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Update: Air Canada Aeroplan is now a Chase partner! Points can be transferred on a 1:1 basis.
An airline loyalty program that you may not be using to its full potential is Aeroplan. They can be a convenient way to book Star Alliance award flights or fly across North America. The easiest way to accumulate miles is to transfer credit card points to Aeroplan.
What Miles Transfer to Aeroplan?
There isn’t a co-brand Aeroplan credit card available in the United States. However, it’s easier to transfer miles than you may think. Currently, two of the largest credit card loyalty programs are Aeroplan transfer partners.
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Editor’s Note: Some of the offers below may have expired or are no longer available on our site.
American Express Membership Rewards
The best partnership for most might be having a credit card that earns American Express Membership Rewards. First, you can transfer Membership Rewards to your Aeroplan account at a 1:1 ratio in 1,000-point increments, all without a transfer fee. Most transfers are immediate (but can take up to 48 hours to complete).
Second, there are several personal and business American Express credit cards that earn Membership Rewards on purchases. These cards run the gambit in bonus rewards categories and annual fees.
Your best option can be The Platinum Card® from American Express.
Learn more: Best American Express Credit Cards
Capital One Miles
EDITOR’S NOTE: Capital One has added new travel partners and perks, plus new airport lounges for 2021. You can read more in our post, New Capital One Travel Rewards.
The personal and business Capital One travel credit cards let you transfer Capital One miles to Aeroplan. This ratio is only 2 Cap One miles to 1.5 Aeroplan miles, which is less than the Amex 1:1 ratio. Transferring Capital One miles can still be the more lucrative option when the redemption value is greater than one cent each. That’s how much each mile is worth when redeemed as a Capital One travel statement credit.
The flagship travel rewards credit card is the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card. All purchases earn 2 miles per $1. The annual fee is $95. Along with the Amex Platinum mentioned above, it’s also one of the best metal credit cards you can have in your wallet.
The only relevant Capital One no annual fee option is the Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card. All purchases earn unlimited 1.25 miles per $1.
Both the Capital One Spark Miles for Business and Spark® Miles Select from Capital One® earn travel rewards on business purchases. However, none of the cash rewards cards (i.e., Capital One Quicksilver Cash Rewards Credit Card) let you transfer rewards to airline and hotel partners.
Being able to earn and use your rewards for travel is one of the main differences between cash back vs travel rewards credit cards.
Related: Best Capital One Credit Cards
Diners Club credit cards can also transfer miles to Aeroplan at a 1:1 ratio in 1,000-point minimums. However, it can take between 2 and 4 weeks for the transfer to complete. If you’re trying to book a last-minute award flight, this isn’t your best option.
Barclays Arrival Premier
If you happen to own the Barclays Arrival Premier, you can transfer miles to Aeroplan. But, note that 8,500 Barclays miles are only worth 5,000 Aeroplan miles. You may be better off redeeming your miles for a travel statement credit instead.
The Arrival Premier is no longer accepting new applications. If you want a new travel credit card to earn travel miles transferrable to Aeroplan, it will need to be an American Express, Capital One, or Diners Club card.
Hotel Loyalty Programs
Many hotel loyalty programs let you transfer points to Aeroplan. On average, 5 hotel points are worth 1 Aeroplan mile. Below are the participating loyalty programs and their respective transfer ratios. Only Coast Rewards and Golden Circle Awards offer a 1:1 transfer ratio.
Learn more: Best Hotel Credit Cards
IHG Rewards Club
Can transfer in 10,000-point increments at a 5:1 ratio.
Must transfer at least 3,000 points per transfer at a 3:1 ratio. You get an extra 5,000 miles when converting 60,000 points to miles at once.
Can transfer in increments of 10,000 Hilton Honors points. Each 10,000 Hilton points are worth 1,000 Aeroplan miles.
Transfers start at 6,000 points for 1,200 miles at a 5:1 transfer ratio.
Best Western Rewards
Can transfer points at a 5:1 transfer ratio.
Can transfer points at a 5:1 transfer ratio.
Must transfer in 1,000-point increments but the transfer ratio is 1:1.
Members can choose to auto-convert at a 10:1 ratio. A second option is transferring 2,000, 50,000, or 100,000 Radisson Rewards points at once.
Le Club Accorhotels (Accor Hotels)
The transfer ratio is up to 2:1 in 4,000-point increments. The exact transfer ratio can depend on how many points you transfer at once.
Golden Circle Awards
The minimum transfer amount is 2,500 points with additional 500-point increments. All transfers are at a 1:1 ratio.
Another transfer possibility is at Points.com. It’s possible to exchange your travel rewards points with participating airline and hotel loyalty programs.
Redeeming Aeroplan Miles
Your Aeroplan miles balance expires after 12 months of account inactivity. Thankfully, you can reset the timer by earning, redeeming, transferring miles to another Aeroplan member, or donating miles.
It’s important to note that Air Canada is absorbing the Aeroplan loyalty program in the summer of 2020. This will affect your point redemption options. The changes will become public as the transition finalizes.
The good news is that Aeroplan still offers fixed mileage award flights with the Star Alliance partners. Many airlines now use a revenue where the required number of miles is determined by the cash price for the itinerary.
One recent negative change is that Aeroplan no longer offers a Round-the-World award ticket. This perk disappeared in September 2019.
Long-Haul North America Flights
You will pay 25,000 miles round-trip for an economy class flight in the continental U.S. or Canada. Short-haul flights can cost as little as 15,000 miles round-trip.
Splurging for first-class can cost as much as 70,000 miles round-trip. This cost can be worth it when flying transcontinental like Newark to San Francisco on United.
North America to Europe
Aeroplan divides Europe into 2 different zones. Europe 1 is the western nations including Germany, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and others. Round-trip flights cost 60,000 miles in economy and 140,000 for first class.
Europe 2 includes central and eastern Europe with nations like Poland and the Czech Republic. These round-trip fares cost 75,000 miles in economy and 160,000 miles in first class.
North America to Asia
Flying to Asia from North America isn’t exactly a bargain but it can be worth the first-class experience on ANA or Singapore Airlines if you can find a seat.
Asia is divided into 2 zones as well with Asia 1 including China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. Round-trip flights cost 75,000 miles in economy and 210,000 in first class. Business-class is a little more reasonable at 150,000 miles round-trip.
Asia 2 includes the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Plan on paying 90,000 for economy class, 155,000 in business class, and 215,000 in first-class round-trip.
Summary of What Miles Transfer to Aeroplan
Your best option to transfer miles to Aeroplan is by having a credit card that earns American Express Membership Rewards or Capital One miles. You also have the option of converting hotel points. However, the points are worth significantly less and may be more useful for booking a hotel award night instead.
Can you transfer American Express Membership Rewards to Aeroplan?
Yes, American Express Membership Rewards transfer to Aeroplan at a 1:1 ratio in 1,000-point increments. This is the best transfer ratio. Only Diners Club and a couple of hotel loyalty programs offer a similar 1:1 transfer rate.
Some of the best American Express credit cards for travel rewards include:
- Platinum Card from American Express
- American Express® Gold Card
- American Express® Green Card
- Amex EveryDay® Credit Card
Can you transfer Capital One miles to Aeroplan?
The Capital One travel rewards cards currently let you transfer miles to Aeroplan. The card will either need to be from the Venture family or Spark Miles business credit card family (not the Spark Cash). The normal transfer ratio is 2:1.5 meaning 2 Capital One miles become 1.5 Aeroplan miles.
Any Capital One credit card that earns cash rewards like the Capital One Quicksilver or Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card cannot transfer rewards points to Aeroplan.
The information for the Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card has been collected independently by Johnny Jet. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
Can you transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to Aeroplan?
Chase Ultimate Rewards currently isn’t an Aeroplan transfer partner. However, you can transfer points at a 1:1 ratio to United Airlines or Singapore Airlines and book Star Alliance flights. Aeroplan is currently part of the Star Alliance network.
Can you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Aeroplan?
Citi ThankYou currently isn’t an Aeroplan transfer partner. You can still book Star Alliance flights by first transferring your points to your Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer account.
Do Aeroplan miles expire?
Aeroplan miles expire after 12 months of account inactivity. You can renew your miles for another 12 months by earning or redeeming miles. Donating miles or transferring to another Aeroplan account also counts as a qualifying activity.
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