American Express cardholders will be able to reap the benefits of Air Canada’s incoming loyalty program, after the two companies concluded agreements for a renewed and expanded partnership.
The 10-year agreements cover the creation of new co-branded payment cards, participation in the American Express Membership Rewards program, and expanded commercial cooperation between the two companies. The airline’s new loyalty program will launch in 2020.
"We're excited to renew Air Canada's long-standing relationship with American Express and reaffirm our position as its exclusive Canadian co-brand airline partner," said Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO, Air Canada. "Amex is a global leader in premium payments, and this agreement will support the creation of new, world-class products for Air Canada's industry-leading loyalty program launching in 2020."
Membership Rewards customers in Canada and the US will be able to transfer their points into Air Canada's new loyalty program once it has rolled out. American Express Aeroplan cardmembers will become members of Air Canada's new loyalty program in 2020, and all their miles will be transitioned at a 1:1 rate. In the interim, members may continue to earn and redeem Aeroplan Miles, and enjoy cardmember benefits as usual.
AmEx & Marriott update
Earlier this week, American Express Canada and Marriott announced that the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card will be rebranded as the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card and the current Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card will be rebranded as the Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card, following the recent unveiling of Marriott's new travel program, Marriott Bonvoy.
According to American Express, the cards offer business and leisure travellers ways to earn and redeem points at more than 6,700 properties across 130 countries and territories, featuring an extraordinary portfolio of brands.
Details are available here.
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