Earn a 35% Bonus When Converting Marriott Points Into Aeroplan Miles
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Starting Thursday, Sept. 13, you’ll earn a 35% bonus when converting Marriott points into Aeroplan miles. The promotion ends on Sept. 17, so if you’ve been thinking about moving points to a solid loyalty program, this would be the time.
Now that the Marriott and SPG loyalty programs have fully merged, Marriott points now convert to airline miles at a 3:1 ratio. However, for every increment of 60,000 points you transfer, you earn 5,000 bonus miles. So normally 60,000 points would convert to 25,000 miles.
This bonus makes the ratio even better — 60,000 points will turn into 33,750 Aeroplan miles. Because 60,000 Marriott points were equivalent to 20,000 Starpoints, it’s similar to turning 20,000 Starpoints into 33,750 Aeroplan miles.
Aeroplan has one of the better award charts, especially for getting to Europe. Business class on Star Alliance carriers goes for 55,000 miles one-way between the US/Canada and Europe. You can fly United’s new Polaris product, which has received great reviews from TPG staffers for just about 98,000 Marriott points.
Or if you really want to ball out, first class can be booked for 70,000 miles one-way. You can enjoy one of the nicest products in the sky, Lufthansa First, for about 126,000 Marriott points with the transfer bonus. While taxes and fees are reasonable on most awards booked through Aeroplan, they can get higher on carriers like Lufthansa.
Here’s Aeroplan’s full award chart (note that all prices are for round-trip itineraries):
In May 2017, Air Canada dropped Aeroplan with plans to launch its own loyalty program. But just last month, the airline actually bought back Aeroplan with plans to relaunch it in 2020. Keep this in mind because the current award chart may change when the program is rebooted.
If you still need more Aeroplan points after transferring Marriott points, Aeroplan is also a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, which convert at a 1:1 ratio.
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