Aeroplan: 30% bonus on the conversion of hotel points into Aeroplan Miles (extended offer)

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Aeroplan has decided to extend its bonus for transferring points from various loyalty programs into Aeroplan Miles by a few days, with a 30% bonus in the process. Details.

Bonus on the transfer of hotel points into Aeroplan Miles

From March 25 through April 22 26, 2019, you can earn a bonus of 30% additional Aeroplan miles for your hotel point transfers.

 

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You can transfer your hotel points in Aeroplan miles from many loyalty programs:

  • Marriott Bonvoy
  • Best Western Rewards
  • Radisson Rewards
  • Hilton Honors
  • IHG Rewards Club
  • Coast Hotels
  • Choice Hotels
  • The Accor Club
  • Golden Circle – Shangri La

 

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Hotel points to Aeroplan miles conversion ratios

Here’s what you could get with this promotion. Please note that you must convert at least the equivalent of 5,000 miles to unlock the bonus (to reach this threshold you can transfer points from different programs).

Hotel group Ordinary conversion Conversion with Bonus of 30%
Marriott Bonvoy 30,000 points = 10,000 miles 30,000 points = 13,000 miles
Marriott Bonvoy* 60,000 points = 25,000 miles* 60,000 points = 32,500 miles*
Gold Circle 10,000 points = 10,000 miles 10,000 points = 13,000 miles
Coast Rewards 10,000 points = 10,000 miles 10,000 points = 13,000 miles
The AccorHotels Club 10,000 points = 5,000 miles 10,000 points = 6,500 miles
Best Western Rewards 10,000 points = 2,000 miles 10,000 points = 2,600 miles
Wyndham Rewards 10,000 points = 2,000 miles 10,000 points = 2,600 miles
Choice Privileges 10,000 points = 2,000 miles 10,000 points = 2,600 miles
Hilton Honors 10,000 points = 1,000 miles 10,000 points = 1,300 miles
Radisson Rewards 10,000 points = 1,300 miles 10,000 points = 1,600 miles
IHG Rewards Club 10,000 points = 1,000 miles 10,000 points = 1,300 miles

*Marriott Bonvoy offers a bonus of 15,000 points (or 5,000 miles) for every 60,000 points transferred. Thus, as part of this promotion, 60,000 points = 32,500 miles!

**Radisson Rewards is currently offering an additional 30% bonus miles for a total of 600% extra bonus.

 

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Example of a sign-up bonus converted into Aeroplan miles

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Consider the 60,000-point Marriott Bonvoy sign-up bonus offered by each Marriott Bonvoy card:

If you recently signed up for this card and earned these points but don’t want to stay at Marriott hotels, you can take advantage of this conversion promotion!

So 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points = 25,000 miles + 30% = 32,500 Aeroplan miles!

As shown in the chart above, it is much more attractive to convert in increments of 60,000 Marriott points as you will earn 32,500 Aeroplan Miles with the Marriott Bonus!

 

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How to convert Marriott Bonvoy points to Aeroplan miles

To convert Marriott Bonvoy points to Aeroplan miles, go to the “Use your points” section on this page.

 

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How do I earn Marriott Bonvoy points?

There are two ways to earn Marriott Bonvoy points: direct and indirect:

 

Earn Marriott Bonvoy points directly

American Express offers two credit cards linked to the Marriott Bonvoy program:

Each of these cards allows you to earn Marriott Bonvoy points directly through your spending and the welcome bonus they provide. And this bonus can get you several free nights at Marriott hotels!

 

Earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly

American Express Membership Rewards points can also be transferred to Marriott Bonvoy points. The transfer rate is 1:1.2 or, easier to remember: 5:6.

For every 50,000 Membership Rewards points transferred, you earn 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

 

There are 5 cards offering Membership Rewards points:

Card Information Type of points
American Express Gold Rewards Card Membership Rewards
new american express platinum card American Express Platinum Card Membership Rewards
card gold pme company of american express American Express® Business Gold Rewards Card Membership Rewards
Business Platinum Card<sup srcset=® from American Express" width="138" height="87"> American Express Business Platinum Card Membership Rewards
american express cobalt card American Express Cobalt™ Card Membership Rewards Select Tier

 

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Cobalt to Marriott Bonvoy to Aeroplan Card

The American Express Cobalt Card earns “Membership Rewards Select” points.

Unlike “Membership Rewards points”, these points can ONLY be transferred to hotel partners such as Marriott Bonvoy or Hilton Honors and not to airline programs.

We therefore recommend that you use these select Membership Rewards points first for transfers to Marriott Bonvoy and keep your Membership Rewards points earned on other cards for transfers to Aeroplan or British Airways Executive Club.

The American Express Cobalt card is the preferred card for travel hackers in Canada to earn Marriott Bonvoy points…. and ultimately aeroplan, avios, alaska miles…

In addition to its welcome bonus of 30,000 Select Membership Rewards points (divided into 2,500 points per month for 1 year as long as you put $500 on the card each month), its strength lies in its earning rate: 5 Membership Rewards points / dollar for purchases:

  • grocery stores purchases
  • convenience stores
  • restaurants – bars

And don’t forget the gift cards purchased in grocery/convenience stores to benefit from the 5 points / dollar!

So if your ultimate goal is to earn Aeroplan, Avios, Alaska miles with your American Express Cobalt card, imagine the miles you can earn:

5 Membership Rewards points / dollar purchase = 6 Marriott points = 2 aeroplan, avios, alaska miles !

No card will offer you such a high rate of accumulation for airline miles!

And we don’t even take into account the transfer bonuses (on the Marriott side and on the airline program side) as mentioned above!

As part of this conversion promotion, you can convert:

50,000 Select Membership Rewards points = 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points = 32,500 Aeroplan Miles

The American Express Cobaltᵐᶜ Card is definitely the best credit card on the Canadian market today!

For more details on this card, click here!

Bottom Line

We always tell you that it is best to use your points and miles within the loyalty program in which they were issued to you.

However, some promotions like this one can be interesting, especially if you are short on miles to book the Aeroplan Reward of your dreams!

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Jean-Maximilien
Jean-Maximilien is an expert in Canada and France about Loyalty programs, Credit cards and Travel. He is the Founding President of Milesopedia.

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