Earn Up to 1.75 Million Bonus Aeroplan Miles: Earn Your Wings With Air Canada

A  popular promotion has returned for its fifth consecutive year: earn Aeroplan frequent flier loyalty program miles by flying as a passenger on qualifying flights operated by Air Canada through Sunday, July 31, 2016 and earning and collecting Wings and Badges during the Earn Your Wings promotion.

Although the promotion is basically the same as the one from last year, there are some changes, including — but not limited to — the introduction of Super Destination badges; and how the top 30 participants earn bonus miles.

Earn Up to 1.75 Million Bonus Aeroplan Miles: Earn Your Wings With Air Canada

Thirty participants will earn a total of 20,000,000 bonus Aeroplan frequent flier loyalty program miles: half of those bonus miles will be distributed equally amongst the top ten participants, who will each earn 1,000,000; while the other half of those bonus miles will be distributed equally amongst those participants who finish between positions 11 through 30, as they will each earn 500,000 bonus miles.

According to the terms and conditions of this promotion, every time you earn 2,000 Wings, you will receive 2,000 bonus miles — up to a maximum of 750,000 bonus Aeroplan frequent flier loyalty program miles, which does not include the aforementioned bonus miles if you place amongst the top 30 participants at the conclusion of this promotion.

Earn Wings simply by flying as a passenger on Air Canada flights anywhere in the world and earn a minimum of 400 Wings — 200 Wings for every take off and 200 Wings for every landing — per flight segment on any airplane operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Express, and Air Canada rouge.

Earning Badges

You can earn Wings more quickly by collecting badges, of which there are six types:

  1. Destination badges. Worth between 200 Wings and 750 Wings, each of the 67 different Destination badges are earned when a certain location is either the origination or destination of your flight. For example, earn a YQR destination badge when your flight originates or terminates at Regina International Airport in Regina, Saskatchewan — and that YQR destination badge will earn you 200 Wings.
  2. Super Destination badges. Worth between 400 Wings and 1,500 Wings, each of the 11 different Super Destination badges is worth double the amount of an ordinary Destination badge; and they are earned when a certain location is either the origination or destination of your flight. For example, earn a YOW destination badge when your flight originates or terminates at Macdonald–Cartier International Airport in Ottawa — and that YOW destination badge will earn you 400 Wings.
  3. Globetrotter badges. Each of the 16 different Globetrotter badges earn 2,000 Wings; and you must complete unique combinations of the required number of departures or landings at the airports specified for each badge. For example, in order to earn the Dulce de Leche badge, you must “satisfy your sweet tooth every time you take off or land at any two of the following five airports located in South America: São Paulo (GRU), Bogotá (BOG), Lima (LIM), Santiago (SCL), Buenos Aires (EZE) — so if your flight departs from Lima and lands in Santiago, you have earned this badge and therefore 2,000 Wings.
  4. Participation badges. Excluding the Top 10 badge where you will earn 1,000,000 miles if you rank amongst the top ten participants in terms of the total number of Wings you have earned during this promotion and the Go Getter badge where you will earn 500,000 miles if you rank in positions 11 through 30 in terms of the total number of Wings you have earned during this promotion, there are five different Participation badges which will earn you anywhere between 250 Wings and 2,000 Wings when you achieve certain milestones during your participation — for example, when you accumulate 10,000 Wings for the first time, you will receive the Shooting Star badge upon which you will be awarded 2,000 Wings.
  5. Cabin badges. There are only two of these badges; but you can earn them repeatedly each time the eligible booking class of your flight — for every take off and every landing when you enjoy the benefits of flying while basking in the ultimate comfort of a Premium Economy, Premium rouge or Business Class seat — is J, C, D, Z, P, O, E or N:
    1. Earn 250 Wings with the Rest Up badge to any eligible airport in North America on the Destination and Super Destination badge lists.
    2. Earn 500 Wings with the Stretch Out! badge to any eligible international airport in Europe, India, Middle East, Asia, Australia, South America, Central America and the Caribbean on the Destination and Super Destination badge lists.
  6. New badges. You will earn these three badges for completing certain challenges. New badges — which really should be known as Challenge badges — are only available for a limited period of time; and they may only be earned during a specific timeframe, so check back regularly for updates to Challenge badges where you can “collect” them and earn more Wings.

Terms and Conditions

You must register for this promotion in order to participate; but you must also be a member of the Aeroplan frequent flier loyalty program who has already earned elite level status for 2016 to be eligible to register. You must also travel between now and Sunday, July 31, 2016 on select eligible published fare classes — Tango, Flex, Latitude, Premium Economy Lowest, Premium Economy Flexible, Premium rouge, Business Class Lowest and Business Class Flexible — however, flights booked before Monday, May 16, 2016 or after Thursday, June 30, 2016 are not eligible for this promotion. Traveling on promotional flight passes such as the Air Canada Unlimited Flight Pass are not eligible for this promotion.

The leaderboard — which will be refreshed weekly, with the final refresh date of the leaderboard to be on Friday, September 16, 2016 — will remain active until Thursday, September 15, 2016 to allow for missing flight credits to be requested and be included to determine final rank. Any retroactive credits must be submitted and processed before Friday, August 28, 2015 at 19:59 Eastern Daylight Time in order to be eligible to earn Wings and, in consequence, any bonus Aeroplan miles.

Other terms and conditions apply — and there are many of them; so please read them carefully.

Summary

This promotion is apparently successful enough that the Privilege Club frequent flier loyalty program of Qatar Airways has had a variation of this type of badge promotion — although not nearly as complex — known as the Globetrotter promotion, which is currently in effect for 2016.

Although this promotion is only in effect for 2.5 months and is rather complex — yet it still seems simpler than this iteration back in 2013 — you might want to consider registering for it if you will already be traveling as a passenger on airplanes operated by Air Canada anyway and you believe that you will be able to earn enough Wings and Badges for your participation to be worth your while…

…and if you do participate in this promotion, I hope that you place amongst the top 30 participants — better yet, the top ten participants — at the conclusion of this promotion.

Source: Air Canada.

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