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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 Saskatoon and Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba) - 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=AAAAEgEeEhETFQ==&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=AAAAEg0RFxsXCw==&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!

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

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

This offer is open to residents of Canada only.

I still have a question!

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

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


    Has Charley Farrero been here?
       Charley Farrero on February 11th, 2014

    Thanks, chris for the tip.
    Now ,I have already an American express airmiles card... does that prevent me for the american express gold aeroplan?
    Thanks

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

    Hmmm, good question Charley. I guess you could try applying and see what happens! I wouldn't *think* it should matter.

    Has Arlene feairs been here?
       Arlene feairs on February 11th, 2014

    Do you need an aeroplan card?

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

    Arlene: You don't need the physical Aeroplan card, but you do need an Aeroplan account number to get the 30,000 Aeroplan points. Aeroplan.com is where you sign up for the Aeroplan account (free) if you don't have one.

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

    This is an amazing deal. Of course he is using it to generate points for himself. I will do the same with my family and friends when I get the card. A free trip is a free trip. One question, do I have to wait till I actually have the card to refer people? It would seem so. Thanks for the link, you have saved me a few grand since following this site.

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

    Thanks Kevin, appreciate it. I do believe you need to wait until your card number is created to refer others. It asks you for your card number on the referral link generator page.

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

    Just tried to apply for Amex credit card and at the end of it, it asks for our chequing/savings account # and transit #. I haven''t applied for a card for quite a while - is this normal??

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

    Maureen: Is it saying something about 'banking consent'?

    If so, a small percentage of people seem to get this extra question at the end. A few people that received this extra question have mentioned that they just needed to call in to complete their application.

    One person said it was because they used a PO box for an address, and Amex couldn't verify their address online.

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

    I decided to exit out and get my aeroplan # first. I'll try again but I did put a box # so that may be why. I'll try calling them if it asks for that information again. Thanks.

    Has Shelly-Anne been here?
       Shelly-Anne on February 12th, 2014

    Can you tell me when this "offer expires" for signup? I would like to wait until next month to complete the application.

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

    Hmmm, unfortunately I have no idea when it expires. A few people have told me that they've asked Amex representatives if & when it will expire, and there doesn't appear to be any planned expiry date.

    Has travellerfam been here?
       travellerfam on May 1st, 2014

    Do you know if there are any blackout dates for travel with this card? Thanks.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on May 2nd, 2014

    Hi Travellerfam,

    It has less to do with the card, and everything to do with what's available through Aeroplan. The airlines set aside a certain number of seats that can be redeemed through Aeroplan. This inventory changes all the time though, and the airlines sometimes add more availability after inventory has been used. Higher demand dates tend to go quickly. So while there's no official blackout dates, there's no question, redeeming Aeroplan points can be a frustrating experience sometimes, especially around high demand dates and days of the week (Fridays and Mondays in particular).

    Has Randy  been here?
       Randy on June 14th, 2014

    I have signed up for the card and have spent the 500$. Following that I have signed up for an aeroplan account but it says that I have zero aeromiles on my account. Do I have to link my AMEX card to the Aeroplan account somehow? How can I redeem my miles?

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on June 16th, 2014

    Hi Randy,

    If you did not enter an Aeroplan account number when you signed up, then Amex would have created an account for you. You may want to call or e-mail Amex and ask them what your Aeroplan number is on the account that they created for you. The number may also appear at the bottom of your Amex statement beside the bonus miles portion.

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