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Now through December 21, you can get up to 40,000 Aeroplan bonus miles when you transfer points from 13 of Aeroplan’s partners. As with many of these type of promotions, the bonuses are tiered. The best offer comes when you transfer enough points to generate 150,000 Aeroplan miles, which earns you a 40,000 mile bonus (~27%). But even at the minimum 5,000 tier, you’ll still get a 20% mileage bonus.
– 5,000 miles transferred: 1,000 bonus (20%)
– 10,000 miles transferred: 2,000 bonus (20%)
– 20,000 miles transferred: 4,000 bonus (20%)
– 50,000 miles transferred: 10,000 bonus (20%)
– 100,000 miles transferred: 25,000 bonus (25%)
– 150,000 miles transferred: 40,000 bonus (~27%)
Participating transfer partners include:
– Starwood Preferred Guest
– Marriott Rewards
– Hilton HHonors
– Club Carlson
– Best Western Rewards
– Wyndham Rewards
– Choice Privileges
– Accor AClub
– 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, points transferred from American Express Membership Rewards — one of Aeroplan’s major transfer partners — aren’t eligible for this bonus.
One important note is that you don’t have to transfer all of these points from one source. Aeroplan will combine the points transferred from all sources when determining your mileage bonus. This makes it especially nice if you want to empty out points from some programs that you don’t really use. However, do note that certain partners require you to transfer a minimum number of points — typically in increments of 1,000.
Let’s review two of the best transfer options, based on TPG’s November valuations:
Converting Starwood Points
Starwood points convert to Aeroplan miles at a 1:1 ratio. If you’re worried about the future of Starwood points and need to book a Star Alliance flight soon, you could convert 120,000 Starwood points to Aeroplan. Thanks to Starwood’s 5,000-point bonus for each 20,00 points transferred, you’d end up with a total of 190,000 Aeroplan miles (150,000 miles from the transfer + a 40,000-mile bonus).
Starwood points are valued at 2.5 cents per point, so your 120,000 transferred points have $3,000 in value. Since Aeroplan miles are currently valued at 1.6 cents per mile, your 190,000 freshly minted miles will give you a slightly higher value of $3,040 after the transfer.
Converting Diners Club Rewards Points
Diners Club Rewards points also transfer to Aeroplan at 1:1. While you don’t get any transfer bonus — as you do with Starwood — Club Rewards points aren’t as valuable as Starwood points. If you had a large enough stash of Club Rewards points to transfer 150,000, you’d end up with 190,000 Aeroplan miles post-transfer.
Club Rewards points are valued at 2.1 cents per point, so your 150,000 transferred points have $3,150 in value. Your 190,000 Aeroplan miles would have a slightly lower value of $3,040.
There are certainly some cases where transferring points can be worth it.
Especially after the demise of the British Airways 4,500-mile redemption chart in the US, Aeroplan’s 7,500 mile short-haul redemption options deserve a second look. If you’re planning to fly to Toronto or Montreal, this could be an excellent option. Aeroplan is also a great option for first and business-class awards from the US to Europe, such as Lufthansa. While that airline doesn’t release first-class award space to partners more than 14 days in advance, now’s a good time to book with Aeroplan miles, since the program is planning a major premium-cabin devaluation in just under a month.
If you’re looking to redeem miles soon, this is a great way to top off your Aeroplan account. Just be sure to review Aeroplan’s post-devaluation chart, since many awards will be increasing. Aeroplan has run this type of promotion before, offering a very similar 40,000-mile bonus in July and up to 25,000 bonus miles in April. Given this type of frequency, it is likely that we’ll see a similar promotion in the future. So, if you don’t have a specific reason to make the transfer, there’s no need to jump on this opportunity now.