Turning the mike over to Matthew:
There is a pricing glitch going on right now at Aeroplan where business class awards are pricing at the economy class level and first class awards are pricing at the business class level.For a look at the Aeroplan award chart, click here.
Of course that means there are some sweet deals right now to be had. A mini RTW trip in first class for 125K miles or a trip from North America to New Zealand via Europe for 80K miles in business class are just two examples.
The Aeroplan folks are smart and I expect this deal to be gone in a few hours, but for now the booking floodgates are wide open on Aeroplan’s website and even apparently at their call centers, where the computers are also pricing out the itineraries incorrectly.
In the coming days it will be interesting to see if Aeroplan tries to “correct” the awards that were booked at the improper mileage levels. I doubt it, because I do not see anything in the program terms and conditions that would allow it.
I’ll add that American Express Membership Rewards points generally transfer instantly to Aeroplan. So check to see if the award you want is available and pricing at a discount, and you may be able to make a transfer and nab it. Of course, with several Star Alliance partners you’ll pay fuel surcharges in addition to taxes for the privilege.