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Chase launched a new transfer bonus yesterday, giving a 20% increase when transferring Ultimate Rewards to Air Canada’s Aeroplan loyalty program.
- Get a 20% bonus when transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards to Air Canada Aeroplan.
- Expires January 15, 2024.
- Bonus points will be awarded by Aeroplan in your Aeroplan account when your transfer is complete.
In November last year we saw a 30% transfer bonus from Chase to Aeroplan, but this past summer when they last offered a bonus it was at this lower 20% rate. Despite not being as good as the 30% bonus, it’s still a decent offer considering the wide range of other airlines that Aeroplan partners with.
Update: Usernamechuck has made a great point in the comments that this also boosts the value of Pay Yourself Back for Aeroplan cardholders. As a reminder, Aeroplan cardholders are able to redeem points via Pay Yourself Back at a rate of 1.25cpp (cents per point) towards travel purchases and the card’s annual fee. This 20% transfer bonus therefore boosts the return on your Ultimate Rewards points to 1.5cpp (1,000 Ultimate Rewards = 1,200 Aeroplan points = $15 cashed out in this way). If you’re a Sapphire Reserve cardholder, you can get 1.5cpp of value when booking through the travel portal any day of the week, but Aeroplan cardholders being able to cash out via Pay Yourself Back is even better as a) there’s a wider range of travel-related expenses that can be covered outside of Chase’s travel portal and b) it means you can book directly with airlines and hotels. That’s particularly beneficial with hotel stays as it means you can receive status benefits, earn points and elite night credits, etc. which you wouldn’t get when booking on the Chase portal.
Update 2: Air Canada via press release and John in the comments have also highlighted another stackable benefit for Aeroplan cardholders. Cardholders get a 10% bonus when transferring 50,000+ Ultimate Rewards in a transaction as standard (with a limit of 25,000 bonus points per year) which combines with this 20% bonus for a total bonus of 30% when transferring 50,000+ points. Someone doing that would then be able to use Pay Yourself Back at 1.25cpp for a total cashout value of 1.625cpp. While it’s possible to get better value than that be redeeming Ultimate Rewards for premium flights, Hyatt stays, etc., that’s still a solid value if you’re able to print Ultimate Rewards points and would like to cash some of them out.
Things to Know Aeroplan
- How to find awards: Search for available space at Aeroplan.com (you’ll need to create a free Aeroplan frequent flyer account to search)
- Change and cancellation fees: Fees vary from $25 for a Flex fare change to $100 for a close-in saver change and from $75-$175 for cancellations.
- Key warnings: Cancellation fees can be high, particularly for close-in travel.
- Transfer from: Amex, Capital One, Chase, Marriott
Best Uses Aeroplan
- Add Stopovers for 5,000 miles: There's great value in the Aeroplan due to the ability to add a stopover on a one-way award for 5,000 additional miles, making it possible to combine two destinations on one award.
- Lap Infants: Lap infants are just $25 CAD or 2,500 miles per direction (far cheaper than what most programs charge).
- Travel within US and Canada: Aeroplan charges 6K to 22.5K miles each way in economy class or as low as 15K miles each way in business class within US and Canada
- Business Class to Asia and the South Pacific: Flights to Asia and South Pacific range from 55K-105K one-way in business class (plus 5K miles for a stopover), which can be a particularly good value for awards combining Asia and the South Pacific in one itinerary.
- Business Class to Africa (with a stopover in Europe): Flights to Africa can vary between from 60K to 100K in business class based on distance (add 5K miles for a stopover within Africa or Europe).
- Explore remote Canada for far less (Northwest territories for cheap!). In some cases, Air Canada only charges 12.5K miles one-way to remote stretches of Canada. See more here.
- See more best uses here: Best uses of Air Canada Aeroplan points