Globetrotting is a fun hobby, especially when traveling around the world in first or business class.
As you might expect, traveling across the world in a premium cabin usually costs a lot of points. But what if I told you that you can save points by adding a destination to your trip — and flying Business Class on a five- or six-hour flight to that destination?
In the case of Air Canada Aeroplan, that’s possible if you fly to India but end your trip in Southeast Asia. Let’s take a closer look at this award table oddity that could save you nearly 17,500 points on your next trip to Asia.
Save Aeroplan Points by adding a stopover
Aeroplan has a popular stopover feature that allows members to add a stopover when redeeming awards for an additional 5,000 points. However, when traveling to India, adding a stopover reduces the cost of an award ticket.
This is because India is located in Aeroplan’s Atlantic region, which includes Africa, Europe, the entire Indian subcontinent, and the Middle East. With many connecting routes from the US to India exceeding 8,000 miles, Aeroplan requires 110,000 points for a business class trip to Delhi or Mumbai operated by its partners.
While some non-stop flights on Air India may fall into the lower mileage bracket, flights on leading airlines such as Etihad Airways are almost always priced into this highest range.
Meanwhile, Singapore – and most of Asia – falls under the Pacific Zone. If you add a stopover in Mumbai for 5,000 points and wish to travel on to Southeast Asia, the entire itinerary would be charged at Pacific Zone fares, which are lower on some of the longest tickets.
Since this itinerary would be 10,528 miles long, it would fall within the 7,501 to 11,000 mile distance band and the cost would be 87,500 points plus the 5,000 stops for a total of 92,500 Aeroplan points. Not bad if you want to fly into India from the east coast before spending a week exploring Singapore and continuing on to Singapore.
The first visit to Mumbai and a 5 1/2 hour business class flight to Singapore brings the price down from 110,000 points to 92,500 points. This is a saving of 17,500 points compared to ending your trip in India. You can also fly the last segment in Singapore Airlines’ award-winning Business Class product.
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How to earn Aeroplan Points
Luckily, Aeroplan Points are the easiest to earn. You can transfer American Express Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Capital One and Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Aeroplan at a 1:1 ratio. In addition, Marriott Bonvoy points will transfer to Aeroplan at a 3:1 transfer ratio, adding 5,000 bonus Aeroplan points for every 60,000 Marriott points transferred.
Here’s a look at some of our most popular Amex cards that you can use to earn Membership Rewards points:
- The American Express Platinum Card®: Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $6,000 on purchases in the first six months of your card membership. However, some readers have been selected using the CardMatch tool for a bonus of up to 125,000 points (offer subject to change). Conditions apply.
- The American Express Business Platinum Card®: Earn 150,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card within the first three months of card membership. Conditions apply.
- American Express® Gold card: Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new card within the first six months of card membership. However, some readers have been selected using the CardMatch tool for a bonus of up to 75,000 points (offer subject to change). Conditions apply.
You can also collect Aeroplan points directly with this Aeroplan Credit Card. This card offers 70,000 bonus points if you spend $3,000 in the first three months of account opening. It also comes with a variety of perks, such as: B. Aeroplan 25K elite status for the remainder of the calendar year in which you open the card and all of the following year. You can renew your status by spending $15,000 on the card in a calendar year.
Related: How (and why) should you earn transferrable points?
It’s not often that adding an extra flight saves you airline miles, let alone miles when traveling business class. But thanks to Aeroplan’s zone-based award table, sometimes terminating a trip in Asia can lower the total redemption cost compared to longer Atlantic routes.
Visit two cities, enjoy over 22 hours in Business Class and save a few miles – that’s a win-win situation!
Additional reporting by Andrew Kunesh.