Why pay full price – or fly Economy Class – when you could book Business Class for almost half the normal asking price? If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. But not with Air Canada Aeroplan. This latest promotion with buying points means you could be booking a Business Class redemption sooner.
Thanks to Air Canada’s Star Alliance partnership, points earned (or bought) in its Aeroplan program can be used on flights worldwide. This includes direct services between Australia and Bangkok on Thai Airways and to Japan on ANA.
Up to 100% (or more) bonus when you buy Aeroplan Points
|Expiry: 2:59 am ET on 30 November 2023 (~5:59 pm on 1 December in AEDT)|
The latest offer is up to 100% bonus points (or more) when you purchase up to 500,000 Aeroplan Points. It appears the highest amount possible is 125%, but most people will get 100%. This means you could end up with 1,125,000 Aeroplan Points if you purchase the maximum amount in one go. The offer is tiered as follows:
- 50%* bonus: buy 5,000 to 55,000 points
- 85%* bonus: buy 60,000 to 90,000 points
- 100%* bonus: buy 100,000 points or more
- * note these amounts are targeted and may vary for you
This is an above-average offer for Aeroplan Points. With a 100% bonus, you’ll pay 1.75 cents (CAD) per point. Note that you can only buy in increments of 1,000 points up to 35,000 base points. Above that, the increments broaden to 5,000 points.
Buying a full serve of 1,000,000 Aeroplan Points (500,000 base points with a 10% bonus) clocks in at CA$17,500. That’s about AU$19,675. Sales tax is levied on top when using a Canadian credit card, but not when buying from addresses in Australia or the United States.
Below is the recent history of Aeroplan bonus promotions. We consider an 85% bonus to be an average deal. Anything above 100% is a great deal.
- November 2023: Variable bonus up to 125%
- May 2023: 110% bonus for a dew days, then a 95% bonus
- April 2023: 85% bonus
- March 2023: 80% bonus
- January 2023: 100% bonus
- November 2022: 115% bonus
- September 2022: 85% bonus
What can I do with Aeroplan Points?
You can use Aeroplan Points to book travel on Air Canada, Virgin Australia and Star Alliance partner airlines including Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand and more. Aeroplan offers excellent rates at only 45,000 points one-way in Business Class from Australia to South East Asia and back (within 5,000 miles of flying).
|Fly to Tokyo using Aeroplan Points||Points for Economy Class||Points for Business Class||Taxes, fees and charges|
|Sydney to Tokyo (Haneda)||25,000 Aeroplan Points||45,000 Aeroplan Points||CA$122 (AU$135)|
|Tokyo (Haneda) to Sydney||25,000 Aeroplan Points||45,000 Aeroplan Points||CA$69 (AU$77)|
|Melbourne to Bangkok||25,000 Aeroplan Points||45,000 Aeroplan Points||CA$117 (AU$130)|
|Bangkok to Melbourne||25,000 Aeroplan Points||45,000 Aeroplan Points||CA$46 (AU$51)|
All points and costs above are for direct flights — it could be more (or the same) if you transit through other cities, depending on the total distance. And remember that the amount payable in taxes, fees and charges may also vary with different flights factored in.
Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is surprisingly useful for Australian travellers. Thanks to its Star Alliance membership and separate partnership with Etihad, Virgin Australia and Emirates, there are plenty of savvy options for buying and spending Aeroplan Points.
But again, our standard caveats apply. We don’t advise you to buy points speculatively in this climate — only if there’s an immediate booking you want to make using those points. And don’t forget to check for reward seat availability on the Air Canada website before buying points!