Aeroplan is the spun off loyalty program of Air Canada, but you care because it’s a great way to book flights on Star Alliance Airlines- for cheap. Aeroplan has extremely solid rates using points for business and first class and is even pretty easy to use. While you can earn Aeroplan points via American Express spending, or Aeroplan credit card spending, you can also pick up the miles on the cheap, via an exciting limited time sale.
Business class between the U.S. and Europe goes for 55,000 Aeroplan points one way and Asia to the U.S or vice versa is just 75,000 points one way. If generating enough Aeroplan points to take advantage of one of these flights is proving harder than it seems, buying points can be an excellent way to push you over the finish line, especially if you have an imminent use of points.
Best Deal: Buy 32,500 Aeroplan Points For $455
Aeroplan is currently offering a 30% bonus on points transfers from hotel programs. This makes virtually no sense from most hotel programs, but from Starwood Hotels “SPG” program, it can be excellent. For every 20,000 SPG points you transfer to an airline, you get 5,000 extra points to begin with, plus the 30% bonus. Therefore a 20,000 point SPG purchase for $455 would convert to 32,500 Aeroplan miles. Buy points here.
If you buy 20,000 SPG points you’re off to a great start. Once the points appear in your account, you’ll visit this link, which takes you to where you can transfer your SPG hotel points into airline miles. Next visit this Aeroplan page to confirm you’ve got all the details correct, including that your points will be transferred by December 1st (technically the bonus goes until the 10th) but it can take a few days for SPG points to transfer into Aeroplan. Transfer the SPG points from the SPG transfer page and sit back and relax until you have 32,500 more Aeroplan points.
Not For Everyone
If you earn Amex or Aeroplan points at rates you struggle to spend- ignore this. If you don’t, and could use a 32,500 point top off to get you the trip of your dreams- consider this. Buying less or more points won’t help your transfer rate, and would likely only hurt it, so unless you have enough SPG points laying around to make an even 40,000 points to transfer, giving you 65,000 Aeroplan points- just stick with this amount. And of course- before transferring, check out some of these clever ways to use points with more obscure programs, some offering better rates to use points.