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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.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.

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  • Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 a year for baggage fees and more at one airline. Terms Apply.
  • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations worldwide. Terms Apply.
  • Enroll to enjoy the benefits of complimentary Hilton HHonors™ Gold Status with your Platinum Card.®
  • No interest charges because you pay your balance in full each month.
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