I will be giving you more details about this option in the coming days, but in the meantime I wanted to give you a brief overview of the Marriott Bonvoy Airline Partners program to transfer points to airline miles, including to Air Canada.
With the current 60,000 Points Welcome Bonus offered by the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card, the simplest way to get great value is to use the points for free hotel nights.
But Marriott Bonvoy Points are also transferable: that means they can be transferred to airline miles.
Air Canada Aeroplan is one of 40+ partners, which means your 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points can become 25,000 Aeroplan, enough for a roundtrip flight to anywhere in North America (excluding taxes on United or excluding taxes AND surcharges on Air Canada).
This would likely be less valuable given the bad transfer ratio offered, but it could make sense for specific travelers depending on personal preferences and all. It really depends.
We estimate the value of Marriott Points at ~ 0.9 ¢ per point (60,000 Points = ~ $540) while we estimate the value of Aeroplan Miles at 1,5 ¢ per point (25,000 Miles = ~ $375).
Those valuations are conservative estimates and since these are all variable-value points, it really depends on how you use them. That said, it’s easier to get great value with Marriott Bonvoy Points than Aeroplan Miles for most.
You can read more in our Ultimate Guide to the Aeroplan program, with much more content coming when we re-launch our new Travel Hacking section very soon. Subscribe to our new free Travel Hacking newsletter to be the first to get the best tips.
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