Chase Will Add Air Canada Aeroplan as a Transfer Partner
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Chase Will Add Air Canada Aeroplan as a Transfer Partner

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The beauty of Chase travel cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and the Chase Sapphire Reserve is their versatility. You can use your points to book flights directly with Chase – or get even more value by transferring them to one of more than a dozen airline or hotel partners. And a new option will soon join the fold.

Air Canada announced Monday that Aeroplan will become a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner “starting in late 2021.” Meanwhile, Chase and Air Canada will also launch a new co-branded credit card for U.S.-based travelers – again, sometime in late 2021. Air Canada did not shed any light on what benefits or bonuses that card may offer. Unlike most Chase cards, it will be a Mastercard – not a Visa.

But Aeroplan is a strong addition to the stable of Chase transfer partners. It will be the points program’s 14th transfer partner, and the latest addition since Chase added Emirates Skywards transfers in August 2019.

Aeroplan is a longtime favorite of frequent flyers for using miles, thanks to reasonable redemptions to fly Star Alliance carriers like SWISS, EVA Air, Turkish, and dozens more. More recently, Air Canada partnered up with Etihad for a new way to book the outstanding Apartments first class.

 

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Aeroplan miles are one of the best ways to book EVA business class seats

 

Air Canada recently overhauled the Aeroplan program, with pros and cons. On the bright side, Aeroplan eliminated some of the egregious cash surcharges when booking certain airlines like Lufthansa, Austrian, ANA, and even some Air Canada flights. You can add a stopover to any one-way award ticket for just an extra 5,000 miles. And the new program now boasts the ability to pool points with family members.

Read more on the big changes to Aeroplan.

On the downside, some redemptions now cost more. Most notably, business class flights from the U.S. to Europe jumped from 55,000 miles each way to as much as 85,000 miles each way, depending on how long the flight is thanks to Aeroplan’s new pricing model that’s based (in part) on distance.

 

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This same flight now costs 70,000 Aeroplan miles after the program changes

 

Scope out the full list of Chase transfer partners, and you’ll see that Aeroplan makes for a nice addition.

Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partners

ProgramTypeTransfer RatioTransfer Time
Aer LingusAirline1:1Instant
Air France/KLMAirline1:1Instant
British AirwaysAirline1:1Instant
EmiratesAirline1:1Instant
Iberia PlusAirline1:1Instant
JetBlueAirline1:1Instant
Singapore AirAirline1:112-24 hours
Southwest AirlinesAirline1:1Instant
United AirlinesAirline1:1Instant
Virgin AtlanticAirline1:1Instant
World of HyattHotel1:1Instant
IHGHotel1:11 day
Marriott RewardsHotel1:12 days

 

It’s becoming insanely easy to earn Aeroplan miles. You can already transfer them from American Express, Capital One, and Marriott Bonvoy. With the addition of Chase transfers and a new credit card for U.S.-based travelers, it will only get easier.

 

Bottom Line

It’s unclear exactly when Aeroplan will join the fold, but this is a great addition to Chase’s options for transfer partners. Stay tuned for more details on when you’ll be able to transfer your Chase points to Aeroplan – or earn them directly on a U.S.-based credit card!

 

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