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Reminder: Aeroplan Increases Most Award Levels Tomorrow

by on July 14, 2011 · 5 comments

in Aeroplan, American Express

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Just a friendly reminder that Aeroplan increases their award chart redemption levels tomorrow. I wrote about the subject here, so you may want to book an award today if you have Star Alliance award travel in your plans. Remember, American Express Membership Rewards points transfer instantly to Aeroplan, so you have time to act. If needed, Platinum Card members can advance up to 60,000 points and most regular Amex customers 15,000 (except for corporate). For those savvy TPGers who bumped their Platinum bonuses to 100,000, you can get an around the world trip with stops in Asia and Europe, crossing both oceans, in business class for those 100k! Not bad for a $450 annual fee.

Also remember that Aeroplan has ridiculously lax routing rules – allowing 2 stopovers and around-the-world routing, which I’ve written about here. Get creative!

It’s $90CAD to cancel/change an award once you’ve booked. It may make sense to pay that, though they’ll probably make you pay the increased amount of miles if you change your award in the future. Aeroplan Award T&C.

If you don’t have an Aeroplan account and you have an American Express card with Membership Rewards (Platinum/Premier Rewards ($195 annual fee currently waived for the first year)/Gold/Corporate/Green, etc), then I highly recommend getting one, because they will be one of the main ways to book Star Alliance awards once Continental leaves Membership Rewards September 30, 2011.

New account sign-up link.

Then go to membershiprewards.com -> Points Summary -> Link (NOT ENROLL) additional programs and then enter your Aeroplan info. Once linked, you can transfer points in 1,000 increments instantly.

Thanks to One Mile at a Time for the reminder!


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  • MetsFan22

    Can you please explain why it won’t let me do a trip from NYC- Tel Aviv (stop for a few days)- Sydney – NYC? The zone chart seems to indicate that the Middle East is in zone 2 and Australia is in zone 3. How is this any different than your example of NYC-Munich (zone 2)-Tokyo (zone 3)-NYC? Thanks in advance!

  • bluto

    May I ask why you think they’ll “probably make you pay the increased amount of miles if you change your award in the future”? I looked at your Terms and Conditions link but didn’t see what you were referring to. Over on FlyerTalk, it seems like the thinking is that they won’t force you to pay the additional miles even if you change your booking after tomorrow. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16547420-post11.html It hardly seems ironclad, though.

  • bluto

    May I ask why you think they’ll “probably make you pay the increased amount of miles if you change your award in the future”? I looked at your Terms and Conditions link but didn’t see what you were referring to. Over on FlyerTalk, it seems like the thinking is that they won’t force you to pay the additional miles even if you change your booking after tomorrow. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16547420-post11.html It hardly seems ironclad, though.

  • Jim

    I had an old BoA WorldPoints card with about 35,000 points and recently discovered that I could convert those to Aeroplan miles at 1:1 (1,000 mile increments). This doesn’t seem to be publicized on the Aeroplan site anywhere, but it just worked for me. Could be a nice option if you have a bunch of seemingly worthless WorldPoints sitting around.

    SPG points also convert to Aeroplan miles at a 1:1 rate.

  • jeff

    aeroplan allows routing to asia via europe, hence a north american to asia award can include stops in europe (nyc-muc-tyo). i don’t believe there are routings available via europe (crossing the atlantic) for new york to sydney. all of the maximum permitted mileages i have seen for a nyc-syd route is 11947, which is based on a pacific crossing. as such your trip of nyc-tlv-syd will not be allowed.

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