Posted by William Charles on September 22, 2019
Airline Rewards

Published on September 22nd, 2019 | by William Charles

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[YMMV] American Express Transfer Bonus: 10%-20% To Aeroplan

Update 9/22/19: Looks like more people are targeted.

Update 5/6/19: Not sure if this ever went away, but reports are showing it again for some people. Hat tip to OMGitzSARS

The Offer

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  • You can currently receive a 10%-20% transfer bonus when you transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Air Canada Aeroplan miles Normally you can transfer 1,000 MR points and receive 1,000 Aeroplan, during this promotion you’ll receive 1,100-1,200 instead (1:1.2 maximum).

The Fine Print

  • No end date published

Our Verdict

What’s weird about this particular offer is that once you view the promotion it’s not showing a second time (e.g once you click through you need to transfer then and there otherwise you won’t get the promotion to show again). I suspect this is an error and it will be fixed, but if you see the offer don’t click it unless you actually want to transfer miles across. American Express has had the following Aeroplan transfer bonuses previously:

  • [Targeted] November 12th – December 12th, 2017: 20% transfer bonus
  • November 21st – December 16th, 2011: Up to 25%/25,000 miles (Conversion based on how many miles you transfer. Lowest level transferring 5,000 miles gets 1,000 mile bonus. Highest level 100,000 mile transfer earns 25,0000 mile bonus. More information here)
  • November 22nd – December 5th, 2010: Up to 25%/5,000 mile bonus (1,000 mile bonus if you transfer 5,000 to 9,999 miles, 2,000 mile bonus if you transfer 10,000 to 19,999 miles, 5,000 mile bonus if you transfer 20,000 miles or more). Maximum of one bonus per.

As you can see, they are rare. Keep in mind Air Canada and Aeroplan have agreed to terms for Aeroplan to be reacquired by Air Canada.  You can view a full list of current and previous American Express transfer bonuses here. Other current transfer bonuses are:

Hat tip to OMaaT



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Trippy

I was checking and found a 40% bonus for Air Lingus. Didn’t notice that before.

Edit: Never mind, I see it is Avios too.

Jags
Jags

I currently have the 40% Avios bonus, 50% Hilton bonus and 20% Aeroplan bonus. AMEX is crushing it.

nohohh
nohohh

10% on mine

quasimodo
quasimodo

no love for me. not on my acct

Lantean
Lantean

I think I am going to do this… 64k MR for one way LH F… even with surcharges it is a good deal.

Jeff
Jeff

AMEX agent says that this offer expired on 11/8

Justin
Justin

Not related to this offer, but does anyone know whether Aeroplan has the same award availability for United/Air China flights as the United website? Thanks.

WR2
WR2

I’m only seeing a 30% Virgin Atlantic offer.

eyesonthepoints

same here 🙁

Orin
Orin

Where would this show up?

Parts Unknown
Parts Unknown

sigh, 20% 10 days too late, I already booked.

Matt Katakis
Matt Katakis

Damn, no offer for me or Player 2. This is one I would speculatively transfer on, especially if I had the 20% offer.

Raol
Raol

Why would one tranfer to Aeroplan? Their taxes/surcharges are so high, another ticket can be bought in that fees/taxes surcharges amount…..
Moreover, mixed flights for all flights to India, with 2/3 segemnts as ecomonmy and only one local segment (1/3) as Business, for 70K points…..AEROPLAN SUCKS

Jason Yu
Jason Yu

It depends on the airline. Some people redeem for domestic economy, so it’s better than United because of no close in fees *shrug*

Nima
Nima

They key is to book with some of air canada partners. Occasionally you get good value with air canada on international premium or business class flights.
It’s a bit tricky but you can get up to 7 cents per point, if you play it right, which is huge.

Raol
Raol

How to do it? Can you guide or provide more info?

Leslie
Leslie

While booking on Aeroplan, if i select Pay all with Miles, then do i have to pay any more $’s in taxes?????

Ex: Here is my option on this booking i am trying to do on aeroplan………….
FLIGHT REWARD
75,000 Miles

Taxes, fees & surcharges
$606.92

Pay all with cash
$606.92

Pay all with miles
86,702

TOTAL :
75,000 Miles

+ $606.92 CAD

Obviously 75K + $606.92 Tax is a Horrible offer.
However if i select Pay all with miles, then will it be 86,702 miles for entire fare or it will be (75K + 86,702 = 161,702 MILES FOR THIS FARE??
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EDIT: How come i cannot see this same itinerary on United website?????

al613
al613

I have 20% extra to Aeroplan. Agent over chat just told me its till 10/1/19

Justin
Justin

Just made a transfer so this is still on

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