August 14th, 2012
Air Canada Flight Award Chart Linky
Starwood Mileage Transfer Linky
Starwood American Express 30K Consumer Card Limited Time OFfer
Starwood American Express 30K Business Card Limited Time Offer
Aeroplan Offer Registration Linky
Airlines like Air Canada and USAirways often have transfer bonuses for hotel points converted into their miles.
The best hotel point to mileage ratio is with Starwood, as 20K Starpoints becomes 25K miles. No other hotel chain comes even remotely close to that.
Through September 9th by registering for this promotion if you transfer 20K Starpoints to Air Canada you will get 29K miles or if you transfer 40K Starpoints you will get 60K Aeroplan miles.
Don’t forget you can also instantly transfer American Express Membership Rewards points (earned from cards like Premier Rewards Gold Consumer,
Platinum Consumer, Gold Rewards Business, and Platinum Business) into Aeroplan miles to reach an award.
A breakdown of Aeroplan policies:
-Air Canada generously allows for 2 free stopovers, so you can check out up to 2 cities for as long as you want in addition to your final destination. If used properly you can create for yourself a mini round-the-world trip, all for the single award rate of flying to your final destination. So for just 90K miles you can fly in business class to 3 European cities and stay in each for as long as you want. Or for 135K miles you can fly down under in business, with stops in Europe and in Asia along the way for example.
-There are no expedite/close-in fees.
-Air Canada has one of the best lap child policies out there. You pay a flat fee of just $50 in coach, $100 in business, and $125 in first for a lap child. Compare that to 10% of the paid fare with other airlines and you can save a small fortune, especially if you are flying in business class.
-There is a $90 charge to change or cancel an award ticket and a $180 charge to cancel within 21 days of departure. (The $90 cancellation price when done at least 21+ days in advance actually is pretty good)
-One-way awards cost about 2/3rds of the award cost of a round-trip.
-Awards can’t be held.
-For travel to Israel the coach rate is the same 80K as United and USAirways charge, but you need 135K in business (compared to 120K with United or USAirways) and 190K for first class via Europe (compared to 150K with United or 180K with USAirways).
-Air Canada charges a fuel surcharge if you redeem their miles for travel on the following carriers: Adria, Air Canada, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, TAP Portugal, and THAI. (There is no fuel surcharge if you redeem their miles for travel on the following carriers: Aegean, Air China, Air New Zealand, Avianca/TACA, Brussels, Copa, Croatia, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, SAS, Singapore, South African, Swiss, TAM, Turkish, United, and USAirways)
-Air Canada miles require activity every 12 months to keep them active. They also expire 7 years after they are earned regardless of activity.