Aeroplan announced a number of changes to their program today, some were good, some were not so good. Depending on how you like to use your Aeroplan miles you might like these changes, or you might hate them. Here are the top highlights:
You came out a winner if…
You value the flexibility of being able to book one-way trips. Currently, if you want to redeem for a one-way flight using Aeroplan miles it costs ~67% of what a roundtrip costs. Once the changes take effect, that will go down to 50%. It’s a great change, and makes one-way travel on Aeroplan a more viable option. That affords you the ability to mix and match for a given trip, potentially booking one way with Aeroplan miles and the other with miles from a different program or with cash.
You don’t use your miles very often. Like most programs, you need to have activity in your Aeroplan account to keep your miles for expiring. Unlike most other programs, Aeroplan miles expire 7 years after they’re earned, no matter what. Now, if you’re letting your miles sit around for 7 years after you earn them, I think you need to rethink how you manage your miles… Nonetheless, you no longer need to worry about that as the 7 year expiration policy is going away.
You came out a loser if…
You like to use your Aeroplan miles for travel in premium cabins to far off destinations. The number of Aeroplan miles required to book business class and first class tickets to Asia, the Middle East, and the South Pacific is going up considerably:
These changes (good and bad) go into effect on January 1, 2014. There are some other significant changes being made as well, so if you collect Aeroplan miles it’s worth checking out the full rundown on the fancy microsite they put together.
UPDATE: If you want a more in-depth analysis, Jeff at Canadian Kilometers is putting together a multi-part deep dive. Here’s Part 1.
So how’d you do? Did you come out as a winner? A loser? Both? Neither?