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While the Membership Rewards programs in the U. This also applies to Marriott and SPG co-brand cards. The best option for U. Amex points transfer points at a ratio, with Marriott transferring at but also throwing an additional 5, miles in for every 60, points transferred. That means you can transfer points earned with some of the best rewards earning cards available. Terms Apply Aeroplan also runs regular bonuses on points transferred from both programs.
Following several devaluations, a lot of the value has disappeared from the Aeroplan chart. The U. In the example below, the only fees passed on are mandatory fees and government taxes due to the chosen airlines. Booking the right airlines for Aeroplan awards can save you thousands of dollars The difference in price when we switch to Boston as our departure city and select Lufthansa is sizable.
One of the big frustrations with many frequent flyer programs is the lack of flexibility on award flights. Rules that state no stopovers or one-way flights, no option to fly open jaw itineraries or mix and match cities on an award. Article Intercontinental travel travel between two continents : Two stopovers permitted in addition to the point of turnaround.
One open jaw is permitted in lieu of one of the two stopovers. This includes flights between North America and Europe, but also those further afield, in essence giving you the options for a mini around the world award itinerary for the cost of a single round-trip award.
Technically, just adding on another set of fees and taxes dependent on destination and airline , we could add another stopover into this itinerary in say Istanbul, Zurich, or Taipei, and still maintain the same award rate of ,, and that is an exceptional value.
In the examples below, you can see how changing airlines on the same itinerary adds a significant cash cost to the price of award tickets, which compounds every time you select a carrier that imposes fuel surcharges.
Again, you could potentially add another stop to this itinerary, or even an open jaw at either end of the trip. Booking multi-city Aeroplan awards with low fuel surcharges The cost of fuel surcharges rise when you select different airlines on the same Aeroplan itinerary The moral of this post is: While the round-trip award fare itself is not always or even very often… the best value when compared to other programs. If you pushed it to the limit, you could select a flight with a hour layover to explore a city, and still have your destination and two stopovers to look forward to.
Final Thoughts For a frequent flyer program that has undergone some radical devaluations in the last years, there is still some valuable sweet spots if you understand the routing rules and your goal is long-haul international travel. Transferring points from Marriott Rewards and Membership Rewards opens up opportunities for flying Aeroplan awards using easy to earn miles and getting exponentially higher returns on your points when combined with regular transfer bonuses.
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The Value of an Aeroplan Mile
While the Membership Rewards programs in the U. This also applies to Marriott and SPG co-brand cards. The best option for U. Amex points transfer points at a ratio, with Marriott transferring at but also throwing an additional 5, miles in for every 60, points transferred.
Aeroplan Miles Calculators
This is going to get you the best value for your points. Flights can be booked directly on the Aeroplan website. Aeroplan has a very handy rewards chart posted on their site to help you get an idea of how much it will cost you to travel between destinations. Search for trips around the world easily from the Aeroplan site. This lets you compare the cash cost and point cost of flights.
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In November last year, Air Canada announced plans to acquire Aeroplan in a bid to launch its own loyalty program in When it begins, Aeroplan miles will be honoured on a one-to-one basis. Until then, Aeroplan customers can continue to use and redeem their points as usual. Aeroplan was initially created by the flag carrier as its official loyalty program. In , they began operating as a subsidiary, and in , it was spun off as a separate entity that was eventually acquired by Aimia Inc. But in August, Air Canada led a consortium that scooped Aeroplan up again.