Perhaps my favourite frequent flyer programme, besides Miles & More, has to be Air Canada Aeroplan. While I love Miles & More with all of my heart, the programme has quite high redemption rates for premium cabin travel in addition to imposing fuel surcharges on nearly every single airline.
Air Canada’s frequent flyer programme is my second favourite in that the programme has a number of valuable benefits to it. The most valuable transferable points currency (in my opinion) is American Express’ Membership Rewards points, which transfer to Aeroplan instantly at a 1:1 ratio.
Another reason why I love Aeroplan is that they have an incredible website – which is really easy to use and works 99% of the time. In comparison, United Airlines’ website is downright terrible and errors out virtually every single time I try to look up a complex routing involving three or more flights. You can use Aeroplan’s website to book travel on all Star Alliance flights, and if for some reason the website doesn’t work or your desired routing isn’t available online – Aeroplan’s phone agents are the most competent in the industry.
Aeroplan is also awesome because they don’t charge as many miles as other programmes do for frequent flyer awards in premium cabins. For example, North America to Europe is just 55k miles one-way in Business Class. First Class is just 70k miles one-way to Europe – compare that to United Airlines which charges 70k for Business Class and 110k for First Class (when not flying United.. but why would you want to fly United anyway).
Aeroplan doesn’t charge fuel surcharges on a number of partner airlines including Turkish Airlines and SWISS, therefore it is possible to redeem your miles to virtually all Star Alliance destinations and not have to pay ridiculous fuel surcharges – which in my opinion need to be eliminated on award tickets.
What is your favourite frequent flyer programme?