Air Canada

Great Air Canada Business Class Fares From Vancouver To Asia

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The past couple of years we’ve seen some consistently great business class fares. On one hand this makes miles less valuable for premium travel (since those tickets are often now fairly reasonably priced), but in many cases it opens up good new opportunities to redeem points as cash towards the cost of a ticket.

For those looking to go from the west coast to Asia, Air Canada has some great business class fares at the moment.

You can fly Air Canada business class roundtrip from Vancouver to Taipei for ~1,953USD roundtrip.

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Air Canada Will (Sort Of) Sell You A Day Pass To The United Polaris Lounge

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The Polaris Lounge in Chicago is the first of a new network of lounges that United is building exclusively for their premium cabin travelers. These lounges feature daybeds, showers, and order-off-the-menu food service. My family recently had the chanced to sample everything on the lunch and dinner menu and we were highly impressed.

These lounges are all about exclusivity, however, so you need to be flying in business or first on a Polaris-marketed United long-haul flight, or in business or first on a Star Alliance carrier. That means your Star Alliance Gold status or United Club membership won’t help you. You also can’t ride your buddy’s coattails because there are no guesting privileges.

And United won’t sell you a day pass. But that doesn’t mean you can’t buy one anyway.

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2 Great New U.S. Airport Lounge Options For Priority Pass Members

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I’ve written extensively about Priority Pass, which is the world’s largest network of independent airport lounges, with over 1,000 participating lounges around the world. Some of these are airline lounges, some are contract lounges, and lately they’re even expanding a bit beyond that.

Many of you reading this should have access to Priority Pass lounges, given the credit cards that offer a Priority Pass membership. These include the following:

Priority Pass is constantly adding more lounges, and in the past couple of weeks they’ve added access to two more lounges in the U.S., which I think some will get quite a bit of value out of:

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Transfer Hotel Points To Aeroplan And Get A 30% Bonus

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A few times per year Aeroplan offers a bonus when you convert hotel points into miles (most recently they offered one last November, and prior to that in August). Well, Aeroplan has just announced their latest bonus, and some might find it to be valuable.

You can earn up to a 30% bonus if you convert hotel points into Aeroplan miles between March 13 and April 17, 2017.

With this promotion, Aeroplan is offering tiered bonuses on transferred points, with the percentage bonus varying based on how many points you convert, as follows:

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Air Canada Is Selling 787s And Then Leasing Them Back

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Reader Cole posted in the Ask Lucky forum about how Air Canada is selling some 787s, and then leasing them back. This is actually something that’s a lot more common than most people realize, which is why I think it’s an interesting topic to briefly cover.

Essentially Air Canada has sold two of their newest 787s for $351 million and then leased them back, allowing them to record a $19 million gain on the sale (which is perhaps more of an accounting exercise than anything). They plan on doing this for more 787s, and possibly other planes in the future as well.

Air Canada negotiated a deal with Boeing when they ordered the planes many years ago (as is standard when ordering in bulk), and the market price is now slightly higher than what they had negotiated at the time. So they’re planning on selling about 10 of their 787s over the coming years, and then leasing them back.

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Air Canada Sensibly Changes Their Carry-On Policy

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The past few weeks we’ve seen some airlines change their carry-on policies for the worse — specifically, Spirit and WOW Air come to mind. Well, it’s nice to see an airline change their carry-on policy for the better, for once.

Air Canada has just eliminated their weight restriction for carry-ons. More specifically, their new policy is as follows:

“Your carry-on baggage must be light enough that you can store it in the overhead bin unassisted.”

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Air Canada Is Adding Flights To Iceland This Summer

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While IcelandAir has continued to grow very nicely, and WOW Air has grown at an explosive rate, North American carriers haven’t taken much interest in Iceland. Delta operates 2x weekly flights between New York and Keflavik year round, and more frequencies during peak summer dates, though up until now that has been it.

Well, it looks like another airline is giving Iceland a shot. Air Canada will launch daily flights to Iceland this summer. The service will operate 4x weekly out of Toronto, and 3x weekly out of Montreal between June 21 and October 9, 2017.

The flight will operate with the following schedule Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays:

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Review: Air Canada Premium Rouge 767 Tampa To Toronto

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My flight was departing from Tampa to Toronto at the ungodly hour of 9:45PM, which is way past my bedtime. On the plus side, at least it wasn’t a full-on redeye, as I’d have a comfortable bed to look forward to upon landing.

I arrived at Tampa Airport at around 8:30PM, and the entire process of getting to the gate was a breeze, given that most flights had already departed for the night. Perhaps the most entertaining aspect of the experience was that the lady in front of me used her iPad as a mobile boarding pass, which really makes me wonder whether technology is actually making our lives easier or not.

My flight was departing from gate E72, though the inbound plane arrived behind schedule, at 8:55PM. While boarding was scheduled for 9:05PM, it only ended up starting at 9:25PM.

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Introduction: Flying With Royalty (Or Not)

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In 2016 my goal was to review as many new airlines as possible, and that’s something I want to continue into 2017. So I figured I might as well get my year off to a good start, and plan a heck of a trip for the first week of the year.

The primary motivation of this trip was to review as many new airlines as quickly as possible, though I was also excited about having stopovers that allowed me to briefly visit two countries — Jordan and Brunei — for the first time.

I only planned this trip in late December, about a week before I was due to takeoff. Let’s briefly look at the planning process.

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Air Canada 767 Premium Rouge In 10 Pictures

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Hello from Cairo! I’m in the middle of my first big trip of 2017, and on Monday night flew from Tampa to Toronto on Air Canada. While I’ll have a full trip report eventually, I wanted to share my initial thoughts, as usual.

While I’ve reviewed Air Canada extensively, what made this flight unique is that it was operated by a Rouge 767. For those of you not familiar, Rouge is Air Canada’s low cost carrier, which operates both short and long international flights.

While the Rouge 767s largely fly to Europe, at the moment they’re flying them twice a day between Toronto and Tampa. I suspect this is because in winter there’s limited transatlantic demand, so they’re better off operating these to leisure markets like Tampa, where the flights seem to be full.

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Details Of The New Air Canada & Cathay Pacific Partnership

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One trend we’ve seen among global airlines the past few years is that the major alliances have become less important, while individual partnerships and joint ventures have become much more important. As a result we haven’t seen much growth of the global alliances, while we have seen a lot of new partnerships.

Air Canada seems to be thinking outside the traditional alliances at the moment. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about their new codeshare partnership with Virgin Australia. The intent is that Virgin Australia is codesharing on select Air Canada flights within Canada, while Air Canada is codesharing on select Virgin Australia flights within the Pacific region. The partnership makes a lot of sense, given that right now Air Canada doesn’t really have a partner for passengers looking to connect beyond their Sydney and Brisbane hubs.

Air Canada & Cathay Pacific have just announced a new codeshare agreement, which works in a very similar way to Air Canada’s new partnership with Virgin Australia. This new partnership applies for tickets booked as of January 12, 2017, and for travel as of January 19, 2017.

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Extra Air Canada Award Space For Aeroplan Members (And Less For Everyone Else)

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While there’s rarely a dull moment around here, sometimes the nuances of searching award space or booking flights with miles aren’t that interesting for a broader audience. Especially now that the US Airways Dividend Miles Comedy Hour is a thing of the past.

When we come across something interesting though, we do our best to share it. Sometimes that’s a trick or a great deal, and other times it’s more of a cautionary tale for others who might find themselves in a similar situation.

In this case, after spending several annoyed hours trying to figure out what was “broken,” we realized we had collective amnesia surrounding an obscure Air Canada policy — that they do, theoretically, give extra space to Aeroplan members.

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Air Canada & Virgin Australia Announce New Strategic Partnership

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One major trend we’ve seen among global airlines the past few years is that the major alliances have become less important, while individual partnerships and joint ventures have become much more important.

For example, I suspect Qantas’ joint venture with Emirates is about as significant to them as their membership in oneworld. Arguably the same could be said about Delta’s participation in SkyTeam compared to the individual joint ventures they have, largely with airlines that aren’t even in SkyTeam.

As a result we’re seeing a lot more partnerships that go beyond the global alliances. Well, the latest such partnership has just been announced.

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