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🤯 150% transfer bonus to Aeroplan

Plus, I'll list out a dozen ways to earn small (but meaningful) chunks of hotel points.

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Good morning from Dago, Indonesia - I’m finishing a quick weekend getaway from my current base in Jakarta, but don’t worry - I’ve been staying in the loop with all the travel hacking goodies that y’all need to know about.

Here’s what I’ve got for you:

💳 Bilt has announced one of their most exciting Rent Days yet

Bilt is back with another Rent Day. And this one is so good that I’m not going to waste your time with small talk.

On February 1st, you’ll be able to transfer Bilt points to Air Canada Aeroplan with up to a 150% bonus. 🤯

Bilt's "Rent Day" logo

Your specific transfer bonus amount is based on your level of Bilt Elite Status, as follows:

  • Blue member (no status): 75% bonus

  • Silver: 100% bonus

  • Gold: 125% bonus

  • Platinum: 150% bonus

As you can see, even normal Bilt members with no status at all can take advantage of a whopping 75% transfer bonus here.

But you may be skeptical of this being a good opportunity due to the word “Canada” being in the name of the program. After all, Canada isn’t exactly at the top of most peoples’ travel lists right now… 😬

A meme showing a very cold, snowy Canadian scen with snowmobiles and a Tim Hortons coffee shop

So let me tell you why this is a good opportunity ESPECIALLY for you ‘mericans.

Aeroplan is one of the best points programs in the world. Period. They have more airline partners than any program on earth, a reasonable award chart, and flexible and cheap stopovers for just 5,000 points.

But don’t take my word for it. Let me give you some cold, hard examples.

If you want to use these points to travel domestically in the U.S., you can book flights on United for as little as 6,000 Aeroplan points one-way.

A screenshot from Aeroplan showing a domestic US flight on United for 6,000 points

Even if you don’t have Bilt status, you’re effectively buying this flight for 3,400 Bilt points… 🤯

If you have top-tier Bilt status, you’re booking this flight for just 2,400 Bilt points.

But there are even some better ways to leverage Aeroplan points from U.S. cities.

For example, let’s say you live in The Big Apple and want to take a quick holiday to Mexico.

If you were to book a nonstop flight with United, you’d have to shell out around 27,000 United miles in economy or over 60,000 in business class…

A screenshot from United's website showing a sample booking from New York City to Mexico City for a whopping 27,000 points in economy

But if you use Aeroplan miles to book the same exact flight on United, your flight will be priced according to their award chart, which comes out to just 12,500 Aeroplan points in economy or 25,000 in business class.

A screenshot from Aeroplan's website showing a nonstop flight from New York to Mexico City for just 12,500 points, less than half of what United charges

With no Bilt status, you’re booking this economy flight for just over 7,000 Bilt points.

So again, you’re flying the EXACT same United flight but saving over 20,000 points by using Bilt’s bonus to Aeroplan.

And if you still aren’t convinced, let me give you one last treat before I let you go…

Aeroplan has some amazing partner airlines around the world, allowing you to book some of the world’s best premium airline seats, like Emirates’ famous first-class.

A photo from Emirates' luxurious first-class cabin

Yup. This is a real seat on a real airplane.

Aeroplan has some pretty high prices on Emirates first-class… But with this transfer bonus, it becomes a no-brainer in some cases.

For example, I was recently looking at some ways to get back to Toronto next month from Bangkok.

One of the options was to fly to Europe or the Middle East first. I could book this flight on Emirates first-class for 138,000 Aeroplan points.

A screenshot from Aeroplan's website showing an Emirates first-class flight priced at 138,000 points

That’s definitely a hefty chunk of points for a 7-hour flight… But if you’re using Bilt’s transfer bonus, you’d be booking this world-class, bucket list flight for as little as 55,000 Bilt points… which is INSANELY good.

So here’s the bottom line:

This is an amazing opportunity. Regardless of your level of Bilt status, you can get extremely outsized value from your Bilt points with this transfer bonus.

Whether you only fly domestically in the U.S. or you want to travel the world in luxury, Aeroplan points are ALWAYS a great way to do both.

And by now I hope you’re convinced that Bilt is a program worth caring about, so don’t forget that you can start racking up Bilt points right now with the Bilt Mastercard.

🏨 Quick hacks: How to earn small chunks of hotel points (many times)

Hotel programs are packed with many ways to earn little batches of points.

At first glance, they probably don’t seem very meaningful… but if you add them all up, it’s actually pretty crazy how many points you can earn with little effort.

A screenshot from Marriott's "Eat around town" website, an example f one of the many ways you can be racking up small batches of Marriott points

So today, I’m going to do something weird. I’m going to just list out bullet points of all of the ways that you can earn hotel points from doing simple tasks.

FYI - some of these bonus points have extra requirements like completing a stay, etc., so make sure you read the terms and conditions first! Links are provided below for more info on each item.

Here we go:

Marriott Bonvoy:

Hilton Honors:

  • Sign up for a free account: 3,000 points

  • End-of-call offers: 500 points per offer

    • Note: When you call Hilton customer service, they’ll always ask you if you want to listen to an offer. If you do, you’ll get 500 points each time.

  • Lyft Partnership: Earn 3x points per dollar on Lyft rides

IHG One Rewards:

  • Sign up for a free account: Up to 5,000 bonus points

    • Note: This varies but generally applies to when you sign up for an IHG account in person at a property.

  • “Greener Stay”: When you forgo housekeeping at certain IHG hotels, you’ll get 500 points per night.

And to be clear, these are not “promotions” but rather evergreen opportunities that anyone can take advantage of. Stacking these with member earnings, credit card points, and other promotions only boosts your points balances further!

If you were to do all of the above tasks, you’d earn 72,500 points, plus many more from all of the tasks you can do multiple times… That’s not nothing, folks!

So next time you see one of these offers for a small chunk of points, think about the long-term play of how they add up rather than the tiny individual chunk.

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That’s all for today, friends! I hope you all had a lovely weekend, and I look forward to another week of epic travel-hacking fun times.

But before you go, please tell me:

Would you transfer Bilt points to Aeroplan with this bonus?

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See you tomorrow ❤️

Mike Dodge
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