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A Tempting Offer: up to 5,000 bonus points for hotel transfers to Aeroplan

August 30, 2011

Image Credit: Aeroplan.com

From August 22 – Sept 18, 2011  Aeroplan is now offering up to 5,000 extra Aeroplan miles when you transfer the equivalent of 25,000 miles or hotel points into Aeroplan miles. Registration and terms & conditions here. I have been collecting Starwood’s SPG points since November of last year and Dave has some Marriott points from his recent travels. SPG has the added bonus that 20k starpoints normally convert to 25k Aeroplan miles so this would stack two transfer bonuses. Humm….tempting.

PROS CONS
  • 5000 extra Aeroplan Miles!
  • I don’t normally stay in luxury accommodation while travelling
  • It’s harder to keep my SPG account active than it is for Aeroplan
  • We don’t have enough Mariott points for anything cool.
  • Aeroplan miles expire after 7 years
  • Aeroplan just raised their reward levels
  • SPG points are valued ~2cents/point while Aeroplan points are ~1cent/point in general
  • SPG has better redemption flexibility

Weighing the pros and cons it’s evident that the Marriott points have to go. The SPG points are not so clear. I’ve been humming and hawing for a week about this tempting offer. I was on the fence until I found out about Nights and Flights.

With Nights & Flights, you can redeem 60,000 Starpoints for 50,000 airline miles AND five free nights at a Category 3 (regularly 28k starpoints for 5 nights) hotel or resort. OR you can redeem 70,000 Starpoints and receive 50,000 airline miles AND five free nights at a Category 4 (regularly 40k starpoints for 5 nights) hotel or resort. So that’s a savings of 8k starpoints for a category 3 hotel and 10k starpoints for a category 4 hotel. That’s better than the 5k bonus being offered by Aeroplan. Plus look at the awesome Category 3 & 4 hotels they offer:

Decision made. Goodby Marriott points. SPG points are here to stay.

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