SilverLeaf® Service bookings

Standard Offer

For travel in 2022 and beyond, Aeroplan members will earn 2 points for every $1 CDN spent on a GoldLeaf Service booking and 1 point for every $1 CDN spent on a SilverLeaf booking

Premium Benefits

Rocky Mountaineer benefits for Air Canada Status members & premium credit card holders

Air Canada elite status members and holders of the top end Aeroplan co-brand cards will receive additional benefits when travelling on a Rocky Mountaineer rail tour:

  • Aeroplan Elite Status members 50K and above and Aeroplan Premium Co-Brand Cardholders receive an upgrade from Rocky Mountaineer’s SilverLeaf to GoldLeaf Service, and two nights of upgraded hotel accommodations while travelling
  • Aeroplan Elite Status members 25K and above receive two nights of upgraded hotel accommodations while travelling
  • The premium cards are the American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card,  American Express Aeroplan Business Reserve Card, CIBC Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Card and TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege Card. Learn more about these cards here.

Redeeming points for rail tours

Members can redeem Aeroplan points on the Aeroplan eStore for either dollar eVouchers starting at $50, or entire Rocky Mountaineer vacation package eVouchers.

A small selection of the Aeroplan redemption options for Rocky Mountaineer

Booking tours

To earn points and access these special upgrade benefits, Aeroplan members simply have to complete their booking by calling Rocky Mountaineer at 1-800-875-9149. Members can provide their Aeroplan number at time of booking or they can call to add their Aeroplan number to any existing booking made after May 27, 2021 to be eligible for Aeroplan points accumulation and upgrades.

Starting at the end of June, Aeroplan members will be able to apply their Aeroplan number during Rocky Mountaineer’s online booking process to be eligible for earn and upgrades.

Wrapping it up

This is definitely a unique and awesome new partnership for the Air Canada Aeroplan program. Being able to earn and redeem points for these iconiic rail journeys is something I'm sure members will enjoy.  What are your thoughts? Are you excited to be able to earn points with Rocky Mountaineer? Would you redeem points for one of their tours? Let us know in the comments below.

Learn more about the partnership here.

Images courtesy of Air Canada and Rocky Mountaineer

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