Through December 9, 2013, Air Canada’s Aeroplan frequent flyer program is offering up to a 25% transfer bonus from many of their partners.

The bonus it tiered, with the following thresholds:

Aeroplan-Transfer-Bonus1

So basically if you convert enough points to generate up to 50,000 Aeroplan miles you can get up to a 20% transfer bonus, while if you convert enough points to generate 100,000 Aeroplan miles, you get a 25% bonus.

The eligible partners include all of Aeroplan’s hotel partners, some rental car partners, and points.com. American Express Membership Rewards transfers are not eligible.

Aeroplan-Transfer-Bonus2

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 7-10 days after eligible transactions are complete.

There are a couple of circumstances under which this could potentially make sense. Starpoints convert to Aeroplan at a 1:1 ratio, and for every 20,000 points transferred you get 5,000 bonus miles. So if you transferred 80,000 Starpoints you’d get 100,000 Aeroplan miles, plus the 25,000 mile bonus, for a total of 125,000 Aeroplan miles. That’s a conversion rate of ~1.56 Aeroplan miles per Starpoint, which isn’t bad at all.

Another good option are Marriott’s Flight and Hotel Packages, whereby you can redeem points for a set number of nights and a set number number of miles with an airline partner. Aeroplan is one of the airline partners, so in some cases they may be the best option.

Aeroplan certainly isn’t as rewarding of a loyalty 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 a couple of years back. But there are still some great redemption values, like 90,000 miles for business class between the US and Europe with two stopovers in addition to your destination. They don’t impose fuel surcharges on many of their transatlantic partner airlines, like LOT, Swiss, United, and US Airways.

So 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.

(Tip of the hat to Gary)

  1. November 11th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    E said,

    Have they started collecting fuel surcharges on Eva?

  2. November 11th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Stephan said,

    No, and don’t give them any ideas!

  3. November 11th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    lucky said,

    @ E — Hah, not yet fortunately!

  4. November 11th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    abcx said,

    Um no, not worthwhile even if you had a specific use in mind because SPG don’t transfer instantly and award space is not static. And the bonus doesn’t hit at the same time. But maybe you forgot to mention that with all the inane hat-tipping.

  5. November 11th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    lucky said,

    @ abcx — There’s a difference between a specific use and a specific itinerary. For example, if you know you want to redeem miles for EVA business class next September (where space is wide open) I think it could make a lot of sense to transfer miles to Aeroplan for a booking, even if the exact flights you’re looking at disappear in the meantime.

  6. November 13th, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    @lucky said,

    So basically only useful for time-rich people like yourself who want a joyride around the world (just to end up back at the same place in 96 hours) at the drop of a hat.

  7. November 13th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    lucky said,

    @ @lucky — How so?

  8. March 31st, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Fan said,

    Hi Lucky, For what I understand, Aeroplan allows 2 stop over and 1 open jaw, do you think I can have the following itinerary issued for 1 round trip from China-Singapore/Thailand-China?

    PEK-SIN
    SIN-BKK
    BKK-KBV
    KBV-BKK-PEK-PVG

  9. March 31st, 2014 at 11:14 am

    lucky said,

    @ Fan — That award is entirely within one region, and you’re only allowed stopovers on awards between regions.

  10. March 31st, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Fan said,

    I see, thanks. BTW, does AC allow open jaw booking in the same region? I am thinkging PEK-BKK, SIN-PEK.

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