Air Canada Posts

Lost Cat Turns Up on Air Canada Flight

Have you ever heard a flight attendant come down the aisle asking, "Has anyone seen a cat?”
I haven't either, but I wasn't on Air Canada Flight 189 from Ottawa to Vancouver earlier this week, where about 20 minutes prior to landing a FA did utter those very words.
But that unusual ...
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Air Canada Aeroplan - 1000 Miles Bonus For New Members

New Air Canada Aeroplan members who sign up for Aeroplan between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015 can earn 1,000 bonus miles after completing one revenue flight on Air Canada before February 29, 2016. The promotion is open to all new Aeroplan members and are only earned if you register for the ...

Air Canada Business Class - Transcontinental: Lay Flat Seats Coast to Coast

Air Canada has jumped on the North America lay-flat seat band wagon and introduced lay-flat seats on select transcontinental flights as of March 1, 2015. Instead of reconfiguring select aircraft, Air Canada is increasing the utilization of their international configured aircraft and placing them on ...
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Air China to Montreal and Havana in 2015: a case study in Guanxi?


Earlier this week, stated-owned Chinese flag carrier Air China announced intentions to commence a salvo of new routes from its Beijing hub to expand its long-haul network in Asia, Africa, Oceania and North America in 2015. Among the list of new destinations Air China wishes to serve from ...
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Air Canada hedges on 787 to viably serve challenging Canada - India market

Advent of fuel-efficient aircraft and alliance benefits enables re-launch of YYZ-DEL
Air Canada announced on 04-December-2014 that it will resume nonstop services between its Toronto Pearson hub and New Delhi, India, effective November 2015. The route resumption, rumored for some time by Air ...
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Lounge Review: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at LAX

The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at LAX is located in terminal 2, above gates 22 - 24.  Open to Priority Pass members, Air Canada business class passengers and Star Alliance Gold members, the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at LAX is a step above any domestic North American airline lounge but ...
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More Problems with Booking Air China Award Flights

It's a shame that Air China releases so many premium cabin award seats to their partner airlines yet booking those awards seats come with so many problems. Back in April, fellow UPGRD blogger, Matthew Klint, wrote a blog post on how CONFIRMED United Airlines award flights with Air China segments ...
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Lounge Review: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at Montreal

There are three Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges at Montreal Trudeau Airport (Domestic, Trans-border and International). This review is for the Air Canada Maple Leaf Trans-border Lounge located airside near gate 75.

Open to Star Alliance premium class passengers, Star Alliance Gold card ...

Air Canada to Toronto and the Maple Leaf Lounge before departure

My next trip report series is about a recent whirlwind trip around the world I took.  It was a Star Alliance First Class award using United miles (at pre-devaluation rates, 135,000 miles), but I didn't have a single United flight so that in itself is a win.  It was a fun mix of new ...
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Lounge Review: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at CDG - Paris Charles De Gaulle

The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at Paris – Charles De Gaulle Airport is located airside in terminal 2A near gate 37. Open to Star Alliance premium class passengers, Star Alliance Gold card holders, Maple Leaf Club members and Priority Pass users, the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at CDG is ...
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Alitalia the Latest Carrier to Cut Service to Venezuela

The situation unfolding in Venezuela fascinates me. There you have a state on the verge of failure with hyperinflation and a government suffering from a foreign currency crunch. The result: airlines are not getting paid for their service and are bailing one by one. The latest Caracas casualty is ...
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Air Canada Suspends Service to the Failing State of Venezuela

Air Canada is halting its thrice-weekly service between Toronto and Caracas as hyperinflation and violence continue to engulf Venezuela.
In a statement, Air Canada said--
Due to ongoing civil unrest in Venezuela, Air Canada can no longer ensure the safety of its operation and has ...
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Air Canada's New Business (Class) Model

I don't know if Air Canada hired a new PR firm or not but it looks like they are having a bit of an identity crisis.  As you know, Air Canada's business class product used to be called, "Executive First." Because their lineup lacked a true first class product, they decided to market their ...

Reminder: New Aeroplan Award Chart Takes Effect on 01/01/14

Aeroplan is updating its award chart on January 01, 2014 and the changes are both good and bad.
The Good: One-way awards at half the round-trip cost
Right now Aeroplan charges 67% of the r/t price for a one-way award. Starting on 01/01, that rate will drop to 50%. That means a one-way trip ...
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Using United Airlines Miles to Book Amazing Trips Around the World.

So a good friend of mine recently moved to Shanghai and I hadn't seen him in awhile. Having never been to mainland China, I decided this was a perfect opportunity for me to burn some United Airlines Mileage Plus miles and book an award flight to visit him. But like all travel fanatics, I couldn't ...

Cathay and Air Canada expand transoceanic services: Rohan on Routes

Cathay Pacific boosts capacity to Chicago and Los Angeles
Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific is taking advantage of the premium traffic rebound in North America by adding more flights to the region. After announcing a new route to Newark earlier this summer, CX will be adding a 4th daily flight to ...
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Review: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge - Vancouver


At Vancouver International Airport (YVR), travelers with Star Alliance Gold Status can access the Maple Leaf lounge in the transborder/US departures zone. I was initially worried since I've previously encountered problems accessing this lounge as a United Club Card member, but as it turned ...