Aeroplan has a promotion on until May 28 where you can earn 16,500 points for doing different kinds of transactions (http://www1.aeroplan.com/aeroplanstarchallenge.do?icid=WEBUP2921). And now, thanks to RFD, there is a way to get the full bonus for about $1. This one might be considered unsportsmanlike but Aeroplan reps are encouraging people to do $3 pump runs at Esso so who knows... Signing up an online profile at Essoextra.com gets you 200 Esso Extra points. Then transfer the points on points.com to Aeroplan. Since you only need 120 Esso Extra points to perform 24 x 5 Esso Reward Points to 1 Aeroplan point conversions...this may be the closest to a "no purchase necessary" option to get 16500 Aeroplan points. You still have to make a least 1 transaction (which I assume to be just $1 for 1 Esso Reward point) to activate your new Esso Extra points card and get the 200 welcome points.