A few times a year Aeroplan offers a bonus when you convert hotel points into miles (most recently they offered one in August). Well, Aeroplan has just announced their latest bonus, and some might find it to be valuable.
You can earn up to a 30% bonus if you convert hotel points into Aeroplan miles between November 7 and December 12, 2016.
While the past several hotel points transfer promotions have offered fixed tier bonuses (i.e., transfer 200,000 miles and get 55,000 bonus miles), Aeroplan’s bonus is slightly different this time around. The bonus is still tiered, though offers a percentage bonus rather than a fixed bonus, as follows:
- Convert hotel points into 2,500-99,999 miles, receive 20% bonus miles
- Convert hotel points into 100,000-199,000 miles, receive a 25% bonus
- Convert hotel points into 200,000+ miles, receive a 30% bonus
The following hotel partners are participating:
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 4-6 weeks after the end date of the promotion (though in practice they may post sooner).
Transfers from other partners, including Amex Membership Rewards, don’t qualify for this promotion.
There are a couple of circumstances under which this could potentially represent a good value (and keep in mind you can transfer points between Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest):
Convert Starpoints into Aeroplan miles
Starpoints convert into Aeroplan miles at a 1:1 ratio, and for every 20,000 points transferred you get 5,000 bonus miles. So if you transferred 160,000 Starpoints you’d usually get 200,000 Aeroplan miles, and then through this promotion you’d get a 60,000 mile bonus on top of that, for a total of 260,000 miles.
So that’s potentially like earning ~1.625 Aeroplan miles per Starpoint, which is pretty good.
Unfortunately in some ways this deal isn’t quite as good as in the past, given that Aeroplan devalued some of their best awards this past December. For example, roundtrip business class between the US and Europe now costs 110,000 miles rather than 90,000 miles. That’s still a pretty good deal, especially when you consider two stopovers are allowed on such an award. But it’s not quite as exceptional.
Earn Aeroplan miles with Marriott’s Hotel + Air Packages
Another good option is Marriott’s Hotel + Air Packages, of which Aeroplan is a partner.
Through Hotel + Air packages you receive a set number of free nights plus a set number of miles as part of the package. These packages are in my opinion the best use of Marriott Rewards points to begin with, so the value only gets better when you add in a potential conversion bonus.
To put this into perspective, seven nights at a Category 1-5 property plus 120,000 miles will run you 270,000 Marriott Rewards points.
If you did that, you’d receive a total of 150,000 Aeroplan miles, plus seven nights at a Category 1-5 property.
Aeroplan certainly isn’t as rewarding of a points 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 several years back. And then last December the program became even less lucrative, though I’d call the recent changes not quite as substantial as past ones.
But when you factor in the good value for converting partner points to Aeroplan, and then the current promotion on top of that, there are definitely circumstances under which it could make sense to take advantage of this promotion.
110,000 miles for roundtrip business class between the US and Europe is still a good deal assuming you can take advantage of the two stopovers (in addition to the destination), which is an extremely generous policy. Just make sure you fly on a carrier for which Aeroplan doesn’t impose fuel surcharges, like Brussels, SAS, Swiss, Turkish, and United.
Redeem Aeroplan miles for travel in Swiss business class
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. This promotion is even slightly more generous than past ones in terms of the percentage bonus.
Do you plan on taking advantage of this Aeroplan bonus promotion?