News

HUGE 125% Bonus When Buying Air Canada Aeroplan Points [July 2024]

Share:

Tom Goward | 09/07/2024

thumb dots

It seems every frequent flyer program is selling their points at a discount right now, and of course, Air Canada Aeroplan didn’t want to miss out on the action! Aeroplan Points are some of our favourite airline points to buy when on sale, as they typically allow for easy redemptions in Business and First Class, at a fraction of the retail cost.

Aeroplan is of course the king of airline partnerships, and also a Star Alliance member, making for a tonne of airline partners we can utilise here in Australia. That includes Singapore Airlines, Etihad, Thai, United, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Oman Air, and yes… even Air Canada.

Buying Aeroplan Points at a discount can be a smart way to enjoy the pointy end of the plane in Business and First Class, but as always, it’s important to first research availability before jumping on a deal like this. When left sitting in your account, airline points essentially have zero value. Earn and burn should always be front of mind!

Currently, Aeroplan is offering a 125% bonus on points purchased until 11 July 2024 at 11:59 PM ET (1:59pm 12th July in Sydney). To purchase points with a bonus, visit Aeroplan’s Buy Points page.

How Much Do Aeroplan Points Cost?

Aeroplan Points are sold in Canadian Dollars. Without any discounts, Air Canada charges 3.5 Canadian cents per point, which works out to around 3.9 Aussie Cents per point.

It’s worth keeping in mind that by purchasing Aeroplan Points in CAD, you might attract a foreign exchange fee of around 3%, depending on the card you use. There are of course fee-free travel debit cards, which we have covered in a full guide here. Unless the card you’ll use will earn a high number of points to offset the cost, we recommend using a debit card with no FX fee such as Up, Ubank or Revolut.

Aeroplan Points are sold in different discount tiers, with the largest bonus offered to those who purchase 80,000 points or more;

  • 60% bonus when you buy 5,000 to 25,000 points
  • 85% bonus when you buy 30,000 to 70,000 points
  • 125% bonus when you buy 80,000 to 500,000 points

At the highest bonus level of 125%, you would be paying 1.56 (CAD) cents per point, or approximately 1.70 (AUD) cents per point. This is the best offer for Aeroplan Points we’ve seen to date.

Previous Aeroplan Bonus Point Offers

Before you take advantage of the current offer, it’s worth knowing what Air Canada has previously offered. Here’s a list of Aeroplan Point purchase offers over the last few years;

Highest BonusStart DateEnd Sate
125%July 8, 2024July 11, 2024
100%June 7, 2024June 22, 2024
100%January 23, 2024January 30, 2024
125%November 13, 2023November 29, 2023
80%October 16, 2023October 25, 2023
80%September 12, 2023October 2, 2023
75%July 6, 2023July 12, 2023
50% (discount)June 7, 2023June 17, 2023
95%May 23, 2023May 29, 2023
110%May 18, 2023May 22, 2023
85%April 17, 2023April 30, 2023
80%March 13, 2023March 30, 2023
100%January 19, 2023January 25, 2023

Why Should I Be Excited About Buying Aeroplan Points?

One huge benefit of Aeroplan is its enormous list of airline partners, in addition to Star Alliance member airlines. Put simply, Aeroplan Points can get you pretty much anywhere in the world. You’ll also avoid fuel surcharges when redeeming with Aeroplan (something Emirates is well known for). So while it might cost you fewer Skywards Miles to redeem an Emirates flight, Aeroplan won’t pass on those obscene surcharges. Another cool benefit is that Aeroplan allows you to add a stopover on a one-way redemption for just 5,000 points.

Star Alliance 20th Anniversary A340

The downside to Aeroplan being so good is that they do regularly block airline partners from showing award space, and then blame this on IT issues. So be sure to check the flights you want are available before purchasing Aeroplan Points!

How many Aeroplan Points Can I Buy?

Each year, members are allowed to buy up to 1,000,000 points, and each transaction is limited to 250,000. During this promotion, the transaction limit has been increased to 500,000 (not including the bonus points you get).

When Do Aeroplan Points Expire?

Air Canada Aeroplan points expire if there’s no account activity for 18 months. You can easily reset the expiration date by buying, redeeming, or earning points from flying.

avatar

Tom Goward

Chief Operating Officer & Aviation Nerd at Flight Hacks

social-icon social-icon
  1. Hi Tom,
    Can you please expand on the following as it sounds different to ghost flights?
    ‘The downside to Aeroplan being so good is that they do regularly block airline partners from showing award space, and then blame this on IT issues. So be sure to check the flights you want are available before purchasing Aeroplan Points!’
    Have you an example of what you mean? And a work around hack? Cheers. John.

  2. I’m probably missing something very obvious, but would you say that when purchasing the points on a Qantas Titanium CC, the benefits can make up for the 3% surcharge?

    E.g. this card offers 2 points per $1 AUD spent internationally (uncapped) – so you’re effectively being surcharged 3 cents per dollar (3%) but receiving Qantas points at 1.5c per point in surcharge fees which is pretty good.

    • Correct, you’re essentially “buying” QF points at 1.5c a point which is on the expensive side but of course, the value you’re willing to pay for each points + added convenience of using your card is down to you personally.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

RELATED POSTS

thumbnail

Immanuel Debeer | 11/07/2024

Macquarie Bank to Dump Qantas from October

News 0 Comment(s)
thumbnail

Tom Goward | 10/07/2024

Qantas Launches 28-day Lounge Membership From $99

News 0 Comment(s)
thumbnail

Immanuel Debeer | 09/07/2024

Top 10 Best Ways To Use Aeroplan Points For Business & First Class

News 0 Comment(s)