Below, I outline the main ways in which to earn and accumulate Air Canada Aeroplan miles.
Earn miles with every Air Canada flight you take.
When you use one of your American Express Aeroplan cards you earn from 1-1.5 miles per $1 on all purchases. Depending on the card, there is up to a 40,000 BONUS POINT offer if you meet spend requirements in your first three months of card membership.
When you use your TD Bank Aeroplan Visa Signature Card, you earn 2X Aeroplan miles per $1 on all Air Canada purchase and 1X mile per $1 on all other purchases. There is a 25,000 bonus mile offer if you spend $1,000 in the first three billing cycles. Read about and apply for the card here.
If you are a member of American Express Membership Rewards you can transfer your Membership Rewards points, in 1,000-point increments, to your Aeroplan account. At the time of this post, your points transfer at 1:1 value. That means one Membership Rewards point equals one Aeroplan mile.
Starwood Preferred Guests can transfer up to 79,999 of their Starpoints per transaction per program within a 24-hour period to their Aeroplan account at a 1:1 ratio. In addition, for every 20,000 Starpoints transferred within the same transaction, Starwood will automatically add another 5,000 Starpoints! This means that up to 94,999 Starpoints can be transferred into your frequent flyer account. (15,000 points transferred for the first 60,000 of the 79,999). Note, unlike some of the other programs in which you can transfer points to airlines, points transfers through SPG are not instantaneous.
Shopping portals are a great place to rack up extra miles, you earn miles while you shop.