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Via One Mile at a Time, Air Canada is offering up to a 30% bonus when you transfer hotel points to Air Canada Aeroplan through December 12, 2016.
I’ll share the promotion details and help you decide if transferring hotel points to Air Canada Aeroplan with a 30% bonus is worth it.
Transfer Hotel Points to Air Canada With Up to a 30% Bonus
Until December 12, 2016, you’ll earn up to 30% more Air Canada Aeroplan miles when you transfer hotel points to Air Canada.
Participating hotel loyalty programs include:
- Best Western
- Choice Hotels
- Club Carlson
- Coast Hotels
- Le Club Accor Hotels
The amount of the bonus depends on how many Air Canada Aeroplan miles you EARN from the transfer (NOT how many hotel points you transfer, because the ratios are different depending on the chain):
I don’t normally recommend transferring most hotel points to airline miles, because the transfer ratios are typically poor. For example, 10,000 Hilton points convert to only 1,000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles.
But if you collect Starwood points and / or Marriott points, this could be a very good deal!
Make the Most of the Transfer Bonus
Link: Air Canada Award Chart
1. Transfer Starwood Points
You can transfer Starwood points to Air Canada Aeroplan at a 1:1 ratio. And you’ll earn a 5,000 mile bonus (25%) for every 20,000 Starwood points you transfer.
So with this deal, you could move Starwood points to Air Canada Aeroplan and earn the usual 25% bonus, then earn up to an additional 30% more miles depending on how many points you transfer.
For example, you could transfer:
- 20,000 Starwood points = 30,000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles (25,000 miles + 20% bonus = 30,000 miles)
- 80,000 Starwood points = 125,000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles (100,000 miles + 25% bonus)
- 160,000 Starwood points = 260,000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles (200,000 miles + 30% bonus)
If you redeem Air Canada Aeroplan miles for expensive First or Business Class tickets, you could do very well with this transfer bonus.
For instance, by transferring 80,000 Starwood points, you’d earn more than enough Air Canada Aeroplan miles for a round-trip Business Class ticket to Eastern Europe. Or a round-trip Premium Economy ticket to Japan, China, or Korea!
2. Marriott Hotel + Air Packages
If you have lots of Marriott OR Starwood points, consider moving points to Air Canada Aeroplan through Marriott Hotel + Air Packages.
Remember, you can transfer Starwood points to Marriott at a 3:1 ratio.
With Marriott Hotel + Air Packages, when you transfer Marriott points to certain airlines, you’ll get a 7-night Marriott hotel stay plus airline miles. And Air Canada is a partner.
Use Marriott Points
But with the transfer bonus (25%), you’ll get 150,000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles (120,000 miles x 1.25%). Enough for a round-trip Business Class ticket to North Asia!
That’s an excellent deal!
Use Starwood Points
But if you have Starwood points, you can do even better. Starwood points transfer to Marriott at a 3:1 ratio, so you could move 90,000 Starwood points to earn 270,000 Marriott points.
Then, book the same Hotel + Air package. So for just 90,000 Starwood points you’ll get:
- A 7-night stay in a category 1 to 5 Marriott hotel
- 150,000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles
This is a terrific way to use Starwood points!
Remember, to transfer points between Starwood and Marriott, you must first link your accounts. And you’ll get an instant status match.
Through December 12, 2016, you’ll earn up to a 30% bonus when you transfer hotel points to Air Canada Aeroplan.
The amount of the bonus depends on how many Air Canada Aeroplan miles you earn after you transfer hotel points. For most hotel chains, this isn’t a terribly exciting deal, because the transfer ratios aren’t very good.
Let me know if you take advantage of the bonus and how you’ll use your Air Canada Aeroplan miles!