New Targeted Amex Transfer Bonus To Aeroplan, With A Catch

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One of the things that I love about Amex Membership Rewards is that they offer bonuses on points transfers to their partners with some frequencies. We don’t see these to all partners (for example, it’s rare to see transfer bonuses to Delta SkyMiles or Singapore KrisFlyer), though we do see them to some (it’s common to see them to Air France-KLM Flying Blue, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, etc.).

One of the things we rarely see is a transfer bonus to Air Canada Aeroplan. However, at the moment there’s a targeted 10-20% bonus on Amex points transfers to Aeroplan.

But hold off before even looking at your account:

  • This transfer bonus is targeted, with different accounts targeted for different bonuses (and some not targeted for any bonuses at all)
  • There’s no end date for this promotion, so it’s a “flash bonus,” meaning it could be pulled within days
  • Typically once you look at the bonus on your account, it won’t appear again, so you need to transfer points right away

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That last bullet point is key. So if you want to see if you’re targeted for this bonus, log into your Amex account, and at the top right you may see the transfer bonus as something that’s “suggested for you.”

Furthermore, you can log into your Amex account and go to the Membership Rewards transfer page, which will display the transfer ratio. But don’t click on Aeroplan, because the bonus will likely be pulled after the first time you click on it.

In my case, the transfer ratio was 1,000:1,200, meaning I was targeted for a 20% bonus.

Aeroplan is probably the “unique” Amex Membership Rewards transfer partner that I value most, so I went ahead and transferred a good sum of points, since I know I’ll get around to using them. I transfer points to Aeroplan all the time without a bonus for the purposes of making Star Alliance redemptions, so I might as well take advantage of a bonus when it’s there (even though I’m generally against speculative transfers).

Once I transferred points and went back to the page, I no longer saw the bonus.

Bottom line

This transfer bonus works differently than many other Amex transfer bonuses, as it’s targeted, doesn’t have a published end date, and once you view the offer, it typically disappears. So if you’re not ready to transfer, just go to the Amex homepage to see what offer you’re eligible for.

When you open up the Aeroplan transfer page on Amex’s website, make sure you’re ready to transfer.

Were you targeted for an Aeroplan transfer bonus, and if so, do you plan on taking advantage of it?

(Tip of the hat to @IadisGr8)

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Comments

  1. Aeroplan is really confusing. Aren’t they spinning it off from AC next year (and AC will develop their own prorgram), and thus no one is sure who you can redeem points with when it’s a standalone program? Well I think I read AC bought them again? So what’s the long-term status of Aeroplan? I’ve avoided accruing any miles with them as I didn’t want to be in a situation where I go to redeem them in 2 years and they’re worthless.

  2. I wouldn’t be transferring to Aeroplan unless you’re burning them in the next couple months. In 2020 they’re being folded back into Air Canada and there’s no information yet on devaluation or “enhancements” to the program. Many members are burning points as fast as they can and redemption might get difficult.

  3. I don’t see the AC bonus… Instead, I have Hilton transfer 1000:2600 points (meh) and BA/IB/EI 1000:1400 only.

  4. Thanks for the great info Lucky! Actually I also I got a 20% offer and made a good amount of transfer as I’m looking to book 3 J to Asia next year. But I noticed the 20% offer was still on my page and even after I log off and back onto my Amex account. Just for data points.

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