Aeroplan Selling Miles With 80% Bonus

Aeroplan Selling Miles With 80% Bonus

Up to an 80% bonus on purchased miles

Starts: July 19, 2021
Ends: July 30, 2021Last chance!
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Up to an 80% bonus on purchased miles July 19, 2021 July 30, 2021
Up to an 60% bonus on purchased miles May 26, 2021 June 1, 2021
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Up to an 80% bonus on purchased miles February 2, 2021 February 14, 2021
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Aeroplan has just introduced its latest promotion on purchased miles, and it potentially represents a good deal. This follows the redesigned Aeroplan program having launched in late 2020. Aeroplan only got into the business of selling miles in 2020, so it’s one of the newer loyalty programs to sell miles in a lucrative way.

Aeroplan selling miles for 1.3 cents each

Through Friday, July 30, 2021, Air Canada Aeroplan is offering a bonus on purchased miles. The program is offering a tiered bonus of up to 80%, as follows:

  • Buy 3,000-24,000 miles, get a 50% bonus
  • Buy 25,000-55,000 miles, get a 65% bonus
  • Buy 60,000-350,000 miles, get an 80% bonus

The restrictions on buying Air Canada Aeroplan miles are as follows:

  • Miles can be purchased for $0.03 CAD each before any bonuses
  • Transactions made with US based credit cards with a US billing address are not subject to sales tax
  • You can buy up to 350,000 miles per transaction (pre-bonus)
  • There’s a limit of purchasing one million miles per year (pre-bonus)

If you were to purchase 350,000 Aeroplan miles with an 80% bonus you’d receive a total of 630,000 miles for $10,500 CAD (~$8,242 USD), which is a cost of $0.013 USD per mile.

That’s a solid price on purchased Aeroplan miles. For context on Aeroplan’s previous promotions on purchased miles:

  • In May 2020, Aeroplan offered up to a 150% bonus on purchased miles
  • In July 2020, Aeroplan offered up to a 75% bonus on purchased miles
  • In November 2020, Aeroplan offered up to a 50% bonus on purchased miles
  • In February 2021, Aeroplan offered up to an 80% bonus on purchased miles
  • In March 2021, Aeroplan offered up to a 100% bonus on purchased miles
  • In May 2021, Aeroplan offered up to a 60% bonus on purchased miles

As you can see, this is a pretty average promotion on Aeroplan’s part. While I wouldn’t expect a 150% bonus again (like at launch), we did recently see a 100% bonus, so this isn’t quite as good. Still, this is a pretty good offer.

Aeroplan is selling miles with an 80% bonus

Which credit card should you buy Aeroplan miles with?

Air Canada Aeroplan mileage purchases are processed by points.com, meaning they don’t count as an airfare purchase for the purposes of credit card spending.

Therefore I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach a minimum spending requirement, or otherwise, a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spending. See this post for more on the best credit cards for buying points.

Is buying Aeroplan miles worth it?

As mentioned above, the new Aeroplan program launched in late 2020, and it’s completely different than before:

  • Award pricing is a combination of zone and distance-based
  • There are no more fuel surcharges for travel on any partners
  • You can have a stopover on a one-way award for an additional 5,000 miles

While award costs have in many cases have gone up, I find the new program to be great overall, as I especially like the ability to redeem just 5,000 extra miles for a stopover.

With that in mind, would I recommend buying miles?

  • While I’m generally opposed to speculatively buying miles (given that there’s a risk to holding onto them), ~1.3 cents per Aeroplan miles is a solid deal
  • Keep in mind that Air Canada Aeroplan is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards and Capital One, and will also soon be a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, so there are other ways to earn these miles; then again, if you can buy them for 1.3 cents each, it might not be worth transferring points, depending on your valuation of various currencies
  • The new Aeroplan program offers Points + Cash, where you can pay cash for up to 40% of the miles required for a ticket; this is essentially a way to “save” miles at the cost of 1.4 cents (in USD) each
Redeem Aeroplan miles for travel on Turkish Airlines

Bottom line

Air Canada has launched its latest promotion on purchased miles. You can earn up to an 80% bonus on purchased miles, which is an opportunity to acquire Aeroplan miles for around 1.3 cents (in USD) each. That’s potentially a great deal.

Do you plan on buying Aeroplan miles with this promotion?

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  1. DenB

    If you want to fly an AC-operated flight you're going to need Aeroplan points. It's almost impossible to find any award seats on any AC flights using partner programs. Even Expertflyer admits that it can't display AC availability at all. Great reason to jump on the Aeroplan 2.0 bandwagon? You decide

  2. Rafael

    Interesting enough... Aeroplan is part of Air Canada... the same airline that you complain about a bad/inexistent refund policy during the Pandemic... Strange... just strange...

    1. Zach

      Interesting enough... this is a travel blog... a smart blogger will include the good, the bad, and the ugly... wondering how life is in your binary world... It must be strange... just strange...

  3. Neilo

    If you have status with AC it’s a great deal. The 80% bonus means you’re getting better than half price biz class for long haul. Do the math.

    And if you combine these points with your Elite status PRIORITY REWARDS then you can basically double down on them again. And then you’re talking about flying biz rtn to places like Tel Aviv for 84k miles + taxes of about $160....thats usually a CA$5k+ journey.

    And...

    If you have status with AC it’s a great deal. The 80% bonus means you’re getting better than half price biz class for long haul. Do the math.

    And if you combine these points with your Elite status PRIORITY REWARDS then you can basically double down on them again. And then you’re talking about flying biz rtn to places like Tel Aviv for 84k miles + taxes of about $160....thats usually a CA$5k+ journey.

    And the fact that AC and aeroplan are now one is a good thing. The old set up was silly and annoying.

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Neilo

If you have status with AC it’s a great deal. The 80% bonus means you’re getting better than half price biz class for long haul. Do the math. And if you combine these points with your Elite status PRIORITY REWARDS then you can basically double down on them again. And then you’re talking about flying biz rtn to places like Tel Aviv for 84k miles + taxes of about $160....thats usually a CA$5k+ journey. And the fact that AC and aeroplan are now one is a good thing. The old set up was silly and annoying.

Zach

Interesting enough... this is a travel blog... a smart blogger will include the good, the bad, and the ugly... wondering how life is in your binary world... It must be strange... just strange...

Rafael

Interesting enough... Aeroplan is part of Air Canada... the same airline that you complain about a bad/inexistent refund policy during the Pandemic... Strange... just strange...

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