The Point Calculator values Aeroplan Points at 2 cents each when used for award flights with Air Canada and their partners. Points can also be used for hotel stays, car rentals, gift cards, and merchandise in the Aeroplan eStore.
How much are Aeroplan points worth?
The Point Calculator values Aeroplan points at 2 cents each on average. This means that 10,000 points will be worth roughly $200 when redeemed for award flights.
Aeroplan points value
|Redemption Option||Average value in cents|
|Flights with Air Canada and partners||2|
|Using points to book hotels||0.8 - 1.1|
|Redeeming points for gift cards||0.71|
|Using points for car rentals||0.6 - 0.7|
|Redeeming points towards Aeroplan eStore purchases||0.41 - 0.65|
Redeeming points for flights
You'll get the best value out of your Aeroplan Points when you redeem them for award flights with Air Canada and their partners. This will give you about 2 cents per point on average meaning that 10,000 points is roughly equal to $200 in value.
Aeroplan doesn't have a "set" flight rewards chart, but they do have a chart that shows the estimated range of points it will cost you to fly based on distance for Air Canada and partner flights.
Aeroplan also has a point predictor tool which will give you an idea of how many points you'll need for an award flights between two points (one-way). You can double the points to calculate the estimated round-trip cost.
Even with both of these tools, there are times in which the cost of a flight may fall outside of the estimated range. This is because the price that you pay in Aeroplan Points is related to the cash price of the ticket.
So if it's peak season and tickets are expensive, there's a high chance that the award flight will go outside of the designated range listed on Aeroplan's own charts.
So in the end, you still will not know how much your points are worth until you start looking at bookings and comparing the cash price versus the price in Aeroplan Points.
When it comes to getting great value out of your Aeroplan Points, short-haul flights within North America as well as flights between Canadian cities are the easiest options for high value.
For example, I found one-way flights from Toronto to New York starting at 5,500 points plus CA$69 with the cash cost starting at $199. That's a value of 2.36 cents per point.
Another example is from Vancouver to Portland in which I found award flights for as low as 5,700 points plus $CA61. The cash cost for these flights start at $220 which is a value of 2.78 cents per point.
Flights between Canadian cities can also give your points high value. Most test flights that I found averaged around 1.9 to 2 cents each with one outlier.
The highest value flight I found was Vancouver to Quebec City which offered a value of 2.5 cents per point. The lowest I found on average was Calgary to Winnipeg which offered 1.6 cents per point.
In the 12 test flights I did, the only outlier was a flight between Edmonton and Toronto in which most of the available flights offered around 1 cent in value per point.
Aeroplan Points can be used to book hotels stays which will give your points around between 0.8 and 1.1 cents each in value.
When searching for hotels through Aeroplan, you'll get a list of results with the ability to view the costs in cash, points, or points plus cash.
The cash rate shown on the Aeroplan website is a little bit higher than the average booking price when booking direct. For example, the Holiday Inn Vancouver-Center (Broadway) will cost you an average of 25,000 points per night, 12,500 points plus $149 per night, or $298 per night.
When viewing the same hotel for the same dates directly through ihg.com, the price was $264 per night for the Member Exclusive Rate. If you pay in advance, the price will be $246 per night which is over a $50 difference in cost.
So the real point value you would get out of this example booking would be about 1 cent per point. Keep this in mind when comparing cash and award prices.
Aeroplan Points can be used to book car rentals through the Aeroplan loyalty portal. This will give you points around 0.6 to 0.7 cents per point in value.
When searching for car rentals, you'll have the option to rent cars using all Aeroplan Points or you can pay cash and earn points on the booking itself.
Similar to booking hotels, the cost to book cars through Aeroplan is significantly higher than booking direct. For example, the cash cost of booking a Compact Car over a 2-day weekend through Aeroplan costs $234 with Budget and $243 with Avis.
You can book the same days and same vehicle type directly through Avis for $169.20 and through Budget for $160.20. That's a very, very noticeable price difference.
When testing other vehicle types and destinations, the results were similar.
Aeroplan Points can be redeemed for gift cards starting at 3,500 points for a $25 gift card which gives your points a value of 0.71 cents each. This will apply to most standard gift cards.
|Gift Card Denomination||Cost in Aeroplan points|
When browsing the gift card selection, some cards will be labeled with "Great Value" which means that it is listed at a discount price meaning you'll get slightly more value than normal out of the redemption.
Along with gift cards, you'll also find subscriptions, event related, and other special redemptions. This includes things like 3 months of Uber Pass, Park'N Fly Airport Passes, Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Passes, and more.
Aeroplan Points can be redeemed in the Aeroplan eStore for a large range of merchandise. This includes electronics, kitchen, home & garden, fashion, and many other categories.
The value you get out of the Aeroplan eStore will depend on the average retail value of the item you're buying versus the cost in points. I found items that gave values as low as 0.41 and as high as 0.65.
Convert Aeroplan points to dollars
Use the Aeroplan Points Value Calculator to determine the dollar value of your points when redeemed for flights, car rentals, gift cards, and more. This will give you an idea of how much your points are worth on average.
|Redemption||Average Dollar Value|
|Booking hotels||$0 - $0|
|Car rentals||$0 - $0|
|Merchandise via Aeroplan eStore||$0 - $0|
Pay Aeroplan points or use cash?
Use the Points or Cash calculator to calculate the dollar value of a redemption based on the cost in cash and the cost in Aeroplan Points.
This tool is useful when trying to decide whether to use cash or Aeroplan Points to book a flight.
Best ways to earn Aeroplan points
Outside of flying Air Canada and partners, the best way to quickly build up Aeroplan points is through intro bonuses and everyday spending across Aeroplan credit cards. You can also earn points with partners and transfer those hard earned points directly to your Aeroplan account.
Aeroplan credit cards
Aeroplan offers a large amount of credit cards through American Express, CIBC, and TD Bank. If you're looking for additional benefits when flying Air Canada along with the ability to earn a solid amount of points on your spend, I recommend picking up an Aeroplan credit card.
Listed below are a few of our top picks for Aeroplan.
American Express Membership Rewards
This makes the Membership Rewards program and excellent choice for quickly earning Aeroplan points via their large intro bonuses and great category multipliers.
Listed below are a few of the best options for earning Aeroplan points with Membership Rewards credit cards. Use the AMEX points calculator to find out how many points you can earn and to calculate the transfer to Aeroplan and other AMEX partners.
How much are Aeroplan Points worth?
The Point Calculator values Aeroplan Points at 2 cents each meaning that 10,000 points is roughly equal to $200 in cash value.
What can you use Aeroplan Points for?
Aeroplan Points can be redeemed for flights, hotel stays, car rentals, gift cards, and merchandise.