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Right now, there is a 30% Aeroplan transfer bonus when you convert hotel points into Aeroplan Miles. This time around, the offer includes transfers from Marriott Bonvoy—which wasn't the case with some previous hotel transfer bonuses. The promotion is valid for transfers through April 22, 2019
Key Terms for the Aeroplan Transfer Bonus
- The promotion is valid for transfers through April 22, 2019
- Receive a 30% bonus when transferring hotel points to Aeroplan miles
- Radisson Rewards points will receive an additional 30% for a total bonus of 60%
- Allow 4-6 weeks for the bonus point to post to your account
10 Aeroplan hotel partners are participating in the promotion:
- Marriott Bonvoy
- IHG Rewards Club
- Hilton Honors
- Radisson Rewards
- Best Western
- Wyndham Rewards
- Coast Hotels
- Choice Privileges
- Le Club Accor
Should I Transfer Hotel Points to Aeroplan?
Unlike a lot of previous promotions, Aeroplan has included Marriott Bonvoy in the participating hotel list—which makes this offer much more interesting.
Typically, Marriott points transfer to Aeroplan at a ratio of 3:1. Marriott also gives you a 5,000-mile bonus when you transfer in increments of 60,000 points, so transferring 60,000 points would normally yield 25,000 Aeroplan miles. With this promotion, you will receive 32,500 Aeroplan miles for every 60,000 Marriott points you transfer.
It's worth noting that Marriott points also have a built-in 10% bonus when transferring to United Mileage Plus. That means you'll get 27,500 United miles instead of the standard 25,000 when you transfer 60,000 Bonvoy points. Since United and Aeroplan have many of the same partner airlines, it's worth checking to see which has better pricing for the trip you're planning.
For example, Aeroplan charges only 55,000 miles for one-way business class from North America to Europe, but if you book with Lufthansa, the taxes could be a whopping $605 USD for a one-way ticket.
Book the same flight with United MileagePlus, and you'll pay 70,000 miles, but only $5.60 in taxes. In other words, with United, the taxes and fees are $600 less than you'd pay booking through Aeroplan, which is a savings of four cents per point on the extra 15,000 miles you would have to pay with United MileagePlus.
Normally, transferring hotel points to airline miles is a poor value; the conversion rates are simply not good enough. However, with this promotion, a strong argument can be made for transferring both Marriott and Radisson points. In either case, it is only worth transferring the points if you have an immediate use for them. If you're looking for more ideas on how to maximize your points, check out our complete guide to Marriott Bonvoy Rewards or our top Aeroplan award sweet spots.
Source: Frequent Flyer Bonuses
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