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Aeroplan points are the favorite currency of travel rewards enthusiasts because they can give outsized value and unlimited value! All travelers should have some because they can also be used in a more simple way. And there are so many crazy deals to get points easily right now!

So we’ll look at 18 good uses of Aeroplan points (plus a bonus one at the beginning), which are sometimes called program sweet spots, to give you concrete examples. This is while you await more content, tips, and guides on all the major rewards programs — including Aeroplan — very soon.

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Basics of Aeroplan points

Among the current incredible offers, some of the most valuable cards earn Aeroplan points directly or Amex points, which can be transferred 1 for 1 to Aeroplan points.

Best credit cards for Aeroplan points WELCOME BONUS
( VALUATION)
Aeroplan
points
American Express Aeroplan Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $3k in 6 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $795
Card Fee: $120
53,000 pts
+ a free bag
on Air Canada
American Express Gold Rewards Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $3k in 3 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $745
Card Fee: $250
53,000 pts
+ 4 lounge passes
and $100 travel credit
Platinum Card from American Express
Card:
Bonus: spend $6k in 3 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $1190
Card Fee: $699
66,000 pts
+ unlimited lounges
and $200 travel credit
American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $6k in 6 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $1388
Card Fee: $599
92,500 pts
+ Air Canada
lounge access (on *A)
American Express Cobalt Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $500/mo for 12 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $900
Card Fee: $156
60,000 pts
+ 5X the points
best card in Canada
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Best credit cards for Aeroplan points
American Express® Aeroplan®* Card American Express Aeroplan Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $3k in 6 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
Rewards: ≈ $795
Card Fee: $120
Aeroplan points: 53,000 pts + a free bag
on Air Canada
American Express® Gold Rewards Card American Express Gold Rewards Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $3k in 3 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
Rewards: ≈ $745
Card Fee: $250
Aeroplan points: 53,000 pts + 4 lounge passes
and $100 travel credit
Platinum Card® from American Express Platinum Card from American Express
Card:
Bonus: spend $6k in 3 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
Rewards: ≈ $1190
Card Fee: $699
Aeroplan points: 66,000 pts + unlimited lounges
and $200 travel credit
American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve Card American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $6k in 6 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
Rewards: ≈ $1388
Card Fee: $599
Aeroplan points: 92,500 pts + Air Canada
lounge access (on *A)
American Express Cobalt® Card American Express Cobalt Card
Card:
Bonus: spend $500/mo for 12 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
Rewards: ≈ $900
Card Fee: $156
Aeroplan points: 60,000 pts + 5X the points
best card in Canada
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I won’t redo the whole analysis here, but I’ll assume most travelers will choose a card that gives them at least 71,000 Aeroplan points (or ≈ 60% more with premium cards with amazing airport lounge access perks).

This can give you 11 one-way reward flights (or 19 with premium cards). That’s a lot of value!

But you have many options and it’s important to understand this more complex program (which is more valuable too) than the ones most people know (that are way less valuable precisely because they’re less complicated).

 

How to use Aeroplan points

Aeroplan points are variable-value rewards (more complicated, more valuable), rather than fixed-value rewards (less complicated, less valuable). These are the only 2 existing types of rewards, and like everything else in the travel world: the less complicated it is, the less valuable it is.

So our conservative Flytrippers Valuation is ≈ 1.5¢ per Aeroplan point, but it can be a lot more than that (so the value of the already incredibly high welcome bonuses could be even higher)!

It can also be less! It varies, hence the term “variable value.” That’s why Aeroplan points can have an outsized value and an unlimited value. Because their value — how much you save with points — depends on how you use them. 

You have to be a little more flexible, but it can be so much more valuable. Especially for those who usually buy expensive airline tickets, at their “regular” price.

Here’s what’s absolutely vital to understand about Aeroplan points:

  • Sometimes it’s a good use of points, sometimes it isn’t
    • It depends on the cash price of flights
  • There are 2 separate pricing systems with Aeroplan
    • For flights on Air Canada only
      • Unlimited seats, therefore unlimited prices (unpredictable)
        • Absolutely all seats are available
        • But at higher prices
        • Number of points required based on cash price
      • To maximize such usage, you have to find the cheapest dates
      • Less complicated, but also gives you less value
    • For flights on 40+ partner airlines
      • Limited seats, therefore limited prices (guaranteed)
        • Not all seats are available
        • This is what allows for guaranteed prices
        • Number of points required is set by price charts
      • To maximize such usage, you have to find available seats
      • More complicated, but also gives you more value
  • In both cases, the same tips for maximizing apply
    • Be flexible (on dates or flights)
    • Book as early as possible
  • Price charts determine the number of points required
    • The price is based on the total distance traveled
    • There are different charts for different regions
      • There are charts for flights within the 4 regions
      • There are charts for flights between the 4 regions
  • There are taxes to pay, but the important thing is the total
    • Not just the taxes alone, nor just the savings alone
    • The TOTAL: how much you save, even if you have to pay an amount in cash
  • Each booking with a partner has a $39 fee
    • So with the same number of points, Air Canada flights are more advantageous
    • But the number of points is often not equal, so it’s often worth it to pay $39
    • It’s $39 per booking, so it’s more advantageous to book roundtrips
  • All bookings are easily made on the Air Canada website or app

You can read our introduction to the Aeroplan program while you wait for our more comprehensive ultimate guide.

So finally, for the examples of good uses:

  • The examples given are good uses if the cash price is “normal”
    • If you can find a cash deal, it’s not a good use
  • It’s based on the number of points required on partner airlines
    • Because they’re guaranteed prices
    • You can find the same price on Air Canada, it’s just not guaranteed
  • These are examples of specific destinations by distance
    • Changing to a nearby city may make it fall in the upper distance band
    • Depending on layovers available to get there, it can also add distance
    • If you are somewhere else, distances are obviously different than the specific examples
  • It’s more advantageous from larger airports
    • Because there are more partner airlines
    • Because the cash prices are cheaper in general

 

18 examples of good uses of Aeroplan points

We have 10 examples of good uses of Aeroplan points from Canada (#1 to #9 and #18). But honestly, many of these are not that good compared to your options for flights elsewhere…

We have 8 examples of good uses of Aeroplan points around the world (from #10 to #17) because these points can be very valuable to travel around once you’re at your destination (for example with a cheap deal) for frequent travelers who want to travel more (and discover more places).

And these are just a tiny fraction of the possibilities! You can mix and match all these examples as you wish, since airline points like Aeroplan really are fully customizable! 

 

Good Aeroplan use #0 (bonus): Flights with stopovers

Flytrippers loves to give you bonuses and this time I’m listing it at the beginning!

A great feature of the new Aeroplan program allows you to add a stopover for only 5,000 points! Even on a one-way ticket. And as many as you want! 

With a 5,000 points stopover, you can visit 2 incredible destinations of your choice for almost the same price as one. It’s a great value for avid travelers once again, those who want to experience as many places as possible. Because 2 destinations are often better than just 1!

Stopovers are only available outside of Canada and the United States, however, this is the only restriction. 

I had a stopover in Guatemala on my flight to El Salvador in January (photo credit: Andrew D’Amours/Flytrippers)

 

Good Aeroplan use #1: Short-distance flights within North America

  • Price (one-way): 6,000 points
  • Distance: 0-500 miles
  • Examples:
    • Montréal–Washington
    • Montréal–New York City
    • Montréal–Boston
    • Montréal–Philadelphia
    • Toronto–Chicago
    • Toronto–New York City
    • Toronto–Boston
    • Vancouver–Portland
    • Calgary–Seattle

Washington, D.C. (photo credit: Andy Feliciotti)

 

Perfect for weekend getaways to amazing cities (long weekend getaways are ideal for those who say time is the biggest obstacle to traveling more, not money).

Example of Aeroplan’s value (1 roundtrip):

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $350
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $100
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $250
  • Amount of Aeroplan points: 12,000
  • Value per Aeroplan point: ≈ 2¢

 

Good Aeroplan use #2: Medium-distance flights within North America

  • Price (one-way): 10,000 points
  • Distance: 500-1,500 miles
  • Examples:
    • Montréal–Miami
    • Montréal–Nashville
    • Montréal–New Orleans
    • Montréal–Chicago
    • Toronto–Miami
    • Toronto–New Orleans
    • Vancouver–Los Angeles
    • Calgary–Las Vegas
Miami Beach, Florida (photo credit: Antonio Cuellar)

 

It covers a good part of eastern North America from Montréal and Toronto, including Florida, beloved by many Canadians. It covers popular destinations like California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah from the Vancouver and Calgary/Edmonton. This gives you a lot of incredible destination options!

Example of Aeroplan’s value (1 roundtrip):

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $400
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $100
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $300
  • Amount of Aeroplan points: 20,000
  • Value per Aeroplan point: ≈ 1.5¢

 

Good Aeroplan use #3: Long-distance flights within North America

  • Price (one-way): 12,500 points
  • Distance: 0-2,750 miles
  • Examples:
    • Montréal–Costa Rica
    • Montréal–Mexico
    • Montréal–Nicaragua
    • Montréal–Jamaica
    • Toronto–Costa Rica
    • Vancouver–Cabo
Costa Rica (photo credit: Etienne Delorieux)

 

Lots of possibilities for exotic “sunny” destinations with longer flights. It covers almost all of Central America from Toronto and Montréal.

Example of Aeroplan’s value (1 roundtrip):

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $525
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $150
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $375
  • Amount of Aeroplan points: 25,000
  • Value per Aeroplan point: ≈ 1.5¢

 

Good use of Aeroplan #4: Flights to Western Europe or Morocco from Eastern Canada

  • Price (one-way): 35,000 points
  • Distance: 0-4,000 miles
  • Examples:
    • Vancouver–Tokyo
    • Montréal–Madrid
    • Montréal–Nice
    • Montréal–Zurich
    • Montréal–Marrakech
    • Toronto–Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal (photo credit: Liam McKay)

 

Vancouver to Tokyo is an amazing sweet spot. Since flights to Europe have become very affordable if you’re flexible (often around $500 roundtrip on our deals page), it’s not often a great way to redeem points for that. But many travelers still pay $1,200 to go to Europe, sadly…

I included Morocco to show you how sweet spots can come to be: it’s often considered more exotic since it’s in Africa, but since Aeroplan puts Morocco in the Atlantic zone and it’s closer to us than almost all European countries, it costs fewer points!

Example of Aeroplan’s value (1 roundtrip):

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $1,200
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $150
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $1,050
  • Amount of Aeroplan points: 70,000
  • Value per Aeroplan point: ≈ 1.5¢

 

Good use of Aeroplan #5: Business class flights across the ocean

  • Price (one-way): 60,000 points
  • Distance: 0-4,000 miles
  • Examples:
    • Vancouver–Tokyo
    • Toronto–Brussels
    • Toronto–Lisbon
    • Montréal–Madrid
    • Montréal–Nice
    • Montréal–Zurich
    • Montréal–Milan
Business class seat on SWISS (photo credit: SWISS)

 

If you’re interested in business class flights (more quality, less quantity), you’ll get even more value. Aeroplan points are the go-to currency for fans of premium cabin travel. It’s expensive, so never pay with cash! It doesn’t make sense; get Aeroplan points and fast!

If you want to take advantage of cheap roundtrips to Vancouver to position yourself there, one-way tickets from there to Tokyo are only 55,000 points one-way in business class if you prefer going to Asia.

Example of Aeroplan’s value (1 roundtrip):

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $2,750
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $250
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $2,500
  • Amount of Aeroplan points: 120,000
  • Value per Aeroplan point: ≈ 2.1¢

 

Good use of Aeroplan #6: Flights to northern South America

  • Price (one-way): 30,000 points
  • Distance: 0-4,500 miles
  • Examples:
    • Toronto–Lima
    • Montréal–Galápagos
    • Montréal–Lima
    • Montréal–Cartagena
    • Montréal–Manaus
    • Vancouver–Quito
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador (photo credit: Nathalie Marquis)

 

This use of Aeroplan gives you many options in the northern part of the South American continent. Some of these destinations can be super expensive with cash, especially the exotic Galápagos Islands.

Example of Aeroplan’s value (1 roundtrip):

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $1,100
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $200
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $900
  • Amount of Aeroplan points: 60,000
  • Value per Aeroplan point: ≈ 1.5¢

 

Good use of Aeroplan #7: Flights to southern South America

  • Price (one-way): 40,000 points
  • Distance: 4,500+ miles
  • Examples:
    • Toronto–Argentina
    • Toronto–Chile
    • Toronto–Uruguay
    • Montreal–Argentina
    • Montreal–Chile
    • Montreal–Uruguay
    • Vancouver–Chile
    • Calgary–Argentina
Argentina (photo credit: Rachel Jarboe)

 

For a few more points, you can actually go anywhere on the South American continent, including many destinations that are very rarely (or never) discounted in cash.

Example of Aeroplan’s value (1 roundtrip):

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $1,400
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $200
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $1,200
  • Amount of Aeroplan points: 80,000
  • Value per Aeroplan point: ≈ 1.5¢

 

Good use of Aeroplan #8: Flights to Asia or the Pacific

  • Price (one-way): 60,000 points
  • Distance: 7,501-11,000 miles
  • Examples:
    • Toronto–Australia
    • Montréal–Australia
    • Montréal–Indonesia
    • Montréal–Thailand
    • Montréal–New Zealand
    • Montréal–Bali
    • Vancouver–Australia
    • Calgary–New Zealand
Australian outback (photo credit: Ondrej Machart)

 

Want to go very far? With 60,000 points, you have a one-way ticket to almost anywhere in the world. However, this is not necessarily the best use in terms of value. But certain destinations and dates are very expensive sometimes, especially right now.

And you can do 2 destinations in Southeast Asia or Southeast Asia AND Australia with a stopover, so it makes this a little more interesting!

Example of Aeroplan’s value (1 roundtrip):

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $2,100
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $200
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $2,400
  • Amount of Aeroplan points: 120,000
  • Value per Aeroplan point: ≈ 1.5¢

 

Good use of Aeroplan #9: Flights to Northern Canada

  • Price (one-way): 10,000 points
  • Distance: 50-1,500 miles
  • Examples:
    • Montréal–Kuujjuaq
    • Ottawa–Iqaluit
    • Edmonton–Yellowknife
Nunavut, Canada (photo credit: TNFF)

 

This one is a bit niche, but it’s really interesting. In terms of value per point, hard to do better than this (in economy class at least). Some folks pay a LOT of money for their flights to unique destinations in Northern Canada… but all routes operated by Canadian North are available at amazingly low prices with Aeroplan.

Example of Aeroplan’s value (1 roundtrip):

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $1,150
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $150
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $1,000
  • Amount of Aeroplan points: 20,000
  • Value per Aeroplan point: ≈ 5¢

 

Good Aeroplan use #10: Short-distance flights around Asia

  • Price (one-way): 8,000 points
  • Distance: 0-1,000 miles
  • Examples:
    • Chiang Mai–Krabi
    • Bangkok–Singapore
    • Tokyo–Okinawa
    • Hong Kong–Taipei
Thailand (photo credit: Sumit Chinchane)

 

If you grab one of our cheap flight deals to Asia (like Japan for $500 roundtrip or Southeast Asia for a bit more), you can save a lot of money once you get there with an impressive number of options.

These are flights around partner airlines’ hubs in Asia: ANA in Japan, EVA Air in Taiwan, Air China in China, Thai Airways in Thailand, Singapore Airlines in Singapore, Asiana in South Korea, and Vistara and Air India in India.

Example of Aeroplan’s value (1 roundtrip):

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $350
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $100
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $250
  • Amount of Aeroplan points: 16,000
  • Value per Aeroplan point: ≈ 1.6¢

 

Good Aeroplan use #11: Short-distance flights around Central America or Mexico

  • Price (one-way): 6,000 points
  • Distance: 0-500 miles
  • Examples:
    • Guatemala–Nicaragua
    • Costa Rica–Panama
    • El Salvador–Honduras
    • Cancun–Mexico City
Nicaragua (photo credit: Gabriella Trejoss)

 

If you grab one of our cheap flight deals to Central America (often $350 roundtrip), you can move around for a great price with Aeroplan if you want to avoid the infamous long bus rides across land borders. It’s also a great place to add a stopover as I did in January.

These are flights around partner airlines’ hubs in Central America and Mexico: Copa in Panama City, Avianca in most capital cities, and Aeromar throughout Mexico.

Example of Aeroplan’s value (1 roundtrip):

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $400
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $200
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $200
  • Amount of Aeroplan points: 12,000
  • Value per Aeroplan point: ≈ 1.7¢

 

Good Aeroplan use #12: Short-distance flights around South America

  • Price (one-way): 15,000 points
  • Distance: 1+ miles
  • Examples:
    • Argentina–Colombia
    • Brazil–Galápagos
    • Chile–Peru
    • Bolivia–Brazil
Colombia (photo credit: Dawin Rizzo)

 

This is an excellent sweet spot if you make your way to South America with our deals (we often spot Brazil for $500 roundtrip or Colombia for $400). Every one-way flight within the continent costs the same low amount of points, an amazing value especially since many of those flights are expensive in cash. It’s another great spot to add a stopover too.

These are flights around partner airlines’ hubs in South America: Avianca in most capital cities, and Gol and Azul in Brazil.

Example of Aeroplan’s value (1 roundtrip):

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $600
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $150
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $450
  • Amount of Aeroplan points: 30,000
  • Value per Aeroplan point: ≈ 1.5¢

 

Good Aeroplan use #13: Short-distance flights around the Middle East

  • Price (one-way): 7,500 points
  • Distance: 0-1,000 miles
  • Examples:
    • Tel Aviv–Cairo
    • Istanbul–Tbilisi
    • Muscat–Dubai
    • Cairo–Amman
Egypt (photo credit: Simon Berger)

 

If you’re interested in visiting Turkey or Egypt (2 of the most affordable countries to travel to), you can also get many flights there (although domestic flights in Turkey are pretty cheap — I’ve bought many $50 flights on my 5 trips there). You have many options in Gulf countries as well.

These are flights around partner airlines’ hubs in the Middle East and Northern Africa: Turkish in Istanbul, Egyptair in Cairo, Etihad in Abu Dhabi, Oman Air in Muscat, and Gulf Air in Bahrain.

Example of Aeroplan’s value (1 roundtrip):

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $450
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $150
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $300
  • Amount of Aeroplan points: 15,000
  • Value per Aeroplan point: ≈ 2¢

 

Good Aeroplan use #14: Short-distance flights around Africa

  • Price (one-way): 7,500 points
  • Distance: 0-1,000 miles
  • Examples:
    • Ethiopia–Kenya
    • Mauritius–Madagascar
    • Zambia–Zimbabwe
    • Johannesburg–Durban
Kenya (photo credit: Damian Patkowski)

 

Africa is an underrated continent and flights in some parts can be very expensive in cash, which means you can get a lot of value with your points, despite the relatively small number of partners in such a large region.

These are flights around partner airlines’ hubs in the rest of Africa: South African Airways in South Africa and Ethiopian Airlines in Addis Ababa (they also have many “5th freedom” flights — routes that serve 2 cities that are not in the airline’s home country).

Example of Aeroplan’s value (1 roundtrip):

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $500
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $150
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $350
  • Amount of Aeroplan points: 15,000
  • Value per Aeroplan point: ≈ 2.3¢

 

Good Aeroplan use #15: Short-distance flights around Australia or New Zeland

  • Price (one-way): 8,000 points
  • Distance: 0-1,000 miles
  • Examples:
    • Auckland–Christchurch
    • Dunedin–Wellington
    • Melbourne–Gold Coast
    • Sydney–Tasmania
New Zealand (photo credit: Tobias Keller)

 

If you’re going to Australia or New Zealand, you can fly cheaply around there with Aeroplan, as I might do in November. Like many other places on this list, it’s especially great on peak dates or other times when the cash price is high.

These are flights around partner airlines’ hubs in Oceania: Air New Zealand in New Zealand and Virgin Australia in Australia.

Example of Aeroplan’s value (1 roundtrip):

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $350
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $100
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $250
  • Amount of Aeroplan points: 16,000
  • Value per Aeroplan point: ≈ 1.6¢

 

Good Aeroplan use #16: Short-distance flights within Oceania

  • Price (one-way): 12,500 points
  • Distance: 1,001-2,000 miles
  • Examples:
    • Auckland–Fiji
    • Auckland–New Caledonia
    • Auckland–Samoa
    • Brisbane–Vanuatu
Fiji (photo credit: Gary Runn)

 

Here’s an even better value if you’re in Australia or New Zealand: if you want to explore the exotic Pacific islands, the cash price is often super expensive. But with Aeroplan, you can make your way there at a decent price.

These are again flights on partner airlines in Oceania: Air New Zealand in New Zealand and Virgin Australia in Australia.

Example of Aeroplan’s value (1 roundtrip):

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $600
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $200
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $400
  • Amount of Aeroplan points: 25,000
  • Value per Aeroplan point: ≈ 1.6¢

 

Good Aeroplan use #17: Short-distance flights around Europe

  • Price (one-way): 8,000 points
  • Distance: 0-1,000 miles
  • Examples:
    • Rome–Dubrovnik
    • Munich–Athens
    • Lisbon–Marrakech
    • Warsaw–Oslo
Dubrovnik, Croatia (photo credit: Spencer Davis)

 

While flights are very cheap in Europe if you’re flexible (like $9 cheap), they can be more expensive if you want more comfort, if you want more schedule options, if you aren’t flexible on your dates at all, or if you’re not well prepared either.

These are flights around partner airlines’ hubs in Europe: TAP Air Portugal in Lisbon, Brussels Airlines in Brussels, Lufthansa and Eurowings in Germany, SWISS in Zurich, Austrian in Vienna, Air Dolomiti in Italy, LOT Polish in Poland, Croatia Airlines in Zagreb, Air Serbia in Belgrade, Aegean and Olympic in Greece, as well as Scandinavian (SAS) in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. 

Example of Aeroplan’s value (1 roundtrip):

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $350
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $100
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $250
  • Amount of Aeroplan points: 16,000
  • Value per Aeroplan point: ≈ 1.6¢

 

Good Aeroplan use #18: Mini-Round The World

  • Price (total): 130,000 points (or 180,000 in business class with lie-flat seats)
  • Distance: 0-11,000 miles per direction
  • Examples: Montréal–Greece–Thailand–Japan–Montreal

The Mini-RTW was the old Aeroplan program’s holy grail, and it’s still possible to get an epic trip with the new rules. How about visiting Greece, Thailand, and Japan on the same trip, and going literally all around the world?

However, that requires 130,000 points so one welcome bonus alone won’t be enough. But you can simply earn more points with future cards afterwards! It’s really easy!

In fact, for just 180,000 points, you could even go on that epic journey in lie-flat business class seats if you prefer.

Here’s the type of itinerary you could get, which consists of 2 one-ways that cost 60,000 points and then 2 stopovers that cost 5,000 points each. This will allow you to visit 3 amazing destinations.

A sample Aeroplan Mini-RTW itinerary (image credit: GCmaps.com)

 

Example of Aeroplan’s value (1 roundtrip in economy class):

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $2,500
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $300
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $2,200
  • Amount of Aeroplan points: 130,000
  • Value per Aeroplan point: ≈ 1.7¢

Example of Aeroplan’s value (1 roundtrip in business class):

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $10,000
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $400
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $9,600
  • Amount of Aeroplan points: 180,000
  • Value per Aeroplan point: ≈ 5.3¢

 

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Summary

There are many great uses for Aeroplan points to get incredible value from your points! You can get over $1,000 in value with the Amex Aeroplan Reserve Card and Amex Platinum Card enhanced welcome bonus and almost $1,000 with the Amex Aeroplan Card or Amex Gold Card enhanced welcome bonus. Plus their “business” versions that everyone can get! There are plenty of easy Aeroplan points to earn.

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Andrew D'Amours

Andrew is the co-founder of Flytrippers. He is passionate about traveling the world but also, as a former management consultant, about the travel industry itself. He shares his experiences to help you save money on travel. As a very cost-conscious traveler, he loves finding deals and getting free travel thanks to travel rewards points... to help him visit every country in the world (current count: 64/193 Countries, 47/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

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