Transfer Points To Aeroplan And Earn Bonus Miles

Through May 25, 2014, Air Canada’s Aeroplan frequent flyer program is offering up to a 25% transfer bonus from many of their partners.

The bonus it tiered, with the following thresholds:

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So basically if you convert enough points to generate up to 50,000 Aeroplan miles you can get up to a 20% transfer bonus, while if you convert enough points to generate 100,000 Aeroplan miles, you get a 25% bonus.

The eligible partners include all of Aeroplan’s hotel partners, some rental car partners, and points.com. American Express Membership Rewards transfers are not eligible.

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The bonus you earn is based on the cumulative miles generated, so not all the miles have to come from a single transfer partner. Registration is not required, and the bonus miles should post 7-10 days after eligible transactions are complete.

There are a couple of circumstances under which this could potentially make sense. Starpoints convert to Aeroplan at a 1:1 ratio, and for every 20,000 points transferred you get 5,000 bonus miles. So if you transferred 80,000 Starpoints you’d get 100,000 Aeroplan miles, plus the 25,000 mile bonus, for a total of 125,000 Aeroplan miles. That’s a conversion rate of ~1.56 Aeroplan miles per Starpoint, which isn’t bad at all.

Another good option are Marriott’s Flight and Hotel Packages, whereby you can redeem points for a set number of nights and a set number number of miles with an airline partner. Aeroplan is one of the airline partners, so in some cases they may be the best option.

Aeroplan certainly isn’t as rewarding of a loyalty program as it used to be. They used to be my single favorite airline frequent flyer program before they devalued their award chart and added fuel surcharges to most partners a couple of years back. But there are still some great redemption values, like 90,000 miles for business class between the US and Europe with two stopovers in addition to your destination. They don’t impose fuel surcharges on many of their transatlantic partner airlines, like LOT, Swiss, and United.

So while I wouldn’t make a speculative transfer to take advantage of this promotion, if you have a specific use in mind it could be worthwhile. For a bit of historical context, this promotion is identical to the one they offered last November.

Comments

  1. “They don’t impose fuel surcharges on many of their transatlantic partner airlines, like LOT, Swiss, United, and US Airways.”

    US Airways? Did they keep a relationship post alliance change.

  2. I had read somewhere a little while back that 10K aeroplan miles can be converted into 8400 US Air miles through points.com. I have some orphaned miles in Aeroplan so was wondering if I can transfer first some points / miles into Aeroplan under this promo and later transfer the entire balance to US Air Dividend miles. It might negate a bit of the 16% loss and also help me atleast get to 10K miles in Aeroplan before the transfer.

    Any thoughts on feasibility of the above approach?

  3. @ unclesam — In theory that’s possible, though the points.com transfer ratio can always change between Aeroplan and US Airways.

  4. Lucky, do you know if I can transfer my Dad’s SPG points into my AP account? Do names need to match or anything goes?

  5. Can you point me to the article where it describes how to transfer from Aeroplan to US Air? I wanted to check the increment levels such as every 1000 miles above 10K or larger jumps. Also, how long does it take to transfer SPG to Aeroplan

  6. IF I TRANFER 90K MARRIOT INTO Aeroplan HOW MANY POINS WILL I HAVE IN MY Aeroplan ACC. WITH THE PROMO?

  7. HOW IF I TRANFER 100K SPG TO Aeroplan THAT WILL BE 125K WITH SPG BONES WILL I GOT 25K FROM Aeroplan 4 100K PLUS 4K FOR 20K?

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