Aeroplan shared that there is going to be a 35% bonus on transfers from the Marriott programs (Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, Ritz-Carlton Rewards) running September 13-17. The offer will not appear on the Aeroplan website until Thursday, September 13 but the information is solid and hopefully this extra day gives you more time to think through whether you want to take advantage of this.
It’s a flat 35% bonus no matter how many points you transfer into Aeroplan. And that’s on top of the 5000 miles bonus when you transfer 60,000 Marriott points to 20,000 miles.
As a result,
- Convert 9000 Marriott points, get 3000 Aeroplan miles + 1050 (35% bonus) = 4050 Aeroplan
- Convert 60,000 Marriott points get 20,000 Aeroplan + 5000 Aeroplan (from Marriott) + 8750 Aeroplan (35% bonus) = 33,750
- Convert 360,000 Marriott points get 120,000 Aeroplan + 30,000 Aeroplan (from Marriott, transfer bonus) + 52,500 Aeroplan (35% bonus) = 202,500
With this offer transferring Marriott points in 60,000 chunks means you’re getting .5625 Aeroplan miles per Marriott point. Put differently, it’s like getting 1.6875 Aeroplan miles per old Starwood point.
There are some nice values in the program, like US-Europe for 55,000 miles each way in business class and 75,000 miles each way in business class US-Asia 1. Of course at this moment not all Star Alliance partners are bookable due to IT issues.
In the past they’ve offered bonuses on transfers from all or most hotel programs, this one is Marriott-specific. Marriott transfers to airline miles aren’t necessarily as fast as Starwood’s were. And right now you cannot transfer more than 80,000 Marriott points per day (they intend the daily limit to be three times as high). So if you want to take advantage of this offer in a big way you’re going to need to spread out your transfers over the five days of the promotion.
With Air Canada buying back Aeroplan many of you will likely not be concerned about stranding points in the program.