What Is the Value of Aeroplan Points?

If you've got a digital stack of Aeroplan points, here's how to figure out how much they are worth.
JT Genter
Kevin Berry
By Kevin Berry and  JT Genter 
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Edited by Kevin Berry

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Nerdy takeaways
  • The value of 1 Aeroplan point is 1.4 cents.

  • You'll get the highest redemption rate when you book flights far in advance (six months out).

With Air Canada overhauling its loyalty program recently, you may be looking to add more points to your Air Canada Aeroplan account. But how much are Aeroplan points worth?

Based on our analysis, the value of one Aeroplan point is 1.4 cents when used to book economy class tickets. This is a baseline value, drawn from real-world data on hundreds of economy routes, not a maximized value. In other words, you should aim for award redemptions that offer 1.4 cents or more in value from your Aeroplan points.

What does this value mean?

Our estimate of 1.4 cents per Aeroplan point provides a lower-end value you can use to determine the relative value of your own redemptions. It is based on comparing main cabin fares, using both cash and miles, across several dates and destinations.

In other words, this is the value you can expect to get from your points without seeking particularly high-value redemptions. This means you can get more value by looking for sweet spots and using more advanced award techniques. It also means you can end up getting lower value than this if you’re not careful.

How to convert Aeroplan points to dollars

Use our calculator to can figure out how much your Aeroplan points are worth in dollars based on our estimated value.

When is the best time to redeem Aeroplan points?

Not all redemptions are equal, so we compared the redemption rates for Air Canada awards for three specific time frames:

  • Awards booked 15 days to departure.

  • Awards booked 180 days to departure.

  • Awards booked for winter holiday travel.

We found that you'll get the highest redemption rate when you book far in advance. Economy awards booked 15 days were about 1.4 cents in value versus 1.8 cents per point for awards booked 180 days out. Holiday bookings were significantly lower with a value of 1.1 cents per point.

How flexible are Aeroplan points?

Aeroplan points provide great value for Air Canada awards; however, your options go far beyond the airline. Since Air Canada is a member of the Star Alliance, you can redeem Aeroplan points on any of the 26 Star Alliance partners — which collectively serve over 1,300 airports. When you add in non-alliance airlines, Aeroplan partners with a total of 43 different airlines.

These partners provide a vast array of options — from intra-Brazil hops on Azul to incredible first class awards on Etihad Airways. There are plenty of sweet spots in the Aeroplan program, including awards between the U.S. and Canada for as few as 6,000 points each way or flights to Hawaii for just 12,500 points each way.

How we determined the value of Aeroplan points

We collected hundreds of data points comparing the cash value to award (point) value for the same routes and dates. That is, we compared the cost of a given ticket in either cash or points, across many tickets.

This method differs from others in that it looks at actual redemptions rather than hypothetical maximized redemptions. The advantage of this approach is that it provides a real-world indication of how much these points are worth, on average. That said, it doesn’t take into account the high-value redemptions that points enthusiasts seek.

Wondering what you can do with those points? Check out our points collector's guide to Air Canada, and learn which credit card is best for international award travel.

Frequently asked questions

10,000 Air Canada points are worth about $140.

25,000 Air Canada points are worth about $350.

50,000 Air Canada points are worth about $700.

80,000 Air Canada points are worth about $1,120.

100,000 Air Canada points are worth about $1,400.


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