A few times per year Aeroplan offers a bonus when you convert hotel points into miles, and in late March Aeroplan announced the latest such promotion.
Through this promotion you can earn a 30% bonus if you convert hotel points into Aeroplan miles.
The reason I’m writing about this again is because the bonus was initially only valid for transfers through April 22, 2019, though has now been extended through April 26, 2019.
Also note that while the public bonus is for 30%, a lot of people (including me) have received emails offering a 35% bonus.
Points transfers from the following hotel partners are eligible:
- Best Western Rewards
- Choice Privileges
- Coast Rewards
- Hilton Honors
- IHG Rewards Club
- Le Club Accor
- Marriott Bonvoy
- Radisson Rewards
- Shangri-La Golden Circle
- Wyndham Rewards
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 non-hotel partners, including Amex Membership Rewards, don’t qualify for this promotion.
Probably the best deal to be had here is to convert Marriott Bonvoy points into Aeroplan miles, given that airline mileage transfers have maintained the old Starwood value proposition.
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 (if you’re targeted for a 35% bonus, you’re looking at a total of 33,750 Aeroplan miles).
So at the moment Marriott Bonvoy points can be converted into Aeroplan miles at a ratio of ~1.85:1 (or ~1.78:1 if you’re targeted for a 35% bonus).
With a specific use in mind, I’d say that this could represent an excellent deal. Aeroplan is Air Canada’s spun off loyalty program, though as of 2020 Air Canada will own the program, so it will continue to be associated with the airline.
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 seems to offer these promotions several times per year, and they potentially represent a good deal. I wouldn’t speculatively transfer points to Aeroplan to take advantage of this deal, but with a specific use in mind it could make sense.
I tend to think that Marriott is the only real program here that offers value with this promotion, since with other programs converting hotel points into airline miles just isn’t very efficient.
Do you plan on taking advantage of this Aeroplan bonus for hotel points transfers?