Earning miles may be easy, but everything in between can be complicated. Since launching in , its members have redeemed more than 30 million flights—enough to fill 50 Boeing s a day for more than four years. But for those new to Aeroplan rewards, learning how to collects and redeem miles can seem daunting. As a coalition loyalty program, it allows members to earn miles when they swipe their Aeroplan card with any participating business. These miles can then be redeemed for a variety of rewards, including flights, concert tickets, Air Canada vacations , and more. Most people think only frequent flyers stand to benefit from Aeroplan rewards.
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Frequent flyer programs have grown from small in-house operations to reward loyal customers into corporate behemoths, driving billions of dollars in annual revenue for their parent airlines. Many award travelers are worried about how these changes will affect a valuable and popular loyalty program. These comments from Nasr come on the heels of a number of changes Aeroplan announced to its program back in July Those earlier announcements were a bit of a mixed bag, with some good news and some bad.
Aeroplan said that just 0. Now on to the good news: Aeroplan changed its award ticket fee structure, and introduced free cancellations and refunds within 24 hours of booking.
Note that if you cancel a ticket that was booked by a phone agent, the 30 Canadian dollar service fee will not be refunded. You can now also cancel and refund your ticket up to two hours before departure for a fee , whereas previously award tickets could not be refunded within 21 days of departure.
From May 7 at 10 a. Eastern Time through May 13 at p. Eastern Time, Aeroplan will be selling miles for as little as 1 cent each. Unlike traditional bonuses for the purchase of miles, which increase based on the number of miles you purchase, the price here will be tied to the total amount of miles sold.
Aeroplan members are allowed to buy up to , miles per transaction and up to , miles per year, but bonus miles are not included in that calculation. Just how good of a deal is this? Related: How to avoid fuel surcharges on award travel. Turkish has long been known for having some of the best food and service in the skies, but the new cabins on these Dreamliners marks the first time in decades that Turkish will offer a competitive business-class seat to match.
This has the potential to be an incredibly lucrative deal, but depending on how many people take advantage of it it could cause a significant shortage in Star Alliance award space. With airlines operating severely reduced schedules, selling million miles or more could cause intense competition for some of the sweet spot awards mentioned below.
Related: Book this, not that: Star Alliance award flights. There are a number of ways to earn Aeroplan miles easily, though one option worth considering would be crediting revenue flights on Star Alliance airlines to Aeroplan.
United tickets accrue miles based on the distance of the flight and the fare class at the following rates:. You can transfer points to Aeroplan at the following ratios:. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer. The chart below shows the round-trip award costs for Aeroplan awards within North America, with one-way flights available for half the cost.
The best sweet spot here is for the short-haul economy flights for only 7, miles each way. TPG values Aeroplan miles at 1. Longer economy flights in North America price out at 12, miles each way which is pretty much the industry average, so the benefit to using Aeroplan is the flexible transfer options you have for earning miles in the first place.
Related: How and when to book United awards through partners. Lufthansa is one of the worst offenders, and while first-class award rates from the U. Related: 6 tips for booking Lufthansa first-class awards. Aeroplan also deserves some credit for keeping some of the longest journeys reasonably priced.
You can fly in business class from the U. Even flights to Australia and New Zealand only cost 80, miles each way in business class. Another reason that I love Aeroplan is that it offers an incredibly reliable search engine for Star Alliance award availability. Related: The best websites for searching Star Alliance award availability. Aeroplan is set to undergo some pretty significant changes this year when Air Canada reintegrates the currently-independent program, but the good news is we have plenty of warning that changes are coming.
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