Aeroplan has announced their latest hotel transfer promotion. We see this offer a few times a year and, as with all bonuses, it’s always great to see it return.
Ready? Let’s dive in…
Aeroplan is offering a 30% bonus when you transfer hotel points to Aeroplan (between September 9-22, 2019).
Below are the list of eligible hotels that you can transfer points from:
CAVEAT: The site specifies that bonus miles “should post 4-6 weeks after the end date of the promotion.” However, in my experience they have posted sooner. As always, YMMV but be aware that award space may disappear with any additional time that passes.
GOOD OR BAD VALUE?
Generally speaking, the only transfer partner that will give you good value for your points is Marriott Bonvoy. Of course, there are exceptions like using other hotel points simply to top off your Aeroplan balance for the award.
With Marriott, 60,000 Bonvoy points convert into 20,000 airline miles. However, with each 20,000 mile transfer, you receive a 5,000 mile bonus from Marriott (thus a total of 25,000 points).
In other words, 60,000 Bonvoy points = 25,000 airline miles + 30% bonus = 32,500 Aeroplan miles.
With a specific redemption in mind, this could represent a good deal.
As a reminder, Aeroplan has a lot of great redemption rates on Star Alliance partners and does not impose fuel surcharges for travel on Air China, Brussels, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, EVA Air, Scandinavian, Singapore, Swiss, Turkish, and United. Additionally, fuel surcharges on LOT Polish are really low.
Let’s check out the Aeroplan award chart for flights departing the US/Canada:
This chart may seem abstract so let’s be inspired with some ideas…
- Los Angeles – Male (Maldives) – 75k miles one-way (Business Class)
- New York – Bombay (India) – 75k miles one-way (Business Class)
- New York – Capetown (South Africa) – 75k miles one-way (Business Class)
- San Francisco – Mahé (Seychelles) – 75k miles one-way (Business Class)
- US – Western Europe (e.g. Paris) – 55k one-way (Business Class)
- US – Eastern Europe (e.g. Istanbul) – 57.5k one-way (Business Class)
- Houston – Santiago (Chile) – 55k one-way (Business Class)
- Los Angeles – Sydney (Australia) – 80k one-way (Business class)
If domestic flights are more your style (and/or price range), consider this…
- Newark (EWR) to San Francisco (SFO) – 25k Roundtrip (Economy)
- Washington (IAD) to Seattle (SEA) – 25k Roundtrip (Economy)
- San Diego (SAN) to Chicago (ORD) – 25k Roundtrip (Economy)
…and the list goes on.
With a redemption in mind, this transfer could represent excellent value. If you have read recent posts, you are aware that I am planning a trip to Ghana. I have some plans already mapped out but why use more miles when you don’t have to?
Again, the only transfer partner that will give you good value for your points is Marriott Bonvoy. However, there are exceptions like using other hotel points simply to top off your Aeroplan balance for the award.
Will you be taking advantage of this hotel transfer? If so, where will your plans take you?