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.