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Aeroplan Star Alliance Award Taxes and Fees – Part 3

by on March 22, 2013 · 10 comments

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This is the third installment of my series on calculating the cost of various Star Alliance awards using Aeroplan miles. Aeroplan is the frequent flyer program of Air Canada, a member of Star Alliance, so you can use Aeroplan miles to book on any of the 27 Star Alliance carriers. The program is also 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.

Overall, Aeroplan has some very flexible routing rules so you can build in stopovers and take advantage of some very well-priced awards. Its engine for searching for Star Alliance availability is also very useful. However, in some cases, Aeroplan levies some very high fuel surcharges on certain Star Alliance carriers and destinations including its own Air Canada flights so I wanted to take a closer look at these and give you estimates of what you can expect to pay on partner awards and when it might be a good idea to splurge with miles on a premium award if you’re paying the same taxes and fees as in economy.

In Part 1 of my series, I priced out awards on Air Canada, United, Lufthansa, Brussels Air, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, ANA and South African Airways. In Part 2, I looked 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).

In this section, I’ll examine the rest of the 27 Star Alliance partners including: Adria Airways, Aegean, Austrian, Avianca/Taca, Copa Croatia, Shenzhen and TAP.

ADRIA AIRWAYS

INTRA-EUROPEAN
Route: Ljubljana – Vienna
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 30,000
Taxes and Fees: $144.80 USD

Adria Airways Ljubljana- Vienna Economy Award

Adria Airways Ljubljana-Vienna Economy Award

Route: Ljubljana – Vienna
Class: Business
Miles Required: 45,000
Taxes and Fees: $144.80 USD

Adria Airways Ljubljana- Vienna Business Award

Adria Airways Ljubljana- Vienna Business Award

INTERNATIONAL
Route: Ljubljana – Moscow
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 30,000
Taxes and Fees: $150.54 USD

Adria Airways Ljubljana- Moscow Economy Award

Adria Airways Ljubljana-Moscow Economy Award

Route: Ljubljana – Moscow
Class: Business
Miles Required: 45,000
Taxes and Fees: $150.54 USD

Adria Airways Ljubljana- Moscow Business Award

Adria Airways Ljubljana-Moscow Business Award

AEGEAN AIRLINES

DOMESTIC
Route: Athens – Thessaloniki
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 30,000
Taxes and Fees: $55.70 USD

Aegean Airlines Athens-Thessaloniki Economy Award

Aegean Airlines Athens-Thessaloniki Economy Award

Route: Athens – Thessaloniki
Class: Business
Miles Required: 45,000
Taxes and Fees: $55.70 USD

Aegean Airlines Athens-Thessaloniki Business Award

Aegean Airlines Athens-Thessaloniki Business Award

INTRA-EUROPEAN
Route: Athens – Madrid
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 30,000
Taxes and Fees: $68.60 USD

Aegean Airlines Athens-Madrid Economy Award

Aegean Airlines Athens-Madrid Economy Award

Route: Athens – Madrid
Class: Business
Miles Required: 45,000
Taxes and Fees: $68.60 USD

Aegean Airlines Athens-Madrid Business Award

Aegean Airlines Athens-Madrid Business Award

AUSTRIAN AIRLINES

DOMESTIC
Route: Vienna – Graz
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $90.70 USD

Austrian

Austrian Airlines Vienna-Graz Economy Award

Route: Vienna – Graz
Class: Business
Miles Required: 30,000
Taxes and Fees: $90.70 USD

Austrian Airlines Vienna-Graz Business Award

Austrian Airlines Vienna-Graz Business Award

INTERNATIONAL
Route: Vienna – New York, JFK
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 60,000
Taxes and Fees: $472.50 USD

Austrian Airlines Vienna-New York Economy Award

Austrian Airlines Vienna-New York Economy Award

Route: Vienna – New York, JFK
Class: Business
Miles Required: 90,000
Taxes and Fees: $472.50 USD

Austrian Airlines Vienna-New York Business Award

Austrian Airlines Vienna-New York Business Award

AVIANCA AIRLINES

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

Avianca Airlines Bogota-Medellin Economy Award

Avianca Airlines Bogota-Medellin Economy Award

Route: Bogota – Medellin
Class: Business
Miles Required: 35,000
Taxes and Fees: $14.00 USD

Avianca Airlines Bogota-Medellin Business Award

Avianca Airlines Bogota-Medellin Business Award

INTERNATIONAL
Route: Bogota – Orlando
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 50,000
Taxes and Fees: $133.90 USD

Avianca Airlines Bogota-Orlando Economy Award

Avianca Airlines Bogota-Orlando Economy Award

Route: Bogota – Orlando
Class: Business
Miles Required: 75,000
Taxes and Fees: $133.90 USD

Avianca Airlines Bogota-Orlando Business Award

Avianca Airlines Bogota-Orlando Business Award

COPA AIRLINES

REGIONAL
Route: Panama City – Lima
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 50,000
Taxes and Fees: $90 USD

Copa Airlines Panama City- Lima Economy Award

Copa Airlines Panama City- Lima Economy Award

Route: Panama City – Lima
Class: Business
Miles Required: 80,000
Taxes and Fees: $90 USD

Copa Airlines Panama City- Lima Business Award

Copa Airlines Panama City- Lima Business Award

INTERNATIONAL
Route: New York – Panama City
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 40,000
Taxes and Fees: $104 USD

Copa Airlines New York (JFK)- Panama City Economy Award

Copa Airlines New York (JFK)- Panama City Economy Award

Route: New York – Panama City
Class: Business
Miles Required: 60,000
Taxes and Fees: $104 USD

Copa Airlines New York (JFK)- Panama City Business Award

Copa Airlines New York (JFK)- Panama City Business Award

CROATIA AIRLINES

INTRA-EUROPEAN
Route: Zagreb – Amsterdam
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 30,000
Taxes and Fees: $60 USD

Croatia Airlines Zagreb-Amsterdam Economy Award

Croatia Airlines Zagreb-Amsterdam Economy Award

Route: Zagreb – Amsterdam
Class: Business
Miles Required: 45,000
Taxes and Fees: $60 USD

Croatia Airlines Zagreb-Amsterdam Business Award

Croatia Airlines Zagreb-Amsterdam Business Award

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES

REGIONAL
Route: Addis Ababa – Dire Dawa
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 40,000
Taxes and Fees: $2 USD

Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa-Dire Dawa Economy Award

Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa-Dire Dawa Economy Award

INTERNATIONAL
Route: Addis Ababa – Washington (Dulles)
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 100,000
Taxes and Fees: $85 USD

Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa-Washington (Dulles) Economy Award

Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa-Washington (Dulles) Economy Award

Route: Addis Ababa – Washington (Dulles)
Class: Business
Miles Required: 150,000
Taxes and Fees: $85 USD

Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa-Washington (Dulles) Business Award

Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa-Washington (Dulles) Business Award

SHENZHEN AIRLINES

DOMESTIC
Route: Guangzhou – Chengdu
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $16 USD

Shenzhen Airlines Guangzhou-Chengdu Economy Award

Shenzhen Airlines Guangzhou-Chengdu Economy Award

Route: Guangzhou – Chengdu
Class: First
Miles Required: 50,000
Taxes and Fees: $16 USD

Shenzhen Airlines Guangzhou-Chengdu First Award

Shenzhen Airlines Guangzhou-Chengdu First Award

TACA AIRLINES

REGIONAL
Route: San Salvador – Guatemala City
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 40,000
Taxes and Fees: $69.73 USD

Taca Airlines San Salvador- Guatemala City Economy Award

Taca Airlines San Salvador- Guatemala City Economy Award

Route: San Salvador – Guatemala City
Class: Business
Miles Required: 60,000
Taxes and Fees: $69.73 USD

Taca Airlines San Salvador- Guatemala City Business Award

Taca Airlines San Salvador- Guatemala City Business Award

INTERNATIONAL
Route: San Salvador – Los Angeles
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 40,000
Taxes and Fees: $96.03 USD

Taca Airlines San Salvador- Los Angeles Economy Award

Taca Airlines San Salvador- Los Angeles Economy Award

Route: San Salvador – Los Angeles
Class: Business
Miles Required: 60,000
Taxes and Fees: $96.03 USD

Taca Airlines San Salvador- Los Angeles Business Award

Taca Airlines San Salvador- Los Angeles Business Award

TAP PORTUGAL

INTRA-EUROPEAN
Route: Lisbon – Madrid
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 20,000
Taxes and Fees: $110 USD

TAP Portugal Lisbon-Madrid Economy Award

TAP Portugal Lisbon-Madrid Economy Award

Route: Lisbon – Madrid
Class: Business
Miles Required: 30,000
Taxes and Fees: $110 USD

TAP Portugal Lisbon-Madrid Business Award

TAP Portugal Lisbon-Madrid Business Award

INTERNATIONAL
Route: Lisbon – Newark
Class: Economy
Miles Required: 60,000
Taxes and Fees: $532 USD

TAP Portugal Lisbon-Newark Economy Award

TAP Portugal Lisbon-Newark Economy Award

Route: Lisbon – Newark
Class: Business
Miles Required: 90,000
Taxes and Fees: $532 USD

TAP Portugal Lisbon-Newark Business Award

TAP Portugal Lisbon-Newark Business Award

In the next and final installment of the series, I’ll put all these numbers together for you in one place in a handy guide that will help you estimate what the award you want will end up costing you.

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  • TravelNut

    Which in your opinion is the “best” Star Alliance member to accrue miles in — generous in earning miles, faster to achieve elite status, bonuses in transfer, easy redemption etc. Keep up the excellent job, thanks!

  • E

    Hi!
    Ive been majorly enjoying your blog!
    I need to travel to London in June with a couple of days stopover in Switzerland. I have over 200k of MR. Can you advise me the best way to get good award tickets?
    Thanks

  • andrewleen

    Great job! Do you have plan for ANA Star Alliance Award Taxes and Fees?

  • ten60

    Do you know how long it takes to transfer miles from american express to aeroplan thanks in advance

  • Craig

    I keep reading that they don’t charge YQ on UA, US, LX, and some others, but this series indicates otherwise. Which is true?

  • Mileswhore

    What isn’t mentioned is they aren’t open 24 hours to change your award reservations if you should have a problem or miss a flight, especially when you are out of the country. Stick to an airline that is open 24/7 and has people that can access and change award flights 24/7. Trust me, I recently went through this problem and you end up getting screwed!

  • Cmgalan

    It’s immediate. You can do it while on the phone with aeroplan and are ready to execute the transaction.

  • Cmgalan

    You can always contact an office that is open in a different time zone such as Hong Kong. Also, the Mexico City office is purported to be open 24h.

  • Cmgalan

    If your MR is with a Canadian Amex, there is currently a 50% bonus for transfers to BA Executive Club FF program (ends March 31/13). Although they have high YQ, the 33% discount may be worth it and they have very good short distance redemptions ie. 4,500 + ~$55 YYZ to JFK / ORD (fewer than 500 miles direct) for one way.

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