Update: The Air Canada transfer bonus ends tomorrow. If you do still want to take advantage of the 80K or 120K bonus you would need to transfer part of it today and part of tomorrow as the maximum amount of Starpoints you can transfer per day for the maximum bonus is 60K.
Through 08/31 you will get a 25% bonus for transfers from hotel programs to United.
It’s not worth transferring valuable Starpoints to United due to the poor 20K:12.5K ratio, though with this promotion the ratio would be 20,000:15,625. Still, you’d be far better off transferring 20K Starpoints into 30K American miles and using Chase Ultimate Rewards cards to transfer at a 1:1 ratio into United.
The best option is from Marriott. With RewardsPlus Hotel+Air you can use 220K Marriott points for 7 nights at a category 5 hotel plus 96,250 United miles. Or 112K Marriott points would net 62.5K United miles via RewardsPlus.
Through 08/24 you can get bonus points for transferring points from hotel and car partners to Air Canada’s Aeroplan program. Here is a link to Air Canada’s award chart.
Unfortunately the bonus does not apply for American Express Membership Rewards transfers, but it does work for Starwood transfers. Starwood gives 25K Aeroplan miles for every 20K Starpoints transferred.
-If you transfer 5K Starwood you’ll have 6K Aeroplan (effective 20% bonus)
-If you transfer 10K Starwood you’ll have 12K Aeroplan (effective 20% bonus)
-If you transfer 20K Starwood you’ll have 29K Aeroplan (effective 45% bonus)
-If you transfer 40K Starwood you’ll have 60K Aeroplan (effective 50% bonus)
-If you transfer 80K Starwood you’ll have 125K Aeroplan (effective 56.25% bonus)
-If you transfer 120K Starwood you’ll have 190K Aeroplan (effective 58.33% bonus)
120K Starwood points will get you more than enough Aeroplan miles for 2 people to fly round-trip business class to Europe on Star Alliance carrier Swiss with no fuel surcharges. Plus Aeroplan also offers 2 free stopovers!
Of course there are many other options for your Starpoints, so you’ll have to consider if the 50% bonus to American will serve you better than a 58% bonus to Aeroplan. Plus you can transfer Membership Rewards to Aeroplan but not to American.
A breakdown of Aeroplan policies:
-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 or first class.
-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 round-trip to 3 European cities and stay in each for as long as you want. Or for 150K miles you can fly round-trip to Asia in business, with stops in Europe along the way.
-There are no expedite/close-in fees.
-There is a $90 charge to change or cancel an award ticket. Officially you can’t cancel an award within 21 days, but you can pay $90 to change it to a date outside of 21 days and another $90 to cancel it.
-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 India, Air New Zealand, Avianca/TACA, Brussels, Copa, Croatia, EVA, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, SAS, Shenzhen, Singapore, South African, Swiss, Turkish, and United.
-Air Canada miles require activity every 12 months to keep them active.