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2014
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February
Free roundtrip flight anywhere in North America | Amex Rewards card offer

The American Express® AeroplanPlus®* Gold Card

It's not often that I plug a travel rewards card. In fact I don't think I ever have. When a travel blogger posts about such things, it's usually just a thinly disguised attempt to earn some referral income or benefit from the credit card companies. And I suppose this post is no different as you will soon find out.

But I can honestly say that this is one of the best travel rewards card offers I've ever seen, and one of the very few that's actually compelled me to sign up and share it with friends and family.

IMPORTANT: As of September 1, 2014 the AMEX Aeroplan Plus Gold Card offer mentioned in this article has changed. You now get 26,000 Aeroplan miles instead of 30,000 - and the annual fee ($120) for this card is no longer waived for the first year.

BUT, American Express is now waiving the annual fee for the first year on a *different* card, the Amex Gold Rewards Card (yes, it has a similar sounding name, but is a completely different card)..

With the Amex Gold Rewards Card, you can get a bonus of 25,000 'Amex Membership Rewards Points' for signing up. And these points can be converted into Aeroplan Miles at a 1:1 ratio, at no cost. .

So basically, since the Amex Gold Rewards Card annual fee is being waived, you are getting 25,000 Aeroplan miles for free (after you convert them).

If you read through the rest of this article about the old offer, pretty much all of the same advice and terms will apply. Just remember to use the signup link that takes you to the correct card, the Amex Gold Rewards Card, which is:.

https://www.americanexpress.com/canada/en/mgm/mgmeeApplynow.cgi?mgmerCard=goldCard&MGM_URN=AAAAEggRAxoTDw==&CPID=100074907

The rest of the links in the article below will take you to the Aeroplan Plus Gold Card, which as I mentioned, is no longer free..

The free flight offer

American Express is offering a staggering 30,000 Aeroplan bonus points to anyone who signs up for their AMEX Aeroplan Plus Gold Card.

As you can see from the Aeroplan rewards chart, this is enough for a free flight to anywhere in Canada or the Continental USA and still have 5,000 points left over.


In fact, if it's a short haul flight (anywhere between Calgary and Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Oregon, or Washington) - it's actually enough for 2 free flights!

But another interesting thing about this offer is that after you've signed up, you will receive a referral link of your own, and for every person that signs up for the card through your link you receive another 10,000 Aeroplan points on top of the 30,000 !

So basically, for every 3 friends or family that signs up for the card through your link, you receive another free flight. There doesn't appear to be a limitation on how many people you can refer and how many points or free flights you can earn.

If you send it to 7 people, and they all sign up for the card, you'd earn an additional 70,000 Aeroplan points, which is enough for a free trip anywhere in the world! And really, it wouldn't be that difficult to convince 7 people to sign up, considering they're each guaranteed a free flight of their own when they do.

Ok, what's the catch? Is there an annual fee?

Amazingly, American Express is waiving the annual fee for the first year, so this is truly a free offer at no cost to you. Of course, they are hoping that you'll keep the card beyond the first year, at which point there is an annual fee for the card.

*But*, you can cancel the card at any time and keep the 30,000 points without ever having to pay a dime! Just be sure to set up a reminder in your calendar to cancel the card before the 1 year is up.

The only other condition to note is that you need to spend a minimum of $500 (total) with the card within the first 3 months, to receive the 30,000 Aeroplan point bonus.

How do I get the 30,000 free Aeroplan points?

1. Go to the following offer page at the American Express website:

https://www.americanexpress.com/canada/en/mgm/mgmeeApplynow.cgi?mgmerCard=aeroPlanGoldCard&MGM_URN=AAAAEgEREhMJCg==&CPID=999999370

The offer is the first one at the top, titled 'The American Express® AeroplanPlus®* Gold Card'

2. Put a checkmark beside 'I have read and accept the referral program terms'

3. Hit the Apply Now button

Fill out the application, and you're done!

*Note* You do need to use the offer link above to receive the bonus 30,000 Aeroplan points. If you search for the offer on the American Express website without going through the link above, it will only show a bonus of 20,000 Aeroplan points.

Common questions...

Is it really a truly 'free flight' ?

Not entirely. Airlines can still charge the 'taxes & fees' when booking an Aeroplan flight, meaning the flight is not entirely free. Typically you end up paying around $100-$150 to redeem your 'free roundtrip flight' with Aeroplan points no matter how they were earned.

Certain airlines do not charge some of these extra fees when redeeming Aeroplan points, such as United, SWISS, and Air New Zealand. Air Canada definitely does though! I usually avoid redeeming with Air Canada, if possible, for this reason.

Here's a good article on how to redeem Aeroplan points with airlines other than Air Canada.

I'm going to get my significant other to sign up for this as well so we can get 60,000 points between us. Is it possible to pool the points together into one Aeroplan account?

No, you will each need to sign up separately to each earn the 30,000 points. And each of those 30,000 bonus points will need to be linked to a separate Aeroplan account.

One thing you can do though, is have one person sign up (earning 30,000 points), and then send your referral link to your significant other to sign them up. Your significant other will receive 30,000 points of their own, and you'll receive 10,000 extra points for signing them up. Meaning you will receive 70,000 free points between the two of you. Not too shabby!

Where do I find my referral link after signing up?

Log into the American Express website and click on the 'Rewards' tab. Then click on 'refer a friend' to send them an e-mail with your referral link.

Beware that the referral e-mail may end up in the SPAM folder of the e-mail account of the people you're trying to refer. At least, it did for me, in my Gmail account.

To avoid this, you may want to try to find your actual referral link and send that link to your friend's and family in a more personal e-mail. For example, my referral link is:

https://www.americanexpress.com/canada/en/mgm/mgmeeApplynow.cgi?mgmerCard=aeroPlanGoldCard&MGM_URN=AAAAEg0RABMeCw==&CPID=999999370

Yours will be identical, except for the part in bold, which should be different.

How many points can I accumulate with this card using it normally?

In addition to the 30,000 point bonus for signing up, you will receive...

1 Aeroplan mile for every dollar spent, up to the first $10,000 annually
1.25 Aeroplan miles for every dollar spent over $10,000 annually

Seems crazy not to sign up. What's to stop people from cancelling the card as soon as they redeem their 30,000 bonus Aeroplan points for the free flight?

Nothing, people do it all the time. American Express is just hoping a certain percentage of people will keep the card beyond the first year. They know that the vast majority will cancel the card, and from what I've heard, it's very painless, with just one phone call, to an American Express agent that cancels hundreds of these cards a week and doesn't try to convince you to keep it.

Does it impact your credit score if you cancel the card before the first year is up?

Nope!

And you are receiving a 10,000 point referral bonus from American Express when I sign up?

Yes, to be very transparent about this, when American Express gives you your free 30,000 Aeroplan points, they also give me a 10,000 point bonus for referring you, assuming you signed up using one of the links on this page.

I already have enough Aeroplan points of my own for a few flights, but could always use the extra points to buy some gift cards through the Aeroplan store to help pay for server hosting & e-mail fees, and other costs associated with running the site.

Or if you would rather see those 10,000 points donated to a charity just pick one from the Aeroplan Donation Page and then give me a shout by e-mail or through the contact page after you have submitted your application to let me know which one to donate them to. I'll send you back a screenshot of the donation after it is made.

Okay, okay, I'm convinced. What's the signup link again?

https://www.americanexpress.com/canada/en/mgm/mgmeeApplynow.cgi?mgmerCard=aeroPlanGoldCard&MGM_URN=AAAAEgEREhMJCg==&CPID=999999370

This offer is open to residents of Canada only.

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Comment below and I'll try to answer it as best I can.

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92 Responses to "Free roundtrip flight anywhere in North America | Amex Rewards card offer"


    Has Ruth been here?
       Ruth on February 7th, 2014

    FYI: The site now says 20,000 Aeroplan miles, not 30,000.

    Has Trevor been here?
       Trevor on February 7th, 2014

    Aeroplan miles do tend to suck however. While it may cost 25,000 points to fly anywhere in North America, often times it will be over 50,000 and it will give you three layovers.

    Has Melanie been here?
       Melanie on February 7th, 2014

    @ Ruth - still says 30,000 points.

    Has Krista been here?
       Krista on February 7th, 2014

    Can we refer people before we recieve our card? It's asking me for a card number to refer people, which I don't know yet :(

    Has Chris been here?
       Chris on February 7th, 2014

    Done! You should get your 10,000 from me! Thanks for the tip!

    Has Christine  been here?
       Christine on February 7th, 2014

    Done! Chris do you need a card number to refer?

    Has Jill been here?
       Jill on February 7th, 2014

    @ Ruth, you have to use the link in the blog post to get the 30,000 points, it's a friends and family referral. If you just go to the website and look at their cards it shows the 20,000 that you're seeing.

    Has mark been here?
       mark on February 7th, 2014

    People need to know the INSANE 30% interest charges on any balance not paid in full. TO REPEAT, there is and INSANE 30% interest charge on any balance not paid.

    So in other words for ppl not strong at math, that's $30 on $100.

    Anyone who doesn't pay their balance in full every month should not do this!!!!!!

    Has mark been here?
       mark on February 7th, 2014

    Just to follow up, of coarse they'll give away a few flights because they will make their money back and more off gullible people who don't read the fine print.

    I don't think 30% interest should even be legal.

    I carry a balance on a CC that's 6.5%. and it's a capital one mastercard. With the money I save on carrying a 6-8K balance, I can buy one of these flights every month.

    Please think about that.

    Has Alex been here?
       Alex on February 8th, 2014

    If I already have an Aeroplan account can I add the 30,000 to my existing account or would I have to open another Aeroplan account?

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on February 8th, 2014

    Krista and Christine: Unfortunately it does appear you need to have your card number before you can refer people.

    Chris and Christine: Thanks! Much appreciated.

    Alex: The 30,000 points would be added to your already existing Aeroplan account. No need to open another one. When you submit your application, it asks for your Aeroplan account number, if you already have one, so the points can be added to it.

    Has Eileen been here?
       Eileen on February 8th, 2014

    Hi guys…I signed up, no problem…but when I go to refer a friend, it is asking for my card number, which of course I don't have yet…what to do?

    Has D. been here?
       D. on February 8th, 2014

    The interest is 30% because this is a CHARGE card and not a CREDIT card. There's a huge difference between the two, and only people who can pay off their purchases every month would benefit from a deal like this.

    Has Jim been here?
       Jim on February 9th, 2014

    This is a good promo..although nothing super special as far as credit card promo's go. Before Xmas cibc was offering 30000 adventure points with first year waived. Bmo is doing the same now. Both of these points systems are more flexible than aeroplan. Alaska airlines is good too 25000 points plus a 2 for 1 for 99 dollars....you can even use the 2 for 1 to fly to Hawaii ( this card is 75)

    Sorry Chris this card is not for everyone especially anyone who carries a balance from month to month. I think you have a strong motivation to get people to sign up for this card considering you. Get 10k per sign up. If you get 10 people to sign up which I'm sure you have...you get a free business class flight to Europe. I find this sneeky.

    Has Cindy been here?
       Cindy on February 9th, 2014

    Haha! You're not doing us a favor; you're trying to trick us into getting you free points. Nice try!

    Has Tori been here?
       Tori on February 10th, 2014

    Considering how many amazing trips I've been able to take because of Chris's posts, I'm more than happy to 'donate' some free points (at no cost to me) and get a free flight at the same time. Signed up, thanks Chris!

    Has Craig P. been here?
       Craig P. on February 10th, 2014

    Credit card reward miles are an interesting thing. I've done a lot of research in the past and have settled on the Capital One Aspire Travel. I think the Aeroplan AMEX deal is good IF you are already a big collector of Aeroplan miles.

    The big problem with Aeroplan and Airmile credit cards (for transparency, I also have an airmiles credit card) is you are at the mercy of the booking companies. When I had both Aeroplan and Airmiles I found myself really sacrificing on travel dates and times just to make my miles work (flying later, more layovers etc) Then at the end of the booking process, I was still on the hook for hundreds of dollars in taxes and fees. My miles never seem to go that far.

    With credit cards like the Capital One Aspire Travel (I have no affiliation) I can use the miles for any travel purchases (rental car, air travel, travel insurance, hotel etc) and I can book with any site, any time, any where. When I signed up there was a 20,000 point sign up bonus (20,000=$200) and I also get a annual 10,000 point bonus (which covers the $100 annual fee).

    For me, my decision came down to a few things.
    1. Ability to pay taxes/fees etc with points/rewards.
    2. Ability to book using any website, any flight etc.
    3. No blackout dates, no "premium level flights" (ie. the 25,000 aeroplan flight turns into 40,000+ if you want to fly at peak times).
    4. High payouts for Capital One Card (2% on all purchases)

    There are faults with the Capital One card. For one, they don't do credit limit increases (or so says the lady on the phone). My wife and I go through our balance at least once a month and are always paying it off. We've never carried a balance and have spent thousands on the card and therefore should be good candidates for credit limit increase but can't get it.

    Has Briar been here?
       Briar on February 10th, 2014

    Your post doesn't mention the fine print stating that in order to get your 25,000 points you need to spend $3000 on the card in 3 months time

    Has Briar been here?
       Briar on February 10th, 2014

    Update: Sorry, that was from a different link it appears. The link provided by Chris states $500 in 3 months.

    Has Linda been here?
       Linda on February 10th, 2014

    How long has this been available? I am trying to decide whether to apply now or wait for my spouses card number so he can refer me and get the bonus 10000.

    Has Darren been here?
       Darren on February 10th, 2014

    Briar, it's 30,000 points and $500 in 3 months. Also, I agree it was a bit sketchy to provide his link (vs. a general one) so he could accumulate points. That said, I signed up as pay my card every month and have had good luck w/ Aeroplan for booking flights (although I book far in advance). I fully intend to spend the $500 and then cancel once I see the points have been awarded. I may refer my wife also but we'd have to set up a 2nd Aeroplan account which I'd prefer not to do if can help it.

    Has Brittany been here?
       Brittany on February 10th, 2014

    Thanks Chris! Some referral points is the least I can do to say thanks for finding us such a great price on flights to Belize last year :D And for all your effort finding amazing other deals... keep up the excellent work!

    Has Shannon  been here?
       Shannon on February 10th, 2014

    If were traveling may long weekend will these points come in time ?

    Has Patricia been here?
       Patricia on February 10th, 2014

    Hi Chris,
    Did everyone get asked to fill out a consent form with your banking information? That concerns me.

    Has Gus been here?
       Gus on February 10th, 2014

    Yeah, no dice. 10K points for Chris if I sign up, when I've seen other similar deals like Jim mentioned above? Doesn't seem right.

    Has Patricia been here?
       Patricia on February 10th, 2014

    I have never been able to understand why it would bother someone that someone else was having a good thing happen. The fact that we all belong to this site to receive the benefit of Chris's knowledge and then complain if he receives any benefit at all seems very strange. Oh well. It takes all kinds, as they say.
    PS Still wondering about the bank consent form......did everyone get asked to sign one of these or is my computer hacked?
    Thanks
    Patricia

    Has Darren been here?
       Darren on February 10th, 2014

    No banking info was required when I signed up. Just annual income.

    Has Darren been here?
       Darren on February 10th, 2014

    And Patricia, in hindsight, I agree! I have no problem sending Chris some points/love. :-)

    Has Brittany been here?
       Brittany on February 10th, 2014

    Totally agree with you Patricia!

    I hope Chris knows how grateful most of us are for his deal finding skills. He obviously loves to travel and there's no cost to us sending him points, so why not help him out!? He certainly helps us out! ;)

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on February 10th, 2014

    It's all good. I knew I'd be taking a little bit of flack, it's just human nature. The small segment that has an issue with it tends to be far more likely to post a comment voicing their displeasure. :) Thanks to those posting positive comments as well!

    Patricia: I have heard from one other person who mentioned needing to submit a bank consent form as well. That person said they were just missing some info, and they ended up calling in instead to complete the application.

    Has Patricia been here?
       Patricia on February 10th, 2014

    Thanks, Chris. Maybe I'll wait a few days and see if the card is finalized.
    Enjoy your travels........ :)
    Patricia

    Has Anon been here?
       Anon on February 10th, 2014

    There's a maximum of 5 referrals to get extra points. Limited incentive to post this.

    Has Lucy been here?
       Lucy on February 10th, 2014

    I agree, what's the problem with letting Chris have the 10K points? He was the one informing me about this.
    Chris, enjoy your points that come your way via my signup. You deserve it :)

    Has Patricia been here?
       Patricia on February 10th, 2014

    Hi All.
    I got an email regarding my card application and it was as you had said Chris, taken card of on the phone. Just needed my physical address as my mailing is a box #. Now waiting for my card # to come through so my husband can be referred. Yay. Trip to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia paid for..... Thanks Chris!
    Patricia

    Has Dwayne been here?
       Dwayne on February 10th, 2014

    Thanks for the tip. Fully expect to add the 30,000 points to my account before I can cancel.
    Hopefully get a few friends to sign on as well.

    Do agree with some of the negatives regarding the card, however it is only going to be active for a short time. Take the points ASAP and run.

    Has Mei been here?
       Mei on February 10th, 2014

    I noticed someone else doing this on their blog and he never mentioned that he gets referral points so I posted on there. At least Chris is upfront about it and he give feedback as well as examples...so why not right? Thanks Chris...I think I will link through you since you are always busy finding deals for YYC!

    Has Jim been here?
       Jim on February 10th, 2014

    I appreciate all of Chris posts. The issue is that there has been many good credit card promos over the past years... You could have a whole forum on credit card deals and churning credit cards (sign up and then cancel for the promo miles). Chris has never posted any creidit card promos until this one... Which he made out to be the best deal ever. There has been many good recent promos with the recent shakeup between td and cibc over aeroplan. Aeroplan sucks now very difficult to get any availability in North America, and when flying international huge fuel surcharges like 700 bucks to fly to Europe. It's only good for international business travel on select carriers that do not charge fuel surcharges. Most people don't know how to access this though

    Has Susie been here?
       Susie on February 10th, 2014

    Does anyone know how long this offer has been out there for? I want to wait for my husband to get his card number so he can get the referral points but I don't want to miss this deal!

    Has Raj been here?
       Raj on February 10th, 2014

    Not sure why the haters are out there. Chris - Keep up the good work and keep the tips coming. Any chance you know of any deals for China (Beijing and Shanghai in particular) ?

    In the meantime - enjoy your round the world trip !!

    Has Dan been here?
       Dan on February 10th, 2014

    Jim take a deep breath you sound so jealous I feel sorry for you going through life with so much anger just say thank you Chris or nothing at all!

    Has SL been here?
       SL on February 11th, 2014

    Hi Chris,

    The link doesn't work for me once I press Apply Now. Is the referral link dead now?

    Has Al been here?
       Al on February 11th, 2014

    How do you know that your credit card score is not affected if you cancel the credit card before the end of the first year?

    Is there a website you can direct us too?

    This is the only thing that is holding me back from applying.

    Has JENNY been here?
       JENNY on February 11th, 2014

    Thanks for the tip, Chris.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on February 11th, 2014

    Anon:

    As far as I know, there is not a maximum of 5 referrals. I think the American Express
    website just limits you to sending out 5 referrals at a time. But one thing you can
    do is figure out what your referral link is, and send it to as many as you want.

    To figure out what your referral link is, try sending a referral to your own e-mail address,
    and then click on one of the links in the e-mail.

    The link should look something like the one in the blog post above. The part after MGM_URN= will be different though.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on February 11th, 2014

    SL: Have you tried a different computer and/or browser? I just tried it, and it seemed to work okay after hitting Apply Now. Haven't heard any other reports of it not working.

    Has Karen been here?
       Karen on February 12th, 2014

    Does anyone know if 2+ people can link the credit card to ONE existing aeroplan account?

    Has daniellle been here?
       daniellle on February 12th, 2014

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for this! I have signed up. When will I be able to see my refferrel link?

    Do I have to wait for a confirmation email / phone call?

    Also - what is my usernaame to log in?
    Thanks

    Has Elizabeth been here?
       Elizabeth on February 12th, 2014

    Does anyone know when this deal expires?

    Has Elizabeth been here?
       Elizabeth on February 12th, 2014

    I had just called, and Amex doesn't know when this deal ends, or they don't want to say. Also, the representative said that if you got referred (which apparently we all did by clicking on Chris' link) you only get 20,000 points. I really hope that is not the case because I wouldn't have used the link.

    Has Lindsey been here?
       Lindsey on February 12th, 2014

    Once the first year is up on the card....how much is the annual fee??

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on February 12th, 2014

    Hi Elizabeth,

    It should actually be the exact opposite. You only get 30,000 bonus points if you use someone's referral link, otherwise it's 20,000.

    Not sure why the rep would say that. It shows 30,000 points right on the first page of the referral link. 20,000 points if you try searching for the card manually without using the referral link.

    Has Leigh Sheppard been here?
       Leigh Sheppard on February 12th, 2014

    I for one appreciate the tip, Chris. This is American Express after all. They are a reputable company and have not lasted this long by shafting their customers. I am more than happy that my application was accepted in a matter of 2 minutes and I will have my card within 10 days, and my 30000 Aeroplan miles shortly after that. I am pleased that you get something out of the deal as well...

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on February 13th, 2014

    Thanks Leigh!

    Has Sharon  been here?
       Sharon on February 13th, 2014

    Hey Chris just wondering if I travel in may long weekend wil I get the points in time? And du know when the point go on or how long it takes ?

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on February 13th, 2014

    Hi Sharon,

    I believe most people receive the introductory bonus points on the first statement AFTER they have completed the $500 minimum spend requirement.

    So it would depend on how fast one completed the spend requirement, in relation to the cycle of when their statement arrives (once per month).

    And I believe for the referral bonus points, they arrive on the first statement after the person you referred has been approved.

    Has byron blair been here?
       byron blair on February 16th, 2014

    CHRIS. Excellent deal! Do you know when this expires? To refer, it seems as though I have to wait until I receive the card? This will take 10 business days approximately...Want to ensure this is still available when I receive to send out to a bunch of people. I am already approved on mine.

    Has scott christopherson been here?
       scott christopherson on February 17th, 2014

    thanx again Chris this is the second one of ur find that we have used
    we just loved Barcelona

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on February 18th, 2014

    Thanks Byron,

    'Some have asked American Express, and they don't seem to have a set expiry date for this offer. As far as I know, you just need your Amex card number to begin referring people. When you enter it into the Amex site on the referral page, it generates the e-mails with the referral links.

    Has Jay been here?
       Jay on February 21st, 2014

    Thanks Chris, I used your referral link and I signed up yesterday. I checked out booking flights with Aeroplan on Air Canada and the fees are quite expensive. I will have to figure out how to use the Aeroplan points with another airline or use the points for a Costco gift card or Esso gift card.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on February 24th, 2014

    Thanks Jay! Yes, Air Canada's taxes and fees can sometimes be ridiculous.
    You may also want to look at the article mentioned above, regarding finding flights that are with other Star Alliance carriers besides Air Canada, if possible, that have lower taxes and fees.

    Has Glenda  been here?
       Glenda on February 28th, 2014

    Thanks Chris - I applied and was approved and have done some referrals now. I did use the United airline search and found flights using the Saver Awards which you said would work for redeeming aeroplan (since they are a star alliance partner) however when you choose the flight you want and go to book it asks for your Mileage Plus number. I called United to see if I could use my aeroplan points on their site and the person I spoke to said that wasn't possible - he said i would have to go through Air Canada and search for United flights there. Do you know how to book a flight on United using Aeroplan points?

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on February 28th, 2014

    Hi Glenda,

    You should be able to find United flights on Aeroplan.com - Here's a screenshot I just took of a search from YYC to Chicago...

    http://s27.postimg.org/t5dopuyn7/Clipboard01.jpg

    If you find something on United's site that doesn't show up on Aeroplan.com, one thing you could try is calling an Aeroplan agent to book it. They are usually very good, and can sometimes find options that the general public cannot, but charge a booking fee ($25?).

    Has Tristan been here?
       Tristan on February 28th, 2014

    Appreciate the tips and deals and I agree it costs nothing to people to give you referral points, but I think it's a bit uncool that you weren't (at the very least) transparent about it. Gotta wonder, now that you've probably accumulated about 5 million referral points, what's motivating you to find new deals?

    Has Matt been here?
       Matt on March 1st, 2014

    Relax people.

    You're visiting this guy's website looking for deals that he goes out of his way to locate and share with others for free, then complaining that he might get some free points that cost you nothing?

    Doesn't that strike you as a little silly?

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       Chris_Myden on March 3rd, 2014

    Hi Tristan,

    I'm really not sure what wasn't transparent about the post?

    Regarding motivation for finding new deals, I'd have to say that I only get to take advantage of a small percentage of deals I post. So taking advantage of the deals myself is certainly not the motivating factor to continue the hunt.

    The more amazing deals that are discovered and shared equals...
    The more successful the site becomes, the more opportunities for others to travel using a great deal, and the more likely that someone would share the site with others.

    That's certainly motivation enough.

    There's also the fact that using Aeroplan points is not always the wisest choice, if it were a really significant price drop.

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       Evelyn on March 3rd, 2014

    I just used your link to apply Chris! Hope you enjoy the 10,000 points :) Thank you for posting all these different deals on your site, I always enjoy reading about them!

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       Chris_Myden on March 4th, 2014

    Thanks Evelyn! Much appreciated!

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       Steffohyeah on March 6th, 2014

    Do you know if you have to use the Aeroplan miles before you cancel the card, or if they are secure in your Aeroplan account after the American Express Card is canceled?

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       Chris_Myden on March 6th, 2014

    Once the Aeroplan miles are in your account, they're yours to keep and you can cancel the card at any time and keep the miles.

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       Michael on April 23rd, 2014

    Those points for the referral are yours Chris. Thanks for all your support!!!

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       Chris_Myden on April 23rd, 2014

    Thanks Michael! Appreciate it!

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       Chris_Myden on April 23rd, 2014

    10,000 miles have been donated to War Child Canada on behalf of Greg. screenshot: http://s16.postimg.org/47pz38r0l/Clipboard01.jpg

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       Taichiken on April 23rd, 2014

    Thanks Chris.
    I have had a gold Amex for a few years send have been flying Calgary to Ft Lauderdale without trouble. Makes our cruises more affordable. People can trust Amex and their points. We haven't been able to use the amazing deals you find but I love reading your info and dreaming. One day soon.

    Sorry there are crabbers out there.

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       Chris_Myden on April 24th, 2014

    Thanks Taichiken! No worries, the number of crabbers is pretty miniscule relative to the number of positive people :)

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       Chris_Myden on April 25th, 2014

    10,000 miles have been donated to 'Shape The Future: Computers For Canadians' on behalf of Jacky.
    screenshot: http://s27.postimg.org/4j13244k3/Clipboard01.jpg

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       Chris_Myden on April 28th, 2014

    10,000 miles have been donated to the 'Give A Mile' foundation on behalf of Lee. screenshot: http://s27.postimg.org/g4fsu9e2r/Clipboard01.jpg

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       Dan on May 3rd, 2014

    I got the card - thanks for the tip, Chris. I don't have an aeroplan account and indicated so when I applied. Does anyone know if I need to get an aeroplan account now and somehow link it to the Amex, or will they assign me an aeroplan account? I haven't received any info about that. Thank you!

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       Chris_Myden on May 5th, 2014

    No problem Dan! If you don't enter an Aeroplan account number on the application, American Express will create one for you. You can call them to get your account number. I believe it also should show up on your monthly statement, near the bottom, if there were any bonus points.

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       DB on May 23rd, 2014

    Hi Chris,

    I just wanted to thank you. I signed up for the card and am more than happy knowing that you will receive 10,000 points as a referral bonus. I am not going to try to tell you what I think you should do with your points for the simple reason that it's really not my place. The world revolves on commissions and referral bonuses, that's why they exist, to help generate new business.

    As soon as I receive my card, I will be referring 7 other family members. Thanks to you, I will personally benefit from a total of 100,000 free Aeroplan Miles and my ENTIRE family will benefit from 30,000 Aeroplan Miles each which is more than enough for all of us to fly for free (paying minimal taxes of course) to our next family vacation with miles to spare.

    I sincerely hope that you are able to enjoy the bonus that you deserve, regardless of whether you choose to use the miles personally or donate them to charity. That's your choice to make, not mine. For anyone that thinks they somehow should have a say as to what you do in your personal life, I'd like to suggest they donate their 30,000 points to charity as well. That only seems fair and the right thing to do.

    We're all responsible to make our own decisions including when and where we donate to charity, whether we read the fine print, whether we're financially responsible enough to weigh the pros and cons of accepting a new credit card as well as considering how that may or may not impact our credit rating and whether we choose to spend more than we can afford to pay back each month. Acting responsibly and living within your means, this is truly a fantastic deal for the right person to take advantage of.

    Thank you for enabling my family to receive a combined 310,000 free Aeroplan Miles which will contribute to memories we will cherish for the rest of our lives. This takes a significant dent out of our next family vacation.

    I hope that I've helped you to take your next vacation as well.

    Enjoy life, I sure will.

    /db

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       Chris_Myden on May 26th, 2014

    Thanks DB! I really appreciate that! I hope you and your family have some great vacations in the upcoming years.

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       Steve on May 27th, 2014

    Well put DB, I agree with everything that you said. Chris you deserve all these referral miles.

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       Ryan on May 28th, 2014

    Hi Chris,

    I signed up and got my 30,000 miles (a big thank you to you!) but I did not previously have an aeroplan number. I have since signed up there as well and now have my card and number, but how do I go about transfering my amex bonus miles to my aeroplan account to ensure those 30,000m3 miles dont "disapear" when I cancel the amex??

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       Chris_Myden on May 28th, 2014

    Hi Ryan,

    Amex should have created an Aeroplan account and number for you if you did not enter one when you applied.

    That account number might be listed at the bottom of your Amex statement, the one that shows the 30,000 miles. If not, you can just ask Amex what the Aeroplan account number is that they created for you.

    You might want to call or e-mail Amex and ask them what the password is for the Aeroplan account that they created for you as well.

    Once the points are in the Aeroplan account, Amex can't take them back. They're yours to keep, regardless of what you end up doing with the card.

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       Christine on July 15th, 2014

    Hey Chris,

    Yaaa! pretty excited this promo was legit and i just scored a cheap flight to toronto! Thanks so much :) i thought i saw an email from you awhile ago that mentioned when the deadline was to gain referral points? When was that again? thanks

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       Chris_Myden on July 17th, 2014

    No problem Christine! I did hear a rumor that the offer would be expiring July 14, 2014 - but checking out the offer page today (July 17) it seems one can still get the offer. So I *assume* one can still gain referral points as well, but I'm not sure.

    Maybe you need to go through someone's link for it to still work after July 14? (And perhaps the July 14 deadline only applied to the offer posted on Amex's website, without going through someone's link)

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       Nurddin on August 12th, 2014

    Tried.. but getting error online..

    Sorry, the American Express online application is currently unavailable. Please try again later.

    We are available to take your application over the phone by calling 1-888-243-2639.

    Click Hereto return to the American Express Canadian Home Page.Thank you and we apologise for any inconvenience.

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       Chris_Myden on August 13th, 2014

    Nurddin: I think that happens when a lot of people are trying the online application at once. You may want to try again today, and see if it's working.

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       Lara on September 17th, 2014

    Hi Chris,
    Any idea if this offer is still available? Hemmed and hawed back in Feb but we were going through a real estate purchase and didnt want to affect our credit rating. Now we are trying to save enough aeroplan points to fly to New Zealand to visit family and could really use a boost like this!

    I checked your link and it shows 26,000 bonus aeroplan points if I sign up. Would you still get the 10,000?

    If not, do you know of any other great travel card offers currently out there? Many thanks, Lara

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       Steve on September 24th, 2014

    This offer is no longer available.

    Its now 26,000 miles not 30,000. The annual fee is no longer waived.

    You can still earn referral miles though.

    I guess all good things must end.

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       Steve on September 24th, 2014

    Lara, I think the Westjet mastercard is a pretty good deal right now.

    1.5% return on purchases.

    $250 and a companion fare every year.

    Chris would still get 10,000 miles. (Or you could give it to me since he has tons :).

    https://www.americanexpress.com/canada/en/mgm/mgmeeApplynow.cgi?mgmerCard=aeroPlanGoldCard&MGM_URN=AAAAEg0WFxEeFQ==&CPID=999999370

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       Maya on November 3rd, 2014

    I need to have Canadian credit file..it says for every credit card..well I can not get that if no one will ever give me a credit card, right?

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