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Once again, Air Canada’s Aeroplan mileage program is allowing you to earn bonus miles when converting points from their partners into Aeroplan miles.
Dubbed as “a year–end bonus bonanza,” now through December 9, 2013, you can earn up 25,000 bonus miles when converting points from a selection of partner loyalty programs, including the following:
- SPG Starwood Preferred Guest
- Marriott Rewards
- Hilton HHonors
- Club Carlson
- Best Western Rewards
- Wyndham Rewards
- Accor AClub
- Choice Privileges
- Coast Rewards
- Golden Circle Award (Shangri-La Hotels)
- Points.com (note that only exchanges are eligible for the bonus but not points trades with other members)
Unfortunately, Amex Membership Rewards points transfers to Aeroplan do not count for this promo (nor are CIBC Aventura points) but it could still be a good way to boost your Aeroplan balance with orphaned points from other accounts.
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.
This is similar to the promotion that Aeroplan had last April, but sadly not as good, since with that one, if you transferred enough points to get 150,000 Aeroplan miles, you get a bonus of 40,000 miles – almost a 27% bonus – but now the maximum is 25,000.
The threshold for each bonus is 20%, but you don’t get bonus points for the amounts in between each bonus level. So you get the following bonuses. However, the bonus doesn’t require a single transfer to be as large as each threshold. Aeroplan will count the total miles transferred in from eligible partners when calculating the bonus. Here’s how bonus miles will be awarded.
To get the bonus miles, convert points from one or more partners and Aeroplan will calculate the overall total so you get the biggest bonus possible. For example, if you convert points into a total of 5,000 Aeroplan miles you will get 1,000 bonus miles. If you convert points into a total of 100,000 Aeroplan miles you will get 25,000 bonus miles.
Log onto your Aeroplan account here, choose which partners from which you want to convert from and the amount, and the bonus miles will be calculated.
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 normally have 25,000 Aeroplan miles (including the 5,000 miles SPG will give you for the transfer bonus). But with this promo, you’d earn an additional 4,000 bonus miles for a total of 29,000 miles – a 45% bonus. 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.
Another good option could be Marriott’s Air + Hotel packages since you bundle your Marriott points and a miles conversion into one big transaction that equates your Marriott points to 1 miles each with Aeroplan starting at 50,000 miles and going up to 120,000 miles. So if you had enough Marriott points for one of these, let’s say converting 200,000 points into a 5-night stay at a Category 1-5 hotel + 50,000 miles, you’d actually get 60,000 miles instead, a nice 20% bonus.
Remember that the Aeroplan Rewards program is launching some major changes starting January 1, 2014, including a big devaluating overhaul of mileage award redemptions, signing a deal with a new credit card partner, eliminating mileage expiration, and instituting a new revenue-based program of elite status benefits. The biggest downside to the program was increasing redemption levels by about 20% – which some cases adds up to 40,000 miles, to flights from Canada and the continental US to Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific. Here is a comparison of the old versus new redemption levels. So business and first class awards to almost every continent are increasing by 25,000-40,000 miles on top of the increase in award redemption levels that Air Canada put in place back in 2011.
If you decide you want to stick Aeroplan despite the devaluation, below are all the full terms and conditions of the latest promotion, or click here.
Maximum 25,000 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 100,000 or more Aeroplan Miles. Bonus offer valid only on conversions made between November 11 and December 9, 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. Although eligible CIBC Aventura cardholders as of October 1, 2013, can convert their Aventura points to Aeroplan Miles, these conversions are also 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.
For more information on Aeroplan and their current promotions, read my previous posts.