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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:.


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 from Halifax 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 Halifax and New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, PEI, Quebec, or virtually anywhere in the NE region of the U.S.A.) - 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:


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:


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?


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?


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

    Has Peaches been here?
       Peaches on March 25th, 2014

    Credit card companies charge an enormously high interest. Whether your rich or poor, no one likes to pay those charges. What's American Express charging?

    Has Dave been here?
       Dave on March 26th, 2014

    It doesn't really matter (although i think in this case it's 30%). The point is, you just use this card to make the minimum amount of purchases that you need to collect the Aeroplan bonus miles, pay those purchases off immediately (so interest isn't charged), then cancel the card once you've got your miles. As a credit card, the card isn't very good at all. As a way to get a free round trip flight, it's great :)

    Has Mary c been here?
       Mary c on March 26th, 2014

    Why does it say "earn UP TO 30,000 bonus Aeroplan points"
    Instead of "earn 30,000 pts"

    Has Dave been here?
       Dave on March 26th, 2014

    Mary, looks like that may just be some legal "protect ourselves" language. I don't see a way to earn less than 30,000 bonus miles once you make the qualifying purchases.

    MY question is, when it says you have to make $500 in purchases in the first three months, does that mean you have to make $500 in EACH of the first three months, or does that mean you have to make $500 TOTAL purchases at some point within the first three months?

    Has kay m been here?
       kay m on March 26th, 2014

    Will it affect your credit score to apply for the card? isn't your credit score affected every time you have someone access your credit history or change a credit product like a credit card?

    and do you have to spend $500 every month for the first three or $500 over the course of three months?

    Has Andre been here?
       Andre on March 26th, 2014

    This is a fantastic deal. You earned my 10 thousand referral points by answering every question I had!

    It's a real no brainer if you're smart with money. Then again, I guess that's how credit cards make their dough!

    Does anyone have any other tips to rack up aeroplan points now that I have a membership?

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on March 30th, 2014

    Thanks Andre!

    Dave: You just need to make $500 in TOTAL purchases over the course of the 3 months.

    Mary: Yes, not sure why it's worded that way, but you'll definitely be getting 30,000 in Aeroplan points, and no less, as long as you make $500 in total purchases within 3 months of receiving the card. That's the only criteria for receiving the 30,000 points.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on March 30th, 2014

    Kay: As far as I know, your credit score takes a small hit when applying, just like it does when applying for any credit card, and then rebounds after a certain period of time.

    Here's some good info on the subject of applying for credit cards and the impact it can have on your score: http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/jeremy-simon-credit-score-drop-apply-new-card-1508.php

    Has Dave been here?
       Dave on March 30th, 2014

    Thanks Chris. My next question: let's say you start with the card, and rack up $500 in purchases in three days. Do you then automatically get your Aeroplan bonus miles (after the 6-8 weeks or whatever it is they tell you)? Or do you need to wait three months after you get your card, then they look at your purchases, and see if you qualify, and THEN get your bonus at that point?

    Has Karla been here?
       Karla on March 30th, 2014

    I also want an answer to Dave's question!

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on March 31st, 2014

    Hi Dave

    Here's what happened in my case...

    1. Approved for card
    2. Card arrived, and I spent $500 with it, fairly quickly (in about a week or two)
    3. On next billing statement, it showed the bonus points
    4. Within two days of receiving the billing statement, the points showed up in the Aeroplan account

    So I think as long as you've met the $500 spending requirement, the points should show up on your next Amex billing statement as having been earned, and the actual points should show up in your Aeroplan account a few days after that statement is generated.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on March 31st, 2014

    10,000 miles donated to the Meow Foundation on behalf of Karla...


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

    10,000 miles donated to Free The Children on behalf of Jennifer


    Has Karla been here?
       Karla on April 3rd, 2014

    Thanks Chris!

    Has Jason been here?
       Jason on April 15th, 2014

    So if I went to an ATM and theoretically got $500 cash back with the AMEX card, would I get my points after that? Or do you have to actually purchase something? Also, If I pay off bills (electrical, other credit card) would I get the points? Or do you have to actually buy a material object?

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on April 22nd, 2014

    Hi Jason,

    I'm pretty sure paying off your cell or electrical bill would qualify for the $500 spend condition . I'm not sure about using it for $500 cash back though, as I think credit card companies usually view cash withdrawals differently than making a normal purchase.

    Has Sarah been here?
       Sarah on September 2nd, 2014

    Hey there,

    Just curious if anyone knows how difficult it is to score seats on flights with Aeroplan points...

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