Aeroplan made some updates to their award chart yesterday, July 11, 2014, which are more amusing than anything else.
Before I continue, you can let out a sigh of relief, it’s nothing bad, I promise. Certainly nothing like their 2011 award chart devaluation, or when they added fuel surcharges for travel on most of their partner airlines just months later.
Instead Aeroplan has made two changes to their award chart:
Aeroplan has added intra-Indian subcontinent awards
Previously Star Alliance didn’t have any member airlines which flew within India, so there wasn’t a need for an award chart for this region. But now that Air India has joined the Star Alliance, they’ve added awards for travel within India.
The roundtrip award rates for travel within the Indian subcontinent are as follows:
- Economy class: 50,000 miles
- Business class: 75,000 miles
- First class: 105,000 miles
Aeroplan also allows one-way awards for half the cost of a roundtrip. Regardless, those are some really high award rates, in my opinion. Avianca LifeMiles, for example, charges 30,000, 60,000 and 80,000 miles for travel within Central Asia in economy, business, or first class, respectively. Meanwhile United MileagePlus charges 40,000 miles, 60,000 miles, and 80,000 miles.
Aeroplan has added more countries to regions
Aeroplan has a region based award chart, and for reach region has a listing of the countries that belong in that region. The chart was never comprehensive, as there were plenty of countries which weren’t listed under the correct regions, even though miles could be redeemed to them.
So they added about 20 countries to various regions, including Afghanistan, Chad, Malawi, Mongolia, Zambia, etc.
However, the most interesting has to be in Europe 2. You can now redeem your Aeroplan miles to…. Yugoslavia!
Nothing to actually be concerned about here, though I couldn’t help but chuckle at the countries which were added to regions.
(Tip of the hat to LoyaltyLobby)