This is an article in a series on using Aeroplan miles creatively to extract more value from them. My series on Aeroplan basics can be seen here.
- Creative Award Bookings – When you can’t find an award
- Using Stopovers Creatively
- The Mini Round The World Ticket
- The US Airways Hack – Transfering out of Aeroplan and Into US Airways Miles
- Swapping out of Aeroplan for RBC Avion Cardholders
- Aeroplan miles convert to US Airways miles and Esso Extra points through Points.com
- RBC Avion cardholders can convert
Esso Extra points can convert to American Airlines miles, British Airways Avios, Cathay Asia miles or Westjet Dollars for RBC Avion cardholders
Many people that I speak with tell me that they are so frustrated with the Aeroplan program. They find it so difficult to get any value out of their miles. Either there is no availability for the flights that they want or the fees are so outrageous that it is a major turn off. If you are interested in using your miles for YYZ-YVR at Christmas, you are going to have these same feelings towards the program. This will also come in handy to those who are noticing that their Aeroplan miles are about to expire and want to transfer them into something that can buy more time to get value out of them.
If you are thoroughly frustrated with the Aeroplan program, and would like to turn your hard earned miles into something that might be more valuable to you, there is a method to do this. Aeroplan will happily suggest that you use your miles at bad redemptions, but we want to make sure to maintain most of the value of your asset (miles).
There are a few ways to trade your miles without losing too much value. In the previous article in this series, I talk about how to transfer Aeroplan miles to US Airways miles and exploit that. In this article, I’ll talk about how you can transfer your Aeroplan miles to American Aadvantage miles or others if you have the RBC Avion credit card (for Canadian residents only).
*Note the requirements of $250 in eligible Esso purchases on your Esso Extra account that commenter Robsaw noted on May 26.
Your options include:
- US Airways (see this article)
- Esso Extra
- RBC Avion Points
- AAdvantage Miles
- British Airways Avios
- Cathay Asia Miles
- Westjet Dollars
Exploit Transfer Bonus
In this example, we are taking advantage of a 25% bonus that RBC is currently giving on transfers to American Airlines AAdvantage miles. Transfer bonuses come around periodically for transfers to other programs and 50% bonus on transfers to British Airways Avios are common. Without the transfer bonuses, this method will yield a poor final transfer ratio.
What you will need for this:
- Aeroplan account
- Esso Extra account
- Points.com account which has the Aeroplan and Esso accounts registered
- RBC Avion card
- American Airlines AAdvantage account
- Can transfer to British Airways Avios or Cathay Pacific Asia Miles or Westjet Dollars if desired
With this method, you will be doing the following:
|Conversion||Conversion Method||Ratio||Minimum to Transfer||Value of Asset|
|Step 1||Aeroplan >> Esso Extra||Points.com||1 Aeroplan = 1.16532 Esso||15K Aeroplan||58,266 Esso Extra|
|Step 2||Esso Extra >> RBC Avion||Essoextra.com||500 Esso = 300 RBC||2500 Esso Extra||34,800 RBC
+266 Esso Extra
|Step 3||RBC Avion >> AAdvantage||RBC.com||100 RBC = 1.25 AAdvantage*||100 RBC||43,500 AAdvantage
+266 Esso Extra
Step 1: Convert Aeroplan Miles to Esso Extra Points
Here are the steps to convert your Aeroplan miles to Esso Extra points.
- Login in to your Points.com account
- Choose “Trade, exchange & Buy”
- Select “Move out of a program”
- Choose “Aeroplan” as the program you want to move miles out of
- Tell it how many you want
- Click on “search now”
- Ignore everything in the “Trade” section
- These will be very costly and are never a good value
- Choose the Esso Extra exchange in the section called “exchange – swap between your own programs”
- Confirm your exchange
Step 2: Convert Esso Extra Points to RBC Avion points
Here are the steps to convert your Esso Extra points to RBC Avion points.
Step 3: Convert RBC Avion to AAdvantage or other program
Here are the steps to convert your RBC Avion points to Aadvantage miles. You can also transfer to other points programs. I’ll focus on Aadvantage miles.
Aeroplan miles can be converted to Aadvantage miles for a relatively small loss in value for holders of the RBC Avion card. The process works as follows:
- transfer Aeroplan miles to Esso Extra
- transfer Esso Extra to RBC Avion
- transfer RBC Avion to AAdvantage
The transfer from RBC Avion to AAdvantage is best to be done when there is a transfer bonus, which comes around quite regularly.
This is a great way to transfer your Aeroplan miles out of Aeroplan if they are going to expire.