A few times per year Aeroplan offers a bonus when you convert hotel points into miles, and a bit over a week ago Aeroplan announced their last such promotion. It’s worth noting that Aeroplan has now extended this offer.
Aeroplan is offering a 30% bonus when you transfer select hotel points to Aeroplan between September 9 and September 25, 2019 (the offer was initially only valid through September 22).
Transfers from the following hotel programs qualify for this promotion:
- Best Western Rewards
- Choice Privileges
- Coast Hotels
- Hilton Honors
- IHG Rewards Club
- LeClub Accor Hotels
- Marriott Bonvoy
- Radisson Rewards
- Shangri-La Golden Circle
- World of Hyatt
Registration is not required for this promotion, and the bonus miles should post 4-6 weeks after the end date of the promotion (though in practice they may post sooner). Transfers from other Aeroplan partners don’t qualify for this promotion.
Generally speaking the only partner where a transfer represents a good value is Marriott Bonvoy.
60,000 Marriott points converts into 20,000 airline miles, and you get a 5,000 mile bonus for every 60,000 Marriott points transferred (60,000 Marriott points is the equivalent of 20,000 former Starpoints, given the transfer ratio).
This means 60,000 Marriott points ordinarily converts into 25,000 airline miles. Then during this promotion you get a further 30% bonus, for a total of 32,500 Aeroplan miles.
So at the moment Marriott Bonvoy points can be converted into Aeroplan miles at a ratio of ~1.85:1.
With a specific use in mind, I’d say that this could represent an excellent deal.
Aeroplan has lots of great redemption rates on Star Alliance partners, and many can be booked without huge surcharges, including travel on EVA Air, LOT Polish, Turkish, United, and more.
Redeem Aeroplan miles for travel in United Polaris business class
Here’s the Aeroplan reward chart for travel originating in the US:
Aeroplan offers a bonus on hotel points conversions several times per year, so it’s nice to see the promotion return, and now even be extended by a few days. Generally speaking I’d say the only partner that represents a good value here is Marriott Bonvoy.
I wouldn’t speculatively transfer Marriott points to Aeroplan to take advantage of this deal, but with a specific use in mind it could make sense, as a 1.85:1 ratio isn’t bad.
Do you plan on converting hotel points into Aeroplan miles with a 30% bonus?