Aeroplan is Air Canada’s spun-off loyalty program. Aeroplan.com is an awesome search engine that displays award availability on almost all Star Alliance flights.
You should know how to use aeroplan.com whether or not you ever plan to redeem Aeroplan miles because you shouldn’t necessarily search the website of the miles you’re using. You should just search the website that is easiest and best at displaying award availability. Any award availability shown at aeroplan.com will be bookable with Aeroplan, United, Singapore, ANA, Lufthansa, and Avianca miles.
Aeroplan.com is usually my backup search engine. I start my searches for Star Alliance award space at united.com because you can search without signing in, its two-month calendar is useful, it shows most partners, and it’s pretty good at finding available space.
I also use the ANA search tool to if I want to be sure whether there is space on an award segment or not because it is the most accurate Star Alliance search engine. Complete guides on how to perform those searches can be found here:
- Free First Class Next Month: Searching United.com to Redeem United and US Airways Miles
- How to Use the ANA Search Tool for Awards with United Miles
There are a few instances, however, when it makes sense to search for Star Alliance award availability on aeroplan.com:
- When searching for an award that you know will take more than one segment, and united.com brings up no award space
- When searching for award space on Singapore Airlines
- When searching for award space on Brussels Airlines
- When searching for award space on LOT Polish Airlines
- When searching for award space on Thai (some flights display on united.com, but not all)
Aeroplan.com is better for those airlines simply because united.com doesn’t display their award space at all.
Aeroplan’s search engine has also been programmed better than United’s to find itineraries with multiple connections. I frequently find award space on aeroplan.com for two or three layover itineraries that I did not find on united.com. That’s why I always search aeroplan.com before moving on to more complicated segment-by-segment searching.
- How do you go about searching for award availability on Aeroplan.com?
- Are there any limitations when using Aeroplan.com?
- If United.com is flawed, why shouldn’t you just use Aeroplan.com for all Star Alliance searches?