It didn’t take too long after Westjet announced earlier this week that they were introducing first checked bag fees even for intra-Canada flights that Air Canada decided to follow.
Previously, Air Canada didn’t charge a first bag fee for flights within Canada or from United States/Canada to Mexico or the Caribbean.
You can access Air Canada’s web page for this bag fees here.
Air Canada has released the following chart that identify the changes:
Here are the bag fees for Montreal to Toronto
No Status Passenger:
No status passenger is required to pay $25 for the first and 2nd bag and an additional $100 for each additional one. The maximum weight is 23 kilos each (50 lb)
Star Alliance Silver Member:
Star Alliance Silver members are eligible for the first bag free, second one $25 and additional ones $100 each. The maximum weight for free and $25 bag is 23 kilos (50 lb)
Star Alliance Gold Member:
Star Alliance Gold members can check 3 bags free and each can weight up to 32 kilos each (70 lb)
Getting Star Alliance Gold & Silver Status
Fastest way to Star Alliance Silver status is to do a Platinum fast track (read more here) with Marriott (9 stays required within the month you sign up + 3 following ones). You can then turn your Marriott Platinum status to United Premier that is Star Alliance Silver due to the RewardsPlus partnership between these two (read more here).
Alternatively, you can do some flying and credit those to Aegean’s program that has very generous status expiry (none). You can read more about this here.
If you have status with Oneworld or SkyTeam, you can then status match with Turkish Airlines and get their Star Alliance Gold status easily (read more here).
Airlines have found out that there hasn’t been much of push back from the flying public over these additional fees that have become very important revenue source. When the Westjet announced similar fees, it was only matter of time before Air Canada would follow up.
I am saved from these fees for now due to my lifetime Premier Executive status with United Airlines that maps to Star Gold. I just hate to see these fees spreading.