Update: I’ve written more about whether you should use the transfer here.
A while ago you used to be able to transfer Aeroplan to US Airways Dividend miles. This was actually one of my favourite uses of Aeroplan miles because the Aeroplan to US Airways Dividend Miles has some strengths that I really like relevant to premium class itineraries, such as no fuel surcharges on airlines (unlike Aeroplan who does have fuel surcharges on certain partner airlines) and the ability to have some crazy routings thanks to the USDM desk. I’m fairly sure I transferred over 300,000 Aeroplan miles while it was alive, so I thought it was actually a huge devaluation given that it was really useful for me.
The transfer returns!!
I could not be more happy to say that the transfer option is back alive as of yesterday. Your US Airways miles on points.com now has the option to exchange for other miles back! Signup here if you don’t already have an account.
Click the exchange button and after selecting the option to move out of Aeroplan you’ll see the option to transfer Aeroplan to US Airways at a 1:0.84 ratio. If you have a poorer ratio (I think it was 1:0.79 or something like that), it’s because you’re address is elsewhere so move to the US to get the best ratio.
A minimum move of 15,000 points out of Aeroplan is required, and the ratio stays the same even with larger amounts.
You can move a maximum of 50,000 miles per transaction and a maximum of 100,000 transferred out per calendar year.
I’ve already started a transfer yesterday and will let y’all know when it completes:
This is probably even more useful than before as first of all both AMEX Membership Rewards in the USA and Canada can transfer points to Aeroplan. You can then transfer Aeroplan to US Airways, which means indirectly you can transfer your MR to US Airways, should that be necessary.
Furthermore, given that US Airways has already started the merger processes from the customer standpoint with integration of elite benefits and reciprocal mileage redemptions I would say that’s it’s likely that you’ll be able to transfer your Dividend miles to AAdvantage at some point in the near future.
I think the knowledge to transfer Aeroplan to US Airways is a good tool to have especially if US Airways has a cheaper award price than Aeroplan and/or you want to fly airlines that Aeroplan levies a fuel surcharge on.