Flying on Air Canada and Star Alliance Partners
Aeroplan awards points on the distance you fly, which you can maximize by finding cheap long-haul flights.
Air Canada: You can see the chart for Air Canada online (click “Earning” tab). Most cheap economy fares will earn 50% of the miles flown.
Star Alliance Airlines: You can see the chart for each airline online. For example, United Economy (S, T, L, K, G) would earn 50% of miles flown whereas United Economy (M, E, U, H, Q, V, W) earn 100% of miles flown.
Aeroplan offers 1 to 1 transfers from American Express Membership Rewards, and 2 to 1.5 airline point from Capital One’s Venture Card.
You can also transfer from Marriott at a 3 (Marriott) to 1 airline point transfer ratio. You can also get an additional 5,000 airline points bonus if you transfer in increments of 60,000 Marriott points. (e.g., 60,000 Marriott points become 25,000 airline points, whereas if you only transfer 59,000 Marriott points, you would only get 19,667 airline points).
Other Transfer Ratios:
- Best Western (5 to 1)
- Choice (5 to 1)
- Hilton (10 to 1)
- Le Club Accor (2 to 1)
- Wyndham (6 to 1).
For Canadians, you can earn points via American Express Aeroplan cards, or with CIBC’s four credit cards. For U.S. Citizens, you can earn Aeroplan miles with the TD Bank Aeroplan Visa Signature credit card.
TD Bank Aeroplan Visa Signature
Application Link (Target: 25,000; Current: 25,000)
Annual Fee: $89, waived the first year.
Earning Aeroplan Miles
- 2x on Air Canada
- 1x everywhere else.
Note: 25,000 is not a great sign up bonus and there are no other benefits to justify the annual fee after the first year. I would put a low prioritization on this card.