You Can Now Book Etihad Awards Using Aeroplan Miles — Including 'The Apartment'

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Etihad and Air Canada's Aeroplan have launched an exciting new partnership. Starting this week, you can earn Aeroplan miles while flying Etihad, earn Etihad miles while flying Air Canada, and—most importantly—redeem both types of miles for travel on the other. This opens the door to several exciting new redemption possibilities, including Etihad's iconic first-class ‘Apartment' product!

Redeem Aeroplan Miles on Etihad

Let's cut right to the chase. Perhaps the most exciting development to come from this newly-launched partnership is the ability to use Aeroplan miles to fly on Etihad, and the terms don't disappoint:

  • Award flights on Etihad will be subject to Aeroplan's ‘Fixed Mileage Reward Chart‘.
  • Aeroplan miles can be used to book award flights on all available routes, without region restrictions.
  • Etihad flights can be combined with Air Canada and any other international partners (including other Star Alliance airlines) on the same itinerary.
  • There will be no Carrier-Imposed Surcharges on Etihad redemptions.
  • Redemptions on Etihad are bookable via Aeroplan.com or Aeroplan's Contact Centre.

Here is the Canada/U.S.-centric portion of the award chart:

A couple of the redemption rates include:

  • The United States to South Africa for 75,000 miles in business class or 105,000 miles in first class
  • Japan to the Middle East for 62,500 miles in business class or 87,500 miles in first class

Interestingly, this new partnership also opens the door to a couple of other, less straightforward redemptions due to Etihad's Abu Dhabi hub location. While we don't know whether Aeroplan's routing rules will allow it, you could now potentially redeem Aeroplan miles between the U.S. and:

  • Europe via Abu Dhabi for 70,000 miles in first-class Apartments
  • Australia via Abu Dhabi for 110,000 miles in first-class Apartments
  • Asia 1 (China, South Korea, Japan, etc.) via Abu Dhabi for 105,000 miles in first-class Apartments 

This could be an incredible deal for that product if it turns out to be bookable! Aeroplan doesn't appear to display itineraries like this online, but that doesn't mean they aren't bookable with a phone agent.

Redeem Etihad Guest Miles on Air Canada

While Etihad isn't part of any alliance, it has numerous one-off partners that you can book using Etihad miles.

  • To book partner awards with Etihad Guest Miles, you have to call Etihad's Guest Service Centre.
  • Partner awards must be booked at least 24 hours before the intended travel.

Etihad Guest has a separate award chart for each of its partners. Like most of Etihad's other partners, Aeroplan awards are subjected to a distance-based award chart. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be bursting with value.

These represent one-way prices. Round-trips are double the mileage requirement.

A couple of potential redemptions could be:

  • Toronto (YYZ) to London (LHR) for 47,000 miles in economy or 94,000 miles in business class
  • Vancouver (YVR) to Sydney (SYD) for 85,000 miles in economy or 170,000(!) miles in business class

It is worth noting that some very short hops could be potentially lucrative, as flights under 500 miles in distance only cost 5,000 or 10,000 miles in economy or business class, respectively. A couple of sample flights would be:

  • New York LaGuardia (LGA) to Toronto (YYZ)
  • Toronto (YYZ) to Montreal (YUL)
  • Calgary (YYC) to Kelowna (YLW)

Earn Aeroplan Miles on Etihad Flights

Starting this week, Aeroplan loyalty members can earn Aeroplan miles for flying on Etihad. While the terms and conditions are relatively strait-forward, it's important to note that Aeroplan Miles earned on eligible Etihad Airways flights will not count towards Air Canada Altitude status.

Earn Etihad Guest Miles on Air Canada Flights

Starting today, Etihad Guest members can earn Etihad miles on Air Canada flights with a few important terms and conditions:

  • Flights marketed by Air Canada and operated by a third-party carrier other than Air Canada Airlines or Etihad Airways will not be eligible for Etihad Guest miles accrual.
  • Flights taken on Air Canada are not eligible to earn Etihad Guest Tier Miles and therefore, do not contribute to earning or maintaining your Etihad Guest Tier.
  • Travelers can claim missing miles up to six months from the actual date of travel.
  • The following booking classes are not eligible for mileage accrual: I, X, F, R.

Etihad bases the earn rate on the booking class and total distance flown. You can find the full-sized table here.

Bottom Line

This is a fantastic new development for award travelers, especially when it comes to using Aeroplan miles for Etihad flights. Aeroplan's customer-friendly terms—including no carrier surcharges and a generous zone-based award chart—combined with the ability to transfer points from Amex Membership Rewards (1:1), Capital One Miles (2:1.5), and Marriott Bonvoy Points (3:1) could make it much easier to book yourself into one of Etihad's stellar premium-class products.

What are you going to do with Aeroplan and Etihad's new partnership?

H/T: One Mile At A Time

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Comments

  • seems like one of the best ways to use aeroplan miles!

  • When I go to canadam i usually fly with Air Canada. However I was looking into WestJet recently but now there is no need to. I will go with Air Canada. Great Article!

  • Maryjane says:

    This is a very interesting development. I’m usually not a fan of Aeroplan points but this would be a great use! (If I could ever find availability.)

  • And no fuel surcharges. Unlike using Aeroplan on Air Canada.

  • I’ll never accrue a single Aeroplan mile because I will never fly them for the rest of my life after how they handled US cancellations due to Coronavirus. I hope they go bankrupt – which ironically they won’t because they’re not giving refunds and many travellers won’t be able to use the credit.

    • Their position on this is crazy. They literally have their legal team replying to customers with an interpretation that contradicts the DOT statements. I doubt they will step up on their own here. Hopefully they are forced to do the right thing.

  • U.S – Europe via Abu Dhabi first-class apartment award for 70,000 miles would be insane!

  • Thanks appreciate the information including the lack of fuel charges for an inexpensive redemption.

  • Availability is the key. Has anyone actually ever travelled in the apartment with reward redemption?

  • Wonderful. In my opinion, Etihad is one of the best airlines. Planning a trip now to UAE in December and will definitely use this to book on direct flights.

  • While this is probably great news for many, I hope this doesn’t hurt EY award availability too much.

  • qofmiwok says:

    Sounds great, but how about some tips for how to find these? Looking on Aeroplan doesn’t seem like the answer, it would take forever to look for availability since you can’t sort out mixed cabins or by carrier on the availability calendar. Do you find saver awards on Etihad’s site and those are what should be available on Aeroplan? All I’m seeing there are way more miles plus a lot of surcharges.

  • Wassim Cornet says:

    Is it even worth it though? I’ve seen so many trip reports about how the Etihad experience has gone downhill in recent years…

  • Andrew Luter says:

    I hope they put the A380’s back in service soon!

  • Not bad the possibility of booking Etiad with Aeroplan miles.
    Let’s hope Air Canada will not devaluate its programme (at least for the next 2-3 years).

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