Just a quick Public Service Announcement that as of Decemeber 15th, 2015 award prices for Aeroplan awards will be going up. This chart shows some of the more important increases for travel originating in the US (full chart Here).
In this chart a black dot represents an increase in the price of an award and an orange dot represents a decrease in price. As one might expect, there are more black dots than orange dots. It’s all black dots from North America and Canada, while if your are traveling from Africa to New Zealand, then good news, first class and coach tickets just got a little cheaper!
The absolute best redemption on the entire Aeroplan chart is set to die when the clock strikes midnight. That is the Asia 1 to Asia 1 business class award for 30,000 miles round-trip. Considering that the Asia 1 region currently includes Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, North Korea, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and Japan, that presents some pretty incredible award opportunities.
Today I plan to personally book a couple of awards in business class between Thailand and Japan for travel next year because tomorrow the price for two round-trip award tickets in business class will jump from 60,000 to 160,000. Ouch!
There are a number of flexible points currencies that you can use to transfer points into your Aeroplan account, but at this point most of them would take too long for the miles to post and you wouldn’t be able to book in time to avoid the devaluation. Your only real option is to transfer American Express Membership Rewards points into your Aeroplan account, as this transaction should be instant. Points transfer from Amex at a 1:1 ration, in 1000 point increments. Aeroplan does charge fuel surcharges on flight awards, so don’t be surprised when you have to cough up $200-$300 or more per ticket.
Seize the day, for tomorrow shall be more expensive!!!
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