Best credit cards for earning Aeroplan points – The Points Guy

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Air Canada’s Aeroplan is a behemoth of a rewards program, allowing travelers to earn and redeem points on more than 40 airlines worldwide. Yes, you should care about Aeroplan even if you never visit Canada.

That’s because Aeroplan has a very useful rewards currency due to its partners, redemption options and how easily you can amass Aeroplan points. Here are the best credit cards for earning Aeroplan points.

Earning Aeroplan points with credit cards

What’s great about Aeroplan points is how easy they are to earn — even if you never fly with Air Canada. You can transfer to Aeroplan from the following programs:

This plethora of transfer options makes it easy to amass Aeroplan points. And that’s without considering Aeroplan’s cobranded credit cards available in the U.S. and Canada.

Related: Why Chase adding Aeroplan is a game-changer for Ultimate Rewards

Aeroplan credit card in the US

There’s only one card currently available to consumers in the U.S., issued by Chase.

Aeroplan Credit Card

Current welcome offer: Earn up to 100,000 bonus points: 60,000 points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening plus 40,000 points after spending $20,000 on purchases in the first 12 months from account opening. TPG values this bonus at $1,500.

Annual fee: $95.

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Earning rates: You’ll earn 3 points per dollar on Aeroplan purchases, grocery stores and dining, plus 1 point per dollar on other purchases.

Why we like it: You’ll get Aeroplan 25K status when opening your account, keep it for the following calendar year and receive two one-time to Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounges plus 20 eUpgrade credits to upgrade from economy to premium cabins on Air Canada-operated flights. You’ll also enjoy a free first checked bag on Air Canada flights and up to $100 in reimbursement for your Global Entry, TSA PreCheck or Nexus application (once every four years).

Plus, if you have a Chase credit card that earns Ultimate Rewards points, you can get a 10% points transfer bonus on transfers of 50,000 points or more (valid through Dec. 31, 2023.)

For more details, check out our full review of the Aeroplan Credit Card.


Apply here: Aeroplan Credit Card


Aeroplan credit cards in Canada

These are the best Aeroplan credit cards available to consumers in Canada. Note that the figures for these cards are in Canadian dollars.

Related: The best travel credit cards in Canada

American Express® Aeroplan®* Card

Current welcome offer: Earn up to 50,000 bonus points: 35,000 points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first six months of card membership plus 2,5000 points for each billing period in which you spend $500 on purchases during the first six months of card membership.

Annual fee: $120.

THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: Earn 2 points per dollar with Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations, 1.5 points per dollar on dining and food delivery in Canada and 1 point per dollar on other purchases.

Why we like it: You and up to nine companions can get a free checked bag on Air Canada flights. Plus, spending on your card accelerates your path toward Aeroplan elite status.

The information for the Amex Aeroplan card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.


American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve Card

Current welcome offer: Earn up to 85,000 bonus points: 55,000 points after spending $6,000 on purchases in the first six months of card membership, plus 5,000 points for each monthly billing cycle in which you spend $1,000 on purchases during the first six months of card membership.

Annual fee: $599.

THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: Earn 3 points with Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations, 2 points per dollar on dining and food delivery in Canada and 1.25 points per dollar on other purchases

Why we like it: If you want premium benefits with Air Canada, you’ll find them here: lounge access, priority check-in, priority boarding and reimbursement for application and renewal fees to Nexus. Benefits extend to the Rocky Mountaineer, such as bonus earning rates, seat upgrades and even room upgrades on train packages that include a hotel. If you spend $25,000 on your card, you’ll also earn a companion pass for someone to join you on an economy ticket flying with Air Canada or its subsidiaries.

The information for the Amex Aeroplan Reserve card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.


CIBC Aeroplan® Visa* Card

Current welcome offer: Get 10,000 Aeroplan bonus points after your first purchase.

Annual fee: $0.

THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: Earn 1 point per dollar spent with Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations, 1 point per dollar on gas and groceries and 1 point for each $1.50 spent on other purchases.

Why we like it: You’ll earn rewards with Canada’s biggest airline loyalty program without paying an annual fee. You’ll also have access to award flight deals exclusive to Aeroplan cardholders and get discounts on gas.

The information for the CIBC Aeroplan card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.


TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card

Current welcome offer: Earn up to 55,000 bonus points and a waived annual fee for the first year: 10,000 points after your first purchase, 30,000 points after spending $5,000 within 180 days of account opening and an anniversary bonus of 15,000 points when you spend $7,500 on purchases within 12 months of account opening. Plus, the annual fee is waived for the first year. Offer ends May 28.

Annual fee: $139.

THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: Earn 1.5 points per dollar spent with Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations, 1.5 points per dollar on gas and grocery purchases and 1 point per dollar on other purchases. Plus, earn 1.5 points per dollar at Starbucks in Canada after linking your rewards accounts.

Why we like it: You could save more than the card’s annual fee through free checked bag privileges each year. You can also receive reimbursement for your Nexus application fee, providing further value.

The information for the TD Aeroplan card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.


TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite Privilege* Credit Card

Current welcome offer: Earn up to 115,000 bonus points: 20,000 points after your first purchase, 60,000 bonus points after spending $7,5000 within 180 days of account opening and an anniversary bonus of 35,000 points when you spend $12,000 within 12 months of account opening.

Annual fee: $599.

THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: Earn 2 points per dollar spent with Air Canada (including Air Canada Vacations), 1.5 points per dollar on gas, groceries, travel and dining purchases and 1.25 points per dollar on other purchases. Plus, earn 2 points per dollar at Starbucks in Canada after linking your rewards accounts.

Why we like it: You’ll get premium perks with Air Canada and its Star Alliance partners, such as access to Maple Leaf lounges, priority benefits at the airport to help you avoid lines and reimbursement for Nexus application fees. Plus, you can earn a companion fare after spending $25,000 on purchases during your cardmember account year. This perk can be extremely valuable when bringing a companion on a flight for just $99 plus taxes and fees.

The information for the TD Aeroplan Privilege card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.


American Express Membership Rewards cards

Amex fields a host of rewards cards that earn Membership Rewards, which can easily be converted to Aeroplan points on a 1:1 basis. Here are the best:

The Platinum Card® from American Express

Current welcome offer: Earn 80,000 bonus Membership Rewards points after spending $6,000 on purchases in the first six months of card membership. TPG values this bonus at $1,600.

Annual fee: $695 (see rates and fees).

THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: You’ll earn 5 Membership Rewards points per dollar on flights booked directly with airlines or with Amex Travel, up to $500,000 of these purchases per year (then 1 point per dollar), 5 points per dollar on prepaid hotels booked with Amex Travel and 1 point per dollar on other purchases.

Why we like it: If you’re looking for a no-preset-spending-limit card with luxury perks, this is it. You’ll get unmatched airport lounge access, over $1,500 in available statement credits each year to offset shopping, travel, streaming and airport security program expenses — including reimbursement for your Clear membership fee and Global Entry/TSA PreCheck application fee. You’ll also earn an unmatched 5 points per dollar on flight and hotel purchases and can enroll for complimentary Gold status with Marriott Bonvoy and Hilton Honors.

Note that enrollment is required in advance for some benefits.

For more details, check out our full review of the Amex Platinum card.


Apply here: The Platinum Card from American Express


The Business Platinum Card® from American Express

Current welcome offer: Earn 120,000 bonus Membership Rewards points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card within the first 3 months of card membership. TPG values this bonus at $2,400.

Annual fee: $695 (see rates and fees).

THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: You’ll earn 5 Membership Rewards points per dollar on flights and prepaid hotels at AmexTravel.com, 1.5 points per dollar on purchases of $5,000 or more or purchases in select business categories —up to $2 million of combined purchases in these categories per year (then 1 point per dollar) and 1 point per dollar on other purchases. Eligible business categories include electronic goods retailers, shipping providers, software, cloud service providers and construction materials and hardware supplies.

Why we like it: Similar to the Amex Platinum above, the Amex Business Platinum card has no preset spending limit and a ton of perks to justify its annual fee. You’ll have unparalleled airport lounge access, nearly $1,500 in available statement credits each year to offset business, travel and airport security program expenses — including reimbursement for your Clear membership fee and Global Entry/TSA PreCheck application fee. You also can enroll for complimentary Gold status with Marriott Bonvoy and Hilton Honors and can get 35% of your points back when using Pay with Points for eligible flights booked with Amex Travel.

Note that enrollment is required in advance for some benefits.

For more details, check out our full review of the Amex Business Platinum card.


Apply here: The Business Platinum Card from American Express


American Express® Gold Card

Current welcome offer: Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $4,000 in the first six months. TPG values this bonus at $1,200.

Annual fee: $250 (see rates and fees).

THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: You’ll earn 4 Membership Rewards points per dollar at restaurants, 4 points per dollar at U.S. supermarkets — up to $25,000 of these purchases per year (then 1 point per dollar), 3 points per dollar on flights booked directly with airlines or at AmexTravel.com and 1 point per dollar on other purchases.

Why we like it: This is your ideal card if you’re a foodie. You’ll earn up to $120 in annual dining credits at the following merchants: Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Additionally, you’ll receive up to $120 in Uber Cash annually after adding this card to your Uber account, and you can use this for rides or Uber Eats orders in the U.S. Those perks are on top of the Gold card’s strong earning rates at U.S. supermarkets and restaurants worldwide.

Note that enrollment is required in advance for some benefits.

For more details, check out our full review of the Amex Gold card.


Apply here: American Express Gold Card


American Express® Business Gold Card

Current welcome offer: Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $10,000 on eligible purchases in the first three months of card membership. TPG values this bonus at $1,400.

Annual fee: $295 (see rates and fees).

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Earning rates: You’ll earn 4 Membership Rewards points per dollar in the two categories where you spend the most each month, up to $150,000 of these purchases per year (then 1 point per dollar) and 1 point per dollar on other purchases. Eligible categories include airfare purchased directly from airlines, U.S. purchases for online, TV, and radio advertising, U.S. purchases for shipping, U.S. purchases at gas stations, U.S. purchases at restaurants and U.S. purchases of computer hardware, software and cloud solutions from select technology providers.

Why we like it: The lack of statement credits and lounge access might turn off those looking for travel perks. For businesses looking to rack up rewards on their purchases, however, you’ll love earning 600,000 points per year through the bonus categories — worth $12,000 in TPG’s valuations.

For more details, check out our full review of the Amex Business Gold card.


Apply here: American Express Business Gold Card


American Express® Green Card

Current welcome offer: Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $2,000 in the first six months of card membership. TPG values this bonus at $900.

Annual fee: $150 (see rates and fees).

WYATT SMITH/THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: You’ll earn 3 Membership Rewards points per dollar at restaurants worldwide, 3 points per dollar on travel and transit and 1 point per dollar on other purchases.

Why we like it: If you want a card that provides a 6% return (based on TPG’s valuations) for all of your travel, commuting and transit expenses, this is it. The Amex Green card is one of the best cards for your daily commute. Also, you can enjoy up to $100 in LoungeBuddy credits annually, useful for airport lounge visits, and reimbursement for your annual Clear membership.

Note that enrollment is required in advance for some benefits.

For more details, check out our full review of the Amex Green card.

The information for the Amex Green card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.


The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express

Current welcome offer: Earn 15,000 bonus Membership Rewards points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first three months of card membership. TPG values this bonus at $300.

Annual fee: $0 (see rates and fees).

THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: You’ll earn 2 Membership Rewards points per dollar on every purchase, up to $50,000 of purchases annually. After that, you’ll earn 1 point per dollar.

Why we like it: You’ll earn a 4% return on everyday spending (in TPG’s valuations) without paying an annual fee. Plus, some banks reserve their transfer partners for those with premium cards, but that’s not true here. You can transfer these points 1:1 to Aeroplan.

For more details, check out our full review of the Amex Blue Business Plus card.


Apply here: The Blue Business Plus Credit Card from American Express


Chase Ultimate Rewards cards

It’s possible to earn a pile of Ultimate Rewards points quickly through welcome bonuses and earning rates on these three credit cards, which you can transfer to Aeroplan.

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

Current welcome offer: Earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. TPG values this bonus at $1,600.

Annual fee: $95.

Earning rates: You’ll earn 5 points per dollar on travel booked through the Chase travel portal, 5 points per dollar on Lyft rides (through March 2025), 5 points per dollar on Peloton equipment and accessory purchases of $250 or more (through March 2025, with a maximum of 25,000 bonus points), 3 points per dollar on dining, select streaming services and online grocery purchases (excludes Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs), 2 points per dollar on travel not booked through the Chase travel portal and 1 point per dollar on everything else.

Why we like it: For an annual fee under $100, you’ll earn valuable Chase Ultimate Rewards points, access all of Chase’s transfer partners, gain top-notch travel and purchase protections and get up to $50 in hotel credits each year.

For more details, check out our full review of the Chase Sapphire Preferred.


Apply here: Chase Sapphire Preferred Card


Chase Sapphire Reserve

Current welcome offer: Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. TPG values this bonus at $1,200.

Annual fee: $550.

WYATT SMITH/THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: You’ll earn 10 points per dollar on these purchases: hotels and car rentals purchased through Chase Travel, dining purchases through Chase Dining, Lyft rides (through March 31, 2025) and Peloton equipment and accessory purchases (through March 2025) of $250 or more — up to a maximum of 50,000 points. Plus, you’ll earn 5 points per dollar on flights purchased through Chase Travel, 3 points per dollar on all other travel (excluding the $300 travel credit) and dining purchases worldwide and 1 point per dollar on everything else.

Why we like it: While the $550 annual fee can appear staggering, you’ll get up to $300 in annual travel credits, unlimited visits to Priority Pass lounges and restaurants, best-in-class travel protections, a free DoorDash DashPass subscription (through Dec. 31, 2024) and a complimentary Lyft Pink All Access membership for two years, worth up to $199 annually (activate by Dec. 31, 2024). Plus, you can be reimbursed up to $100 for your application fee to Global Entry, TSA PreCheck or Nexus.

For more details, check out our full review of the Chase Sapphire Reserve.


Apply here: Chase Sapphire Reserve


Ink Business Preferred Credit Card

Current welcome offer: Earn 100,000 bonus points after spending $15,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. TPG values this bonus at $2,000.

Annual fee: $95.

THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: You’ll earn 3 points per dollar on up to $150,000 of purchases each cardmember year across these bonus categories: travel, shipping purchases, internet services, cable services, phone services and advertising purchases with social media and search engine sites. You’ll earn 1 point per dollar after passing the $150,000 spending threshold and 1 point per dollar on other purchases.

Why we like it: Potentially earning 450,000 bonus points per year in the card’s bonus categories is attractive — especially for a sub-$100 annual fee. Plus, you’ll get cellphone protection when using this card to pay your bill, on top of other travel and purchase protections.

For more details, check out our full review of the Ink Business Preferred card.


Apply here: Ink Business Preferred Credit Card


Capital One Rewards cards

You can transfer your Capital One miles to Aeroplan, meaning these are great credit cards for earning Aeroplan points through welcome bonuses and daily spending.

Related: The Capital One credit cards that earn transferable miles

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

Current welcome offer: Earn 75,000 bonus miles after spending $4,000 on purchases within three months of account opening. TPG values this bonus at $1,388.

Annual fee: $95.

WYATT SMITH/THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: Earn 5 miles per dollar on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 2 miles per dollar on other purchases.

Why we like it: You’ll get two passes each year, valid for visits to Capital One Lounges or Plaza Premium lounges. You’ll also be reimbursed up to $100 for your Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee — available once every four years.

For more details, check out our full review of the Capital One Venture card.


Apply here: Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card


Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card

Current welcome offer: Earn 75,000 bonus miles after spending $4,000 on purchases within three months of account opening. TPG values this bonus at $1,388.

Annual fee: $395.

THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: You’ll earn 10 miles per dollar on hotels and car rentals booked via Capital One Travel, 5 miles per dollar on flights booked via Capital One Travel and 2 miles per dollar on other purchases.

Why we like it: This card has the lowest annual fee among premium credit cards but doesn’t skimp on the luxury perks. These include up to $300 in annual travel credits, 10,000 bonus miles on your account anniversary, access to the Capital One Premier Collection, up to $100 in reimbursement for your Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee (once every four years), cellphone protection and up to four free authorized users. Plus, you’ll get a Priority Pass Select membership (with unlimited guests) and unlimited visits to Capital One Lounges and Plaza Premium lounges (with up to two guests at each).

For more details, check out our full review of the Capital One Venture X.


Apply here: Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card


Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card

Current welcome offer: Earn 40,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 on purchases within three months of account opening. TPG values this bonus at $740.

Annual fee: $0.

THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: You’ll earn 5 miles per dollar on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 1.25 miles per dollar on other purchases.

Why we like it: For no annual fee, you’ll earn transferable Capital One miles on every purchase without needing to track bonus categories, and enjoy several travel and shopping protections.

For more details, check out our full review of the Capital One VentureOne card.


Apply here: Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card


Capital One Spark Miles for Business

Current welcome offer: Earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $4,500 on purchases within three months of account opening. TPG values this bonus at $925.

Annual fee: $0 introductory annual fee, then $95.

THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: Earn 5 miles per dollar on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 2 miles per dollar on other purchases.

Why we like it: You’ll receive primary rental car insurance, shopping protections and up to $100 in reimbursement for your TSA PreCheck or Global Entry application fee.

For more details, check out our full review of the Capital One Spark Miles card.


Apply here: Capital One Spark Miles for Business


Capital One Spark Miles Select for Business

Current welcome offer: Earn 20,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months of account opening. TPG values this bonus at $370.

Annual fee: $0.

THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: You’ll earn 5 miles per dollar on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 1.5 miles per dollar on other purchases.

Why we like it: For no annual fee, you can earn transferable miles on each purchase without needing to track bonus categories.

For more details, check out our full review of the Capital One Spark Miles Select card.

The information for the Spark Miles Select has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.


Marriott Bonvoy cards

Marriott Bonvoy points can be converted to Aeroplan points at a 3:1 ratio with a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 points transferred. Thus, transferring 60,000 Marriott points nets 25,000 Aeroplan points.

Marriott has six credit cards available to new applicants, and points from any of these credit cards can be transferred to Aeroplan. Since some cards are issued by Amex and others by Chase, double-check the eligibility rules.

Related: Are you eligible for a new Marriott Bonvoy card? This chart tells you yes or no

Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card

Current welcome offer: Earn 85,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first three months of card membership. TPG values this bonus at $714.

Annual fee: $250 (see rates and fees).

THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: You’ll earn 6 points per dollar at Marriott Bonvoy-participating hotels and resorts, 4 points per dollar on the first $15,000 of annual purchases at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets (then 2 points per dollar) and 2 points per dollar on other purchases.

Why we like it: You’ll get automatic Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status as a cardmember and 15 elite night credits each year to help you attain higher status levels. Plus, you can earn a free night award (worth up to 50,000 points) after spending $15,000 on the card in a cardmember year. You’ll also get 1,000 bonus points on each stay at a Marriott Bonvoy property. Note: Enrollment is required in advance for some benefits.

For more details, check out our full review of the Amex Marriott Bonvoy Bevy card.


Apply here: Marriott Bonvoy Bevy American Express Card


Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card

Current welcome offer: Earn 30,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases in your first three months from account opening.

Annual fee: $0.

WYATT SMITH/THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: You’ll earn 3 points per dollar at Marriott Bonvoy-participating hotels and resorts, 2 points per dollar on a broadly-defined travel category and 1 point per dollar on other purchases.

Why we like it: You’ll get automatic Silver Elite status, 15 elite night credits to help you earn higher status tiers and several travel protections — all without paying an annual fee.

For more details, check out our full review of the Marriott Bonvoy Bold card.


Apply here: Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card


Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card

Current welcome offer: Earn three free night awards (worth up to 50,000 points each) after spending $3,000 on purchases within three months of account opening. Note that some properties have resort fees, even on free nights. TPG values this bonus at up to $1,260 if maximized.

Annual fee: $95.

ISABELLE RAPHAEL/THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: You’ll earn 6 points per dollar at Marriott Bonvoy-participating hotels and resorts, 3 points per dollar on the first $6,000 of annual spending on dining, gas stations and grocery stores and 2 points per dollar on other purchases.

Why we like it: You’ll get automatic Silver Elite status and 15 elite night credits to help you earn higher status tiers. However, one perk alone can justify this card’s annual fee: a free night award worth up to 35,000 points, given on each account anniversary.

For more details, check out our full review of the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card.


Apply here: Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card


Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful Credit Card

Current welcome offer: Earn 85,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. TPG values this bonus at $714.

Annual fee: $250.

THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: You’ll earn 6 points per dollar at Marriott Bonvoy-participating properties, 4 points per dollar on the first $15,000 of annual purchases at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets (then 2 points per dollar) and 2 points per dollar on other purchases.

Why we like it: You’ll get automatic Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status as a cardmember and 15 elite night credits each year to help you attain higher status levels. Plus, you can earn a free night award (worth up to 50,000 points) after spending $15,000 on the card in a cardmember year. You’ll also get 1,000 bonus points on each stay at a Marriott Bonvoy property.

For more details, check out our full review of the Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful card.

The information for the Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.


Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card

Current welcome offer: Earn 95,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. TPG values this bonus at $798.

Annual fee: $650 (see rates and fees).

THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: You’ll earn 6 Bonvoy points per dollar spent on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program, 3 points per dollar at restaurants worldwide and on flights booked directly with airlines, and 2 points per dollar on other purchases.

Why we like it: You’ll get automatic Platinum Elite status (the tier where luxury perks kick in), 25 elite night credits each year, a Priority Pass Select membership and an annual free night worth up to 85,000 points. You’ll also enjoy up to $25 per month in dining credits. Note: Enrollment is required in advance for some benefits.

For more details, check out our full review of the Amex Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card.


Apply here: Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card


Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card

Current welcome offer: Earn 125,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first three months of card membership. TPG values this bonus at $798. Offer ends May 3.

Annual fee: $125 (see rates and fees).

THE POINTS GUY

Earning rates: You’ll earn 6 points per dollar at Marriott Bonvoy-participating locations, 4 points per dollar spent at restaurants worldwide and at U.S. gas stations, U.S. wireless telephone services and on U.S. shipping purchases. You’ll earn 2 points per dollar on other purchases.

Why we like it: You’ll get automatic Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status, 15 elite night credits per year, up to 7% off cash rates at Marriott Bonvoy properties and a free night award worth up to 35,000 points on each account anniversary. The most attractive element might be that the 15 elite night credits on this card stack with elite night credits from personal cards.

For more details, check out our full review of the Amex Marriott Bonvoy Business card.


Apply here: Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card


Bottom line

The Aeroplan program has a lot of value — especially when you can add a stopover for 5,000 points. After seeing the many ways to maximize Aeroplan awards, you may want more points in this program. These are the best credit cards for earning extra Aeroplan points, putting you one step closer to your next flight redemption.

Read more: The best ways to maximize Air Canada’s Aeroplan program

Additional reporting by Chris Dong.

For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum, click here.

For rates and fees of the Amex Business Platinum, click here.

For rates and fees of the Amex Gold Card, click here.

For rates and fees of the Amex Business Gold, click here.

For rates and fees of the Amex Green, click here.

For rates and fees of the Amex Blue Business Plus, click here.

For rates and fees of the Amex Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant, click here.

For rates and fees of the Amex Marriott Bonvoy Bevy, click here.

For rates and fees of the Amex Marriott Bonvoy Business, click here.

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