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You can finally book Air Canada Aeroplan stopovers online for 5,000 points

Sept. 01, 2022
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There's big news from Air Canada's Aeroplan program today. You can now book stopovers online for just 5,000 points, as first reported by One Mile at a Time.

While Aeroplan stopovers were already allowed, customers had to call to add a stopover to their itinerary. With multi-hour hold times, award availability can fluctuate before you can even get through to an agent.

In summary, being able to book stopovers online is a big win. But how do you book Aeroplan stopovers online?

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Booking Aeroplan stopovers online

You can use Aeroplan to book Etihad business class. ZACH GRIFF/THE POINTS GUY

Before we discuss booking Aeroplan stopovers online, let's review the conditions you need to meet for a stopover.

My colleague, Sarah Hostetler, has published a seven-step guide on how to book stopovers using Aeroplan. But here are a few reminders:

  • You can’t build a stopover in North America.
  • Your connecting flight must be less than double the mileage cost of a nonstop flight.
  • You cannot backtrack through the same airport you’ve already visited.
  • Your stopover must be at least 24 hours and cannot exceed 45 days in length.

Aeroplan has a variety of partner airlines — perhaps most notably Etihad — in addition to the 26 airlines within Star Alliance. Best of all, you can use any of Aeroplan's partners when booking stopovers. The program also allows you to transfer from one partner to another on stopovers.

To book an Aeroplan stopover, go to aircanada.com. When searching online, tick "Multi-city/Stopover" and "Book with points."

You'll type in your desired travel dates, length of stopover and stopover city.

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On the next screen, you'll see the availability of your flight itinerary. In this case, we're offered a flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Brussels Airport (BRU) on Brussels Airlines, a five-day stopover in Brussels and a connecting flight from BRU to Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) on Etihad.

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To confirm that this was the accurate stopover pricing, I searched for a flight from JFK to AUH without a stopover.

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Sure enough, that flight — without a stopover — was priced at 5,000 points less than the one with the stopover.

If you're having issues finding availability, I suggest searching for each segment separately. Once you find award space on your desired flights, you can price it out and book using the online stopover tool.

How to earn Aeroplan points

Economy class on an Air Canada Airbus A220. KYLE OLSEN/THE POINTS GUY

One of the best parts about Aeroplan is that you can convert credit card points to Aeroplan points across the major credit cards currencies:

That means you can convert the following card bonuses into Aeroplan points:

Air Canada also has its own cobranded Aeroplan® Credit Card, which comes with a welcome bonus of 70,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases with the card in the first three months of account opening.

Check out our guide to the best travel credit cards to see all the other cards that earn rewards that transfer to Aeroplan.

Related: Why the new Aeroplan card is surprisingly a great choice for everyday purchases

Bottom line

At just 5,000 additional points in any cabin, the ability to book Aeroplan stopovers online makes them far more feasible and, in my book, increases the program's value proposition.

I'll certainly consider transferring my hard-earned credit card points to Aeroplan using the stopover feature the next time I'm ready to book an award flight.

Featured image by KYLE OLSEN/THE POINTS GUY
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
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  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
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  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases