Air Canada and Emirates have expanded their partnership to offer frequent flyer members joint loyalty programme benefits. Aeroplan Members will also benefit from earning and redeeming points on all flights operated by Emirates — with access to more than 130 destinations across six continents — via the airline’s home and hub, Dubai. Emirates Skywards members can now earn and redeem miles on all flights operated by Air Canada, accessing a network of more than 220 destinations worldwide.
Mark Youssef Nasr, Senior Vice President, Product, Marketing, e-Commerce, Air Canada and President, Aeroplan (left) and Dr. Nejib Ben Khedher, Divisional Senior Vice President Emirates Skywards (right). (CNW Group/Air Canada)
The agreement was signed yesterday by Dr. Nejib Ben Khedher, Divisional Senior Vice President Emirates Skywards, and Mark Youssef Nasr, Senior Vice President, Product, Marketing, e-Commerce, Air Canada and President, Aeroplan, at the Emirates Group headquarters in Dubai.
More travel choices, more Miles earned
The new agreement will enable Emirates Skywards members to earn Miles on all eligible Air Canada flights. Skywards members will also be able to redeem Miles for reward tickets across Air Canada’s network. Flight rewards will start from 8,000 Miles for a one-way reward ticket in Economy Class and 16,000 Miles for a one-way reward ticket in Business Class.
Aeroplan members will be able redeem Points for flights on Emirates Economy Class and Business Class, starting at 15,000 Points one-way with no carrier surcharges, as well as the ability to combine with Aeroplan’s extensive network of airline partners on a single ticket to create countless reward possibilities. The ability to redeem Aeroplan points for flights in Emirates First Class will be introduced in early 2023.
Premium lounge access
Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold members travelling in Economy Class with Air Canada or Emirates will also enjoy complimentary access to Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounges and Air Canada Café at Toronto Pearson along with one guest.
In Dubai, Aeroplan Elite 50K, 75K and Super Elite members travelling in Economy Class with Emirates will enjoy complimentary access to the Emirates Business Class Lounge along with one guest.
Access to North America, Asia, Middle East, and Africa
The carriers activated their codeshare partnership earlier this year providing customers with seamless connectivity across North America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Emirates customers can now book flights to/from Canadian points beyond Toronto, including Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, and Vancouver.
Air Canada’s customers also benefit from seamless access to Emirates’ extensive network via Dubai, unlocking a significant number of destinations, including Colombo, Dhaka, Karachi and Lahore in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asian cities such as Bangkok, Hanoi, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore; Middle Eastern cities Jeddah and Muscat; as well as destinations in Africa, namely Addis Ababa and Dar Es Salaam.
Award-winning loyalty programs
Recognized for its industry-leading initiatives and innovative product offerings – Emirates Skywards was recently crowned “Program of the Year in Europe, Middle East and Africa” and “Best Customer Service” at the Frequent Traveller Awards 2021. The loyalty program was also recognized as “World’s Leading Airline Rewards Programme” at the World Travel Awards 2022; and ranked top 10 Best Frequent Flyer Program by USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice 2022.
Since it’s relaunch in November 2020, Air Canada Aeroplan continues to be recognized as one of the best airline loyalty programs in the Americas. Recent honours include Best Redemption Ability from the 2022 Freddie Awards and Best Earn & Redemption Ability from the 2021 Frequent Traveller Awards, as voted by its members.