Aeroplan Miles Can Once Again Be Redeemed On Avianca

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Aeroplan is Air Canada’s spun off frequent flyer program (at least until 2020, at which point Air Canada is reclaiming their program), and is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest. They’re generally a good program for redeeming miles on Star Alliance airlines, though not for travel on all airlines to all regions.

Historically Aeroplan has had issues with booking award travel on some partner airlines, including Air China, Avianca, Copa, and Swiss. Aeroplan has described these as “technical difficulties.” I’m not sure what exactly the root of these problems was, and I suspect it varies by specific airline.

For example, many Star Alliance loyalty programs have had issues with accessing Air China award space for whatever reason, so that wasn’t exclusive to Aeroplan. Meanwhile their issues with Copa were unusual, since it’s not a problem other programs had.