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Groupe Aeroplan Inc
Type Public
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Key people Rupert Duchesne
Industry Consumer Discretionary
Website www.aeroplan.com

Aeroplan is a Montreal, Quebec based loyalty marketing program operated by Groupe Aeroplan Inc (TSXAER). The Aeroplan Program was created in July 1984 by Air Canada as an incentive program for its frequent flyer customers. There are approximately 5 million active members in the program. [1]

In recent years, Aeroplan has evolved into a loyalty marketing company that serves Esso, Home Hardware, Sobeys, Thrifty Foods and others. Aeroplan is also used by Air Creebec, Canadian North, Calm Air, and First Air[2].

Many Aeroplan clients collect points via credit cards. Credit cards were originally allocated to CIBC and Diners Club/enRoute, but it was later offered to AMEX Bank of Canada, while Diners Club withdrew from the program.[3]

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Corporate History

From the Aeroplan program creation in 1984 its operations were fully integrated with those of Air Canada. On January 1, 2002 it was restructured as a limited liability partnership, fully owned by Air Canada.

In June 2005, Air Canada's parent company ACE Aviation Holdings sold 12.5% of Aeroplan for $250 million through an initial public offering creating Aeroplan Income Fund.

On December 20, 2007 Aeroplan Income Fund acquired Loyalty Management Group. Loyalty Management Group are responsible for the Nectar loyalty card in the UK.

On May 28, 2008, ACE Aviation Holdings disposed of its remaining holdings in the fund. As such the Aeroplan program is no longer under direct control of Air Canada.

Initially created as an income trust, Aeroplan Income Fund converted to a public corporation on June 25, 2008 and subsequently changed its name to Groupe Aeroplan Inc.

Competition

Air Miles is Aeroplan's main competitor as a Canadian-based travel rewards loyalty program, however it is not an airline frequent flyer program per se. HBC Rewards is also a competing non-airline rewards loyalty program.

Current Aeroplan cards

Criticism

As of January 1, 2007, miles will expire seven years after they are earned. Also, in order to keep miles from expiring, activity on an Aeroplan account is required at least once a year[4].

Membership Levels and Numbers

There are 4 levels of membership in Aeroplan: Basic, Prestige, Elite, and Super Elite; the latter three are the "Top Tier" membership levels. These Top Tier levels provide travel benefits such as upgrades, lounge access, priority services (e.g. check-in, luggage handling) and more. In order to qualify for one of the three Top Tier levels, the member must earn a certain number of "status miles" or fly a certain number of "status segments" in a given calendar year (thus qualifying that member for the next benefit year). Prestige members have Star Alliance Silver status while Elite and Super Elite members have Star Alliance Gold status. As of January 16, 2006, there were approximately 4.9 million Basic members, 57000 Prestige members, 68000 Elite members, and 9000 Super Elite members.

Airline Partners

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Fully Integrated Airline Partners

Star Alliance Partner Airlines

Star Alliance Regional Partners

Other Partners

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