On Monday I wrote about how Air Canada’s Aeroplan frequent flyer program didn’t seem to have access to EVA Air award space. Apparently it was due to a “system issue,” though it was broken for a few weeks. Nowadays there’s sometimes a blurry line between an actual system error and “yeah, we had an error, and could fix it, but we kinda like it how it is.”
I wasn’t sure what the cause of Aeroplan’s blocking of EVA Air was, though:
- Aeroplan doesn’t collect fuel surcharges for award travel on EVA Air, so presumably these redemptions are more costly for Aeroplan than others
- EVA Air releases quite a bit of award space so is a great option for travel between the US and Asia, and therefore I suspect quite a few redemptions are made through them
Anyway, since I made the post questioning the issue, I feel like I should also make a post saying that this issue was fixed yesterday, and EVA Air awards are once again bookable through Aeroplan. Kudos, and I’ll assume this system issue was similar to the one American had with Etihad.
And on the United website:
And now also on the Aeroplan website:
And for the skeptics out there, Aeroplan still isn’t imposing fuel surcharges for travel on EVA Air — a one-way from Toronto to Taipei costs 75,000 Aeroplan miles plus $50.40 in taxes/fees:
This remains a great use of Aeroplan miles. Both Air Canada Aeroplan and United MileagePlus charge 75,000 miles for one-way business class between the US and Asia, so regardless of whether you want to redeem American Express Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards points, there are lots of opportunities to book EVA Air.