Air Canada Aeroplan 2009 Top Tier Benefits

  • Increased mileage requirement for IKK
  • Reduced baggage allowance for Super Elites
  • Qualification criteria remains the same

Red is wording directly from Aeroplan Website
For full detail visit the Aeroplan page for 2009 here
Feel free to discuss the changes on our forum
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2009 Program Change Highlights

Super Elite Priority Rewards

"The benefit of superior reward seat access - previously known as Super Elite Special Access to Aeroplan Reward seats – comes at a cost for both Air Canada and Aeroplan. In order to continue offering this privilege to our best customers, the Aeroplan mileage reward levels have been revised for Super Elite Priority Reward reservations made as of March 01, 2009."
COMMENT: This is the increased mileage requirement to what is informaly known as the IKK benefit. Reports are stating that the increase is 30%+.

Elite Priority Rewards

"While the Elite Special Access to Aeroplan Reward seats benefit has been renamed Elite Priority Rewards, Elite members continue to enjoy the same priority access to reward seats in Economy Class at up to double the ClassicFlight mileage reward levels – when no Classic Flight seats are available."
COMMENT: There is no change hear except for the name of this benefit.

Extra Checked Baggage Allowance

"Super Elite and Elite members have the privilege of checking up to three standard pieces of luggage – at no extra charge, regardless of fare option purchased. Each piece must weigh less than 70lbs (32kg) for a total of 210lbs (95kg). While this privilege formerly entitled up to four standard pieces of luggage for a total combined weight not exceeding 200 lbs (90kg), the revised baggage allowance continues to exceed the normal allowance of two standard pieces of luggage, each weighing less than 50 lbs (22kg)."
COMMENT: The weight per piece has increased but as stated you are now only allowed three pieces of luggage versus the previous four.

Exclusive Top Tier Offers

"New in 2009! Air Canada Top Tier members, are entitled to exclusive offers provided by Air Canada, Aeroplan and their respective partners—tailored to meet their special needs. Simply log-in and visit the Exclusive Top Tier Offers section."

2009 Air Canada Top Tier Upgrade Certificates

"Air Canada offers complimentary upgrades to Executive Class/Executive First to its Top Tier members as follows:

* 2009 North America Upgrade Certificates are valid for upgrade to Executive Class on eligible flights with the purchase of a Latitude fare (booking classes: Y,M,U).
* 2009 System-Wide Upgrade Certificates are valid for an upgrade to Executive Class/Executive First on eligible flights with the purchase of a Latitude Plus or Latitude fare (booking classes: Y,M,U).
* 2009 Special System Wide Upgrade Certificates are offered to Super Elite and Elite members and are valid for an upgrade to Executive Class/Executive First on eligible flights with the purchase of:
* Latitude Plus and Latitude fares (booking classes: Y,M,U)
* Leisure and Tango Plus fares (booking classes: B,H,V,Q,L,A,S) "

2009 Top Tier Bonus

"Super Elite, Elite and Prestige members have the option to choose the 2009 Top Tier Bonus as one of their 2009 Select Privileges, which rewards them with Bonus Aeroplan Miles when they fly in 2009 with Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz:

* Super Elite Tier Bonus: 100% Bonus Aeroplan Miles
* Elite Tier Bonus: 50% Bonus Aeroplan Miles
* Prestige Tier Bonus: 25% Bonus Aeroplan Miles

Star Alliance partner airlines ANA, bmi, Lufthansa and Swiss also offer Air Canada Top Tier members who have chosen this Select Privilege, 25% Bonus Aeroplan Miles for travel on selected flights in 2009."

Select Privileges with Flight Pass Activities

"Once again this year, we’re offering Select Privileges to members who use Flight Passes. Top Tier members receive a Bonus Air Canada Status Miles or Air Canada Top Tier Upgrade Certificates for eligible Flight Pass activities in 2009. New in 2009: 6 and 8-credit Flight Passes are now eligible for these two Select Privileges."

Qualifying for Top Tier Status in 2010
These have not changed for the coming year

Aeroplan Status
Star Alliance Status
Aeroplan Status Miles needed or Aeroplan Status Flight Segments Needed
Aeroplan Super Elite
100,000 or 95 one-way
Aeroplan Elite
35,000 or 50one-way
Aeroplan Prestige
25,000 or 25one-way
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