I guess you no longer earn "status", but "distinction" in Aeroplan.... If I understand the program correctly, everyone with status in "Altitude" will have "distinction" but not vice versa as it appears you get distinction for purchases through Aeroplan partners but not on flight bonuses. HOW TO QUALIFY FOR DISTINCTION STATUS The Distinction qualification period begins January 1 and ends December 31 of the same calendar year. Once qualified, benefits will begin immediately and continue through the following calendar year. The program debut is a little different: we’ve been tracking your eligible miles since January 1, 2013, and you still have until the end of the year to qualify for status in 2014. If you qualify, your benefits will begin January 1, 2014.