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Aeroplan has announced a promotion where you'll receive a 30% bonus miles when transferring hotel points to Aeroplan through December 11, 2017. Interestingly this is the third time in 6 months that Aeroplan has run a promotion on hotel point transfers. Normally it isn't recommended to transfer hotel points to miles due to unfavorable transfer ratios, and Aeroplan has made a change to their terms and conditions that has drastically reduced the potential value you can leverage from the promotion.
- Promotion is valid through 23:59 EDT December 11, 2017
- Earn 30% bonus on hotel points transferred
- Allow 4-6 weeks from the end of the promo for the bonus miles to credit to your account
- The promotion is not valid for Marriott Hotel + Air packages
- Hotels participating in the promotion are as follows:
Maximizing The Promotion
It is disappointing that Aeroplan removed the Marriott Hotel + Air from the promotion since the March and July promos allowed the bonus on this redemption, and it did provide a great value. As it stands there is not much value in the promotion; if you hold Starpoints or Marriott Rewards, you are better off ignoring the promotion completely and just booking a standard Marriott Hotel + Air package.
Using the promotion transferring 90,000 Starpoints would give you 143,000 Aeroplan miles. Transferring 270,000 Marriott points would give you 70,200 Aeroplan miles.
On the other hand, transferring the 90,000 Starpoints to Marriott at a ratio of 1:3 would give you 270,000 Marriott points. If you instead ignore the promotion completely and use a standard Marriott Hotel + Air package you would receive 7 nights in a category 1-5 hotel, plus 120,000 Aeroplan miles, which is a better value than a direct transfer with the promotion.
While normally transferring hotel points to miles is not recommended, if you do have some upcoming travel plans and are a few Aeroplan miles short, you might want to consider taking advantage of the promotion. However, using the Marriott Hotel + Air package, you'll receive a better value versus taking advantage of the promotion.
So if you want to take advantage of some of Aeroplan’s redemption sweet spots, you are better off you a Marriott Hotel + Air package.
Source: One Mile At A Time
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