Aeroplan Hacking – The Mini Round The World Ticket

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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.

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Aeroplan’s mini round the world hack is one of the best bargains in frequent flyer programs. The concept in question is to make use of the stopover feature combined with Aeroplan’s lax routing rules. Fly over the Pacific to an Asian destination and fly back over the Atlantic with a stopover in a European city. This is a great value and one of the best redemptions of Aeroplan miles.

The Skinny

  • Create your own round-the-world itinerary with 1 stop in Asia and 1 stop in Europe for the same number of miles as a roundtrip to Asia
  • Use independent intra-Europe and intra-Asia tickets to generate more destinations in each continent
  • Mini round the world itineraries are one of the best redemptions of Aeroplan miles
  • Many flights are not bookable online

Flying around the world

Let’s say you are interested in doing a round the world trip from North America to Asia to Europe and back. What you can do is book your ticket as a ticket to Asia, with a single stopover in a European city. If you are interested in exploring Asia, you can book internal flights in Asia separately. If you are interested in exploring Asia, you can book internal flights in Europe separately as well.

Class of Service Aeroplan’s Round The World Mini Round The World (Asia 1) Mini Round The World (Asia 2)
Economy 200K 75K 90K
Business 300K 125K 130K
First 400K 175K 145K
Number of Stopovers 5 1 1

Remember, any award ticket comes with 1 stopover (see the routing rules of the specific flights), so you can generate some more “stopovers” by buying internal Asia flights / internal Europe flights. Many of these flights will not be bookable online. As long as your 2 destinations are not in complete opposite directions from your origin, you should be fine. The Maximum Permitted Mileage (MPM) will dictate whether something is valid or not. When booking these flights, the phone agent should explain why any given routing might be illegal.

Example: China & Western Europe

Lets take a look at an example that can be booked with Aeroplan’s normal “round-the world” itinerary, assuming our home base is Toronto / YYZ. This will focus on going to Europe and China.

  • Singapore / SIN
  • Bangkok / BKK
  • Hong Kong / HKG
  • Zurich / ZRH
  • Vienna / VIE
  • Frankfurt / FRA (only if no additional cost)

To simplify this, let’s do the comparison for Economy tickets. Let’s also only focus on the mileage costs and ignore the taxes and fees at this juncture.

Aeroplan Round The World Mini Round The World
Main Award Intra-Asia Intra-Europe
Routing YYZ-SIN // SIN-BKK // BKK-HKG // HGK-ZRH // ZRH-VIE // VIE-YYZ YYZ-SIN // YYZ-ZRH // ZRH-YYZ SIN-BKK // BKK-HKG // HKG – SIN ZRH-VIE // VIE-FRA // FRA-ZRH
Cost in Miles 200K 75K 20K 20K
 Final Routing YYZ-SIN // SIN-BKK // BKK-HKG // HGK-ZRH // ZRH-VIE // VIE-YYZ YYZ-SIN // SIN-BKK // BKK-HKG // HGK-SIN // SIN-ZRH // ZRH-VIE // VIE-FRA // FRA-ZRH // ZRH-YYZ
Total Miles  200K 105K

 

Aeroplan Round the World Itinerary

If you were to book this in economy, using the Aeroplan Round The World itinerary, you would get 5 stopovers, and it would cost you 200K Aeroplan miles + taxes and fees. This would be the simplest way to book this award, but it would cost you 200K Aeroplan miles. It would be simply done by the multi-city booking, with the following flights:

  • YYZ-SIN
  • SIN-BKK
  • BKK-HKG
  • HKG-ZRH
  • ZRH-VIE
  • VIE-YYZ

Aeroplan Mini Round the World Hack

This very similar ticket can be bought using less Aeroplan miles taking advantage of the Mini Round The World hack. In this case, the itinerary would have to be split into 3 distinct awards:

  1. Main award: overseas flights
  2. Intra-Asia award
  3. Intra-Europe award

The main award would consist of getting you overseas, outbound over the Pacific and returning via the Atlantic. We will need a “hub” city in Asia and then a “hub” city in Europe. In this case, I would choose Singaore / SIN as my Asian hub and Zurich / ZRH as my European hub. This would be charged the rate of an Asia 1 award, which is 75K Aeroplan miles. The main award would look like this:

  • YYZ-SIN
  • SIN-ZRH
  • ZRH-YYZ

Now that we have the overseas portion taken care of, we would need to focus on the intra-Asia portion. The overseas flight lands in Singapore, so an intra-Asia flight must begin and end in Singapore. Flights that are wholly within Asia 1 cost 20K miles and allow for a single stopover. The award would look like this:

  • SIN-BKK
  • BKK-HKG
  • HKG-SIN

We will also need to worry about the intra-Europe portion. The main award puts is into Zurich as our hub so we need to make sure to start and end there. We are also allowed a stopover on the roundtrip ticket here, so we can add 2 cities in Europe as stopovers. Award tickets that are wholly within Europe 1 cost 20K Aeroplan miles and allow for a single stopover. The intra-Europe award could look like this:

  • ZRH-VIE
  • VIE-FRA
  • FRA-ZRH

Note that the stop in Frankfurt is not included in the Aeroplan round-the-world itinerary for 200K miles.

Verdict

Aeroplan Round The World Mini Round The World
Main Award Intra-Asia Intra-Europe
Routing YYZ-SIN // SIN-BKK // BKK-HKG // HGK-ZRH // ZRH-VIE // VIE-YYZ YYZ-SIN // YYZ-ZRH // ZRH-YYZ SIN-BKK // BKK-HKG // HKG – SIN ZRH-VIE // VIE-FRA // FRA-ZRH
Cost in Miles 200K 75K 20K 20K
 Final Routing YYZ-SIN // SIN-BKK // BKK-HKG // HGK-ZRH // ZRH-VIE // VIE-YYZ YYZ-SIN // SIN-BKK // BKK-HKG // HGK-SIN // SIN-ZRH // ZRH-VIE // VIE-FRA // FRA-ZRH // ZRH-YYZ
Total Miles  200K 105K

From the above example, we can see that if you structure your flights efficiently, you can essentially recreate the same itinerary for about ½ the price in miles as Aeroplan’s Round-The-World itinerary. The mini round the world itinerary also allows you to have much more flexibility in your routing than would be allowed by Aeroplan’s.

Maximizing Value on Mini RTW

In general, the above example assumes flights in economy but there is definitely value in flying in a higher class of service on overseas flights. With the Aeroplan round the world itinerary, a higher class of service would cost significantly more (100K miles for each increase), but on an Asia award, an increase from economy to business would only cost 40K – 50K. In general, there is a significant increase in the level of service on longer flights. On short intra-Asia or intra-Europe flights, there is little advantage to flying in business or first class due to the short flights. If you feel this way, then you can book your main award in business and your intra-Asia and intra-Europe flights in economy. In the case of the example above, you would be able to fly the overseas portion in business and the short flights in economy and it would still cost you less than the Aeroplan round the world itinerary.

The mini round the world itinerary also allows you to have much more flexibility in your routing than would be allowed by Aeroplan’s. I have shown that you can actually fly the long flights in First Class, and the short flights in Economy and that would cost the same as the Aeroplan Round-The-World itinerary.

When to use the Aeroplan Round The World

I have shown how to exploit the lax routing rules to recreate a round the world itinerary. There are situations when it actually would make sense to book Aeroplan’s version of the round the world. If you take the same principles that I have discussed here, there are ways to maximize your value on an Aeroplan Round The World ticket.

  • All flights on the Round The World itinerary should be long hauls, between regions
    • Each “stopover” is costing you 40K in economy. Make sure to get 40K of value.
  • Use cheap awards /cheap local travel for traveling within a region

Aeroplan vs Mini Round The World

Aeroplan Round The World Mini Round The World
Routing Rules 1 Trans-Atlantic & 1 Trans-Pacific flight required Both flights can be over the same ocean
– More flight options
Flexibility Lack of flexibility
– Forfeiting any flight nullifies the rest of the flights on the itinerary
– All flights on itinerary must be available for award redemption (even internal flights)
Flexible
– Missing internal flights does not affect your overseas flights
– Can do some of the journey by land
– Can buy tickets for internal flights where there is no award availability
Mileage Cost High Price
-Almost double the price of a mini round the world created itinerary
Low price
-Can fly in first class for overseas flights and economy on internal flights for same price as Aeroplan RTW
Stopover Restrictions Stopover Restrictions
-No repetition of stopovers
-Must go in a continuous direction
Less Stopover restrictions
-You are forced to return to your hub city to take an overseas flight
Baggage Allowance Baggage allowance based on overseas flight allowance Short / Domestic flights may have lower baggage allowances incurring fees
Time Buffer Required Airline will be responsible in case you misconnect Passenger responsible to ensure arrival in departure city to catch overseas flight
Account Limitation Entire 200K / 300K / 400K must be in a single account to book Different accounts can pay for each award if there is not enough in a single account

 

Pointsters Pointer
  • Where possible, set up your “hub cities” (destinations on your overseas award ticket) as Star Alliance hub cities to give you more direct flight options
  • Explore your “hub city” prior to your flight out of that continent. You don’t want to miss your overseas flight

Recap

Aeroplan allows for a mini round the world itinerary to be created due to the lax routing rules on allowing award tickets to transit the Pacific and Atlantic oceans on the same Asia awards. With this information, you can create your own itinerary to go around the world for the same price as an Asia award. Combine a main overseas mini round the world award with local flights to give you the same or similar itineraries to the Aeroplan round the world itineraries that cost twice as much.

 

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34 comments on “Aeroplan Hacking – The Mini Round The World Ticket”

  1. Jacisme says:

    I’m trying to research the idea of using aeroplan miles for star alliance flights flying ORD-SEZ (open jaw) DUB-Montreal or maybe Copenhagen for a stopover – then on back to ORD. The Aeroplan website isn’t letting me do this, even if I try to do the stopover in one of the cities that is generated as a natural connection.

    One rep said it’s a limitation of the site, but another rep said that the open jaw “must be in between the two furthest points,” or in my case, DUB-ORD, which is 3600 miles, and when I added CPH as a stopover, the itinerary became invalid because I exceeded 3600 miles.

    Can anyone explain that rule to me? I think I’m getting confused by the furthest point rule in combination with the website limitation.

    Thanks!

    • thepointster says:

      Jacisme,

      From what it sounds like you are doing, you are trying to do an open jaw and a stopover. If I understand correctly, you want to do:

      ORD-SEZ
      DUB-YUL
      YUL-ORD

      or

      ORD-SEZ
      DUB-CPH
      CPH-ORD

      Unfortuantely, you can only have an open-jaw OR a stopover on an Aeroplan ticket. This is why you are not able to get this ticketed (unless I understand you incorrectly).

      With respect to the open jaw rule, my understanding is that you can only throw out your shortest flight. For any Aeroplan award, you can only consider 3 destinnations, A-B//B-C//C-A. If you fly all 3 flights, then it would be the same as taking a stopover. If you want to make this an open jaw, you would throw out one of those flights. The restriction around which one you can throw out is limited to the shortest leg.

      Here is an example:

      Toronto-Vancouver// Vancouver – Montreal

      That is a valid open-jaw. You have thrown out the (hidden) Montreal-Toronto leg and that is your shortest one.

      What you can’t do is:

      Toronto-Chicago // Chicago-Vancouver

      In this situation, you would be throwing out Vancouver-Toronto, which is not allowed since it is the long leg. I think this is to prevent people from opening up new routings by routing through the US. What I have described is essentially a one-way Toronto – Vancouver routing through Chicago, which is not allowed.

      Here is my article on stopovers and open-jaws:
      http://www.thepointster.ca/aeroplan-basics-stopovers-open-jaws-one-ways/

  2. Justin says:

    Nice post! I have accumulate few aeroplan points now and I would like to use them next year as I want to take a year of … I like your Mini RTW hack, It might be a silly question but where do you book your Asia 1 flight (SIN-BKK BKK-HKG HKG-SIN)? I tried it on aeroplan website and it did not work.

    • thepointster says:

      Hi,

      Thanks for the question. These ones that work according to the rules but Aeroplan.com wont book actually have to be booked by calling it in. Unfortunately Aeroplan makes you pay the phone fee.

      Advice: try to use Singapore airlines where possible on this routing. Your BKK – HKG will likely have to be on Thai and you are going to have to pay the fuel surcharge. Play around with it if you can route it to reduce your fuel surcharge.

      If you are really struggling to book an award and need some help, I do have the service where I can do the booking for you. Just click the “Award Travel Booking” link in the top left corner of the site. I think you have this one though.

  3. Ryan says:

    Aeroplan would not let me book the following itin because they said there are no stopovers allowed interasia.. From your mini RTW example above, it seems valid though. Thoughts?

    HKT –> TPE
    TPE –> BKK
    BKK –> HKG

    • thepointster says:

      Hi,

      This should be a valid routing. This is likely a case where the agent couldnt make it work. According to the rules, this should be valid. I would try calling again and getting a different agent to ticket this for you. This is what Aeroplan.com has to say about it:

      What are the rules for open jaw itineraries on domestic and trans-border travel?

      Your round-trip itinerary can only include one stopover or one open jaw, plus your point of turnaround.

      What about international itineraries with an open jaw and/or stopover?

      Online you may book an international round-trip itinerary including one stopover or one open jaw, plus your point of turnaround.

      By calling the Aeroplan Contact Centre, you may book an international itinerary between different continents including two stopovers or one stopover and one open jaw, plus your point of turnaround. (Certain routing restrictions apply)

      The two cities making up the portion of your trip with no air travel must be in the same “travel zone”.

      Also, if your travel takes you within two reward levels, then the highest reward level applies.

  4. colin says:

    Did you have to phone in for the inter asia stopover flight, or was it bookable over the web?

    • thepointster says:

      Unfortunately, you are going to have to call this one in. It seems Aeroplan.com doesnt want to price these out, unfortunately. That also means you need to find an agent who pushes it through. Re-visiting this, I would transfer my miles to US Airways and use those miles to book it if Aeroplan is being a pain (you avoid the $30 phone fee and lower your fuel surcharges which can get high if you are flying on Thai airways or ANA or Asiana).

      See my writeup on it here:
      http://www.thepointster.ca/aeroplan-hacking-transfer-to-us-airways-save-miles/

      Aeroplan seems to be realy dropping the ball on Asia.

      Good luck.

      • tigtak says:

        I think in the same zone only one open-jaw is allowed. Forget about stopover.

        • thepointster says:

          According to Aeroplan.com, you can still do a stopover within the same zone. I was able to do YYZ-YUL // YUL – YHZ // YHZ-YYZ and that was doable.

          What I recently found out is that you can actually do an open jaw AND a stopover for overseas flights, or 2 stopovers for those overseas flights.

  5. john says:

    I am trying to plan a round the world as you described. When i called aeroplan they said i could book a second stopover as long as i booked with them and paid the 30 fee. I was booking Vancouver-Singapore -London Vancouver for only 75 and wanted to include Delhi. They said it could be my second stopover but would now be 100 as India was involved. Have you heard of this second free stopover?

    • thepointster says:

      Hi,

      This was recently brought to my attention. Apparently you can have an extra stopover / open-jaw if you are in a different region. This would be great if you could exploit it for a free one-way flight, but I am not sure you can do that.

      Good luck with that.

  6. Saed says:

    Hi,

    I am looking to book the intra-asia and intra-europe trips as suggested in your post above. However, I noted the following rules on the aeroplan website:

    “Is it possible to make a stopover with a ClassicFlight reward ticket?

    For Intercontinental travel (travel between two continents): Two stopovers are permitted in addition to the point of turnaround. One open jaw is permitted in lieu of one of the two stopovers.
    For Intracontinental travel (travel within the same continent) except for travel within Canada/Continental USA, or between Canada/Cont. USA and Hawaii/Puerto Rico/Mexico/Central America/Caribbean: Stopovers are not permitted. One open jaw is permitted.”

    It seems that for the Asia and Europe continents, there are no stopovers allowed. Could you please comment on whether I am misunderstanding the rules and if it is still possible to do stopovers in the intra-asia and intra-europe as noted in your post above.

    Link to aeroplan website rules: http://www4.aeroplan.com/help.do?tab=Answers&answerID=825&currentLanguage=en

    Thanks!

    • thepointster says:

      So it would appear that intra-Europe and intra-Asia routings do not allow stopovers anymore. I believe this is a new development. I also know that Aeroplan is relatively inconsistent with the routings that they allow. The rules are contradictory in multiple places. As a result, I would suggest that if you are interested in doing a intra-Europe travel and getting a stopover there, you might be better to try to call it in adn see if someone allows it. When you call you wil want to quote the rule stated here:
      http://www3.aeroplan.com/adr/Popup.do?popup=ValidItineraryHelp

      Clearly, it states:
      What are the rules for open jaw itineraries on domestic and trans-border travel?

      Your round-trip itinerary can only include one stopover or one open jaw, plus your point of turnaround.

      What about international itineraries with an open jaw and/or stopover?

      Online you may book an international round-trip itinerary including one stopover or one open jaw, plus your point of turnaround.

      By calling the Aeroplan Contact Centre, you may book an international itinerary between different continents including two stopovers or one stopover and one open jaw, plus your point of turnaround. (Certain routing restrictions apply)

      Now, it is important to note that these rules are not enforced consistently. In fact, they are likely enforced to the detriment of the customer more often than not. I recently had a friend try to book a flight with a stopover that pretty much exactly matched the exampe of a “valid routing” and was told that this was not allowed. So just be aware that the rules are not enforced consistently.

      On a side note, it is strange that Aeroplan, as a loyalty program is great for certain things, one of which is the stopover rules within a zone. Given that Aeroplan doesnt even allow you to book your flight to take advantage of one of their greatest selling points, you have to wonder whether this is a program you want to invest a lot of your points in going forward. Just a thought.

  7. Vicky says:

    Great post! Wondering if you can help us out. We are a family of 5 planning a 10month trip in the next few years. We are trying to figure out what will be the best way to use our aeroplan miles vs paying out of pocket for other flights. We should have 700 000 to 800 000 aeroplan miles when we start traveling. We leave from Ottawa. We want to travel through eastern europe (we will travel by motorhome within Europe) then move on to Asia and then Africa before returning home. We start traveling in September so we were hoping to start in Europe then move to Asia in december then to Africa by march. This is rough so we are happy to hear suggestions to maximize our flight awards but keeping in mind the best times to travel in each areas. I would love to hear your suggestions if you have time. Thx!

  8. Marco Polo says:

    Your main chart shows YYZ-SIN, YYZ-ZRH, ZRH-YYZ and that confused me initially. Would be nice to change it :) How does one book a YYZ-SIN-ZRH-YYZ as a mini-round the world sector? SIN and ZRH are in two different zones, where as tickets are booked according to zones, that is YYZ to Asia, YYZ to Europe or was that multi-city. Sorry if I missed that.

  9. Matthew says:

    Actually, with Aeroplan, you get 2 stopovers or 1 stopover and 1 open-jaw as soon as its an international flight. We some help online, we just came back from a south america trip. Calgary – Mexico (six weeks) – then to Colombia Then open jaw back from Bolivia with an additional 23 hour layover in Mexico again. So 1 stopover and 1 open jaw.. Amazing.

  10. Lou says:

    I’m trying to book YVR-TXL-HKG-YVR online. Why doesn’t it work?

    • thepointster says:

      Hi,

      This should allow you to book it and if it isnt letting you then you are going to need to call Aeroplan.

      Just make sure that there is space available on the flights you wanted. If it is saying that this is not bookable or it is not a valid award or something like that you are going to have to call it in.

      Unfortunately, Aeroplan.com is broken and there are many many valid itineraries that the website says are invalid.

      Your routing should be valid.

  11. Vicky says:

    Hi. We are planning a RTW trip with a family of 5 and we want to take advantage of the mini RTW using our aeroplan miles if possible. Our issue is we want to leave Ottawa (or TO or MTL) and go to europe first then to asia, south america and back to north america. We would be leaving in the month of September so going to Asia first doesn’t make sense. Any tips? We want to use our aeroplan miles first and then pay the rest as needed. Our rough itinerary is the following …
    Ottawa – Germany (no flights in europe) – asia (2-3 inner flights in asia) then to south america (1-2 inner flights in south america). we may need to go through new zealand to cross the pacific ocean.
    More specific examples of places we want to visit … ottawa – berlin (traveling by land through eastern europe) – nepal – beijing – singapour – vietnam – thailand – malysia – indonesia – possibly new zealand then peru, argentina and chile. we are traveling from sept to june. Any help would be greatly appreciated. we will be five people and approx. a total of 700-800 000 aeroplan miles to use. The rest will be purchased.
    Thank you!

    • thepointster says:

      Hi,

      THat is one heck of a trip you have planned. What you should do is try to target 3 “hub cities”, 1 in each of your continents.

      You are going to get up to 2 stopovers en route on an international roundtrip ticket. So what you would have to do is go:

      North America to Asia, with a stopover in Europe
      Asia to North America, with a stopover in South America

      This would look like:
      North America City (Ottawa) to Europe (example: Zurich)
      Europe (Zurich) to Asia (example: Singapore)
      Asia (Singapore) to South America (example: Bogota)
      South America (Bogota) to North America (Ottawa)

      You can’t do any open jaws so you always have to return to “Zurich” for your onward flight. Your entry point to Europe has to be your exit poitn from Europe, and so on for all the continents.

      1 Suggestion would be that if you are picking a city in any continent, choose the one that is in teh cheaper zone. ie Europe 1, Asia 1 and Northern South America so that you save miles.

      Ultimately, waht drives this should be the availability AND the taxes / fuel surcharges on your flights. For example using London, while nice, will likely add several hundreds of dollars in taxes to your itinerary over say, Zurich.

      I hoep that helps. email for further help.

  12. Gurdeep says:

    I want return ticket from Calgary to Delhi India. How much points I need in my account.

  13. Stan Golly says:

    I have about four memebers of my family who each have about 50,000 aeroplan points each. They each want to give it to me, but how can they buy tickets for me? Totalling 200,000 points

    I’m Planning on going from Edmonton to China, and China to Italy, then back to Edmonton this summer. But I want to stop over in China for about One month, and spend another two months in Italy.

    Is this at all possible?

    • thepointster says:

      Hi,

      You do not wnat to transfer those points as that comes with a fee. Ideally you will just get 75K (economy) in a singel account and then book your trip out of that one. The name of the aeroplan account owner does not need to match the passenger of the ticket.

      I believe that transfering from one person to another will constitute a fee of 2 cents / mile. If you are flying on economy and you need to transfer 25K miles from account A to account B, that will cost you $500+tax. My thoughts are that if you do this, you are likely going to end up paying more for your flight than if you were to just pay cash. If you are lfying in business then you may be able to make ti work out, but it is still a pricey endeavour.

      https://www3.aeroplan.com/use_your_miles/share_miles/launch.do

  14. Tim Aeroplan says:

    Hi,
    Having read the article about Aeroplan Hacking – The Mini RTW Ticket, I tried to follow (tested) what you said.
    For the Main award: overseas flights I managed to “book” it (i.e. it worked out ok). Bur for the Intra-Asia and Intra-Europe awards, Aeroplan persistently refuses my “booking” saying: “Your request is invalid and cannot be booked on one reward.”.
    Can anyone help to find out what is wrong?
    Thanks,
    Tim Aeroplan

    • thepointster says:

      Hi Tim,

      Thanks for the question. I know that many people have struggled to put together intra-Asia and intra-Europe itineraries online. These are going to have to be called in if they are not coming up through the online booking engine. While I am not 100% sure, there is no true documentation stating that these itineraries are valid or invalid, but they are valid according to the letter of the law. The issue is that I have had experiences where Aeroplan agents have told me that intra-Asia is not valid for a stopover. This link shows that intra-Asia is not specifically excluded from the stopover definitions:
      https://www4.aeroplan.com/adr/Popup.do?popup=ValidItineraryHelp

      Try calling and hopefully they ticket it for you.

      Good luck.

  15. Tim Aeroplan says:

    Can you kindly confirm that if using ANA’s award ticket search I manage to find all the flights with “OK”, that means the flights are also acceptable to Aeroplan?
    For example, in your response to the question Vicky posted on June 30, 2015, you have suggested that she can try
    North America City (Ottawa) to Europe (example: Zurich)
    Europe (Zurich) to Asia (example: Singapore)
    Asia (Singapore) to South America (example: Bogota)
    South America (Bogota) to North America (Ottawa)
    I tried and managed to find it works by using ANA award search (bur failed using Aeroplan). So my question to you actually is that if I copy the itinerary that works for ANA and ask Aeroplan to do same, it should work for me (because I am an Aeroplan member not ANA’s)?
    Thanks so much for helping.
    Tim Aeroplan

    • thepointster says:

      Hi Tim,

      That is exactly correct. The ONLY thing you need to be sure of is that those flights that you are requesting are partners of Aeroplan as well. For example, ANA may route you on United and Singapore Air. Both of those are partners of Aeroplan so you can book them with aeroplan miles. However, if ANA is a partner of another carrier which Aeroplan is not a partner of, and ANA is suggesting you take that flight, then you will nto be able to book it using aeroplan miles.

      In general, the partners are very similar between ANA and Aeroplan so you should be fine. I am simply pointing out a situation where this may not hold true.

      In essence, ANA engine looks for bookable space across say 15 different airlines in one shot. That space is bookable using any partner airline. ANA is just checking many partners at once. IE ANA will identify that Singapore Air has space on flight x for partner awards. Aeroplan and ANA both have access to that space, even if Aeroplan.com might not show it. You call Aeroplan and tell them to book it because you know they can, even if the Aeroplan website is not workign to do this foryou.

      Thanks.

  16. William says:

    Hi Pointster,

    Impressive and in depth analysis on the Aeroplan program. It was timely as I was just about to start the process of booking the around the world trip with Aeroplan. Maybe I missed something, but I have a few questions for you.

    Based out in Calgary, I have direct flights to Tokyo, London, or Frankfurt. In the example above you used Asia1 as your overseas trip. To save points can I use Europe1 as my mini around the world trip instead (90k vs 150k)? I plan to take your advice and book business class for Europe1. My goal would be Calgary – London or Frankfurt// Lon or Frk – Singapore or Tokyo // Sing or Tok – Calgary. Plus book a mini 20-35k trip within the region. Would this be a legitimate trip in the eyes of aeroplan for 90k? Or would they require me to go over the pacific first, hence pay 150k instead of 90k points. Also how does having top status for both Air Canada and Aeroplan factor into this equation. I believe I get certain charges waived (feul), hence London would be cheaper for me?? You mentioned to avoid London at all costs because of extra charges.

    I really appreciate your help and thanks again for putting together this forum. I hope people appreciate what you’re doing here.

    • thepointster says:

      Hi William,

      I think I can answer your questions, if I understand them correctly.

      1. Flying North America to Europe 1 to Asia 1 back to North America 1 is going to cost you the North America – Asia 1 price. It would be considered a North America to Asia 1, with a stopover in Europe 1 regardless of the direction.

      2. The fuel surcharges / taxes are going to be levied based on the airline / destinations you are on. Taxes in London are very high so I suggest avoiding London unless London is somewhere you want to go. That being said, the airlines to avoid (as they have hefty surcharges) include Air Canada and Lufthansa. Target United and Swiss AIr for getting North America to Europe. In Asia, the surcharge free carriers include Singapore Air and Eva Air.

      I dont think that any status will help you to offset taxes or fuel surcharges on award tickets. Please correct me if I am wrong.

      Thanks.

  17. Rachel says:

    Does this only work for a round trip ticket? Can I book multiple stop overs on a one way ticket?

    • thepointster says:

      Stopovers are only allowed on roundtrip tickets. The current allowancce is actually 2 stopovers on any international roundtrip ticket.

      Aerolpan does not allow stopovers on one-way tickets.

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