Aeroplan Devaluation Coming in December

Sep 25, 2015

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After some program devaluations in 2014, Air Canada’s Aeroplan will soon institute a few more. The current program is one of the best ways to book premium tickets to Europe — especially for booking Star Alliance flights to Europe in premium cabins, such as Lufthansa first class to Frankfurt, which currently requires just 62,500 Aeroplan miles, plus roughly $450 in surcharges in each direction. However, yesterday Aeroplan announced that changes are coming to the program on December 15, 2015 — notably on the business- and first-class reward redemptions between the US and both Europe and South America.

Aeroplan actually released a new award chart beside the old chart, making it easy to see where the program’s redemption changes are occurring. While all of the changes for flights originating in the continental US and Canada are negative, a number of other regions are actually receiving improvements to award redemptions, such as Mexico to Africa and Middle East to India.

Air Canada’s 787 at YYZ airport.

Here are some of the notable redemption changes (based on a round-trip flight):

Business-class Changes:
US to Western Europe — 90,000 – 110,000
US to Eastern Europe — 105,000 – 115,000
US to Southern South America — 95,000 – 110,000

First-class Changes:
US to Western Europe  — 125,000 – 140,000
US to Eastern Europe — 145,000 to 160,000
US to Southern South America — 135,000 to 140,000

Another new change is the ability to book one-way award tickets between any region; currently, flights must originate or terminate in North America to be booked as a one-way award.

Overall, the changes aren’t terrible — Aeroplan can still be a worthwhile method for booking award tickets — but devaluations are never something that program members like to see.

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