[Final Day, Here’s How I Used This Bonus] Get A 20% Or 30% Bonus When You Transfer Chase Points Into Air Canada Aeroplan Miles, Book United Flights From 4.5K-5K Points!

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Update: This bonus offer ends tonight at 11:59pm!

I used this bonus twice during the promotion. One was for a positioning flight from Cleveland to Newark on United last month, which took 5K Chase points that transferred into 6K Air Canada points, which is what they charge for short-haul awards. Surprisingly, it took 3 days for that bonus to post, but I was able to still book that award. Air Canada also makes it easy to edit your mileage number, so I changed it to United and was able to get upgraded for free with my United status.

From NYC, we flew JetBlue MINT business class to Paris using 78K Avios, which I had previously transferred using 56K AMEX points with a 40% bonus. We had Aer Lingus business class tickets nonstop from Dublin-Cleveland booked with 88K United miles as that made them fully refundable, but Lufthansa First Class availability has been opening at 96 hours before departure. That opened up when we were on the chunnel train to London, so we had to wait until we arrived to book. Luckily, the 84K Chase points transferred instantly to 100K Air Canada miles this time, and we were able to book First Class from Vienna-Frankfurt-Chicago-Cleveland in the 747-8s front row in the plane’s nose, which is a glorious experience.

If you do have a use for the miles in the near future, it can be worth transferring points now.

Have you taken advantage of this bonus?


Originally posted on 12/5

Get A 20% Or 30% Bonus When You Transfer Chase Points Into Air Canada Aeroplan Miles!

For many years, Chase didn’t have any transfer bonuses. Chase executives told me when they launched Ultimate Rewards point transfers to airlines that they decided to focus on strong partners with easy to understand transfer ratios and not on assorted transfer ratios and transfer bonuses.

But times have changed and Chase is back with another transfer bonus to Air Canada. You will get a 20% bonus, or 1,200 Air Canada Aeroplan miles for every 1,000 Chase points transferred through 1/15/24. It’s not quite as lucrative as last year’s 30% bonus, but it’s still a great offer.

This is stackable with the 10% bonus for 50K+ Chase transfers for Chase Air Canada Aeroplan Cardholders. That means 50K Chase points will convert into 65K Aeroplan miles for cardholders. You can earn up to 25K bonus points per year with the extra 10% bonus.

AMEX and Capital One points also transfer to Air Canada. There haven’t been any Capital One to Air Canada bonuses, but AMEX offered a 15% bonus to Air Canada in September 2022.

In general, I don’t recommend transferring miles to airline programs without an immediate redemption due to the risk of devaluation, but this bonus may be good enough to justify transfering miles that you might need for the near future thanks to the airline’s use of a stable partner award chart.

Air Canada brought the Aeroplan program in-house 3 years ago and eliminated fuel surcharges from their program. Alas, they do charge a C$39 booking fee (currently US$28.70) on all partner awards.

Air Canada miles are quite valuable for partner award travel, especially for last minute tickets. They also have expanded award availability on products like Singapore long-haul business class that are blocked from partners like United.

With United devaluing their miles, other Star Alliance miles like Air Canada become more and more valuable.

Air Canada can book Star Alliance awards and awards on other partner airlines like Aer Lingus, Air Mauritius, Air Serbia, Azul, Canadian North, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad, GOL, Gulf Air, Oman Air, SriLankan, Virgin Australia, and Vistara. Plus, unlike US carriers, they are committed to keeping award charts.

For example, while United now charges 15K miles for a last-minute Cleveland to Newark flight, Aeroplan charges just 6K miles as per their short-haul award chart.

Air Canada also allows stopovers for 5K miles and you can build round-the-world tickets and more.

A big benefit of booking with Air Canada is free lap child awards within the US/Canada and just C$25 (currently $18.40) for a lap child anywhere in the world on Air Canada or partner airlines! That’s a real bargain compared to the 10% of the full fare that US airlines charge, which can make lap children tickets cost prohibitive on a premium cabin award ticket.

Air Canada also allows families to pool their miles together!

Here are Air Canada’s award charts.

If you just want to search for the award cost between 2 cities, you can search here.

Air Canada broke the world down into 4 regions, North America, South America, Atlantic, and Pacific:

 

 

There are 10 award charts to sift through.

Overly complicated? Definitely.

But it’s a very interesting approach to award chart pricing. It allows Air Canada to accurately price every journey, something that is very difficult for a region based award chart and for a distance based award chart.

In other words using United’s region based award pricing, it can be too expensive to book some awards. Using BA’s distance based award chart it can also be too expensive to book some awards, NYC to Tokyo for 217K miles in business class is ridiculous and adding a connection makes it even more cost prohibitive.

By using a hybrid region and distance based award chart, Air Canada creates valuable award pricing for every route.

Each region has a distance based award chart for travel within that region and to other regions.

While BA’s distance based award chart dings you for every connection made, Air Canada won’t charge separately for connecting segments. You can create awards with out of the way stopovers, which can be quite lucrative.

Here is the distance chart for flights within North America. Prices listed on all of the award charts chart are one-way, but sample routes below are priced as round-trips.

 

  • A round-trip flight from LaGuardia to Toronto or Montreal on Air Canada starts at 12K miles in coach or 30K miles in business as it’s between 0-500 miles.
  • A round-trip flight from Cleveland to Newark on United is 12K miles in coach or 30K miles in business as it’s between 0-500 miles.
  • A round-trip flight from Chicago to LaGuardia on United is 20K miles in coach or 40K miles in business as it’s between 501-1,500 miles.
  • A round-trip flight from Los Angeles to Newark on United is 25K miles in coach or 50K miles in business as it’s between 1,501-2,750 miles.
  • A round-trip flight from Miami to Vancouver on United is 45K miles in coach or 70K miles in business as it’s 2,751+ miles.
  • A round-trip flight from Newark to Honolulu on United is 45K miles in coach or 70K miles in business as it’s 2,751+ miles.
  • A round-trip flight from Toronto to Honolulu on Air Canada starts at 35K miles in coach or 70K miles in business as it’s 2,751+ miles.

 

If you’re flying from North America to Europe, Africa, India, or the Middle East, you’ll have to consult this chart:

 

  • A round-trip flight from Newark to London on United is 70K miles in coach or 120K miles in business as it’s between 0-4,000 miles.
  • A round-trip flight from Newark to Frankfurt on Lufthansa is 70K miles in coach, 120K miles in business, or 180K miles in first as it’s between 0-4,000 miles.
  • A round-trip flight from Newark to Tel Aviv on United is 80K miles in coach or 140K miles in business as it’s between 4,001-6,000 miles.
  • A round-trip flight from Newark to Cape Town on United is 110K miles in coach or 180K miles in business as it’s between 6,001-8,000 miles.
  • A round-trip flight from Los Angeles to Cape Town on United is 140K miles in coach or 220K miles in business as it’s 8,001+ miles.

If you’re flying from North America to the Far East or Oceania, you’ll have to consult this chart:

 

  • A round-trip flight from Seattle to Tokyo on ANA is 70K miles in coach, 110K miles in business, or 180K miles in first as it’s between 0-5,000 miles.
  • A round-trip flight from JFK to Tokyo on ANA is 100K miles in coach, 150K miles in business, or 220K miles in first as it’s between 5,001-7,500 miles.
  • A round-trip flight from JFK to Singapore on Singapore is 120K miles in coach, 170K miles in business, or 260K miles as it’s between 7,501-11,000 miles.
  • A round-trip flight from Los Angeles to Sydney on United is 120K miles in coach or 175K miles in business as it’s between 7,501-11,000 miles.
  • A round-trip flight from Newark to Perth on United and Air New Zealand is 150K miles in coach or 230K miles in business as it’s 11,001+ miles.

If you’re flying from North America to South America, you’ll have to consult this chart:

 

  • A round-trip flight from Newark to Bogota on United is 40K miles in coach or 80K miles in business as it’s between 0-2,500 miles. 
  • A round-trip flight from Newark to Lima on United is 60K miles in coach or 100K miles in business as it’s between 2,501-4,000 miles. 
  • A round-trip flight from Newark to Sao Paulo on United is 80K miles in coach or 120K miles in business as it’s between 4,501+ miles.

Want to earn Aeroplan miles?

You can earn miles with the Chase Aeroplan Card.

You can instantly transfer AMEX, Chase, Or Capital One points to Air Canada at a 1:1 ratio or Marriott points at a 60K:25K ratio.

If you, a member in your household, or an authorized user has one of the following Chase cards, you can transfer points into miles:

Chase no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:

  • Ink Business Cash® Credit Card has a record high 90K signup bonus and earns 5 points per dollar on cable, TV, telecom, cellular, office supply stores, and gift cards from office supply stores, plus 2 points per dollar on dining and gas ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Ink Unlimited has a record high 90K signup bonus and earns 1.5 points per dollar everywhere ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Freedom Flex has a 20K signup bonus, plus 5 points on rotating categories, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Freedom Unlimited® has a signup bonus offering 3-10 points per dollar everywhere  in your first 12 months, afterwards earn at least 1.5 points per dollar everywhere, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.

Capital One cards with transferable points include:

  • Capital One Venture X Card: Earn 75,000 bonus miles for spending $4,000 in 3 months, plus earn 2 miles per dollar spent, $300 annual travel credit, 10K anniversary bonus miles, Global Entry/Pre-Check, Capital One lounge access, Priority Pass Lounge membership, and more. Read more here.
  • Capital One Venture X Business Card: Earn 150,000 bonus miles for spending $30,000 in 3 months, plus earn 2 miles per dollar spent, $300 annual travel credit, 10K anniversary bonus miles, Global Entry/Pre-Check, Capital One lounge access, enhanced Priority Pass Lounge membership, and more. Read more here.
  • Capital One Venture: Earn 75,000 bonus miles for spending $4,000 in 3 months, plus 2 miles per dollar spent. Read more here.
  • Capital One Spark MilesEarn 50,000 bonus miles, plus 2 miles per dollar spent.
  • Capital One Spark Cash Plus CardEarn up to 100,000 bonus miles, plus 2 miles per dollar spent, convertible into transferrable miles with any of the 3 cards above. Read more here.

AMEX cards with transferable Membership Rewards points include:

Marriott cards with transferable points include:

Will you transfer points to Chase with a 30% bonus?

HT: Aviw, via DDF

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39 Comments On "[Final Day, Here’s How I Used This Bonus] Get A 20% Or 30% Bonus When You Transfer Chase Points Into Air Canada Aeroplan Miles, Book United Flights From 4.5K-5K Points!"

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Chaim

The 10% bonus is only for Aeroplan cardholders or for all chase costumers?

Canadian

I’ve started noticing the taxes on Aeroplan tickets almost always being over $100 on most tickets (like before they revamped). Anyone else noticed that?

US

Aeroplan gives you a few options if you want to book with miles only or both. For example, on a RT from EWR-CLE 12/17-12/18, either 7,200 points + CA $177.40 and other combinations, or 17,400 points only.

Chaim

Does it make sense that I won’t be able to see award flight prices if I don’t have points on my Aeroplan account?

Marvin

The 10% bonus is capped at 50K bonus miles per calendar year.

M

I can’t find direct flights to Israel in the coming months

Jelena

They’re charging me $47 each way between Raleigh and Newark in taxes and fees. Unfortunately makes it a no go since one ways can be had for $100 and the points are 6k each way.

AAA

Cancellation policy?

hjeko

I did not receive the 20% bonus. Anyone had issues as well?

Tuli M

Yes. I did not either get the bonus points. I transfered 3 days ago. Wondering if it takes time…

AAA

+1

Tuli M

I transferred chase point to aeroplan 2 days ago and I’m not getting the bonus points. Is there a waiting time period for the bonus points to be credited?

Hi

My bonus was instant on 12/7

Ly

same

4yourinfo

I’m pretty sure last year the bonus was instant- oh well

Kivi

For me it gave the bonus right away.

Ben

Also might be worth noting that higher tiers get cheaper redemption rates.

Jew

One transfer I made was instant with bonus
Another account been 5 days and still haven’t even gotten the קרן…
From my research, it seems like they have certain days that go instant and some days delayed…

MARTY

So, if I’m understanding this correctly, we transfer Chase points into the chase Air Canada Aeroplan and then are able to use it to book regular united flights from JFK to FL at reduced mileage points?

AC

I made transfer yesterday and 20% was instant. My 10% hasn’t come yet.

Shulem

Transferred over 200k by phone, points and bonus showed up instantly

David

How in heavens name did you get through to them?? I’ve waited on hold for over 2 hours more than once, before hanging up. My Aeroplan account was instantly deactivated when attempted to make a points transfer from Chase.

CB

“Air Canada also makes it easy to edit your mileage number, so I changed it to United and was able to get upgraded for free with my United status.”
Dan , is there any way to do this on Turkish Air redemptions? Thank you

usernamechuck

Is the Aeroplan PYB option a secret? 1 UR = 1.3 Aeroplan = $1.625 PYB if you use this transfer bonus. I moved 142K to cover the cost of a couple weeks of independent hotels in small towns in Spain, which work for a family (unlike points).

my08701

I tried domestic flights from NY – NJ area to multiple airports in Florida (FLL, PBI, MIA) I could not find anything without a stopover. I looked many times.. what am I missing?

Natey

Depends on award flight availability. What dates are you looking for?

DealGuru

Was it worth it to take 2 extra legs in order to fly lufthansa F over business class on AL?

excited

booking Lufthansa F
must i order kosher food in advance for their first class terminal?
Anything interesting to do in the lounge for a 4 hour layover?

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