Aeroplan Star Alliance Award Taxes and Fees – Part 2

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This is Part 2 in my series calculating the cost of various Star Alliance awards using Aeroplan miles. In Part 1, I priced out awards on Air Canada, United, Lufthansa, Brussels Air, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, ANA and South African Airways. In this installment, we’ll look at some other popular Star Alliance carriers including: Air China, Asiana, EgyptAir, LOT Polish Airlines, SAS, Swiss, TAM, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines and US Airways (for now).

Although Aeroplan is the frequent flyer program of Air Canada, flyers based in other countries and even those who have been accruing their miles with a different Star Alliance carrier would do well to take another look at this program due to its many potentially valuable facets.

Aeroplan is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards – which you earn on cards like the Premier Rewards Gold and the Platinum Card – as well Starwood Preferred Guest, for which you get a 5,000-mile bonus when transferring points in increments of 20,000. It has also offered some very lucrative transfer bonuses and promotional bonuses in the past for things like converting other points to Aeroplan miles, a 75% mileage bonus for flying certain routes, and shopping through its e-store.

Some other interesting features of Aeroplan include flexible routing rules so you can build in stopovers, some very well-priced awards, and its useful engine for searching for Star Alliance availability. On the negative side, Aeroplan does levy some high fuel surcharges on some Star Alliance carriers including Air Canada flights so I wanted to take a closer look at these and give you ballpark estimates of what you can expect to pay on partner awards by pricing out itineraries on Aeroplan’s Star Alliance partners.

AIR CHINA

DOMESTIC
Route: Beijing-Shanghai
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $16 USD

Air China Beijing-Shanghai Economy Award
Air China Beijing-Shanghai Economy Award

Route: Beijing-Shanghai:
Class: Business
Miles Required: 30,000
Taxes and Fees: $16 USD

Air China Beijing-Shanghai Business Award
Air China Beijing-Shanghai Business Award

TRANSPACIFIC
Route: Los Angeles-Beijing
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 75,000
Taxes and Fees: $75 USD

Air China Los Angeles-Beijing Economy Award
Air China Los Angeles-Beijing Economy Award

Route: Los Angeles-Beijing
Class: First
Miles Required: 175,000
Taxes and Fees: $75 USD

Air China Los Angeles-Beijing First Award
Air China Los Angeles-Beijing First Award

ASIANA

INTRA-ASIAN
Route: Tokyo-Seoul
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $109 USD

Asiana Tokyo-Seoul Economy Award
Asiana Tokyo-Seoul Economy Award

Route: Tokyo-Seoul
Class: Business
Miles Required: 30,000
Taxes and Fees: $109 USD

Asiana Tokyo-Seoul Business Award
Asiana Tokyo-Seoul Business Award

TRANSPACIFIC
Route: Los Angeles- Seoul
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 75,000
Taxes and Fees: $396 USD

Asiana Los Angeles-Seoul Economy Award
Asiana Los Angeles-Seoul Economy Award

Route: Los Angeles- Seoul
Class: Business
Miles Required: 125,000
Taxes and Fees: $396 USD

Asiana Los Angeles-Seoul Business Award
Asiana Los Angeles-Seoul Business Award

EGYPTAIR

EUROPEAN
Route: Cairo-Paris
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 50,000
Taxes and Fees: $94 USD

EgyptAir Cairo-Paris Economy Award
EgyptAir Cairo-Paris Economy Award

Route: Cairo-Paris
Class: Business
Miles Required: 75,000
Taxes and Fees: $143 USD

EgyptAir Cairo-Paris Business Award
EgyptAir Cairo-Paris Business Award

TRANSATLANTIC
Route: New York-Cairo
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 80,000
Taxes and Fees: $84 USD

EgyptAir New York-Cairo Economy Award
EgyptAir New York-Cairo Economy Award

Route: New York-Cairo
Class: Business
Miles Required: 135,000
Taxes and Fees: $84 USD

EgyptAir New York-Cairo Business Award
EgyptAir New York-Cairo Business Award

LOT POLISH AIRLINES

INTRA-EUROPEAN
Route: Warsaw – Barcelona
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $84.40 USD

WAW-BCN Economy
Warsaw-Barcelona Economy

Route: Warsaw – Barcelona
Class: Business
Miles Required: 30,000
Taxes and Fees: $84.40 USD

Warsaw-Barcelona Business Class
Warsaw-Barcelona Business Class

TRANSATLANTIC
Route: Chicago – Warsaw
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 60,000
Taxes and Fees: $198.10 USD

Chicago-Warsaw in Economy
Chicago-Warsaw in Economy

Route: Chicago – Warsaw
Class: Business
Miles Required: 90,000
Taxes and Fees: $198.10 USD

Chicago-Warsaw in Business
Chicago-Warsaw in Business

SAS

INTRA-EUROPEAN
Route: Stockholm-Amsterdam
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $67 USD

SAS Stockholm-Amsterdam Economy Award
SAS Stockholm-Amsterdam Economy Award

Route: Stockholm-Amsterdam
Class: Business
Miles Required: 30,000
Taxes and Fees: $67 USD

SAS Stockholm-Amsterdam Business Award
SAS Stockholm-Amsterdam Business Award

TRANSATLANTIC
Route: Chicago-Stockholm
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 60,000
Taxes and Fees: $86 USD

SAS Chicago- Stockholm Economy Award
SAS Chicago- Stockholm Economy Award

Route: Chicago-Stockholm
Class: Business
Miles Required: 90,000
Taxes and Fees: $86 USD

SAS Chicago-Stockholm Business Award
SAS Chicago-Stockholm Business Award

SWISS

INTRA-EUROPEAN
Route: Zurich-Madrid
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $73 USD

Swiss Zurich-Madrid Economy Award
Swiss Zurich-Madrid Economy Award

Route: Zurich-Madrid:
Class: Business
Miles Required: 30,000
Taxes and Fees: $73 USD

Swiss Zurich-Madrid Business Award
Swiss Zurich-Madrid Business Award

TRANSATLANTIC
Route: Zurich-New York:
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 60,000
Taxes and Fees: $106 USD

Swiss Zurich-New York Economy Award
Swiss Zurich-New York Economy Award

Route: Zurich-New York:
Class: Business
Miles Required: 90,000
Taxes and Fees: $106 USD

Swiss Zurich-New York Business Award
Swiss Zurich-New York Business Award

TAM

SOUTH AMERICA
Route: Sao Paulo – Buenos Aires
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 25,000
Taxes and Fees: $93.78 USD

TAM Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires in Economy
TAM Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires in Economy

Route: Sao Paulo – Buenos Aires
Class: Business
Miles Required: 40,000
Taxes and Fees: $113.74 USD

TAM Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires in Business
TAM Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires in Business – try to avoid this connection!

INTERNATIONAL

Route: Miami – Manaus (returning Copa)
Class: Business
Miles Required: 95,000
Taxes and Fees: $97.00 USD

TAM Miami to Manaus (returning Copa) in Business Class
TAM Miami to Manaus (returning Copa) in Business Class

THAI AIRWAYS

INTRA-ASIAN
Route: Hong Kong – Bangkok
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $132.26 USD

Thai Airways Hong Kong to Bangkok in Economy
Thai Airways Hong Kong to Bangkok in Economy

Route: Hong Kong – Bangkok
Class: Business
Miles Required: 30,000
Taxes and Fees: $153.26 USD

Thai Airways Hong Kong to Bangkok in Business
Thai Airways Hong Kong to Bangkok in Business

INTERNATIONAL
Route: Bangkok – Rome
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 75,000
Taxes and Fees: $453 USD

Thai Airways Bangkok to Rome Economy Award
Thai Airways Bangkok to Rome in Economy

Route: Bangkok – Rome
Class: Business
Miles Required: 105,000
Taxes and Fees: $546 USD

Thai Airways Bangkok to Rome Business Award
Thai Airways Bangkok to Rome Business Award

TURKISH AIRLINES

INTRA-EUROPEAN
Route: Istanbul – Zurich
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 30,000
Taxes and Fees: $58.70 USD

Istanbul to Zurich in Economy on Turkish
Istanbul to Zurich in Economy on Turkish

Route: Istanbul – Zurich
Class: Business
Miles Required: 45,000
Taxes and Fees: $58.70 USD

Istanbul to Zurich in Business on Turkish
Istanbul to Zurich in Business on Turkish

TRANSATLANTIC
Route: Houston – Istanbul
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 75,000
Taxes and Fees: $72.40 USD

Houston to Istanbul in Economy on Turkish
Houston to Istanbul in Economy on Turkish

Route: Houston – Istanbul
Class: Business
Miles Required: 105,000
Taxes and Fees: $72.40 USD

Houston to Istanbul in Business on Turkish
Houston to Istanbul in Business on Turkish

US AIRWAYS

DOMESTIC
Route: Phoenix – Philadelphia
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 25,000
Taxes and Fees: $14.00 USD

US Airways Economy Phoenix to Philadelphia
US Airways Economy Phoenix to Philadelphia

Route: Phoenix – Philadelphia
Class: First
Miles Required: 70,000
Taxes and Fees: Approx $14

US Airways First Phoenix to Philadelphia
US Airways First Phoenix to Philadelphia

INTERNATIONAL
Route: Philadelphia – Frankfurt
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 60,000
Taxes and Fees: $163.30

US Airways Economy Philadelphia to Frankfurt
US Airways Economy Philadelphia to Frankfurt

Route: Philadelphia – Paris, Charles De Gaulle
Class: Business
Miles Required: 90,000
Taxes and Fees: $172.60 USD

US Airways Philadelphia to Paris in Business Class
US Airways Philadelphia to Paris in Business Class

Stay tuned for the next part in the series in which I’ll pull together the taxes and fees on the remaining Star Alliance carriers including: Adria, Aegean, Austrian, Avianca/Taca, Copa, Croatian, Ethiopian, Shenzen and TAP.

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