With the ability to convert the Air Canada Buddy Pass into 30,000 Aeroplan points, you have a choice.
Updated: August 26, 2021
If you applied for an Aeroplan credit card with an offer including an Air Canada Buddy Pass, the airline will allow you to convert your Air Canada Buddy Pass into 30,000 Aeroplan Points until November 30, 2021.
This conversion offer is open to all credit cardholders who have earned a Buddy Pass and are converting it before November 30, 2021.
Air Canada Buddy Pass
I wrote a comprehensive article on the Air Canada Buddy Pass and how it works.
In my opinion, the Air Canada Buddy Pass is ideal for couples planning to travel within 12-18 months on Air Canada in North America.
After various simulations, it is easy to get a value of about $350 from the Air Canada Buddy Pass (this is the average value I have used for credit cards offering the Buddy Pass).
Here is an example of a direct round-trip flight between Montreal and San Francisco for 2 people using an Air Canada Buddy Pass. Here the Buddy Pass saves $513.
This Air Canada Buddy Pass can also be useful for families with 2 children.
In this case, each spouse will need to apply for an Aeroplan credit card with the Air Canada Buddy Pass to offer this Buddy Pass to one child.
But if you are not in these situations (solo traveller, large family, etc.), the Buddy Pass is not really a benefit for you. In this case, it’s best to convert your Buddy Pass to 30,000 Aeroplan Points.
By my estimate, 1 Aeroplan point = 2 cents.
So 30,000 Aeroplan points have a $600 value.
And there’s a reason Air Canada is offering 30,000 Aeroplan points to convert a Buddy Pass. They must have done their calculations too 😉
Converting a Buddy Pass to Aeroplan Points is primarily for :
That’s why this conversion offer is not posted anywhere on the Air Canada website: it’s not for the “general public” but rather for “insiders,” readers of sites like milesopedia.com and members of the points community.
It’s for those who can take advantage of Aeroplan Family Sharing to access the same Aeroplan point balance by combining points from different accounts.
Above all, it is an option offered (with no deadline) to change tack if the Buddy Pass is not useful.
Let’s use the same example for the Montreal-San Francisco flight for 2 people. This one is available for 44,800 Aeroplan points and $161.84.
- Option 1: you buy 2 tickets for $1,200
- Option 2: you use the Buddy Pass and pay $687
- Option 3: You use 44,800 Aeroplan points and pay $162
|Option 1||Option 2||Option 3|
|Buy 2 tickets||Buddy Pass||Aeroplan Points|
|Cost in points||–||–||30 000 + 14 800|
|Savings (30,000 points)||$695|
Granted, converting the Buddy Pass to Aeroplan Points would have only earned you 30,000 Aeroplan Points, not 44,800 Aeroplan Points (but with the current offer for the TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card, you get 25,000 Aeroplan Points in addition to the Buddy Pass).
Transposed on a per point basis: ($1,200 – $168) / 44,800 = 2.31 cents per point x 30,000 = $695
So, by converting your Buddy Pass into Aeroplan points, you save $695 (option 3) instead of $513 by using your Buddy Pass (option 2).
As always, it’s up to you to make YOUR calculations based on YOUR planned itinerary. Here I wanted to show you the possibility offered by this conversion.
If you want to take advantage of this offer to convert the Air Canada Buddy Pass into 30,000 Aeroplan points, I suggest you don’t wait to get one of the credit cards that currently offer this Air Canada Buddy Pass.
With the TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card, you could get:
- 25,000 Aeroplan points and an Air Canada Buddy Pass
- OR 55,000 Aeroplan points
- All this with no annual fee for the first year!
With the American Express® Aeroplan®* Card, you could get:
- 40,000 Aeroplan points and an Air Canada Buddy Pass
- OR 70,000 Aeroplan points
With the TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite Privilege* Card, you could get:
- 65,000 Aeroplan points and an Air Canada Buddy Pass
- OR 95,000 Aeroplan points
With the American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve Card, you could get:
- 90,000 Aeroplan points and an Air Canada Buddy Pass
- OR 120,000 Aeroplan points