Amazing Deal Alert: Reduced Price Aeroplan Awards

by on December 5, 2011 · 26 comments

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It was recently reported by Matthew at UPGRD, that Aeroplan awards were pricing at incorrect levels. And this time around, the error was in favor of the passenger – basically you can get business class for the price of coach and First class awards for the price of business class.

Aeroplan is an instant transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, so if you have any award travel in your future, you should definitely check out this deal. Remember, Amex will let you advance up to 60,000 points if you are a Platinum cardholder and 15,000 for most other charge cards. Aeroplan even confirmed to View from the Wing that this is a legitimate “sale” on awards and it may end any time.

What I love about Aeroplan are their flexible routing rules. For example, you can fly to Asia via both the Atlantic and Pacific so you could do JFK-Frankfurt (stop)- Tokyo (stop)- JFK and you can mix multiple Star Alliance partners. These are called mini-Round the World trips and I wrote about them here.

What isn’t so great are their fuel surcharges, but honestly at these discounted mileage rates, I will still pay ~$500 and 75,000 for a business class trip around the world! FYI: Check here for my update on fuel surcharges.

New York to Tokyo via Frankfurt for only 75,000 miles roundtrip in business class is a pretty good booking engine, so I recommend building your ideal trip before transferring any Amex points to Aeroplan, because once they are there they can’t be transferred back. Aeroplan won’t show the taxes/surcharges on the award, so you may need to call to find out before you transfer the miles. The Aeroplan service center number is 1-800-361-5373. You can sign up for a free Aeroplan account here.

I haven’t had too much time to price out lots of awards, so feel free to share any good finds.

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  • JA

    Why not just pay 90k on US Airways and avoid the fuel surcharge?

  • Anonymous

    Us airways isn’t an Amex transfer partner and aero plan doesn’t have fuel surcharges on all itineraries- just select carriers

  • pixel girl

    Do you happen to know if Aeroplan has surcharges on Swiss Air? Thanks!

  • MDT

    whats the best choice to fly from ord to tpe with the longest itinerary on business possible from dec. 18 or 19 with return to ord on jan. 16? I would love to experience business class for the first time and have enough amex points to do this. im just a little scared because once i transfer the amex points im stuck with aeroplan points forever if they AC decides not to honor these error reimbursements. Also, I can’t get miles for these trips right?

  • JA

    Technically, no. But finding availability is nearly impossible.

  • JA

    Other than UA/CO/US what’s really left for escaping a fuel surcharge through AP. Your example of JFK-FRA-NRT showed LH. Although US isn’t in MR, given the Grand Slam and the 100% bonus offers, I’d rather pay 15k more miles than $500+ in YQ.

  • Zach

    with *A out of ORD, you’ll probably go ORD-NRT-TPE, on UA/CO/ANA

  • Contact

    This can be an even more amazing deal when combined with the Aeroplan transfer bonus.

    On Saturday, I transferred 160k Amex points to Aeroplan. With them, I booked two business class awards to Australia.

    Today, I got 25k Aeroplan miles back in my account.

    So, basically 67.5k miles each for r/t business class fares to Australia! And, since the flights are LAX-SYD on United, you escape the crazy fuel charges.

    Each ticket is going for over $12,000 right now.

  • Dan Ramsen

    OK, this includes all fares as far as the rep I spoke to knows – everything in Business is ecomomy price, Firs is Business price.
    There are long wait lines at aerolan right now, but the rep’s are english speaking & knoweldgeable.
    The one shame with this promo is you can’t double dip with their transfer promotion as the bonus takes at least a day to post doesn’t show any Swiss availability, & with the new fuel surcharges Swiss is one of the only European airlines that is viable for booking without outrageous ‘surcharges’.
    They are very allowing with stopovers – if a rep says it can’t be done hang up and call again
    All in all, this is probably the best miles promo of the year & didn’t require any effort to partcipate

  • MDT

    any chance we could earn miles on this award trip?

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  • Margie Dodd

    help!! so if you book a trip and later can’t go what are the change fees and cancellation fees?? thanks!

  • Dov

    $90CAD For refund and changes, miles refund needs to be submitted 22 days prior to departure

  • Maury

    Any discounted flights in coach?

  • Simon

    Wow! What dates LAX-SYD??

  • Anonymous

    SQ has no fuel surcharges :D

  • JL

    This doesn’t appear to include US domestic flights. I tried (online) a DCA-LAX r/t, and coach was pricing at 25K, business at 50K, first 70K.

  • Craig

    Ah, so it takes at least a day for the bonus miles to post following an Amex MR transfer? That’s a deal breaker for me, since I’m dependent on those bonus miles to make this work… and since Aeroplan does not hold awards for any amount of time. Oh well.

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  • Anonymous

    oooh LAX-BLQ for 60K! doesn’t seem right. US air wants 145K for Rome (US air doesn’t list BLQ on their destinations) Wanted to use newly acquired Grand Slam Miles :D

  • Adamu98

    this is an interesting topic and thanks for posting this-is there any chance you could do a topic on which
    airlines have the lowest redemption mile levels?

  • Susan

    I found YVR-ZQN for 80K in business on the long haul (economy for the local flights) but that’s OK with me. Used 70K for economy on the same route back in July.

  • Mike keymaster

    ha ha… Great deals..on Aeroplan….Montreal – Frankfort-…60,000 points…plus 800 bucks for fees and taxes…fuel surcharge…. Hmmmmmm Not such a great deal…..

    Aeroplan used to be fair and just…now its rather ….tricky to find anything other than over priced options

  • Sajer Guy

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

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