Get A 30%-35% Bonus When You Transfer Hotel Points Into Air Canada Aeroplan Miles

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Update: Check your emails for a targeted offer for a 35% transfer bonus. 60K Marriott points would convert into 33,750 Aeroplan miles (0.563 miles per Marriott point) if you are targeted.


Get A 30% Bonus When You Transfer Hotel Points Into Air Canada Aeroplan Miles

If you transfer hotel points to Air Canada’s Aeroplan mileage program by 4/22 you’ll get a 30% bonus.

Hotel point transfers to airlines are typically not worthwhile even with a 30% bonus, with the exception of Marriott.

You can transfer 60K Marriott Rewards points (20K Starpoints) into 25K Aeroplan miles. Aeroplan will add 30% more miles, leaving you with 32,500 miles. That’s a transfer ratio of 0.542 miles per Marriott point (or 1.625 miles per Starpoint).

Note that even 7 months after the merger, Marriott’s mileage conversion tool still doesn’t account for the 15K bonus Marriott points they add onto a transfer when you transfer in increments of 60K points, but those points will be added. The tool calculates 60K points as converting into 20K Air Canada Aeroplan miles at the 3:1 ratio (or 20K miles with other airlines at the 3:1 ratio) but you’ll actually get 25K Aeroplan miles for every 60K points transferred thanks to the 15K bonus Marriott points that will be added onto that transfer.

The 30% bonus miles may take up to 4‑6 weeks to be credited after the promotional offer end date of April 22, 2019.

There is no limit to the number of bonus miles you can earn.

The bonus does not apply to Marriott travel packages.

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:

The good:

  • Air Canada has one of the best 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 generously allows for a free stopover within North America and 2 free stopovers when flying to another continent, 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 110K/140K miles you can fly in business/first to 3 European cities and stay in each for as long as you want. Or for 160K/220K miles you can fly to Australia in business/first, with stops in Europe and in Asia along the way for example.
  • There are no expedite/close-in fees.

The bad:

  • There is a C$100 charge to change or cancel an award ticket and a C$250 charge to cancel within 21 days of departure.
  • Awards can’t be held.
  • 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.

The ugly:

  • 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.
  • There is no 24 hour grace period to cancel an award ticket.

Will you transfer points to Aeroplan with this bonus?

HT: Baglach, via DDF

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Max

Dan, what is the rate selling Marriott points vs aeroplan
I think Marriott is about 0.018 and aeroplan is 0.012

KSMH

Some1 is still stuck in Starwood times!

Isaac

Can points be transferred to a friend’s aeroplan?

Max

Hi dan, I got a email from aeroplan stating a 35% bounce not 30%

Ergel

I think it’s worth it to mention that Aeroplan will undergo a major transition in 2020 with it being reacquired by Air Canada

Fidel

For good or or for worse?

el

“Air Canada generously allows for a free stopover within North America and 2 free stopovers when flying to another continent, 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 110K/140K miles you can fly in business/first to 3 European cities and stay in each for as long as you want. Or for 160K/220K miles you can fly to Australia in business/first, with stops in Europe and in Asia along the way for example.”
Any way to do this online or need to call?

Maivin

I also got 35%

dany

hi if my father haves Marriott points and i wanna get it to my aeroplan account how do i do it? i don’t have a a Marriott account. tnx! really appreciate it!

MosheD

CMIIW but Aeroplan stopovers are just for RT

Isaac

How long does it take for the points to get to Aeroplan account

Eli

apparently they do charge for Brussels, need to update that part for the future.

Mr a who saved already alot through your posts/ema

Hi Dan

Received this from Aeroplan today, thought it might be intersted for you/your readers:

I’m pleased to share some changes designed to make Aeroplan more flexible and member friendly. We’re excited to introduce a new, more rewarding loyalty program next year, and in the meantime, we’re committed to listening to you and implementing improvements like the ones below. With this in mind, the following changes take effect immediately:
Complimentary, full refunds within 24 hours of booking
Travel plans can change, so Aeroplan members will now be able to cancel and refund Flight Rewards for free within 24 hours of booking.

Option to refund your Flight Reward up to 2 hours before departure
Aeroplan members can now cancel and refund their Flight Reward booking for a fee up until 2 hours prior to departure. Rather than keeping cancelled tickets open for future travel, Aeroplan Miles, taxes and fees will be refunded, and members may book new tickets anytime in the future, delivering greater flexibility than before.

Reduction of the aeroplan.com Refund Fee
Aeroplan will lower the Refund Fee to $125 for refunds completed via aeroplan.com, and eligible members will continue to enjoy a lower fee amount, where applicable.

New for Air Canada Altitude Super Elite 100K members: Complimentary changes and refunds
Now, Altitude Super Elite 100K members will no longer be charged a fee when they request a change to their Flight Reward booking, or when they refund their bookings.

Being transparent is essential to us, so it’s also important to share that we’re temporarily suspending two features of the Aeroplan Program later this year. In both cases, these changes will allow us to make important system upgrades to deliver better service and offer new, more flexible stopover options with the launch of our new loyalty program. Furthermore, they affect less than 0.3% of all Flight Rewards booked each year:

Multi-City Flight Reward Bookings
Beginning September 1, 2019, members can continue to make Flight Reward bookings to multiple cities, but they will be limited to a maximum of one stopover or one open jaw, in addition to the point-of-turnaround. As today, for travel within the same continent (except for travel wholly within North America**), one open jaw is permitted but stopovers are not permitted.

Around the World Flight Rewards
Around the World Flight Rewards will be discontinued as of September 1, 2019.
Click here to learn more about these changes, and thank you for your continued loyalty.

Sincerely,
Mark Nasr
Mark Nasr
Vice President, Loyalty and eCommerce
Air Canada

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