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Aeroplan Award Sale and Transfer Partner Bonus Reminder

by on December 6, 2011 · 29 comments

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Yesterday I wrote about Aeroplan (Air Canada’s frequent flyer program) running a pretty generous temporary sale on awards. You can get business class for the price of coach and first class for the price of business class on many of their awards – including Star Alliance partners. You can check out their award charts here. Aeroplan is an instant 1:1 transfer partner of American Express membership Rewards, so this could make a lot of sense if you have any Star Alliance awards you are looking to book in the near future.

While Aeroplan does impose some hefty fuel surcharges, they don’t levy them when you book on United/Continental, US Airways, Singapore and Turkish. So instead of paying 100,000 miles for a roundtrip US to Paris roundtrip using your Continental/United miles, you could get the same trip for 60,000 Aeroplan miles!

60,000 miles for roundtrip business class to Western Europe (and low fees)!

On top of this, if you transfer partner miles (like American Express Membership Rewards, Starwood, Marriott and Hyatt) you can earn up to 25,000 bonus Aeroplan points for each partner. I wrote about this a couple weeks ago, but wasn’t too excited about it because it was announced as Aeroplan was instituting lots of customer unfriendly fuel surcharges. However, you can get huge value with both promos combined – especially if you book awards with partners that don’t have fuel surcharges. However, not all of them have gone into effect yet. Right now only Air Canada, Lufthansa, Asiana Airlines, THAI, ANA, Austrian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines and bmi have surcharges.
On December 14th, 2011 Aegean Airlines, Adria Airways, TAM, South African Airways and TAP Portugal itineraries will also have them – so book soon!

Starwood already gives a 5,000 mile bonus for every 20,000 Starwood points transferred to Aeroplan- and now Aeroplan will throw in up to an additional 25% (up to 25,000 miles total).

Several readers have Tweeted and emailed me their successes. Here are a couple of my favorites:
@Geralddent JFK – FRA – SIN – SQ A380 Business Class SIN – IST – YYZ TK Business Class for $168. NO FUEL SURCHARGES !!!

TPG reader CK emails: On Saturday, I transferred 160k Amex points to Aeroplan.  With them, I booked two business class awards to Australia.  I’m flying next week direct on United from LAX.  On the return, I’m taking advantage of the open jaw to get home to the east coast for Christmas.

25k aeroplan miles appeared in my account today.

So, I basically got two r/t business tickets to australia for 67,500
miles!  Very low taxes/fees since it’s a United flight.  Actual price
= over $12,000 each.  (I considered doing multiple transfer partners,
but I was afraid my starwood points wouldn’t transfer in time.  If
you’re just doing one ticket, I suppose you could look at it as 55k
miles r/t [as long as you're okay w/ leaving extra miles in your
Aeroplan account).

AMAZING, huh? If you want to do the same thing, go to continental.com and then search for the route (since I find Continental's engine to be easier and faster). Once you find the SaverPass availability on the dates you want, put them in at Aeroplan.com. I did this and Continental.com was going to charge 135,000 miles for San Francisco to Sydney in business class (not bad for a $13,000+ ticket), yet Aeroplan only wanted 80,000 miles - which would only be 70,000 Amex points with the transfer promo. So play around with this promotion- there are amazing deals to be had!

Continental.com pricing SFO-SYD at 135,000 miles

Aeroplan pricing the exact same award for only 80,000 miles roundtrip!

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  • Jack Barnes

    Do we have any idea how long this will last?

  • Andrew

    Are the deals half off for coach as well?

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  • Dov

    one thing to mention is that the aeroplan points promotions for up to 25,000 miles will not update instantly they do a sweep once a week usually on Sunday’s

  • Anonymous

    No

  • Mitch B

    Is it possible to get my Ultimate Rewards to aeroplan?

  • Clay

    Aeroplan site is down…

  • Anonymous

    can you call and book the deal flights? or is this essentially dead

  • Anonymous

    Booked 2 tickets:

    (1) SFO-(CO)-EWR/JFK-(SQ)-FRA-(SQ)-JFK/LGA-(CO)-SFO
    (2) YOW-(CO)-EWR/JFK-(SQ)-FRA-(SQ)-JFK/EWR-(CO)-YOW

    For an effective total of 95K miles in business and $300 in taxes and fees combined :D No fuel surcharges because neither Continental nor Singapore charge them (yet?) and of course the SQ flight is on the A380! Best of all this is peak season (week of 4th of July).

    Maybe later on I’ll pay the $90 change fee and switch to UA p.s. flights direct from SFO. They usually come available closer to the date, I just wanted to lock in the rate and the SQ flights.

  • Nick M

    If the deal isn’t dead… Do you think this will be possible to book and change by paying the change fee? Or is it likely they will try to assess fuel surcharges if you are booking with an airline that is joining their surcharge list on 12/14. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Wow those are some amazing values. Kind of scary if you have to wait for the points bonuses to post before booking though. Wishing I had some points left to transfer :)

  • Longmanzz

    Can you tell me how long the transfer from BOA worldpoints takes? And from the term, it seems we can get max 25k bonus per partner? So 25k for AMEX, 25k for BOA?

  • Mitch B

    Aeroplan is getting slammed

  • ZH

    I booked 4 business YYZ-IST-NJF and there were only 2 business on YYZ-IST segment. Aeroplan agent checked and if Business opens up, I can upgrade paying the usually $90 change fee and no additional points. I have agent put comments on file so seats do become available, I shouldn’t have any hassles.

  • ZH

    I booked 4 business YYZ-IST-NJF and there were only 2 business on YYZ-IST segment. Aeroplan agent checked and if Business opens up, I can upgrade paying the usually $90 change fee and no additional points. I have agent put comments on file so seats do become available, I shouldn’t have any hassles.

  • Saner

    I have about 87K MR points and I have never booked a flight with miles/points. I recently moved to Nepal. I can fly from Nepal or India. Any suggestions on where I should look?

  • JL

    The Worldpoints transfer should be pretty much instant. I transferred 35K WPs to Aeroplan a few months ago and I recall they posted immediately.

  • PJ

    how bad is the tax and fuel charge by aeroplan on CO flight NYC-LAX ( SNA, SFO)? anybody pls ? any quick ticketing fees? A Platinum CO ONEPASS member can have quick ticket ( leaving even tomoroow) for 12.5K on NYC West Coast NON stop IT IS GREAT REWARD TO THANK FOR LOAYLTY

  • tommyx

    FYI – an agent told me that if you book at the reduced rate and later change date/times, the award will reprice at the normal rate. she read this from the T&C of this promotion. i haven’t confirmed this but it may be wise to check before booking that first class trip to asia for 75K only to change it later and then having to cough up another 100K.

  • guest

    I am having trouble doing a mini round the world????

  • Saner

    Do I have to call their office if I my origin is India?

  • Saner

    Not to be annoying but Continental prices my R/T DEL-SYD for 120K miles in F whereas Aeroplan prices the same route for 250K miles.

  • Heduh

    i transferred points from amex MR to my aeroplan account, they showed up instantly but i have not seen the bonus points! is there a number to call?

  • Makru

    Thanks for this great info. Got two tickets from US-India roundtrip for a fraction of the price it would have actually costed. SQ didnt have business class availability for many segments though. Anyways, I’m not complaining. Thanks again!!!

  • Makru

    People in this blog / others have said that it will take a few weeks for the bonus miles to post. Have the bonus miles posted for anyone already?

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  • Sajer Guy

    Looks like the deal is over. Point levels are back to normal :(

  • Anonymous

    Wanted to post this before, but iad to fra to dub stop dub to lhr stop lhr to bru to iad for 90k points! First class over the water business everywhere else!

  • Netjetninja

    Man I hope this deal comes back again, I wasn’t ready before but knew about it from here. Does anyone know if they ever did this before?

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