Update: Aeroplan has removed the multi-city price option. Looks like deal is dead.
Yesterday I talked about the new Aeroplan pricing system and the new method that the computer uses to auto-validate routings. Many things have changed, yet during the engine swap something very interesting has happened. I looked into it further, and it just turned out be one of the greatest pricing “curiosities” Aeroplan has ever seen.
Right now, every single itinerary is pricing to the amount of your first stopover, regardless of the final destination. As you can imagine, this is huge. In effect, you can travel anywhere in the world for the price of a domestic award. If you currently have Aeroplan points sitting around (such as from the American Express Business Gold Rewards Card), this is an unbeatable opportunity to use them.
Look at Toronto to Montreal… to Paris. For the same price as a domestic round trip.
The “original” price will show on the first screen, but when you click through, the lower price is displayed instead. In order to click through to book, you’ll need at least 50% of the miles required of the “original” price. Of course if you begin/end in other zones, you can get a business or first class “mini-RTW” for the price of a simple domestic.
Of course this is not going to last, but this will go down as one of the biggest “sale” fares I have ever seen.
Earning Aeroplan Miles
Just as a recap, the best ways to earn Aeroplan miles are by flying, credit cards or transferring them from American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest. Current credit card offers useful for accruing Aeroplan include:
- American Express Business Gold Rewards Card – 40,000 Membership Rewards after $5000 spend within first three months, first year $0 annual fee
- American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card – 25,000 Membership Rewards points after $500 spend within the first three months, first year $0 annual fee
- American Express AeroPlus Gold Card – 26,000 Aeroplan miles after after $500 spend within the first three months
Alternative cards include the American Express Platinum Card (Canada) which comes with a 60,000 point signup bonus, as well as the Starwood Preferred Guest Card (Canada) which comes with a 10,000 point signup bonus.