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Aeroplan points are the favorite currency of pro travel rewards enthusiasts, so here are concrete examples of what you can use them for.

The current offer with the most value is the American Express Aeroplan Card, giving you 49,000 points after unlocking the welcome bonus (there is absolutely no time limit to use the points; you’ll have them for whenever you are ready).

But if you decide to eventually get another card welcome bonus, you could easily get the missing points for these examples.

So let’s look at 18 good uses of 65,000 Aeroplan points (plus a bonus great use, one of the best Aeroplan sweet spots).

The important Aeroplan basics are below the examples for those who don’t know how the new Aeroplan works (you absolutely need to read it if at any point you think to yourself “oh, there are taxes to pay with Aeroplan”)… and you can first read the even more important travel rewards basics if you are not part of the Flytrippers readers who’ve already earned over half a million dollars in welcome bonuses with our card recommendations.

 

18 examples of good uses of 65,000 Aeroplan points

But it’s important to at least know that if you usually buy expensive flights… you’ll easily get even more than our Flytrippers Valuation of ≈ $975 with the 65,000 Aeroplan points.

How much you save depends on the cash price, because the amount of points required is fixed. Sometimes it’s a good use, sometimes it’s not. That’s the key.

We have 10 good examples departing from Canada (the new Aeroplan program has distance-based pricing, so keep in mind the specific destinations that you can fly to with each example below depend on your departure city).

And we have 8 good examples all over the world because Aeroplan can be very valuable to move around once you’re at your destination. You can mix and match all of these absolutely any way you like, it’s entirely customizable… you can even book one-ways only if you want.

Finally, an amazing feature of the new Aeroplan is that you can stopovers for just 5,000 points (as you’ll see, many examples below leave you with 5,000 points leftover precisely). That means you can visit 2 amazing destinations of your choice for almost the same price as one, which is an exceptionally good value for passionate travelers. This is only available outside of Canada and the USA though.

(Also, 2 premium cards can also give you 78,750 Aeroplan points and 71,000 Aeroplan points as welcome bonuses if you want even more points and even more value… along with airport lounge access. So if those are of interest to you, multiply the number of flights you can get in the examples below accordingly.)

Here we go.

 

Good Aeroplan use #1: 5 North American roundtrips up to 500 miles

Examples: Montreal-New York, Vancouver-Portland

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

 

For shorter distance flights, you get 5 roundtrips! Getting this many flights with just one welcome bonus is phenomenal. Perfect for weekend getaways to amazing cities (long weekend getaways are ideal for those who say time is the biggest obstacle to traveling more).

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $300
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $100
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $200
  • How many you get: 5 roundtrips
  • Value of 60,000 Aeroplan points: ≈ $1,000 (5,000 points leftover)

(Within North America, the price for flights up to 500 miles in distance is just 6,000 points one-way.)

 

Good Aeroplan use #2: 3 North American roundtrips up to 1,500 miles

Examples: Montreal-Miami, Vancouver-Los Angeles

Miami Beach, Florida (photo credit: Marc Fanelli-Isla)

 

Get a whopping 3 roundtrips to a good portion of the North American continent, depending on where you are leaving from. This gives you a lot more options than the first use above, including many that are very popular with Canadians.

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $400
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $100
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $300
  • How many you get: 3 roundtrips
  • Value of 60,000 Aeroplan points: ≈ $900 (5,000 points leftover)

(Within North America, the price for flights up to 1,500 miles in distance is just 10,000 points one-way.)

 

Good Aeroplan use #3: 2.5 roundtrips to Mexico or the Caribbean

Examples: Montreal-Costa Rica, Vancouver-Cabo

Costa Rica (photo credit: Fabio Fistarol)

 

For flights that are longer, you’ll be a bit short of 3 roundtrips (but it’s easy to earn the missing points with your card after the welcome bonus) and that range brings you into exotic “Sun” destinations.

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $450
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $150
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $300
  • How many you get: 2,5 roundtrips
  • Value of 62,500 Aeroplan points: ≈ $750 (2,500 points leftover)

(Within North America, the price for flights up to 2,750 miles in distance is just 12,500 points one-way.)

 

Good Aeroplan use #4: 1 roundtrip to Western Europe from Eastern Canada

Examples: Montreal-Paris, Toronto-Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal (photo credit: Liam McKay)

 

You’ll actually be short just 5,000 points (again, pretty easy to earn after your welcome bonus) but given how cheap flights to Europe have become if you are flexible (often just $500 roundtrip on our deals page) it’s not often a great redemption. But many travelers do pay $800 to go to Europe, sadly…

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $800
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $150
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $650
  • How many you get: 1 roundtrip
  • Value of 70,000 Aeroplan points: ≈ $650 (missing 5,000 points after welcome bonus)

(From North America to Europe, the price for flights up to 4,000 miles in distance is just 35,000 points one-way.)

 

Good Aeroplan use #5: 1 roundtrip to Japan from the West Coast

Example: Vancouver-Tokyo

Mount Fuji, Japan (photo credit: David Edelstein)

 

While those of you out West must pay a lot more for Europe, this similar Japan sweet spot compensates (although cash prices for Tokyo flights have gone way down in recent years too).

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $800
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $100
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $700
  • How many you get: 1 roundtrip
  • Value of 70,000 Aeroplan points: ≈ $700 (missing 5,000 points after welcome bonus)

(From North America to Asia, the price for flights up to 5,000 miles in distance is just 35,000 points one-way.)

 

Good Aeroplan use #6: 1 business class one-way across the ocean

Examples: Eastern Canada-Europe, Vancouver-Tokyo

SWISS business class seat (photo credit: SWISS)

 

If you are interested in flying business class (more quality, less quantity) you will get way way way over $1,000 in savings with this Aeroplan welcome bonus. Aeroplan points are the absolute must-have currency for fans of premium cabin travel. Just one example is that with the above routes, you’ll get a free one-way worth way more than $1,000.

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $1,500
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $250
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $1,250
  • How many you get: 1 one-way
  • Value of 60,000 Aeroplan points: ≈ $1,250 (5,000 points leftover)

(From North America to Europe, the price for flights up to 4,000 miles in distance is just 60,000 points one-way in business class—and it’s actually just 55,000 points from Vancouver to Japan.)

 

Good Aeroplan use #7: 1 roundtrip to northern South America

Examples: Montreal-Galápagos, 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 from Eastern Canada (fewer from Western Canada). Some of these destinations can be super expensive with cash, especially the exotic Galápagos Islands. This is a great example of the leftover 5,000 points that could pay for a stopover in Colombia for example, giving you a visit to 2 countries instead of just 1.

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $800
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $200
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $600
  • How many you get: 1 roundtrip
  • Value of 60,000 Aeroplan points: ≈ $600 (5,000 points leftover)

(From North America to South America, the price for flights up to 4,500 miles in distance is just 30,000 points one-way.)

 

Good Aeroplan use #8: 1.5 one-ways to southern South America

Examples: Montreal-Argentina, Vancouver-Chile

Argentina (photo credit: Rachel Jarboe)

 

For slightly more points, you can actually go anywhere on the South American continent, including many destinations that are very rarely discounted in cash. You get 1.5 one-ways, so you can top up with your regular purchases after unlocking the welcome bonus.

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $800
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $200
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $600
  • How many you get: 1.5 one-ways
  • Value of 60,000 Aeroplan points: ≈ $450 (5,000 points leftover)

(From North America to South America, the price for flights over 4,500 miles in distance is just 40,000 points one-way.)

 

Good Aeroplan use #9: 1 one-way to Southeast Asia or Australia

Examples: Montreal-Bali, Vancouver-Sydney

Australian outback (photo credit: Ondrej Machart)

 

Want to go very far? You have enough for a one-way to almost anywhere in the world, however, it’s not necessarily the best redemption in terms of value (as always, it all depends on the cash price—that’s why we call them variable-value rewards). You can even do 2 destinations in Southeast Asia or do Australia AND Southeast Asia with the stopover. Now that is more interesting!

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $700
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $150
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $550
  • How many you get: 1 one-way
  • Value of 60,000 Aeroplan points: ≈ $550 (5,000 points leftover)

(From North America across the Pacific, the price for flights up to 11,000 miles in distance is just 60,000 points one-way.)

 

Good Aeroplan use #10: 3 roundtrips to Northern Canada

Examples: Montreal-Kuujjuaq, Ottawa-Nunavut, Edmonton-Yellowknife

Nunavut, Canada (photo credit: TNFF)

 

Okay, this one is a bit niche, but such a crazy good sweet spot. 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 the unique destinations in Northern Canada… but all routes operated by Canadian North are available at amazingly low prices with Aeroplan.

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $1,150
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $150
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $1,000
  • How many you get: 3 roundtrips
  • Value of 60,000 Aeroplan points: ≈ $3,000 (5,000 points leftover)

(Within North America, the price for flights up to 1,500 miles in distance is just 10,000 points one-way.)

 

Good Aeroplan use #11: 8 short-distance one-ways around Asia

Examples: Tokyo-Okinawa, Bangkok-Singapore, 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’re there with a whopping amount of 8 one-ways around partner airline hubs in Asia (ANA in Japan, EVA Air in Taiwan, Air China in China, Thai Airways in Thailand, Singapore Airlines in Singapore, and Asiana in South Korea).

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $200
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $100
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $100
  • How many you get: 8 one-ways
  • Value of 64,000 Aeroplan points: ≈ $800 (1,000 points leftover)

(Within Asia, the price for flights up to 1,000 miles in distance is just 8,000 points one-way.)

 

Good Aeroplan use #12: 10 short-distance one-ways around Central America

Examples: Panama-Costa Rica, Nicaragua-Guatemala

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 infamously long bus rides across land borders, all thanks to Star Alliance partners Avianca and Copa. A great spot to add a stopover too.

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $250
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $150
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $100
  • How many you get: 10 one-ways
  • Value of 60,000 Aeroplan points: ≈ $1,000 (5,000 points leftover)

(Within Central America, the price for flights up to 500 miles in distance is just 6,000 points one-way.)

 

Good Aeroplan use #13: 4 short-distance one-ways around South America

Examples: Brazil-Galápagos, Argentina-Colombia

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. Another great spot to add a stopover too.

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $250
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $100
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $150
  • How many you get: 4 one-ways
  • Value of 60,000 Aeroplan points: ≈ $600 (5,000 points leftover)

(Within South America, the price for all flights regardless of the distance is just 15,000 points one-way.)

 

Good Aeroplan use #14: 8 short-distance one-ways around the Middle East

Examples: Istanbul-Tbilisi, Cairo-Amman

Egypt (photo credit: Simon Berger)

 

If you are interested in visiting Turkey or Egypt (2 of the most affordable countries to travel to), from there you can also get many flights thanks to Star Alliance partners Turkish Airlines and Egyptair (although they are sometimes pretty cheap in cash too, especially domestically in Turkey—I’ve bought many $50 flights on my 5 trips there). Etihad is another non-alliance partner, based in Abu Dhabi.

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $200
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $100
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $100
  • How many you get: 8 one-ways
  • Value of 60,000 Aeroplan points: ≈ $800 (5,000 points leftover)

(Within Africa and the Middle East, the price for flights up to 1,000 miles in distance is just 7,500 points one-way.)

 

Good Aeroplan use #15: 8 short-distance one-ways around Africa

Examples: Ethiopia-Kenya, Johannesburg-Durban

Kenya (photo credit: Damian Patkowski)

 

Africa is an underrated continent and flights in some parts can be very expensive in cash, but you can get many with Star Alliance partners Ethiopian and South African Airways (if the latter survives the pandemic). Another great use of the stopover, especially since Ethiopian has many fifth-freedom routes (routes that serve 2 cities that are not in its home country).

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $300
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $100
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $200
  • How many you get: 8 one-ways
  • Value of 60,000 Aeroplan points: ≈ $1,600 (5,000 points leftover)

(Within Africa and the Middle East, the price for flights up to 1,000 miles in distance is just 7,500 points one-way.)

 

Good Aeroplan use #16: 8 short-distance one-ways around Australia or New Zeland

Examples: Sydney-Melbourne, Wellington-Auckland

New Zealand (photo credit: Tobias Keller)

 

If you go to Australia or New Zealand, you can fly around on the cheap thanks to Star Alliance member Air New Zealand and Aeroplan non-alliance partner Virgin Australia. Like many on this list, it is especially valuable on peak dates or other times when the cash price is high.

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $100
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $50
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $50
  • How many you get: 8 one-ways
  • Value of 64,000 Aeroplan points: ≈ $400 (1,000 points leftover)

(Within Australia and the Pacific, the price for flights up to 1,000 miles in distance is just 8,000 points one-way.)

 

Good Aeroplan use #17: 2.5 roundtrip within Oceania

Examples: Brisbane-Vanuatu, Auckland-Fiji

Fiji (photo credit: Gary Runn)

 

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

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $500
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $200
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $300
  • How many you get: 2.5 roundtrips
  • Value of 62,500 Aeroplan points: ≈ $750 (2,500 points leftover)

(Within Australia and the Pacific, the price for flights up to 2,000 miles in distance is just 12,500 points one-way.)

 

Good Aeroplan use #18: 8 short-distance one-ways around Europe

Examples: Lisbon-Marrakesh, Munich-Athens, Dubrovnik-Rome

Dubrovnik, Croatia (photo credit: Spencer Davis)

 

While flights are very cheap in Europe if you are flexible (like $10 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 are not prepared at all either.

  • Normal cash price for tickets: ≈ $150
  • Taxes to pay with Aeroplan: ≈ $75
  • Savings with Aeroplan: ≈ $75
  • How many you get: 8 one-ways
  • Value of 60,000 Aeroplan points: ≈ $600 (5,000 points leftover)

(Within Europe, the price for flights up to 1,000 miles in distance is just 7,500 points one-way.)

 

Bonus good Aeroplan use: Mini-Round The World

Example: Montreal-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 the American Express Aeroplan Card won’t quite be enough on its own.

You’ll need to either:

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

This is 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)

 

Aeroplan basics

We’ll have a detailed guide to the Aeroplan program this week, but here’s an introduction.

 

How Aeroplan points work

Aeroplan is a variable-value rewards program: That means that they have the potential to provide outsized value and unlimited value. How well you use them determines how much money you save with your points.

It’s more complicated than fixed-value reward programs like many bank points, but it can be worth sooooooo much more.

But you need to be slightly more flexible and understand how it works.

 

How the Aeroplan pricing system works

Specifically, Aeroplan has 2 separate pricing systems:

  • For flights on partner airlines: Fixed pricing, limited seats (often the best use. but less flexible)
  • For flights on Air Canada: Dynamic pricing, unlimited seats (often simpler, therefore less valuable)

If you want things to be simpler, you’ll still get hundreds of dollars worth of flights with the amazing offer on the American Express Aeroplan Card by using Aeroplan points on any Air Canada flights without having to learn anything or having to be flexible at all. Since the pricing system is different on Air Canada, the value you’ll get out of your points is more stable… but not optimal.

But if you really want to maximize their value (and get nearly $1,000 out of the welcome bonus based on our Flytrippers Valuation), you’ll focus on partner airlines (or on finding the cheapest dates on Air Canada).

In other words, the examples above are for flights on the 38 Aeroplan partner airlines, since those flights have a fixed price that never changes. But you need to find availability, by booking early or being flexible on your dates.

You can theoretically also fly Air Canada at the same price if you are as flexible with your date options, as you can find Air Canada flights at the same price as the fixed price as partner airlines.

The difference with Air Canada flights is just with dates when seats are not available: Instead of just not having any options at all as is the case with partner airlines, with Air Canada you get options that are more expensive.

 

How Aeroplan prices are calculated

Finally, Aeroplan prices are calculated first by region: There is an award chart for flights with North America, another for flights from North America to South America, and so on.

Then, in each award chart, the actual number of Aeroplan points required for the redemption depends on the total distance flown. That’s pretty straightforward. The total distance flown on your one-way itinerary determines the price.

For example, this is the award chart for flights within North America:

Aeroplan award chart for flights within North America (image credit: Aeroplan)

 

A flight on a partner airline within North America will always cost 10,000 points if the distance flown is between 501 and 1,500 miles.

You can check out the 10 new Aeroplan award charts (and you should bookmark that). Use the Great Circle Mapper to easily look up distances between airports.

 

Taxes with Aeroplan

First of all, the new Aeroplan has completely eliminated the cash surcharges that used to make the program frankly very frustrating.

That said, unlike with the hotel points you get with the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card (a free hotel night is really completely free—no taxes to pay), airline points never cover the mandatory taxes.

AND THAT’S OKAY. I mean it’s irrelevant in and of itself. Just like whether a card has a fee ALONE is irrelevant. It’s important to step back and look at the whole picture rationally.

If a card has a $120 fee but gives you a welcome bonus worth $975, it’s obviously very good. Much better than a card that has a $0 fee and gives you $0. At least if you know how to count.

The fee ALONE is irrelevant, it’s the total value that matters. The welcome bonus minus the fee. Travel rewards 101.

Well, it’s the same thing with taxes. If you have to pay $100 in taxes but save $500 on your flight, that’s an amazing deal. But if you have to pay that same $100 in taxes but save only $100 on your flight for the same amount of points… that’s not so good.

The TOTAL savings are what matter. The total cash price AND the taxes are what you need to look at… not the taxes alone.

Aeroplan points have that potential for outsized value and unlimited value (those same 65,000 points in a fixed-value basic bank rewards program might cover taxes, but you can never save more than the points’ value with those—it’s capped).

So if you want to save the biggest amount of money possible, that means paying the taxes on reward flights.

You’ll never be able to truly maximize the value of your travel rewards if you don’t understand this principle.

You will still get hundreds and hundreds of dollars every year with simpler types of rewards, but you’ll never get as much total value out of your points.

(And that’s okay too, some people prefer more simple instead of more valuable—but we know there are a lot of you out there who love deals like us, so we want to help you get the best deals.)

Don’t hesitate if anything about this is unclear, I’ll be happy to answer any questions because it’s important. Either in the comments here or by email at hello@flytrippers.com.

 

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Summary

There are many ways to get amazing value with your Aeroplan points. These good uses of Aeroplan points can help you get over $1,000 in value with the current welcome bonuses on the American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card and the Platinum Card by American Express (and hundreds with the American Express Aeroplan Card).

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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: 62/193 Countries, 46/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

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