http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/126...w-multi-year-agreements-with-aimia-air-canada MARKHAM, ON, Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - American Express Canada today confirmed multi-year agreements with Aimia, parent company of Aeroplan, as well as Air Canada, North America's top-rated airline. The new agreements extend the long relationship between the three companies and will include enhancements to the existing suite of premium AeroplanPlus co-branded charge cards with a unique new premium travel credit card launching next year. Amex currently offers AeroplanPlus cards for both consumers and corporations. Additionally, Aeroplan will continue to be a participant in the Membership Rewards Program offered on select American Express charge cards through which points can be transferred to Aeroplan 1:1. "We are thrilled to announce this partnership renewal with Aimia and Air Canada," said Howard Grosfield, President and CEO, American Express Canada. "Today's announcement allows us to further strengthen our relationships and better serve our Cardmembers by continuing to provide access to a distinguished loyalty program in Aeroplan and to Canada's largest full-service airline, Air Canada." AeroplanPlus cards are one of the fastest ways to earn Aeroplan Miles, with spend on these cards qualifying towards Aeroplan's new Distinction program. Distinction is Aeroplan's new multi-level recognition program that rewards top accumulating members with three levels of exclusive flight reward benefits, bonus mile offers, preferential treatment, and privileges. Cardmembers will also continue to enjoy preferred Air Canada benefits such as access to Maple Leaf Lounges and Priority Check-In. "As the leading premium loyalty program in Canada, Aeroplan is delighted to continue its long-standing partnership with American Express to offer AeroplanPlus Cardmembers all of the benefits and privileges that come with being a member of both Aeroplan and Amex," said Vince Timpano, President and CEO of Aimia in Canada. "Adding to the excitement is the launch of Distinction, which will provide members with access to better rewards and privileges than ever before." "We are very excited to extend our partnership with American Express and offer our shared customers the best possible travel experience and benefits," said Ben Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Air Canada. This growing partnership means Cardmembers will continue to receive unparalleled offerings in the travel rewards space and access to a new premium card to better serve their needs.