It's all about the leverage. All points have uses, I mean at the very minimum you can turn a few points into some magazines or a bottle of champagne. It could be worse. What's really nice though is turning an amount of points that could be enough for one person to do something cool, into enough for two people to do something awesome. Through a "bonus points" promotion for transfers into the Aeroplan frequent flyer program, you can turn 120,000 Starwood Preferred Guest Points into 190,000 frequent flyer miles, more than enough for two business class tickets to or from the US and Europe...
For those unfamiliar, Starwood points earn 5,000 bonus points for every 20,000 points transferred to airlines. That's a great deal in itself. Aeroplan, Air Canada's frequent flyer program, allowing you to redeem miles on airlines like Swiss, Lufthansa, LOT, Air China, Turkish, United and EVA Airlines is throwing in an added bonus, offering 40,000 bonus miles if you create 150,000 Aeroplan miles. Confused? It's not too complicated: with the 5,000 point bonuses for every 20,000 transferred, your Starwood Preferred Guest points will become 150,000 Aeroplan miles, which will trigger an additional 40,000 point bonus from Aeroplan...
Transferring + Booking
As a matter of note, I never like to transfer miles speculatively. My best advice is to first find the flights you are looking for on Aeroplan and then, once found, transfer the Starwood points. You can't transfer them back once they've been moved. Assuming you can find the flights you'd like to book on any of the great airlines mentioned above and you can book before December 15th, when Aeroplan will require more miles, you simply transfer your SPG points (pictured below) to Aeroplan. And no, you don't need to fly before December 15th, just need to book.
To accomplish this great promotional bonus you'll need to make two separate transfers, because Starwood limits the number of points you can transfer within 24 hours. No problem. Simply transfer 60,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points to Aeroplan today, and then another 60,000 tomorrow. It'll take up to seven days for the Aeroplan 40,000 bonus miles to post so try to complete all transfers before December 5th, giving you ten days for the bonus miles to post and to book. Simple enough.
Even though a Delta jet is pictured, when clicking the "Sky's the limit" you'll be shown a screen with all of Starwood's airline partners. If you've made it this far, I'm assuming you can figure out which one to press (Aeroplan).
Assuming you follow the advice on this blog and already have an Aeroplan frequent flyer account, you just need to login to search using miles, which will bring you to this screen found above. If not, create one for free in a matter of seconds and then re read this paragraph.
That's it. Book it! Congrats, you've just turned 120,000 Starpoints, just enough for one business class ticket usually, into enough for two. You turned 120,000 points into 190,000 frequent flyer miles, leaving you with ten thousand left over! Your companion will be very impressed and your accountant will admire you as well.The only thing better than flying business class in a flat bed is doing it for free.
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