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You’ll receive a 30% bonus on Chase transfers to Air Canada Aeroplan for the month of November. That’s great on its own, because Aeroplan is one of their best transfer partners. But those who also have the Aeroplan® Credit Card separately get a 10% bonus also, when transferring 50,000 or more points per transaction (and not more than 250,000 per year), through an offer that runs until the end of 2023.
Transfers are available from:
- Chase Sapphire Reserve® which has an offer to earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card which has an offer to earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
- Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card which has an offer to earn 100k bonus points after you spend $15,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
Air Canada is part of the Star Alliance, so you can use your miles for travel on member airlines like Lufthansa, Swiss, Asiana, ANA and Turkish. What’s more Air Canada Aeroplan doesn’t add fuel surcharges to awards any longer, and their awards are often cheaper than United’s – for instance East Coast to Europe in business class on Lufthansa costs 60,000 miles one way versus 73,000 – 77,000 through United.
You can combine Star Alliance and other partner airlines into a single award. Air Canada has a plethora of airline partners outside of Star Alliance that you can redeem your miles with. One of my favorites is Etihad. And you can actually include both Star Alliance airlines and other partner airlines in the same award ticket, almost always bookable on their website.
For about 10,000 more points you can get for refundable awards that come with special club access on Air Canada business class transoceanic departures via Toronto and Vancouver. Air Canada Signature Suite lounges are not open to upgrading passengers or regular award passengers to keep them exclusive, and they offer some of the best lounge dining in the world. Here’s their Toronto lounge and their Vancouver lounge.
While many programs have eliminated stopovers – the ability to spend time in a connecting city along your journey – Aeroplan maintains them for generally just an extra 5000 miles each. And you aren’t limited to just one!
The program is also a great opportunity to combine your family’s Chase points in one place, since Aeroplan offers family points pooling. And Aeroplan is also an American Express, Capital One, and Bilt transfer partner so you can pool points from various transferable points programs towards a single award. (Also have your family members get a Aeroplan® Credit Card and use their points for your travel, heh).
Plus the Aeroplan® Credit Card helps you gain status and earn 50% off award redemption vouchers (Priority Rewards).