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Login to AMEX via the link above and you can see if you are targeted for a 10% or 20% bonus when you transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points to Aeroplan. If you are targeted it will show a 1,000:1,100 transfer ratio or 1,000:1,200 transfer ratio. Otherwise you’ll see the usual 1,000:1,000 transfer ratio.
Note that Air Canada is bringing Aeroplan back in house on June 30, 2020 and changes to the program can be expected.
A breakdown of Aeroplan policies:
- Air Canada has one of the better lap child policies out there. You pay a flat fee of just $50 in coach, $75 in premium economy, $100 in business, or $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.
- Aeroplan’s Star Alliance award chart has some bright spots, though not as many as it used to. A business class flight from North America to Europe or South America is 55K miles each way while first class is 70K miles each way.
- Air Canada still allows for a free stopover when flying to another continent, though that is down from the previous 2 free stopovers.
- There are no expedite/close-in fees.
- Aeroplan now offers free refunds within 24 hours of award bookings.
- Aeroplan now allow award cancellations up until 2 hours of departure. Previously they required 21 days advance cancellation.
- There is a C$125 charge to change or cancel an award ticket.
- Awards can’t be held.
- Stopovers are no longer allowed within North America.
- Premium class travel to Israel and the Middle East is pricey at 165K for business and 230K round-trip for first class. That’s higher than every other region in the world. Some agents may allow you to stopover in Israel on the way to another region for the lower cost of flying to the other region.
- 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.
AMEX cards with transferable Membership Rewards points to Aeroplan include:
- AMEX Blue Business Plus
- AMEX Platinum Business
- $595 annual fee, earn 1.5 points per dollar on eligible $5K+ transactions, $200 in annual airline fee credits, $200 in annual Dell credits, 1 year WeWork Global Office Space, Marriott and Hilton Gold status, 35% points rebate on paid airfare redemptions, Global Entry/Pre-check, AMEX Global lounge collection access.
- For rates and fees of the AMEX Platinum Business Card, please visit here.
- AMEX Gold Business Card
- AMEX Gold Consumer Card
- $250 annual fee, 40K points welcome bonus, $100 in annual airline fee credits, earn up to 4 points per dollar.
- AMEX Platinum Consumer Card
- $550 annual fee, up to 60K points welcome bonus, earn 5 points per dollar on airfare, $200 in annual airline fee credits, up to $200 in annual Uber credit, up to $100 in annual Saks credit, Marriott and Hilton Gold status, Global Entry/Pre-check, AMEX Global lounge collection access.
- AMEX Everyday Preferred Consumer Card
- $95 annual fee, up to 20K points welcome bonus, earn between 1.5-4.5 points per dollar everywhere with 30+ monthly transactions.
- AMEX Everyday Consumer Card
- No annual fee, up to 15K points welcome bonus, earn between 1.2-2.4 points per dollar everywhere with 20+ monthly transactions.
Will you transfer points to Aeroplan with this bonus?