Calculator: What's The Value of Aeroplan Points?

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Aeroplan Points are worth about 2 cents per point meaning that 10,000 points would have a rough cash value of $200 towards award flights.
Last Updated 2022-10-16 By R.Flowers III

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.

Hotel stays

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.

You can book hotels using Aeroplan points for about 1 cent in value per point.

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.

Like most other hotel programs, IHG Rewards is free to sign up for so there's no reason to ever pay the standard rate.

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.

Car rentals

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.

Gift cards

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
$25 3,500
$50 7,000
$100 14,000
$200 28,000
$250 35,000
$500 70,000
$1,000 140,000

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.

Merchandise

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.

Enter any amount of Aeroplan Points to calculate the dollar value.
Points
Redemption Average Dollar Value
Award flights $0
Booking hotels $0 - $0
Gift cards $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.

Cost of Redemption In Cash
Enter how much the flight or redemption would cost you if you paid cash.
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Cost of Redemption In Aeroplan Points
Enter how much the flight or redemption would cost you in Aeroplan Points along with any taxes, fees, or additional cash cost you would have to pay.
Aeroplan Points
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Taxes/Fees
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Redemption Value
This is how much your Aeroplan Points are worth based on the values entered above.
- Cents Per Point
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The Point Calculator values Aeroplan Points at 2.0 cents each.

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.

These are the credit cards you can use to earn Aeroplan points:

Credit Card Benefits Annual Fee
Best For Aeroplan Benefits
  • 3X points on Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations purchases
  • 2X points on dining and food delivery purchases in Canada
  • 1.25X points on all other purchases
  • Annual worldwide companion pass after spending $25K on the card
  • Free checked bag for you and up to 8 others traveling with you
  • Access to Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges and Air Canada Cafes in North America
$599
  • Earn 2X points on eligible Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations purchases
  • Earn 1.5X points on eligible dining and food delivery purchases in Canada
  • Earn 1X points on all other purchases
  • Free checked bag for you and up to 8 others traveling with you
  • Earn Status Qualifying Miles and Status Qualifying Segments spending on the card
$120
  • Earn 3X points on eligibile direct purchases with Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations
  • Earn 2X points on eligible direct hotel and car rental purchases in Canada
  • Earn 1.25X points on all other purchases
  • Annual worldwide companion pass after spending $25K on the card
  • Priority Pass lounge and Maple Leaf Lounge access
  • Free checked bag for you and up to 8 others traveling with you
$599
  • Earn 2 points for every $1 you spend with Air Canada directly, including through Air Canada Vacations®
  • Earn 1.5 points for every $1 you spend on gas, groceries, travel and dining
  • Earn 1.25 points for every $1 you spend on all other purchases
  • Annual worldwide companion pass after spending $25K on the card
  • Priorty Pass lounge and Maple Leaf Lounge access
  • Free checked bag for you and up to 8 others traveling with you
$599
Best For Aeroplan Travelers
  • 1.5X points on gas, grocery, and Air Canada purchases
  • 1X points on all other purchases
  • Free first checked bag for you and up to 8 others traveling with you
  • Earn elite status faster spending on the card
$139
Best For No Annual Fee
  • 1X points on Air Canada, gas station, and grocery purchases
  • 1X/$1.50 on all other purchases
$0
  • Intro Bonus: Earn up to 105,000 Aeroplan points
  • Earn 2 points for every $1 spent on eligible purchases made directly with Air Canada® including Air Canada Vacations®
  • Earn 1.5 points for every $1 you charge to your Card on eligible gas, groceries, travel and dining purchases
  • Earn 1.25 points for every $1 you charge to your Card on all other purchases
  • Annual companion pass after spending $25K on the card
  • Priority Pass lounge and Maple Leaf Lounge access
  • Free checked bag for you and up to 8 others traveling with you
$599
  • Intro Bonus: Earn up to 50,000 Aeroplan points
  • Earn 1.5 points for every $1 spent on eligible gas, grocery and direct through Air Canada® purchases (including Air Canada Vacations®) made with your card
  • Earn 1 point for every $1 spent on all other Purchases made with your Card
  • Free checked bag for you and up to 8 others traveling with you
$139
  • Intro Bonus: Earn up to 20,000 Aeroplan points
  • Earn 1 point for every $1 spent on Air Canada, gas station, and grocery purchases
  • Earn 1 point for every $1.50 spent on all other purchases
  • Car rental insurance and shopping coverage
$0
Best For Business Travelers
  • Intro Bonus: Earn up to 60,000 Aeroplan Points
  • 2X points on Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations purchases
  • 1.5X points on travel, dining, and select business category purchases
  • 1X points on all other purchases
  • Earn a one-time Maple Leaf Lounge Guest Pass for every $10K spent on the card, up to 4 passes per year
  • Free first checked bag for you and up to 8 others traveling with you
  • Earn elite status faster spending on the card
$149

American Express Membership Rewards

Membership Rewards Points earned with AMEX Canada can be transferred to Aeroplan at a 1:1 ratio. This means that you can convert 1,000 AMEX Points into 1,000 Aeroplan Points at the press of a button.

This makes the Membership Rewards program and excellent choice for quickly earning Aeroplan points via their large intro bonuses and great category multipliers.

Here's the list of credit cards you can use to earn Membership Rewards points:

Credit Card Benefits Annual Fee
Best For Luxury Travel & Lounge Access
  • Earn 3X points on dining and food delivery purchases in Canada
  • Earn 2X points on travel
  • Earn 1X points on all other purchases
  • Annual $200 CAD Travel Credit
  • $100 CAD NEXUS statement credit
  • Access 1,300+ airport lounge around the world including Centurion Lounges, Plaza Premium Lounges, Delta Sky Club (when flying Delta), and Priority Pass lounges
  • Access to hotel benefits when booking Fine Hotels & Resorts and The Hotel Collection
  • Enroll in complimentary Hilton Honors Gold status, Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status, and Radisson Rewards Americas Gold status
$699
  • Earn 2 points for every $1 spent on travel, including flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises, and more
  • Earn 2 points for every $1 spent on eligible gas, grocery and drugstore purchases in Canada
  • Earn 1 point for every $1 spent on everything else
  • Annual $100 CAD Travel Credit
  • $50 CAD NEXUS Statement Credit
  • Priority Pass and Plaza Premium Lounge access
  • Access to hotel benefits when booking through The Hotel Collection
$250
Best Overall Travel Rewards Card
  • Earn 5 points for every $1 spent on eligible restaurant and grocery stores in Canada, including food and grocery delivery
  • Earn 3 points for every $1 spent on streaming subscriptions with select providers in Canada
  • Earn 1 point for every $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Access to hotel benefits when booking through The Hotel Collection
$12.99 per month ($155.88 annually)
Best For No Annual Fee
  • Earn 1 point for every $1 on all card purchases
  • Be protection with shopping coverage.
$0
Best For Luxury Business Travel & Lounge Access
  • Earn 1.25 points for every $1 spent on all card purchases
  • Access 1,300+ airport lounge around the world including Centurion Lounges, Plaza Premium Lounges, Delta Sky Club (when flying Delta) and Priority Pass lounges
  • Access to hotel benefits when booking Fine Hotels & Resorts and The Hotel Collection
  • Complimentary elite Marriott Gold Bonvoy Elite status
  • Get access to discounted base fares for you and your travel companions when you book through the International Airline Program
  • Excellent travel and shopping coverage
$499
  • Earn 1 point for every $1 in card purchases on everything
  • Earn 10,000 bonus Membership Rewards Points when you spend $20,000 in net purchases each calendar quarter (up to 40K points annually)
  • Travel and shopping coverage
$199
Best For Business Purchases
  • Earn 3 points for every $1 spent on eligible office supplies & electronics, rides & gas, and eats & drinks
  • Earn 1 point for every $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Spend $3,000 or more in Card purchases each monthly billing period to earn a Monthly Spend Bonus, up to 12,000 bonus points a year
  • Car rental theft & damage insurance and shopping coverage
$99

FAQ

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.

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