Transfer Hotel Points To Aeroplan And Get A 30% Bonus

A few times per year Aeroplan offers a bonus when you convert hotel points into miles (most recently they offered one last November, and prior to that 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 March 13 and April 17, 2017.

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With this promotion, Aeroplan is offering tiered bonuses on transferred points, with the percentage bonus varying based on how many points you convert, 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

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The following hotel partners are participating:

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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 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.

Earn Aeroplan miles with Marriott’s Hotel + Air Packages

Another good option is Marriott’s Hotel + Air Packages, of which Aeroplan is a partner.

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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. You could also convert some additional Starpoints to get to the 200,000 mile threshold, and then you’d receive a 30% bonus on the entire transaction amount.

Bottom line

Aeroplan certainly isn’t as rewarding of a points program as it used to be. They used to be my single favorite airline points program before they devalued their award chart and added fuel surcharges to most partners several years back. Then in December 2015 they had another devaluation, though it wasn’t as extreme.

But when you factor in the good value of 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 U.S. and Europe is still a good deal, especially if 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.

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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.

Do you plan on taking advantage of this Aeroplan bonus promotion?

(Tip of the hat to @FFBonuses)

Comments

  1. It’s worth noting specifically that the Marriott channel, at least for the first 120K Aeroplan miles, is actually better than a direct SPG transfer here. If I’m doing the math correctly you need 90K SPG points to get the Marriott package for 120K Aeroplan miles, then another 65K SPG points transferred directly to top off to 200K Aeroplan miles. Which totals only 155K SPG points instead of 160K from a direct transfer, plus you get 7 hotel nights.

    Considering that SPG and Marriott points can be freely transferred back and forth, I can’t think of any reason (other than avoiding a bit more work) that you’d do the direct SPG transfer for the full amount here, even if you don’t need the 7 hotel nights.

  2. Or you could get two vacation packages: 180K Starwood points –> 540K Marriott points –> 240K Aeroplan miles + 30% bonus = 312K Aeroplan miles + 2 Marriott vouchers.

  3. Not as good as the BA and UA hotel transfer bonuses, in my opinion, simply because BA and UA miles are worth more. But you probably could pick and choose a couple of spots on the Aeroplan Star Alliance award chart where this might beat out the UA double-bonus transfer to Marriott.

  4. How long do Marriott transfers take? If I transfer points before April 17 but they don’t post until after, do you still quality for the bonus?

  5. thanks for the article!!

    I transferred 180K starwood points to Marriott = 540K Marriott rewards. I redeemed for 2 reward Air + Hotel bookings.

    I received the 240K aeroplan points in my account within 7 days. I expect to receive the 30% bonus (72K) sometime after the promotion has closed.

    I consider the 2 X 7 night hotel packages a bonus!! I will most likely not use them myself, but I have lots of friends and family who stay 7 nights in a hotel in a row. (I am more of a weekend warrior)

    Only downside – I am out of SPG points!

  6. Hopefully someone can help me out here… I’m curious to know how long the transfer to Aeroplan takes if I redeem a Marriott Flights + Nights package.

    If it takes more than 14 days from today I would miss the 30% which would be quite disappointing.

  7. I transferred 200K points on last Wednesday and they posted last night (Monday), so 3 business days. The bonus has not posted yet.

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