Air China Awards Bookable With Aeroplan Miles Again

Last week I wrote about a system issue between Air Canada’s Aeroplan program and Air China, whereby award tickets weren’t properly being issued. Even though Aeroplan was issuing award tickets for travel on Air China, there was a communication error whereby they weren’t confirming on Air China’s end.

Given that this issue was impacting hundreds of tickets, Aeroplan pulled all Air China award space to prevent more tickets from being issued with this error.

The good news is that this has been fixed, so Air Canada Aeroplan miles can once again be redeemed for travel on Air China, both through Aeroplan’s website and by phone.



While Air China doesn’t have the best premium cabin products in the world, they do have a fairly good hard product. The best part is that Aeroplan doesn’t impose fuel surcharges for travel on Air China, unlike for travel on most of their other partner airlines. Add in the fact that they release quite a bit of first and business class award space in advance, and it’s a great option for redeeming Aeroplan miles.

Air China 777-300ER business class

Air China 777-300ER first class

(Tip of the hat to Matthew)


  1. My family was disappointed that Air China Business Class no longer offered PJs. The kids were so excited after I told the kids about your CA Business review – we’re Asians and wanted to blend in with Maoist PJs. You may need to update your previous review.

  2. Fabulous hard product (similar to Thai A380), but hands-down the worst food in the sky. Took it from PEK-IAH and went on a 15-hour hunger strike. I think I’d rather them go all Etihad and tell me they ran out of food! 🙂 #NeverAgain

  3. @ Matteo — just booked SQ J TPE-SIN yesterday via Aeroplan, so there is SOME availability, even if it has been severely curtailed.

  4. @ Lucky, we were on IAH-PEK route this past August. I read your review for CA Business class from CDG-PEK on the new 700-300ER flight. You wrote, “That’s right, Air China offers pajamas in business class.”

    Despite all the negative reviews, my family loved Air China flights and totally hated everything UA.

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