Transfer Hotel Points To Aeroplan With 30% Bonus (Extended)

Filed Under: Air Canada, Great Deals

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:

Bottom line

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?

Comments
  1. Don’t fall for it. The three card monty is alive and well with the airlines today. Transfer, buy, CC spend…It’s all a bait and switch now. What you will get in the end are fraudulent programs that trick you into thinking miles have value. And next you know you are spending 300K miles for crappy business class to GRU on AA. Surrounded by Non-Rev employees and seats that go unsold.

  2. No thanks. Was a 35% transfer bonus as recently as June. Plus I much rather spend my Marriott points on booking hotel stays prior to peak/off-peak pricing kicking in.

  3. Rookie points guy here asking the experts…

    If I have 13000 Choice points I don’t know if I will use. Is this points transfer be an option worth taking advantage of? I’m guessing the points aren’t a 1:1 and there won’t actually total ending up in Aeroplan will be 13000 points (plus the 30% / 3900 “bonus” pts).

    Sorry to loose points in the deal, but being a low level entry player, I feel the airline points (even at a loss) have more value, to ME, than the hotel points. I mean heck, it Choice, not Hyatt or Marriott…..

    Also have a whopping 5000 points I received on a fluke stay with Hilton! Like I said… I am a small fish.

  4. Ummm, ok… Lesson learned! 13000 points transferred equals just over 2000 Aeroplan miles!!
    I will keep the Choice points where they are!

  5. I transferred 10,000 IHG points because I don’t find any use for them. However they say it takes 4-6 weeks to post, so that’s pretty shitty. Ah, well.

    I looked into transferring Hilton points that I also don’t find much use for, but at a 10:1 ratio, I’d be buying miles at 5 cpm (well, 5 cents per 1.3 miles, still a terrible value).

  6. Anyone know does it deadline mean the transfer must be INITIATED by Sep 25 or does it mean Aeroplan must POST the points by Sep 25 or something else? The language is that they must have “received” it.

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