UPDATE: Aeroplan confirmed that this promotion is running for select destination for a short period of time. May end at anytime so book now!
While I generally do not like to kick someone while they are down, in this case I am going to make an exception. Afterall, Aeroplan has kicked its mileage holders three times in the last few months with massive program devaluations (inflated award chart, no first class on U.S. domestic flights, and the introduction of fuel surcharges on many carriers). There is a pricing glitch promotion for select destinations 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 soon, 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.
Is this divine retribution for those blasted fuel surcharges that have increased the cost of a Lufthansa award fourfold?