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On November 6th, I made the prediction that Air Canada’s new Aeroplan would become a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner. I’d made the prediction even earlier in our MilesTalk Facebook group.
Today, an Air Canada press release about a new US co-branded credit card, which will be a Chase Mastercard, bears out my prediction and confirms this with the following statement:
“Aeroplan will also become a transfer partner in Chase’s Ultimate Rewards program, starting in late 2021.”
This is fantastic news.
Of course, you can already transfer points into miles with both American Express Membership Rewards (1:1) and with Capital One miles (2:1.5), but this marks Chase first truly noteworthy new transfer partner (yes, they added Emirates) since losing Korean Air.
Chase Ultimate Rewards is a fan favorite program for the simple reason that it is so easy to carry a number of different Ultimate Rewards earning credit cards, like a Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase Freedom Flex, and Chase Ink Cash, for example, and combine all of the Chase Ultimate Rewards to your best card account, whether you choose to Pay Yourself Back or transfer to airline and hotel partners.
As well, some people simply choose to focus on one program and, if that program is Chase, this unlocks a very useful new partner.
Air Canada’s new Aeroplan program has no fuel surcharges on any carrier and, while it doesn’t have quite as low rates as it had in the old program, the flexibility and additional non-Star Alliance partners it has, like Etihad, as well as the ability to mix cabins in one award and add a stopover for just 5,000 miles makes it one of my current favorite programs.
As well, any awards booked before the end of 2020 can be cancelled penalty free and you’ll have all miles redeposited.
I look forward to this addition to the list of Ultimate Rewards transfer partners in 2021.
HT to Greg at FM for noticing this in the Press Release.
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