Aeroplan offering a bonus on points transfers from Membership Rewards, SPG, etc.

Through December 12 Aeroplan is offering bonus miles when you convert points from their partner programs to Aeroplan miles.

Bonus miles are awarded in the following increments:

You can earn the bonus for each of their transfer partners, meaning you could earn 25,000 bonus miles from a Starwood transfer AND 25,000 bonus miles from a Membership Rewards transfer, for example.

The promotion is hardly surprising. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a transfer bonus from Membership Rewards to Aeroplan before, given that Aeroplan used to offer the all around best redemption values of any loyalty program, in my opinion. That was before they destroyed their award chart in July and started charging fuel surcharges on partner award redemptions just last week. I’m guessing these transfer bonuses will become the norm now.

But still, there are some decent values to be had here. Transferring 80,000 Starwood points will earn you 125,000 Aeroplan miles (you get a 5,000 mile bonus for every 20,000 miles you transfer, in addition to the above bonus), and transferring 100,000 Membership Rewards points will earn you 125,000 Aeroplan miles as well.

Through November 30 Aeroplan is only imposing fuel surcharges on Air Canada and Lufthansa flights, so if you can avoid those two airlines this might just be worth taking advantage of. Business class to Europe only costs 90,000 miles and Aeroplan allows two stopovers in addition to the destination.

So there’s no way in hell I’d make a transfer “just because,” but if you have a specific redemption in mind and the numbers work out, by all means go for it.

Comments

  1. isn’t the SPG bonus limited to xfring 20/25K at a time? If so, to get to 100K in transfers would only earn 16K in bonus (4K x 4).

  2. lucky
    I am sure AMEX MR is NOT included, I wish it is. I’d be happy to be proven wrong

    See the below link [financial card partner]
    http://www2.aeroplan.com/earn_miles/more_miles.do?Category=Financial

    American Express Membership Rewards – Canada
    Transfer Membership Rewards* points from American Express to Aeroplan Miles (1,000 points = 1,000 miles).

    Also..there indeed were 25% bonus promos for AMEX MR to Aeroplan before..Google for them. I have used it once a few years ago

  3. @ Jerry — The same page you reference lists the bonus immediately below what you quote:
    “Membership Rewards® program from American Express – USA
    Convert Membership Rewards* points from American Express to Aeroplan Miles (1,000 points = 1,000 miles).”

  4. @ Colleen — You can actually transfer up to 79,999 points at a time, though for practical purposes you’ll want to limit it to 60,000 since you only earn the 5,000 point bonus when transferring in increments of 20,000.

    That being said, the way I read the rules the bonus is applied after all transfers are made, so if you transfer in separate transactions it should still count towards the total amount.

  5. Actually looks like AMEX may count..just not explicitly stated. I’m gonna double check again

    “Announcing our biggest conversion promotion yet! From November 21 to December 12, 2011, convert points to Aeroplan Miles from a wide selection of loyalty programs from partners like American Express®, Marriott Rewards, SPG and more for unparalleled bonus rewards. Since each bonus is per partner, keep converting to maximize your earning opportunities. “

  6. @ Jerry — It IS explicitly stated. Did you look at the link I posted?

    @ Alexander — Yes, Marriott is on the list.

  7. Note the up to 8 weeks for miles to post in the T&Cs:
    “Bonus miles will be credited into the member’s account by Aeroplan as each threshold is reached, and may take up to eight weeks from the date the member makes his/her request with the partner.”

  8. I didn’t see registration link. Is it automatically applied?

    Also, I didn’t follow the link provided by aeroplan. I just transfer from Amex Membership Rewards side. Don’t know if that counts.

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