Update: This is an update to my post from a couple of days ago to note that this promotion is now live, for anyone who is interested.
Aeroplan has announced that they’re offering a 35% bonus when you convert Marriott points into Aeroplan miles between September 13 and September 17, 2018. There’s no registration required, and bonus miles will post within 4-6 weeks of the promotion end date.
Converting Marriott points into Aeroplan miles continues to be a solid value, as they’re maintaining 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 35% bonus, for a total of 33,750 Aeroplan miles.
So at the moment Marriott points can be converted into Aeroplan miles at a ratio of ~1.78:1.
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:
I wouldn’t speculatively transfer points to take advantage of this promotion, but with a specific Star Alliance redemption in mind, this could be a good use of Marriott points.
Also keep in mind that at the moment LifeMiles is selling miles with up to a 140% bonus, which can also be a great way to acquire miles for the purposes of Star Alliance redemptions.
Anyone plan to take advantage of this Aeroplan transfer bonus?