How To Avoid Paying Huge Fees When Redeeming Your Aeroplan Miles

Don’t you hate paying huge fees when redeeming your Aeroplan miles? Especially since you took the time to save up these miles and now you have to pay even more money to use them? Doesn’t that feel like a scam?

Thankfully, there’s a way around paying these huge fees so you can travel to your favourite destinations without burning a hole in your pocket.

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How To Avoid Paying Huge Fees When Redeeming Your Aeroplan Miles

When fuel cost was really expensive, the airlines decided to impose a fuel surcharge fee to recoup some of the cost of flying. However, when the cost of fuel dropped, they wanted to keep that fee they were imposing on people and changed the wording to the carrier fee. Regardless, you don’t want to be paying this fee.

With Aeroplan and its partners, certain airlines will charge a lot of fees while others won’t charge or will charge very little.

List of Aeroplan airline partners that don’t charge carrier fees:

  • Air China
  • Avianca Airlines
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Egypt Air
  • EVA Airways
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Swiss Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United Airlines

List of Aeroplan partners that charges very low carrier fees:

  • Polish Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • Thai Airways
  • Croatia Airlines
  • Copa Airlines

List of Aeroplan partners that charges high carrier fees:

  • Air Canada
  • Adria Airways
  • All Nippon Airlines
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • TAP Portugal

Example

Lufthansa (High Carrier Fee Airline) vs United Airlines (No Carrier Fee)

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fees when redeeming your aeroplan miles, How To Avoid Paying Huge Fees When Redeeming Your Aeroplan Miles

The exception to the rule

If you still want to fly with carriers with a big carrier fee, there are exceptions to this rule.

Here’s how:

  • Any flight leaving outbound from Japan, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong will not charge you any carrier fee. This is the perfect opportunity to do a one-way booking through a carrier that you want to try but imposes a big carrier fee.
  • Book a flight overseas with the dominant airline being the one that doesn’t charge a carrier fee. For example, using a flight that I booked from Vancouver to Israel, I only paid $73.53 despite the flight having an Air Canada in the itinerary. The reason the carrier fee was significantly reduced was because the airline that crossed the Atlantic ocean is Turkish Airways and not Air Canada. (Make sure the airplane crossing the Pacific or Atlantic ocean is one with no or very little carrier fee)

Conclusion

Now, even if you’re booking a flight that’s flying over the ocean is not one that charges a big carrier fee, sometimes, the small connecting flights that do impose a big carrier fee will still increase the cost of your redemption. It seems that it’s mainly Air Canada where you can get away with this one small loophole. So if you want to book a flight that charges a big carrier fee, they better be leaving from Japan, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong.

By utilizing this strategy, you’ll be saving tons of money the next time you book your Aeroplan miles!

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