Aeroplan offering up to 5,000 bonus miles on hotel transfers

Aeroplan is offering a transfer bonus when converting hotel points to Aeroplan miles through September 18, 2011, with the following bonuses:

  • Converting hotel points that equate to 5,000 or more Aeroplan miles earns you 1,000 bonus miles
  • Converting hotel points that equate to 10,000 or more Aeroplan miles earns you 2,000 bonus miles
  • Converting hotel points that equate to 25,000 or more Aeroplan miles earns you 5,000 bonus miles

Registration is required and the bonus can be earned a maximum of one time per hotel partner.

Now, Aeroplan miles aren’t quite as valuable as they once were due to their award chart devaluation that occurred on July 15, 2011.

There are still some great values, though. For example, business class from North America to most of Europe costs 90,000 miles, and they even allow two stopovers in addition to the destination, really allowing you to visit three places on a single award ticket.

In most cases hotel transfers to airline miles aren’t a good value, with the exception of Starwood points. If you transfer 20,000 Starwood points to Aeroplan you would usually receive 25,000 miles (they offer a 5,000 point bonus for every 20,000 points you transfer to an airline partner), and through this promotion you would earn an additional 5,000 miles. That makes a total of 30,000 Aeroplan miles for a 20,000 point transfer.

Not too bad at all, especially since I’m currently crediting my one night Hyatt stays to Aeroplan, thanks to the 2,500 Aeroplan miles per stay that they’re offering through September 30.

(Tip of the hat to Loyalty Traveler)


  1. you mention “the bonus can be earned a maximum of one time per hotel partner” but I only see terms that say that you can earn a maximum of 5k points per partner, so transferring 10k twice would result in 2x 2k posting…am I missing something?

  2. @ johndeere19 — You’re correct, I need to read terms and conditions more closely. I was trying to say you can only “max out” the promotion once, though there are multiple ways to achieve that, I suppose. Thanks for the correction.

  3. I have 114k Wyndham ByRequest points… not sure when I’ll be able to use them… would this be a good deal to transfer?

  4. Hey Lucky,

    A quick question about receiving AC miles on Hyatt stays. You would lose the Hyatt Base Points and Diamond Bonus, correct?

    But you would still receive the Diamond Amenity Bonus, if selected…correct?

    Unless you really needed the GP points, it would probably be best to get Aeroplan miles for stays < $200, right?

  5. @ Lantean — I value Wyndham points a lot more as miles than points in their program, so yes, if you have those points this might be a good use. For your sake just hoping you earned those through Discover America and not actual stays.

    @ Jim — Thanks for the correction. Fixed!

    @ David — Correct, you don’t earn base points or the Diamond bonus points for the stay, though you still earn the Diamond amenity bonus or a bonus for the club lounge being closed. Agree, this is definitely the way to go for relatively cheap stays, especially one night stays.

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