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Every so often, Aeroplan (the loyalty program of Air Canada) offers bonuses when you convert points from the program’s partners into Aeroplan miles, and now through November 24, when you transfer points from select partners, you can earn up to 25,000 bonus miles. As with past promotions, the bonus is tiered based on how many points you convert. Here is the promo page where you can find all the details.

Aeroplan 25k bonus

So when you convert enough points to create the following amount of Aeroplan miles, here are the bonuses you score:

5,000 miles – 1,000 bonus
10,000 miles – 2,000 bonus
20,000 miles – 4,000 bonus
50,000 miles – 10,000 bonus
100,000 miles – 25,000 bonus

Participating transfer partners include:

  • ClubRewards
  • 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)
  • Hertz
  • Points.com (note that only exchanges are eligible for the bonus but not points trades with other members)
Before you start strategizing, though, note that American Express Membership Rewards – the points program of cards like the Platinum and Premier Rewards Gold – transfers are not eligible for bonuses. Also note that while Air Canada is a Star Alliance carrier and you can use your Aeroplan miles for awards on its partner carriers, they sometimes levy huge fees on many partner awards. For more information on fees on each Star Alliance carrier, check out our recent series.
You can earn up to 25,000 bonus miles with this transfer bonus.
You can earn up to 25,000 bonus miles with this transfer bonus.

Transfer Scenarios

Although these bonuses do not seem too compelling for the most part, there are two potentially decent transfer scenarios you might want to consider.

The first is using your Starwood Preferred Guest points. Normally if you transferred 20,000 SPG points to Aeroplan, you would end up with 25,000 Aeroplan miles (including the 5,000 miles SPG will give you for the transfer bonus). With this promo, you’d earn an additional 4,000 bonus miles for a total of 29,000 miles. That ends up being a 45% bonus. You can probably still 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 (hundreds of dollars in many cases). However, if you were thinking of converting some SPG points to Aeroplan anyway, this could be a good option to double dip on your bonus points.

Marriott's Hotel + Air Packages might be worth considering.
Marriott’s Hotel + Air Packages might be worth considering.

Marriott’s Air + Hotel packages are another option to consider. With them, you bundle your Marriott points and a miles conversion into one big transaction that equates your Marriott points to 1 mile each. As you can see in the table above, which includes Aeroplan as an airline partner, conversions start at 200,000 Marriott points. For that, you get 7 nights in a Category 1-5 hotel and 50,000 miles. Depending how many points you bundle, you can bank as many as 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. If you had the 250,000 necessary for a Category 1-5 bundle, you’d end up with 100,000 Aeroplan miles plus the full 25,000-mile bonus for 25% more miles than you would ordinarily earn.

So while there are options out there, just keep in mind that Aeroplan devalued its award chart last January, with redemption levels increasing by about 20% (up to 40,000 miles in some cases!) on flights from Canada and the continental US to Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific. If you decide you want to transfer to Aeroplan despite the devaluation, below are all the full terms and conditions of the latest promotion, or click here.

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card

The standard sign-up offer for these co-branded cards is 30,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months, so the current bonus is a significant step up. TPG values United miles at 1.5 cents apiece, so this 50,000-mile sign-up bonus gets you $750 in value.

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More Things to Know
  • Special offer: 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open
  • Check your first bag for free (a savings of up to $100 per roundtrip) when you use your Card to purchase your ticket
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club with 2 one-time passes each year for your anniversary
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on tickets purchased from United, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Your miles don't expire as long as your credit card account is open, with no limit to the number of miles you can earn
  • Use your miles for any seat, any time, on any United-operated flight at the MileagePlus Standard Award level
  • $95 annual fee
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
5.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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