While the Membership Rewards programs in the U. This also applies to Marriott and SPG co-brand cards. The best option for U. Amex points transfer points at a ratio, with Marriott transferring at but also throwing an additional 5, miles in for every 60, points transferred. That means you can transfer points earned with some of the best rewards earning cards available.
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Ethan Steinberg Sep 17, This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page. Frequent-flyer programs have grown from small in-house programs 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. Those earlier announcements were a bit of a mixed bag, with some good news and some bad.
Aeroplan said that just. Now on to the good news: Aeroplan is changing its award ticket fee structure, and introducing free cancellations and refunds within 24 hours of booking.
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.
How to earn Aeroplan miles 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. Terms apply. Within North America 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 points in the first place.
Lufthansa is one of the worst offenders, and while first-class award rates from the U. 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.
Bottom line Aeroplan is set to undergo some pretty significant changes next year when Air Canada reintegrates the currently independent program, but the good news is we have plenty of warning that changes are coming. The Points Guy will not sell your email. Please enter a valid email address Please check mailing preferences Sign-up Successful! Welcome to The Points Guy! Ethan Steinberg joined TPG as a points and miles contributor in early and loves sharing his high-value redemption strategies with readers.
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Read more: How to Book an Aeroplan Mini-RTW You can also add unlimited layovers connections of less than 24 hours to your itinerary, meaning that you could visit five, eight, or even ten places all for the price of one. In my opinion, the only standout benefit to Aeroplan Status is the Contact Centre Priority that comes with Diamond status. If you have Diamond status, you get placed into a priority sequence and can typically get someone on the line in one or two minutes. Diamond status also comes with lower fees for changing and cancelling award tickets , which can certainly be valuable as well. These represent poor value most of the time but can occasionally be cheaper than the fixed reward chart. Want a one-way award ticket to Cairo, but reluctant to pay the 82, miles required for North America to North Africa?