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Up To 40,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles With Partner Points Conversions

by on April 16, 2013 · 5 comments

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From now through May 13, 2013, Air Canada’s Aeroplan mileage program is running a promotion that could mean up to 40,000 bonus miles for transferring points from their partners. Unfortunately, Amex Membership Rewards points transfers to Aeroplan do not count for this promo, but it could be a good way to boost your Aeroplan balance. Note: while Aeroplan awards are bookable on Star Alliance carriers, they levy huge fees on many partner awards- for more information on fees on each Star Alliance carrier, check out our recent series.

Aeroplan conversion chart

When you transfer enough points from a partner to get 5,000 Aeroplan miles, you get a bonus of 1,000 miles. When you transfer enough for 10,000 Aeroplan miles you get a 2,000-mile bonus and so on. However, it gets more lucrative when you start transferring higher amounts of miles. With enough points to transfer into 100,000 Aeroplan miles, you earn 25,000 bonus miles (so 25%), and if you transfer enough points to get 150,000 Aeroplan miles, you get a bonus of 40,000 miles, almost a 27% bonus. 40,000 bonus points is the maximum per account.

The bonus is calculated on the cumulative number of Aeroplan points you accrue through conversion during the promotional period, so you don’t earn it per transaction.

Aeroplan conversion bonus

The list of eligible transfer partners includes:

Credit Cards: CIBC Aventura®World MasterCard™ Card, CIBC Aventura® Gold Visa™, CIBC Aventura® Visa Infinite™, BankAmericard® Power Rewards® credit card, Diners Club® Club Rewards®.
Hotels: Starwood Preferred Guest®, Hilton HHonors™, Marriott Rewards, Wyndham Rewards®, Best Western Rewards, Choice Privileges®, Coast Rewards, Club CarlsonSM, Le Club Accorhotels (Accor hotels), Golden Circle Award (Shangri-La Hotels).
Car Rentals: Hertz Gold Plus Rewards.
Other: Points.com

Transfer Scenario

Although Membership Rewards isn’t a participating conversion partner, Starwood is, so let’s say you transferred 20,000 SPG points to Aeroplan. Then you’d have 25,000 Aeroplan miles (including the 5,000 miles SPG will give you for the transfer bonus), plus the 4,000 bonus miles from this promo, making it a 16% bonus (or 45% if you count the Starwood standard bonus).

If you were to transfer 80,000 SPG points to Aeroplan, you’d end up with 100,000 Aeroplan miles thanks to the SPG bonus. Then that means you’d qualify for 25,000 promotional bonus miles leaving you with a balance of 125,000 miles, or a 25% bonus. Not bad, especially if you want a “mini” Around The World ticket—you’d pretty much be there—or first class to Europe from North America, or business class to Asia.

Personally, I still think you can get more value out of Starpoints instead of converting them to Aeroplan miles, especially because of the sometimes hefty fuel surcharges and taxes Aeroplan charges on award tickets, but if you were thinking of converting some SPG points to miles anyway, this could be a good option to get a double dip bonus.

Here are the rest of the terms and conditions:

Maximum 40,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles can be earned per Aeroplan Member. Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be issued by Aeroplan as follows: 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 5,000 and 9,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 2,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 10,000 and 19,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 4,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 20,000 and 49,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 10,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 50,000 and 99,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 25,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is between 100,000 and 149,999 Aeroplan Miles; OR 40,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles will be deposited into the member’s account when the total Aeroplan Miles earned by converting points from any combination of eligible partner programs during the promotion is 150,000 or more Aeroplan Miles. Bonus offer valid only on conversions made between April 15 and May 13, 2013 (11:59 EST). POINTS.com: Aeroplan Miles procured via a Trade transaction with another member at Points.com are not eligible towards the conversion bonus threshold. Conversion of Membership Rewards® points from American Express Cardmember accounts into Aeroplan Miles are not eligible for this promotion. BONUS MILE CREDITING: Bonus miles are credited 7–10 days following successful receipt by Aeroplan of a conversion transaction from the partner. Note that some partners may take up to two weeks to submit point-to-mile conversions to Aeroplan.

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  • sfobuddy

    This is just the promotion I’m looking for…on another airline. Great information here, but the OW tickets require far too many points to make it worth using AC.

  • seabass

    Since the Hhonors devaluation, any programs out there that would make sense now to transfer away from Hhonors?

  • Peter Halprin

    I have the same question as Seabass. HHonors transfers to Aeroplan at 10 to 1. I have about 100K in HHonors so I would receive 11,000 aeroplan (which would basically be everything in the account) but that would only give me enough for one 10,000 (essentially domestic) upgrade. I am unlikely to stay at a Hilton anytime soon (I got the miles with the intention of saying at the Conrad Hilton Koh Samui pre-devaluation). Is this worth it?

  • ocscorpio

    This is just my honest opinion, but I wouldn’t do it. For one thing, 100k in HH points is almost enough for a discounted four-night AXON stay (which is 125k for a cat 5-6 I believe). 10k in Aeroplan isn’t even half of a domestic ticket. If you are absolutely positive you will never, ever have any use for the HH points, I’d consider it, but a 10:1 ratio is a horrible trade, especially for Aeroplan and their BS fees.

  • Peter Halprin

    Thanks! Any other ideas for the HH points?

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