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Aeroplan is Air Canada’s spun-off loyalty program. is an awesome search engine that displays award availability on almost all Star Alliance flights.

You should know how to use 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 will be bookable with Aeroplan, United, Singapore, ANA, Lufthansa, and Avianca miles. is usually my backup search engine. I start my searches for Star Alliance award space at 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:

There are a few instances, however, when it makes sense to search for Star Alliance award availability on

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Aeroplan’s search engine has also been programmed better than United’s to find itineraries with multiple connections. I frequently find award space on for two or three layover itineraries that I did not find on That’s why I always search before moving on to more complicated segment-by-segment searching.

  • How do you go about searching for award availability on
  • Are there any limitations when using
  • If is flawed, why shouldn’t you just use for all Star Alliance searches?

Searching for Award Availability on

If you aren’t already a member, the first thing you’ll need to do is enroll in the Aeroplan reward program, which you can do here or by clicking on the link shown below.

Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 8.17.05 PMThe process is no different than signing up for other rewards programs–just some basic information. Once you’ve completed the registration process, you’ll automatically be signed in, and you’ll want to hover over “Use Your Miles” and click “Travel.”

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You’ll then be on the Travel Reward Search page. Select roundtrip or one way, your departure and arrival cities, the dates you want to fly, the number of passengers, and the flight cabin of your preference.

For the purposes of this tutorial, I am going to search for a flight that isn’t displayed on Singapore to Bali, Indonesia on Singapore Airlines. For example, when I search on, I am given the following result:Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 1.21.54 PMOn, I plugged in all my information and checked the little box beneath the dates that says “My dates are flexible.” This will bring up a calendar of availability above the results for a single day.

Once all the information is filled in, click “Search.”

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 1.22.38 PMNow on the Search Results page, you’ll see that award availability is wide open in both economy and business/first the entire month of November between Singapore and Bali. You can switch the calendar view to show Business/First availability instead of economy by selecting it in the drop down menu:
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Scrolling down the same page, you’ll see that there are multiple flights from Singapore to Bali on November 9 on Singapore Airlines.

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 1.37.04 PM didn’t show any of these flights!

If you’re planning on using Aeroplan miles for this trip, you would select your flight times and click “Book.”Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 1.39.58 PMIf you are not using Aeroplan miles, simply note down the flight numbers, dates, and cabins of all your flights.

Once you decide which Star Alliance member’s miles you want to use for this trip, you will simply call their rewards booking number and feed the agent all the information for your flights. In this case, the prices displayed on are not the number of miles you’ll use. Consult the award chart of the airline whose miles you are using. Limitations

There are a few things does well that Aeroplan does not:

  • You can’t see a full two month calendar of availability in economy and premium cabins on like you can on United.

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Aeroplan just shows two weeks in a single cabin at one time. 

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  • You can’t search specifically for direct flights on like you can on
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On the Advanced Search page of
  • You can’t see availability in all cabins at the same time on It’s as simple as toggling the drop down menu from economy to Business/First, but is an extra step nonetheless.

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  • You have to sign in before searching for award availability on The two extra clicks you need to get to the search screen is a big deterrent if you do a lot of award searches like me– not to mention the time it takes to register if you don’t already have an account.

Should You Always Use

Despite’s downfalls of being slightly worse at multi-segment searching and not showing any Singapore Airlines award space, I think it’s still the better search engine for finding the majority of Star Alliance award availability.

The bottom line is no search engine is perfect. As evidenced above, there are a few significant reasons why is not as useful as when searching for Star Alliance award availability.

Yes, you can see more Star Alliance partners on, but the ease of searching on United outweighs that factor.

Bottom Line

While not the go-to search tool for Star Alliance flights, is a great backup to know how to use.

When looking for Singapore Airlines award space, use as it does not show up on

When you do a search that you know will take many segments, like Las Vegas to Prague, and shows no availability, search on before beginning to search segment-by-segment.

Ultimately, both sites have flaws, but along with the ANA search tool, your arsenal for finding availability on Star Alliance flights just got more powerful.


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