Aeroplan, Air Canada’s frequent flyer programme, is one of my favourites when it comes to Star Alliance award redemptions. Aeroplan is incredibly generous when it comes to routing rules – you can have two stopovers in addition to a destination on round-trip award tickets, and with generous maximum permitted mileage, you can even create a mini-RTW with a simple round-trip booking. Furthermore, Aeroplan is an instant transfer partner of AMEX Membership Rewards points – so it is quite easy to earn miles.
Back in November, Aeroplan blocked LOT Polish Airlines award availability from their system, meaning that you couldn’t book any flight on LOT – even if there was availability. The reason why LOT was blocked was because Aeroplan claims they would book passengers on LOT and LOT would either cancel tickets or claim there was no valid ticket – so Aeroplan would have to buy full-fare tickets for affected passengers. My good friend and fellow blogger, Avery from Don’t Call the Airline!, informed me today that LOT flights are again available using Aeroplan.
I’m really happy that Aeroplan resolved issues with LOT because LOT is one of the few airlines where Aeroplan doesn’t impose a ton of fees on. Aeroplan does impose fuel surcharges on LOT, but they are rather low and LOT releases lots of award space, so it is quite easy to book. Aeroplan doesn’t impose fuel surcharges on a number of airlines like EVA, SAS, SWISS, Turkish, United, etc. so you can really fly anywhere in the world and not pay any fuel surcharges.
Aeroplan, however, is still blocking one Star Alliance airline – Avianca. Aeroplan claims that when they would book Avianca, AV would cancel each ticket. The South American airline has been blocked by Aeroplan since March of last year and yet Aeroplan still hasn’t been able to resolve any issues – which is terrible as some South American destinations are not accessible. Hopefully the AV issue is resolved soon as the clock is ticking for the Canadian frequent flyer programme until Air Canada discontinues their relationship with them.
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